OBIT. for MIKE LEINEN


Michael Leinen, 90, Fairmount, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, at St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 18, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Fairmount, with Rev. Donald Leiphon
officiating. A prayer vigil was held Wednesday, March 17, at Vertin-Munson Wahpeton Funeral Home. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery,
rural Fairmount.

Michael Louis Leinen was born Oct. 11, 1908, at DeVillo Township, near Fairmount, the son of John and Elizabeth (Kinn) Leinen.
He grew up and attended rural school and helped on the family farm. He worked in the Civil Conservation Corps in Wisconsin for
a couple of years before returning to the area where he married Viola Miller on Aug. 26, 1938, at St. John's Catholic Church,
Wahpeton, by Rev. Roman Neva. They lived in Brushville, Minn., before moving to DeVillo Township, where they lived and farmed.
They later moved southwest of Fairmount in LaMars Township, where he continued to farm. He retired from his farm at the age of 62,
but kept active, helping on the Donald Miller farms.

Mike was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and his youth enjoyed playing baseball in the Fairmount area as a pitcher.
He loved to fish with family and friends, and was often heard playing his harmonica.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Viola, Fairmount; 15 children, Jerry (Jeanne), Cletus (Paulette), Paul (Rhonda),
all Poplar, Mont., Mark (Marilyn) Culbertson, Mont., Michael, Ronnie (Dyane), West Bend, Wis., Jim, Tigerton, Wis., Donnie, Fairmount,
Gail (Donnie) Mayou, Seattle, Virginia "Ginger"(Richard) Haman, Wilton, Carole (Fred) Rowin, Fairmount, Mary (David) Espita, West Bend,
Sue (Bill) Renfro, Dallas, Texas, Debbie (Jerry) Kent, Mission, Texas, Rita (Larry) Olson, Wahpeton; 35 grandchildren;
41 great grandchildren; four sisters, Ann Egan, Wahpeton, Phyllis Schmit, Fairmount, Mary Roth, Hasting, Minn., Florence Radtke, Milwaukee;
and one brother Jerome "Tom" (Georgina), Milwaukee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Max and Lawrence "Bud."

Vertin-Munson Wahpeton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.