Leonard John Birnbaum, 72 of Hankinson, ND passed away Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Veteran’s Hospital, Fargo, ND. He had been on kidney dialysis for 6 years and a short battle with bladder cancer. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Hankinson, ND with Inurnment at Calvary Cemetery, Hankinson. A gathering of family & friends will be Monday, May 14, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND.
Leonard was born on May 15, 1939 on the family farm, Elma Township, rural Hankinson, ND, the son of Theodore & Augusta (Pilarski) Birnbaum. He grew up on the farm and attended country school and St. Francis Academy. In June 1957 he entered US Marines until June 1960. He then went into farming & dairy with his two brothers until 1985 and then on his own until he retired from that in 1997. He then worked for Ron Schmidt Dairy and then ID Machine until 2001 when he retired and moved into Hankinson the fall of 2002.
In 1967 he married MaryAnn McDaniel at New Effington, SD. They continued to live on the homeplace and raised 5 children.
Leonard was a member of the Hankinson American Legion Eberhard Post #88 and St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Hankinson. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and putting puzzles together.
He is survived by his wife: MaryAnn, Hankinson, ND; children: Renee Birnbaum, West Fargo, ND, Thomas (Melissa) Birnbaum, Hankinson, ND, Daniel (Deb) Birnbaum, West Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Zach, Nolan, Jenn, Conner, Cody, Blaine, Rylan, Jada, Averi, Jaxton, Kenita & Mary Ann; a brother Francis Birnbaum and many nieces & nephews.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents: Theodore & Augusta Birnbaum; sons: Kenneth & John; sisters: Joanne, Gertrude, Deloris & Julia and a brother Theodore.