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LeRoy DelMain

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July 11, 1927-Feb. 10, 2012

LeRoy H. "Fox" DelMain, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, February 10, 2012 at The Cottages at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes.

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LeRoy H. DelMain, being the fourth child of six belonging to Oliver and Emma (Ernest) DelMain, was born on July 11, 1927 in Frazee. LeRoy attended school in Frazee, and left high school as a junior to enter the United States Navy in 1944. He served as a fireman on a minesweeper in the Philippines during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1946. LeRoy returned to Frazee to graduate from high school.

After high school LeRoy worked in a couple of part-time jobs and then started as a manual laborer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Through hard work and correspondence courses he came to know the highway construction business, literally from the ground up.

LeRoy worked for MnDOT for 46 years and earned the title of design engineer.

Marlis Ione Malde, a schoolteacher, met LeRoy in Alexandria and they were married June 4, 1955 in Marlis' hometown of Park River, N.D. The couple lived in Alexandria and Winona, Minn., and in 1957 moved to Detroit Lakes. They built one of the first homes on Long Lake, outside of Detroit Lakes, which became their permanent home.

LeRoy was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish, and camp. He enjoyed hunting waterfowl, upland birds and deer, but was most passionate about being in the Rocky Mountains hunting elk.

LeRoy fished anytime that he was able, and went wherever the fish were biting: undisclosed local lakes, Canada, Alaska, Texas, or the ocean. He regularly took his family camping in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as throughout Minnesota. He enjoyed collecting rocks during the camping trips, which he later used in building a fireplace in their home.

After retirement, LeRoy played more golf, cards, and enjoyed time with friends. He and Marlis wintered in New Braunfels, Texas, for 12 years. LeRoy was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

Surviving Leroy are his wife of 56 years, Marlis; three daughters, Lea (Dean) Langley of Albany, Minn., Ann (Mark) Johnson of Elko, Minn., and Kim (Larry) Roth of Montgomery, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one sister, Eileen Stein of Richland, Wash.

Preceding LeRoy in death were his parents; one brother, Neville DelMain; and three sisters, Dorothy Amy, Izora Pany and Lorraine Ponto.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee.

Arrangments have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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