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Leonard Lohre

May 12, 1925 December 11, 2018
Leonard Lohre
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Leonard Wilbur Lohre was born on Tuesday, May 12, 1925, in rural Storden, Minnesota, to the late Eddie H. and Elvina Sebina (Nelson) Lohre. He received his education in Sunnyside District 37 in rural Cottonwood County. Leonard was baptized and confirmed at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in rural Westbrook.

On June 5, 1951, Leonard was united in marriage to Doris Maxa at the Presbyterian Church in Seaforth, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with five children, Pamela, Janet, Dean, Barbara and Michael. After marriage, they farmed in rural Lamberton. Doris passed away on February 2, 2002. Leonard continued farming until retiring in 2007. Eventually, Leonard’s health began to decline, and he became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom where he passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the age of 93 years.

Leonard was a lifetime member of the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in rural Westbrook where he was a trustee and cemetery caretaker for many years. He also was a school board member for Storden Public Schools. Leonard had many enjoyments in life which included country music, yodeling and singing in his younger years, square dancing, fishing trips with his friends, swimming in Hurricane Lake, going south in the winter for several years, and time spent with family.

Leonard possessed all the tinkering skills that a smallholder had to have: animal husbandry, shade tree mechanics, equipment design and one-of-a-kind alterations; he was as adept with a two-horse team or a threshing machine and hay sling as he was with a tractor, and held onto and told many stories of the formative days of youth, family, church, and farm.

He took one international trip in his life and that was with his sons Dean and Michael to Norway. Leonard was able to visit the home farm near Trondheim and the Arctic Circle that was the genesis of the Lohre clan. Fishing, forestry, and small, hardscrabble farming that Leonard could relate to with small fields of wheat, barley, oats and alfalfa.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Doris, great-grandson, Caleb Bruggeman, two brothers, Elvern Lohre and Harold Lohre, and his sister, Effie Lunn.

Leonard is survived by his five children, Pamela Lohre of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and her children: Heather (Gene) Elrod, Heidi (James) Lynch, Greta (Pat) Bruggeman,
Sam Charlson, and Jenna (Jeremiah) Weaver; Janet Lohre of Windom and her children: Nate LeBoutillier, Sarah (Brent) Steinert, Abigale (Dan) Klumper, Tony LeBoutillier, Tom LeBoutillier and Jon LeBoutillier; Dean Lohre of Heron Lake and his children: Elizabeth (Andy) Kolseth, Layne (Brett) Braulick, and Hailey Jo (Preston) VandenBosch; Barbara (Rory) Johnson of Windom and their daughter, Aimee Johnson; Michael (Irene) Lohre of New Albany, Ohio; 27 great-grandchildren; six sisters: Lucille Christensen of Alexandria, Zola Wood of Windom, Darlene (Earl) Arfsten of Storden, Muriel Link of Windom, JoAnn Shaw of Dovray, Evelyn Lohre of Windom; and brother LeRoy (Ginny) Lohre of Simpsonville, South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Blessed be the memory of Leonard Lohre.

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3:00 PM 12/16/2018 3:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 12/16/2018 5:00:00 PM
LaCanne Family Funeral Home-Windom

2280 6th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101

Visitation will also take place for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

LaCanne Family Funeral Home-Windom
2280 6th Avenue Windom 56101 MN
United States





11:00 AM 12/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Old Westbrook Lutheran Church

25280 368th Avenue
Westbrook, MN 56183

Old Westbrook Lutheran Church
25280 368th Avenue Westbrook 56183 MN
United States

Cemetery Details


Old Westbrook Lutheran Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

25280 368th Avenue
Westbrook, MN 56183

25280 368th Avenue Westbrook 56183 MN
United States

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