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Leo Steinmetz

Feb. 17, 1927-Aug. 5, 2006

Leo F. Steinmetz, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Leo Francis Steinmetz was born to Jacob and Helen (Hillmer) Steinmetz on Feb. 17, 1927 in Browerville, Minn. He is a 1945 graduate of Browerville High School and, immediately upon graduation, joined the U. S. Navy. While in the Navy, he served on the USS Sullivan and the USS Nantahala. Following his discharge, he attended teacher training in Little Falls, Minn. He then taught at District 89 and District 47 schools in Todd County, 1947-51. Leo married Eileen P. Obitz on July 15, 1947 in Browerville. They moved to Detroit Lakes in March 1951.

Leo served as a driver's license examiner for the State of Minnesota, 1951-61; was the safety information representative for the northwest quarter of Minnesota, 1961-72; and was the driver and vehicle services supervisor for the northwest quarter of Minnesota from 1979 until his retirement in 1987.

In addition to his naval service, Leo served with the National Guard, 1954-87, retiring with the rank of E-9. He was an avid hunter, member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (where he served as past commander), the Knights Of Columbus (where he was a past grand knight), and was a life member and past president of the Drivers License Examiners Association. He taught Youth Firearms Safety, 1960-2004, and following his retirement from the State of Minnesota, taught the "55 Alive" driver instruction course for AARP. Since 1987, he had been active with the State Committee for Employee Support for Guard and Reserve. Leo loved God, his family, his country, gardening and sports.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen Steinmetz of Detroit Lakes; two daughters, Cheryl Steinmetz of Monticello, Minn., and Judy (Dave) Petersen of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; five sons, Dr. Donald (Pam) Steinmetz of Detroit Lakes, Richard Steinmetz of Rochester, Minn., Robert Steinmetz of Detroit Lakes, John Steinmetz of Shakopee, Minn., and Kenneth (Kelly) Steinmetz of Lakeville, Minn.; nine grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; four brothers, Jim Steinmetz of Fridley, Minn., Dennis, Jerry (Alice) and Tom (Ramona) Steinmetz, all of Browerville, Minn.; and one sister, Mary Lou (Bob) Klein of Appleton, Wis.

A mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment was in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been serving the family.