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Roger Loren LeNore

Roger Loren LeNore, age 42 of Cokato, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005 as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 1, 1963 to Gary LeNore and Lorraine LeNore in Little Falls, where he grew up and attended school. Roger was very active in sports, track, football, and basketball.

His first place of employment was McDonald’s at age 16. He became a manager at age 18, and spent a number of years managing McDonald’s restaurants.

Following that, he was employed at Larson Boats in Little Falls; and then in construction. Currently, Roger was employed by RAM Buildings, Inc. in Winsted, where he earned the nickname “Dad.”

Since 2002, Roger has been residing in Cokato with his fiancée, Theresa VanDeSteeg.

Roger’s favorite pasttimes were fishing, softball, volleyball, and throwing darts. He was always the first to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Roger had three children from previoius marriages, who survive him: Danny LeNore, Amanda LeNore, and Richard LeNore.

He is further survived by his mother, Lorraine LeNore; fiancee Theresa Van De Steeg of Cokato, and her children, Amber White (Shawn Baudler), Brandon VanDeSteeg (Rachel Kusler), and Shanna (Mike) Koivisto; and her grandchildren, Samantha VanDeSteeg, Collin White, and Heather White.

In addition, Roger is survived by brothers Robert LeNore and William LeNore; stepbrother Andy Duclos; stepsister Alexis (Doreen) Andies; grandmother Irene Lee; aunts and uncles Richard and Jean Oldakowski, Jim Lee, and Cindy Lee; and nephews Stephen Duclos, Gary Duclos, and Gavin LeNore.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary LeNore; grandparents Lennart and Maxine Hallberg; and grandpa Earl LeNore.

A memorial service took place Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. at Shelley Funeral Home in Little Falls, followed by a luncheon at the Little Falls Senior Center.

Honorary pallbearers were Jesse Vosen, Terry Ennen, Brian VerDugt, Chet Vukelich, Bill Dobson, Brad Schaust, Clint Schwab, Tommy Tabatt, Nathan Diehl, and Joe Dobson.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

He will be remembered best for his fun-loving spirit and his big heart that reached out to help others regardless of the task. His smile and laughter brightened everyone’s day.

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