David Leland, 1941-2019
David Leslie Leland, 78, of Bricelyn died Monday, July 8, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Le. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bricelyn Lutheran Church with the Rev. Nancy Dreier officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Burial will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visit www.brussheitner.com.
David was born April 17, 1941, at home in Brush Creek Township, the son of Edgar and Erma (Wacholz) Leland. He was a lifelong member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church and graduated from Bricelyn High School in 1959.
David was united in marriage to Wilma Hockenson on April 2, 1967, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Vinje, Iowa. To this union, three children were born: Bradley, Douglas and Kristine.
David was a farmer all of his life. He was very honored that his sons and grandsons are continuing as fourth- and fifth-generation Leland family farmers.
David and Wilma enjoyed going to antique tractor pulls and shows together. He enjoyed hunting, along with restoring and displaying his antique Farmall tractor collection, and was an active member of Bricelyn AA Club. Family and farming have always been the center of David’s life. Nothing made him happier than attending family events. He was surrounded by his loved ones until the very end.
David was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by all. Blessed be his memory.
David is survived by his children:Bradley (Beth) Leland of Bricelyn, Douglas (Lisa) Leland of Albert Lea and Kristine Songstad of Emmons; grandchildren Seth (Jessica) Holland, Trevor (Emily) Leland, Lexi (Andrew) Scholten, Lizzy Leland (fiance, Logan Bauer), Liam Holland, John and Brandon Leland, Allison (Jacob) Sorensen, Jacob Songstad (special friend, Ashley Graham) and Caleb Songstad; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Simon and Cullen Holland, Norie and Taylin Leland, and Callahan and Madden Scholten; mother, Erma Leland, of Albert Lea; siblings Dale (Margaret) Leland of Burnsville and Barb Leland of Bricelyn; sister-in-law, Nylene (Ken) Mannes, of Lake Mills; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Wilma; father, Edgar Leland; and brother-in-law, Virgil (Faye) Hockenson.