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Delmer Leapaldt

Delmer R. Leapaldt, 86, of Carrington, ND, formerly of rural Woodworth, ND, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington

Delmer R. Leapaldt was born March 6, 1934 in Gerber Township, Stutsman County, North Dakota, the son of Paul & Louise (Flemmer) Leapaldt.  He grew up attended school in Gerber and Lowery Townships.  He enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War from 1957  to 1959.  He married Rose Guthmiller on September 24, 1961.

He was active in the community.  Delmer was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a church elder.  He was on the Gerber Township Board for 60 years and was a member of the American Legion.  Delmer served on the LAND board, Woodworth Elevator Board, Woodworth Housing Authority, and the Woodworth School Board.

He enjoyed history and sharing it with others. Delmer loved his family dearly and always enjoyed the get-togethers.  His grandkids and great-grandkids were his pride and joy.

Delmer enjoyed his life as a farmer and rancher.  He took great pride in his cattle and sheep.  He especially enjoyed his Simmental cattle.  He grew up hunting and trapping and passed that legacy on to his kids and grandkids.

Delmer is survived by his three children, Bryan (Gay) Leapaldt, Leeds, ND; Denise (Harley) Hallwachs, Pettibone, ND; and Wes (Deb) Leapaldt, Woodworth, ND; brother, Reuben (Nancy) Leapaldt, Eugene OR; sister-in-law, Geraldine Guthmiller, Jamestown, ND;  six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose, and one brother Arnold.

Due to the COVID 19, the family does not want anyone to feel obligated to attend Delmer’s funeral service.  Your thoughts and prayers will bring them comfort and peace, for which the family is very grateful.


Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2021, 9:00AM-5:00PM  at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021, 1:00PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodworth, ND.

Burial will be at the New Home Lutheran Cemetery,  rural Woodworth, ND.



Delmer’s Family has created a Tribute Video that can be seen at


Posted Condolences:


  1. My heart breaks as I read this. I took of care Delmer in the nursing home for a couple of years. He also had a smile on his face and could always put one on my face!! I will miss him so much!! Thoughts and prayers to his family!!

  2. to the family.
    we are keeping you all in our prayers. we have fond memories of Delmer and Rose.
    we will miss them too. take care and stay safe.

  3. My sympathies to Bryan, Denise, Wes and their families. When I remember Delmer, I remember how he liked to tease, always followed with his unique “snicker/grin”. The joking was always in fun. I know these last years have been hard on him, and his family as well – especially since Rose’s passing. I hope you will take the time to reflect on all the happy years, and reminisce as a family.

  4. Among many other things, Delmer and Rose will be remembered for their smiles, their laughter, their hospitality. I’ll never forget Delmer’s sense of humor or Rose’s generosity (and her pickles!). I look up to them both. Condolences to their family.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. No matter what, we want our parents to be here with us forever and when they are gone, we miss them deeply and for always. We can be comforted in knowing that we will be together with our loved ones again someday in heaven.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I have so many great memories of your Dad! Hunting, baseball games, Basketball, playing cards just to mention a few.
    When we lose a loved one they are still have everyday in our hearts and in our hearts! All of you now have two very special Angels watching over you for above. A very special couple are now back together watching over all of you!
    Love to all of you!

  7. Sending our sympathy to Bryan, Gay and the rest of Delmer’s family. He had a life that was well lived and hope that your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  8. Sorry for your loss. I grew up knowing Delmer, as my parents lived about 3mi from them. The one thing I remember, as a young girl going to their place and Delmer would get out the qiuji board. To this day I really don’t know if Delmer was in control or not. Good memories

  9. Wes, Deb and families,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your dad. Prayers for peace and comfort to all of you. Emery and Jim

  10. I will always have fond memories of working for and with Delmer on the farm, and watching him and Arnold play ball for the old Woodworth amateur team. Those memories will not be forgotten. My sympathies to Bryan, Denise, Wes, and your families.

