September 25, 1937 - March 17, 2016


Funeral Services will be at 11 am, Monday, March 21, 2016 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Clarissa for Thomas R. Leagjeld, age 78, of Long Prairie who passed away on Thursday at CentraCare Health Systems-Long Prairie. Pastor Melissa Ehrhardt will officiate and burial will be in the First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Iona Township, Minnesota. Family and friends may call from 4-8 pm Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home – Stein Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Thomas Raymond Leagjeld was born September 25, 1937 in Iona Township, Todd County, Minnesota, the son of Ernest and Alice (Coleman) Leagjeld. He grew up in Iona Township and graduated in 1955 from Long Prairie High School. He served in the United States Army. He married Mavis Petrie on June 11, 1966 in Eagle Bend. Thomas farmed with his parents and was later employed at Hart Press (now RR Donnelly) until retiring in 2000 after 34 years.
Thomas was a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Clarissa. He loved to garden, and carved wooden fish decoys and made knives. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Mavis Leagjeld, Long Prairie; children, Denise (Joe Ahrens) Leagjeld, Carlos; Teresa (Todd Johnson) Hayes, Alexandria; Lisa (Dan) Warner, Long Prairie; Gail (Mike Kayala) Leagjeld, Little Falls; and Brian (Jessica Fuchs) Leagjeld, Cold Spring; brother, Dan, Montana; favorite companion, his dog, Angel; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandchild Timothy Leagjeld and sister Jean Stone.