Leonard Thorston, 96, of Apple Valley, formerly of Springfield, died February 11, 2018, at Ecumen Seasons at Golden Valley in Apple Valley. Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Sundown Lutheran Church, Sundown Township. Memorial Service will be held at the Sundown Lutheran Church, Sundown Township, Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1 pm. The clergy will be Rev. Juanita Parker and Rev. Daniel Megorden. Interment will be at the Sundown Lutheran Cemetery in Springfield. Military Honors by the John Watson American Legion Post 257. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. Leonard was born March 16, 1921 in Springfield, the son of John and Mayme (Coulter) Thorston. He attended Sundown school, Lamberton High School and graduated from Springfield High School. In August 1942 Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until December 1945, as photographer’s mate second class. Following discharge from the Navy, Leonard returned to the family farm. Leonard married Eileen Kotval September 20, 1947. They lived and farmed the Thorston Family Century Farm in Sundown Township, Redwood County, until retiring and moving from the farm into Springfield in 1990. He is survived by daughters, Audrey (Rusty) Nelson of Minneapolis, Jane (Jim) Sletten of Edina, Mary (Daniel) Megorden of Mesa, Brenda (Donald) Hunter of Farmington and Donna (Andrew) Rauch of Shoreview, 13 grandchildren, Karla (Ross) and Erik Nelson, David (Beth) and Tanya Sletten, Jessica (Brian) Ommen, Laura and Micah Megorden, Allison, Jon (Amanda) and Sarah Hunter, Nettie, Tommy and Hannah Rauch and four great grandchildren, Anton, Elling and Tosten Nelson and Presley Ommen. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters, son David and wife Eileen. Leonard was active in many community organizations including Sundown Lutheran Church, Sundown Township Board, Springfield Grain Elevator Coop Board, and the Springfield American Legion Post. He was a league bowler at the Springfield Lanes most of his life. He was most passionate about his family and loved being Grandpa. The family has designated memorials to the Sundown Lutheran Church Cemetery Foundation, or Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota.