Leon V. Minor, 86, of rural Westby – today is a great day of sadness as Leon Vern Minor passed from our presence Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

He was a loving husband, father, stepfather and most of all, a friend. He was born March 7, 1931, to John C. and Aldona (Moen) Minor at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. He was baptized April 3, 1931, at the parsonage of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church by the Rev. H.O. Bach. He married Joan Mach of La Crosse in February 1951 and they later divorced. He married Doris (Bock) Rich in March 1990.

Leon served 24 yearS in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. Leon was stationed on bases in the U.S., Korea, Philippines, and Turkey. His last base served was at Duluth, Minn. While serving, Leon learned Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog and Turkish. Upon retirement in 1972, Leon went to school at UMD studying world history and geography. He served as a deputy sheriff in Lake County, Minn. He helped start the Search and Rescue Squad for Lake County. He had owned Leon’s Tackle Repair business at his home on the north shore of Lake Superior at Knife River. He was on the Lake County Recreation Board. He moved to the Westby/Coon Valley area in 1988. He enjoyed traveling. He was on the Coon Town Board as supervisor for 12 years.

He is survived by his wife, Doris children, James (Laurie) Minor of Proctor, Minn., M. Leanne Barry (John) of Rochester, Minn., Christopher (Sheila) Minor of Collierville, Tenn., and Terese (Daniel) Claveau of Orange Park, Fla. stepchildren, Anna (Carl) Wiegel of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ethan (Jill) Rich of Minot AFB, N.D., and Lydia (Joseph) La Mere of Cedar Rapids, Iowa grandchildren, Sherry (David Janzing) Minor, Jennifer (Robert) Taylor, Laura (Brad) Donovan, Emily and Lucas Claveau stepgrandchildren, Carly and Katrina Wiegel, Alexis and Wyatt Rich and Keegan, Adalyn and Nolan La Mere great-granddaughters, Alexandra Minor and Katelynn Taylor one sister, Sharon (Robert) Sneath of La Crosse and brothers and sisters-in-law many nieces and nephews and good neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents a son, John Minor a granddaughter, Andrea Minor and a son-in-law, James Barry.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25, at the Coon Valley American Legion Hall with a service and time of sharing at 5 p.m. Military honors and luncheon to follow. The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at selandsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Vernon Memorial Hospice, Coon Creek Fire and Rescue or the Coon Valley American Legion Post #116.