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Leslie Midlang

Leslie Midlang

Jan. 15, 1920-Aug. 2, 2014

Leslie E. Midlang, 94, of Lake Park, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park.

Les, the son of Leonard and Edna (Evenson) Midlang, was born on January 15, 1920 in Kensett, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Kensett High School. He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, receiving a degree in farm science.

Les was united in marriage to Mildred Moen on December 31, 1941 in Kensett. He was a salesman for Hunting Elevators and covered territories in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. They made their home in Worth County, Iowa until 1955 when they moved to Osage, Iowa, where they owned and operated the Osage Hotel.

In 1983 Les and Mildred moved to Ellendale, N.D., where they managed the Travel Host Motel. In 1992, they purchased the 6-11 Inn in rural Audubon, and continued to operate the business for four years before fully retiring.

Les was an active member and supporter of Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. He was also active with the Becker County Senior Center and the Republican Party. Les loved to read, visit and play cards.

Surviving Les are three grandchildren, Christine Orluskie of Lake Park, Eric (Chris) Griffin of Ceylon, Minn., and Tony Midlang of Osage, Iowa; 12 great grandchildren; 21 great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Bruce Dahlberg of Audubon; sister, Marian Helling of Minneapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Les in death were his parents; wife, Mildred (2000); son, James Midlang; daughter, Joanne Dahlberg; four brothers, Norris, Milton, Dennis and an infant brother; and good friend, Lorraine Halverson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Terrace Fund at the Sunnyside Care Center (16561 US Hwy 10 Lake Park, MN 56544).

A private graveside service will take place at the Elk Creek Cemetery in rural Kensett, Iowa.

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(West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes)