|(Monday - October 05, 2020) -
Leo C. Fende, of Channing, passed away peacefully on Friday September
Leo was born January 1, 1928 in Channing, son to John and
Virginia (Mikotis) Fende. Leo was raised in Channing. He grew up
hunting, fishing, chopping wood, pumping water, and walking miles
through woods and by trout streams. He graduated from Channing High
School, joined the Seabees, and subsequently graduated from Michigan
Tech with his degree in Civil Engineering. He started work at the
Standard Oil Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. He met his wife, Doris, in
Chicago, and soon moved to Joliet, Illinois where he raised his family
and worked at Amoco Chemicals for 40 years. In 2004, after the death of
Doris, he moved back to the U.P. and lived at Lake Ellen until 2014. He
attended church at Grace Presbyterian in Sagola. From 2014-2020, he
lived in Crystal Falls at Iron County Medical Care Facility.
is survived by one brother, Ivan Fende (Karen) of Marquette; a son, John
Fende (Lynnette) of Channing; a daughter, Laura (Fende) Finney (Mike) of
Channahon IL; five grandchildren, John Fende Jr. (Amber), Chris Finney
(Cara), Adam Finney, Tyler Finney, Andrew Finney; six
great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Fende, Jordan Fende, Ella Pickett, Addison
Finney, Leo Finney, and Isaac Finney; many loved nieces, nephews, and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; a
sister, Jean (Kaltinger); and two brothers, Lawrence and Frank.
graveside service at the Channing Cemetery will be held Saturday October
10, at 1:00 PM.
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The family has entrusted the
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.