Leon Walter Fritsche, 80, of New Ulm, died Friday, November 1, 2013 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm.
The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for the family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Leon is survived by his wife, Edith "Edie" Fritsche of New Ulm; sons, Steven Fritsche (Bernadette Landolf) of Reston, Virginia, Brian (Cecelia Tehew- Fritsche) of Hanska, Todd (Sherly Zhong-Fritsche) of Bird Island; two grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and a sister, Elaine Evans of New Ulm.
He was preceded in death, by his parents; and a sister, Delores Benson.
Leon Walter Fritsche was born December 13, 1932 in New Ulm to Walter and Elma (Rolloff) Fritsche. He was a graduate of New Ulm High School. Leon was united in marriage to Edith Wilson on June 15, 1954 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. After his service to his country, Leon farmed in Cottonwood Township, Brown County until his death. He enjoyed farming and gardening.
Leon was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post 132 in New Ulm.