Leonard John Lodermeier, 90, of Goodhue, died Friday morning, Sept. 27, 2013, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park in Red Wing.
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Leonard was born on Feb. 15, 1923, in Urbank, the son of Martin and Christine (Hagemann) Lodermeier. Growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with an eighth-grade education, Len found work in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Innovative, and he became skilled as a welder, working in the Superior, Wis., shipyards. Also, he served as a sergeant in World War II with the 211th Army Air Force Base Unit. Marrying RoseMary Gadient on April 12, 1947, he found roots in Goodhue starting his business with three of his brothers repairing cars, expanding to farm equipment. Lodermeier's Inc. now is in its second/third generation. He also enjoyed farming with his brothers and family.
A mainstay of the Goodhue community, he devoted countless hours through the fire department, city council, White Rock Bank Board, Meals on Wheels, Goodhue Historical Society and SEMMCHRA.
Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time at the cabin. He was very proud of his family and community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 54 years, RoseMary, on Aug. 9, 2001; brothers, twins Ralph and Frank, Alphonse, Edwin, Norbert and Jerome.
He is survived by seven children, Gary (Judy), of Cottage Grove, Jennifer (Bruce) Wilson, of Livermore, Calif., Richard (Roxanne), of Goodhue, Peggy (Kevin) O'Connor, of Goodhue, John (Teresa), of Zumbrota, Donna (Randy) Lott, of Lakeville, and Roger (Bonnie), of Cannon Falls; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Eugene (Hazel), of Balsam Lake, Wis., Lorraine Utecht, of Coon Rapids, Victor, of Amery, Wis., Clarice Lodermeier, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Leroy (Eileen), of Amery, Wis.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanne Lodermeier, Brona Lodermeier, Regina Morelan, Ray (Ruth) Gadient, Louis Ward, Agnes Gadient, Kay Gadient, Shirley Gadient, Neta Gadient and Berdell Gadient; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goodhue, with Father Paul Kubista and Father Bruce Peterson co-celebrating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Columbkill Catholic Cemetery, Belle Creek Township.
Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m., all at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goodhue.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls.
Online condolences may be directed to lundbergfuneral.com.
Lundberg Funeral Home
5839 Highway 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 28, 2013