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Francis DeLisle, 94

Francis DeLisle, 94, of Stephen, MN, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, MN.
Francis Eugene DeLisle was born on July 15, 1921 at Pembina, ND, the son of Eugene and Mae (Bourgeois) DeLisle.  He was raised in the Hallock and Kennedy area where he attended country school.  Francis worked in the shipyards before WWII for a year before returning and working on the family farm.  On February 26, 1944, Francis married Cordelia Undeberg.  They made their home in Rolla, ND until moving to rural Stephen in 1946.  Francis farmed, did carpentry and cement work (he built over 100 homes) and he also built Behlin Bins.  Cordelia died on June 28, 2007.   
He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church.
Francis was a craftsman who enjoyed doing small woodworking projects, building hobby horses, wheelbarrows and airplanes, making aluminum can windmills, bird watching and feeding and painting saw blades.  He was a great repurposer.  He used scrap walnut to build grandfather clocks.
Left to mourn his passing are three daughters, Maureen (Paul) Machart of Apache Junction, AZ, Susan Jackson (John Olsen) of Middleton, ID and Gayle (Sterling) Hougard of Karlstad, MN; two sons, Daniel (Carrie) DeLisle of Warren, MN and David (Tammy) DeLisle of Stephen, MN; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Fern Brusegaard of Grand Forks, ND and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cordelia and siblings, Mayo, Diana, Beatrice, Noe, Cecil, Sidney, Vernie, Dorene, Loraine and Jean. 
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen, MN. 
VISITATION: After 5:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service on Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen and one hour before services on Saturday. 
INTERMENT: St. Stephen Cemetery, Stephen, MN.
Celebrant – Rev. George Noel
Organist – Marilyn Hanson
Music by – St. Stephen Choir
Honorary Bearers – Tracy Hudelson, Paula Lindstrom, Shelby DeLisle, April Hudelson, Kendall Hougard, Emmy Bucholz, Lisa Cuebas
Active Bearers – Philip Hougard, Steven Hougard, Hunter Hougard, Doug DeLisle, Aaron DeLisle, Derek DeLisle, Tanner Lindstrom, Tyler Lindstrom, Blaine Machart, Colt Hudelson, Alan Bucholz

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