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LEONARD BRUCE (L.B.) GUSDAL

Date of Passing: Mar 11, 2000

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LEONARD BRUCE (L.B.) GUSDAL Len died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, March 11, 2000 at the age of 68. He was the beloved husband of Doris (Clym), whom he married November 10, 1956. He will be dearly missed by his children, Brent (Karen) Calgary, Darren (Janet) Clear Lake, Blaine (Jane) North Battleford, Danica (Leonard) Camrose, and grandchildren, Megan, Rylee, Mitchell, Melissa, Connor, Kjel. On August 6, 1931, Leonard was the first baby to be born in Riding Mountain National Park. He spent his childhood years on the Viking Valley farm. He is predeceased by his parents, Ludwig "L.B." Senior, and Nellie (Hall). He is survived by his siblings, Martha Neilson-Berg (Erickson), Lenore Dinsdale (Ottawa) and Rev. Delmar Gusdal (Miami, FL). In 1951 Len received his Agriculture Diploma from the Brandon Agricultural School. During the first years of their marriage, Len and Dorrie lived in Winnipeg where he served on the Winnipeg Police Force and then worked for the London Life Insurance Co. He took over the Viking Valley farm and seed business in 1970, following the death of his father. His love for the land had brought Leonard to his roots. He farmed this land until his passing. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and avid baseball player, and spent countless hours taking pleasure in riding the horses he and Dorrie raised. Len took great pride in his childrens achievements. He also served on the Erickson Parks Board and the Recreation Committee. He was a member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church holding many leadership positions. He enjoyed singing with the Erickson Lutheran Church Male Chorus. His enjoyment of socializing with people from all walks of life was a characteristic that came naturally to Len. The accomplishments of his students gave him great satisfaction in teaching the High School Drivers Education Course for the past ten years. The celebration of Leonards life was held in the Erickson Lutheran Church, Wednesday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lens name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation and/or Camp Wannakumbae Memorial Fund. Pallbearers were Greg Dinsdale, Brock Neilson, Jim Stinson, Leif Gusdal, Jonathon Gusdal and Nolan Gusdal. "I shall pass this way but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Sparrow Funeral Service of Minnedosa was in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 15, 2000

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