Leonard Bruss, 91, of Echo, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Season’s Hospice House in Redwood Falls.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July, 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Granite Falls. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Leonard A. Bruss was born on May 11, 1922 on the family farm to Albert F. and Emilie (Bahn) Bruss in Echo Township, Yellow Medicine County. He was baptized on June 4, 1922 by Reverend J. Brauer, and confirmed on May 17, 1936 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Posen Township. Leonard attended Country School #61 south and St. Luke’s Parochial School. He attended and graduated from Echo High School in 1940.
On September 2, 1950, Leonard was united in marriage to Marjorie Dietz at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta. Leonard helped his dad farm until 1948, when he took over the original Echo Township family farm and in 1950 he bought his dad’s other farm in Sioux Agency Township and has resided there since. His 32 years of farming and dairying kept him busy with his favorite John Deere machinery. He has served as church secretary, was on the church school board, was an Elder, and Trustee at several churches over the years. He was currently a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Granite Falls.
Leonard enjoyed singing in mixed and men’s choirs and as a quartet. He especially enjoyed playing by ear on his Kawai organ in his retirement years. They traveled by car and tent to 49 states visiting many National Parks, State Parks, and historic sites, hiking many trails, and fishing the Yellow Medicine river. Leonard also enjoyed downhill skiing which he did until the age of 88.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife, Marjorie of Echo; one daughter, Susan (Dennis) Bauer of Cedar Falls, IA; three sons, Stan (Kathy) Bruss of Mankato, Ken (Mary) Bruss of Lenexa, KS, and John (Jeanne) Bruss of Cottage Grove; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville Bruss of Bloomington; one sister, Adella Vogt of New Hope; brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Michael (Karla) Dietz of O’Fallon, MO; sister-in-law, Ruth Bruss of Milwaukee, WI, and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, brothers, Erwin, Walter, Albert Jr., and Delbert Bruss, sisters, Luella Saeger, Emily Prestegard, and Erna Christenson preceded him in death.
Memorials preferred to Hospice or the donors choice.
Arrangements by The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo, Wabasso and surrounding areas. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com