William P. (Bill) Leingang, 83, Mandan, died June 13, 2012 at the Medcenter One Mandan Living Center.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Kenneth Phillips celebrating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a St. Anthony Verein Rosary at 6:30 pm followed by a Parish Vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Bill was born July 29, 1928 in St. Anthony to Peter H. and Rose (Leingang) Leingang. He attended school in St. Anthony. On November 20, 1950 he married Viola Doll in Fallon and they farmed near St. Anthony until 1954 when they moved to Mandan. For most of his working life, Bill was the Club Manager at the Knights of Columbus in Mandan and also worked at Blue Ribbon Hatchery, was a rural mail carrier, and worked for Buehler-Larson Funeral Home. A talented musician, he played drums in the Golden Group Band as well as other bands in the area, and he loved to dance, especially the polka. He was a founding member of the St. Anthony Verein (over 60 years) and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Eagles Club, Musicians Association and (former) St. Peter and Paul Verein. While living at the Mandan Living Center, in addition to playing the drums in a weekly jam session, he also enjoyed delivering mail to the residents. Fishing, playing cards, and celebrating special occasions with his family brought him great pleasure.
Bill will be remembered as a fun loving and kind-hearted man with a strong work ethic. Above all, Bill loved his family and leaves many fond memories they will always treasure.
Blessed to have shared his life are six children, Lydia MacKenzie, Richmond, MN, Linda (Dennis) Urlacher, Mandan, Alvin (Robben) Leingang, Mandan, Louanne Leingang, Bismarck, Laureen Leingang, Houston, TX, and Alan Leingang, San Diego, CA; six grandchildren, Christopher (Jill) Bohl, Nathan (Alysha) Boie Bohl, Alecia (Chris) Pulver, Amber (Joe) Boykin, Brandon (Taylor) Leingang, and Heidi Leingang; eleven great grandchildren, Matthew, Caroline, and Olivia Bohl, Bridger and Autumn Pulver, Joemar and Mason Boykin, Hudson and Preston Boie Bohl, and Bennet and Afton Leingang; sisters, Hilda (Leo) Landeis, Bismarck and Shirley (Harry) Zander, Fargo; brother, Leo (Gladys) Leingang, Mandan; and special friends, Herman Nagel, Janel Leingang, and the staff at the Living Center.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola, on August 27, 2007; and sisters, Anna Braun, Leona Schmidt, and Lillian Miller.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Musicians Association's youth scholarship fund.