LeRoy “Duck” Bernard Moonen, age 82, of Delano, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of the morning Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, due to surgical complications.
He was born July 29, 1934, to Bernard and Bernice (Pouliot) Moonen of Winsted.
LeRoy married Marie Weibel Oct. 6, 1962, and eventually settled in Delano to raise their family. They had four children, Kevin (Michelle), Lisa (Ted) Rassett, Colleen (Greg) Litfin, and Brian (Melanie).
LeRoy also had a daughter from a previous marriage, Gail Miller-Schmeeckle, who resides in Colorado.
LeRoy worked several jobs, but is remembered for his tenure at Ditty Plumbing and Heating of Delano, where he worked until his retirement in 1994.
His hobbies included garden tilling, fishing, hunting, farming with the Schaust family, making maple syrup with the Fake family, volunteering for the Delano Fire & Rescue, and being a member of the Delano American Legion Post 377.
He was always willing to lend a hand, and was generous with his time and talents.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Benard and Bernice Moonen; sister-in-law Dorothy Muckenhirn; and brother-in-law Willard Baumann.
Left behind to cherish LeRoy’s memory are his wife of 54 years, Marie; five children; eight grandchildren: Brandon, Kaitlyn, Adam and Trevor Moonen, Carissa Sievers, Nicole Honl, and Bryce and Connor Litfin; and three great-grandchildren: Carter Auspos, and Ava and Aubrey Sievers.
LeRoy is further survived by four brothers, Kenny (Bernice), Gilbert (Gail), Gerald (Cheryl), and Marvin (Nancy); three sisters, JoAnn Baumann, Marlene (Marvin) Doboszenski, and Margie (Tom) Bigalke; and a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.
LeRoy was deeply loved by his family and community and will be greatly missed.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, followed by inurnment with military honors at the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
There was a gathering of family and friends Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, with a 2:30 p.m. rosary service and continuing Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.