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February 10, 1927 – October 28, 2023

Howard Willard Schleif, age 96 of Corcoran was called home on October 28, 2023.  He was born on February 10, 1927 in Greenfield Township to Richard & Katherine (Stassen) Schleif.  Howard was baptized and confirmed at  Salem Lutheran Church.

Howard grew up in Greenfield Township with his brothers, Gerald, Donald, Delmar and Ralph.  He attended school through 8th grade at the little white school in Burschville and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1945.

On October 1, 1950 Howard and Marlys were married and were blessed with 64 years of marriage and three sons.  They spent many years living in Hopkins before moving back to the Corcoran area.  Howard has missed Marlys tremendously since she passed away in 2015.

Howard honorably served in the US Army (WWII) and the Army Reserve for 37 years as a Sargent Major.  He worked at Minneapolis Moline/White Farm Equipment for 42 years.  He has been a life member of VFW Post 425 and the American Legion Post 567 in St. Michael.

He farmed for 37 years, loved hunting, gardening, and traveling with Marlys.  Howard was also a Boy Scout Leader, served on the Corcoran Planning Commission and City Council, and has been a member of Salem Lutheran Church for many years.

Survived by sons, Terry (Robin), Kenneth (Susan), and Daryl; grandchildren, Nathan (Heather), Kelly , Matthew (Melissa), Jennie (Tim), Amy (Jon), Lisa (Tanner), and Rene (Dan) and 17 great grandchildren, Austin, Braden, Haylee, Jax, Joss, Emersyn, Avyn, Dustin, Lillianna, Marlys, Asher, Bodyn, Coen, Colton, Ava, Nora, and one on the way.  Also, survived by brothers in law and sisters in law, Jack & Renata Russek, Duane Beise, and Verdell Schleif and many nieces and nephews.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. jim Vorderbrugggeen

    I have know Howard for must be fifty years. he was always a very friendlly and sociable man. I would visit him ar Lake Ridge when I visited my wife, they were in rooms right next door to each other.
    My sympasthies to the family

  2. Holly Mcgill

    Ken & Sue
    We were so sad to hear about Ken’s dads passing
    He sounded like he lived life to the fullest right until his death.
    Holly & Jim

  3. Angie Nyamburi

    I am so sorry for the loss of Howard. To his family – he was such a kind and gentle man with a beautiful spirit. Cherish your sweet memories of your dad. Be comforted that you will see your dad again. I pray for comfort at this difficult time.

  4. Laura Oleson

    I was so sad to hear of his passing.
    He will be missed. Prayers for comfort and peace for your family. He was such a sweet man and a gentle soul. Love to you all.
    Laura from Lake Ridge.

  5. Dan Gutknecht

    So sorry to hear about Howard’s passing. Expressing much sympathy to you and yours in this time of sadness.

  6. Amy Lyke

    We are sorry for your loss and pray for peace and comfort for you.

  7. Dan Gutknecht

    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Sending you all the love and prayers with much sympathy for you and yours.


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