LEROY — Leland Leonard Lindquist, 88, of LeRoy, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at his home in LeRoy.
He was born on June 15, 1925, in LeRoy, to Oscar Leander and Nannie (Lindell) Lindquist and grew up on the family farm near LeRoy during the Great Depression. During his teen years, to help spread the manpower of a family blessed with nine children with seven being boys, he lived with neighboring families to provide valued farm labor in return for room and board. He was a 1944 graduate of LeRoy High School at which he helped guide the school’s basketball team to the Class D State Championship Basketball Game losing to Benton Harbor. After graduation, he drove a school bus for LeRoy Public Schools, then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army, deploying to Germany in the post-war aftermath of World War II.