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Winton H. Schleif, age 91 of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Denver, CO and Apache Junction, AZ, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019.

He was born on August 20, 1927 in Rockford Township, MN to Edward Schleif and Anna “Minnie” Otterdahl. He attended high school in Buffalo, and graduated with the class of 1945.

Not long after high school, Winton was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Joan Peterson, at Buffalo Covenant Church on February 17, 1949. Together they raised three children.

Winton and his family moved several times; they lived in Denver and many other cities in Colorado for quite some time, until finally moving back to Minnesota. He owned and operated his own masonry company, Schleif Masonry, from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. He and Joan moved to Arizona after his retirement.

In his retirement years, he was able to enjoy spending more time hunting, fishing, tending his garden, and collecting rocks. He would polish them and create many unique pieces of jewelry, often selling them or giving them away as gifts to friends. He also made polished canes and walking sticks out of diamond willow wood for family and friends.

He and Joan were also active in the church; Joan would play the organ and Winton would sing. He was a member of the Bisonaires and loved singing with the choir.

Winton is preceded in death by his wife, Joan; parents; 1 sister; 8 brothers; and 1 great-grandson.

He is survived by his children, Cyndi (Gary) Bonk, Sandy Cox, and Kevin Schleif; grandchildren, Heidi Annala and Hilary (Jacob) Becker, and Jason (Doreen), Justin (Joy), and Josh (Dawn) Bonk; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister, Melba Louisiana; brother, Jim Schleif; and foster daughter and her son, Nikki and Zac Svalberg.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Inurnment will immediately follow at the Swedish Mission Church in Buffalo, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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