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Obituary for Leo John Sand

Leo Sand 96, of Independence, IA passed away on August 1, 2019 at Prairie Hills Assisted Living, Independence, IA.

Leo was born on August 21, 1922 the first born son of Will and Frances (Kleitsch) Sand on a farm two miles north of Walker, IA. His early years were spent on a farm in that area and as a young adult he served with United States Navy until his discharge in 1946. With the war ending he engaged in farming with his family and met Norene Miller whom he married, November 27, 1946. They raised five children on the farm. During this time he also found the time to be very active in the community and with St. John’s Catholic Church. He served on the church and school boards of St. John’s Parish in Independence, IA, was an active member of the Catholic Order of Foresters serving as Chief Ranger for a few years and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He worked with Cedar Valley Hospice for more than 17 years, was a member of the Buchanan County Mutual Insurance Board of Directors for 12 years and is also a life time member of the VFW. As the years passed he found himself on the Council on Aging Board and became very active at the Independence Senior Center. He delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years and continued until the age of 95. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Independence Shyster Coffee Group.

Leo is survived by four children Larry (Diane) Sand, Lilburn GA; Connie (Don) Frost, Raymond, IA; Linda (Gordon) Duffy, Fair Play, SC; and Bill (Sharon) Sand, Dacula, GA; daughter-in-law, Lu Ann Sand, Independence, IA; brother, Lavern Sand, Independence, IA, and 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Norene Miller Sand; son, John W. Sand; parents Will and Frances (Kleitsch) Sand; three sisters, Wilma Buckingham, Rosaleen Turley and Delores Amfahr,

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday August 6, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop, IA, with Rev. David Beckman presiding. Burial will be held at St, John’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 PM until 7 PM with a Rosary at 4 PM and a Wake service at 7 PM on Monday August 5, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center, Independence, IA.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Croix Hospice, Strawberry Point, IA Cedar Valley Hospice Independence, IA and Senior Center, Independence, IA