Rev. Leland C. Mead

Mass of Christian burial for The Rev. Leland Mead, 76, was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter.

Father Mead died Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home in Madison Lake.

Leland Clarence Mead was born June 5, 1941, in St. Peter, the son of Clarence and Ann (Weir) Mead. Leland attended Loyola High School in Mankato and was a graduate of Nazareth Hall and the St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained on March 9, 1968, at New Ulm Cathedral. Father Mead was assigned to St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1992, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.   Following his military service, Father Mead returned to serve as a substitute pastor in the New Ulm and Winona Dioceses. He was passionate about his Irish heritage and took several trips to Ireland. He enjoyed having lunch with fellow clergy in New Ulm.

He is survived by siblings, Harold (Pat) Mead of Nicollet, Janie Mead of St. Peter, Gregory (Connie) Mead of Eden Prairie, Charles “Tim” (Carol) Mead of Mankato, Rosanne Blumenshein of Bemidji and Lawrence (Kathy) Mead of Waterville; many nieces and nephews.

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