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Leonard Ray Fike, 81, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by loved ones on November 16, 2022. He is now in his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Leonard was born on November 6, 1941, in Chaseley, ND to Ray and Selma (Johnson) Fike.  He was the second of their three children.

He attended school in Chaseley and graduated from the 8th grade.  Early on he worked for area farmers and ranchers, as well as on the family farm.  He also enjoyed driving a semi at an especially young age for Krause Truck Lines.  He lived in Harvey for a short time and worked for his brother, Larry, until he moved, with his wife Colleen, back to Chaseley to live and farm with his dad.

Leonard married the love of his life, Colleen Hart, on October 11, 1969, in Chaseley.  They lived there until 1979 when they built a home one mile south of town and lived there together for the remainder of their lives. They had a happy life there raising their children Roxane and Troy while making many wonderful memories.

In May of 1990, Colleen was diagnosed with brain cancer.  The love Leonard demonstrated was truly beautiful during those difficult years. He remained by her side throughout the battles and lovingly cared for her up until her death on May 14, 1997.  He was once asked if he would marry again, and he answered, “No, Colleen was the only girl for me.” They have now reunited in heaven and what a joyous celebration it must be!

Leonard was a hard worker.  He spent time farming, raising sheep, driving the school bus, and even logging several million miles in his semi some of which were alongside his son and partner of L & T Fike Trucking, Troy.  He had a knack for fixing farm equipment and took pride in it.  Leonard loved life and lived it to the fullest.

He was also an excellent marksman and could hip-shoot like no other.  He had extensive knowledge of classic cars and guns amassing an impressive collection of classic toy cars and tractors similar to those he once owned.  He loved watching westerns, doing yard work, shooting, and was a legendary “snake-slayer”!

Leonard enjoyed entertaining his family with stories from his younger days, often leaving them in awe that he lived to talk about them.  He certainly lived an eventful life and some may say he had nine lives.

Some other special memories are of his fishing trips to Canada with family and friends over the years, and later, he enjoyed many winter trips to Yuma, Arizona with his siblings and their spouses.  He enjoyed taking their 4-wheelers out into the desert and playing dominoes.

Grandpa Leonard, also known as, Papa Lenny, adored his five grandchildren and loved spending time with them, attending their activities, and just getting to visit with them.  He always had Drumsticks and Oreos in the house for them when they came for a visit.  He truly loved his whole family, and they loved him so very much.

Leonard will be remembered for his kind, gentle spirit, thoughtfulness, patience, affection, and unconditional love.  His family will miss his long phone conversations, hugs, and “I love you” so very much.  He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  To know Leonard was to love him.

Leonard is survived by his daughter, Roxane (Mark) Anderson, his son, Troy (Jennifer) Fike, his five grandchildren, Brenna and Brady Anderson, Brianna, Boston, and Bristol Fike, his brother Larry Fike, his sister, Sharon (Ben) Berg, brothers-in-law, Nathan (Beverly) Hart, and Kim Hart, sisters-in-law, Janell (Roger) Krueger, and Julie (Brett) Schutte, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Leonard is preceded in death by his wife, Colleen, his parents, an infant brother, Arthur James, sister-in-law, Myrna Fike, and his trusty, semi-driving partner, Dusty (his sheltie).

 

Leonard’s Visitation will be Sunday, from 5:00PM-7:00PM with family present followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 21, 2022, at 11:00AM at Bowdon Lutheran Church, Bowdon, ND.

His Burial will be at the Chaseley Cemetery.

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13 Comments

  1. So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and will be truly missed .

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  2. Roxanne, Troy and family,
    we are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a kind man, we always enjoyed our visits with him. We will keep you in our prayers.

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  3. We will miss this kind and great man Leonard, always looked forward to meeting him when going up to ND, always fun times going way back when mom was here to the last time for a Thormodsgaard reunion some years ago. Prayers for all of family and now God has him in his care.

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  4. So very sorry for your loss. Colleen was one of my best friends and she was so in love with your dad, it is no wonder he was a special guy. Prayers for you all.

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  5. I just loved reading this, a gentleman who was dearly loved respected and admired by my late husband Wade, and myself. I feel extremely blessed to have known Leonard. He was such an awesome man. prayers and love to all of you…. Colleen would be so proud of her children and grandchildren. Blessings and love to all of you.

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  6. Leonard will surely be missed. Our prayers and condolences to the family. Growing up with him was great, you could always count on an exciting time when you were with him. A wonderful friend.

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  7. I always liked Leonard. He always had a smile on his face and always made it a point to acknowlege me and make me feel welcome. Now, when I think of him, I smile.

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  8. Roxane, Mark, Brenna, Brady and Troy and family – my deepest sympathy to all of you. I didn’t personally know Leonard, but it is evident that he lived and loved well. My prayers of comfort for all of you.

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  9. Out hearts reach out to yours with love, with sympathy, and with caring. Always enjoyed Cousin Leonard so much. Sincerely, Lester and Carol Voegeli

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  10. Fike family,
    We were sorry to here about Leonard’s passing. We got to know him when we taught in Bowdon. He always had a kind word and would stop to visit when he saw you. We will always remember his kindness and caring ways! We are sending our prayers and sympathy. Treasure your special memories! God Bless all of you!

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  11. So sorry for your loss. Our condolences.

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  12. Your dad was such a kind man with a gentle spirit. I remember many times after church a good size crowd would gather at your house for sweet deserts and coffee. The men and women would visit and us kids would play. I also remember you had fainting sheep for a while and we (probably me and Kim) got in trouble one time for scaring them to watch them faint. I always enjoyed being around your family. Your mom and dad were both great Christian examples. God bless your families.

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  13. Our deepest condolences to his family . The words in his obituary say it all; to know him, was to love him, what a wonderful man. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile. Anyone who knew him, will miss him, stay strong and may God bless Leonard and his family.

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