WØOFY - October 23, 2016|
Director 2006 - 2012
Leroy G. 'Baldy' Baldwin
QCWA # 24694
Chapter 8, 63 & 123
LeRoy Baldwin, 84, of Robins, died Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Manor Care Health Services in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center. Burial will follow the services at Saratoga Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
LeRoy George Baldwin was born February 22, 1932, in Hennepin County, MN, the son of Irwin and Mamie Olson Baldwin. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. LeRoy was in the Naval Reserve serving in VP-813. On December 5, 1959, he married Ruby Paulsen in Minneapolis, MN. He worked as an electrical engineer at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids.
LeRoy is survived by his wife, Ruby of Webster City; sons, Frank (Elaine) Baldwin of Madrid, Bill (Susan) Baldwin of Webster City; grandchildren, Austin, Jennifer, Logan, Tanner, Kyra and Irwin.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson in infancy, Jordan.
He enjoyed operating his Ham Radio and driving antique cars. LeRoy was a member of the A.A.C.A. (Antique Automobile Club of America), Q.C.W.A. (Quarter Century Wireless Association) and the A.R.R.L. (American Radio Relay League).
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Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 11:23 PM
To: NØUF ; WBØKZB ; WDØGUP
Subject: WØOFY SK
I'm sorry to report the passing of my father, LeRoy (Baldy) Baldwin W0OFY on Sunday Oct 23. My dad loved the QCWA on the air nets and right up to his death was planning his new station setup in the assisted living apartment.
Arrangements are being handled by Foster Funeral and Cremation center Webster city, Iowa. http://www.fosterfuneralandcremation.com/
January 17, 2013
Leroy Baldwin, "Baldy" retired from Collins Radio in 1990 after 35 years of employment. He started at Collins after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1955. A fellow student, Jerry, received his "ticket", WØMVP in the fall of 1952 and then Baldy, with a friend, took the Novice and Technician tests the day after Thanksgiving in 1952. Baldy received the call WØOFY in May of 1953. His friend got WØOFZ and is now a SK. It took 5 months for the FCC to get our licences out. Jerry (WØMVP), Gail (WØOFZ) and Baldy got on the 220mhz band by building receive converters and transmitters. There was no equipment to buy in those days. Next came 2 meters and then 6 meters was made available to the Technician class licence. He operated 6 meters mobile from 1954 to 1960 from both Minneapolis and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ham radio activities were put on the back burner from 1960 to 1990 with work, family and antique automobile activities. He up graded to Extra class in 1991 by passing the 20 wpm code, Advanced and Extra written exams.
He joined the QCWA via Al, WØPEX (SK) in 1991. He was net control for Chapter 8. He is a member of both Chapter 8 (MN) and 123 (IA). He has been to Dayton for the last 12 years with his son, Frank, NØSFF and plans to go many more times.