Range Funeral Homes


Leo B. Talevson

08/10/1932 - 10/16/2021

Leo B. Talevson, 89, of Mt. Iron, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 at his residence.

Leo was born August 10, 1932 in Solway, MN to Martin and Bernice (Wallace) Talevson. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1950. On March 23, 1957, he was united in marriage to Shirley Baltzell.

Leo worked for the State of Minnesota Highway Department as a mechanic apprentice in Detroit Lakes, MN. He then moved to Mt. Iron, MN and worked at the Virginia Highway Department as a heavy equipment mechanic until he retired.

Leo served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Kentucky. He had been a member of the Labor Union and Iron Range Retrievers Club.

He enjoyed dog training, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, family events, and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved spending time outdoors with his dogs. His dog, Jake, misses his buddy very much.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Melissa; father-in-law, James; mother-in-law, Wanda; brother-in-law, Merlin; sisters-in-law: Sandy and Grace; and nephew, Jeffrey.

He is survived by his wife,  Shirley Talevson; children: Kelly (Brian) Suihkonen and Tracy (Rick) Vance; grandchildren: Allison (Trevor) Anderson, and Allen (Shania) Shoars; step-grandchildren: Ryan (Angie) Shoars, Jesse (Gina) Suihkonen, Jocelyn (Jeremy) Wright; many great-grandchildren; siblings: Andy Talevson, Darrel (Ferel) Baltzell, Elaine (Gary) Elmquist, and Jeff Baltzell; and beloved dog, Jake.

The family would like to thank Hospice and Dr. Batdorf for all of their help and support.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Solway Bible Chapel in Solway, MN. A luncheon will follow.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

2 thoughts on “Leo B. Talevson”

  1. Dan and Joyce Malterud says:

    We want to send our deepest sympathies to Shirley and her family in their loss of their husband, father and grandfather Leo. Sincere condolences.

  2. Ron Kutsi says:

    Sad to hear about Leo passing on. My dad and uncle worked at the DOT in the parts department. After I got my driver’s licence I would stop in to see dad uncle off and on.
    Leo would come to the counter and visit with me while getting parts for whatever he was working on. Also had a smile on his face and put one on mine. Then visiting he and Shirley at Brian and Kelly’s during the various holidays over the years.
    Sincerest condolences to the family. The birds he hunted are now safer.. 🙂

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Solway Bible Chapel, Stevens Avenue, Solway, MN, USA