News: Neillsville – Am. Legion to honor Weisner (2020)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Weisner, Wetzel, Mashin, Ziegler

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/24/2020

Weisner to be Honored by Legion (2020)

Leo Weisner, a veteran of the National Guard, will be one of three honored by American Legion Post 73 throughout July. Submitted Photo

As the American Legion Post 73 resumes its tradition of honoring veterans, Leo Weisner will be one of the three honored in July.

Weisner joined the Neillsville National Guard 32nd Division, 128th Infantry Company. While in the National Guard, he worked for his dad and later with Herman and Bert Schultz as a logger. In 1961, the Neillsville National Guard was called to active duty to go to Fort Lewis in Washington for training during the Berlin Crisis. Weisner was a sergeant and went to California for three days of extra training.

Weisner was a leader of a 12-man team. Training was in the desert and the mountains of Washington.

The 32nd Division was sent back to Neillsville in August 1962 and was discharged in October of that year. Upon returning, he worked at Nelson Muffler and later owned his own trucking business. He also worked part time for the Neillsville Police Department.

Later, Weisner worked full time for the Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. He retired in 2019 after 39 years in law enforcement.

Weisner, who was born in Neillsville, graduated from Wildwood Grade School and attended Neillsville High School. He later received his GED.

Weisner married Florence Wetzel in 1959. They have five children, including Tammy, Carol, Annette, John and Donald. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Weisner has lived in Neillsville all his life. He enjoys fishing and hunting and keeps busy repairing lawnmowers and small engines.

Although Wiesner will be honored throughout July with fellow veterans Donald Mashin and Wedell Ziegler, there will be no potluck as usual. The potlucks have been suspended until further notice.



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