Leonard B. Astrup, 86, of Austin, died at the Cedars Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, from complications of a fall, ending a difficult journey with dementia.
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He was born Aug. 3, 1927, to Christian Berg and Thelma (Knutson) Astrup in Grenora, N.D. ("God's Country"). After graduating from Grenora High School in 1945, he enrolled in ROTC and attended the School of Pharmacy at NDSU, graduating in 1949 as a registered pharmacist. Leonard met Corrine Spoonheim at graduation and started dating her when he went to work at a Walgreens store in Breckenridge. In the fall of 1952, Len moved to Austin where he founded Sterling Drug in the Sterling Shopping Center, which was only the second strip mall to originate in the state of Minnesota. Len had a great business sense, and today Sterling Drug Stores can be found in Minnesota and Iowa. Len married Corrine on June 11, 1955, in Breckenridge. His wife of 59 years was his greatest joy! He was a member of the Minnesota Pharmacy Association, served on the University of Minnesota Century Mortar Club Board, and he was a lifetime licensee of the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy. Len was a member of the Lions Club, Sons of Norway, Masons, Austin Country Club and Sterling Shopping Center Business Association. A charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in 1953, Len was actively involved there over the years and was the longest living member of the original building committee.
He enjoyed tinkering and could repair most anything. Len enjoyed spending time with his family at home and at the cabin on Ottertail Lake, going out to eat, traveling and family vacations. Len was always very proud of his Danish heritage and enjoyed visiting Denmark.
Survivors include his wife, Corrine of Austin; children, Ann Astrup of Shoreview, Christopher (Lynn) Astrup of Austin, Daniel (Becky) Astrup of Austin, Susan (Erik) Lundquist of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Hayley (Tony) Post, Jessica Astrup (Nick Ehret), Robert Astrup, Andrea (Jeremiah) Becker, Michael Astrup, Laura Astrup, Anna Lundquist, John Lundquist and Peter Lundquist; and a sister, Una Mae Penne of Bismarck, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donovan Astrup and Odell Astrup.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at church. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the
of Minnesota/North Dakota or to a
. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at worlein.com.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Cedars (especially Maryanna, Angie and Jean) for their loving care and kindness as well as the St. Croix Hospice staff.
Worlein Funeral Home
1801 4Th St Nw
Austin, MN 55912
Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 25, 2014