July 28 1948 September 11 2021
Leonard Charles Ferrington Jr. July 28, 1948 – September 11, 2021 Share this obituary Send Sympathy Gifts Sign Guestbook| View Guestbook Entries Esteemed University of Minnesota Professor of Entomology Dr. Leonard Charles Ferrington, Jr., 73, passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2021, while bicycling on the Root River Trail near Lanesboro, Minnesota. Dr. Ferrington was born in 1948 in Murrysville, PA, to parents, Leonard C. Ferrington, Sr., and Agnes Martina Ferrington (nee Schwaderer). He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Dr. Deborah Ferrington (nee Stinner); daughter, Dr. Ashley LaBore (Beau); son, Leonard Ferrington, III (Lindsay) and granddaughter, Leah Ferrington. Siblings include Connie Paulich (Henry), Carole Lape (Zane), and James Ferrington (Debra). Len joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 after graduating from Franklin Regional High School. He served in Vietnam as a Corporal in the 3rd Marine Division and was honorably discharged from service in 1972. During his time in Vietnam, he earned several medals, including a Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Doctorate degree specializing in Entomology from the University of Pittsburgh. He held tenured academic positions at both the University of Kansas (1980 to 2000) and the University of Minnesota (2000 to 2021). During his 41-year academic career as a Professor and Scientist, Len was a prolific researcher that collaborated with colleagues in 52 countries on six continents. Len’s research program consisted of five areas of emphasis: taxonomy and systematics, biodiversity studies, responses of aquatic insects to various types of pollution, their roles in stream ecology, and sustainability. Throughout his career Len authored over 100 scientific publications and identified more than 100 previously undescribed insects. He was a long-standing member of the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS) and served as President in 1989 and 1990. In 2021, he was elected as an SFS Fellow for his sustained excellence in contributions to freshwater science research. In addition to his research, he was an active and well-liked Professor and Mentor to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate level students at the University of Kansas and the University of Minnesota. He was most recently recognized with the prestigious Fulbright Fellow award and was planning to perform research in Finland for six months. All who had the honor to know Len recognized how he pursued excellence in life with passion and vigor. He was a loving Husband and Father, advisor and mentor, world explorer, music aficionado including a recent passion for playing the Mandolin, voracious reader, avid exercise enthusiast and cyclist, boating captain and Nationally ranked, award-winning competitive ballroom dancer. Len embodied the persona of a modern Renaissance Man. Len was loved greatly by his family and will be dearly missed. His legacy will continue through his family, contributions he made as a scientist and educator, and the countless lives he touched with his genuine, engaging, humorous personality, and kind heart. The Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4 PM to 8 PM and the Funeral Ceremony honoring his life will be on Thursday, September 23rd at 11 AM. Both events will be located at: Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home 515 W. Highway 96 at Mackubin Shoreview, Minnesota 55126 Directly following the Funeral Ceremony honoring his life, a burial with full Military Honors will be held on Thursday, September 23rd at 1 PM. This will be located at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Fort Snelling National Cemetery 7601 34th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55450 In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “Deborah A. and Leonard C. Ferrington Research Fund” ( www.giveto.pitt.edu/ferrington ). This endowment provides support for research being conducted by undergraduate or graduate students at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, which is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Leonard Charles Ferrington Jr., please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. SERVICES Visitation Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home 515 W. Highway 96 at Mackubin Shoreview, Minnesota 55126 Get Directions on Google Maps Funeral Service Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 AM Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home 515 W. Highway 96 at Mackubin Shoreview, Minnesota 55126 Get Directions on Google Maps Graveside Service Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:00 PM Ft. Snelling National Cemetery 7601 34th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55450 Get Directions on Google Maps Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Personal Message: Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry
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