Leland Thomas Stephenson, 96, of Mason City, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at the Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S Georgia with Rev. Carol Kress officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Interment will be held in the Elmwood – St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Leland Stephenson memorial fund.
Leland was born on April 2, 1925, in Mason City to parents Benjamin and Louina (Jordahl) Stephenson. Leland grew up on a farm in Riceville and attended Riceville High School. Growing up on the farm Leland showed cattle and was responsible for milking cows. His time growing up on the farm led to him working for a Creamery in North English Iowa which eventually led him to Clear Lake and then to Mason City where he worked for Marigold Dairies for 37 years. Leland was passionate about what he did starting out as a Route Deliveryman working his way up to the Western Sales Manager. One day while making a delivery Leland was convinced to buy a raffle ticket with the prize being a brand-new camper. Leland won and in 1967 he decided to start his own business Lees Campers and he ran this business till present day.
Along the way he met the love of his life and on January 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Moe in the Presbyterian Church in LeRoy, Minnesota. In Leland’s spare time he loved to fish often taking trips up to Crosby, Minnesota where his cousins lived. Lee enjoyed people and had a gift for gab and was so proud to get his driver’s license renewed when he was 96 years old.
Leland is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; children, Susan (Walter) Muskovich and Donald (Cynthia) Stephenson; grandchildren, Zachary Stephenson, Stephanie (Brett) Behrends; great grandson, Kaleb Behrends; sisters, Barbara Havens, Donna Kidder; sister-in-law, Nancy Rottman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Jerry Lee Stephenson; brothers, Lyle, Robert and Stanley Stephenson; father and mother-law, Selmer and Florence Moe, sisters-in-law, Maxine Zilk, Mary Frances Stephenson, Jane Stephenson and Edna Stephenson; brothers-in-law, Charles Moe, Fred haven, Charles kidder, Mervin Zilk and Robert Rottman.
Friday, February 25, 2022
4:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)
Major Erickson Funeral Home
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
First United Methodist Church