Walter J. ‘Wally’ Leick

NEW ULM – Walter J. “Wally” Leick, 75, of New Ulm died peacefully in his home on Monday, October 17, 2016 surrounded by his family after a courageous 2 year battle with lung cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3 7 PM Friday and 7:30 10 AM Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters will pray a combined rosary at 6 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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Wally is survived by his wife Darlene of New Ulm; daughter Catherine Mehaffey and her sons, Graham and Josh of Orono; son, Bryan and his daughter, Anna of Kasota; Tammy (Tom) Totland and daughter Tayler and son Drew of Livingston Montana; and son, Scott (Malia) and daughters Katarina, Marissa and Kierra of Grey Cloud Island Township. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria Tauer and nieces, Patty, Linda, Diane and nephew Roland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Robert Tauer

Walter Joseph Leick was born on March 8, 1941 in New Ulm to Walter N. and Anna C. (Wagner) Leick. He attended St. John’s grade school in Searles and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Schloegel in 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on May 22nd. They were blessed with four children and farmed south of Searles on his grandfather’s farm until moving to New Ulm in 1996. He loved to work the land and tend to his dairy herd. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, watching Westerns, mowing the fairways at the New Ulm Country Club, socializing with his many many friends and spending quality time with his family.

Whether it was farming, touring the countryside, fishing many area lakes or trips to Lake of the Woods, Wally and Darlene were always at each others’ side. He meant so much to everyone who knew him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was the life of so many occasions.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. May he rest in peace.