Leonard Sailer
October 20, 1938 - September 5, 2020


Back: Kevin, Kurt, Leonard, Mary
Front: Kris, Kim, Karla

Leonard Sailer, age 81, of Manning, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at his home near Manning.
Ohde Funeral Home in charge of services in Manning.
Private family funeral services will be held this week under the care of Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:
Leonard and Mary Ann (Grote) Sailer were united in marriage on February 13, 1960 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Mt. Carmel, Iowa. Leonard is the son of Frank and Anna (Wanninger) Sailer and was born October 20, 1938, on the family farm near Carroll, Iowa. He was raised on the farm south of Carroll until his family moved to the Schleswig area in the late 1950s. His siblings include brothers, Paul of Bagley, Richard of Schleswig, Clarence (deceased), and sisters, Loretta Bernholtz of Carroll, and Lillian Stork of Anita, Iowa. Mary Ann is daughter of Herman and Colette Grote. She grew up near Mt. Carmel on the family farm. She has eight brothers, Paul of Carroll, Ralph (deceased), Norbert of Glidden, Iowa, Leonard of Minooka, Illinois, Jack of Carroll, Ted of Gibson City, Illinois, Bill of Withee, Wisconsin, and James of Phoenix, Arizona. Her four sisters include Lorraine Vonnahme of Carroll, Jeannie Rosener of Newcastle Nebraska, Alice Hamilton of Jefferson, and Judy Olberding of Latimer, Iowa.

Early in their marriage, the couple resided in Carroll, Iowa. Leonard was employed by the Witt Flooring Company out of Davenport, Iowa, where he was a terrazzo mechanic and installed marble flooring. In 1971, the couple moved their family to Manning after purchasing the Ed and Gertrude Stuhr farm northeast of Manning. They raised livestock and crop farmed while their family grew. In 1985, Mary became a cosmetologist and has a beauty shop in her home. The Sailers are members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning, where Mary has been active in many church organizations. They enjoy gardening and Mary enjoys baking. She has won many blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair with her exhibits.

The Sailers have six children, who are all graduates of the Manning Community School. Kimberly married Scott Barnard of Davenport, Iowa in 1982. Kim is employed at the Carroll Health Center in Carroll, while she is pursuing her nursing degree. Scott is the Production Supervisor at AGP in Manning. They live on an acreage northeast of Manning and have four children, Tyler, Noah, Haylee and Hannah. Tyler graduated from MHS in 2001, Noah in 2004, Haylee is a junior and Hannah is a freshman at Manning Community School. Kristine married Dave Weitl of Templeton in 1984. They have two children, Zachary and Samantha. The Weitls live in Pine, Colorado, where Dave works for Hercules Industries and Kris is a nurse for Headstart of Colorado. Karla married Mike Hamann of Denver, Colorado in 1989. They live in Calhoun, Georgia, where Mike is a millwright in northeast Georgia. They have four children, Charlie, Melanie, Sydney and Ryann. Kreg (deceased in 2001) married Jill Anderson of Atlantic, Iowa in 2000. Kurt lives in Grimes, Iowa, and works for Carpenter Erosion Control of Des Moines, Iowa. Kevin lives in Templeton and is employed at Tall Corn Ethanol in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

In July of each year, the family gets together for "Sailerfest", a celebration held at the family farm. The event includes a golf tournament in remembrance of Kreg, followed by food, fireworks, and fun.


Kimberly Sailer MHS 1979


Kristine Sailer MHS 1980


Kreg Sailer MHS 1983


Kurt Sailer MHS 1985

Karla Sailer MHS 1982

Back: Edith Myer, Barb Zubrod, Lisa Hughes, Sonia Johnson
Middle: Suzanne Bandow, Julie Hagedorn, Anissa Hass, Gina Jahn
Front: Beth Opperman, Julie Collison, Karla Sailer, Roxie Halbur


Kris Sailer, Dawn Hargens, Lisa Nelson, Renee Siepker, Chris Ramsey

8th grade football team

Back: Lynn Nulle, Chuck Ramsey, Tim Rowedder, Tim Larsen, Scott Mohr (manager)
Third: Jay Vollstedt, Robert Schmidt, Brian Kelderman, Troy Hagedorn, Bill Langel, Dan Vollstedt, Tony Sevey, Philip Heinicke
Second: Ron Beaver, Chad Reynolds, Dean Genzen, Kreg Sailer, Jim Hinners, Greg Hacker, David Miller
Front: Matt Milkert, John Bunz, Tim Hansen, Dan Rosonke, Joe Karsten

Sixth: Ed Meeves, Ken Rohe, Tom Loking, Tyler Larson, Rick Willenborg, and Dave Weller
Fifth: Brian Joens, David Hass, Jay Karsten, Dennis Menke, Dale Wegner, Keith Rohe, Ken Willenborg, Kurt Sailer, Mike Gruhn
Fourth: Ken Klocke, Terry Rosonke, Craig Langel, Kent Vollstedt, Jon Frahm, Chris Muhlbauer, Cory Struve, Robbie Rauch, Keith Muhlbauer
Third: Carolyn Bruhn, Beth Opperman, Rod Frank, Paul Opperman, Jim Meier, Brian Halbur, Nick Langel, Steve Meeves, Jeff Meier, Keith Klocke
Second: Lesia Andresen, Barb Genzen, Lisa Gruhn, Paula Halbur, Julie Lamp, Dan Kerkhoff, Nate Hodne, Steve Meier, Robert Schmidt, Bill Langel
Front: Officers Dan Rosonke, Dan Singsank, Kyle Jensen, Sweetheart Joan Nissen, Lynn Nulle, Tim Hansen


Kevin Sailer - inspecting the fire damage in the MJM paintshop.


Kreg Sailer MHS 1983


Kreg Sailer


Kurt Sailer (right) after-prom party


Extended Sailer family

Roy Schilling & Ralph Sailer in Aspinwall


Martin Sailer, Cecelia Riesselman, Frank Handlos 1974


Martin Sailer, Joe Riesselman, Sr., Frank Handlos
Martin and Frank are sons-in-laws of Joe


Joel Sailer 1961 - son of Martin


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