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Updated: 03/17/2014 03:20:24PM

Leroy Pope

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Leroy “Lee” Pope, 94, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014.

He was the son of Leroy and Florence Pope, born May 21, 1920, in Anderson, Ind.

Leroy served for five years in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a flight instructor. After the war, he was a self-employed drilling contractor in Denver, Colo., and retired to Punta Gorda in 1978.

Leroy will be greatly missed by his wife, Marion; daughter, Ann (Gale) Smith of Pascagoula, Miss.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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