Leon V. Barcus


Leon Barcus, age 93 of Balsam, MN passed away Sunday, October 6th 2019 in his home. He was born November 14, 1925 to Lester and Willa (Gibson) Barcus in Bovey, MN.

Leon started work at US Steel at the age of 17 before enlisting in the US Army when he was 20. He was stationed in the Philippines towards the end of WWII. Following his discharge from the Army he returned to Balsam and went back to work at US Steel where he enjoyed a 37 year career. On March 23rd, 1949 he married his wife Wilma Hawk. Leon was a member of the Grand Rapids VFW and the union at US Steel. He liked to work with his hands and had a farm where among other things he cut hay kept cattle and chickens. Leon enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, he also enjoyed watching the hummingbirds that came to the feeders at his house. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Willa, wife Wilma, siblings, Helen Mahalla and Melvin Phillips and his son, Kelly Barcus. He is survived by his children, Diane (Ben) Foust, of Balsam, MN, Dale (Marian) Barcus of Grand Rapids, MN, Kenny Barcus of Hibbing, MN, daughter-in-law, Marilyn Barcus of Hibbing, MN, sister, Ida Hawk of TX, grandchildren, Deon Foust, Shawn Foust, Tina Foust, Danny Barcus, Lora Barcus, great grandchildren, Ian Preisinger, Brandy Foust, Robert Foust, Brea Preisinger and Brycen Barcus. Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Wednesday October 9th 2019 at Peterson Funeral Chapel in Coleraine. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Balsam Cemetery. To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at

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