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Leonard F. Schaefer April 10, 1910 - April 14, 2008

MONTEVIDEO -- Leonard Frederick Schaefer, 98, of Montevideo, formerly of Morris and Hancock, died Monday at Home Front in Montevideo.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 10, 1910, in Deshler, Neb., to Louis and Bertha (Hansel) Schaefer. They lived in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., and Exeter, Neb., where he received his schooling. They later moved to the Chokio area, where he worked on his family's farm.

He married Jeanette Nore on June 13, 1934, in Elgin, Neb. They lived and farmed in the Johnson area for nine years. In 1943, they moved to a farm northeast of Hancock where they lived and farmed. They wintered in Texas for more than 25 years. Jeanette died in 1996. He continued to farm. In 1998, he moved to the West Central Homes in Morris, where he lived until 2005. Then he spent six months at the Courage Cottage in Morris before moving to Home Front in Montevideo.

They were members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock. They were also members of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.

He is survived by three children: Vernell (and Robert) Lea of Anoka, Marlene (and Roger) Gades of Montevideo and Dennis (and Dietra) Schaefer of Hutchinson; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Leola Lowans of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Bernice Rudy of Bothel, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a brother; a sister; and one daughter-in-law: Wendy Wegener Schaefer.