Leroy A. Jasmer
Jasmer, Leroy A. Oct. 20, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2007 Beloved husband and father succumbed to Parkinson's Dis- ease, but not defeated by it, living each day with courage. Leroy grew up in Valley City, ND and on a farm in Roosevelt, MN by Lake of the Woods. He graduated from Williams High School, and Bemidji State College in English and Music Education, 1949. Had leading roles in musical productions. Earned his MA at U of ND in English, 1959. Leroy served in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during WWII. He met and married Naomi Sorlien in 1947 and five children soon followed. he taught in Danube and most of his career in Willmar Jr./Sr. High Schools. He pursued interests in music, airplanes, travel, photography, writing and community involvement. Member of church choir. Designed and helped build the family home. As a member of the Willmar City Council, he advocated for historic preservation and helped initiate the crime watch program. He enjoyed camping trips with family. Later he and Naomi traveled to various parts of the world. They made many friends in the U.S. as part of the Air Stream Trailer Club. He pursued flying for a short time and researched and wrote articles on historic airplanes. He did other writing as well. Leroy's gifts to his family and friends were a gentle sense of humor, constant support, humility, compassion, unwavering courage & optimism in facing his disease, enduring faith and unending love. He was a model for us all. He is survived by wife, Naomi; children, Br. Paul Jasmer, OSB, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Joann (Jeffery) Parker, Mpls, Sally (Fred) Lajon, Maple Grove, Gail (Thomas) Meister, St. Croix Falls WI, Amy (Patrick) Flanders, Paynesville; 10 grandchildren, Kathryn and Jenny Parker, Jason, Matthew and Sarah Lajon, Andrew and Maren Meister, Ryan, Riley and Maureen Flanders; one great-grandson, Max Lajon (Matt). Also survived by brother, Morton (Sally) Jasmer of Roosevelt, MN. Memorial Service Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11 AM, at Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar. MN. Visitation 1 hour before at 10 AM. Burial Fort Snelling, Wednesday, Aug. 22. Memorials preferred to Vinje Lutheran for building fund. Arrangements: Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, 320-235-0545.
Published on August 19, 2007
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