LeRoy Sutlief, 1926-2014

Published 10:15 am Friday, May 16, 2014


LeRoy Sutlief

LeRoy Vernon Sutlief, 88, of Owatonna died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Koda Living Community.

He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in New Richland to William and Ida (Kraude) Sutlief. LeRoy was baptized on April 11, 1926, at First Congregational Church in New Richland and was confirmed on June 1, 1941, at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in New Richland.

On March 12, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. On Feb. 15, 1948, he married Alice Neumann at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New Richland. In 1950, they moved to Albert Lea where LeRoy worked for Concrete Minnesota as a truck driver. Upon retirement in 1998, they moved to Rochester and to Owatonna in 2013.

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He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice; their two daughters, Karin (Red) Anderson of Rochester and Kathy (Stanley) Honsey of Owatonna; and 10 grandchildren, Jim (Renee) Anderson, Joe Anderson, Amy (Cheryl) Honsey, Kelly (Ken) Moyer, Kimberly (Robert) Dub, Roxanne (Tim) Thorn, Lowell (Christi) Honsey, Jessica (Marshall) Honsey, Cody (Chelsea) Honsey and Matthew Honsey. He is also survived by 27 great-grandchildren, Casey, Katie, Cadi, Cori, Erich, Nicholas, Joshua, Amanda, AJ, Braeden, Griffin, Chucky, Jacob, Christi, Spencer, Mikey, Owen, Joey, Addison, Jayden, Emily, Aiden, Mya, Arianna, Emery, Serenity and Caleb; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Destiny, Elijah, Blake, Dakotah, Lilliana, Jocelyn and Justin.

He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Otto; his parents; and his five brothers, Walter, Earl, Irwin, Ralph and Charles.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dave Klawiter officiating. Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. Military honors will be provided by the Steele County Military Funeral Unit. Michaelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.