It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Leonard William Hains who passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20th after a short stay at Knute Nelson palliative care in Alexandria, in his 101st year. We are grateful for the care and assistance provided by the staff at Knute Nelson over his last two weeks. Leonard is survived by Lois, his loving wife of 76 years; children Ronald and Kendall; grandchildren Alexander and Kristen; and great grandchildren Joshua and Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and a child, Charles, who died in infancy. Leonard, along with his wife Lois, was most recently a 9 year resident of Grand Arbor in Alexandria. At Grand Arbor he was delighted to enjoy visiting with his many, many friends, playing pool and cards, doing jig saw puzzles, reading three newspapers, and taking in as many activities as he could fit into each day. He was well known for his smiling and cheerful manner.
Leonard was born near Carrington, North Dakota, in 1919 and had many stories about growing up there in the depression years. He was married to Lois Maudal in 1945 and moved to Hastings, Nebraska to work in an ammunition factory until the end of World War Two. Upon returning to Minnesota, he ran a filling station and garage near Wheaton for several years until he was able to purchase a farm in northern Traverse County. Always social and interested in his community, he participated on numerous boards, cooperatives, committees and church activities throughout his long farming career. He raised his family and continued happily and successfully farming until his retirement to a home on Lake Geneva in Alexandria at the age of 65. In his retirement he was a great fan of traveling, fishing, golfing, playing darts, socializing, participating in the Golden K’s and relaxing at his home on the water. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, traveling across the country and spending wonderful times at home with his wife and family and his many friends and neighbors for almost three decades.
Our endless thanks to the many friends and neighbors who made his life so full and happy. We especially thank the staff and many close friends at Grand Arbor and his long time very close lake-side neighbors Tim and Kathy Schoonhoven, all of whom have provided so much support and assistance over these most recent happy years of his long, wonderful life.