Leonard Kertscher


Leonard “Bucky” Kertscher, 89, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away at his home on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 11AM, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

Leonard Vernon Kertscher was born on July 5, 1932 to Leonard and Anna (Larson) Kertcher in Detroit Lakes, MN. He was the fifth child of ten children. Bucky went to school in Detroit Lakes, MN. On January 8, 1951 he enlisted in the United States Army as a paratrooper and was honorably discharged on January 8, 1954. After his discharge, he attended the North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, ND for plumbing.

On June 30, 1956 he was united in marriage to Caroline Eiynck at St. Benedicts Church in White Earth, MN. The couple made their home east of Detroit Lakes, MN along the Ottertail River. The couple were married for 54 years and were blessed with six children. Bucky was employed by the local 338 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union of Fargo, ND. He worked in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota. He was always very proud of the buildings he had worked on, such as the sugar beet plant, St. Lukes Hospital, now Sanford Health Hospital, the Missile base and Coal Creek plant.

He is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Anna; loving wife Caroline; brothers Fred (Bunny), John and Richard; sisters Lorraine (Biddy) Seim, and Ann (Tootsie) Stanton.

Bucky is survived by his sons Michael and Gary; daughters Deborah (Larry) Herfindal, Linda (Richard) Branden, Teresa (Dennis) Hasskamp, and Barbara Young; 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; brothers Lester and Allan (Valerie); sisters Fern Kane and Elly Livingood; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes, MN is assisting the family.

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