Leon Harvey Mackenthun, age 63, of Hamburg, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with interment following at the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Donald Andrix; organist: Kathy Oelfke; special music: Emanuel Lutheran Church Men’s Choir, “Beautiful Savior” and “Safe In The Arms Of Jesus”; military honors: Glencoe VFW Post #5102; urn bearers: Patrick Mooney, Mitchell Born, Blake Smith, Matthew Born, Cory Howk, Spencer Smith, Tyler Smith.
Leon Harvey Mackenthun was born on Dec. 23, 1948 in New Ulm, the son of Harvey and Elvera (Behrmann) Mackenthun. Leon was baptized as an infant on Jan. 9, 1949 by Rev. Fred Lehne at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fernando, Minn., and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 15, 1962, by Rev. L. T. Wohlfeil at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. His confirmation verse was Luke 11:28. Leon received his education at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg and Central High School in Norwood Young America, graduating with the class of 1966. Leon entered active military service in the United States Army on May 13, 1968, and served his country in Vietnam for 11 months. He received an Honorable Discharge on Aug. 11, 1969.
On Oct. 18, 1969, Leon was united in marriage to Vicki Born, by Rev. J. W. Stehr at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. The couple made their home in Waconia until 1973, when they moved to Hamburg. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter, Jodi. Leon and Vicki shared over 42 years of marriage. Leon worked at MTS Systems Inc. in Eden Prairie for 35 years as a senior mechanical assembler, where he was also a first responder for the majority of those years. Through MTS, Leon was able to travel to 17 different countries. He was a faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Leon was a lifetime member of the Glencoe VFW Post #5102. He was also a volunteer for the Hamburg Fire Department for 25 years and was one of Hamburg’s first EMTs. Leon enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed traveling and visiting his family in Colorado. He loved blues music and attended the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth for over 20 years. Leon always stayed in contact with his Vietnam War buddies and the bond still continues. He especially cherished the time spent with his grandchildren, family and friends. Leon passed away at the age of 63 years, 8 months and 29 days. Blessed be his memory.
Leon is preceded in death by his father, Harvey Mackenthun; sister, Karen Marie Mackenthun.
Leon is survived by his: wife, Vicki Mackenthun of Hamburg; daughter, Jodi Foster and her husband, Brian, of Norwood Young America; grandchildren, Sydni Foster, Brenna Foster, Gavin Foster; mother, Elvera Mackenthun of Hamburg; brother, Kevin Mackenthun of Minnetonka; sisters, Paulette Smith and her husband, Gary, of Broomfield, Colo., Paulene Howk and her husband, Keith, of Monument, Colo.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the activity center immediately following the committal service. Arrangements are with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.