Charles Leonard Croyle


December 30, 1918 - February 25, 2014


     Charles Leonard Croyle was born December 30, 1918 to Charles Frederick and Esther Emily (St. John) Croyle in Laramie, WY. He attended grade school in Pueblo, CO. Later the family moved to Atascadero, CA, where he attended high school, then moved to Harrison, ID, where he graduated from high school in 1936.

     He received his bachelor’s degree in 1942 from the Immanuel Missionary Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO. There he met Ethel Virginia Graves and they were married June 8, 1945.

     Leonard sold real estate I   n Colorado Springs, CO; he and Virginia also owned several businesses. In 1971, the family moved to Mitchell, NE. In 1975, the family moved to Mitchell, SD so that the children could attend Faith Bible School. In Mitchell he worked for Puetz Construction Company, Jack’s Campers and Owatonna Manufacturing. In his “retirement” years, he helped with some of the maintenance work at Faith Bible School, and attended Faith Missionary Church.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; daughter, JoAnn (Dan) Tapio; brothers, Lawrence and Don; sister, Winifred Farmer; and great-grandson, Justin Carvo.

     He is survived by daughters, Beverly (Quent) Keaveny of Rainier, WA, Elizabeth (Jared) Graf of Maple City, MI, Cheryl (Ray) Rothfuss of Mitchell, SD, Ginny (Jeff) Hooker of Emory, TX; son Charles (Lisa) Croyle of Granger, IA; sister, Josephine (Ed) Wickwire of Newport, WA; and brother, Homer of Spokane, WA, thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.


     The family has requested any memorials to be sent to the Faith Bible School Scholarship Scholarship Fund at:

Faith Bible School
1009 E 6th Ave
Mitchell SD 57301


Sunday, March 2, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, March 3, 2014
10:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Other than singing with Leonard at Peoples Bible College, I remember well our being roommates
at 2709 West Cucharras. We slept on the second floor, back porch, and, many times woke up to
a good covering of snow on our bed ! Leonard was a kind, caring ,Christian and a great example of
what a devoted Christ-follower was, and should be.

Although I am now but eighty - seven years, I am looking forward to fellowship in the after life with
Leonard, and the myriad of saints who now await. Praise God !
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Posted by Dorcas (Oettinger) Brown on March 5, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. While I did not know Bro. Croyle very well, yet I remember going into the Swap Shop at different times. It was always a pleasure to shop there.
Even though a parent is of advanced age, it is still a loss, when one passes on. I'm sure you will miss him. May God comfort you in your time of loss.
Dorcas (Oettinger) Brown
Posted by Becky Engle-Schulte on March 5, 2014
Sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good friend to our family. I loved hearing him play the saw.
Posted by David and Amy Balty on March 2, 2014
I was privileged to spend the first 8 years of my life attending church and school events with Brother Croyle. Then, 20 years later, we were reaquainted through the marriage of my sister to his son. My most prominent memories of the earlier years were reaffirmed whenever I have spent time with Brother Croyle. Behind his often stern expression lived a remarkably humorous and kind man. I am a better man for having known Leonard Croyle.
David Balty
Posted by Ann Johnson on March 1, 2014
my prayers are with you
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