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John W. LeGro,   Age 69
Funeral Location: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
Burial Location: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
    Our Hero, Sgt. John William LeGro, age 69. December 10, 1950 – December 3, 2020. Vietnam-era Air Force Veteran. Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Brother. With strength and courage, John won his battle on this earth in glory. He defeated every obstacle in his path without complaint and left this realm on his own terms, peacefully at home with family. He lived independently until he decided it was time to go.
    Born and raised in North Minneapolis, John was a 1968 graduate of North High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1970 and was proud to guard aircraft and weapons at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. John will rest peacefully with memories of traveling Europe in his VW van and enjoying all the world had to offer during that special time. He was discharged honorably and proudly as a Sergeant. John worked for many years as a driver with the Minneapolis Public Schools.
    John married his soulmate and partner in crime Gayle (née Kersten) on November 19, 1976. As the story goes, they met and eloped to South Dakota within weeks. They made their home in North Minneapolis until moving to Becker, Minnesota in 1996. They were married 44 years and were never apart. John was a loving father to Andrew, Michelle, and Suzanne and the finest grandpa to his girls Gabrielle and Adriannah. John had a special relationship with his son-in-law, Jerry Rockhill. He was preceded in death by family members and friends who are not forgotten. John is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and family including brother Raymond, and sisters Doris, Julia, Joan, their surviving spouses and children, and many who will remember John as the nicest guy (he was also the coolest).
    John loved golfing, fishing, classic cars, motorcycles, dancing, and music (the funkier, the better). He was a nature and animal lover, and literally never hurt a fly. He was our philosopher and a prolific writer, leaving us many pages filled with his unique humor and outlook. He lived and died on his own terms and we are all better for it. John will be laid to rest in a private service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with full honors on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Please play a Motown tune and dance a little for our beloved John.
    To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.
     Ralph Waldo Emerson
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