Aug. 29, 1935 - Nov. 25, 2013
Leon Thomas McGinnity of rural McGregor, ND died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home under care of family and Hospice. Funeral service was Friday, Nov.29 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Tioga. Burial was in United Cemetery in Tioga.
The fourth in a family of nine siblings, Leon was born at Powers Lake, ND on August 29, 1935 to Eugene and Florence (Sagasar) McGinnity.
Leon attended school at McGregor from the first grade through high school. He graduated with honors from McGregor High School in 1953. He is well known for his musical talent. He wrote songs and poems beginning at an early age. His father, mother, sisters and brothers were musicians, so they enjoyed lots of family concerts.
Leon volunteered for the Army. The Korean War had just ended, so he was sent overseas to Germany where the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) provided for forces to be stationed there to ’occupy’ postwar Germany and keep the peace there. After his service there, he farmed with his father and attended North Dakota State Agricultural College in Fargo during the winter quarters.
While at NDSU, he dated and married Mary Buckley. Five boys were born of that union, Steven, Daniel, Randy, James, and Patrick. The marriage ended around the time when the boys were finished with their high school education. During those years, Leon worked in the oilfield and farmed with his father. He took over the farming in full in 1966 when his parents moved to Mohall. Leon moved into employment as a gas plant operator at the Hunt Gas Plant near McGregor, then on to become the manager of the Lignite Gas Plant in the early 80’s. Through all this full-time employment, he kept a farming and cattle operation going at home.
On February 3, 1984, Leon married Larena Olson (nee Volberg). This union added stepdaughter, Melissa and stepsons, Monte, Mitch and Mel. All the children, except for Mel and Melissa, were graduated and into careers or attending college at that time. So the farm house, Leon grew up in, welcomed them and did not have to make room for all 9 children at one time. During this time, Leon worked for Fulton Oil to gauge and check producing oil wells.
Then was employed by Western Gas Resources at the Temple Gas Plant which was built a mile west of the farm. Wife Renie (Larena) thought that was a little too close to the farm, because Leon could watch and see if she was having trouble with the machinery she was operating while he was at work. In 1986, Leon was able to accomplish his life-long dream of farming and ranching full time, with no additional employment to keep him from his fields.
Leon won conservation awards for his pioneering in no-till farming, alternate cropping of lentils and for his cross-fencing of a quarter of pasture to preserve the grassland. He was active in the community on the Sauk Valley Township board and 4 years as a director on the Williams County Soil Conservation district.
Leon is survived by: his wife of 29 years, Larena;
sons, Steven McGinnity of Tioga, Daniel (Joni) McGinnity of McGregor, Randy (Alisa) McGinnity of Wheatland, James (Veronica) McGinnity of Tioga and Patrick McGinnity of Mandan;
stepsons, Monte (Pamela) of Victoria-Australia, Mitch Olson of Fargo, Mel (Dawn) Olson of Cloquet, MN;
stepdaughter, Melissa (Jeffrey) Philipp of Horace;
grandchildren, Daniel’s daughter, Kari (Casey) Canfield, Randy’s daughters, Ariel (Tyler) Lewin, Andrea McGinnity, Mariah McGinnity, Mari Anna McGinnity, James’ daughter, Meagan McGinnity and son, Allen Crimmins, Patrick’s daughter, Amanda (Anthony) Kalvoda;
stepgrandchildren, Monte’s daughter, Stacy (Josh) Massey, sons, Tanner Olson and Trevor Olson, Mitch’s son, Benjamin Olson, daughters, Emily Olson, Samantha Olson, Melissa’s sons, Harrison Philipp, Corbin Philipp, daughter, Marissa Philipp, Mel’s daughters, Abby Olson, Audrey Olson, Gabriella Larson, sons, Christopher Larson and Josiah Larson;
seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins;
brothers, Gary (Sandy) McGinnity of Powers Lake, Michael (Sylvia) McGinnity of Mohall; and sisters, Clarice (Gary) Troxel of Cody, WY, Janette Merrill of Plattesmouth, NE, Dianne Pressnall of Yakima, WA; brother-in-law, Roger Philippi of Havre, MT; and sister-in-law, Joyce McGinnity of Bismarck; aunt, Faye McGinnity.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Florence; brother, David McGinnity; sister, Phyllis Philippi; brother-in-law, and sister, Marilyn and Samuel Filicetti, and brother-in-laws, William Merrill and Dorsey Pressnall.
He will surely be missed, this honorable man, Leon Thomas McGinnity.
Online condolences may be shared at www.springanfuneralhome.com
(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)
Nov. 10,1918 - Nov. 25, 2013
Mildred Edwards, 95, of Kenmare, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in a Kenmare hospital. Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Powers Lake. Burial was in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Powers Lake.
Mildred Irene Gleave was born on November 10, 1918, one of ten children born to Harry and Bertha Gleave on the family homestead that is now Iverson Lake Lostwood Refuge, where she was raised and educated. The family moved to the current farmstead in 1936.
On June 27, 1942, Mildred was united in marriage to Milford Edwards in Sidney, MT. They made their home on the Edwards farm, located in Diamond Township, Burke County.
She assisted her husband with the operations of the farm, working with cattle and farming. Their son Lee, also farmed with his parents. Milford passed away October 26, 1996. Following his death, Mildred remained on the farm, where she remained until winter of 2012.
Mildred was an avid musician and you could always hear her singing “im walking the floor over you” and yodeling. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all that knew her.
Mildred is survived by daughter-in-law, Diane Edwards; grandchildren, Wade Edwards and Randy Edwards;
five great grandchildren, Cody, Jarret, April, Brooke and Kayla;
great great grandchildren, Trey, Sophia, and Breah; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milford; son, Lee; two infant children; grandson, Jeffrey; an infant granddaughter, Mary Verenda; seven brothers, Marshall, Harry Jr., Charles, Walt, John, Clifford, Ray; two sisters, Etta and Mae.
(Thompson larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)
Nov. 15, 1939 - Nov. 28, 2013
John Roering, 74, Bowbells, ND, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in his home.
His funeral will be on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bowbells.
John was born on November 15, 1939, in Avon, MN, the son of Clarence and Ernestine (Timp) Roering. He was raised and educated in Melrose, MN and graduated from Melrose High School in 1958.
After graduation John worked for various companies and in the late 60’s moved to Bowbells where he worked road construction and then the potash plant in Northgate until it closed in 1997. He worked for Burke County till he retired and most recently for SunPrairie Grain.
John was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his black labs.
He was a member of the Bowbells Fire Department, Bowbells Ambulance and Stony Run Sportsman Club. He was also a Hunters Safety Instructor.
John is survived by his sons, Shawn Roering of Donnybrook, and Thomas Roering of Bowbells; daughter, Teresa Roering and her fiancé, Mclain Morawski of Watford City; step-children, Joe Mertes, Toni (Adam) Jensen, all of Bowbells, and Laura Mertes of White Bear Lake, MN;
grandchildren, Arabella Roering, Andrew Roering and Bruin Morawski.
John is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials preferred to the Bowbells Fire Department or the Stony Run Sportsman Club.
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)
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