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Leon D. Vilander

June 18, 2016

Eskridge—Leon D. Vilander, 81, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at a Topeka Nursing Facility.


He was born December 28, 1934 at Maple Hill, the son of Kenneth and Margaret Mitchell Vilander.  He was raised on a farm west of Dover and graduated from Dover High School.  He served in the United States Army.


Leon was a farmer and rancher all of his life, he also was a heavy equipment operator.  He worked for Hudson Ranches and Lietz Construction for 30 plus years. Leon was a member of the Dover Federated Church and Jimmy Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion at Rossville.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Greg L. Vilander on July 4, 1970.


On December 10, 1954 he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Rogers at the Gary Air Force Base Chapel in San Marcos, TX.  She survives of the home.


Other survivors include a daughter, LuAnn Vilander Buchan; two sisters, Lorraine Green and Sharon Hughes; two brothers, Beverly Vilander and Gerold (Hildred) Vilander; two grandchildren, Bridget Buchan and Jesse Buchan and two great-grandchildren, Destiny and Faith Buchan.


Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Dover Federated Church.  Inurnment will be in the Dover Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Dover Federated Church Hall.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Dover Federated Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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14 thoughts on “Leon D. Vilander

  1. Norma Jean and Family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Leon’s passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and in our prayers and have been for some time. As others have mentioned, I will remember that glint in his eye and his great sense of humor with that beautiful smile. Peace be with you in the days and months to come.

  2. Norma Jean and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Leon was a blessing to my family and will be missed. May you feel God’s peace in all the days to come.

  3. What a great guy. You will be missed greatly.Know that time and memories will bond your family and friends in this time of your loss.

  4. So sorry to hear about Leon’s passing. He was a great guy and you guys had many wonderful years together. Planting his billfold in the field was always a highlight of the summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong and rely on your memories to get you through this difficult time.

  5. Norma Jean,

    So sorry for your loss. Leon was always a kind man and had such a great sense of humor. So glad we got to know him.

    Dean and Donna Denton

  6. Norma Jean and family – so very sorry for your loss. May Leon now rest in peace, as he certainly deserves it. Sending you hugs and love!

  7. Dear Norma Jean and family,
    Very sorry to hear about Leon. Our thoughts are with you.
    Gary and Phyllis Lyddane

  8. Norma Jean, I was sorry to see that Leon had passed away. I know the last couple years had been rough on all. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed seeing him. May God bless you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Such a wonderful guy. He has been a great friend to my friends and I. Gracious to the Kansas Field Trialing community with his support of Rock Springs Field Trial Club supporting field trials on his land.

    Leon, my friend, may you rest in peace. Thank you for your friendship and all you have done for me and mine. Till we meet again you will always be honored and remembered, especially when I turn loose a bird dog to find quail and these beautiful Kansa prairies we both have loved.

  10. Many fond memories of Uncle Leon. Always in good spirits and he had that “grin” that you were never sure if he was pulling your leg or not…… for years, I thought snakes wouldn’t die until sundown.

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone. .

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is, but you must remember that he is now in a better place. May God be with you.

  12. His work on the Clark farm as a heavy equipment operator was great. I got to know him there and we became friends. He. Was a hard worker and will be missed.

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