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August 26, 1922 ~ August 1, 2021 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Leroy Harriger, 98, of New Castle passed away on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, at his home.
Leroy was born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Clarion, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Roy and Minnie (Ediburn) Harriger, and came to the area at the age of eight.
Over the years, Leroy had many jobs, including farming, milk testing, scuba instructor and truck driver. He also worked in the brickyards and was a small business owner.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he served in the 435th Fighter Squadron and the 479th Fighter Group. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with six Bronze Stars.
He was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. He was a member of the American Legion Post 638, where he served as a commander.
He was a member of Westfield Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon.
Leroy was also a member at the Johnson Club, Mahoning Sportsman Club and the Bessemer Croatian Club. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting.
Leroy is survived by his five children, Kathleen Ferry, and James, Charles, Jeffrey and David Harriger; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite (Strohecker) Harriger; and his grandson, Justin; and his siblings, Wesley, Wayne, Paul, Earla and Lois.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St., Bessemer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.
Burial will take place in Graceland Cemetery.
Birthplace & Residence Birthplace: Clarion, PA Resided In: New Castle, PA
Visitation Location: Terry Cunningham Funeral Home Date: Thursday, August 05, 2021 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Funeral Location: Westfield Presbyterian Church Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 Service Time: 11:00 am