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Joel Leroy Salyer

March 20, 2027 April 10, 2015
Joel Leroy Salyer
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Joel Leroy Salyer, 88, of Elyria, passed away on Friday, April 10th, 2015, at The Cleveland Clinic main campus due to complications related to an unsourced blood infection. He was born March 20th, 1927, in Johnson County Kentucky but lived most of his life in Lorain, Ohio and most recently in Elyria, Ohio. Leroy (Joel) retired from United States Steel/National Tube in Lorain, Ohio and also proudly served during World War II in the United States Army. Known for his devout Christian testimony and compassionate, giving heart, Leroy attended Pentecostal Foursquare Churches in Amherst, Lorain and Elyria throughout his life. Over the past two years, he found great joy and solace under the ministry of Pastor Scott Skeens at the Sheffield Church of God in Sheffield, Ohio. He was also renowned throughout Lorain County as an avid outdoorsman and Cleveland sports fans. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with long-time friends Bob Tolliver, Nolan Smith, Whitey Newman, the Messer brothers, Dick Hecock and his favorite hunting & fishing companion, his devoted grandson, Ryan Salyer. In addition to his faith, Joel Leroy dedicated his life to the woman he adored and was married to for over 64 years, Dorothy Jennette (Fyffe) Salyer, who survives him. Leroy was also very proud of his two surviving sons, Ronald (Camille) Salyer and Kevin (Tina) Salyer. His sons reside in Seguin, Texas and LaGrange, Ohio, respectively. Leroy is also survived by his beloved sister, Betty Jo Wolf of Amherst, Ohio as well as the three other lights of his life, his grandsons Cole Salyer of Seguin, Texas and Ryan (Betsy) Salyer of Newark, Ohio and his favorite granddaughter Rachel Salyer of LaGrange and her fianc� Corey Dean, of Wellington, Ohio. Joel Leroy was preceded to heaven by his mother Hester Mae (Sturgill) Salyer and father Harry B. Salyer of Johnson County, Kentucky along with his three brothers, Eugel (Ruth) Salyer of Lorain, Ohio, Eugene (Eileen) Salyer of Ashland, Kentucky and Harry Russell (Garnett) Salyer of Paintsville, Kentucky. In the final year of his life, Joel Leroy deeply appreciated the compassion and care shown to his wife Dorothy by the outstanding staff at Porter Pavilion at Avon Oaks under the direction of Mindi Husk. He also thrived on the daily kindnesses, friendship and camaraderie extended to him by "Big Ed" Juristy and Viola Strong along with the Porter Pavilion nurses and caregivers and the owner and service team at Nick's Family Restaurant in Elyria, Ohio, where he dined daily. The private family service for Joel Leroy Salyer was held Wednesday, April 15, and arrangements were entrusted to Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home in Elyria, Ohio. He was interred at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst, Ohio. The service was officiated by Pastor Scott Skeens of the Sheffield Church of God. Memorial contributions can be made to Porter Pavilion at Avon Oaks 37800 French Creek Rd. Avon, Ohio 44011. Online condolences may be expressed at







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