August 14, 1971 – Gerald Leonard marries his high school sweetheart Mary Nelson after he returns home from serving in Vietnam
Saturday, November 25, 1972 - Thanksgiving weekend – Mary Leonard gives birth to first born son, Nicholas Gerald Leonard
Father Gerald works at his brother-in-law’s farm equipment business as the manager of the tire shop, owns other small businesses and works as truck driver/foreman before retiring
Mother Mary works at the U.S. Post office in several small Minnesota towns - retires as a Postmaster after 40 years
While neither were able to get a college education, they worked hard to make sure all three of their children did.