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Leonard Joseph Drietz

December 4, 1939 May 29, 2019
Leonard Joseph Drietz
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Obituary for Leonard Joseph Drietz

Leonard Drietz, age 79, of Porter, MN passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center, Canby, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Canby. Visitation will resume Monday one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Leonard Joseph Drietz was born December 4, 1939 to John and Mamie (Knofczynski) Drietz on their farm in Alta Vista Township. He graduated from Canby High School in 1958. While in high school, he helped on Gaston Vlaminck’s farm. After graduation, he worked as a mechanic at Geiwitz and Company in Minneota, MN.

On December 28,1959, he was united in marriage to Jane Brewers at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent, MN. This union was blessed with nine children. In 1962, they started farming and made their home south of Canby where they raised their family on a dairy farm. He sold the dairy cows in 2004 but continued living on the farm and raising beef cattle. His passion for farming was extended by working alongside his son, John. He enjoyed polka music, playing cards with friends, horse shows, tractor pulling, restoring old cars to drive in parades, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Leonard was a long-time member of St Peter’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was a board member of the Canby DAC and a supervisor on the Alta Vista Township Board. He was also a founding member and president of the Porter Traildusters Saddle Club. Leonard’s genuine smile and love of "a little lunch" along with a good visit will always be remembered. He loved making new friends and sharing a bit of his knowledge along the way. He was a good and faithful man who always had an ability to see the best in everyone. Leonard passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center at the age of 79 years, 5 months, and 25 days.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane; children: Lynda (Mike) Martin, Oak Grove, MN, Steve (Lisa) Drietz, Baxter, MN, Karen (Bill) Tschida, Waconia, MN, Mary Kay (James) Palmer, Glenwood, MN, John (Amy) Drietz, Porter, MN, Pam (Chad) Olsen, Hendricks, MN, Alison Drietz (McKeon), Bemidji, MN, and Greg Drietz, Spirit Lake, IA; 20 grandchildren: Thomas, Jack, Lucy, and Tyler Martin; Jacob and Hannah Drietz; Patrick, Emily, and Nick Tschida; Evan Palmer; Grace, Sam, and Ben Drietz; Josie, Claire, Ellie, Charlie, and Nora Olsen; Leo and Will McKeon; brothers: Clarence (Margaret) Drietz, Jarroll Drietz, David (Diane) Drietz as well as many nieces and nephews.

Waiting to greet him in Heaven are his parents John and Mamie; brother, Donald and beloved daughter, Diane.

Blessed be the memory of Leonard Drietz.

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4:00 PM 6/2/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/2/2019 7:00:00 PM
Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel - Canby

111 5th Street E.
Canby, MN 56220

Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel - Canby
111 5th Street E. Canby 56220 MN
United States





10:30 AM 6/3/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 6/3/2019 11:30:00 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church

307 4th St. W.
Canby, MN 56220

Visitation will resume Monday one hour prior to the service at the Church.

St. Peter's Catholic Church
307 4th St. W. Canby 56220 MN
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Canby, MN 56220

Canby 56220 MN
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Peter's Catholic School

Canby, MN 56220
In Lieu of Flowers the family would appreciate memorials be donated to St. Peter's Catholic School.

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