    Thank you for putting together the video. You have so many great memories. I especially liked the photo of your Grandpa Paul and Grandma Louise with the three boys. That is how I remember Uncle Paul.

  11. I will always remember how Delmer would start to smile slowly, then break out in a big smile when he would tell a joke! He would sit with me and sand wood blocks, he did not like cheap wood! Delmer loved Rose and his family. Thoughts and prayers.

  12. I have so many memories of Delmer and Rose . They were so much more friends first and clients second. I will never forget all the stories Delmer told me about the deer he shot,with his little .222.

  13. Sending our sympathy to Bryan, Deb, Wes and all of us who loved Delmer. He was nothing short of amazing. Every single memory with Delmer involves a smile. His smile from ear to ear still to this day warms my heart. To this day I have yet to meet anyone happier than Delmer and Rose. They opened their arms and home with such loving grace. Delmer surely was one of a kind and I feel so blessed to have him as one of the foundational blocks in my life. May his memories and legacy live on through us all with his eternal love. I loved him and Rose so very much.

  14. Delmer and I are cousins. Louise, Delmer’s mother, and my mother were sisters and were always very close to each other. We lived only about 3 and1/2 miles from them. We loved visiting his family. We called it “going to Pauls”. Delmer was two years older than me. I certainly looked up to him and was a bit jealous of him. He could drive a tractor, ride a horse, etc. He was an excellent baseball player. I certainly looked up to him. I envied him riding his horse (named King) to the one-room school every day that we both attended. I envied him hunting deer with his dad, Uncle Paul. We moved away when he was in the 8th grade so that ended our close contact. Delmer was blessed with a wonderful family whom he loved dearly. Rose, his wife was perhaps the best cook in Stutsman County. He was a highly successful farmer who also found time to play baseball, to bowl, to be on various committees and boards in the community, and to staunchly serving his Lord and his church. The family has every right to mourn his passing. We will all miss him but we are comforted to know that he is with Jesus in heaven.

  15. Remembering Delmer: I imagine that Delmer often had the short end of the stick, being the youngest of three brothers. On the other hand, being the youngest also had its priveleges. My recollections of Delmer include seeing him as a competitive ball player. Delmer was my 5th and 6th grader in Lowery No. 3, our rural one room school. He was a good student. I had ordered a bulletin board for my classroom (that had been lacking) and posted interesting articles on it regularly. I remember that when Delmer arrived at school, he would check the bulletin board to see what I had posted there. I remember because it pleased me that he was interested in what I had posted and that it indicated his curiosity.

    One of the subjects I had to teach was Agriculture. Actually Delmer probably knew considerably more about agriculture than I did. I followed the text, of course, and remember the topic of contour plowing. I believe that at the time this was a new practice that many farmers had not yet heard about. Delmer didn’t accept the idea. He was sure that the way his Dad did things was the right way.

    Since moving away from the New Home area where he lived, I have not had much contact with him. But I was able to attend the 75th anniversary of the town of Woodworth. After a long drive I arrived and parked the car, breathing a sigh of relief. I looked out my side window and there stood Delmer with a welcoming grin on his face. I still have that picture in my mind. There were many events and activities taking place and I came to realize that Delmer had played an important part in planning and executing the celebration. My parents considered the Leapaldts to be leaders and i think they were right. Delmer was a successful farmer, a respected and influential member of the community.

  16. It’s comforting to know that he is in eternal joy with his Savior and those he loved.

  17. My sympathy to all the family.

  18. I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Leapaldt’s passing, the Leapaldt family is in my thoughts. Delmer and my grandpa Glen Hornung grew up together and I’m sure, shared many a hunting excursion!

  19. I am saddened by Delmer’s passing. The photo here is exactly how I always think of him, with his genuine smile and twinkling eyes. The community and family have lost an esteemed elder statesman, but I’m sure he has left his mark on everyone. I too remember the lunches around Rose’s table – I still make her pickles. Delmer and Rose will not be forgotten. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss.


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