Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. A private mass of Christian burial and celebration of life will be held
at a later date. Garrity Funeral Home is assisting with cremation wishes.
Leonard, the youngest of five siblings, was born January 12, 1924 to Vincent
and Genevieve (Swatek) Check, both of the Eastman area.
As a 4-H youth, Leonard proudly showed his Dad's cattle at yearly county
fairs. At the age of 10 he suffered a compound bone fracture leading to a bone
infection and the life-long, painful challenge of osteomyelitis. He did not allow
this disability to prevent living a productive, fruitful life. Leonard attended the
University of Wisconsin agricultural/business school which translated to 35 years
of productive farming, and being a good steward of the land. Leonard maintained
an active membership in Farm Bureau and Farm Service, serving in leadership
roles as president and on the Board of Directors and being a delegate to several
state and national conventions. He loved music and played trumpet and drums in
area "dance bands" for a number of years. Being strong in faith he was a life-long
member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir.
Leonard was an avid outdoorsman and found great pleasure fishing, hunting and
especially chasing the elusive morel.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Clarence and Lawrence,
sisters Adeline and Leone (Balk) and grandson Devin Thomas Gerlach.
Leonard leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 68 years,
Laurayne (Shinko) Check, children: Ellen (Ken) Olson of Mendota IL, Michael of
Eastman, Gail (Greg) Vandermuse of Lakeland FL, and Kimberly (Thomas) Gerlach
of Fennimore; along with 10 grandchildren, Erik, Ryan, Andy, Andrea, Amy, Sandra, Stephanie, Katie, Ashley and Heather, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 step
grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and a nephew.
Leonard was a man of strong character and believed in doing the right
thing, he was always willing to help a neighbor or friend. He will be forever
remembered for his sense of humor, generosity and being ready for a good game
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