Taylor Funeral and Cremation Care
LeRoy A. Ukura
(March 31, 1928 - July 17, 2012)
LeRoy A. Ukura, age 84, of New Brighton.
He is preceded in death by sister, Dolores Jensen.
LeRoy will be deeply missed by his loving wife, ElDora; children, John (Annette), Joyce, Gary; grandchildren, Kimberly, Jennifer, Kevin; brother, Harvey; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
LeRoy grew up on the family farm in Lawler, Minnesota and graduated from McGregor High School. On his 18th birthday, LeRoy joined the United States Army Air Force and proudly served in the Philippines from 1946 to 1948 where he participated in missions to photograph the South Pacific. After a year serving on a base in the United States, LeRoy was discharged and began working as a construction electrician.
LeRoy met his future wife, ElDora, through mutual friends. The two spent time getting to know each other during weekend visits to Gordon and Dolores Jensen's lake home before they were married in 1957.
Their daughter Joyce was born in 1958 and son John followed a year later. After traveling around Minnesota and Wisconsin for work, the family settled in New Brighton, where LeRoy and ElDora's third son, Gary, was born. LeRoy landed a job with Honeywell as a maintenance electrician and worked there for 28 years before retiring in 1990.
In his free time, LeRoy was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing for muskies at the family cabin on Bone Lake, deer hunting with his brother Harvey, maintaining his yard and gardens and feeding birds in his backyard. He especially enjoyed watching his three grandchildren, Kimberly, Jennifer and Kevin grow into adults.
Visitation on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 4-6 PM at Methven-Taylor Funeral Home, 706 4th Avenue NW, New Brighton.
As per the family's wishes, memorials will be presented to The Beaver Finnish Lutheran Church, Beaver Township in Lawler, Minnesota.
Private family interment at Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Township, Minnesota.
Miller-Brighton Chapel 651-636-9821