Leon E. Hendershot

July 28, 1918July 13, 2013

LEON ERNEST HENDERSHOT, 94, of Duluth, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

He was born in Staples, MN on July 28, 1918 to Laura and Ernest Hendershot.

Leon married Iona Gerhardson on July 10, 1942; they were married for 58 years.

Leon served his country during WWII and received a Purple Heart. He worked as Carman for DWP Railroad, retiring in 1980. He enjoyed fishing and doing carpentry work. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Leon was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iona; parents, Ernest and Laura; sisters, Margaret, Mildred, Rosemary; and brother, Raymond.

Leon is survived by his daughter, Diane (John) Maher; son, Daniel (Joan) Hendershot; grandchildren, Bryan Stenberg, Lisa (Jon) Pease, Amy (Roger) Antonich; great grandchildren, Danielle, Sarah, Ashley, Jacob, and Abby Stenberg, Jalen, Jordan, and Josie Antonich, Cameron and Ellie Pease; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Solvay Hospice House and Essentia Hospice Care.

Memorials can be made to the Solvay Hospice House, 801 Baylis Street Duluth, MN 55811.

Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service, Wednesday, July 17 at Salem Lutheran Church, 4715 Hermantown Road.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Leon E. Hendershot

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July 16, 2013

Leon and I always had a great time fishing together when he would come out to Washington and visit. We fished at Neah Bay one summer, and Leon caught his biggest salmon....38 pound King Salmon. Leon was a great fisherman with lots of patience. I will always have good memories of my cousin, Leon.
Jim Hendershot
Stanwood, Washington

PS...Leon could make the camper windows rattle with his loud snoring!

July 16, 2013

Although living in the State of Washington, I fondly remember Cousin Leon's numerous visits to fish with my Dad Lee and Brother Jim. I was always amazed how disciplined he was with physical fitness doing chin ups and pushups every morning. He was a gentleman, courteous and very good natured. My wife Julie and I have great respect for him serving our country during WW II. God surely has a special place for such a good man.
Bill Hendershot