LeRoy Sandgren, age 84, of Fairfax formerly Paynesville, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2022, at South View Living Center in Gibbon.
Memorial Service will be Friday, September 30, 2022, 2:00 P.M. at Swedlanda Lutheran Church, Palmyra Township, Renville County, Minnesota, with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friend will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
LeRoy Oscar Sandgren was born on May 2, 1938, in Bandon Township, Renville County, Minnesota. He was the son of Ernest and Gladys (Hable) Sandgren. LeRoy was baptized as an infant on June 12, 1938, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on October 5, 1952, both at Swedlanda Lutheran Church, Palmrya Township, Renville County, Minnesota. He received his education at country school in Bandon Township for five years and then went to Fairfax Public School. He was a graduate of the Fairfax High School Class of 1956.
On May 28, 1960, LeRoy was united in marriage to Diane Kvam at Central Lutheran Church in Camp Township, Renville County, Minnesota. To this union four children were born, Julie, Cindy, Mike and Tim. LeRoy lived in the Fairfax area until 1989, he then moved to Waterville, and then Beards Resort. He was employed at ADC Telecommunications in engineering for 24 ½ years until January 24, 1992.
On January 26, 1991, LeRoy was united in marriage to Judy Dover at Green Lake Lutheran Church. They purchased Beards Resort on Long Lake near New London, Minnesota, on August 1, 1992. LeRoy retired on October 1, 2015. They shared 28 years of marriage when Judy passed away on April 20, 2019.
LeRoy enjoyed the lake, especially putting the dock in in the spring and taking it out in the fall as it was a family event. LeRoy was a poor swimmer—but still enjoyed giving boat rides, he was very proud of the resort. He enjoyed watching the birds, fixing and repairing clocks, horses, unique vehicles, making Swedish pancakes for his family, mowing road ditches, vacationing, especially to Pikes Peak, Luther League trips, visits from family and having Christmas with family. He cherished the time he spent with his children, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When he needed assistance with his care, LeRoy became a resident of the Countryside Retirement Community in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and on September 2, 2022, he moved to South View Living Center in Gibbon and passed away there on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the age 84 years. Blessed be his memory.
LeRoy is survived by his:
Children, Cindy Thorp and her husband, Rick of Brooklyn Park, MN,
Mike Sandgren and his wife, Kari of Franklin, MN, and
Tim Sandgren and his wife, Angela of Franklin, MN;
Step-son, Jason Dover and his wife, Tiffani of Rochester, MN;
Grandchildren, Becky Eisenbraun, Travis (Tracy) Eisenbraun, Rick Thorp, Kevin (Danielle) Thorp, Kristine Thorp (Justin Wolff), Luke, Tyler, Dylan Sandgren, Megan, Nathan and Zachary Sandgren;
Step-grandchildren, Courtney Eisenbraun, Creed Dover;
Great-grandchildren, Lyric Engen, Dirk Thorp, Killian Thorp, Lauralee Thorp, Jep Thorp, Jackson Thorp, Maci Thorp and Madison Eisenbraun;
Siblings, Floyd Sandgren and his wife Martha of Redwood Falls, MN, Doug Sandgren and his wife, Darlene of Hector, MN, Harold Sandgren of Hutchinson, MN;
Sister-in-law, Joyce Sandgren of Belle Plaine, MN;
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
LeRoy is preceded in death by his Wife, Judy Sandgren; Parents, Ernest and Gladys Sandgren; Daughter, Julie Eisenbraun; Son-in-law, Pat Eisenbraun; Sister-in-law, Karen Sandgren; Brother, Robert Sandgren.