Community Giving

Leo Henkemeyer

Fund Name:: Leo T. Henkemeyer Fund
Fund Established: July 31, 1996
Community Foundation(s): Central Minnesota

Originally from St. Augusta, Minnesota, Leo has lived in the St. Cloud area most of his life. His only move was a brief one while he was in the military. He is the primaryowner of St. Cloud’s largest welding supply company, Central McGowan Welding Supply, which his grandson, Joe Francis now runs.

Leo graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in architecture, thinking he would follow in the footsteps of his father, who was a carpenter. Realizing that he wanted to follow a different path, Leo instead purchased Central McGowan in 1955 and has served as the president of the company ever since. He has enjoyed seeing the company grow and he enjoys working with his employees.

Leo enjoys deer hunting and working with his tools in the garage. He considers himself an “independent guy” and isn’t really involved in community organizations, but he sees the importance of giving back to a community that has given him so much. Making people happy is what is truly important to Leo.

Leo discovered the Central Minnesota Community Foundation through his financial and legal advisors and in 1996 established the Leo T. Henkemeyer Fund to benefit a variety of charitable organizations. The many recipients of gifts from the fund are located throughout Central Minnesota.