Leon J. Nachreiner

Leon J. Nachreiner, 89, of Sleepy Eye, died on March 30, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth with The Rev. Andy Michels officiating.  Interment was in the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery.

Leon John Nachreiner was born on June 1, 1925, in Burnstown Township, Brown County, Minnesota, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Platz) Nachreiner. He grew up in rural Springfield. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Roiger on May 23, 1949, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield. Leon and Betty farmed by Leavenworth until retiring and moving to rural Sleepy Eye. Leon worked at Miller Sellner after retiring and was their official “gopher.” He was a member of the board of directors of Springfield Coop Creamery Board, and on the board of Brown County REA.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Leon enjoyed woodworking, his Belgian horses, “sweets,” especially ice cream and “Fireball,” and playing cards.

 Leon passed away to celebrate on his father’s birthday and the birthday of his oldest son, Duane.
 He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” of Sleepy Eye; children, Duane (Jelene) of Springfield, Daniel (Linda) of Springfield, Linda (Stan) Schroepfer of Comfrey, Terry (Theresa) of Sleepy Eye, Paul (Gay) of Wolsey, S.D.,  and Lynnae (Steve) Pelzel of Sleepy Eye; daughter-in-law, Gloria Nachreiner of Sleepy Eye; 26 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; siblings; Edmund Nachreiner of Fairfax, Madonna Hillesheim of New Ulm, Luella Nachreiner of Springfield, Lillian Lentsch of Glencoe, Kathleen (Don) Balbach of New Ulm, Linus (Rosie) Nachreiner of New Ulm, Arnold (Ruth) Nachreiner of Los Fresno, Texas, and Jerry (Carolyn) Nachreiner of New Ulm; sisters-in-law, Adeline Roiger of Fairfax and Berdine Roiger of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, James, Patrick and Randy; grandsons, Dustin and Nathan; sister, Lynora (Walter) Gentz; brothers-in-law, Omer Lentsch and Albert Hillesheim; and sister-in-law, Loretta Nachreiner.

The Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye assisted the family with arrangements.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

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