The Lord Jesus Christ called Leland “Sonny” Lloyd Pettit, Jr. home to heaven Friday, May 21, 2010, at the age of 65.
He was born in Minneapolis Nov. 9, 1944, the son of Leland “Ole” and Dorothy A. (Ostlund) Pettit, Sr. Sonny was a baptized member of Cokato Baptist Church as a child.
He spent his childhood years growing up in Howard Lake, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1962.
After graduation, Sonny went to work in Minneapolis for Globe Tool and Die. He attended trade school at Dunwoody Institute and Anoka Technical College.
Sonny was united in marriage to Doris Zander Sept. 7, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter.
The Pettits made their home in Brooklyn Center for the past 37 years, and were long-time members of Discover Church in Brooklyn Park, where Sonny served his Lord faithfully year after year.
Sonny was currently employed at ICA Corporation in Dayton, as a machinist. Previous to this employment, he worked at Gresen Mfg. for 39 years, until the company moved out of state.
Sonny enjoyed people of all ages and loved to include all in his special interests of hunting, fishing, and game playing. He also loved camping and traveling with his wife.
Sonny had a servant’s heart and found many ways to meet the needs of those who needed help. He was especially fond of his family and enjoyed spending time with all of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Dorothy Pettit; and his brother-in-law, Don Johnson.
Sonny is dearly missed by his wife of 46 years, Doris; his daughter, Christel (David) Bauers; his grandchildren, Moriah, Alexander, Victoria, Jeremiah and Katrina Bauers; four sisters, Lucille (Myron) Lahr, Barbara (Tom) Schmieg, Ruth (Gary) Schmieg, and Sandy (Leroy) Zander; and many other family and friends.
Arrangements were handled by the Miller Funeral Home, Fridley chapel.