Dear Classes of 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Leonhart on Sunday, Oct. 2nd.
Larry was the father of Michael Leonhart ('87), Mary (Leonhart) Miller* ('88), John Leonhart ('90), Anne Leonhart* ('92), Joseph Leonhart and the grandfather of current Network students Jack Leonhart ('20) and Ruby Leonhart ('23).
Lawrence Winfield (Larry) Leonhart, 76, Fargo, North Dakota died on October 2, 2016 in his home with the assistance of Hospice of the Red River Valley, surrounded by his family and friends.
Larry was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 25, 1940 to Joseph B. and Frances Genevieve (O’Meara) Leonhart. Larry attended St. Luke’s grade school and graduated from Cretin High School in 1957. Larry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1957 and traveled the world until he was honorably discharged in 1968. Larry was stationed in Italy, Japan, Okinawa and several additional bases in the United States, he also served 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967.
Larry married Katherine (Kay) Schmokel whom he had known for 17 years before they married on November 6, 1965. Larry and Kay resided in New River, North Carolina, St. Paul, Minnesota and Fargo, ND where he started his career in sales for Vincent Brass and Aluminum Company and later started his own company. Larry retired after 20 years and following a short retirement he went to work for Kroger for 15 years.
Larry attended college at the University of Arizona while stationed in Yuma, University of Minnesota, and Moorhead State University where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
Larry was a member of many local and national social and conservation organizations including Fargo American Legion Gilbert C. Grafton Post 2, Fargo Disabled American Veterans, West Fargo Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Rocky Mountain Elk Federation.
Larry was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins and the NDSU Bison Football Team. Larry loved traveling in his home state of Minnesota, North Dakota, as well as any western lands having dirt roads with a destination to nowhere, in search of any adventure. Larry was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman enjoying countless experiences with family and friends, especially at the “little shack on the prairie” in Goodrich, North Dakota where countless tales were spun at the kitchen table.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Kay, his children, Michael, Mary (Brett) Miller, West Fargo, John, Anne and Joseph (Laurie) Leonhart of Fargo, North Dakota. Grandchildren, Rachel and Danny Krein, Justice Johnson, Tehryn (Alex) VanSickle, Mason Leonhart, and Jack and Ruby Leonhart. Sisters Gayle Schmokel and Eileen Sievert, brother-in-Law Donald Longhenry, sisters-in-law Marilyn Leonhart and Jeanne Young, his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Thomas (Betty) and Charles Leonhart, sisters Lois (Jim) Remington, Phyllis (William) Peterson, and Irene Longhenry, brothers-in-law John (Alvena) Schmokel, Claude Schmokel, Leo Sievert, and sister-in-law Clare (Timothy) King
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 6 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Visitation will continue from 12:00 to 1:00 PM followed by the memorial Mass at 1:00 PM Friday, October 7 at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the DAV, West Fargo VFW Post 7564, Shanley High School Trapshooting Team, or CHARISM (Community Homes and Resources in Service to Many) of Fargo.
The burial will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.
The Leonhart family wish to thank the Veterans Administration staff of Fargo and Hospice of the Red River Valley for all the loving care and assistance they gave to Larry and the rest of us.
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