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Leonard Boesel Sr., 90

Leonard A. Boesel Sr., 90

Leonard A. Boesel Sr., 90, of Lakeland, former mayor, died Thursday, Nov. 20, following a brief illness.

Leonard was born on March 30, 1918, in St. Paul, the son of Arthur and Stella (Gehrman) Boesel. He was raised in St. Paul, graduating from Washington High School.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II.

On Aug. 6, 1942, he was united in marriage to Marie Sheffield in St. Paul. She preceded him in death in 1994.

Leonard was a dedicated employee of the 3M Manufacturing Company in St. Paul. He worked as a mechanical engineer for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1982.

Many will remember Leonard for his civic involvement with Lakeland Shores, where he served as mayor for 34 years. He also has served as a board member for Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeland for 50 years.

When he wasn't keeping his eye on government, he was eying up his various woodworking projects in his basement. He loved tinkering with his shop tools and creating various keepsakes or clocks. He also enjoyed maintaining their flower gardens and was an excellent shot when it came to playing darts. He joined the Willow River Car Club and enjoyed going to car shows with the boys in the family.

He was also an active member of the Lions Club, where he received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award and was a member of the Hudson VFW.

On a quiet day, he took great pleasure in pan fishing or hooking an elusive walleye near Webster on Bass Lake.

He was a righteous man who truly enjoyed giving back to others.

Leonard is survived by his sons, Leonard and wife Maureen Boesel of Houlton and their children, Jerry and Kerry (fiancée Rachel Lueneburg); John and wife Cindy Boesel and their family of Stillwater, Minn.; great-grandchildren Ashley, Dalton, Cody, Sean, Kenny and Sister Violet Schaeffer of St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Stella (Gehrman) Boesel, wife Marie and children Cathy and Scott.

A Celebration of Life was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at O'Connell's, prior to the service.

Burial with full military honors will be provided by the Hudson VFW in Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeland on Friday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.

Cremation services were coordinated by Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.

Memorials preferred.

Funeral services were entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.