Leece, Dennis W.
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Dennis W. Leece, 52, Town of Rome, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Dennis won his battle with esophageal cancer but died from complications following his surgery.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 29th at Grace Lutheran Church, 1531 Whitrock Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Kent Raddatz will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28th from 5pm -7pm and from 10:00 am until the time of services on Thursday, all at the church.
Dennis was born in Wisconsin Rapids on March 14, 1961 to Wally and Lois (Slattery) Leece. He married Terri Bodway on April 9, 1994.
Dennis attended Washington School and graduated from Lincoln High School. He served four years in the United States Navy from 1979-1982.
Dennis worked for Schierl Tire, Greeneway Campers, and was presently employed by McCain Foods.
Dennis has touched so many lives with his infectious smile, great sense of humor and passion for life. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Music was his biggest passion. He was a gifted acoustic guitar player and had a beautiful voice. He was a member of Grace Out Loud, a praise band at Grace Lutheran Church where he was a member.
He loved sports and enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers play. He loved spending time on the computer and helped anyone who had computer issues. Dennis also enjoyed spending time on his pontoon boat with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Terri of 19 blessed years; parents: Wally and Lois Leece, Wisconsin Rapids; sisters: Patti (Jim) Lloyd, Wisconsin Rapids; Jackie (Andy) Buchanan, Bartlett, TN; brother: Dan Leece, Wisconsin Rapids; maternal grandmother: Eleanor Slattery, Wisconsin Rapids; mother-in-law: Dolores Bodway, Appleton; father-in-law: Robert Bodway, Menasha; sisters-in-law: Judy (Jeff) Collette, Menasha; Becky Schoon, Appleton; and Pam (Randy) Mueller, Neenah brothers-in-law: Dave (JoAnn) Bodway, Peoria, AZ; Mike (Wendy) Bodway, Menasha; Bruce (Vicki) Bodway, New London; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, whom he adored. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Slattery and Leo and Carol Leece.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
which is funded through the
where Dennis and Terri stayed during Dennis's treatment for his cancer.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital for the excellent care they gave Dennis during his treatment and following his surgery. They would also like to thank everyone who supported them through this difficult journey.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center
2201 Chestnut Street
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 27, 2013