LeRoy Holt Pinkham, 95, of El Paso formerly of East Peoria, IL passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Heritage Health Nursing Home in El Paso.
He was born in Woodford County, IL a son of Roy and Alta Holt Pinkham.
He married Wilma Smith on November 14, 1948. She passed away.
Survivors include one brother, Rex Pinkham of El Paso, IL; one sister, Janet Armstrong of Minonk; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons, Raymond, Paul and Steven; brother, Lyle Gene Pinkham; two sisters, Eva Jane Kingdon and Peggy Schneider.
LeRoy was employed as a plumber and L.P. gas serviceman in El Paso and a Fire and explosion suppression technician in Peoria.
He served in the U.S. 8th Air Force from 1943-1946 as a gunner on a B-17 flying fortress. He was awarded the air medal for flying combat missions over Europe during WWII.
He was a charter member and past commander of El Paso V.F.W. Post #6026.
LeRoy enjoyed building and flying ultralight airplanes with his son Steve, playing golf, and riding his Harley motorcycle.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso where military honors will be accorded at the grave. Pastor Josh Gates will officiate. Cremation will be accorded. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is handling arrangements for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to El Paso V.F.W. Post #6026. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com