LeRoy Hedin | Obituary | Mankato Free Press

June 3, 1936
April 4, 2022

LeRoy Vernon Hedin, 85, of New Richland, MN, and formerly of Mankato, died on April 4, 2022 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at his forever home.
LeRoy was born on June 3, 1936 in Stanton Township, Cannon Falls, MN. He was the son of John and Paula (Berg) Hedin. He attended schools in Cannon Falls. At a young age, LeRoy began his life as a farmer. He raised crops and all kinds of livestock, especially horses and dairy cattle. He had various other jobs throughout his life including working on turf fields and as a mechanic at Norris Implement and at Calvary Cemetery in Faribault. He raised his family in the Cannon Falls and Warsaw areas. In 1984, LeRoy’s life changed forever when he met Inez Thomas and the couple moved to Mankato. He worked at National Poly (Atlantis Plastics) in Mankato and then became the owner/operator of Roy’s Landscaping. He continued this business until his retirement in 2017. His footprints left a true legacy in Mankato and the surrounding area, where he excelled at a job well done. LeRoy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018 and has been cared for at the New Richland Care Center ever since.
LeRoy enjoyed being outside and experiencing nature at its finest. Free time was spent with his family. He loved camping, vacationing in the Dakotas, Colorado and Wyoming, SUVs, snowmobiling, boating, flea markets, auctions, antiques and country music venues. He was an avid collector of glassware as well as Farmfest and Hesston belt buckles. He and Inez made several escapes to Branson, Fla. and weekends in their RV near Faribault.
LeRoy remained strong in his faith in Jesus despite his many challenges with his deteriorating health. He enjoyed every day to the fullest and kept a positive attitude even in his final hours with a precious smile for everyone.
Survivors include his loving companion of 38, Inez; children Roxanne (Robert) Lindberg, Rhonda (Dennis) Terhark, Rose Marie Pearson, Jeffrey (Carol) Hedin, Tammy (Robert) Waligursky, Cheryl (Troy) Root, Bonnie (Robert) Hager, Robert Hedin and Brian Hedin; son-in-law Richard Root; Sister Elaine Hernke of Farmington; sister-in-law Kitty Benton; along with several grandchildren; Great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
LeRoy was died by his parents, brothers Merle and Paul Hedin, sister Marilyn Kolstad, daughters Brenda Hedin and Rita Root, granddaughter Elysha Hager, nephews Craig Kolstad and Michael Hedin, and the mother of his children Helen (Dietrich) Bartelt preceded.
Memorials will be proposed to the New Richland Care Center, St. Croix Hospice, or at the donor’s choice.
The funeral will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 The service. Burial will be at Cannon Falls Cemetery. LeRoy’s funeral will be broadcast live and can be viewed on his obituary page at www.LundbergFuneral.com. Lundberg Funeral Home of Cannon Falls supports the family.

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