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LeRoy Edwin Elfmann, age 72 of Maple Lake, Minnesota, passed away January 6, 2023.

He was born on September 28, 1950 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Edwin and Olga (Bartels) Elfmann. LeRoy grew up in Maple Lake on the family farm and graduated from Maple Lake High School with the class of 1968.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. While in the military, he was assigned to Guam, Cambodia, Hungary, and Finland. His military career spanned over 20 years, and he was honorably discharged with the ranking of Chief Warrant Officer 3. He also traveled extensively around the world while still in the military working for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He traveled to 67 countries over his lifetime. LeRoy met his future wife, Mary O’Connell, in Singapore where they were married on February 26, 1977.

Between overseas tours, they made their home in Arlington, Virginia until their retirement in 2011. Once retired, they came back to Maple Lake, Minnesota. LeRoy and Mary belonged to County Line Squares, a square dance club, based in Monticello. LeRoy held various leadership positions in Square Dance Minnesota, a state-wide organization. Together they attended many dances throughout the state of Minnesota. They also attended 5 national square dance conventions around the United States. LeRoy spent free time organizing his family’s genealogy. He was always interested in farming. When he came back to Minnesota, he spent many hours planting and harvesting crops with his nephews on their farm.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Olga; brother, Alvin; brother-in-law, Russ Paumen; and sister-in-law, Mary.

LeRoy is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary; siblings, Martha Paumen, Edgar Elfmann, and Linda (Joe) Hruby; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Elfmann and Christine (Mark Reese) O’Connell; and many nieces, nephews, and other cherished relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Parkinson’s Disease Association: Minnesota Chapter (

Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM with military honors taking place at 6:00 PM all at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN (119 Central Ave).

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

23 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mike and Sandy Driscoll

    Prayers and hugs to Mary and family.

  2. Judy Johnson

    I will miss your friendly smile! You are a wonderful dancer and friend!

  3. Crystal Hammack

    I was acquainted with Leroy through square dancing. He was fun and patient.
    May God cover his loved ones with Peace in the knowledge that he is with Jesus now.

  4. Dennis C Weerts

    Another loss to square dance friends here on earth. Lord be with

  5. Mary and Robert Pyfferoen

    My husband and I so enjoyed dancing with Leroy and Mary . Leroy was such a friendly welcoming man always smiling . Thoughts and prayers to Leroy’s family .

  6. Becky, Josie, Ali & Lorelai Brutger

    We are heartbroken to hear the news of LeRoy’s passing. His smile & friendly attitude will be greatly missed! Hugs to Mary & his family.

  7. Jennifer LaMar

    Jan and I were deeply saddened to hear of Leroy’s passing. What a wonderful man his friendly attitude and welcoming ways made everyone feel special! His positive attitude towards newcomers in dancing kept us all coming. Mary is also a wonderful gal and the love they had for each other was contagious . God bless and keep you Leroy . And thank you

  8. Emily Erickson

    I am so sorry for this great loss. LeRoy was so encouraging to me as a new square dancer, always smiling, and a lot of fun to be around. Thankful for his influence in the handful of times we got to interact and praying for your family.

  9. Peter and Robin Knaeble

    We loved Leroy’s enthusiasm, friendliness and ever present smile. We always looked forward to seeing him at our square dances. Love to Mary and family.

  10. Glenna Vandergon

    Mary, please know that there are many praying for you and the family during this difficult time. My sympathy to you all.

  11. Mary McDonough

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Leroy well, he was the guy that made magic happen at the Quilt club Christmas party! Prayers to all.

  12. Evelin and Joel Reinitz

    Mary, we didn’t know you and LeRoy well but he was always a smiling presence at Sarah’s round dance lessons. He made us feel welcome each and every time. That is the gift he gave us and I am sure many others. Blessings on your grief healing journey.
    Evelin and Joel Reinitz

  13. Elton Howell

    LeRoy was a mentor, advisor, leader and trusted friend. You will be missed my friend… Rest In Heaven… 🙏🏾

  14. Gary Hill

    My sincere condolences to the family, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Leroy. I worked with Leroy, at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Leroy was a willing person and he cheerfully assisted many employees. I envision his warm smile and greatly appreciate him helping me navigate my career progression opportunities at the Agency. He was chiefly responsible with me getting selected as the office staff director. Leroy left an indelible mark on my life and his memory will be a constant reminder that “what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal (Albert Pike)”

  15. Emil Gunnary

    Our Condolences on your loss.

  16. Sally & Carl Vogt

    Carl and I were so sad to hear of the passing of LeRoy. We send our heartfelt condolences to Mary and family. LeRoy was an outstanding man who was so caring, smiling and encouraging to all in square dance. He made people feel welcome and was amazingly helpful. What a pleasure it was to be able to dance with such an experienced and talented person. It was truly a blessing to know him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary.

  17. Sandy Driscoll

    Mike and I will always remember LeRoy smiling face and great dancing. Hugs and condolences to Mary.

  18. Victor & Judy Diller

    Our prayers go out to Leroy’s family. We didn’t know Leroy and Mary very long, but both of them are some of the friendliest couples we have met. We are saddened to hear of Leroy’s passing, doing what he loved to do, square dancing. Leroy is now dancing in Heaven. Our love and prayers go out to Mary, and the rest of Leroy’s family.

  19. Red & Linda Braaten

    Our condolences to Mary and the family. It is impossible to understand the pain and loss you are feeling. We have enjoyed square dancing with both Mary and LeRoy. We have felt the joy of being in their presence. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time of grieving.
    Hugs to Mary.

  20. Kim Diers

    I met LeRoy through square dancing. He always had a welcoming smile on his face whenever I seen him. He also made made sure visitors to his clubs dances had a chance to dance. He will be greatly missed!

  21. Kim Bankers

    Hugs and prayers for you Mary. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you loved him a lot. We will miss him at Cambridge Corners Square Dance Club. Our Condolences. Bob and Kim

  22. Hanna Beck

    Leroy I will miss your contagious smile and happy go lucky attitude when dancing at Rollag you have made such a huge impact on my life and I have looked up to you and Mary since I was 4 years old. I’m so happy that we were able to dance at Rollag and that you were able to twirl me around 1 last time! I hope you are dancing in the sky. Mary hugs to you during this hard time sending love, prayers, and hugs your way

  23. Carol Ford

    LeRoy was such a wonderful mentor to me at DIA-always fair, always helpful and positive, never got rattled. Very competent in a complex environment. Rest in peace.


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