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“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Al Batt - Hartland, MN - Friend

“To Mavis Leland and family, so sorry for the loss of Bud he was a wonderful man. Our complete condolence's and sympathy to the family.Just heard...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Claudette & Brian Swenson - MN

“To the Leland Family. You have my sympathy. I did not know Bud well, but I do know that he had a really nice family. Greg was the toughest lineman...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Chuck Murry - Winnebago, MN

“Mavis and Family, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Bud was a good man and will be missed by many. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Christopher Feldick - Sioux Falls, SD

“Jeff and Family - So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May the fond memories and happy times sustain you during this difficult time. Please...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Sherry Pearson - Rochester, MN

“So sorry Carter and Vonnie for your loss. Prayers and Peace to you and your families. Donnie and Sue Grunzke ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN - Friend

“Dear Jeff and family - So sorry to her of your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Kim Amrami - Rochester, MN

“Jeff & family, so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed the obit. Your father was a wonderful person. You have at least one of his good qualities-"He liked...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth Boland

“I will always remember Bud trying to teach me Norwegian. Stufa da foodla. He will continue to be in our memories. My heart goes out to all of his...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sheryl Aukes - Elmore, MN

“Our sincerest condolences Jeff to you and your family. We hope you have many fond memories to sustain you at this time.Sincerely,Larry and Dorinda ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Dorinda and Larry Leutink - MN

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Gehard "Bud" Leland, age 93, of Bricelyn, MN, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Wells. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church in Bricelyn, MN, with Pastor Nancy Dreier officiating. Visitation will be Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, MN, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery with Military Honors by the Bricelyn American Legion Post #165.
Gehard M. "Bud" Leland was born November 6, 1923 on the family farm in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County, MN, the son of Gustave and Minnie (Johnson) Leland. He walked ¼ mile to country school and later graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1943. His father, Gustave, was chairman of the country school board and hired a young, energetic teacher, Mavis L. Knutson. Bud decided to meet this teacher and two years later they were united in marriage on April 6, 1952 at the Lutheran Church in Frost. To this sixty four year union 5 children were born. In his younger years, he was well known for his fast -pitch softball pitching prowess, and of late enjoyed reminiscing with former rival team members.
He was proud to be in United States Air Navy as a Radioman Gunner, 1st Class. After his Honorable discharge, he came back and farmed the family farm. A special source of pride for Bud was his ability to serve on the Brush Creek Township board for over 50 years. He looked forward to his annual deer hunting trips with his same buddies for over 50 consecutive seasons. Bud enjoyed listening to his family sing and at one performance literally carried his tune in a bucket. He was loved by his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was thrilled when they could speak a few words in Norwegian. He was a 60 year member of the Bricelyn American Legion Post and a life-long member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church. Bud enjoyed simple pleasures; fishing, laughing, his wife's cooking and a William Penn cigar.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: baby girl Leland, Arnold Leland, Stella Flo, Olga Leland and Stanley Leland.
Bud is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mavis Leland of Bricelyn; 5 children: Greg (wife Kathy) Leland, Carter (wife Yvonne) Leland, Paulette (husband Kevin) Legred, all of Bricelyn, MN; LuAnn (husband Tommy Kraemer of Prior Lake, MN, Jeff (wife Ann) Leland of Pine Island, MN; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: Kelsey (Christoph) Dundas and family, Adelia, Caleb, Jacob, Emmaline; Michael Leland and Brian Leland; Dan (Tricia) Leland, Bethany (Matt) Schoeneck and family, Karis and Gabriel; Jonathan (Janelle) Leland and family, Heath and Reese, Rebecca Leland; Justin (Amy) Legred and family, Ethan, Brennan and Brinley, Alicia (Nathan) Shutes and family, Henrik, Isaiah, Layla and Ruby; Jessica Kraemer; Mitchell, Garrett and Megan Leland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Blessed be His memory.