Leonard “Lenny” Sailer, 81, passed away surrounded by his family at his home near Manning, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.
Private family funeral services will be held this week at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Manning.
Celebrant will be the Rev. Paul Nguyen. Lector will be Samantha Geist. Casket bearers will be Tyler Barnard, Noah Barnard, Zachary Weitl, Charlie Hamann, Elliott Barsby, Matt Scheuring, Kevin Behrens and Robbie Dammann. Honorary casket bearers will be Kevin Geist and Adam Pruett. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manning.
Ohde Funeral Home (www.ohdefuneralhome.com) in Manning is in charge of arrangements.
Leonard Walter, son of Frank and Anna (Wanninger) Sailer, was born Oct. 20, 1938, on the family farm near Carroll, Iowa. He was raised on the farm south of Carroll until his family moved to the Schleswig area in the late 1950s.
On Feb. 13, 1960, Lenny married Mary Ann Grote at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel. Six children were born to this union. Early in their marriage, the couple resided in Carroll. Leonard was employed by the Witt Flooring Co. out of Davenport. In 1971 they moved to Manning after purchasing a farm northeast of Manning. They raised livestock and crop-farmed while their family grew. In 1997 Lenny sold his last load of hogs, but remained active in the farming operations.
Leonard was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Manning. He enjoyed watching sports, following the Iowa Hawkeyes and listening to Waylon Jennings. Above all, Lenny loved his family. He enjoyed following the activities of his children and grandchildren
Lenny is survived by his wife: Mary Sailer, of Manning; daughters: Kim and husband Scott Barnard of Manning, Kris and husband Dave Weitl of Pine, Colorado, Karla and husband Mike Hamann of Calhoun, Georgia; son Kevin Sailer and wife JoDee of Templeton; daughters-in-law Jill Sailer of West Des Moines and Kim Sailer of Grimes; 10 grandchildren: Tyler (Krystal) Barnard, Noah Barnard, Haylee (Elliott) Barsby and Hannah (Matt) Scheuring; Zachary (Agata) Weitl and Samantha (Kevin) Geist; Charlie (Chelsea) Hamann, Melanie (Adam) Pruett, Sydney and Ryann Hamann; eight great-grandchildren: Everlee, Vincent, Elizabeth, Liam, Dominik, Owen, Ava and Emily; brother Paul Sailer of Coon Rapids; two sisters: Loretta Bernholtz of Carroll and Lillian Stork of Anita; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Kreg Sailer in 2001 and Kurt Sailer in 2017; two brothers: Clarence Sailer and Richard Sailer; and Mary’s parents: Herman and Colette Grote.