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Leslie Johansen

January 25, 1918 January 23, 2007
Leslie Johansen
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Obituary for Leslie Johansen

Leslie Raymond Johansen, age 88, of Luck , died Jan. 23, at the United Pioneer Home. Leslie was born Jan. 25, 1918, to Albert and Anna (Bennedsen) Johansen on the Peter Johansen farm in Luck Township. Later the family moved to their farm in Laketown, where Leslie attended East Laketown School and West Denmark Lutheran Church. He married Evelyn Kirk on Oct. 17, 1942, at West Denmark Church. They bought the Martin Pedersen farm in West Denmark, where son Dean was born in 1946, and daughter Margaret in 1948. Their log house on this farm was later moved to Old Work Wisconsin, Eagle, and dedicated by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe in 1976. Leslie worked for Luck Township and served as town chairman. After his farm auction in 1968, he worked for the Polk County Highway Department. He retired in 1983, and in 1986, he and Evelyn moved to Eau Claire, where he did woodworking and made several grandfather clocks for family and friends. Leslie and Evelyn moved to Chippewa Falls and lived there until they returned to West Denmark in 2001. Medical conditions caused Leslie to move to the Frederic Center of Care, and then to the Pioneer Home in Luck. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Ellen Pedersen, Stella Veirs, Oleeta Hermanson, Doris Bengston, Ardys Johansen, Ervin and Levi Johansen; and son-in-law Alvin E. Lemke. He is survived by his wife; son Dean (Kathy); daughter, Margaret; grandsons Edward (Laura) Johansen and Eric (Carrie) Johansen; granddaughter Anne Johansen; Step-granddaughter Jodi (Lary) Olson; Step-grandsons Jeffrey, Ryan, David Dixon; eight great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the West Denmark Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Visitation with family and friends preceding the service and fellowship at the West Denmark Parish Hall after the service.

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