LeRoy Apodaca

Jan. 20,1928 – Oct. 19, 2017

Our beloved father has passed into eternal life and joined our mother on October 19, 2017.

LeRoy was born in Kersey Colorado to Antonio Apodaca and Adelaida Aragon. From there the family moved to Cheyenne Wyoming and in the 1940’s to Ely, NV.

He graduated from White Pine High School in 1948 and married the love of his life, Shirley Millick, in 1949. They had three children while living and working in Ely and in 1962 they moved to Reno and added two more.

LeRoy and Shirley loved to travel and especially loved traveling to Hawaii.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, both parents, and his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his children Kathleen Suarez (Manuel), Judy Holladay (Ron), Don Apodaca (Denise Banks), Raechelle Apodaca, Chris Apodaca (Rachel), 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the hard working caregivers at Brookdale Vista for taking such good care of Dad.  We would also like to thank Kindred Hospice for making Dad’s last few weeks/days more comfortable.

On November 11, 2017, at 11:00 AM, Dad’s and Mom’s remains will be placed in the Ely, Nevada cemetery alongside Grandma Apodaca, after a small family graveside service.

Dad, you were the greatest. You gave us love, kindness and devotion, and were an example for us all. You helped to create what we are and for this we thank you.

The world is a better place because of you.

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  1. Ken and Sandra Topholm says:

    Condolences to the Apadaca family. Rest in peace, Roy.

  2. Theresa M Watson says:

    I would like to leave a comment re the birthplace of Mr. Apodaca. The obit mentions a town named Kersey, Colorado. I grew up in the Kersey area and many of my relatives lived there as well. My grandparents settled in the Kersey/Greeley, Colorado area in 1909. I have a connection to Kersey and was amazed to find someone born in that area. I also lived in McGill, Nevada and graduated from White Pine High School in 1952, The story of Mr. Apodaca parallels the story of my parents as well. There weren’t many jobs in Colorado in the 1940’s; my parents moved to Kimberly/Ely, Nevada. My parents – Harold and Alvina Ley are buried in the Ely cemetery, Ely, Nevada. A parting though for the Apodaca family – Remember the good times enjoyed by all of your family. Kersey was a small farming community in Colorado in the 1940’s. I live in Minden, Nevada at the present.

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