Ernest “Wabby” LeNoir Sr., age 85, of Howard Lake, journeyed to the spirit world Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake.
He was born to Peter and Victoria (DuBois) LeNoir Nov. 1, 1924. Ernest was raised in Fort Totten, ND.
He entered the US Army, served seven years during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1951.
Ernest married Veronica Boyer June 4, 1954. They resided in Minneapolis after their marriage and due to work, they later relocated to Dallas, TX.
They then returned to North Dakota and settled in Fargo. To this union, three children were born.
After the loss of Veronica in 1971, Ernest returned to Fort Totten with his children. He moved to Minneapolis in 1988, to be close to his family, and later moved to Howard Lake.
Ernest lived a long and vicarious life with his children and grandchildren, while he continued to enjoy retired life.
He is survived by his three children: Diane (Scott) Crockett of Buffalo, and their children, Tanya and her daughters, Veronica and Haylie; Tammy and her children, Melvin Jr., Maurice, Tahleah, and Treyvon; BJ Wilson and his children, Malakai and Jayvon and his son, Ernest Jr. of Buffalo, and his children Bradley, Cheyanne, Peter, Mitchell, and Dakotah, his baby girl Debbie (Boyce) Baker of Minneapolis, their children Rebecca (Nico) and her children Pedro, Victoria, Gracie, and Juanito, Eric and his daughters Ruby and Chloe, Leland, Dyan and her children Alano, Mateo and Mason, and his Muffinman Sam.
He is further survived by two sisters, Grace (Ralph) Morgan and Lou (Chester) Offerdahl; his special niece Gracie Lambert, Ammunition Specialist, who is stationed in Afghanistan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Fort Totten, ND area.
In addition to his wife, Victoria, he was preceded in death by his mother and father, Victoria and Peter LeNoir; eight sisters; and seven brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Casket bearers were Bob Jacquemart, Lanny Jacquemart, Dean Dauphinais, BJ Wilson, Jeremy Wascek, and Samuel Dunn.
The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo is proud to have served the family.