Gehard Maynard Leland

  • Born: November 6, 1923
  • Died: February 14, 2017
  • Location: Bricleyn, Minnesota

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255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

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Gehard "Bud" Leland, age 93, of Bricelyn, MN, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Wells. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church in Bricelyn, MN, with Pastor Nancy Dreier officiating. Visitation will be Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, MN, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery with Military Honors by the Bricelyn American Legion Post #165.
Gehard M. "Bud" Leland was born November 6, 1923 on the family farm in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County, MN, the son of Gustave and Minnie (Johnson) Leland. He walked ΒΌ mile to country school and later graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1943. His father, Gustave, was chairman of the country school board and hired a young, energetic teacher, Mavis L. Knutson. Bud decided to meet this teacher and two years later they were united in marriage on April 6, 1952 at the Lutheran Church in Frost. To this sixty four year union 5 children were born. In his younger years, he was well known for his fast -pitch softball pitching prowess, and of late enjoyed reminiscing with former rival team members.
He was proud to be in United States Air Navy as a Radioman Gunner, 1st Class. After his Honorable discharge, he came back and farmed the family farm. A special source of pride for Bud was his ability to serve on the Brush Creek Township board for over 50 years. He looked forward to his annual deer hunting trips with his same buddies for over 50 consecutive seasons. Bud enjoyed listening to his family sing and at one performance literally carried his tune in a bucket. He was loved by his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was thrilled when they could speak a few words in Norwegian. He was a 60 year member of the Bricelyn American Legion Post and a life-long member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church. Bud enjoyed simple pleasures; fishing, laughing, his wife's cooking and a William Penn cigar.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: baby girl Leland, Arnold Leland, Stella Flo, Olga Leland and Stanley Leland.
Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mavis Leland of Bricelyn; 5 children: Greg (wife Kathy) Leland, Carter (wife Yvonne) Leland, Paulette (husband Kevin) Legred, all of Bricelyn, MN; LuAnn (husband Tommy Kraemer of Prior Lake, MN, Jeff (wife Ann) Leland of Pine Island, MN; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: Kelsey (Christoph) Dundas and family, Adelia, Caleb, Jacob, Emmaline; Michael Leland and Brian Leland; Dan (Tricia) Leland, Bethany (Matt) Schoeneck and family, Karis and Gabriel; Jonathan (Janelle) Leland and family, Heath and Reese, Rebecca Leland; Justin (Amy) Legred and family, Ethan, Brennan and Brinley, Alicia (Nathan) Shutes and family, Henrik, Isaiah, Layla and Ruby; Jessica Kraemer; Mitchell, Garrett and Megan Leland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Blessed be His memory.