Roy ‘Jasper’ Jesse Leith, II, 80, of Nespelem, Wash., passed away Jan. 12, 2014 in Grand Coulee, Wash. of natural causes. Roy was born June 30, 1934 to Majel Bowker and Roy Leith Sr. of Eagle Butte, S.D. He was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe of Eagle Butte, S.D.
On July 15, 1974, he married Joanne Circle of Nespelem, Wash., where they lived with their family.
Roy retired from Federal Civil Services in 1995 after years of dedication working in Winnebago, Neb., Portland, Ore., Grand Coulee, Wash. and Washington D.C.
Roy was a dedicated fan to the sport of rodeo. Especially when it came to watching his children compete from a very young age. He also enjoyed watching professional football with his wife, Joanne. He was a long-time supporter of the Nespelem Jr. Rodeo and Nespelem All-Indian Rodeo.
Roy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne Leith of Nespelem; six children, Tamara Leith of Moses Lake, Wash., James Leith of Arizona, Victoria Circle of Nespelem, Billie Ann Leith (Randy Taylor) of Nespelem, Roy J. Leith III of Nespelem and Luther A. Leith of Nespelem; his grandchildren, Briana and Twila Monaghan, Kandace Leith, Chandler Leith, Alanna and Merle Picard, Heather Circle, Peter Dan Circle, and Tiffany Circle all of Nespelem; and one great-grandson, Blayne ‘Big Guy’ Picard of Nespelem.
Roy served in the U.S. Air Force foe eight years. He was on U.S.S. Rainier (AE-5) during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by both his parents; and two sisters.
A family rosary was held at the Leith Ranch on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Rosary was held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, with funeral services at the Nespelem Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Burial was a Little Nespelem Cemetery.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.