Obit: Riese, Leonard August #2 (1923 - 2009) 

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

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 16 Oct. 2009 

Riese, Leonard August (21 Aug. 1923 - 14 Oct. 2009) 

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby. The Rev. Keith Apfelbeck will officiate. 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. A parish rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Abbotsford. No visitation will be held Monday at the church in Colby. Leonard's five grandsons and one nephew will serve as his pallbearers. 

Leonard was born Aug. 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 during World War II by entering the Army on June 23, 1945, in which he received the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in November 1946. 

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

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion Post No. 358 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; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by 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. 




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