Bernard Lester Leeman, age 90, passed away Sept. 23, 2018. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Life Chapel in Story City. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Bethany Life.
Bernie was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Milton and Minnie Leeman in Maine Township, Minn. He was baptized at Maine Presbyterian Church. As a boy, Bernie was active in 4-H with an interest in forestry. He helped on the family farm and enjoyed swimming. At age 16, he started a job driving a taxicab in Fergus Falls, Minn. Later, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a gunner's mate and helmsman on the USS Osmus, a destroyer escort.
Bernie married Clara Nelson in 1951. They first lived in Fargo, N.D., where he drove a gasoline transport truck. In 1952, they moved to Story City and later to Randall. Bernie owned his own trucks and hauled corn and beans for many years. Later, he delivered motor homes for Winnebago and worked as a custodian for Iowa State University.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, reading, working on puzzles, playing cards, walking, bicycling and motorcycling.
Bernie was a member of Elim Lutheran Church in Randall. He was involved in many church and community activities, including adult Sunday school, Sunday school treasurer, Bible study, Lions Club, Community Club, Randall's town council and volunteer fire department, and Congregate meals. He was a humble man who was kind to everyone.
In recent years, Bernie resided at Timberland and Bethany Life, where he was grateful for the staff's loving care.
Bernie is survived by his sons, Philip (Patty) and David (Beth); grandsons, Ryan, Brandon (Laurel), Daniel (Kelli) and Joel (Natalie); great-grandsons Zayne, Cooper, Micah and Teddy; and sisters Iona Saunders, Shirley Long and Inez Messer. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Clara, grandson Micah, and siblings Lyle, Leitha Eliason, Myrna Saunders, Bill and Mark.
Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Elim Lutheran Church.