Joseph L. LeTendre
LeTendre, Joseph L. "Joe," son of Leonard and Marcella Youngbauer LeTendre, was born in Cass Lake, Minnesota, on September 24, 1938. The family moved to Austin, MN, when he was 2. Joe graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1956, Austin Community College in 1958, and St. Thomas College in 1960. He and Rosemary Collins were married on December 28, 1960, and they moved from St. Paul to Brewster, MN, where Joe taught junior high social studies. He made a career change in 1977, and began working for Christensen Broadcasting as a salesman and on-air personality at their Slayton location, which is now called KJOE Radio, named after him. In 1996, he was honored to be named "Outstanding Broadcast Personality in Non-Metro Radio" by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. In addition to his radio work, he also became a much-sought-after Master of Ceremonies for many different organizations. These functions took him to places in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, Alaska and Texas. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary LeTendre, of Slayton, five children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchil dren. Funeral services will be at St. Ann's Church in Slayton, MN on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Interment is at St. Ann's Cemetery in Slayton, MN. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at St. Ann's Church in Slayton from 4-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Totzke Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences: totzkefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Wonder World in Slayton or Murray County Hospice.
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