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Leopold (Leo) MannJanuary 4, 2018
Mann, Leopold (Leo) January 30, 1934 – January 4, 2018, aged 83 years entered eternal rest in Grandview, Manitoba. Leo was born in the RM of Calder, on his grandparents farm, to Conrad and Carolina (Baumung) Mann. Leo received the gift of Holy Baptism on February 25, 1934 and on September 5, 1948, Leo was confirmed in the Christian faith and was fed the life giving body and blood of Jesus.
He attended Cupar School and later Zorra School until grade nine. He learned to hunt and trap at a very young age and was mentored by his neighbor. Leo, Freddie and Ron would be out in the morning before school tending their traps and hunting for their family, they knew the valley like the back of their hands. Leo continued to work on the family farm until he ventured out west for one winter in his early 20’s. Having this experience made him realize that life on the farm was the life for him. In his late 20’s Leo obtained his pilot’s licence.
On October 9, 1965 he was united in holy marriage to Valerie Harper. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Catherine Leigh, Sheila Lynn and Ryan Leo Conrad. Farming was hard work and when the markets were down with traditional crops, Leo took initiative and found success with crops such as alfalfa and grass seed. Leo’s knowledge and experience was often sought through his retail seed sales for Northstar Seeds. He raised cattle as well and took pride in developing his Red Angus herd. Leo and Valerie were sure to have the coffee on and the dinner table ready for any occasion; from seeding to harvest, before the morning hunt, or just to catch up with friends and neighbors. Company was always welcome.
Leo served as member of the Credit Union Board and on the Assiniboine Water Shed Project, as well received recognition from Manitoba Seed Growers Association for 25 years of service. Local and world news was important to Leo and he was always up to date on current events. Leo wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion or stand up for what was right; he was famous for keeping the local DNR on their toes and the politicians honest.
Leo’s loves in life included the Duck Mountains and time spent at the camp; be it hunting, trapping, shenanigans with Wally or just a peaceful drive in the bush. His greatest love, however, was spending time with his family and his seven grandchildren.
His favorite travels involved road trips with Valerie around the countryside checking crops and looking for wildlife. He was well known in the district for his early morning tours along the 482 and backroads, the coyotes lived in fear. Further travels were to Passfield Lake with family and friends, Mexico, Hawaii, an Alaskan Cruise and most recently a trip to the Black Hills for their 50th Anniversay. These times away were few because he was happiest at home. Leo lived to farm. Leo’s favorite advice “Work hard, pay your bills on time, and if there is enough money left over at the end of the month to share a drink with your friends, Life is Good.”
Leo is survived by his wife Valerie and their children, Catherine and Garry Stehr, Sheila and Darrell Kringle, Ryan and Arla Mann. Along with grandchildren; Ashley, Kristopher, Samantha, Grayson, Emery and Aubree and a large extended family. Leo was predeceased by his parents Conrad and Carolina Mann, grandson Jordon Larocque, and brother Fred Mann.
A private family graveside service was held at the Zorra Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Zorra Saskatchewan, with Pastor Barry Wood officiating. Those who so desire, may make memorial donations to the Zorra Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund as tokens of remembrance. To leave a note of condolence for the family please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com