Robert Leinonen, 72

Robert John Leinonen, age 72, of Crystal, formerly of French Lake, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, with family by his side.

After an aneurysm in 1993, there were many health issues. This past year had been an extra challenge for him. Oct. 13, he stated, “It wasn’t long enough, but it’s been long enough.” He was ready for Heaven to be his home.

Bob’s funeral will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal (6700 46th Place N.) Visitation will start at 10 a.m., and service follows at 11 a.m. A spring burial is being planned for this May at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials. The Huber Funeral Homes of Mound is serving the family.

Bob was born July 22, 1945, to John and Emma (Korpela) Leinonen of French Lake. He grew up on the family farm in French Lake with his four sisters, and attended Myrback School until seventh grade. He graduated from Annandale High in 1963.

Bob served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1971, and married Barbara Miller of Annandale while he was on leave in 1966. Bob became the father of two daughters during this time, and shortly after his service with the Air Force ended, he started a career with Ma-Bell.

In 1975, the family moved to Crystal. When health became an issue for him, Bob was given an early retirement from Ma-Bell, in 1994.

Bob found joy in the simple pleasures of family get-togethers, coffee with friends, and the great outdoors. Fishing, boating, and pheasant hunting were a few of his favorites.

He is survived by his daughters: Cassie (Paul) Albinson of Crystal, and Lisa (Dale) McKenzie of St. Louis Park; grandsons, Hezekiah and Caleb Albinson; siblings Gloria (Robert) Dobratz of Hutchinson; Kathy Seiffert, Patty Karels, both of Annandale, and Linda Leinonen of Minneapolis; godchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Family members and friends will remember “Bobby” with fun memories. He will be deeply missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law Neil Seiffert and Ron Karels; and his “ex” and friend “Barbie” Miller.

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