LeRoy Francis Penas, age 81, of rural Glencoe, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Hutchinson Health Hospital.
He was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Glencoe, the son of Frank and Emma (Zaruba) Penas.
LeRoy graduated from Silver Lake High School. He honorably served his country in the United States Army.
LeRoy was joined in holy marriage with Judith A. Cantin Oct. 10, 1964 . God blessed their marriage with three daughters.
LeRoy engaged in dairy farming on the family farm in Rich Valley Township, McLeod County, until his retirement 10 years ago. He continued to have an avid interest in farming even after retirement.
He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, and sang in the Holy Family choir. He was also a member of the Degree of Honor, Knights of Columbus Council 1841; and American Legion Post 141.
LeRoy is survived by his loving wife, Judy; daughters Lee (Steve) Penas-Olson of Burnsville, Jodi (Ron) Phillips of Centerville, and Barb “BJ” (Tracy) Jaskowiak of Glencoe; grandchildren Sydney, Alex and Anna Phillips, and Erin and Mitchel Jaskowiak; siblings Elaine (Jerome) Hemerick, Val (Bob) Shamla, all of Silver Lake, and Ron Penas of Glencoe; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Ben Jaskowiak; parents-in-law Melvin and Irene Cantin; and sister-in-law Jean Penas.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. The Holy Family choir provided music, accompanied by Alice Nowak. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Family Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. A Knights of Columbus Rosary was recited at 5 p.m.. Degree of Honor Service took place at 6:15 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 6:30 p.m.
Honorary casket bearers were LeRoy’s five grandchildren: Sydney, Alex and Anna Phillips, and Erin and Mitchel Jaskowiak.
Casket bearers were Mark Krcil, Mike Krcil, Randy Vasek, Bob Penas, Brad Shamla, and Mark Hemerick.
Memorials are preferred to the Restoration Fund of Holy Family Catholic Church.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences can be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.