Leslie Lee Swenson, age 84 of Hudson, WI, passed away October 19, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Leslie was born June 11, 1933 in River Falls, WI to Oscar and Nellie (Wilcox) Swenson. He graduated from River Falls High School, the Class of 1952. After high school, Leslie proudly served his country in the National Guard. Leslie met the love of his life Donna Jean Young at the roller skating rink, and was united in marriage on July 26, 1958 at Woodside Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Julie and David. Leslie worked as an A.I. Technician with St. Croix County Dairy Herd Improvement Association and Midwest Breeders. He then began his career as a traffic officer, working for the City of New Richmond, and retiring from St. Croix County in 1977. Leslie and Donna shared 31 years together, until her death in 1989. He was later married to Bernice Perron, who passed away in 1998, and Maxine Panosh who passed away in 2015.
In his younger years, Leslie was fond of roller skating with his buddy Keith, and the rest of the crew, and created many great memories while doing so. He appreciated the peacefulness of the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was well entertained with a good hand of cards, especially the game of 500. He was a skilled woodworker and made some beautiful furniture pieces for his family. More recent, Leslie delighted in playing a competitive game of bingo at Woodland Hills. He had a great sense of humor and delighted in pulling practical jokes on his family.
Leslie is survived by his daughter, Julie (Duane) Wilcoxson of River Falls; son, David (Judi) Swenson of Hudson; granddaughters, Diane and Debra Wilcoxson of River Falls, and Ashley (Nick) Berglund, also of River Falls; siblings, Dale (Naomi) Swenson of New Richmond, Joyce Anderson of Princeton, MN, Warren Swenson of AZ, and Carol Winner of White Bear Lake, MN; sister-in-law, Phyllis Swenson; and dear friends, Keith and Mary Ann Jensen of Chetek, Roger and June Lindquist of Hammond, and Vic and JoAnne Nelson of St. Croix Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Donna; second wife, Bernice; and most recent wife, Maxine; siblings: Delbert Swenson, Dorothy Swenson, and Arnold Swenson; and parents-in-law, Vernon & Gladys Young.
A Visitation will take place from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sunday, October 22 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, and 1 hr prior to the service on Monday. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, October 23 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, with Pastor Bob Bipes officiating. Interment will take place at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Pallbearers assisting with the services are: Diane Wilcoxson, Debra Wilcoxson, Ashley Berglund, Nick Berglund, Keith Jensen, Vic Nelson, and Roger Lindquist.