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Leroy B. Spivey
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Obituary for Leroy B. Spivey

Leroy (Roy) Spivey was born in 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio during the recovery period from the Great Depression. Roy passed away at his home on March 22, 2018.
Roy spent his childhood there with his mother, father, two brothers, and a sister. He journeyed away from the city for summers to Melbourne, Florida and was surrounded by a loving group of aunts, uncles, and cousins. While still in Cleveland, Roy graduated from East Tech High School and after graduation worked several jobs including spinning records for the Moondog Alan Freed on Cleveland’s WJW radio station. Roy played semi-pro baseball in the Cleveland area and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played for both the Dodgers and the Yankees in the minor leagues for a couple years. With little hope of a successful career in baseball, Roy enlisted in the Army and left Cleveland for good. Roy was a renaissance man and his multiple talents led to a life well lived.
• Career in the U.S. Army
• Marriage, children and college
• A few government jobs - National Park Service and Bureau of Engraving and Printing
• Space – Lockheed Space Operations - Kennedy Space Center
• Metro / NY City Transit -
• Consulting System Safety Engineering – his own business GSSEI , Alion Science & Technology, and Parson’s Brinkerhoff (WSP)
In 2001 Roy was persuaded to take his first cruise and never looked back. He formed a travel group called “The Bucket List Group” and together, they traveled the world.
Roy is survived by his wife Bettie and children, Ben (Abby), Sean (Angie), Shannon (Youssef), Nicky (Charles), and Rodney (Tammie); 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife Elisabeth Traub and their daughter, Helga. Also deceased are his mother, Arizona; father, Calvin; brothers, James and Calvin; and sister Helen.
Those desiring in lieu of flowers may make contributions to The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument, to be dedicated on April 18, 2018, at Arlington National Cemetery. VHPA HQ, 2100 N. Highway 360, Suite 907, Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
Roy was loved by many and we will hold memories of him in our hearts forever.
*A private ceremony to honor Roy’s service to our nation will be recognized with
Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.


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Service

Tuesday

3

Apr

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jefferson Funeral Chapel

5755 Castlewellan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315


Memorial Contribution

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument

VHPA HQ
2100 N. Highway 360 Ste. 907
Grand Prarie, Texas 75050
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