Paul Leiphon, 93, of Devils Lake, ND, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Home in Devils Lake.
Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Rev. C.F. Wilhelm will officiate.
Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 12-9 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. rosary and scripture service, led by the Knights of Columbus. Visitation will continue on Thursday at the church one hour prior to services.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jerry Leiphon, Joseph Leiphon, Jr., Pat Leiphon, Allan Walter, Matthew Leiphon, Adam Leiphon, Paul Kitsch and David Leiphon.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and godchildren.
Scripture reader will be Theresa Leiphon gift bearers will be Mary Walter, Angie Kitsch and Betty Wheeler. Altar servers will be Nathaniel Leiphon, Jonathan Kitsch and Kathy Leiphon and music will be provided by Peter Hager, cantor and JoDee Lagein, organist.
Paul Nick Leiphon was born Nov. 19, 1908, in Odessa, Russia, the son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Steffan) Leiphon. He immigrated with his parents to Rugby, ND, in October 1909. He moved with his parents to Penn, ND, and in 1921 to a farm northeast of Devils Lake
He married Magdalena (Lena) Rombs on Oct. 8, 1934, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, rural Crary, ND, and settled on a farm in Noonan Township in 1935 where they were engaged in farming. There he and his wife raised seven children. The couple moved to Devils Lake in the fall of 1968, continuing to farm until retiring in 1973.
Paul served as Noonan Township supervisor, Democratic precinct committee member, and he was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1779. He was a member of St. Benedict's and St. Joseph's Catholic parishes.
Lena preceded him in death on August 25, 1998. He continued to reside in his home until moving to the Good Samaritan Home in February 2000.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph (Donna) of Devils Lake, Alex (Theresa) of Crary, Eugene (Mary) of Devils Lake and Francis (Kim) of Crary; daughters, Mary Walter of Nevada, IA, Angie (Mark) Kitsch of Webster, ND, and Betty (Roger) Wheeler of Lakota, ND; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Nick (Veronica) Leiphon, Devils Lake; and two sisters, Regina Frelich and Angie Hager, Devils Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one child, a son-in-law, Jon Walter, brothers Joseph and John Leiphon and sister Eva Leiphon.
Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of the arrangements.
Devils Lake Journal, Obituaries, Wednesday, October, 30, 2002 <http://www.devilslakejournal.com/display/inn_obituaries/obit...
Note: Paul Leiphon's surname was changed when he immigrated to the U.S. Leiphon is phonetic spelling for Leibham. Paul's grandparents, Johann and Eva (Kunk) Leibham are related to my husband's family.