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“So sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man. He will be missed.Sue and Don Grunzke. Rest in peace Dave. ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Susan Grunzke - Alden, MN


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David Leslie Leland, age 78, of Bricelyn, MN, died on Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, MN. A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Bricelyn Lutheran Church with Pastor Nancy Dreier officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, MN, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery.

David was born April 17th, 1941 at home in Brush Creek Township, the son of Edgar and Erma (Wacholz) Leland. He was a lifelong member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church and graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1959. David was united in marriage to Wilma Hockenson on April 2nd, 1967 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Vinje, Iowa. To this union, three children were born: Bradley, Douglas, and Kristine. David was a farmer all of his life. He was very honored that his sons and grandsons are continuing as 4th and 5th generation Leland Family farmers. David and Wilma enjoyed going to antique tractor pulls and shows together. He enjoyed hunting, along with restoring and displaying his antique Farmall tractor collection, and was an active member of Bricelyn AA Club. Family and farming have always been the center of David's life. Nothing made him happier than attending family events. He was surrounded by his loved ones until the very end. David was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed by all. Blessed be his memory.

David is survived by his children: Bradley (Beth) Leland of Bricelyn, Douglas (Lisa) Leland of Albert Lea, Kristine Songstad of Emmons; grandchildren: Seth (Jessica) Holland, Trevor (Emily) Leland, Lexi (Andrew) Scholten, Lizzy Leland (fiancé Logan Bauer), Liam Holland, John and Brandon Leland, Allison (Jacob) Sorensen, Jacob Songstad (special friend Ashley Graham) and Caleb Songstad; great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Simon and Cullen Holland, Norie and Taylin Leland, Callahan and Madden Scholten,; mother Erma Leland of Albert Lea; siblings: Dale (Margaret) Leland of Burnsville, and Barb Leland of Bricelyn; sister-in-law Nylene (Ken) Mannes of Lake Mills, IA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife Wilma, father Edgar Leland, and brother-in-law Virgil (Faye) Hockenson.