Obit: Riese, Leonard August (1923 - 2009)

Contact:: Robert Lipprandt


Surnames: Apfelbeck, Beightol, Bushe, Kops, Langteau, Ploeckelman, Riese, Underwood  

----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., WI), Wednesday, October 21, 2009, page 15 

Riese, Leonard August (August 21, 1923 - October 14, 2009)

Leonard August Riese, 86, Colby died Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at the Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford under the tender care of the Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Leonard was born August 21, 1923 in Brodhead, the son of Herman and Sophie (Bushe) Riese.

He attended school in Brodhead, Janesville and March Rapids graduating from Unity High School.  

He served his country in WWII by entering the Army on June 23, 1945 in which he received the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in November 1946.

Leonard worked as a machinist in Milwaukee and Rockford later returned to the area and became foreman of the machine shop at Felker Bros. in Marshfield.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the American legion Post 0358 of Unity. Leonard was a dedicated Christian, husband and father and to those that knew him he was a lovable man with a great sense of humor. He was an avid sportsman and loved his hunting and fishing, playing cards with family and friends, or simply sharing his "sweets" with those he loved.

Leonard is survived by Laura, his loving wife of 55 years; his children, Beth Langteau of Marshfield, Linda (David) Ploeckelman of Colby, Arnold (Sharon) Riese of Unity, Christine (Michael) Kops of Colby, and Amy (LeRoy) Underwood of Unity; further survived by 19 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren; and one brother Charles Reise of Spencer; along with other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister Pearl Beightol.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. The Rev. Keith Apfelbeck will preside. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in the town of Colby with military rites being conducted there. Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral in Abbotsford. A parish rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home in Abbotsford. No visitation will be held on Monday at the church in Colby. Leonard’s five grandsons and one nephew will serve as his pallbearers.

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