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Leonard Ahles

Aug. 23, 1926-April 26, 2008

Former Waubun resident Leonard J. Ahles, 81, of Mahnomen, died on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Mahnomen Health Center.

Leonard was born on Aug. 23, 1926 in Lake Grove Township, Waubun, to Mike and Katherine (Kleis) Ahles. The oldest of four children, he grew up on a farm in rural Waubun and attended the Kersting School in southeast Mahnomen County until the eighth grade. Leonard continued to farm with his dad and in the late 1940s, moved off the farm and began working at the Corner Station in Waubun in his spare time. He also bartended for dances at Rainbow's End and plowed snow for Herman Winter.

On Oct. 25, 1950, Leonard was drafted and served his country in the United States Army for two years. Based out of Camp Gordon in Georgia, he served in the field, training troops. Upon his honorable discharge, Leonard moved back to Waubun and took over the family farm. Over the years, he farmed over 200 acres of land and raised dairy cattle. Leonard farmed into his 70s, retiring in 2000.

Aside from farming, Leonard kept busy helping others. He drove school bus, was a substitute mail carrier, bartended at the Waubun Liquor Store and hauled gravel in the fall when he was finished with his fieldwork. Leonard was a member of the Mahnomen American Legion as well as a lifelong member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Waubun.

A strong family man, Leonard remained close to his siblings and their families throughout the years. He moved to the Mahnomen Health Center in 2002 and will be greatly missed by the lives he touched while there.

Leonard is survived by his sister, Madeline (Jerome) Benson; brother, Herb (MaryAnn) Ahles; and a sister-in-law, Olene Ahles, all of Waubun; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ervin.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun, with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Waubun.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home ( of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn.