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Lee Roy Laymon, 81, of Mason, Wisconsin, formerly of Taylorville and Edinburg, IL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born on January 31, 1936, in Taylorville, Illinois, the son of Roy and Ocie (Hattchett) Laymon. Lee Roy graduated from Edinburg High School. Soon after married Ada Marie (Johnny) Kuntz with whom he had two children, Kirt and Kim and lived in Edinburg for the first 61 years of his life. Lee Roy sold building supplies in and around Springfield, Illinois for several years. Eventually started his own excavating business which he continued operating until moving to Wisconsin. As a young man, Lee Roy barrel raced in rodeos. He had motorcycles most of his adult life and participated in snowmobile races in his 60's. He was a well-known basketball player into his early 50's.
Lee Roy married Cindy Harrison on October 17, 1995, in the Carousel Room at the House on the Rock in Dodgeville. With his wife, he took two 5,000-mile road trips, the first through Mexico and later through Canada. In his middle 70's, he did three Iron Butt Motorcycle runs, two of them were 1,500 miles, within 36 hours and one 1,000 miles run in less than 24 hours. He and Cindy moved to Cable, Wisconsin in the beginning of 1997. They later moved to the Town of Lincoln, Wisconsin where they built and operated the Penokee Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast, which they ran for 12 years. During this time, he acquired 12 Huskies and they ran their dogs in the Penokee Mountains. In 2005, he started shooting pool and was frequently in the Top 10 lists in the Senior Hotshot League. He met and made many new friends in the pool league, something he continued up until a few months before his death. Lee Roy loved to volunteer, assisted with the International Birkebiner Cross Country Ski Races for several years, the marathon Roller Blade races, Bicycle races, and was a Bell Ringer for Salvation Army. Lee Roy was dearly loved by his many friends and was always there to help anyone with anything at any time.
He was survived by his Wife, Cindy Laymon of Mason, WI, Daughter Kim (Bart) Gregurich of Pleasant Hill, IL, Son Kirt (Teresa Brockelsby) of Edinburg, IL; Three stepchildren, Riley (Vanessa Coldwater) Harrison of Minneapolis, MN, Randy (Andrea) Harrison of Minneapolis, MN and Sean Harrison of Minneapolis, MN; Six grandchildren, Noah and Avery Gregurich, Tanner Laymon, Madeline, Abigail and Lily Harrison; three sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Marlin) Lofton, Audrey (Jim) Gall and Carol Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held in Cable, Wisconsin on January 20. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville and memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.