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Obituary: Amunrud, Leo Monroe

Age 83

AMUNRUD, Leo Monroe
(Age 83) August 3, 1928 - May 11, 2012

Leo passed away peacefully on May 11, 2012 at the age of 83. Leo was born on August 3, 1928 at home on a farm in Bagley, Minnesota to Christian and Caroline Amunrud. Leo was the youngest of six brothers: Selmer, William, Mervin, Woodrow, Kenneth and Reuben and three sisters: Karen, Gladys and Nellie. He is survived by his beloved wife Gloria, daughter Wendy Joy, brother Kenneth, nephews Greg, Dale and Gale and nieces Tammy, Rita and Gloria.

Leo had many fond memories of his childhood growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota. Leo married Gloria Lofthus on June 6, 1953 and they moved to Spokane, Washington immediately after their marriage, honeymooning along the way. On May 27, 1972, after nineteen years of marriage, they excitedly welcomed their daughter, Wendy Joy, into their lives. Leo and Gloria were married for almost 59 years at the time of Leo’s passing.

Leo worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for over 30 years, much of that time as a machinist. In his spare time and after retirement, Leo enjoyed woodworking; he was truly a master craftsman. One of his favorite projects was building lecterns for the various Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the region. He also made beautiful furniture for family and friends - these pieces will be loved and cherished forever.

Leo enjoyed camping and other outdoor activities with his family. One of Leo and Gloria’s favorite things to do was to take trips together visiting various scenic spots. He also enjoyed playing music - guitar, piano, mandolin and violin - all self taught. He and his brother Kenneth enjoyed taking bicycle trips together, always followed by lunch of course. Leo faithfully served as an elder in the Country Homes congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and found great joy in speaking with others about the wonderful truths found in the Bible including a hope for a New World where death will be no more. His kindness, generosity and sense of humor will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 pm at: Country Homes Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9622 North Stevens, Spokane, WA 99208.