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October 15, 2018

2/7/2018 8:53:00 AM
Leslie Leopold

Leslie "Les" Leopold, 92, of Heron Lake died Jan. 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake with Father Patrick Arens officiating.
Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Heron Lake.
Visitation will be held Feb. 17 at the church for one hour prior to the service.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Leslie "Les" James Leopold was born June 8, 1925, to Julius and Ann (Paulson) Leopold at their home in Kinbrae. He was baptized at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Dundee and later confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake.
In 1928, his family moved to a farm in LaCrosse Township of Jackson County. Les received his early education at Sacred Heart School before graduating from Heron Lake High School in 1943.
In 1950, Les married Meriam Phinney at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake. They lived for a short time in Heron Lake before moving to the family farm in LaCrosse Township. They farmed with Les' father until 1952 when his father retired and Les took over the farm. They raised their six girls on the farm.
Following Meriam's death in 1977 from cancer, Les remained on the farm, continuing to farm while also working out of his home as an agent for Delafield Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.
In 1980, he retired from 37 years of farming and merged his insurance agency with Heron Lake State Bank, becoming its insurance agency manager.
He also served as a supervistor for LaCrosse Township for many years and helped with many projects when the new community center was built in Heron Lake.
In 1981, Les married Dixie Nicholson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake. They continued living on the farm and Les retired from the bank in 1987.
In retirement, Les and Dixie enjoyed traveling, especially "going out West to see the girls." He also enjoyed going to his daughter Carol's vineyard.
Les enjoyed golf and anything to do with aviation. In his early years, he was a pilot and owned his own small plane. In retirement, he built and flew several radio controlled airplanes and was working on renewing his pilot's license.
In 1997, Les suffered a stroke after which he and Dixie moved into Heron Lake.
After Dixie's death in 1999, Roger and Marlene Anderson moved in with Les to help care for him. Les remained in his home until 2006 when he became a resident of Good Samaritan Soceity-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Les was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake, where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters for over 20 years.
In addition to his two wives, Meriam and Dixie, Les was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Vic Farrow; an infant grandson, Ryan Leopold; and a stepson, Richard "Bill" Nicholson.
Survivors include his six daughters: Michele (James) Malters of Fulda; Carol Farrow of Geyersville, Calif.; Katie Peterson Leopold (Gary Peterson) of Minnetonka; Barbara (Dave) Collin of Windsor, Calif.; Linnea Sanford Leopold (Brian Sanford) of Felton, Calif.; and Lesle (John) Post of Worthington; stepchildren, John (Teresa) Nicholson of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and Barbara (Willard) Nelson of Dalton; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Helen (Rod) Hager of Fairmont.

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