William ‘Bill’ B. Leske Jr.

William “Bill” Leske Jr. of North Branch passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the age of 48.

William Berkeley Leske Jr. was born June 27, 1970, to William and Patricia (Berry) Leske Sr. in Rush City. He was welcomed by older brother Daniel and two sisters, LoriAnn and Kristal.

Bill was raised in Pine City and attended school there. He made life long friends from the area and enjoyed coming back to visit them. Bill was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City. He married Carie Henningsguard and was blessed with three children.

Bill worked for Madsen Fixture and Millwork, Inc. in Forest Lake. He enjoyed his work there and all the people he worked with. He made some true friends there and enjoyed them socially as well as on the job.

Bill loved going fishing, snowmobiling, working with wood and playing video games. He was an ace at outdoor grilling and had recently purchased a smoker and was developing the art of smoking chops and salmon. He also enjoyed the general art of cooking regular food too.

Bill was loved by most people who knew him and will be missed very much.

Bill is survived by his mother Patricia (Arnie) Larson of North Branch; children Cody (Victoria) Leske, BreeAnn Leske and Chase Leske, all of Granite Falls; grandchildren: Adrian, Aleynna, Greyson, Oakley; sisters LoriAnn (Glenn) Stauffer of Harris, Kristal Leske of St. Croix Falls; nine nieces and nephews; girlfriend Sheila Blegen of Stanchfield; former wife Carie Leske of Granite Falls.

He was preceded in death by his father Bill Leske Sr.; brother Daniel Belisle; grandparents Berk and Dorothy Leske, Everett and Ann Berry.

Reverend Dr. Vicki VanderVegt officiated at funeral services for Bill on Saturday, June 1, 2019, with a time of visitation and reviewal held Friday, May 31, all at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City. The interment took place in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Rush City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City – Olson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService.com

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