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Leroy Niederhofer


September 18, 1954
September 21, 2020

Visitation 5 - 8:00 P.M. Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Richview Methodist Church, Richview
Funeral 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 25, 2020 - Richview Methodist Church, Richview

Leroy Dean Niederhofer, 66, of Centralia passed away suddenly Monday, September 21, 2020 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born on September 18, 1954 the son of Loren “Roy” and Joann (Arment) Niederhofer in Centralia. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Sheila Skibinski on June 21, 1975 at Richview Methodist Church and she survives in Centralia.

Along with his wife of 45 years, survivors that will remember Leroy’s gentle soul include his supportive mother, Joann Niederhofer of Richview; beloved children, Danny Niederhofer and wife Brooke of Richview, and Josh Niederhofer and wife Misty of Breese; cherished grandchildren, Rayne Niederhofer, Lorren Niederhofer, and Ben Niederhofer; caring siblings, Larry Niederhofer and wife Debbie of Richview, and Peggy Edmunds and husband Terrell of Hickory, NC.

Mr. Niederhofer was preceded in death by his father, Loren “Roy” Niederhofer; son, Ryan Niederhofer and sister, Linda Partain.

Mr. Niederhofer was a graduate of Centralia High School the class of 1972. It was during this time that Leroy fell in love with his beautiful next door neighbor, Sheila and their love story began as high school sweethearts. Their love continued to grow during many wonderful years of marriage. Leroy could be found close by Sheila’s side holding her hand in his. In his adventurous, younger years, he did well as a competitive motorcycle hill climber when he was not helping on the family farm. Leroy had a huge heart for missions and was always at the ready to share his gifts in any way he could. He was a longtime member of Richview United Methodist Church and extremely active in their program TWIGS. He was acknowledged as the heart and soul of the Richview United Methodist Church. He also attended The Rock Church where his faith lifted many parishioners spirits. Leroy worked for Burlington Northern for 9 years and later was self-employed as owner of Fortmeyer Electric. He was a member of IBEW Local 702 and Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 653. He never truly retired as he was a phone call away to help his fellow friends and contractors that needed his expertise. Leroy was a man of many talents and created beautiful furniture. He was an amazing grandfather that loved to spoil his grandchildren, making sure to always have candy in his pocket to share with them. Leroy enjoyed the beauty of the United States and was grateful to travel to almost all 50 states. He recently started hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail. He will be remembered for his love of ice cream and was known to make special trips to Sesser to get their sherbet that he would generously share with his neighbors. Leroy’s life was a testament to all in treating others with love and respect. He made those around him feel special, loved and well taken care of. Leroy will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Leroy Niederhofer with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 25, 2020 with Rev. Mark Myers and Pastor Steve Upchurch officiating at Richview Methodist Church in Richview. A visitation time to offer support for Leroy’s family will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Richview Methodist Church. Memorials may be made in Leroy’s honor to Richview Cemetery, Richview Church TWIGS, Centralia Pregnancy Care Clinic, and/or St. Judes Childrens Hospital. Online condolences and memories of Leroy may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.