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Leroy Bobst

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Leroy Howard Bobst age 83 of International Falls, MN, formerly of New Hampton, IA, died Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at the Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 10, 2022, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Interment will be in the Alexander Cemetery, Alexander, IA at 1:30 p.m. Monday. If you’re unable to attend the funeral, join the family live on the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral home Facebook at the time of the service. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Leroy was born on Sept. 16, 1938, to Leslie and Letha Bobst on the family farm near Alexander. He grew up on the farm with his two brothers and one sister and helped his parents with a variety of chores — ranging from milking cows to helping in the fields. He received his education at Alexander Consolidated High School and after graduating with the Class of 1956, he enlisted in the National Guard and served his country for two years as an ammunition storage specialist. As a student in Alexander, Leroy met Karen Dirksen, who was a year behind him in school, and the two fell in love and were married on Jan. 3, 1957, at the Alexander Reformed Church. The couple lived in the Hampton area and welcomed two sons — Jeff and Justin — and the Bobst boys had a dad who was quiet but firm. Put it this way: Leroy was the kind of man who had a way of getting his point across! The Bobst family moved to New Hampton in the mid-1960s, and Leroy worked as an accountant for 43 years with F/S Farm Services. He loved fishing — Karen and Leroy were always trying to “out-fish” the other — bowling, swap meets, car shows, and NASCAR races, but more than anything, Leroy loved spending time with his family and friends. Later in life, he was blessed with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and they all had Grandpa wrapped around their fingers. Simply put, he spoiled them; anything they wanted was theirs if he could help it. He was an active member of New Hampton’s United Church of Christ and he served as the church’s bookkeeper for decades. Leroy and Karen also loved to travel and enjoyed their church bus trips to places like Branson, Missouri, and he loved spending time at his house on Rainy Lake in International Falls, Minnesota. When Karen passed away in 2016, he moved to his lake home and lived there during the summers, and wintered with his son and his wife in Apache Junction, Arizona. For more than 83 years, Leroy was many things to many people. He was a hard-working son, a man who served his country, a meticulous accountant, and a fisherman, but he will always be remembered for the love he showed his wife of 60 years, his two sons, and his 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will greatly miss him, but he has left them with an array of wonderful memories they will cherish forever. Survivors include two sons, Jeff (Twila) Bobst of Waverly, IA, Justin (Lonna) Bobst of Alexander, IA; six grandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Flattem of Minneapolis, MN, Dana Bobst of Waverly, IA, Erin Jaeger of Waverly, IA, Kari Hillman of Waverly, IA, Jeremie Bobst of Latimer, IA, and Lea (Evan) McKee of Houston, TX; six great-grandchildren, Kambry, Riley, Halle, Braeden, Knox and Parker, and a seventh who is on the way; brothers, Larry Bobst of Clarion, IA, Leonard (Lorraine) Bobst of International Falls, MN; sister, Lorene (Larry) Stump of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Letha Bobst; his wife, Karen; a brother-in-law, Robert Dksen; a sister-in-law Lynette Bobst; and his mother and father-in-law, Marie and Louis Dirksen.

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  1. Our sincere sympathy to the family. Leroy was a long time friend. We have missed him since he moved away from New Hampton. As a member of the same church, we have prayed for Leroy and his failing health. He will be missed by many people. MaryAnn & Jim Diesburg.

  2. Justin and Lonna – I am so sorry to read of Justin’s dad’s passing. I hope the good memories will bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead. My deepest sympathy to you and the Bobst family.

  3. I worked with LeRoy when I first graduated in 1973 at C & H Farm Services. I want to offer my sympathy to all of the family.

  4. I met Karen and Leroy through my boyfriend, their nephew Lenard Jr. We always enjoyed going out to Uncle Leroy’s for dinners or visits and even going out in the boat with him. He was so soft spoken and intelligent, and we always enjoyed hearing about his growing up on the farm or Jeff’s dune buggies in Arizona. So sorry for your loss ❤️

  5. We were really saddened to learn that LeRoy passed away. Being a cousin of Karen and having worked also, for FS Services in another location, we became good friends. Had nice visits at our many family reunions about mutual interests, especially cars and fishing and the “big ones that got away!” Also enjoyed his visits to Arizona when he and I would go to the Pima Air Museum. His special interest was the B-17 memorial and listen to the old pilots tell of their flying experiences. I was hoping we could do that again this year, even during these crazy Covid times. He was a fun and good guy and terrific friend. We can not attend his funeral, but send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family. We will cherish our pictures and memories forever. Terry and Eileen Kuhlers

  6. Thinking of all of you and sending our love and strength. May your memories be held close to your hearts.

  7. Our most heartfelt sympathies. Fond memories growing up. Best wishes to Jeff, Justin, and family. Leroy was a special brother and uncle.

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