Leonard W. Roers, age 87, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Alexandria.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Fr. Steve Binsfeld officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Laurie J. Youngers, cantor, Tom Mulder, and vocalist, Carol Hughes. Entombment is St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum with full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Alexandria American Legion Post #87, Alexandria VFW Post #936, and VVA Rifle Squad Chapter #235.
Visitation will begin with a parish prayer service at 4 p.m., Friday followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary, and continue until 7 p.m., Friday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Leonard William Roers was born on July 6, 1928, to Edmund and Clara (Klimek) Roers on the family farm in Effington Township. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Church in Urbank. He attended Urbank Parochial School through the eighth grade. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953, until his honorable discharge in 1955. Leonard was united in marriage to ViAnn Koeplin June 8, 1955, in Fergus Falls. Following their marriage, they lived north of Urbank for a year before they purchased a farm north of Alexandria. Leonard was a life-long farmer. He also worked at Alexandria Extrusion Company for 26 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's Church where he was an usher and communion distributor. Leonard enjoyed bowling, playing cards and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Loretta Klimek; brothers, Mathias Roers and Harold Roers; and brother-in-law, Merle Storlie.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 60 years, ViAnn; children, Steven (Mary) Roers of Apple Valley, Debra (Steven) Baumgartner of Cold Spring, Susan (Brian) Nelson of Eagan and Fabian (Lisa) Roers of Lauderdale; eight grandchildren, Lisa Winecke, Jenna Baumgartner, Andrew Baumgartner, Mackenzie Nelson, Jacob Nelson, Gabriel Nelson, Elise Roers and Jack Roers; great-granddaughter, Ashley Winecke; two brothers, Conrad (Darlene) Roers of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Roland (Jenny) Roers of Minnetonka; three sisters, Regina Klimek, Dorothy Cihlar both of Alexandria and Adeline (Ronald) Gust of Burnsville; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Andrew, Mack, Jake, Gabe and Jack, and sons-in-law, Steven and Brian. Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren, Jenna, Elise and Jack.