Patrick Leary

Patrick Leary

Sunday, February 27th, 1938 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Leary, 81, of Marshall will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

Patrick Jay Leary was born February 27, 1938, in St. Paul. He was the son of John and Mary (Flaig) Leary.

Pat grew up in St. Paul and attended St. Mark’s Catholic grade school where his childhood was firmly molded by the many nuns who kept him on a straight path. Pat then attended Cretin High School, graduating in 1956. Having lettered in baseball at Cretin, Pat paved the way for Hall of Fame athletes such as Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer. Pat then made his way to Saint Mary’s College in Winona where he helped start its first hockey program. He graduated with his B.S. degree in 1960.

After college graduation Pat moved back to St. Paul to attend night school at William Mitchell College of Law. He put himself through law school driving truck for Chippewa Trucking where his dad was the terminal manager. Pat also worked two years for State Farm Insurance Co. as a claims adjuster.

Pat met his future bride Nancy (Lorenz) when he escorted her to a wedding in St. Paul as a blind date at the request of a friend. Nancy was never able to shake Pat after that first date. They were married August 11, 1962, in Medford, Ore. After graduating from law school in 1964, Pat and Nancy moved with their son Tom to Marshall, where Pat had accepted a position with the Quarnstrom & Doering Law Firm.

Pat had many friends from many different circles and he loved a great discussion and debate. He was a catalyst who brought people together – a connector. He had the ability to make people feel good about themselves. He also mastered the art of instigating colorful conversations between a gathering of friends with opposing viewpoints. Or maybe he just liked to watch the fireworks.

His sense of humor followed him like his shadow. Once, while in the hospital, a doctor asked him what his profession was. “I’m an attorney,” he responded. The doctor then asked if he specialized in a certain field. Pat looked at him and with a straight face said, “Medical malpractice!”

Pat took the opportunity to play golf, fish and hunt when he could. However, it was the time spent with his best friends and his three sons that most attracted him to any of those activities.

Pat and Nancy had many friends and they would often go out of their way to visit them. It didn’t matter what town, city or state they lived in, if they were going to be anywhere close, they were sure to call ahead and make plans to get together. Friendships were always important to Pat, and he was thankful for each and every one of them.

During his time in Marshall, Pat was very involved in the community. Highlights include serving as Lyon County Attorney, Marshall City Attorney, President and Treasurer of Lyon-Lincoln Bar Association, President of the Marshall Jaycees and Board of Directors, President of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for SSU, Marshall Industries Foundation, Weiner Memorial Foundation, and Marshall Economic Development. He also served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors and was on Committees to help select three Presidents of SSU/SMSU. He was Director of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and was President of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Board of Governors.

One of the achievements that Pat was most proud of was his involvement with Marshall Hockey. He was instrumental in the foundation of the organization in the 1970s, laying the groundwork for hockey as the Marshall community knows it today. Pat was very proud to be presented with the “Godfather of Hockey” award in recognition of his decades of work supporting Marshall Hockey and in 2013 he was inducted into the Marshall Hockey Association Hall of Honor.

Pat was a loyal and faithful husband to his wife Nancy who suffered a stroke in 1982 resulting from a brain aneurysm. As Nancy suffered from numerous other health complications throughout her life, Pat was always at her side until she died June 30, 2007. His unbreakable love and support of Nancy was awesome and inspiring to many.

Pat and Karen Murphy married in September 2010. They were great for each other and each were fortunate to find such a special love once again. They enjoyed spending time at the lake together as well as visiting their children and grandchildren. As Pat’s health declined over the past few years, Karen put her love for Pat and her God-given gift of caring for the needs of others to good use as she cared for him until his passing.

Pat died Sunday, July 14, at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his three sons, Tom of Alexandria (children Patrick, Christopher and Kaitlin), Mike of Marshall (wife Michele and daughters Camryn and Avery) and Steve of Baxter (wife Kathryn and son Matthew); brothers, D.J. of St. Paul (wife Linda) and Mike of Burnsville (wife Nonnie), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, and his parents, John and Mary.

He also is survived by his wife, Karen Murphy, and her children, Jeremiah of Fairmont (wife Heather and children Vanessa, Kira and Jacob); Daniel of Plymouth (wife Shanna and children Shay and Teagan); and T.J. of Bismarck, N.D. (wife Alexi and daughter, Fiona); as well as Karen’s parents and siblings.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Service

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 10:30am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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    Rev. Fr. Mark Steffl
  • Interment

    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy59 and Hwy 23
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Buck Danielson

Posted at 07:40pm
It seems that neither Director Quinn Horvath nor I are able to post a note at this site which I tried to send last week, but I am going to give it another try now that I see Quinn could not figure it out either.

My sincere condolences to Karen, Tom, Mike, Steve, and families. I was so sorry to get Tom's message that my cousin Pat had passed away one week ago today. Since then I have read the Obituary in the Marshall-Independent and most recently this Online report from the Horvath Funeral Home.

I'm also sorry I was not able to come to the Mass of Christian Burial for Pat at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, MN this past Thursday, but I wish to say that he and all his family have been in my daily prayers every since the date his passing.

"Eternal Rest Grant Upon Pat oh Lord, and may the souls of Pat and all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace". . . Amen.

Arden Peterson

Posted at 09:36am
So sorry to hear about an old friend. I will always remember seeing Pat at the Target Center during the State Dance Competition and our visit. It was great to reconnect with someone I really admired and looked up to.

Dr Anne Leary Skenzich

Posted at 08:20am
Merciful God,
Grant unto Your faithful and beneficent servant, Patrick, eternal rest from the labors and pain of this world and take him into Your beautiful and gracious Kingdom above where his Spirit may be restored and refreshed for the joyous eternal work on Your behalf.

Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, worked so hard in His short time upon this earth to teach all His disciples a style of thinking that was unique to the world: request mercy of and for each person, not sacrifice of the person; equity in the process and provision of justice for and to all persons; service by each able person to and for each and all of the poor; and, most importantly, love of each person and of the self so that the spark of the Divine present in each person is honored, nurtured, and allowed to grow to its greatest fulfillment, with Your grace.

As You know, each of these lessons Patrick wrote upon his heart, and has inscribed upon his very soul. And he then took the Son of Man's example one step further: he taught those lessons, he modeled those lessons for every person to see, he emulated the 11st Twelve in their personal sacrifice by giving, serving, and being of service to our Saviour, Your beloved Son, right up to his death.

I humbly beseech you, my beloved and Almighty Father above, take Patrick, your blessed created son to you and welcome him home. He has so looked forward to coming home to You, his Father, to tell You of all of his work as a child tells their Daddy of their day. And to meet his brother, Your only begotten Son, face-to-face, to pledge Him his life's love.

Thank you for your mercy and your grace shown to Patrick, blessed Father.
He is now in Your hands.
I thank you with my eternal service and thanks.

The Lindgren's

Posted at 09:56am
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
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Darlene Haak, Jeff& Julie, Janet &Tom, Brian &Deb

Posted at 01:08am
With heartfelt sympathy from our families to yours. Holding you close in prayer.
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