LeRoy Willey was born in the Windsor, North Dakota area in 1929. He is the son of Lloyd and Josephine Willey, and he grew up and attended school in that community.
Dorthy Jibbens was born on the Cunningham farm, 3 ½ miles northeast of Ypsilanti, in Winfield Township, Stutsman County. She lived there with her parents, James and Minnie Jibbens, until 1936, when her parents moved to the Nelson farm, which was later the site of the Jamestown Sand and Gravel.
LeRoy and Dorthy were married on September 9, 1950. LeRoy served in the U.S. Army for two years, from 1951 to 1953, stationed in Germany. Following his military service, he and Dorthy moved onto the farm, where they were still living in 1982, at the time that the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published. They built a new home there in 1972, and their old home was moved, becoming a shop for their upholstery business.
They had two children: Evonne and Debbie.