Leonard Fettig, Jr.

July 24, 1960-Jan. 3, 2022

Leonard Fettig Jr., 61,

Minot, ND, passed away

peacefully, surround by

loved ones on Monday,

January 3, 2022, at Trinity

Hospital after a brief but

aggressive illness.

Leonard Fettig – or

“Junior” to those who

knew him and just “Jun”

to several of his sisters –

was born July 24, 1960, in

Minneapolis, MN, to Leo-

nard and Frances Fettig.

The third of eight siblings

and one of four brothers,

Junior’s early years were

spent between Minneapo-

lis where his father, Leo-

nard Sr., worked for a

number of years, and back

on the family farm in

Selz, ND. Junior and the

growing Fettig Family

continued to farm in Selz

until the late 1960s, when

Leonard Sr. and Frances

moved the whole bunch

to south Minot.

Junior attended school

there and graduated from

Minot High School in

1978. Throughout high

school, Junior developed

a strong talent and deep

passion for autobody, for

modifying and restoring

vehicles – detailed jobs

that he excelled in be-

cause of his natural desire

for perfection and an

abundance of artistic

talent. The latter, clearly

evident in the trademark,

loudly-painted Sunbeam

he drove around proudly

and another vehicle, a

Ford Galaxy, with one

particular modification

that taller friends noticed

reduced their headroom

significantly, while posi-

tioning Junior’s upper

body in just the right


In 1978 he performed

exceptionally well at the

North Dakota VICA Auto-

body Competition, quali-

fying for nationals where

he competed in Birming-

ham, AL. Junior’s passion

and skill continued to

grow as he worked in

several well-known Minot

autobody shops. Over

time, Junior became

recognized as one of the

most skilled technicians

in the area, and he gained

a reputation as the man to

handle tough, precise jobs

like frame straightening

and complex collision


That reputation and

skill propelled Junior on-

ward to become one of the

founding partners of

Minot’s Finest Collision

Center, which is still in

operation in Minot today.

Junior’s marriage in

1981 to LeAnn Bursau

brought some of his

greatest joys into this

world – his four children:

Amber, Andrew, Ashley

and Allison. Junior loved

his kids so much and

would light up at any

chance he got to spend

time with them.

Even after life changed

for Junior with the onset

of a long-term mental ill-

ness, his artistic talent

and precision continued

to wow those close to

him. He continued to live

a fulfilling life alongside

his mother, Frances, tend-

ing to their large garden

for many years, enjoying

favorite TV programs, and

taking in each year’s fami-

ly gatherings with his

trademark quirky humor

and friendly smirk.

Above all, no matter the

changes in life, the deep

love he had for his chil-

dren never, ever wavered.

In the end, Leonard Fet-

tig Jr. left this Earth before

his time. But he left at

peace with God, grateful

and loving of his family.

He moved quietly on, to

meet some of his most

beloved friends and fami-

ly, knowing those left

behind will remember

him kindly, as the pas-

sionate and warm-hearted

man he was.

Junior is preceded in

death by: his father, Leo-

nard Fettig; daughter,

Ashley; brothers, Charles

and David; brother-in-law,

Bill Dickinson; and his


He is survived by: his

mother, Frances Fettig;

children, Amber (Dan)

Noone, Marysville, WA,

Andrew (Sofia) Fettig,

Fort Hood, TX and Allis-

on Fettig (Haiden Omoth),

New Rockford, ND;

grandchildren, Michaelyn

and Brady Noone, Isabella

and Sienna Fettig, Hailey

and Austin Weisz and

Ziarah, Zoe and Zekiel

Reisenauer; sisters, Sara

(Mike) Fisk, Minot, ND,

Mary (Jeff) Dickinson,

Bismarck, ND, Rosie

(Keith) Martelle, Surrey,

ND, Vickie (Todd) Hiller,

Minot, ND and Howard

(Nancy) Fettig, Minot, ND;

and numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Friday, January 7,

2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Our

Lady of Grace Catholic

Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,


Visitation: Friday one

hour prior to the service

at the church.

Recitation of the

Rosary: Friday at 2 p.m.

at Our Lady of Grace

Catholic Church, Minot.

The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and can be ac-

cessed by going to the

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home website:



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