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Leonard L. Kirstein, 86

Leonard L. Kirstein, age 86, of Apple Valley, formerly of Winsted, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Leonard served in World War II with the 3rd Army Pontoon Division.

He retired from the state fire marshal’s division in St Paul and was formerly a carpenter by trade.

Leonard was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and served on the Winsted Fire Department from 1965 to 1979, part of that time as its chief.

He was also the former owner of the New Germany Lumber Yard, and was actively involved in Real Life, and instrumental in getting the board and rules established.

Leonard’s staunch loyalty and patriotism were represented by his proud practice of raising and lowering the American flag that overlooked his lake lot and home balcony. He was a man shaped by the momentous times in which he lived.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vera; daughters JoAnn (David) Underwood, and LaVonne (Don) Ford; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Carol) Kirstein; a sister, Bernice Freitag; and also by other loving relatives and friends.

A loving and devoted husband, father, and friend to many, Len loved God, his family, and his country, and served faithfully.

The funeral service took place Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at White Funeral Home in Apple Valley, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Fort Snelling.

Arrangements were handled by White Funeral Home in Apple Valley; www.whitefuneralhomes.com.