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Leland E. Burud

February 5, 1938 — June 16, 2010

He made them laugh; Leland Emory Burud,72 of Fergus Falls, Minnesota formerly Barnesville, Minnesota died Wednesday, June 16th 2010 in the Lake Region Healthcare Center, Fergus Falls due to complications from lung cancer. Le was born on February 5, 1938 to Lawrence and Olga (Dahlby) Burud in Syre, Minnesota. He was the 4th of 5 children. Le married Kathleen (Kathie) Krabbenhoft on August 18th, 1967. They had two sons, Le Michael and Chad Jeffrey. Leland and Kathie were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead where they were both confirmed, married and had their children baptized. Le served his country through the United States Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. During basic training he received two letters of accommodation for leadership. Some of the duties he performed as he gained rank were squad leader, platoon leader and was the NCOIC (Non-Commission Officer in Charge) of ammunition distribution for his battalion. He also took pride in being in charge of the color guard in his local National Guard. Le was a born salesman, receiving many awards for his accomplishments. He received a certificate of accomplishment from the National Paper Trade Association. He worked for Dakota Paper Company for 9 years after which he sold dry cleaning and laundry chemicals for Schloff Chemical CO and Minnesota Chemical Co. After retiring from sales Le worked for Red River Trails driving city bus in Moorhead. His soft spot was always for the special needs students from Moorhead High school, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Le was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Barnesville and a member of the American Legion Post 153 of Barnesville. In High School, Le participated in football, basketball, and track. He often said that basketball was his passion and track was work. He felt his biggest accomplishment was in track, breaking a long-standing state record in 110-yard high hurdles. When Le was young he was active in youth programs at Trinity. He coached and managed the churchs softball and basketball teams for eleven years. Many of those years they won the intercity championship. Le enjoyed sports and in particular playing in them. He was an avid Vikings fan and loved to fish. Some of his fondest memories were fishing trips to Canada when he worked for Dakota Paper Company. He enjoyed most sports except golf. He was known to say hed rather watch bread rise. Le loved to travel, but hated to fly. Consequently most travel was done in a car, pick-up camper, or on one occasion by train. The only part of the 48 states that he did not see was the Northeastern states, which had been in his travel plans but was cancelled due to illness. Le had a fun life and he liked to put people on. His advice to all was to enjoy life as it's such a short time. When asked at the end if he had any messages, he said, "Tell them all that I love them." Le is survived by his wife Kathie of Fergus Falls; two sons, Le Michael Burud of Big Lake Minnesota and Chad Jeffrey (Amanda) of Fergus Falls; one granddaughter, Lyla; two brothers, Ordean (JoAnn) Burud of Camdenton, Missouri and Robert (Kay) Burud of Frisco, Texas, and nine nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Cordell (Janet) Krabbenhoft of Anaheim California, Russell (Gwen) Krabbenhoft of Waubun, Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Lois (Tedd) Ostrem of Roseville, Minnesota and eight nieces and nephews on Kathies side. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorraine Ramberg, and Mavis Jordan; one Grandson, Cayden Burud; two uncles, Henry Dahlby and Myron Klemetson; one aunt, Freida Klemetson, and one niece/Godchild, Lindsay Ostrem. Celebration of Life: Sunday from 5:00 " 8:00 at the American Legion Post 153 in Barnesville. Visitation and Fellowship: Monday, two hours prior to the service in Our Saviors Lutheran Church basement, with a chance to visit family and have a cup of coffee. Funeral Service: Monday at 3:00 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Barnesville. Online guest book at dobmeierfuneralhome.com
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