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Leonard Sarvela Jr. passed away on Nov. 20, 2010, in Benedictine Health Center with his loving family by his side. Len was born in Duluth on May 7, 1923. He graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1941, and was a member of the All-City and All-State football teams. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Dentistry and a graduate of Columbia University College, New York, of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Len served in the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program during World War II and was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the U.S. Air Force General Hospital at Maxwell Air Force Base. Len was an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Duluth from 1954-1991. He was an active member of the local dental community, serving as President of the Northeastern Dental Society and as a Minnesota delegate to the American Dental Association. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He was the recipient of the American Cancer Society Appreciation Award for Notable Service in thirteen Oral Cancer Clinics. Len was a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club for 45 years. He was a Director and Vice President of the Duluth Serra Club. He was an avid golfer which included over 50 years at Northland Country Club, two of which he was President and four holes-in-one. Len was very active contributor to the local civic community. He was the Founding President of Operation Aware, a drug abuse awareness program used around the U.S. to teach young people how to handle negative peer pressure. He was a Board Member of the Duluth Chapter of American Cancer Society, Chairman of the Education Committee at Holy Rosary School, Member of the National Council of Catholic Education Advisory Board, Member of the Board of Trustees of Duluth Marshall High School. Len was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and received his Eagle Scout Award in 1940. He was awarded the Boy Scouts of America James E. West Fellowship, was a Member of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor given in scouting. Len was committed to Rotary and dedicated to it's principles for over fifty years. He attended many international conventions throughout the world as well as attended or spoke at many annual District Conferences. He received the Citation for Meritorious Achievement from the Rotary Foundation for his efforts in furthering the Foundation in the world. Many events were created by Len to encourage the growth of the Rotary Foundation including the annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Dinner in Duluth and the District's Paul Harris Breakfast. This resulted in the creation of thousands of Paul Harris Fellow recipients in the district and has grown to numerous Foundation events all over the world. Len's love of people and good conversation was immediately known the moment anyone met him. Len enjoyed fishing with guys and after he retired he and his wife enjoyed traveling the world on cruise ships. Len will be remembered for telling stories about his past experiences and was often heard saying that we only have three things in life; time, energy and resources and that we need to use them wisely. Len was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Leonard Sr. and Clara; brothers Robert (Jo Ellen) and Jack (Nancy). Len is survived by his loving wife, Judy; sons Len III (Sara) and Dave (Anne); daughter Mary (Bob); five grandchildren, Madeline, Owen, Emelia, Molly and Lucy; and sister Gail Schaffer. The family wishes to thank those who cared for him at Benedictine Health Center especially the 3rd floor staff and his personal physician, Dr. Paul Sanford. VISITATION: 11 a.m. until the 12 noon Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in Holy Rosary Cathedral. Donations can be made to Westmoreland Foundation at Duluth Rotary, to the CHUM Food Shelf or of your choice. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, (218) 727-3555. 
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