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July 25, 1940 – October 4, 2023

Leander Oscar Wetter, born on July 25, 1940, peacefully passed away at home on October 4, 2023. Affectionately known as “Boss” by some due to his assertive nature, and “Sonny” by those who had known him his whole life, Leander was a remarkable individual who left a lasting impact on those around him.

Leander was a true pioneer in the world of agriculture, always eager to explore new techniques and ideas. His adventurous spirit and willingness to embrace innovation made him a trailblazer in the farming community and he often prided himself on being the first to try something in the area. For decades, he tirelessly farmed both crops and dairy cattle, growing the family farm into one of the largest in the area at the time.  His management of the farm provided a stable home for his family and taught his children the value of hard work and working together.

Leander shared 48 years of marriage with his beloved wife, Mary. Their enduring love and partnership were a testament to their commitment to one another and their family. Leander was a loving father to his three children, John (Jamie), Paul (Angie), and Anne (Kenneth) and was supportive of his children as they took on life, learned by their own successes and failures, and expanded their own families. His dedication to his family was unwavering, and he supported them with love and care throughout his life.

Leander was also a cherished grandfather to three grandchildren, Avery, Mason, and Wyatt. Among them, Wyatt shared a special bond with “Grandpa Wetter.” He was captivated by the treasure trove of “toys” in Grandpa’s shop, where steam engines, toy trains, and various tools were always in abundance. Grandpa’s knack for tinkering and his willingness to share his knowledge ignited first his son’s, Paul’s, and later Wyatt’s passion for the world of machines and craftsmanship. Those who were around the three often saw Leander, Paul, and Wyatt (father, son, and grandson) all working on a project together.

Leander was not only dedicated to agriculture but also to his community. He was involved in local politics, where his storytelling skills and passion for history made him a beloved figure. Leander was also a dedicated advocate for local history, serving as a long-standing member of the Wright County Historical Society. His contributions to preserving the heritage of the community he cherished will be remembered fondly.

Leander was a proud and active member of the Rogers Threshing Show since its creation, later becoming an integral part of the show when it moved to Nowthen. He proudly displayed his collection of steam engines and antique tractors at these events, sharing his passion for these magnificent machines with the community. In 2005, Leander and Mary donated a 50’x80’ shed to the Nowthen Threshing Show to help expand the show and ensure its ongoing success.

Leander Wetter’s legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of his family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of determination, resilience, and unwavering love. He will be dearly missed but forever remembered for his love for family, his dedication to preserving history, his involvement in local politics, and his lifelong commitment to farming and the antique tractors and steam engines that fascinated him.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 16th from 4-7 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday October 17th at 1:00 P.M. at Huikko’s Bison Creek Event Center, 1207 Highway 25 N., in Buffalo.



14 Guestbook Entries


    He will be missed

  2. Marion K Conwell

    Dear Mary and family,
    You enjoyed a truly great loving partnership. The perfect example of until death due us part. He will be dearly missed by not only your family, but the community he loved so and gave so much to. Our deepest sympathy.

  3. Larry

    Mary, John, Paul. Anne and family, I’m truly sorry for the loss. I’ve always enjoyed running into him and chatting at various places.

  4. Jody Hicks

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Wetter family. Ted and Jody

  5. Kenneth Zimmerman

    My father-in-law has already been missed.

  6. Stacy St George

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to an amazing man.

  7. Minnesota steam engine association

    Leander was a great man. He will be sorely missed.

  8. Jessica Lerbs

    Such a lovely description of a beloved man who will be greatly missed. So sorry for his loss!

  9. Lee and Carol Kjesbo

    Our sympathy to the Wetter family. Leander was an interesting and unique individual. I have enjoyed getting to know him. Take care Mary, John, Paul, and Anne.

  10. Andrew Loose

    What a beautifully written tribute to such a remarkable man. I am so sorry for your loss.


    Our sympathy to the family.
    Atwater threshing family, Merle & Betty Cropp and familys

  12. Kelsey Kelley

    I am very sorry for your loss. Sending love and strength your way.

  13. Pam Schendel Tomczyk

    Mary and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. John Schleif

    Dear Mary and Family, I have such great memories of Sonny, and my mom and dad always enjoyed their visits with him. He was such a good man. May God bless your memory of him.


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