Edward “Ed” James Montplaisir, 79, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away Monday April 19, 2021 at Essentia – St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.
Ed was born on November 22, 1941 to Henry and Jeanette (Lerum) Montplaisir in Horace, ND. He grew up on a farm near Horace, ND, with 11 brothers and sisters. Ed graduated from St. Benedicts High School in 1959. Following graduation, Ed enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt as a communications tech. After his honorable discharge he attended Minnesota State University – Moorhead, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 1971. While going to school he was employed as a lineman for Ma Bell.
On June 24, 1967, Ed was united in marriage to June Marcotte, the couple later separated. On April 28, 1983, Ed was united in marriage to Mary Keppler. They lived in Fargo until Ed retired from US West in 1990, they then made their home on the lake.
Ed loved anything to do with the outdoors; yard work, fishing, hunting, golf, and just riding around on his lawn mower.
Ed is survived by his wife of 38 years Mary; his children Warren (Jennie) Bigalke of West Fargo, ND, Patrick (Karen) Montplaisir of Owatonna, MN, Steve (Melanie) Montplaisir Fergus Falls, MN, Cheri Milligan of Barnesville, MN, Kelli (Ron) Karnack of Minot, ND; eight grandchildren Darian, Morgan (Canin Moore), Tyler, Cole, Danielle, Rylee, Kaytlyn, Gabrielle; one great-grandson Calvin; his siblings Bruce (Mary Beth) of Onamia, MN, David of Manassas, VA, Ronald (Linnea) Portland, OR, Michael (Wendy) of Fargo, ND, Eleanor Larson of Fargo, ND, Karen (Rick) Chase of Oakdale, MN, Rosie (Tom) Seaburg of Rush City, MN, Linda (Mike Schwab) See of Brooklyn Park, MN; sister-in-law Carolyn of Portland, OR, and many more family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Jeanette, mother-in-law Golda, brothers Richard, Jerome (Joan), sister Kathy (Larry), sister-in-law Shirley and brothers-in-law Clifford Larson, James See, Roger Keppler, Robert Keppler, Vern Eggum, and Ed Goodhardt, and nephew Steve Goodhardt.