LeeRoy C. Pistole passed away peacefully in his sleep at home after a lengthy illness on Friday, July 15, 2005.
LeeRoy was born on Oct. 9, 1935, in Childress, Texas, to Leola and Lloyd Pistole. They came to California in 1938 and settled in Lindsay, where he attended school. While in high school he participated in track and held a track record. He also played in a championship football game against Kingsburg in 1953 and won the game. In 1954 he joined the Army for two years and was in the Signal Corps while he was stationed in Germany. He represented the United States on the track team and received several medals.
He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann (Berry) Pistole, with whom he attended first grade. They lived in Ukiah, Calif., where he was a licensed vocational nurse and worked for the Mendocino State Hospital. They also lived in Lindsay and Exeter, and Mary Ann now resides in Visalia.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Berry) Pistole and three children: Debi (Jenvey) Burr, Becky Baker, and Kevin Pistole and his wife Amanda, all of Visalia. He also leaves four grandchildren: Cheyenne Jenvey of Fresno, Haley and Kyle Baker of Visalia, and Trevor Pistole of Visalia. He is also survived by his mother, Leola Buckwalter (formerly of Lindsay), of Visalia; his brother Carroll and his wife, Barbara, of California; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was past president of Eagle Club of Exeter and a member of the Charter Oaks Car Club of Visalia. He loved the tours he took with them in his 1934 Model A. He loved the mountains, fishing, hunting, and was a gun enthusiast.
He had such an outgoing personality that everyone he came in contact with couldn't help but love him. His wit and jokes he told made everyone laugh. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and he had an unforgettable smile for everyone. He loved his children and grandchildren with an unconditional love and will be greatly missed by all.
Viewing will be held today, July 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Miller Memorial Chapel in Visalia. Military graveside services will be held on Friday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the Visalia Cemetery.