Darrell Leiser, 83, of rural Fertile, Minn., beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, died at Sanford Hospital in Fargo on Nov. 23, 2020, as a result of complications of the COVID-19 virus.
He was born to Max and Cora (Hamre) Leiser on Aug. 29, 1937, at Crookston, Minn.
Darrell was the oldest of six children and grew up on the farm in Spring Creek Township. He attended school in Fertile, Minn. and at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. He was a lifelong member of Concordia Lutheran Church and was baptized and confirmed there.
After meeting at a dance at the Halstad LRC, Darrell was united in marriage to Veldonna Marie Moe of Ada, Minn. on Nov. 1, 1958, at the Concordia Parsonage in Fertile.
Darrell continued the farming tradition and farmed in partnership with his brother Eddie, forming Leiser Bros. Inc and raising dairy cattle and cereal and row crops. Darrell assisted his father Max with the family gravel business and came to know many people throughout the area loading gravel.
Darrell and Veldonna built their home on the family farm and raised four boys. Later, sons Kevin and Kurt joined Darrell in the farming operation. In recent years he and Veldonna enjoyed traveling road trips with their siblings, seeing much of the United States.
Darrell greatly enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren. He was very dedicated to the farm and worked through this most recent fall harvest. Although Darrell was not one to serve on boards or committees his influence and mentoring were appreciated by many that Darrell did business and spent time with. He enjoyed the fall hunting season as another opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Veldonna Leiser; his sons and their families, Kevin (Valerie) Leiser, Amber (Zach), Kristina, Kora, Matthew and Alyssa, of Fertile; Kurtis Leiser, Carl and Cameron, of Fertile; Ken Leiser, Max, Travis, Lacey and Tracey, all of Fertile, and Alicia of Crookston.; Rick (Lea) Leiser, Reeve and Layne of Grandin, N.D.; siblings, Cheryl (Vince) Olstad of Fargo, N.D., Eddie (Cindy) of Fertile, Lavonne (Terry) Smith of Vancouver, Wash., Sally (Marlin) Dimond of Carefree, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Katherine Hanson of Ada; Veldonna’s siblings, Harold Moe of Monticello, Minn., Sherman (Lyn) Moe of Tucson, Ariz., and Jeanie (Stanley) Rasmussen of Moorhead, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Cora Leiser, infant siblings Max Jr., and Sheldon, brother Arlon Leiser, daughter-in-law Arlene “Ennie” Leiser, sister and brother-in-law Wilma and Clayton “Tuffy” Ambuehl, sister and brother-in-law Mary “Dottie” and Howard Christianson, brother-in-law Marwood Moe, sister-in-law Sharon Moe, and brother-in-law Ronnie Hanson.
A private family-only service took place on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, following all of the Minnesota and CDC COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Masks were required.
A public walk-through visitation took place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile.
Friends and neighbors were encouraged to line up in vehicles at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Polk County Fairgrounds as the funeral procession passed through to the Concordia East Cemetery, Fertile.
Please view our guestbook and share condolences online at www.eriksonvikfh.com.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile.