Eddy Leroy Tinnean, 81, was born Aug. 23, 1942, to Roland and Pearl Tinnean. He received his wings to celebrate his homecoming with Jesus on April 19, 2024.

A celebration of life was at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Visitation was from 9-10 a.m. followed by the celebration of life at 10 a.m. The service was livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event/4252296.

Leroy spent his first four years living on a farm near Gretna, Nebraska, then moved to the small town of Greenwood, Nebraska, where he spent his free time helping do chores around the house. They included gardening, pulling weeds, mowing the yard, pulling weeds, doing dishes, pulling weeds, making his bed, and pulling weeds.

He attended Greenwood Elementary School, where he excelled in history and art. He attended high school at Ashland-Greenwood High in Ashland, Nebraska, where he played basketball and got the nickname “Twinkletoes.”

Leroy attended Nebraska Vocational Technical School in Milford, Nebraska, where he received his drafting technology degree. Later in life, he became a pastor with a heart in serving people.

In January of 1965, Leroy had his first child, Jeffrey “Scott” Tinnean, and in July of 1966, his second child, Troy Douglas Tinnean.

After a short engagement, he increased the number of his family by two and married Nancy Glenn Wright on Aug. 5, 1978, who had a 7-year-old son, Sammy Scott Hanna. Nancy stood by Leroy’s side through thick and thin over their 45 years of marriage.

Leroy had a talent of using his hands to create wonderful sculptures, pictures and toys out of wood and was a talented illustrator and teacher, sketching “Chalk Talks” when he would preach from the pulpit.

Leroy and Nancy moved after living in Greenwood, Nebraska, to Panora to the very house they honeymooned in and spent the next 26 years before moving to a cooperative in Ankeny.

Leroy loved every community he lived in. He was an assistant scout master in Greenwood, teaching young boys about the wonders of nature and the great outdoors, and headed up the volunteer fire and rescue department in Greenwood, Nebraska. In Panora, he devoted much of his time always helping others in the community. In Ankeny, he was on the board of directors at the cooperative, writing the newsletter and helping with various wood projects. His daily goal was to help people end their day better than it started.

Leroy is survived by his wife, Nancy; his three sons, Scott, Troy (Karen), and Sammy; his brother, Larry Tinnean (Susie) and nephews and nieces, Stacy Roberts and Todd Tinnean; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jeremy, Abigail, Brock, Milissa, Jennifer and Cameron; as well as his great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Reighann, Christian, Allen, Khloe, Xavii and Gael.

A memorial in Leroy’s honor has been established with Message in Motion Ministries for the printing and distribution of Passports to Heaven.