Oct. 27, 1927-Sept. 25, 2012
MINNEOTA - Mass of Christian Burial for Leo Joseph Moorse, 84, of Minneota will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.
Leo died Sept. 25, 2012, at the Minneota Manor surrounded by family after a week full of laughter, rich conversations, farming inquires and a tearful goodbye.
Leo was born Oct. 27, 1927, to Harry and Lucy (Koltze) Moorse in Minneota. As a young boy, Leo would walk to country school and on occasion would ride his horse Daisy when his brother Joe would let him. He graduated in 1945 from Minneota High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Colleen (Friend). In February 1949, the couple was married and started their lives together on the same farm where he grew up as a young boy; blessed with six children. He instilled in them a hard work ethic, but lived a life full of laughter. In his early years, he would go fishing in Canada with his friends and in his later years spent many hours on the lakes in Alexandria fishing with family. He also enjoyed deer hunting; however, he never lost his faithful farmer's spirit. He spent many hours driving the countryside checking on the crops, making sure they were as straight as his were back when he planted. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember grandpa having chocolate behind his back seat. He cherished his family, often times playing jokes on them, doing his Woody the Woodpecker impersonation, and watching "Bonanza."
Leo's fun loving spirit will be greatly missed by his wife, Colleen of Minneota; children, Michael (and Lin) of Minneota, Linda (and Rich) Kerr of Marshall; daughter-in-law, Beth of Minneota; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Katherine Olafson, Lawrence (and Lavonne), Richard, Frank (and Marie), all of Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Karen, Thomas, Patrick and Steven; siblings, Joe and Bernard.
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors