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LeRoy (Jiggs) Rother, 79

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LeRoy "Jiggs" Rother, age 79, of Hastings, died Oct. 9, at his residence.

LeRoy was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Hastings to Edward and Cecelia (Schaffer) Rother. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957, and married Katherine Kleis on October 7, 1961, at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings. Jiggs was the former owner/operator of Eagan Hardware Hank from 1977-1996.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Donald, James, Edward and Leonard.

Jiggs is survived by his wife Katherine "Kathy"; daughter Renee (John) Moskal of Eau Claire; sons Joe (Christy) Rother of Savage and John (Lisa) Rother of So. St. Paul; grandchildren Pete, Nate, Jake, Sam, Ellie, Sarah, and Megan; sister Lois Bauer of Miesville; brothers Raynard Rother of Welch, and Charles (Marilyn) Rother of Hastings; sisters Marlene (Larry) O'Neill of Byron, Minn., and Sharon Tornes of Woodbury; and sisters-in-law Betty Rother, and Mary Rother.

The funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. James Perkl, will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. 7th St., Hastings and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment, with Military Honors provided by the Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post #1210 will follow in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers are his seven grandchildren.

Arrangements were made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419. www.caturia-smidtfh.com

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