Leonard Gedde, 87, of Staples passed away September 23, 2019, at Lakewood Heath System Care Center in Staples.
The celebration of life memorial service was held Sept. 27, at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples, with Pastor Carl Larson presiding.
Active urnbearers were Christopher Holst and Ashley Phillips.
Military honors provided by MNAGHG.
Burial was in Compton Lutheran Cemetery, near Wadena.
Leonard was born August 30, 1932 to Clifford and Alice (Bergman) Gedde in Compton Township, Otter Tail County.
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; two sisters, Shirley Chromey and Eunice Riddle and parents-in-law, Ernest and Caroline Stokes.
Survivors include two daughters, Paula (Fred) Bickford and Carol (Chuck) Holst, both of Staples; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Gedde and brother-in-law, Myron Stokes of Nenana, AK.
Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)