July 24, 1930 - June 7, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Leander “Lee” M. Kruchten, age 84, of Sartell. Lee passed away June 7, 2015 at the Country Manor in Sartell. Reverend Timothy Baltes will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Francis Xavier Parish Cemetery in Sartell.

Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 and after 10 a.m. on Friday, both at the Gathering Space of St. Francis Xavier Church. Parish prayers will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the church. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5-8 p.m. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in Sartell.

Lee was born July 24, 1930 in LeSauk Township, Stearns County, MN to Paul and Catherine (Kremer) Kruchten. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948. He married LaVerne Bidinger on April 29, 1954 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. He worked at the Sartell Paper Mill, the Fish and Game Department, Dezurik’s, and the Burlington Northern Railroad as a Clerk. In addition to work, he proudly took over the family farm where he and Laverne raised a large family. He was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church where he sang in the choir and volunteered for the school lunch. He was a member Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Fr. Pierz Assembly 530, Knights of Columbus Council 5276, St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622, and NARVRE. He also served on LeSauk Township Board and volunteered at the Salvation Army Food Shelf.

Lee will be remembered for his love of family and his generosity of time and spirit. Lee also enjoyed the outdoors which included hunting and fishing and his love of sports.

Lee is survived by his children Deb Weihrauch of St. Cloud, Doris (Ken) Nathe of Sartell, Donna (Chuck) Wenz of Little Falls, Diane (Tom) Gaughan of Sartell, Denise (Bryan) Robertson of Rice, Darrell (Cheryl) of Sartell, Danila (Jim) Skroch of Holdingford, and Dorothy (Jeff) George of Rice; 23 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Bill Traut, Gene (Darlene) Bidinger, Bob (Vi) Bidinger, and Mary Ann (Ken) Pietron all of Sartell.

Preceeding him in death were his parents, wife LaVerne (2006), son-in-law Jeff Weihrauch (2013), great grandson Zachary, sisters Verda Traut and Rita (Bernard) Traut, and sister-in-law Marcy (Marvin) Traut.