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Michael Leonard

The Dickey County Leader of Ellendale, North Dakota

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September 12, 1946 - August 23, 2009

Michael Leonard, 62, of Clarkson, Neb., died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Immanuel Medical (Center in Omaha, Neb. Funeral services were held August, 29, 2009 at Rude's Funeral Home, in Brookings.

Michael John Leonard was born to John and Bertha Leonard in Northwood, N.D. on September 12, 1946. He spent his early years in North Dakota, later moving to Omaha, Neb. where he completed his elementary and junior high school in Brookings, South Dakota.

In October 1964, Michael entered the US Navy where he spent 4 years serving in Guam and Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge from the US Navy in 1969.

On November 8, 1969, Michael was united in marriage to Brenda Duff of Brookings, S.D. Michael was blessed with 4 wonderful children (Mitzi, Mark, Michael, and Meranda). For over 35 years, Mike managed several grain elevators in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. He cherished the business relationships he established and the dedicated service he was able to provide to his patrons over the years.

Mike enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and especially his nine grandchildren. He remained courageous and loving throughout his struggles with his health. Mike was a member of St. James Lutheran Church of Holland, Minn. and The American Legion of Forbes, N.D.

Michael is survived by his wife Brenda of Clarkson, Neb.; a daughter Mitzi (Mike) Wynia and their family Brandi, Clinton, and Tyler of Hamburg, Iowa; son Mark (Deana) Leonard and their family Jayden, McKenna, Landen, and Alyza of Clarkson, Neb.; son Michael (Beth) Leonard and family Sophia and Olivia of Omaha, Neb.; a great grandchild, Raymond Wynia; two sisters Patricia Miller of Caldwell, Idaho; Terri (Robert) Pitzer of Portland, Ore.; one brother Scott Leonard of Huntsville, Ala; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha, his father and mother-in-law Robert and Agnes Duff, and infant daughter Meranda.



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Original Publication Date: September 3, 2009



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