A funeral service was held Monday at the Camp Ripley Chapel inside the Main Gates with the Rev. Nate Bjorge officiating. Burial was held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. The Little Falls American Legion Post #46 provided the military honors.
Vernon E. Leibold Jr. was born Jan. 16, 1951, in Brainerd, to Vernon and Beverly (Gendron) Leibold. He enlisted in the United States Navy, Feb. 18, 1969, and was honorably discharged Dec. 8, 1972. Vernon received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, during his time enlisted in the military. He was united in marriage to Karen Mae Callahan Nov. 10, 1972, at the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd. The couple made their home in Brainerd for a short time. They also lived in River Falls, Wis. and Superior, Wis., before moving to Little Falls in 1982. Vernon worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for eight years. He then went to work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He worked in the Highway Maintenance Department for 28 years. He retired from MN Dot in December 2009. Vernon enjoyed trapping, fishing, hunting, the Minnesota Vikings and Monday Night Football, playing cards especially, Texas Hold’ Em. He treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Minnesota Trappers Association and The Little Falls American Legion Post #46.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Karen Leibold of Little Falls; children, Vernon (Gina) Leibold III of Little Falls, Jason (Tammie) Leibold of Royalton, Paul (Erin) Leibold of Randall, Ray Leibold of Randall and Naomi (Jason) Nolan of Brainerd; parents, Vernon Sr. (Beverly) Leibold of Brainerd; siblings, Marilyn (Raymond) Puetz, Diane Villnow, Julie Miles, Melanie Stroebel, Loretta (Willie) Pohlman and Karen Ojala all of Brainerd; grandchildren, Leevi Leibold, Leeah Leibold, Zachary Leibold, Jacob Leibold, Nicholas Leibold, Nicole Mead, Kayla Mead, AnnaMae Leibold, Linsey Kowalzek, Nevaya Dunham, Ashley Kowalzek, Kimberlee Nolan and many nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kimberly Leibold; sister, Kathy Eck and a brother-in-law, Don Villnow.
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home