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Ledyard N. Burhans, 90

Ledyard Newhouse Burhans, age 90, of Delano, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.

He was born Sept. 30, 1920, in Crookston, and raised in Stephen, MN.

Ledyard graduated from Northwest School of Agriculture, Crookston; Bemidji State Teachers College with a bachelor of science degree; the University of North Dakota with a master of science in education; and Bemidji State University with a degree in elementary education.

He was a member of the original (1946) hockey team at Bemidji State College, and also played on the University of North Dakota hockey team.

As a sergeant in the US Army during World War II, Ledyard served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and the Phillipine Liberation in one major campaign.

Ledyard was a science teacher and principal of schools in North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for 35 years.

The last 19 years of his teaching career was as a sixth grade teacher in the Delano Middle School. In his 19 years, he missed only four days of school; in the last 12 years, he missed none. Superintendant Jim Tool presented him with a school bell engraved with “Delano Schools . . . 1967—1986 . . . Attendance Champion.”

He served one term on the Delano School Board after retiring in 1986.

Ledyard was married to Grace J. Bodlak for 47 years. They have two daughters, Gail D. Quinn and Carol G. Burhans; and two grandchildren, Victoria “Tori” Maidl and Aiden Quinn.

Ledyard was a member of the Delano American Legion Post 377; Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1901, and Masons Hiram Lodge No. 287, Lindstrom, MN.

His interests included cars, driving, traveling, Vikings football, bird watching, and just living outdoors.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Delano United Methodist Church. Pastor Matt Sipe officiated at the services, followed by interment with military honors, by the Delano American Legion and the Ft. Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Casket bearers were Hugh Burhans, Deon Lausche, Howard Bremmer, Marty Howes, Merrill Pavlovich, and Thomas Berggren.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.