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Leonard W. Grangroth, 61

Leonard Wayne Grangroth, age 61, of rural Howard Lake, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

He was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Watertown, the son of Howard and Dolly Jewett Grangroth.

Leonard graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1967.

He honorably served his country in the US Army.

Leonard was joined in holy marriage with Diane Lindenberg July 11, 1975, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Leonard was employed by Bury & Carlson, Inc. in Burnsville for 30 years. He belonged to International Union of Operating Engineers-Local 49, and formerly belonged to General Laborers-Local 563.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing cards, going to casinos, planting trees, and cutting wood. Leonard especially enjoyed his grandson, Cody.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Diane Grangroth; two daughters, Michelle (Eric) Perowitz of Annandale, and April (Neal) Westermann of Waverly; a grandson, Cody Westermann; his mother, “Dolly” Grangroth of Waverly; sisters and brothers Ruby (Don) Pfau of Mesa, AZ, Howard (Susan) Grangroth Jr., Harlan (Yvonne) Grangroth, all of Waverly, Mary Ann (Guy) Stitt of Bremerton, WA, Betsy Schotl of St. Cloud, Rick (Madonna) Grangroth, Ronnie (Cindy) Grangroth, all of Waverly, and Joni Decker of Howard Lake; a brother-in-law, Dick Mosch of Fergus Falls; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Janette (Gordon) Bratvold of Montrose, Delores (Gerald) Anderson of Maple Grove, Carol Jewett of Waverly, and Mary (Lyle) Hirsch of Howard Lake; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Rose Marie Mosch; father in law and mother in law, Marvin and Isabelle Lindenberg; brothers-in-law Sonny Jewett, Sonny Schroeder, and Simon Schotl; a nephew, Dean Schroeder; and by an infant niece, Nicole.

Funeral services took place Thursday, May 6 at noon at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Myra Pryzella officiating. Interment with military rites followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Honorary casket bearers were grandson Cody Westermann and all of Leonard’s nieces and nephews.

Casket bearers were Keith Schirmers, Chad Hirsch, Andy Hirsch, Donald Grangroth, Jeff Mosch, and Danny Mosch.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com