Leonard Carl Raum, 89

Leonard Carl Raum, 89, of Gladbrook, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2018, with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home at 10:30, with a public visitation held on Wednesday, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home starting at 5:00 and ending at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used at a later date once a memorial fund has been established. For condolences visit www.Mitchellfh.com or call (641)-844-1234.

Leonard was born on October 6, 1928, to the parents of Carl and Lena (Landt) Raum in Tama County. He grew up in the Tama County and graduated from Gladbrook High School. After graduation, Leonard enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country. Upon his return home, he married the love of his life Marjorie Wallace on August 28, 1954, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Leonard was employed by Fisher Controls for over 37 years. During his time at Fisher Controls he worked as a machinist and retired in boiler management. His love of tinkering crossed over into his daily life fixing many things with Duct Tape and wire. He was ahead of his time installing geothermal heating in his own house before many knew about it. He loved his John Deere tractors and was in disbelief when his children surprised him one Christmas with a new tractor for his collection. When Leonard was younger he and Marjorie took a trip to Alaska, while on the road they had a break down and were stuck for over two weeks, after that trip not many more were planned. Leonard never met a stranger and always saw the good in everyone that he met. In his later life Leonard loved to read Popular Mechanics, National Geographic and spending time with friends and a farming operation in the Gladbrook area. Leonard leaves behind a memory that will be cherished by all that had the privilege of knowing him.

Left to mourn Leonard’s passing are his wife Marjorie; children: Roger (Marian) Raum, Albia; Melvin Raum, Conrad; Robin (Kim) Proescholdt, Marshalltown and Leanna Stamp, Oelwein; grandchildren: Allison (Eric Adams) Raum, Carl Raum, Garrett (Abbie) Raum, Jenny (John Redick) Proescholdt, Toni Proescholdt, Randi Proescholdt, Jake (Mandy Koester) Stamp, Lisa Stamp and Josh (Kayleigh) Stamp; great-grandchildren: Eagan Adams, Ajax Adams, Charlee Raum, Finley Stamp and two on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lena; siblings Donna Mae, Larry, Gerald and Geneva Ives.