Leon J. Vanderlinde, age 60, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church (4025 Main Street) in St. Bonifacius, with Father Joseph-Quoc T. Vuong and Father Stan Mader as co-celebrants of the Mass. Interment will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Visitation will continue Friday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers are Ron Erhard, Jim Erhard, Brian Erhard, Kevin Erhard, Charles Storms, Peter Storms, Michael Storms, RT Vanderlinde, Shaun Bauer, Tony Schepers, Will Schepers, Nick Schepers, Brock Banken, Chase Banken, and Cade Banken.
Honorary casket bearers are Mark Boll, Jim Vanderlinde, Henry Vanderlinde, Jeremy Vanderlinde, Danny Vanderlinde, Tony Vanderlinde, Bruce Stern, Greg Anderson, John Boll, Tony Blackketter, Mark Meuffels, and Jerry Vanderlinde.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Leon was born Feb. 19, 1959, in Waconia, the son of Edmund and Marcella (Wickenhauser) Vanderlinde.
He was united in marriage to Heidi Lyzhoft Feb. 14, 1984, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Sixty years well-lived with people who were well-loved; Leon was one of the “bests” you could ask for, regardless of how you knew him. He was an accountable MnDOT co-worker; a hard-working generational farmer; a classically diplomatic middle child (of 13); a lifetime helpful neighbor of the Swede Lake road crew; solid friend to literally hundreds of people; a true partner, husband, and later, caretaker of Heidi; a loving father; and most recently added to the list the best grandpa ever to Max.
Leon shared his true passions for farming, the outdoors, sports, travel, and spending time with loved ones to Max. His love for those things and the people around him was evident. His robust zest for life was displayed in hard-working ways, big smile, and generally relaxed mannerisms. He had this way of just “taking care of everything.” The memories of this truly “great guy” will always be cherished.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Marcella Vanderlinde; brothers Thomas Vanderlinde and Richard Vanderlinde; sister Ann Vanderlinde; and brothers-in-law Jim Bauer, and Tim Johnson.
He is survived by his loving family: wife Heidi Vanderlinde; daughters Lindsay Vanderlinde and partner Al Jongerius of Chaska, Courtney (M.J.) Iverson of Maple Grove; son Troy Vanderlinde of Watertown; grandson Maximus Iverson; special friend Jennifer Tucci; sisters and brothers Betty (Greg) Erhard of Olathe, KS, Judy (Jim) Storms of Cologne, Frances Vanderlinde of Watertown, Mary (Bruce) Schepers of Savage, Bea Bauer of Watertown, Jerry Vanderlinde of Lake Bronson, Theresa Johnson of Watertown, Dan (Dorine) Vanderlinde of Mayer, Janet (Chad) Banken of Minnetonka; sister-in-law Marcy Vanderlinde of Watertown; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Janet Lyzhoft of Watertown; brothers-in-law Paul Lyzhoft of Buffalo, Rick Lyzhoft of New Germany; aunts Luella Griebel of Sleepy Eye, Clarissa Wickenhauser of Waconia, Muriel Wickenhauser of Waconia, Harriet Vanderlinde of St. Boni, and Rosemary Vanderlinde of Watertown; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.