Leonard M. Plante, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, in St. Cloud.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Church in Flensburg, with Father Jimmy Joseph officiating. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Friends may call from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Leonard “Len” Martin Plante was born at home, June 19, 1927, in Fort Ripley, to the late Joseph and Eva (Allord) Plante. He attended rural school District #16. At the age of 14, he left home to work for a wheat farmer in Montana. He was drafted in 1945, and served his country in Germany for two years. Leonard married Jane Winzenburg July 16, 1951. They resided in Williston, N.D., where he drove a semi-truck hauling oil field equipment for National Tank Company. In 1966, he moved his family back to Little Falls, where he purchased a dairy farm. Upon retirement, Len enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, dancing, traveling in his motor home, giving his grandchildren go-cart rides, driving tractors, harvesting crops and playing many games of cards with family and friends.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane; daughters, Lynne (Dale) Adamek of Preston and Kathleen (Gary) Boser of Wahkon; sons, Kelly Plante of Pierz, Patrick Plante of Little Falls, David (Marlyce) Plante of Sartell, Steven Plante (Linda) of Natalia, Texas and Kevin (Katie) Plante of Little Falls; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Clayton (Patty) Plante of Little Falls and Warren Plante of St. Paul; sisters, Marion (Jim) Gau of Brainerd and Joan (Roger) Thielen of Little Falls.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey Plante; sister, Priscilla (Raymond) Nagel; and sister-in-law, Eileen Plante.
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