Services for Leonard Marvin Stinar

Leonard Marvin Stinar, 90, of Bagley, MN died on January 1st, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
Leonard was born in Bagley on July 14th, 1930 the third son of Andrew and Edna (Erickson) Stinar. They lived on a farm in Ebro where Leonard and his four brothers worked the farm and attended school. From the ages of 12-14 he went to Benson, MN to work for a relative on their farm. After that he worked on a sheep ranch in Montana and a harvest field in North Dakota until he entered the Army in 1951. He attended jump school at Fort Campbell, KY where he earned his wings. He was sent to war and spent 9 months on the front lines in Korea. Very shortly after his arrival to Heartbreak Ridge, after seeing the mass casualties, he made a commitment to God, that if he would spare his life, he would spend the rest of his life serving him and on September 14th, 1952 he gave his heart to Jesus. Leonard quickly obtained the rank of Field First Sargent after being promoted under battlefield conditions. While fighting on the front lines he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge and earned a Purple Heart. Upon returning to the U.S. his rank was made permanent by changing his designation to Sargent First Class. He was stationed at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where he trained new recruits entering the Army as a drill instructor. After his rotation as a drill instructor, he attended intelligence school at Fort Riley in Kansas. It was there he married his bride of 68 years, Kathleen Danks, on October 25th, 1952 in Junction City, Kansas. They returned to Indiana to finish Leonard’s enlistment and he was honorably discharged in February 1954. Once they returned to Minnesota, they purchased a farm southwest of Bagley where they raised their family and made their home for 50 years. At first Leonard raised sheep and worked as a logger, and in 1962 they began what turned out to be a very successful tree nursery business for 30 years, Stinar’s Shady Oak Nursery. In 2004 they sold the farm and built a new home in Bagley. 
Leonard lived life to the fullest and never sat still. He loved to travel and visited 15 countries and almost every state in the U.S. He and Kathy took many trips traveling in their motor home from coast to coast visiting friends and family and seeing the sights, even driving all the way up to Alaska. He attended his Army reunions yearly until they stopped meeting in 2018 but kept in contact with his Army buddies. Leonard loved the Lord and would share the message of Jesus with everyone he met. For 15 years he worked with Border Missions in Texas and hauled a semi load of clothing down to Mexico every fall. He and Kathy were charter members of the Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp and he taught Sunday school for many years. They were also founding members of the Pine Ridge Residence and D.A.C. in Bagley. While in the Army Leonard earned his G.E.D. with high honors but was never awarded a diploma, he finally received his long-awaited high school diploma at his 90th birthday party last July. Leonard kept busy doing the things he loved right up until his last days, fishing, snowmobiling, doing yard work, feeding the birds, and going on daily afternoon drives with Kathy to see the countryside. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Stinar, daughter Ruth Stinar, sons Mark (Betty) Stinar, Daniel Stinar, Ethan Stinar, and Mike (Angie) Stinar, all of Bagley, MN, daughter-in-law Linda Stinar of Bemidji, MN, son-in-law Jeffery Carlson of Perham, MN, brother Winfred (Marylin) Stinar of Bagley, MN, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 3 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Edna Stinar, son Stephen Stinar, daughter Deborah Carlson, infant son David, brothers Jack, Harvey, and Richard Stinar and his father and mother-in-law Bert and Margaret Danks. 
Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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