West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Leroy Croney was born the son of Ernest Croney and Fayreen Gilmore Croney, on August 2, 1940 in East Prairie, Missouri and departed this life on April 17, 2020 in Myrtle, Missouri at the age of 79.

He was united in marriage to Ida Mary Ann Hayes who preceded him in death.  He was united to Debbie Lynn Perry who preceded him in death.

 Leroy is survived by one son, Mitchell Lee Croney and wife, Melba; one daughter, Melinda Ann Croney; one step-daughter, Brandi Sue Hathcoat and husband, Chris; one step-son Kent Allen West and wife, Lynette; four grandchildren, Johnathan McIntare, Anthony McIntare, Allicia Clark and husband, Chris, and Mary Croney; two great grandchildren, Skylar Gwen McIntare and Colter Alexander Lee McIntare; four step-grandchildren, Whitney DeAnn Scott, Hunter Alan West, Caden Cooper and Riley West; one step-great grandchild, Kensley Lynn Hathcoat; one sister, Brenda Bailey and husband, Melvin; two sisters-in-law, Jeanie Croney and Lillie Mae Croney; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Mary Ann Croney and Debbie Croney; one infant daughter, Ronnica Lynn Croney; and two brothers, Charles Croney and Thomas Croney.

Leroy was a Christian and a member of the Myrtle Free Will Baptist Church.

He was a Master Mason and a member of the Lodge in Alton, Missouri and later attended the Clifton Lodge in Thayer, Missouri.

Leroy graduated from Couch High School and attended some college.

He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation and retired after 36 ½ years of service.  At the time of his retirement, he had attained the position of shed foreman.  Leroy was also a farmer, raising livestock.

Leroy liked to hunt and fish.  He also loved to play pool.  He enjoyed visiting with his friends.

Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.  He will truly be missed by his family and all that knew him.

Graveside services for Leroy Croney, age 79, will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at New Salem Cemetery in Couch, Missouri with Brother Ralph Douglas officiating.

Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Couch, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Tonya Croney Traw
    April 19, 2020 @ 2:29 pm

    Uncle Leroy was a kind man with a big heart. Keeping Mitchell , Melinda and family in my thoughts and Prayers. Leroy is now with some awesome company in heaven’s gates.


  2. Mona
    April 19, 2020 @ 2:44 pm

    Melinda I’m so sorry for your loss! prayers🙏🙏 Love you!


  3. Barbara Hoyt
    April 19, 2020 @ 3:45 pm

    We regret learning of the passing of Leroy. I , along with the rest of the Couch High School Class of 1959 , extend to his family our deepest sympathy. Our prayer is that you will find comfort in knowing that others care.

    Barbara Hoyt


  4. Garry and Barbara Hoyt
    April 19, 2020 @ 3:55 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Leroy Croney-a former classmate of Couch High School.


  5. Phyllis Miller
    April 20, 2020 @ 11:26 am

    Leroy’s family have my deepest sympathy. I graduated with his late brother Charles in 1955. I’m acquainted with some of his extended family. May God’s peace be with you.


  6. Branden Manley
    April 20, 2020 @ 11:47 am

    I met Mr. Croney one day when he stopped at my house to ask me about a pond he used to fish when he was younger. From that day forward Leroy and I became good friends that would play pool together and drink coffee together at my house. He loved his Ford Trucks and would talk bout em all the time. He was a nice man. A loved man. I’m going to truly miss you Leroy.


  7. Joyce Bell
    April 20, 2020 @ 1:58 pm

    Mitchell, Melinda Croney and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Remembering all of you in our prayers.

    Joyce Croney-Bell


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