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Kenneth J. O'Leary

September 8, 1924 — December 6, 2018

Kenneth Jerome O'Leary, 94, of Moorhead, MN, died Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Sanford Health Broadway in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his family.

Ken was born on September 8, 1924, in Neche, ND, to Francis and Ellen (Cook) O'Leary. He graduated from Neche High School in 1942, and soon after enlisted in the US Army. Ken served for 3 years, 1 month, and 24 days in China-Burma-India.

Following service to his country, Ken returned to North Dakota where he worked in the lumber business. While in Fordville, ND, he met Mildred Hylden whom he married in 1952. Kenny and Millie lived happily with their four daughters in rural Fargo until Millie's untimely death from cancer in 1971. In 1977, Ken married Frona Gallagher of Moorhead. He worked for Dacotah Paper Company for 38 ½ years, serving his customers with honesty, integrity, and humor. Ken shared his love of life and compassion with all he met.

Ken is survived by Frona, his wife of 41 years; daughters, Ellen (Kit) Dickman, Kim O'Leary (Charles Pinckney), Pam O'Leary (Doug Anderson), and Erin O'Leary-Jepsen (Scott Jepsen); step-daughters, Lori (Steve) Rasmussen, Becky (Steve) Kennedy, and Vicki (Stephen) Pohlman; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Millie; his twin sister, Dot; and five brothers, Mark, Francis, Alfred, Arnold, and Pat.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, from 3 to 5 PM, with a prayer service at 4 PM, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at 10:30 AM, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery Columbarium, Moorhead.

Cemetery Details St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery 2901 Oakport St. N.
Moorhead, MN 56560


DEC 9. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Prayer Service

DEC 9. 4:00 PM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Memorial Mass

DEC 10. 10:30 AM (CT)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

218 10th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

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