May 29, 2013


Leonard Halbur, 86, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll,

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be the Rev. Timothy Johnson, and concelebrant will be the Rev. Tim Boekelman. Mass server will be Joleen Kasperbauer. Eucharistic minister will be Austin Venteicher. Gift bearers will be Erin Davis, Keisha Holm and Kaitlin Halbur. Music will be "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "Rock of Ages," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Old Rugged Cross" by Holy Spirit choir and organist Barb McDermott.

Casket bearers will be Jeremy Halbur, Shane Halbur, Matthew Berger, Jesse Morris, Christopher Brockelsby and Tim Halbur. Honorary casket bearers will be Leonard's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Burial with military honors by American Legion Maurice Dunn Post 7 will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Visitation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Ohde Twit Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m.

Leonard Joseph, son of Frank and Frances (Bierl) Halbur, was born Feb. 3, 1927, near Halbur. Leonard was baptized and confirmed at St. Augustine Church in Halbur, the town named after his great-grandfather. He also attended school there. In 1945 Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a mail carrier in Germany, Holland and France before his honorable discharge in 1946. He returned to Iowa where he worked for farmers in the Carroll and Glidden areas.

On Nov. 26, 1948, Leonard was married to Darlene Thede at St. Mary Church in Lake City by the Rev. Roder. They had met at the free movies in Ralston. Leonard and Darlene were parents of six children and farmed near Maple River from 1952 to 1982. After retiring from farming and moving to Carroll, they owned and managed apartments in Carroll until 2003. While Leonard cared for upkeep of the apartments, Darlene worked as a nurses' aide.

Leonard was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2642 and American Legion Post 7 and volunteered at congregate meals. He enjoyed watching western movies and television, especially if John Wayne was starring. He and Darlene faithfully watched country music on the RFD Channel. Playing cards, camping and playing Nintendo were some of his favorite pastimes. Above all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Darlene Halbur of Carroll; children Judy (Dave) Moorhouse of Glidden; Janis (John) Berger of Carroll; Joyce (Wayne) Morris of Jefferson; James (Kitty) Halbur of Carroll; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings Norbert "Nibs" Halbur of Englewood, Fla.; Venice "Windy" (Nancy) Halbur of Carroll; Wayne (Melanie) Halbur of West Des Moines; Mary (Glenn) Neuerburg of Kersey, Colo.; Irene (Albert) Steffes of Lake View; Dorothy (Richard) Dunn of Johnston; Ruth (Bill) Overmohle of Schnecksville, Pa.; and Eugene (Dianne) Halbur of Forest Lake, Minn.; daughters-in-law Sherry Greteman of Carroll and Jean Halbur of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sons Joseph D. Halbur and John L. Halbur; grandchildren Opal Morris and Shawn Halbur; great-grandson Jacob Gibbs; siblings Edward (Betty) Halbur, Shirley (Darrell) Korwes and Daniel (Rita) Halbur; and parents-in-law Walter and Opal (Dickson) Thede.