James Leroy Bacon, 82, of Fredericksburg, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
Due to the inclement weather, the funeral Mass originally scheduled for Friday afternoon, Feb. 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church has been postponed until a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.
Bacon was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of James Leroy Bacon and Eva Ellison Bacon. He married Sue Snider 55 years ago and she survives.
After graduating from Southwest Missouri State in 1960, Bacon went on to earn his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1964.
He was a United States Army veteran, serving as a medical advisor to the Korean Army. He received numerous awards and citations for his service.
His next assignment was to military bases in Germany. Following his discharge, he began a surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic, but switched to emergency medicine, completing his residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1973.
After teaching two years in the emergency medicine program at the university, Bacon began a new adventure.
He became a deacon in the Catholic Church for more than 40 years. The Bacon family moved to St. Lucia, in the West Indies, where he served as a missionary.
After several years in St. Lucia, the Bacon family returned to the United States where he practiced emergency medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and later, Midland.
Following that, they moved to Iraan in 1995 to become the town doctor.
Upon retirement, the Bacons moved to Fredericksburg in 2000 where he continued his services as a deacon at St. Mary’s, and volunteered his medical skills at The Good Samaritan Center.
In addition to his wife, Bacon is survived by four children and spouses, Michael and Suzie Bacon, Kim Bacon and Jed Taylor, Paul and Angie Bacon and Ben and Erin Bacon.
Survivors also include nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund, The Good Samaritan Center or charity of choice.