Leroy A. Bley

Leroy A. Bley passed away at his Port Washington, Wis., home on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. He was 97.

Leroy was born in Belgium, Wis., to Nic and Helen Kleckner Bley on May 20, 1925.

He grew up in Belgium, Knellsville and Port Washington. He fondly remembered growing up on Milwaukee Street in Port in a duplex built by his father. His job as a newspaper delivery boy helped him develop lifelong memories of the people and the city in the 1930s.

At age 17, Leroy graduated from Port Washington High School with the Class of 1942.

In May 1943, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy Seabees. His battalion was sent to Guam in the Pacific Theater — a long way from home for a boy who had never left southeastern Wisconsin. He was discharged in April 1946 — not yet 21 years old.

He and Joan Hames were married on July 3, 1948. Their marriage lasted more than 70 years until Joan passed away in 2018.

Leroy and Joan worked hard to raise four children and develop Bley Builders, Leroy’s construction and remodeling business. He and Joan enjoyed a close-knit group of friends, including a sheepshead club that lasted for more than 50 years.

In 2011, he was privileged to participate in a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Leroy was an active volunteer for his church, city, county and other organizations throughout his life. He served on the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors for 22 years, the last eight as board chairman.

He was a member of VFW Post 5373, where he served on the military honor guard for funerals for local veterans, Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82, the Port Washington Historical Society and Luxembourg American Cultural Society.

He was proud that several of his children and grandchildren have attained Luxembourg citizenship.

He is survived by his children Linda (Steve) Gebert of Beavercreek, Ohio, Mary Bley of Port Washington, Paul (Natalie) Bley of Falls Church, Va., and Amy Bley of Waukesha; his grandchildren Julie (Esben) Hansen, Holly (Paul Sehzue) Gebert, Melanie Gebert, John Francetic, Eleanor Tobin Griffin; and great-grandchildren Lucas and Camilla Hansen.

He is further survived by his brother Nic (Pat) Bley, nieces, nephews and godchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; his sisters Mary Ellen Niederkorn and Eileen Redig; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Robert  Niederkorn, Walter  Redig, William Krier, Wilmer and Ruth Hames, Lee and Patricia Hames and Hallie and Beatrice Newlun.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin St. in Port Washington. Visitation will take place Friday at the church from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. with a military walk-through at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of Leroy’s life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Beacon Restaurant in the Harborview Hotel, 135 E. Grand Ave., Port Washington, after the Mass. The family welcomes all to attend and share their memories of Leroy.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington the following day.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or the Port Washington Historical Society.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family. Information and condolences can be found at www.poolefh.com.



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