Leland Loeffler

Leland E. Loeffler, 93, of Caledonia, Minn., passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.

He was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Caledonia to William and Bertha (Utke) Loeffler. Leland was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served from January of 1945 until June of 1946. On Oct. 15, 1946, Leland married Doris Kannenberg at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen, Minn., and together they shared over 67 years of marriage. Leland and Doris farmed south of Caledonia for 23 years before moving into the city of Caledonia. After farming, he worked for Nelson Construction in Caledonia and then Fibrite in Winona, Minn., until his retirement in 1983. Leland continued to be active after his retirement by gardening and shoveling snow and mowing lawn for himself as well as other families in the community right up to the present time. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen and the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Doris, Caledonia; one daughter, Patricia Gill (Irvin Jahn), Wheaton, Ill.; one son, Darrell (Terry) Loeffler, Rochester, Minn.; six grandchildren, Michael Gill, Yorkville, Ill.; Daniel Gill (Becky), Brookfield, Ill.; Jason (Kim) Loeffler, Minneapolis, Minn.; David (Brittney) Loeffler, Thorndale, Penn.; Paul (Jennifer) Marshall,St. Charles, Minn., and Melissa (Craig) Foster, Shakopee, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald (Fernanda) Loeffler, Caledonia; and many nieces and nephews.

Leland was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Eileen (Herman) Blegen.

Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 10, at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Eitzen.  Pastor Michael D. McCann will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.