LeRoy James Berens
1938 - 2018
LeRoy James Berens, born July 4, 1938, passed away on Friday January 26, 2018. LeRoy is preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Philomena Berens. He is survived by his brother Ronald Berens, his five daughters: Michelle Wiora, Hope Berens, Sonja Chuprinko, Laura Pfeil, and Philomena Brady. He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren.
LeRoy was a devout Catholic and an ordained deacon. Deacon Berens served the Diocese of Dallas for over 21 years, at Good Shepherd Parish in Garland and St. Mark’s Parish in Denton. He was a loyal and loving husband to his high school sweetheart, Philomena, for fifty-nine years. He often commented on how lucky he was that the “Beautiful red-haired angel picked me.” LeRoy was an amazing Dad, spending countless hours helping with homework, teaching his girls how to drive, coaching their childhood soccer teams, and so much more.
From 1957 – 1961 LeRoy served in the army, monitoring and protecting the 38th parallel immediately following the Korean War. He was a truck driver and a sharp shooter and reached the rank of Sargent. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Chemistry, and he worked as a Forensic Chemist from 1962 to 1996. Afterwards he was a bus driver for the Garland ISD for five years. In his spare time, Deacon Berens loved to paint and woodwork. He had a weakness for his German whiskey, and he relished spending time in his workshop, turning bowls on his lathe or anything else that involved woodworking. Although somewhat of a quiet man, LeRoy was remarkably intelligent and he was incredibly patient and generous with his time, especially when it came to his ministry as a Deacon.
Deacon Berens will be missed by so many people, most especially his daughters. For all who were blessed to meet LeRoy, they came to know him as an honest and humble man, owing all of his success in life to the many, many blessings bestowed on him by God. While we are sad because the world is minus one more genuinely amazing daddy, husband, and servant to God, we are happy that he will be reunited again with his lovely Philomena and our God whom he has loved and served from the beginning of his life to the very end.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkkwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. A reception will be at 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.