Visitation9 to 11 A.M. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Faith Community Church of Hudson, WI
Funeral Services11 A.M. following the visitation at the church
Alexander Bueford Leonard was born on January 25, 1987, during the kickoff on Superbowl Sunday, and was the firstborn son of Bruce and Cindy (Erbst) Leonard. He grew up as an easygoing, creative, and happy boy. He charmed others with his ready smile, blonde curls, and sparkling blue eyes and started up conversations with clerks in the store by inviting them over for dinner. Because of that outgoing personality, he started receiving modeling jobs, doing print shoots for Target and Sears as well as two diaper commercials. His mom spoke French to him so he became bilingual until he finally demanded that she “only speak English.” The birth of his sister Laurel caused some immediate jealousy, but they soon became fast friends. By the time his younger brother Grant was born, he was definitely the big brother in charge. They loved him and spent many hours with him during the early homeschooling years.
Alex attended Houlton Elementary School for kindergarten and then was homeschooled for elementary school. He had a wide circle of homeschool friends and enjoyed many activities, such as piano, violin, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, T-ball, soccer, football, and anything adventurous. He attended St. Patrick’s Catholic school in 6th and 7th grade, New Life Academy in 8th, and Hudson High School.
Alex attended Faith Community Church throughout his growing up years, being involved in Sunday School and Awana, and he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior and eventually chose to be baptized on New Year’s Eve at the YMCA.
In 2006, Alex received his GED from WITI-New Richmond. Since finishing his education, Alex started cooking for several different restaurants in the Hudson/Stillwater area, beginning with Carbone’s Pizza and most recently, as Kitchen Manager at the Smilin’ Moose. After trying college, he returned to his first love, which was creating food in the kitchen.
During the last several years, Alex had become passionate about playing Pokemon Go, and spent his hours and days off competing with people all over the world. He was rated in the top 18 in Minnesota and number 2 in Hudson. His best friends have become those who shared his passion for Pokemon.
Alex was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 2011 after being hospitalized at Hudson Hospital but was able to maintain a normal life with daily medications. After a short illness, he passed away at his residence in Hudson on April 18, 2019.
Alex will remain in the hearts of his parents, Bruce and Cindy; paternal grandparents, Warren (Jeanette) Leonard and Rosanne Leonard; maternal grandmother, Shirley Erbst; sister, Laurel (Josh) DuLyn; brother, Grant Leonard; nephew, Ryker DuLyn; niece, Rylee DuLyn; as well as many aunts, uncles, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Eugene Erbst.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Faith Community Church of Hudson, WI, followed by a Celebration of Alex’s Life at 11 A.M.