Obit: Kesler, LeRoy (1938 – 2020)


Surnames: Kesler, Johnson, Gierl, Tolaney, Sterzinger, Gregorich, Fisher, Hirji-Walji, Wroblewski, Buelow, Brostowitz, Sandblom

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 22 Jul 2020

Kesler, LeRoy (4 JAN 1938 – 16 JUL 2020)

LeRoy Kesler, 82, Ramsey, Minn., formerly of Greenwood, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at North Memorial Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church, Anoka, Minn., at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 30. A graveside burial service officiated by Rev. Leo Johnson will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greenwood at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 1. The Greenwood American Legion Post 238 will provide military rites. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

LeRoy was born on Jan. 4, 1938, in Colby, to Oliver and Marie (nee Gierl) Kesler. He lived and attended school in Greenwood, and was united in marriage to Joanne Tolaney on June 4, 1960, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Willard. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard for eight years and a lifetime member of the Greenwood American Legion Post 238. He was also a member and past president of the Loyal Rotary Club. LeRoy was self-employed in painting, remodeling and construction for more than 50 years, as well as operating Black River Campers and Greenwood Campers in the 1970s. They moved to the Minneapolis area in 1985, where he continued in construction and home building until his retirement due to ill health.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne, of 60 years; four children: Alicia Sterzinger of Robbinsdale, Minn., Lori (Mark) Gregorich of Spencer, Raymond Kesler of Lancaster, Calif., and Theresa Fisher of Champlin, Minn.; 14 grandchildren: Erin (Tahzeeb) Hirji-Walji, Sara (John) Wroblewski, Christopher (Gwenna) Sterzinger, Hannah (Paul Downing) Sterzinger, Jonna Sterzinger, Alex (Allison Buelow) Sterzinger, Jennifer Sterzinger, Kaitlyn Sterzinger, Brett (Caitlin) Gregorich, Melanie (Tjaden Brostowitz) Gregorich, Joseph Kesler, Antonio Kesler, Zachary Fisher, and Alexa Fisher; eight great-grandchildren: Kaden, Levi, Hunter, Bennett, Harlow, Rexton, Me’Ryah, and Thomas; two brothers: Richard (Sandra) Kesler of Zimmerman, Minn., and David (Barbara) Kesler of Watertown; and a sister, Sharon (Sven) Sandblom of Tucson, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant twin brother; brothers Oliver Jr. and James; and a great-granddaughter, Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Red Cross or the charity of one’s choice.

The Washburn-McCreavy Funeral Home, Coon Rapids, Minn., is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at



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