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Obituary for Leon W. Feil


Leon Walter Feil went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 17, 2019. He was born May 11, 1932, to Walter and Beata (Burmester) Feil. Leon attended the Stone School where he completed eight grades in seven years, all with the same one teacher. He was confirmed in Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. Leon achieved his high school diploma through the G.I. Bill. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Korea. While in the service, he survived a plane crash. Leon was proud to have participated in the Freedom Honor Flight. On December 12, 1958, Leon married Marveen Meiners at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Eitzen; they were happily married for 60 years. Together, they enjoyed the Couple’s Club and several card clubs. They were members of the Houston County Historical Society where they were caretakers for the Eitzen Museum. Leon and Marveen loved to travel. They took many trips around the United States and Mexico, with a special trip to Germany for their 25th wedding anniversary. Leon served as president on the church council. He was a charter member of the Eitzen Lions Club and held several different offices while maintained a perfect attendance record for 39 years. He served as the Lions representative on the Camp Winnebago Board. He was our family Mr. Fis-it. He could fix most anything. Leon had many hobbies: he was a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team; he was on different bowling teams; he loved hunting and fishing; wine making; and was an avid gardener and carpenter. He also made many pieces of the furniture in their home. Leon started collecting lions and that collection is now in the hundreds. He was happiest when the whole family could be together and weekend camp outs at the bus with the grandkids were special. Leon had several different jobs in his life. He and Marveen farmed on his family farm on Cabbage Ridge for 30 years. He was also a bartender, worked in the rock quarry, pumped gas, sold seed corn, and worked for Deters Implement for 25 years as a mechanic and truck driver. When they retired from farming, they moved to Eitzen. Survivors include his wife, Marveen; daughter, Debra (Doyle) Gilbertson; grandchildren, Aaron, Jessie, and Crystal; daughter, Konalee (Robert) Klinski; granddaughter, Hannah; son, Daren (Barbara) Feil; along with many nieces and nephews. Leon was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Arlin and his wife, Ruby; an his sister, Mrs. Anita Lorenzana, who passed away two days after Leon. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019, at St. Luke’s Church, Eitzen. Pastor Michael McCann will officiate. Military honors will follow by the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, Monday, both at the St. Luke’s Church in Eitzen. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.