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Leon Leonard Koentopf, 75, Glencoe

Leon Leonard Koentopf, 75, of Glencoe, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 22, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord is My Shepherd.”
Military honors were by Glencoe VFW Post 5102.
Pallbearers were Jeff Solheim, Jeff Rieger, Jason Meyer, Dan McGraw, Brandt Vinkemeier and Jeff Vinkemeier. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Leon Leonard Koentopf was born Dec. 9, 1939, in Glencoe, the son of Leonard and Leona (Stenzel) Koentopf. He was baptized as an infant on Dec. 25, 1939, by the Rev. A.R. Streufert, and was confirmed in his faith on March 24, 1953, by the Rev. E.A. Schuett, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
He attended country school in Glencoe and graduated from Stevens Seminary in Glencoe on May 29, 1957. He entered active military service in the U.S. Army on Jan. 3, 1958, and received an honorable discharge on Dec. 14, 1960.
On Sept. 16, 1961, he was united in marriage to LuVerne Vinkemeier by the Rev. R.W. Schlicht at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. The couple made their home in rural Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Lori, Randy and Shari. They shared over 53 years of marriage.
Mr. Koentopf was a farmer until 1986, and then worked as a correctional officer in McLeod County until Dec. 9, 2001. He was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where he served as a deacon and as an usher. He also was a member of VFW Post 5102 in Glencoe.
Mr. Koentopf enjoyed being outdoors, farming, playing cards and croquet, golfing with his family, especially on Father’s Day, and watching the Packers and the Twins. He was a competitive and friendly man. He loved visiting and spending time with his family and friends.
After a stroke on Oct. 17, 2005, he became a resident of St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He is survived by his wife, LuVerne Koentopf of Glencoe; children, Lori (Jeffrey) Rieger of Savage, Randy Koentopf of Glencoe and Shari (Jeffrey) Solheim of New Prague; grandchildren, Kayla Solheim and Joshua Solheim, both of New Prague; brother, Larry Koentopf of Sterling, Va.; a sister, Linda (Pat) Meyer of Green Isle; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Leona Koentopf; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elwin and Violet Vinkemeier; and sister-in-law, LaJean Koentopf.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.