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Michael Richard Lepp, age 68, of Easton, MN, died Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Parkview Care Center in Wells, MN, where he resided for the past two weeks. Mike was dealt a tough hand 4 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was open to multiple types of treatment, but in the end the cancer won. Visitation will be held Friday, August 6, 2021 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, from 4:00-7:00 PM. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, with Laurie Stoeger officiating, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Odin, MN, at 4:00 PM. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.brussheitner.com
Michael was born August 30th, 1952 in Mountain Lake, MN, the son of Richard and Jean (Ewert) Lepp. He graduated from St James High School class of 1970, and Vo-Tech in Mankato, MN in 1972. On June 23, 1973, he was united in marriage to LuAnn Sandberg at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin, MN. Mike was a year round sportsman. He hunted pheasants, geese, ducks, coyotes, and he loved fishing. If you couldn’t find him hunting or fishing, you could find him on the golf course. He was in elevator management for over 40 years, starting with Easton Farmer’s Elevator. He did the best he could for his customers, and enjoyed the many friendships he made. Mike was a member of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department and City Council for many years. He was proud of his 3 kids, and taught them his strong work ethic. Mike loved spending time with his family at the lake. Many summer days were spent towing his kids on tubes, water skis, and wakeboards (with a little fishing in between.) Car rides with Mike would involve him drumming at the steering wheel, and singing harmony to almost any song. He loved his grandkids so much, and almost became a kid himself when he played with them. He was a helpful person – anytime family or friends needed help, he was there. He even helped his daughter plant apple trees and deploy grape nets. Mike was an early riser. He enjoyed having coffee with his Easton friends. He was always active. He loved to tinker on projects, install and fix things. He also shared a love of remote control cars with his son.
Mike is survived by his wife, LuAnn (Sandberg) Lepp, three children, Melanie (Matthew) Schmid of Roberts, WI, Lisa Lepp (Kevin LaRochelle) of Queen Creek, AZ, and Derek Lepp, St Cloud MN. He is survived by his grandchildren Austin Schmid, Elizabeth (Elsie) Schmid, and Ilana (Lily) Schmid of Roberts, WI, as well as step grandchildren, Ella LaRochelle & Gibson LaRochelle of Queen Creek, AZ. Parents Richard and Jean Lepp, brother Mark Lepp all of St. James, MN, sister Connie (Randy) Christensen of Brainerd, MN; Mother-In-Law Agnes Sandberg, LuAnn’s siblings: Ron (Marlyce) Sandberg all of Butterfield, MN, Bonnie Schuder of Fairmont, MN, Mark Sandberg of Sherburn, MN, Tom (Michelle) Sandberg of Plymouth, MN, and Dan (Nancy) Sandberg of St. James, MN; along with many nieces, nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Melvin Sandberg and a brother-in-law, Jerry Schuder.