Leslie D. Urness, 82, of Mondovi, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the American Lutheran Communities of Mondovi.
He was born on April 21, 1937, in the home of his grandmother, Mary Mahlum, in Modena, a son of Knute and Luella (Mahlum) Urness.
Leslie honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army from September of 1959, where for 2½ years he was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in September of 1962.
On September 27, 1966, Leslie was united in marriage to Darleen L. Dekan, in Barron, Wis. To this union, three children were born.
Leslie was employed for Roger Marten, a career that saw him start as a can milk hauler and eventually as a bulk milk driver until his retirement in 2010, at the age of 73. He also worked part-time at the Modena Creamery.
Leslie would like to find time to either hunt or fish and, as his boys grew older, loved his time spent with them making memories while in the woods or on the water. He also enjoyed attending antique steam engine shows.
Leslie will be sadly missed by his wife Darleen; sons, Leon Knute Urness (fiancé Paula) of Strum and Andrew James Urness of Mondovi; four grandchildren, James Anderson, Melissa Urness, Shania Urness and Aheradeza Zadi Fredrickson; siblings, Laverne (Dorothy) Urness, Merle Urness, Mavis Erickson and Carol (John) Endle; brothers-in-law, Larry (Linda) Dekan, Ronald (Anna) Dekan, James (Landa) Dekan and Randall (Michelle) Dekan; sister-in-law Jeanne (Gary) Eide; nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his parents, Leslie was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Melissa Ann; brothers, Kenneth, Russell and Duane; sisters-in-law, Lela Urness, Shirley Urness and Carol Urness.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at Leslie’s residence, located at W275 U.S. Hwy 10, Mondovi, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with full military honors provided by the local American Legion and VFW posts. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, in Mondovi, at a later date.