Leonard Lahn, 93, of Fairchild, passed away Saturday afternoon March 23, 2019 from complications of congestive heart failure. His family was at his side at Augusta Health and Rehabilitation where he had been under the care of Mayo Hospice since September 4, 2019.
Leonard Charles Lahn was born at home on June 21, 1925, the fourth of nine children born to Carl and Jennie (McGaver ) Lahn. Leonard was a life long confirmed member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairchild, where he was baptized on July 19, 1925 and confirmed on May 12, 1940. His confirmation verse was John 14, verse 6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto this Father, but by me.” He was raised on the family farm in Fairchild Township where he attended the Rehbensdorf country school. He graduated from Fairchild High School in 1944. Leonard was united in marriage to Donna June Barka on September 15, 1951 in Augusta. Four children were born to them, Jacquelyn Lahn and Terry Szydel of Osseo, Charles “Chuck” and Nanette Lahn of Fairchild, Dale Lahn of Eleva, and Jennifer Lahn (David Mayer) of Fall Creek.
Leonard and Donna enjoyed their grandchildren and were very involved in their lives. Their 8 grandchildren include Jessica (Cory) Woodford of Hastings, MN; Jason Lahn and James (Alexsis) Lahn of Prescott, WI; Angela Lahn , Merrillan; Amanda Lahn and Brandon Ehlenfeldt, Eleva; Michael and Michelle Hoffman, Fairchild; Dustin and Addie Hoffman, Osseo; and Shawn and Karissa Kay Hoffman, Augusta. Fourteen great grandchildren include Cody Woodford (Laynee Connell), Hastings MN who presented Leonard and Donna with a great, great grandson named Grayson in January 2019, Emily Woodford; Landon , Jayda, Amelia and Violet Lahn; Alexander and Roman Lahn; Gavin Sova, Naomi and Landon Hoffman; Autumn Hoffman and Michael and Piper Lahn.
Leonard and Donna farmed all their married life on the family farms in Fairchild retiring in 1986. Leonard was also employed for a time as a pallet maker at Nicholson Sawmill in Fairchild and as a crop reporter for ASCS from which he received a 20-year service award as an ASCS community committeeman.Leonard served as Chairman for the Township of Fairchild for 15 years and remained active in local government also providing snow removal service as a relief plow truck or grader operator. Leonard and Donna remained active and continued to attend town board meetings late into their lives.Leonard served as a property tax assessor from 1955 for a total of 35 years serving thetownships of Fairchild in Eau Claire County, Foster in Clark County and Garfield in Jackson County. Leonard was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Robert Vojtik on the Eau Claire County Board where he served on several committees including Parks and Forest which he continued well into retirement. Leonard served as a volunteer para-transport driver for Clark County for 4 years retiring at the age of 87.
A lifelong member of the Fairchild Rod and Gun Club, Leonard and his son Chuck worked on the construction of the clubhouse. Leonard was also part of the committee of Fairchild outdoors enthusiasts instrumental in developing Coon Fork Lake. Leonard enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers, children, family and friends taking several fishing trips into Canada and hunting trips to the Dakotas. He was among other conservationists who helped reestablish wild turkeys in Eau Claire County. Hunting resulted in the addition to the family of special “sons and brothers” Rob Barr, Jim Lisinski and Dick Gall of the Milwaukee area.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Reinhold, Joan Haeske, Helen,Alice Kitelinger, Shirley, Robert and John.
He is survived by a sister, Carol Dux (Norman) of Oak Creek, WI as well as several nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Leonard became the first Mayo Clinic Hospice patient in the Chippewa Valley to be given a Sentimental Journey. The story may be accessed on the Mayo Clinic Medical Transport site posted Dec. 6, 2018 on Face Book. The family would like to express their gratitude to Mayo Oakridge, Mayo Hospice and the staff at Augusta Health and Rehab who gave Leonard excellent and compassionate care.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairchild.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the church with spring burial in the Fairchild Cemetery.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com