Leo P. Watnemoe


Leo Purnell Watnemoe, 81, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at his home in Superior, WI. He was born on September 15, 1941, to Jergen and Mable (Wead) Watnemoe in Bagley, MN.

After Leo graduated from Iron River High School, he joined the United States Army. After leaving the Army, he got a job working as a boilermaker for the Frasier Shipyards in Superior. He was lucky enough to be able to sail the Great Lakes while working there. He also volunteered for many years as a van driver bringing veterans to and from the VA Hospital.

Leo was an active outdoors man. He loved to go on bike rides and walks near his home. He also took pride in taking great care of his beautiful yard.

He is survived by his daughter, Sue Watnemore, Pattison Park; sons Michael (Jody) Watnemore, Eau Claire, WI, and David (Angie) Watnemoe, East Grand Forks, ND; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; Sister Helen Bunich, Buffalo, MN; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Baby.

He is preceded in death by his parents; former wife and mother of his children, Jean (Cole) Watnemoe; sister Marion Larson; and brother Jerome Watnemoe.

Per Leo’s wishes, no services will be held.

The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th Street in Superior is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit

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