Leo Anthony Laxen, age 95, of Winsted Township, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2019, at home, with his loving wife and family by his side.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, followed by interment in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.
There will be visitation Monday, Jan. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service and rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Leo was born June 12, 1924, at home in Victor Township, Wright County, to Joseph and Clara (Sagstetter) Laxen. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Leo was joined in marriage to Rita Sterner Oct. 6, 1951, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. They were happily married for 68 years and blessed with 11 children: Michael (Linda), Donald (Cindy), Carol (Gerry) Bisping, Gerald (Sharon), Linda (Gene) Handt, Kevin, Luanne (James) Arlt, Jeannette (Edward) Eastling, Gregory, Joanne Scherping, and Jeffery.
Leo was reared on the farm, and farmed all his life. He took pride in caring for the land and animals.
He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters, for which he did volunteer work.
Leo enjoyed playing baseball, volleyball, card games, going fishing, taking family vacations, going on trips with friends and neighbors, gardening, and bird watching.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, and will be dearly missed by those who survive him: his wife, Rita; 11 children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn (Leon) Kegler.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Sally, Art, Edward, Ella, and Mixie; son-in-law Terry Scherping; and many other in-laws.