Leland Wilken, age 73, of Osakis, passed away early Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Sheyenne Crossing Nursing Home in West Fargo, N.D.
Leland Gale Wilken was born on June 10, 1939, in Milaca, to Gale and Eleanor (Anfinson) Wilken. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on January 30, 1941, in Milaca. As a young man, Leland was active in 4-H clubs and continued his involvement all through his school years. He regularly received awards when showing his prize Guernsey heifers. Leland graduated from Princeton High School with the class of 1957 and went on to complete an education degree for agriculture from the University of Minnesota in 1961.
On July 31, 1965, Leland married his sweetheart, Janet Lea, in Elk River. They raised three children. For eight years, from 1956 to 1964, Leland served in the Minnesota National Guard and became trained as a marksman. He also began a 27-year teaching career with his first employment as a teacher at the Medford Public School. He then taught in Morris and Belgrade before finally settling in Osakis, teaching ag classes there until his retirement. Leland was also involved as an F.F.A. advisor and was also the adult ag instructor.
Leland was a member of the Osakis Lutheran Church and the Osakis Lions Club, having served as past president. Some of his hobbies and interests included gardening, fishing, cutting wood and farming.
Leland is survived by his children Daniel (Sherrie) Wilken of Villard, Susan Howard of Glenwood and Michelle (Nathan) Nyhammer of West Fargo, N.D.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his mother Eleanor Berdahl of Princeton; a brother Duane (Shirley) Wilken of Princeton; two brothers-in-law, Gary Lehr of Edina and Bill (Addie) Lea of Bismark, N.D.; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, his wife, Janet in 2011, son-in-law Dan Howard, sister, Eileen Lehr and sister-in-law Judith Lea.
Funeral services for Leland were held on Friday, March 15, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Calvert officiating. Musicians were organist Pat Converse and soloists Brook Wilken and Sarah Eblen.
Inurnment is at Kinkaid Cemetery in Alexandria. Honorary pall bearers were Jessica Kloos, Miranda Lorentz, Sarah Eblen and the members of the Osakis Lions Club. Active bearers were Mitchell and Christopher Nyhammer, Jacob Wilken, Brent and Terrace Holmgren and Lee Eblen.
Arrangements by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.