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November 20, 2019

10/2/2019 1:14:00 PM
Leonard Smith

Leonard "Lenny" Smith, 72, of Heron Lake died Sept. 28, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
Special recorded musical selections will include "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban and "On Holy Ground" by Barbara Streisand.
A memorial ride will be held in the summer of 2020 for interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis (date to be determined).
A time of gathering for family and friends will be held Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Leonard Keith Smith was born to Merrill and Dora Gentry on May 12, 1947, in Windom. He left Windom permanently when he relocated to his heavenly home on Sept. 28, 2019. The time between those dates was the life he lived.
"Never quit, never give up." In 1966, Lenny joined the army and served his country overseas. This army mantra influenced his thinking throughout life.
In 1972, Lenny married Kathy Ellen Freid. From that marriage came Lenny's pride and joy - his "homeboy," Damon.
Lenny worked in several arenas in the auto industry prior to finishing his career as an over-the-road driver, most recently with Bedford Industries. After finally committing to REALLY retiring in May, his newly discovered health issues circumvented keeping that promise.
Lenny loved his Lord and claimed to have worn out two pairs of shoes running the altar call aisle as a child.
In his adult life, he often marveled at how God was so faithful in "protecting an old fool like me for over four million miles and 45 Sturgis trips."
Lenny married the love of his life, Lisa Jean Hoeft, on March, 14, 2006. With that union Lenny not only gained a wife but also a community and friends in Heron Lake, which he thrived on and was grateful for. Together, he and Lisa Jean completed his personal bucket list doing what he enjoyed with people he loved - special friends over driveway fires, spontaneous "biker" rides, camping, trips to Sturgis, morning coffee over the kitchen table, endless storytelling and regular phone calls to his "homeboy," who is now living in far away Phoenix.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, storytelling, impish smile, "Lennyisms" and love of life - a life well lived!
Lenny is survived by his "wifesner," Lisa Jean of Heron Lake; son, Damon, Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Darlene St. John, Windom; Sally Pearson, McAllen, Texas; Evelyn Leverenz, Malibu, Calif.; brother, Larry (Ruth), Windom; sister-in-law, Bonnie Smith of Burnsville; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leland; sister, Marion (Robert) Lindstrom; infant sister, Myrtle; brothers-in-law, Cedric Pearson and Mel St. John.

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