Thomas P. Leppard, 65, of Brinsmade, N.D., died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, N.D.

Thomas P. Leppard, 65, of Brinsmade, N.D., died Friday, April 18, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, N.D.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Leeds with Fr. Joseph D’Aco and Fr. Chad Wilhelm, celebrants.   Burial will be in the Brinsmade Cemetery, rural Brinsmade. Lectors will be Kristen Nelsen, Kasie Grindel and Crystal Ryker.  Gift bearers are  Nikara Nelsen,  Kayla Jacques and Kenzie Jacques.  Altar Servers are John Fischer and Jacob Pfeifer.  Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. followed by  a 7 p.m. parish vigil and Rosary.  

Casket bearers will be Dick Leppard,  Ed Fernandez,  Arden Warner,  Ken Lunde,  Steve Huebschwerlen,  Duane Warner,  Clint Fernandez, Mike Fernandez, Lance Leppard and Eric Grindel.  Honorary bearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Music will be from MiChelle and Dan Nybo, Clay Kitzmann, Tammy Meyer and the St. Vincent de Paul Choir.   
Thomas Phillip Leppard was born October 27, 1948 at Maddock, N.D., to Phillip and Rosemary (Bingham) Leppard.  He was raised on the family farm in McLellan Township near Brinsmade. He attended the township rural school, Harlow Public School and the Benson County Agricultural and Training School in Maddock where he was a member of FFA for many years. Following his education, Tom worked for the Benson County Highway Department and then he farmed until retiring in 2010.  Tom then worked for a time as a Security Guard at the Spirit Lake Casino.  Tom married Mary Lou Schiele on January 28, 1967 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Leeds.
Tom was baptized and later an altar boy at St. William’s Catholic Church in Maddock, confirmed at St. James Catholic Church in Minnewaukan, N.D. and a current member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Leeds.  He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, deer and goose hunting with his friends & family, watching NASCAR and he always looked forward to playing a fun game of pinochle.     

Tom greatest joy in life was giving and helping others, he was a best friend to many.  Over the years, he developed many life-long friendships and he always held those people near and dear to his heart.  His grandchildren looked forward to Easter every year because they knew Grandpa had a basket full of Easter eggs filled with candy that he would hide for them to find. Tom was a good cook and was known for making his famous peanut butter cookies.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife,  Mary Lou;  daughters,  Tami (Tony) Kitzman of Leeds,  Traci (Gary) Jacques of Devils Lake,  Linda (Daren) Lysne of Rugby; son,  Carlito Leppard at home;  nine grandchildren,  Kristen Nelsen,  Bradley Nelsen,  Nikara Nelsen,  Kayla Jacques,  Kenzie Jacques,  Karsen Jacques,  Leann (Nick) Jundt,  Jayde Lysne and Kayde Lysne;  eight great-grandchildren,  Kyler Nelsen,  Haylee Jundt,  Journey Jundt,  Bayslee Jundt,  Jaden Lysne,  Kennadi Lysne,  Levi Lysne and Zoey Lysne;  a brother,  Richard (Jane) Leppard of Devils Lake and a sister:  Patricia (Dave) Dettling of Devils Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William.

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The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements.