Darrel R. Leiding

Darrel R. Leiding

FAIRMONT — A funeral service for Darrel R. Leiding, age 77, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont, with interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.

Darrel passed away Sunday even-ing, March 31, 2019, at his home in Fairmont. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or to Mayo Hospice.

Darrel Richard Leiding was born Nov. 15, 1941, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Richard and Elda (Thiesse) Leiding. Darrel attended school at East Chain Elementary and later graduated from East Chain High School.

On June 10, 1962, Darrel was united in marriage to Karen Hilgemeier at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. The couple resided in a house they built in Fairmont. This union was blessed with four children, Joni, Jayne, Jim and Julie. Darrel and Karen shared over 56 years together.

Darrel was an owner of Shellum Body Shop for over 50 years, as well as being a hobby farmer until his retirement in 2015 due to health issues.

He was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he was continually active, having held many positions in the church over the years.

During his free time, Darrel enjoyed farming, horses, and watching sports including the Twins and Vikings. He most loved cheering on his children and grandchildren at all of their sporting events. Darrel could also tinker like no other and could fix just about anything that needed fixing.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen Leiding; children, Joni Leiding, Jayne (Bruce) Peymann, Jim Leiding, and Julie (Jeff) Zarling; grandchildren, Demia Perkins, Dylan Perkins, Jacob Peymann, Logan (Ariel) Peymann, Jillian and Josilyn Leiding, Leslie, Lauren, and Benjamin Zarling; great-grandchildren, Adley and Beckett Peymann; siblings, Terry (Judy) Leiding, Jean (John) Huttemeier, Kay (Kirk) Vogt, and Kathy (Martin) Meixell; brother-in-law, Tom (Sharon) Hilgemeier; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Along with his parents, Richard and Elda Leiding, Darrel was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Leslie and Geralda Hilgemeier.