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Kermit Elton Leidal
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1919
Freeborn County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jan. 31, 2013
Steele County
Minnesota, USA

Kermit Elton Leidal, 93 formerly of Austin , died January 31, 2013 at the Homestead Hospice House at Owatonna, MN.

Kermit was born November 20, 1919 on a farm near London, MN, the son of Albert and Laura (Berguson) Leidal. Kermit attended area schools and worked the family farm until he entered the US Army in 1941. He was stationed in many posts overseas including Iwo Jima . He returned home on leave to marry his longtime sweetheart Helen Marie Watney on November 7, 1943 at the Deer Creek Lutheran Church. Following Kermit's discharge, the couple started farming near the Leidal family farm. In 1963 he and Helen purchased a 120 acre farm in Oakland Township of Freeborn County. In 1983 they retired from the farm and moved into Austin and in 2008 they sold the farm.

In 1950, the Leidals adopted a son Mark and in 1952 a daughter Susan. They were members of the Trondhjem Lutheran church while living on the farm and joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin after moving to town. In retirement, Kermit and Helen enjoyed traveling; Kermit began golfing and started bowling. Mark took his father to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen in 2010, sisters Clara Leidal and Anna Dorlye, and brothers Quentin and Glen Leidal.

He is survived by his son Mark Leidal, Dodge Center, MN, daughter, Susan Goodnature, Austin, MN; grandchildren, Kelly Goodnature, Mankato, MN, Kerri Ellegard, Austin, MN, Kristy Ellegard and John Rathke, Austin, MN, Rory and Reina Ellegard, Chandler, AZ, K.C. Leidal, Dodge Center, MN; four great grandchildren, Karter, Kole, Ashley and Kaylee, brother, Curtis Leidal, Northwood , IA, close family friend, Laurie Oelslager, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00PM noon on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Reverend Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be from 11:00 am Tuesday until the time of the service.

Obituary and photo from Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home.
Family links: 
  Albert Martin Leidal (1884 - 1968)
  Laura Sophie Bergeson Leidal (1883 - 1982)
  Helen M. Watney Leidal (1919 - 2010)
  Anna Corine Leidal Dorle (1911 - 1995)*
  Clara Atlanta Leidal (1915 - 1916)*
  Curtis Leroy Leidal (1917 - 2013)*
  Kermit Elton Leidal (1919 - 2013)
  Quinten Levern Leidal (1923 - 1967)*
  Glen Leidal (1926 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Mower County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: DaveVangsness
Record added: Feb 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104639231
Kermit Elton Leidal
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Kermit Elton Leidal
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