Roger W. Leonard, age 81, of Princeton Valley, Eau Claire, WI, died peacefully after a year long battle with lung and kidney cancer, Monday, May 15, 2017, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
He was born January 17, 1936, in the family home, in Brill, WI, to Burritt & Olivia (Olson) Leonard. Roger graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1954 and from Wisconsin State College in 1958 from Eau Claire, with a Bachelor of Science in Business and SocialSciences.
He married his college sweetheart, Beverly Eide, on December 25, 1956 at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He began his work with his dad at Brill State Bank in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1996. He raised his family in Brill and also ran Leonard’s Resort on Long Lake from 1960 through 1978. After moving to Eau Claire in 1998 he worked for Lutheran Social Services as a caregiver.
Besides his number one love of his wife and family, Roger was a man of multiple talents, interests and an adventurous nature. Most favorite was Family Time, Attending church, Fishing, Hunting, Bird Watching, Traveling — Hawaii, Alaska, Sweden — Anywhere in the U.S., Woodturning, Tuesday Morning Breakfast with Church Guys, Annual Leech Lake ice fishing weekend with his “boys,” Music -singing, Church Choir, Listening to family members, Drawing, Painting, Calligraphy, Photography.
ORGANIZATIONS: Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake, Board of Directors, Barron County American Red Cross Officer, Brill Area Sportsman’s Club Charter Member, Haugen Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster, Barron County Barbershoppers, Chippewa Valley Woodturners, Bethesda Lutheran Church Choir.
He was a powerful presence in his family. They considered him a masterpiece. His love of Jesus was evident in the way he lived out his life every day. No matter what the circumstances, he led his family with integrity and dignity. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
He survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly of Eau Claire. 4 Children: Steven Leonard (Shelly), Palisade, MN, Karin Lindau (Mark), Birchwood, WI, Craig Roger Leonard (Robin), Farmington, MN, Erik Leonard (Mandy), Lake Elmo, MN, Bjorn Andreasson (Karin), Swedish exchange student 1972- 1973. 14 Grandchildren: Krista Hedlund (John), Naomy Carter (Joel), Tara Leonard (Lisa), Elisa Lindau, Amanda Heinz (Tyson), Dillon Leonard (Kristi, girlfriend), James Roger Leonard, Michael Lindau, Preston Roger Leonard, Addison Leonard. 5 Great Grandchildren: Janay Carter, Brooklyn Carter, Simon Hedlund, Macy Carter, River Rae Leonard Antenucci. SIBLINGS: Kay Wehner, Berkeley, CA, Jean Lutterman, Washington, D.C., Craig Leonard (Jeanne), Long Beach, CA. Also Bev’s siblings and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Burritt & Olivia Leonard, Brother-in-Law Kenneth Lutterman, Brother Courtney (Marce) Leonard, Nephew Kurt Wehner and Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Myron and Eleonore Eide.
Funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Rod Larson and Pastor Kirk Militzer officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and again Monday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of service. A graveside service will take place Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Nora Cemetery in Rice Lake following a lunch at the church.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at http://www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home.