LeRoy R. Simonson

WYOCENA – LeRoy R. Simonson, age 87, originally from Lewiston Township, passed away at Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, due to a long-time struggle with Motor Neuron Disease.

LeRoy was born on November 22, 1933, in Lewiston Township, the son of Raymond A. and Leora A. (Russell) Simonson. He married Patricia Evans on April 13, 1985, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on May 16, 1997. LeRoy worked in construction and, for three years, he was instrumental in rebuilding after the Anchorage, Alaska, earthquake in 1964. He also farmed on the Simonson farm in Lewiston Township for many years. LeRoy loved to fish and had a great sense of wit. He was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his siblings, Kermit Simonson of Lake Delton and Tennessee and Iona Gray of Portage; sister-in-law, Carol Simonson of Endeavor; nieces and nephews, Jerry Simonson and Kent Simonson, both of Endeavor, Kevin Simonson, Cathy Carlson, Heidi Nahnsen and Dawn Payne, all of Portage, Kimberly Srader of Virginia, Zane (Laura) Gray of Beaver Dam; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia, brother, Jerold Simonson, and an infant sister, Stella.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lewiston Township on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. William Grimm officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Masks and social distancing rules will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.



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