Leon Raymond Daniels Sr., age 75, of Villard, MN, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at St. Cloud Hospital. A public visitation will be held on Friday, February 12th from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. Please wear a facemask and practice social distancing. Funeral services will be private. Inurnment will take place in the spring at Lake Leven Cemetery, rural Villard. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Leon Raymond Daniels was born on October 15, 1945, to Raymond and Marion (Isaacson) Daniels in Meeker County, Minnesota. The oldest of four children, Leon grew up on the family farm near Litchfield. He attended school in Litchfield and graduated with the Class of 1963. After high school, Leon joined the U.S. Military, and served during the Vietnam War. Prior to deployment, he met his beautiful bride and wife of 54 years, Louise Becker. The two were married in Fort Campbell, KY on April 11, 1966.
Following Leon’s honorable discharge from the service, he and Louise made their home in various places around Minnesota before settling on a farm near Villlard in 1976. It was there that they raised their four children, Lynn, Leon Jr., Leann, and Lance. Leon and Louise were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Villard. Leon was also a member of the Villard American Legion and he served for many years on the Westport Township Board and the Nelson Creamery Board.
Leon loved his wife and family. He also loved farming and watching the things grow. He was hardworking, dedicated, and well-respected by many. He had a great sense of humor and was quick to laugh. Leon freely and selflessly gave of himself to others. He will be greatly missed.
Leon passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Daniels of Villard; his four children, Lynn (Mark) Schnobrich of Glenwood, Leon Daniels Jr. of Villard, Leann (Dave) Freetly of Danvers, and Lance (Tina) Daniels of Villard; his mother, Marion Daniels of Kimball; four grandchildren, Carrie, Amanda, Sean, Shyliah; and great-grandchild, Kaidence; three sisters, Marilyn (Richard) Howk of Dassel, Darlene Johnson of Hutchinson, and Lois (Ken) Biel of Browerville; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Daniels.
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