Leonard Arnold Rolfes was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Le Mars, the son of Ben and Caroline (Ruther) Rolfes. He attended Gehlen Catholic School graduating in 1958. Following high school, Leonard served in the United States Navy briefly until being honorably medically discharged.
Leonard was united in marriage to Colleen Leyh June Dec. 8, 1978, at the Church of the Nazarene in Le Mars.
He was employed at many places in Le Mars throughout the years including the Le Mars Truck Stop, Harker's, and Wells Dairy. After retiring, Leonard worked part-time as a custodian at Franklin Elementary School. Leonard loved his retirement job, referring to "his teachers" and "his kids" at the school. His fellow custodians became very close friends.
Lenny enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. He also enjoyed collecting "old people" figurines and eagles.
Lenny enjoyed the cabin near Cedar Falls that he and his best friend Brad Kuiken totally renovated.
He loved sports and could often be found sitting in his chair watching ballgames (basketball, baseball and football). He loved his Green Bay Packers and the old saying was, "we interrupt this marriage to bring you the football season."
He was loved by almost everyone he met and touched many lives; he especially loved children and they loved to be around Lenny. He had four great loves in his life: he loved the Lord, then his family (especially the grandchildren), his friends, and the Green Bay Packers.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Colleen of Le Mars; his children: Misti (Bill) Osterkamp, of Hawarden, Kerri (LeRoy) Esler, of Le Mars, and Ben Rolfes, of Le Mars; seven grandchildren: Shane, Andria, Autum, Carter, Kailey, Caralyn Grace, and Kinsey; two brothers, Arnold Rolfes, of Orange City and Lawrence "Larry" Rolfes, of Le Mars; a sister, Sr. Dorothy Rolfes, of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Ivera Leyh, of Sumner; in-laws, Ann Rolfes, of Le Mars, Betty Rolfes, of Le Mars, Orville (Pauline) Leyh, of Sumner, and Gloria (Harvey) Schneider, of Viola, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Caroline (Ruther) Rolfes; four brothers: Elmer (Hilda) Rolfes, Andy Rolfes, Bernard Rolfes, and Lester (Phyllis) Rolfes; a sister-in-law, Mary Rolfes; his father-in-law, Alfred Leyh; a brother-in-law, Rugene Leyh and a sister-in-law, Ronna Slater.
A Celebration of Life Service was at10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Ted Greaves officiating. Military honors were provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars. Visitationwas after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with a 5 p.m. prayer service Sunday afternoon. Visitation continued Monday morning at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Ben Rolfes, Lawrence Rolfes, Bill Osterkamp, LeRoy Esler, Carter Esler, Brad Kuiken, and Lalo Rodriguez.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.