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Leo J. Kockelman Jan. 21, 1917 - Nov. 26, 2008

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DAWSON -- Leo Joseph Kockelman, 91, of Dawson died Wednesday at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in Dawson. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery, rural Dawson.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a closing prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hanson & Dahl Funeral Home in Dawson.

He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Omro Township, rural St. Leo, to Phillip and Mary (Betzen) Kockelman.

He married Anita Abraham on Jan. 10, 1939, in St. Leo. They lived and farmed in the St. Leo area until moving to Dawson in 1953. He worked at Dawson Mills as a shift operator. Four years later, he became maintenance foreman and was plant superintendent for 10 years before he retired in 1984.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Dawson where he had been an usher, trustee, cemetery sextant, and a member of Catholic Aid.

He is survived by his wife; children: Phyllis (and Norm) Peterson of St. George, Utah, Dennis (and Cheryl) Kockelman of Glenwood and Randy Kockelman of Dawson; one grandson; siblings: Wilford "Slick'' (and Janice) Kockelman of Cottonwood; and three sisters: Josephine Differding of Minneota, Mathilda (and Bill) Ruhr of Morgan and Regina (and Larry) Fox of Minneota.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

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