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Obituary for Leslie L. Johnson


Leslie L. Johnson, 89, of La Crosse and formerly of Richland County, Wis., went to be in his heavenly home on Sunday, December 12, 2010.
He was born November 10, 1921, in Henrietta Township, Richland County, Wis., to Claude and Frieda (King) Johnson. Leslie attended rural schools in Richland County, attended Richland Center High School, and graduated from Lone Rock High School in 1940. He entered the United States Army August 10, 1942, and was stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss. Leslie served as an Army Security Agent in France, Belgium, and Germany before being honorably discharged in 1945. On December 26, 1942, he married Violet Fetty, his high school sweetheart, in Hattesburg, Miss., and they would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this December 26th. During his lifetime, Leslie was a Star Route Mail Contractor. He also helped establish the Army Reserve Co. C, Engineer Construction Co. #897th and the Engineer Co. B, Combat Unit #998th of Onalaska, Wis. Leslie was a member of the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent, Minn., the Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530 of La Crosse, a lifelong member of the Asbury Methodist Church Men's Club, and a charter member of the La Crosse Visitors and Convention Bureau. He was instrumental in establishing security at Job Corps at Camp McCoy. He and his wife, Violet, owned and operated the Welch Motel in La Crosse for 12 years, and he retired from the G. Heileman Brewery in La Crosse as Security Director prior to establishing Johnson Security in La Crosse. Leslie took great pleasure in vegetable gardening, painting, fishing, and collecting hickory nuts. His greatest joy however, was spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Violet; one son, Leslie Gene (Karen) and one daughter, Sherry (David) McDonald, both of La Crosse; three grandchildren, Jim (Paula) McDonald, Jodi (Dan) Widuch, and Gregory (Maria) Johnson; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, K.C. Johnson of Lakeland, Fla.
                                                            Dad, honor, courage, and strength.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gaylord Johnson; and one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Johnson.
In accordance with Leslie's wishes, his body will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse. Burial with graveside services and military honors will be Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 12 noon in the Viola Cemetery, Viola, Wis. Dr. Scott McMurray, Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, La Crosse, will officiate. Military honors will be rendered by the Bayard De Hart American Legion Post 13 of Richland Center, Wis., the Hamilton-Harris American Legion Post 447 of Viola, Wis., and the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard.
Memorials may be given to the Family Resources or Asbury United Methodist Church, both in La Crosse.
Leslie's family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the staff of MeadowWood Assisted Living for their thoughtful, compassionate, and gentle nursing care, special thanks to Don. Also a special thank you to the hospice team of Franciscan Skemp, especially Kathy, Home Health Aid and Angie S., Hospice R.N. Leslie also expressed his appreciation to his physician, Dr. David Onsrud.
"Dear Father,
       Over our pathway a grevious shadow has rested.
       Our life and our faith have been tested;
       and what we call Death, but heralds the
       light of the morn of God's Perfect Day."
                  Author, Oscar H. Fetty