Funeral services were held for Leslie Nelson Moding, 80, Spencer, formerly of Alta, Wednesday, August 21, at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, with Pastor Paul Kaldahl officiating.
Burial was in the North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home, Spencer, was in charge of arrangements.
Leslie Nelson Moding, the son of Victor and Hilda (Nelson) Moding, was born May 19, 1922, in Alta. He received his early education in Alta, and later attended Larrabee High School where he graduated. Leslie entered the military on June 1, 1943 and served in the Army Air Force. While in the service he was stationed in Okinawa in the 28th Recon Squadron and was involved in the Air Offensive in Japan and Ryujyus. He was also involved in campaigns in Western and Central Pacific. Leslie received four Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, two Overseas Bars and a Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946.
On July 16, 1953, Leslie married Irene Emma Grawet, in Spencer. Following their marriage they farmed for over 50 years in the Spencer area. Leslie was a member of the First English Lutheran Church and the church choir and the American Legion. Leslie enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, and in his later years, playing pool with his senior buddies. Leslie worked at the Clay County Fair for over thirty years as a special police parking officer.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Loren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Irene; one daughter, Linda Schurman and her husband, Roger, of Firth, NE.; one son, Scott Moding and his wife, Sheila, of Spencer; one sister, Florence Engstrom and her husband, Wilbur of Salem, OR.; three grandchildren, Katie and Holly Schurman and Scott's daughter, Melanie; one sister-in-law, JoAnn Moding, of Colorado Springs, CO.; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.