Leonard Gedde

The celebration of life memorial service for Leonard Gedde, of Staples, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Staples, with Pastor Carl Larson presiding. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday one hour prior to the time of the service.


Leonard, age 87, passed away on Monday, September 23 , 2019, at Lakewood Heath System Care Center in Staples, MN.


Leonard was born to Clifford and Alice (Bergman) Gedde on August 30, 1932, in Compton Township, Otter Tail County, MN.


Leonard was united in marriage with Velma Stokes on August 13, 1966 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. They made their home in the Deer Creek/Wadena area, living and working on a 60 cow  dairy farm, before moving to Staples in 1988. Once in Staples he worked at Gold’s Turkey and then Rockwood Bargains.


Leonard was preceded in death by  his wife of nearly 48 years, Velma on July 22, 2014; parents Clifford and Alice; sisters Shirley Chromey and Eunice Riddle and parents-in-law Ernest and Caroline Stokes.


Surviving Leonard are daughters Paula (Fred) Bickford and Carol (Chuck) Holst both of Staples; two grandchildren & six great-grandchildren; brother Don Gedde; along with brother-in-law Myron Stokes of Nenana, AK.


Active urnbearers will be Christopher Holst and Ashley Phillips.


Military honors provided by MNAGHG.


Burial will be in Compton Lutheran Cemetery, near Wadena, MN.


Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)              


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