Leonard Korbel

April 1, 1954 - August 22, 2021

Leonard J. Korbel, age 67, of New Prague, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital – Rochester. Leonard was born on April 1, 1954 in New Prague to Milo and Angela (Mayerhofer) Korbel. He attended St. Wenceslaus Parochial School and graduated from New Prague High School. Leonard married the love of his life, Roxanne G. Kohout on July 3, 1976 in New Prague. He was a self-made man, attaining much of his knowledge through the “school of hard knocks” and owned and operated his very successful business, Transport Designs, Inc., retiring in March of 2020. The couple made their home in New Prague for the majority of their lives, other than a couple of years in North Carolina from 2012-13 and 2020-21.

Leonard lived his life with focus and determination. He fought cancer in the same way, always positive with his eye on the “cure” and always with the attitude that there was someone worse off than him. He beat the odds more than once, having had two bone marrow transplants and a double lung transplant. His attitude was infectious and an inspiration to many.

Leonard loved anything that had to do with the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, particularly walleye fishing. He enjoyed travel, especially the vacations that included his family. He was always eager for a good game of cards, especially euchre, and a mean game of corn-hole. His grandchildren lit up his life and he never missed the opportunity to attend their activities. Leonard’s jokes and pranks were legendary even if, perhaps, sometimes in the “groaner” category!

Leonard is survived by his wife, Roxanne, of New Prague; daughters, Sommer (Christopher) Yarolimek and Ashley Korbel, both of New Prague; grandchildren, Lohla & Lydia; mother, Angela Korbel of New Prague; siblings, Connie Kiser, Wayne Korbel, Edward (Carolyn) Korbel, Darrell Korbel, Delores (Juan) Alejandre, Linda Salinas, Milton (Mopsy) Korbel, Melvin (Linda) Korbel, Marvin (Eileen) Korbel, Arnie (Lisa) Korbel, Margie Korbel. He is preceded in death by his father; brothers, Glenn & Daniel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park (25875 Juniper Ave, New Prague, MN 56071). Lunch will be provided.

The family wishes to thank those who helped Leonard on his medical journey: Dr. Philip McGlave with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jamie Todd and her transplant team at Duke University, and the oncology staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Duke University in support of Duke’s lung transplant program. Please mail checks to Duke Health Development, ATTN: Jillian Ream, Duke Alumni and Development Records, Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708 noting Mr. Korbel’s name in the memo line.

Website for online giving: https://www.gifts.duke.edu/dukehealth/ Search for Palmer Lung Transplant Research Fund in the text box.

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Mel and Lin Korbel
1 month ago

Leonard and I fought our cancer battles together for a while. He was full of encouragement and a great example of keeping a positive attitude, even when things were really tough. We will miss that energy and fun spirit you always had. Our sympathy goes out to Roxie, Sommer, Chris, Lohla, Lydia, Ashley, and all the family who will surely miss Leonard’s fun humor and quick wit he maintained. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.

Todd and Shawn Jaeckels
1 month ago

Wonderful man, HIs determination was immeasurable! I was glad to have met him,even for only a short time . Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Arlene Van dongen
1 month ago

RIP Uncle Leonard. Prayers going out to my Auntie Roxie and my cousins Summer and Ashley and the whole Korbel Family. I love you all. Uncle Leonard you’ll be missed dearly. Love Your Niece

Leann Baxton
1 month ago

My Prayers and thoughts to the entire family. I didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know Lenny. But it sounds like he had a wonderful life. Rest in peace .

Linda A Salinas
1 month ago

Lenny, I will miss, you till we meet again , always s a prankster, Love to your Family and Hugs too all,Your Sister Linda

Linda Fuller
1 month ago

My deepest sympathies, you all are in my thoughts and prayers I have never met a man with such an infectious smile and attitude towards life. From my 1st job interview with him, till the last time we chatted he was always so grateful to be alive. It was during that interview that I learned he had a cabin on the lake where my dad grew up. I learned how to swim in that exact same lake. I spent every summer up there. I also told him that my parents were moving back up there on that interview. When I… Read more »

John &Carol Pavek
1 month ago

Roxie our deepest sympathy. Lenny was quite the guy. John remembers when they worked for Rosenberg all the silliness. Our prayers &thoughts. John &Carol Pavek

Connie Kiser
1 month ago

You will be missed my Little Brother…your humor and your smile. And to Leonard’s girls I am so sorry he had to leave you. Love you all

George Brezina
1 month ago

Sorry for your loss!

Delores Alejandre
1 month ago

Dear Brother, Juan and I will miss you dearly! You will always be our hero! Thank you for always sharing your valuable time with us and thank God you have such a Saint for a wife and a Beautiful , loving and caring family! We love you and will miss you forever, until we meet again !Love your older Sister Delores ! Rest In Peace!

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