Leonard Theodore Grabinger, 83, Minot, and former owner of Grabinger Homes and Arrowhead Ace Hardware, both of Minot, died on Monday, August 19, 2013, in a Minot healthcare center.
Leonard was born on July 3, 1930, in Turtle Lake, to Sylvester and Edith (Borgen) Grabinger. He was reared and educated in Turtle Lake, graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1948 and attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. He entered the Navy on Dec. 27, 1950, and served with the SeaBees prior to his honorable discharge on Oct. 12, 1954. Following his discharge he returned to Turtle Lake and was employed as an ironworker on construction projects throughout the U.S. and in the area including the Garrison Dam Tailrace.
Leonard married Florence Yesenko on Dec. 31, 1956, in Raton, N.M. They made their home in Turtle Lake, where they owned and operated the cafe. The family settled in Minot in 1962, where Leonard was employed by Peterson Mobile Homes prior to owning and operating Grabinger Homes and Arrowhead Ace Hardware before his retirement. Florence died on March 20, 2010.
Leonard was a longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot as well as the Moose Lodge, American Legion, Eagles Aerie and Knights of Columbus. He especially enjoyed time spent as a member of various car clubs, especially the Studebaker Drivers Club, and his shareholder status with the Green Bay Packers. Also, he enjoyed deer hunting in his younger years, gardening and reading the newspaper.
Leonard's loving family includes: his children, Jill Neumann, of Bismarck, and Steven (Toni) Grabinger, of Lake Park, Minn.; daughter-in-law, MeLea Grabinger, of Bismarck; grandchildren, Alexandra Neumann, as well as Elise and Erin Grabinger; siblings, Shirley (Wes) Jensen, of Minot, Russell (Janice) Grabinger, of Bismarck, Scott (Mary Jill) Grabinger, of Centennial, Colo., and Brent (Marsha) Grabinger, of Portland, Ore.; in-laws, Lillian Yesenko, of Brandon, S.D., and Ellen (Harland) Morrison, of Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Verna; wife; and son, John Grabinger.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Today, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Visitation: Today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorials: Are preferred to the American Cancer
Society or the Macular Degeneration Association (macularhope.org).
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