Thomas Weyde Leaf died on February 4, 2021. A visitation will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 PM on Monday June 21, 2021 at the Johnson Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service with a 3:00 PM Memorial Service. Interment will be held at Ripley Cemetery Litchfield, MN.
Thomas Weyde Leaf was born in Clarion, Iowa on November 29, 1960 to Ron Leaf and Bette Weyde Leaf Eckman. He started grade school in Clarion, but moved to Litchfield in 2nd grade. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1979.
Tom worked at First District Association for many years starting as a young boy mowing the lawn, and later working in the parts room and the cheese plant.
In 1989, he and a friend Bonita Rasmussen boarded the Amtrak Train and went to Arizona to visit a friend. They continued on by train and ended up together in Oregon where Bonnie had been living. They lived in Oregon for 5 years and had wonderful times exploring the Oregon desert, forest, mountains and beaches.
In 2001, Tom and Bonnie were married while on a trip to Arizona. They were blessed with the birth of their son Henry who was born in November of that year.
Tom and Bonnie were able to buy her parents farm south of Manannah in 2002. They later completely gutted and renovated the 100+ year old farmhouse with the help of family, friends and professional craftsmen.
Tom was quick witted and could be very funny. He enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. He was a great cook and made many meals of fresh crab he caught on the Oregon coast. He made incredible prime rib roasts with Yorkshire pudding. He liked smoking meats and made many smoked turkeys, fish, ribs and sausages in the smoker made of an old 1950’s refrigerator hooked up to a little wood stove that he and a friend had made.
Tom is survived by his son Carl Henry Leaf, father Carl Ron Leaf and step-mom Leslie Leaf, brother Carl Randy Leaf and sister Lori Leaf, his ex-wife Bonita Leaf, and many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Weyde Leaf Eckman, sister Michele Leaf and his grandparents Carl Henry and Levetta Leaf and William and Providence Weyde.