Roger Leaderbrand, age 93 of New York Mills passed away at his home on November 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the safety of family and friends, a private family memorial service was held at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Ryan Stout officiating. Military Honors were provided by Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills. Roger was laid to rest at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New York Mills. 

Roger Louis Leaderbrand was born on May 13, 1927 on the family farm in New York Mills. His parents were the late Henry and Katherine (Scheppel) Leaderbrand. On May 3, 1928 Roger was baptized and confirmed on June 27, 1943 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Roger attended New York Mills High School until his junior year, and continued farming with his dad.  Roger proudly served in the United States Army from April 30, 1952 to May 3, 1954. 

On March 10, 1957 Roger was united in marriage to Helen Caroline Horn at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. Their marriage was blessed with three sons: Gary, Wayne and Jay. Roger farmed with his sons until five years ago. 

Roger enjoyed reading, telling stories and jokes, ice fishing, hunting deer, pheasant and squirrels. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

On November 24, 2020 Roger passed away at his home at 93 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Preceding Roger in death were his parents, Henry and Katherine; brother, Arnold Leaderbrand; sisters: Thelma Derkey and Dorothy Eckland. 

Roger is survived by his wife, Helen; sons: Gary (Vicki) Leaderbrand of New York Mills; Wayne (Kelly) Leaderbrand of New York Mills; and Jay (Tam) Leaderbrand of New York Mills; grandchildren: Angela, Terri, John, Katie (Kevin), Nathan (Maddison), Ryan and Justin; great-grandchildren: Francis and Tanner; many other relatives and a host of friends. 

Please visit to send Roger’s family a message of comfort and support. 

Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of New York Mills.