Dec. 5, 1918 – Feb. 23, 2016
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Dr. Hugh Alexander Leslie was born Dec. 5, 1918, in Deshler, Nebraska. Doc attended school in Belvidere, Nebraska, where he graduated in 1937. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was part of Troop D, 33d Cavalry, 20th Armed Division, which was instrumental in the European Theater during World War II. While on leave, he met the love of his life, Mildred A. Naiman (Arlene), and were married June 21, 1942, in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1954 he received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University.
Doc and Arlene moved to Ennis in 1955 to establish his vet practice. Doc put a lot of miles on his trucks as he served the entire Madison County – attending to both large and small animals. When he was not busy with his work or doing honey dos for Arlene, he loved to fly his airplane, which he kept behind the Sportsman's Lodge. Hugh retired from his practice in 2013 and was a lifetime member of the MVMA and the AVMA.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Arlene, in April 2015. Doc is survived by his brother, Glen Leslie of Cambridge, Minnesota; his goddaughter Kristy Saier of Ennis; godson Douglas B. Young, DVM, of Ennis; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for March 7, 2016, at the Madison Valley Presbyterian Church in Ennis at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following at 134 Steffens Street.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2016