Leonard Alfred Haugen was born on a farm near Calvin, ND on April 14, 1914 to Ove Krogstad-Haugen and Hilma (nee Falt) Haugen. He was baptized and confirmed at the Deronda Lutheran Church in Wisconsin. Leonard was raised by his father and grew up on farms in North Dakota and Wisconsin. He received his schooling in Deronda, Wisconsin.
Leonard always lived on a farm. He was a "true farmer." He loved and respected both the land and animals. He was a farm laborer and worked as a carpenter in Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota. It was while working on a farm west of Bergen, Minnesota that he met and married Mavis Johnson on March 27, 1943. They lived near Nye, Wisconsin before moving back to the Windom area in the fall of 1944 where Leonard worked as a farm laborer and cattle trucker. They later moved near Jeffers, Minnesota. In 1961, the family moved to a farm near Comfrey, Minnesota that Leonard and Mavis dearly loved. They remained there until the early 1980's when they moved into their new home nearby. Leonard farmed the land and retired in 2003 at the age of 89. Leonard and Mavis moved into The Maples Assisted Living at St. John in Springfield, Minnesota in 2008. His beloved Mavis passed away on January 2, 2009 and Leonard moved into St. John Lutheran Home.
Leonard passed away June 9, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, Minnesota at the age of 99.
Leonard was a family man as Mavis and his children were always his main concern. He dearly loved his five children; Gerald (Barbara), North Mankato, MN, Ramona (Jim) Way, McHenry, IL, Sharon (Tom) Goltz, Maple Grove, MN, Leland (Ilene), Comfrey, MN and Marsha Therkilsen, Otsego, MN.
Leonard's love for children was always apparent when he saw the grandchildren, who will miss his broad smile, twinkle in his eye when he was mischievous, storytelling and his abundance of patience. He leaves behind fourteen grandchildren; Angela Goblirsch, Debra Haugen, Krista Raberge, Scott Way, Kevin Way, Heather Rothenberger, Michael Goltz, Amy Goltz, Darren Haugen, Raquel Whitehill, Brandon Haugen, Jamie Haugen, Eric Therkilsen and Tara Therkilsen. He also leaves thirteen precious great-grandchildren who will miss his soft voice and funny faces.
Leonard is preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, his parents, two sisters; Helen Beckon and Eleanor Brown and also two brothers; Oscar Krogstad and Fred Husby.
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Thanks for the tractor rides, silly finger tricks, and pranks. I love you! Caiden
Grandpa, may you and Grandma once again find comfort in being together. You both are missed deeply. Thank you for teaching me more than you realize and for that precious smile. I love you!