Leonard “Lenny”

Leonard “Lenny” Baltus

October 30, 1935 – December 7, 2021

Leonard “Lenny” Baltus, 86, Garrison, died on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Garrison Hospital.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 13, at 10:30 am at Peace Lutheran Church in Garrison.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Burial will be held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

Leonard Stanley Baltus was born October 30th, 1935, to Ervin and Della Baltus in Steward, MN.  He was raised by foster parents, Clarence & Elmira Johnson.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1955 in Franklin, MN.  He joined the Army National Guard in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959.  He joined the Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in August of 1961. 

Leonard married Shirley Ann Filipi in September of 1962.  From this union, they had three children, twins, Marsha and Machelle, and Michael.  Marsha passed away shortly after birth.  They resided in Omaha, NE where Leonard received a one-year certification from Thermo King.  They moved to Minnesota where Leonard obtained employment with the Minneapolis Star Tribune Union 638.  He retired from the Star Tribune after working for 30 years.  Shirley Ann passed away in January 1987. 

In November of 1991, Leonard married Colleen Rowe.  Leonard and Colleen moved to the lake south of Garrison where they resided until Leonard moved to assisted living in Garrison.  Shortly after moving, his health failed and he resided at the Benedictine Living Center until his death.

Leonard was active in church choirs, Minnesota Bluegrass, Tops and Nordkapp Mannskor of MN.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 30 years, Colleen Baltus, his children, Machelle, Rockford, MN, Michael (Melissa), Circle Pines, MN, stepchildren, Pamela (Keith) Axtman, Minot, ND, David (Sally) Rowe, Ham Lake, MN, and Rodney (Laura) Rowe, Mt. Vernon, IL, his sisters, Evangelynn Anderson, Apple Valley, MN, Marlene Rowe, Buffalo, MN, and Darlene (John) Malecha, Coon Rapids, MN, grandchildren, Mikayla Baltus and Mitchell Baltus, Circle Pines, MN, Matthew (Jenny) Rowe, Wyoming, MN, Jeffery (Ashley) Rowe, Circle Pines, MN, Daniel (Brittany) Rowe, Blaine, MN, Coltin Axtman and Quinlan (Kaitlin) Axtman both from Minot, ND, great grandchildren, Delana, Stade, and Mira Rowe, Circle Pines, MN, Aurora and Gwen Rowe, Wyoming, MN.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Ann, brother, Delbert, and daughter, Marsha.

Lenny has many half brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews, both living and deceased. 

The service will not be livestreamed but can be viewed at facebook.com/garrisonthompsonfh/ starting Monday afternoon.


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Monday, December 13, 2021
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Peace Lutheran Church

505 2nd St. NW

Garrison, North Dakota 58540

Funeral Service

Monday, December 13, 2021
10:30 AM

Peace Lutheran Church

505 2nd St. NW

Garrison, North Dakota 58540

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