Leota LaVerne Brucker, 92, of Cropsey passed away at 8:55 a.m., March 5 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury. Her funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Burial will be in Cropsey Cemetery, Cropsey. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Thursday also at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cropsey United Methodist Church or McLean County Humane Society.
Mrs. Brucker was born March 22, 1923 in Chatsworth the daughter of Jesse and Myrtle Ekiss Armstrong. At the age of two she and her family moved to a farm in the Cropsey area. She married Henry W. Brucker on Sep. 7, 1947 in Cropsey. He passed away on Nov. 10, 1991. Surviving are two daughters, Donita Brucker of Cropsey and Darlene (Darrell) McRoberts of Hooper, Utah; three grandchildren Cindy (Joe) Merideth of Chenoa, Brett McRoberts of Layton, Utah and Melissa McRoberts of Seattle, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Skylar and Michael Merideth of Chenoa. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Brucker, her parents, a sister, Mabel Ringler, and two brothers, Virgil and Dale Armstrong.
She attended Strawn Grade and High Schools; graduating Valedictorian in 1941. Leota worked for the Cropsey Co-op Grain Company for 20 years and was a manager for three years. At that time the company not only handled grain but also coal, feed, seed, fertilizer, lumber and a complete line of building material. They also operated a feed mill. She was an accountant for Honegger and company and then worked as an office manager and nation-wide truck driver for Carl Bachtold Mower Co. for 17 years. One of her main interests was traveling which took her to all of the states numerous times and twenty countries around the world. She especially loved high rugged mountains. She enjoyed all sports and played basketball in high school. She was an antique enthusiast and acquired large collections of many items including 1750 open salt dips. (Some other collections included toothpick holders, vinegar cruets, marbles, barbwire, spcomer, etc.) Leota was a member of Charity Home Rebekah Lodge 112, the Fairbury Senior Club, and was the secretary and treasurer of the Cropsey Mutual Water Corp. She was also organized the first Girl Scout troop in Cropsey in the 1950’s and was their leader for a number of years. Her favorite thing was to “Go where she had never been” Condolences and tributes may be made to the family at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.