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Lee Roy Diggs, USAF (Retired)April 27, 1928 – December 10, 2009
Memorial Services for Lee Roy Diggs, 81, of Cleo Springs, will be 10:00 am, Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Glorious Church east of Cleo Springs. Reverend Scott Heusel will officiate. Burial of the ashes will follow at the Cleo Springs Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home, Inc.
There will be no public viewing; friends may sign the register book at the funeral home.
Lee Roy Diggs was born April 27, 1928 in Clovis, New Mexico to Laken Raymond and Gladys Augusta (Miller) Diggs and passed away December 10, 2009 at Bass Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma.
He spent 26 years in Military Service, Army 6 years as a tank driver and 20 years Air Force as a flight engineer on helicopters. Le Roy served in Germany, Okinawa, Dutch New Guinea and two tours Viet Nam, and a tour in an Elite Group at Boiling AFB Washington DC and in the Vice-President Helicopter Group at Andrews AFB, Md.
On December 21st 1953 he married Lona Dolores Kopf at Raton, New Mexico. After retiring in 1974 Lee Roy owned a greenhouses in Florida, worked as an oilfield welder in Wyoming and after returning to Oklahoma served as Police Chief of Cleo Springs, and served 20 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Major County, dispatcher, and reserve. He owned the Old-n-New shop in Cleo and was a volunteer at the Cleo Springs Senior Center.
Lee Roy is survived by his wife Dolores of the home. Niece Anna Faye Lawrence and family, of Kingfisher, OK., Brother Benny Ray Diggs of Clarinton, TX., Special Friends Stephen and Sammie Jester, His beloved dog Coco, and cat Tommy and other Nieces and Nephews in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Lee Roy was preceded in death by his parents and sister MaryAnn McDowell.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to medical research for Parkinson Disease, Quilts of Valor, or Cleo Senior Citizens Center with Fairview Funeral Home Inc. acting as custodian of Donations.
Condolences may be made online at www.fairviewfuneralhomeinc.com
In Loving MemoryOfLee Roy Diggs
Dear Lord, maker of Heavens aboveearth and sea belowhear our pryerfor the men and womenof the United States Air Forceas they answertheir Country’s callto serve, defend, and protecall we hold dear.Accept their sacrificesof time, energy, effort, blood, life.In times of peaceand in times of strifebe with them and with theirfamilies, loved oneswho they want to be withbut must leave …our Nation to serve and defend.Give them hope, peace,joy without end,and bless Americawith Your Grace and Love.
From the lake, from the hill,From the sky.As is well, safely rest. God is nigh.Thanks and praise for our days‘neath the sun, ‘neath the stars,‘neath the sky.As we go, this we know.God is nigh.
~ REMEMBRANCES ~
Remembrance comments from Joe Ballinger – I first met him in 1965 when he came in with the first “Jolly Green” CH-3C’s to NKP in July 1965. Like many of the crewmen who flew with us then, he was “One of a Kind that you’ll remember forever!”. But it needs to be added that Lee Roy Diggs was on the Third Jolly Green pickup of Frederick R. Greenwood in the North Vietnam Panhandle, 21 September 1965. He and Pert were operating the hoist that day. George Martin was the AC and George Warren the CP.