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LeRoy D. Carlson

January 4, 2023 | 9 comments

LeRoy D. Carlson, 86, of La Crosse, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Benedictine Manor, La Crosse. He was born in Money Creek, MN.. on September 25, 1936.

He was the youngest of five children born to Lloyd O. Carlson and Grace I. Larsen-Carlson-Olsen. In his grade school years LeRoy lived with his grandparents Albin and Alma Carlson on their farm in Money Creek. He attended Houston Public Schools both Jr. High and High School and graduated in 1955. His love of sports, football, basketball, baseball and Track and Field kept him busy for his four years of high school. Along with joining the Naval Reserve in Minneapolis between his Junior and senior year, taking basic training that summer. LeRoy had three brothers, Howard, Karl and Arvin, who were all pilots at that time. After graduating from High School, LeRoy enlisted in the Air Force. He attended the Air Weather School at Chunte AFB and spent 1.5 years in Alaska at early warning sites and two years at the old Air Force Academy at Lowery AFB in Denver, CO. Upon returning home, the first day he met the love of his life Norreen Devine. They were married on August 5, 1961.They had three children together. LeRoy worked for Montgomery Ward, the Trane Co. (Ingersoll Rand), NordicTrac and McQuay Air Conditioning. He served as President of Local #44 office union, President of St. James School Board and was also a Boy Scout Leader at St. James, along with being an usher. He was a Green Bay Packer fan, win or lose. LeRoy also enjoyed watching his children and grand-children, and his daughter twirl her baton and play sports. He was very proud of his hometown, Houston, MN. and Money Creek, MN. where he grew up. He also was a meticulous lawnkeeper. He took a lot of pride in keeping his lawn looking good. LeRoy also enjoyed Friday night dining out and socializing at the American Legion.

LeRoy is survived by his wife Norreen, sons; Blaine and Douglas (Tracey) all of Rochester, MN., daughter Kathleen (Chris) of Onalaska, grandchildren; Brandon (Eva), Elizabeth, Rachel, Joshua and Tristan Carlson, and Brooke and Madison Meyer, four great-grandsons; Tyler, Landon, Jaxton and Braydon, one great-granddaughter Lily, and sisters-in-law Imogene Carlson of San Jose, CA., Anne Dunn of La Crosse, Mary Lou Devine of La Crosse and Nancy Devine of Onalaska, brothers-in-law Don (Cindy) Devine of Onalaska and Bob (Carol) Devine of Winnebago, IL; sister-in-law, Linda Devine.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his mother Grace Olson and his step-father Harold Olson, sister Julie Iverson, brothers; Howard, Arvin and Karl Carlson, brothers-in-law Ben Iverson, Bill Dunn, Oscar Sagen, Frank Devine, Richard Devine, Lee Rudie, Ed Devine, John Devine and Patrick Devine, sisters-in-law; Jacquie Carlson, Joanne Sagen, Patricia Devine, Mary Rudie and Nancy Devine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 7, 2023 at St. Patrick Catholic Parish, 1031 Main St., Onalaska. Monsignor Steven J. Kachel will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 10:00 am. until the time of the Mass. To view his obituary in its entirety and leave online condolences please visit the funeral homes website at



  1. Anita Bartel

    Noreen and family, I’m so sorry to hear of LeRoy’s death. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I hope you will find comfort in the love that surrounds you.
    Anita Bartel
    Class of 1955

    • Rosa Weber

      Dear Noreen, my thoughts and prayers on the death of your loving husband LeRoy. Loved seeing you together in church and about. May he be in Gods’ loving arms . Peace to you and your family. Rosa (Butkovich) Weber

  2. Dave Beckman

    LeRoy took this “country bumpkin” under his wing when we were freshmen in high school. We played basketball and football together. I reconnected with LeRoy when we retired to Onalaska from Chicago in 2007. It was as if we were still back in high school. I’m grateful for our renewed friendship these past 16-years.

  3. Terri

    My sincere sympathies to the family in the loss of this great man. May God bless you with peace. Hold the memories close to your heart.

  4. Konnie & Steve Seifried

    So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and sending lots of hugs.

  5. Zoe Bott

    I had the pleasure of working in Purchasing at Trane with LeRoy. He was so kind. My dad Joe Grosch from Building 13 really respected LeRoy. Rest in peace

  6. Susan Parmenter

    I absolutely love this photo you chose of Leroy! It’s how I will always remember him. So handsome! He was such a pleasure to care for. I was saddened to hear of your loss Noreen! The love you two had for each other was so evident to everyone who had the pleasure of seeing you together! I am keeping you in my thoughts. Hold your sweet memories close!

    Susan Leroys long time nurse

  7. Russel & Peggy Opland

    Noreen & Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. So sorry for your loss!

  8. Pete Collins

    God Bless Leroy, he was a great neighbor.

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