Leonard Verner “Nard” Sandholm, 68

Leonard Verner “Nard” Sandholm, age 68, of Stanton, Iowa, passed away on February 12, 2021, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren after a brief struggle with cancer.

Nard was born July 3, 1952 at Murphy Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, the son of Verner and Gloria (Greco) Sandholm. A few surprising facts at his birth – he weighed 5 lbs 15 oz (who would have guessed, right?) and he was a quiet baby that slept most of the time (again, who would have guessed, right?) He grew up on a farm and attended school in Red Oak, graduating with the class of 1970. After high school, Nard attended Iowa State University in the Ag Business Department, graduating in 1974, ready to pursue his dream of farming on his own. All of his classmates and roommates from his school years remained his best friends through the rest of his life. In September 1972, Nard met the love of his life, Jana Jelden. They were married in Ames, Iowa on November 9, 1974, and settled in Stanton, Iowa, to farm and raise their children, Kelly and Brett. Nard became a Golden Harvest Seed dealer in 1974, operating Sandholm Seed throughout his life. In 2012, he added Tall Corn Ag to his seed business. Nard was always willing to take educated chances in life or in business and his extreme work ethic allowed those chances to become dreams. One of those “chances” was the Fish & Company in Camdenton, Missouri, and it was that chance that allowed his biggest dream to come true. He has met so many people and had so much fun, again, meeting additional “friends for life”!

Preceding him in death were his parents and his twin brother, Leland. Nard is survived by his wife, Jana of Stanton, Iowa; children: Kelly Maynes and husband Patrick and Brett Sandholm and wife Sumer; 4 grandchildren: Jarrett Maynes, Carter Maynes, Chase Sandholm, and Kyler Sandholm all of Red Oak, Iowa; sister: Irene Gentile and husband Dan of Council Bluffs, Iowa; nephew: Jacob Gentile of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many, many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from Noon until 7 PM Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Lala Project.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Social distancing and masks are required.

Posted online on February 16, 2021