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LeRoy Walter Yost

Funeral services for LeRoy Walter Yost, 64, of Hutchinson, were held Monday, Jan. 5, from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Thor Skeie and the Rev. Jon Lindekugel officiating.

Mr. Yost died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Organist was Bev Wangerin, and soloist Randy Koppen sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "On Eagle's Wings." Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art" and "Shenandoah."

Pallbearers were Charles Brill, Douglas Dobratz, Don Exum, Andy Ypma, Mike Long and Charles Czcalla. Military honors were provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Mr. Yost was born on Aug. 15, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb., to Harry and Marie (Walter) Yost. He was baptized and confirmed at Frieden's Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Lincoln High School and then moved to Minnesota to attend Hamline University. Afterwards, he worked at Control Data Corporation as a contract negotiator while obtaining his juris doctorate at William Mitchell College of Law.

Mr. Yost was united in marriage to Pamela Eckman on Oct., 2 1971, at the Fort Snelling Chapel. Their marriage was blessed with two children, John and Joseph.

On Dec. 1, 1971, Mr. Yost was appointed McLeod County judge at the age of 31. During his judgeship, he had a leading role in establishing Minnesota's Probate Code and the McLeod County boys and girls group homes. He served as judge for 32 years. At the time of his death, Judge Yost was Minnesota's senior judge.

Judge Yost was a devoted, loving and caring husband and father. He was also fond of his cigars, motorcycles, and bulldog. He greatly enjoyed watching Nebraska Cornhusker games and spending time at the family cabin.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Ann (Eckman) Yost of Hutchinson; and sons, John LeRoy Yost, of New Ulm and Joseph Harry Yost, of Minneapolis.

Preceding him death were his parents and brother, Harry Donald Yost.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge in Hutchinson.

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