Mark Leibfried, age 69, of Marshall, MN passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, April 15, 2022 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am on Thursday, April 21st at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, MN. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7pm on Wednesday, April 20th at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, MN with a prayer service at 7pm. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mark Richard Leibfried was born on June 1, 1952 in Tyler, MN. He was the fourth of eleven children born to Dennis and Dorothy (Burns) Leibfried.
He grew up playing baseball and playing in the ditch after a good rain with the neighborhood kids on Rowena Street. In his high school years, he was on the basketball, baseball, and track teams. He graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1970 and went on to take courses at the Granite Falls Vocational School. While in Granite Falls, he met a young girl named Julie Olson. They fell in love and got married August 25, 1972. Mark and Julie were blessed with five children, Tim, Michelle, Brian, Jeff, and Shawn. His boys acquired his kind and gentle ways and the love of family, Michelle received the gift of helping others with anything and also the love of family. Family was the center of his life. He was so proud of the men and woman they became and of the fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandsons they have been blessed with. He loved the title of Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. He rarely missed an activity his kids and grandkids were involved in as long as he was able. Mark enjoyed many years of playing baseball, softball, bowling, and coaching girls’ basketball. He acquired many lifetime friends through his activities and jobs. He worked alongside his Dad at Lyon County Co-op while in high school and again for five years after getting married. He then was elected to the position of Lincoln County Treasurer, a position he held for 32 years until his retirement. While working as the Treasurer, he held the office of President of the Minnesota Association of County Treasurers for one year and the following year held the position of President of the Minnesota Association of County Offices. Mark also became a well-loved school bus driver, drove the Lincoln County Minibus, and worked part-time at Parts City to enjoy his “people person” trait. His faith showed through his life in so many ways. He was a life-long member of Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. He served on the church council, Area Faith Board, and spent a few years mowing the church cemetery with his family.
Mark is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Julie, and his children and grandchildren: Tim & Brenda Leibfried and their son Tyler of Mankato, Michelle and Ben Bloch and their daughters Bridgette (Andrew) Swanson and their sons Owen and Brooks, Allison Bloch (friend Nathan), and Kimberly Bloch (fiance Grady Moorse) all of Ivanhoe, Brian and Jessica Leibfried and their children Zachary, Joshua, Katelyn and Isaac of Marshall, Jeff and Lindsey Leibfried and their children Corbin, Griffin, and Landrey of Marshall, and Shawn and Stephanie Leibfried and their sons Drake and Decker of Marshall; Brothers Mick (Phyllis) Leibfried of Coon Rapids, Joan (Ralph) Schultz of Fredericksburg, IA, DeEtte Leibfried (Golden Pool) of North Mankato, Dean (Carmen) Leibfried of Ivanhoe, Kevin (Judy) Leibfried of Taunton, Keith Leibfried of Sioux Falls, Becky (Jim) Gladis of Chatfield, and Kelly (Lynn) Leibfried of Plymouth; Sisters and Brothers-in-law Susan (Tom) Gervais, Roy (Lois) Williams, Arla (Ivan) Steuckrath, Margaret Olson, Carol (DuWayne) Thein, Gail (Scott) Olson, David (Rayetta) Olson, Ronald (Brenda) Olson; one Uncle Jim (Mary) Leibfried of Winnipeg, Canada; and a host of dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Dorothy Leibfried, brothers David and Bruce, and Granddaughter Kendra Leibfried.
A Life Well Done.