|Leonard Furuseth, 83|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Leonard Furuseth, 83, died Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Veterans Medical Center, Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Arlen Hermodson officiating. Casket bearers included Art Buringrud, Roger Tunberg, Kenny Asp, Dale Wennberg, Ron Johnson and Mark Bieganek. Honorary casket bearers included the 99th Infantry Battalion (Sep) and Doctors and Nurses at Fargo and Ft. Snelling Veteran’s Hospitals. Military honors were provided by American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Leonard Manley Furuseth was born January 16, 1922 in Gully, the son of Peder and Johanna (Fladeland) Furuseth. He was baptized and confirmed at Gully. He grew up and attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1940. He entered the military, November 4, 1942.
On June 24, 1948, Leonard was united in marriage to Mildred Hanson in Roseau. The couple lived in Thief River Falls all of their lives. Leonard attended the School of Business, Fargo, N.D. and was a milk hauler in the Thief River Falls area. He was manager of Mid-Land Co-op for 19 years, inventor of a wild rice harvester, of which he built 48 of them and helped start the industry and also was a salesman for Hershal Manufacturing.
He started Furuseth and Nelson Implement dealership and operated it until his retirement in 1977.
Leonard was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls and served on the church board. He held membership with the American Legion, Elks and VFW and was very active in the DNR. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and raising horses, which was his passion. He raised cattle and did some farming. He also enjoyed his cabin in Waskish. He loved his family life, wife, kids and grandkids.
Survivors include his wife, Millie of Thief River Falls; children, Sandra (Raymond) Gaffney, of Eagan; son, Jon Furuseth of Thief River Falls; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Marlis) Furuseth of Howard Lake; sisters, Evelyn Walsh of Seattle, Wash., Myrtle Stromberg of Thief River Falls, Ethel (Jim) Walker of Bemidji and Nobelle Garr of Duluth.
He was preceded in death by parents; siblings, Pearl Helgenset, Paul Furuseth, Norman Furuseth and an infant sister.