Leo P. McCaffrey

Posted 6/13/19

Leo P. McCaffrey, age 94, of Walton, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

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Leo P. McCaffrey


Leo P. McCaffrey, age 94, of Walton, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

He was born November 21, 1924, in Marion Township, Lee County, the son of Joseph and Marie (Fitzpatrick) McCaffrey.

Leo was a graduate of Amboy High School, Class of 1942.  He was a lifelong farmer and had also worked at the Green River Ordnance Plant during World War II, and Borg Warner in Dixon.

Leo was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Walton, the Knights of Columbus, and the Loyal Order of Moose.  He also served many years as an Election Judge for Marion Township as well as township trustee.

Leo loved his family and farming, the Boot Scootin' Seniors Line Dancing in Oregon, and he had a wonderful, witty sense of humor. He lived his whole life on the farm he was born on,  and was the third generation of four to farm the family farm.

Leo married Kathleen Ann Becker in Amboy, Sept. 1, 1948. She preceded him in death June 1, 1991. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joe McCaffrey; his sister, Arlene Bowes; his daughter-in-law, Bobbi McCaffrey; and his long time special friend, Dolly


Survivors include his children, Tom McCaffrey, of St. Charles, Maureen (Bob) Smith, of Richland Center, Wis., Eileen (Tom) Cain, of Oregon, Tony (Stephanie) McCaffrey, of West Brookfield, MA, Ed McCaffrey, of Walton, and Steve (Cheryl) McCaffrey, of Dixon; his sister Mary Jean Heck, of Dixon; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Leo's family appreciates the loving care he was given at Avonlea Cottage in Dixon and Serenity Home in Oregon.

Funeral services will be held on Monday June 17, 2019, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. Prayer service in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church in Walton with the Rev. Timothy Draper, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy.  Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. with a scripture service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

A memorial has been established to St Mary's Church in Walton. 

Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.