Pioneers of Yesterday

LeRoy and his wife Carol raised three children while making a weekend stop at Alexandria a must during the winter.

LeRoy built the Garden Center Tournament into the largest tournament in the State. From the original eight-lane house the Garden Center has expanded to 34 lanes and houses a good junior program and school Physical Education program.

LeRoy was a good bowler rolling a perfect game and 12 700ís in his career. He rolled a 297 game and a 703 series at Biltmore Lanes for his highest scores in the State Tournament. He was a member of a team from Osakis that won the State Title in 1958. He averaged 200 or better twice in league competition. He has bowled in 33 ABC Tournaments with a 14th place finish in doubles his high. He has won several City Association Tournaments and some smaller tournaments around the state.

LeRoy has been very active in the BPAA. He has been President and a Board Member on the MBPA, National Director of the BPAA for 25 years, and was Regional Vice President of the BPAA West Central Region in 1982.

LeRoy is active locally also. He is a Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Rotary Club, and also serving on the Utility Board for Alexandria. LeRoy was honored as the Good Neighbor Award from WCCO radio in November of 1981.

LeRoy says he really enjoys the sport of bowling. He has turned most of the operation of the lanes to his son Charlie and daughter Susan but he is still active and still bowling.