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Published April 05, 2013, 12:00 AM

Leonard J. Siedschlag

Leonard Siedschlag passed peacefully at the Veterans Administration Hospital early Wednesday morning, the third of April, Twenty-thirteen. According to one of his caring physicians and current UND professor, Dr. Byron Danielson, Leonard was one of the longest living kidney transplant recipients in American history. In 1967 when kidney transplant operations were risky and in their infancy, his oldest brother Wendell was the best match for Leonard and donated his kidney.

Leonard was born and raised on his parent’s farm near Berlin, North Dakota. Shortly after graduating from high school, Leonard married Ione Erickson of Litchville, North Dakota in 1951.

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