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John L. Leier ,93, formally of Braddock, passed away on January 13, 2022. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 18, at St. Katherine’s Church, Braddock ND. Visitation will be held Monday, January 17 from 5-7:00 p.m. with a vigil/rosary service at 7:00pm at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Visitation will resume an hour before service.
John was born on Feb 19, 1928, the son of Joseph and Clara (Schmidt) Leier. He was raised on a farm near Napoleon, ND. He attended Manheim Grade School. John married the love of his life, Monica Horner, on June 20th, 1950. They made their life on the farm north of Braddock where they raised 9 fabulous children that he loved dearly. It’s a miracle they all survived given the craziness of farm life and a large family.
John was a great husband (with a great sense of style), father and grandfather. He loved fishing, hunting, and trapping. In his later years, he enjoyed taxidermy. John enjoyed playing baseball with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed farming but milked cows to pay for dental work and glasses. They quit milking when the youngest boys graduated from high school. His favorite pastime was playing pinochle even though he got all the 9’s and Jacks.
John was involved with Lions Club, Farmers Union, BEK Communications, KEM electric and St Katherines church. He was also involved with the Braddock Thrashers Association and Trappers Association.
John and Monica enjoyed traveling. They made many trips to Canada fishing, took bus trips and went on cruises. They enjoyed visiting family. They never missed a wedding, funeral, or an event for their kids or grandkids.
John touched many lives with his smile, laugh and sense of humor. He is free of the burdens of his earthly life. He will be greatly missed by many.
He will be missed by five sons, Dennis and Patty Leier of Jamestown, ND, Keith and Laurie Leier, Glenn and Tina Leier, Neal and Heather Leier, Leon and Gina Leier, all of Bismarck; four daughters Leeshia and Tom Hayes, Clara and Steve Lacher, Marsha Leier and Kent Schantz, all of Bismarck, and Vivian and Gene Windhorst of Alexandria, MN; 29 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren; brothers Martin (Maggie)Leier, Larry (MaryAnn) Leier; sisters Caroline (Pete) Glatt, Christina Schwartzenberger, Lorraine (Andy) Piatz, Pauline Slovarp; brothers-in-law, Andy Horner and Cliff (Aggie) Horner; sisters-in-law, Betty (Masseth) Wiecks, Jolanta Horner, and Angeline Jacob; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He is proceeded in death by his wife of 61 years, Monica; parents, Joe and Clara Leier; granddaughter Brittany Leier; son-in-law Tom Kramer; brothers and sisters-in-law Julius (Marcella) Leier and Leonard (Theresa) Leier; brother-in-law Jerome Schwarzenberger, Richard Slovarp, George Horner, Valentine Jacob, Rod Wiecks, and Albert Horner; and sister-in-law, Rose Horner.