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Leland Linton Durst, age 91, of Willmar, passed away on Sunday evening, Dec. 30, at Rice Therapy Suites in Willmar.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Living Hope Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one half hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Willmar Area Community Foundation's Friends of Robbins Island Fund.
Leland Linton Durst was born at home in Chokio, MN on July 19, 1927 to Jacob and Anna Rose Durst. He was the youngest of eight children. Leland served in the United States Army for 18 months and was honorably discharged in 1945 with a rank of corporal. As a 1948 graduate from Macalester College, he gained employment with the 1st National Bank in the Twin Cities. June 16, 1952 he married Heidi Pawlick- Hoffmann and they were united in marriage until her death on March 11, 1997. In 1973, Leland began working for the Bremer Bank Corporation and remained with Bremer until retiring in Willmar, MN. Throughout his lifetime, Leland modeled servanthood by volunteering for various civic organizations in his community. He loved camping with his family, gardening, woodworking, remodeling homes, fishing and hunting, and enjoyed playing the harmonica and accordion. Leland died peacefully on December 30, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings, and his beloved wife, Heidi.
He is survived by his five children and their spouses; eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Durst family during this time. I did not know Mr. Durst, having had the opportunity to meet him only once when he was visiting Heidi Ann. She, however, always spoke of him and her mother in such glowing terms I can see that he will be (and she is) sorely missed!
Kim Ceballos Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM
what a wondeful friendly neighbor..always a smile and a visit..he will be missed
lisa jackson sandra jackson and max Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM
I will always remember LeLand and his wife Heidi with great fondness. LeLand was a very kind and humble man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Durst family. John A. Doerner
John A. Doerner Jan 1 2019 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace Mr. Durst ( Lee). I was truly blessed to have known You & Mrs. Durst ( Heidi) through all of these years because of my friendship with Heidi Ann. You were a man of great wisdom, generous, kind and a deep-rooted Faith & Family Values. I cherished every visit we had, and respected you so much. I will miss you & will never forget you. Thanks for all the memories Always & Forever in my heart. Cindy Erickson-Uecker.
Cindy Erickson- Uecker Jan 1 2019 12:00 AM
We bought our boat from Lee, and have dubbed it the H.M.S. Leland. He was a great generous man. He was always positive, that may be the one thing I'll always remember about him. I never heard him say a negative thing about another person. Ginna Calvin
Ginna Calvin Jan 1 2019 12:00 AM