Christ M. Ley

January 22, 1951 ~ September 18, 2020 (age 69)


Christ Myron Ley, 69 of Warroad, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18, 2020 at his home in Warroad, MN surrounded by his loving family.

Celebration of Life/Irish Wake will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Christ’s home in Warroad.  All family and friends are welcome to join the celebration.  It will be a casual gathering with all in attendance asked to wear Minnesota sports apparel.

Christ Myron Ley was born on January 22, 1951 at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, MN to Christ and Joan (O’ Brien) Ley.  He attended grade school in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in the summer of ‘69.  He also briefly studied Ichthyology (the study of fish) at the University of Minnesota.

After high school, Christ worked for his step-father Clayton Hjelle as a roofer.  He spent his off hours cruising and racing up and down Lake Street in downtown Minneapolis until he met the young lady, he’d spend the rest of his life with, Marlene Carlson.  Christ and Marlene fell in love and were married March 24, 1979 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN. 

Christ and Marlene began their 41-year journey together in Thief River Falls.  They welcomed their beloved daughter Jenny into their world on August 28, 1979.  On May 20, 1984, Christ and Marlene welcome the addition of their second child, a wonderful son, Brandon “Little Enook”.  Christ, Marlene, Jenny, and Brandon spent every minute together as a family.  If Christ, “The Silver Bullet,” was ever away from his family, he could be easily found with one of his two best fishing buddies, Marvin “The Minnow Man” Carlson or Mike “Nanook” Agre.  In 1984, Christ and Marlene made one last change of location.  They loaded up the truck and moved to…. Warroad, MN, where they made their family home.

Christ spent 20 years as a roofer, before working at Detroiter Homes, The City of Thief River Falls, Christian Brothers, and finally settling in at Marvin Windows working as a Lead Person in Round Tops.  He was also a Charter Member of the Eagles Club in Warroad acting as the clubs first Treasurer.

Christ was a fisherman…. period.  He caught an unbelievable amount of fish in his lifetime.  Big fish seemed to give up and jump right into his boat.  Christ loved cooking the fish, and countless other original concoctions, as much as catching them.  He is well known for his cooking and his ability to make a huge mess during the process.  Christ also enjoyed hunting, gardening, watching hummingbirds on the deck, playing yard games, spending time with his family, and listening to “Nights with Alice Cooper” every Saturday night.  He loved watching Twins and Wild games with his grandson Evan.  He loved watching Shark and Gator shows with his granddaughter Jillian.  He taught everyone close to him everything he knew about fishing and fish in general.  He often spoke about spending summers with his Uncle John “The Medicine Man” and his Uncle Tommy.  He was very thankful for the valuable lesson learned from each respectfully.  He lived his life by the three F’s.  Family.  Fishing.  Fun.  He truly loved his family and all of his close friends.

Christ is survived by his sweetheart Marlene; daughter Jennifer (Nathan) LaRoque of Thief River Falls, MN; son Brandon of Warroad, MN; grandchildren Evan and Jillian LaRoque; son Patrick Ley and daughter Katie Ley; siblings Jeri Ley, David (Julie) Helm, Clayton “Sven” Hjelle; and many other family members and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Clayton Hjelle; father and mother-in-law Clayton & Marvel Carlson; brother Terry Helm; special friend, Leo Hoy; dog Sparky; and cat Sunshine.

May his memory be blessed!

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Celebration of Life
September 26, 2020

4:00 PM

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