Leonard Emil Buttenhoff, age 100, of Plymouth, formerly of Rockford, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.
He was born May 9, 1918, in Victor Township, Wright County, the son of Fred and Alvina (Reek) Buttenhoff. Leonard was baptized June 9, 1918; confirmed March 20, 1932; and married Eleanor Pool Aug. 19, 1941, all at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Leonard honorably served his country for four years in the US Army during World War II. He was inducted Oct. 7, 1941, left the United States July 11, 1943 destination the “Asiatic Pacific Theatre,” and was stationed at the Aleutian Islands. He arrived back in the United States Dec. 16, 1944, and was honorably discharged Nov. 4, 1945.
Following his military service, Leonard farmed for several years but, due to allergies, he stopped farming and moved to Minneapolis. There, he installed combination windows and doors for the Richfield Yards for 13 years; owned a general insurance agency; and owned and managed rental properties. Leonard also had decades of interest in following and investing in the stockmarket.
Leonard and Eleanor later would purchase a 240-acre farm near Morris and the Morris Dairy Queen. After retirement, the couple moved to Buffalo. They divorced in 1978.
Leonard was joined in marriage with Jeanette A. Peterson April 20, 1983, in Littleton, CO. The couple eventually built a new home in Rockford, and three years ago, moved to a senior cooperative in Plymouth.
Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Jeanette; children Richard Buttenhoff of Savage, Diane (Virgil) Rose of Anoka, Gene (Joan) Buttenhoff of Sioux Falls, SD, and Joan (Frank) Opay of Monticello; stepchildren Vernette “Lisa” (Howard) Sickle, Robert (Kris) Peterson, Susan (David) Hansen, Gerald (Barb) Peterson, Teresa (Steven) Grandlund, and Deanna (Joe) Peterson; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings Raymond Buttenhoff, Garland Buttenhoff, and Lucille Kraemer; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters and brothers Ardis Buttenhoff, Edna Beauregard, Lorraine Feit, Lila Chapman, Ottomar Buttenhoff, Gladys Peterson, and Melvin Buttenhoff.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford; followed by interment at Howard Lake Cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo; continuing Thursday morning at the church, one hour prior to the services.
Honorary casket bearers were Leonard’s brothers, Raymond and Garland Buttenhoff.
Casket bearers were Mark Buttenhoff, Erik and Kyler Grandlund, Jimmy Wong, Jason Ruch, and Bruce Buttenhoff.
Memorials may be given to Our Fathers Lutheran Church in Rockford.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.s