|Leo Hoy, 60|
|Written by TRF Times|
Roseau - Leo Hoy, 60, died on Monday, March 21 at the Roseau Area Hospital.
Funeral Services for Leo Hoy were held on Saturday, March 26, at 11a.m. at the Roseau Free Lutheran Church.
Leo Olaf Hoy, the son of L. Opal (Abrahamson) and Clarence Hoy was born in Willmar, on January 1, 1945.
His family moved north when he was young and settled in the Gatzke area. Leo attended grade school at Wannaska and graduated from Roseau High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1965 to 1967. He was proud of being a member of the 101st Airborne and was recently acknowledged for his military service at the Grygla Fall Festival this past year.
Leo and Jane Stratton met in 1968 and dated for three years before they were united in marriage on July 10, 1971 in Grygla. They lived on Leo’s parents’ homestead where they raised three wonderful children, Stephanie, Shelli, and Chad, and their nephew, David Sunsdahl who moved in with them when he was 13. David lived with Leo’s family until graduating from high School. He says he owes his life to Leo and Jane, and wished to thank them for giving him a wonderful place to grow up, and making him one of their family.
Leo loved hunting, fishing, and prairie dog hunting with his family in the Dakota’s, and lawn care on his tractor which the grandkids called “Grandpa’s Tractor.” Jane said he was a better cook than her, so Leo did a lot of the cooking at home. Very often Leo had everything ready when Jane came home from work. He also loved driving around and visiting with friends. His favorite stops were the Skime Store and Dan’s Repair.
Leo was also an excellent gunsmith. He had many interests in life and thoroughly enjoyed having his grown family living close to home. His grandchildren were especially precious to him.
Leo worked at Arctic Cat, Polaris, Marvin Windows, and Woodland Container before he was disabled. He enjoyed life, loved being outside in the summers with his wife, nine cats and two dogs. He liked sitting in the kitchen and reading, and looking out the window for deer with a Dr. Pepper in his hand.
Leo is survived by his wife Jane of Gatzke; children, Stephanie (Mike) Johnson of Gatzke, Shelli (Chad) Nelson of Roseau, and Chad and his special friend Jen Kjonaas of Fargo; four grandchildren; one nephew, David (Janie) Sundsdahl of Roseau; aunts, Sylvia Aronson of Roseau and Beverly (Marlow) Hanson of Willmar, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A00003B2005MR30