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Lennard (Len) Gebhart, age 80, of North Branch, passed away on February 3, 2021, from a brain injury resulting from a recent fall. Len was born July 25, 1940, in Hinckley, MN to parents Maxwell and Pearl (Birnbaum) Gebhart.
He is preceded in death by first wife Barbara (Neid) Gebhart; parents Maxwell and Pearl (Birnbaum) Gebhart; brother Ronald Gebhart; sister Virginia Gebhart; and son Peter Gebhart. Survived by wife June (Martinson) Gebhart; brothers Richard (Roxy) Gebhart, Daniel (Rosie) Gebhart; children Melissa Ryder and Matthew Gebhart; grandchildren Brittany (Luke) Hansen and Blake (Becky) Ryder; great-grandchildren Alexander, Devin, Hailey, Benjamin, Chase; three stepchildren and three step-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.
Len graduated from St. Paul’s Monroe High School in 1958 and promptly enlisted into the Navy. He proudly served his country for 24 years before retiring in 1982 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He served on four ships during his career which was highlighted by obtaining the USS Coronado Sailor of the Year in 1976. The Commander of the Amphibious Squadron EIGHT stated in his letter of commendation, Len earned the award “as a result of demonstrated and sustained excellence in leadership, motivation, technical proficiency, participation in community affairs and other significant contributions to your ship, the Navy and the Nation.”
Len later enjoyed a second career at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Len enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams and later watching his great grandchildren play sports. Later in life he found solitude in working around the yard and garden as well as puttering in his shed and creating toy boxes for his great grandchildren.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch with Fr. Shane Stoppel-Wasinger officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and a celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Branch. www.grandstrand