Wiltgen, Leonard Robert
Leonard R. Wiltgen, age 83, of Ephraim, Wisconsin and former long-time resident of Bloomington, Minnesota and Green Bay, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2014. Beloved husband of Rita (nee Ledenbach) for over 61 years. Proud father of Nancy, Paul (Rosetta), Timothy (Dolleen), Laurence (Lois), Charles (Patty), Eric, Andrew (Kelly), Christine (Michael) King, and Sarah (Jeff) Bohrer. Cherished grandfather of Katie (Tyler) Monroe, Tony (Amy), Anne (James Yoder), Michelle (Jake Duncan), Bryan, Bobby, Bill, Chuck (Nok), Erin, Lauren, Jeffrey, Josh (Elizabeth), Daniel King, Jenny King, Alisa Christensen, Ryan Christensen, and Nick Christensen, and great grandfather of Emma, Max, Vito Duncan, and Shaylan. Uncle, granduncle and great granduncle to numerous nieces and nephews, and dear brother-in-law of Mary Jo Wiltgen. Len was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 3, 1930, to William and Rose (nee Resch) Wiltgen. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Jane (nee Wiltgen) Miller, and brother Kenneth Wiltgen. Len was a proud alumnus of St. George High School and Northwestern University, both in Evanston, Illinois.
Len and Rita were married on June 28, 1952, at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, Illinois. Len served in the U.S. Army with the Army Audit Agency at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Following his discharge, he was the business manager at Saint Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, and then joined IBM, beginning his long career in sales management, including branch manager of the IBM office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Len also worked for Shade, Control Data and Anderson Cornelius before retiring and returning to his home in Ephraim, where he and Rita enjoyed a quiet life with plenty of time for family, tennis and golf. Len was a charter member of Resurrection Parish in Green Bay and was the first president of the Resurrection Men's Club.
The family thanks the wonderful and caring staff at Good Samaritan Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, who were all so kind and took such great care of Len.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at St. Rosalia Church, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, with visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m. A luncheon and celebration of Len's life will be held in the church hall following Mass. www.caspersonfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Good Samaritan Scandia Village, 10560 Applewood Road, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.
Casperson Funeral Home
10708 North Bay Shore Drive Sister Bay, WI 54234
Published in Door County Advocate from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2014