Roger W. Leonard, January 17, 1936 - May 15, 2017

Roger W. Leonard

Roger W. Leonard age 81, of Princeton Valley, Eau Claire, WI, died peacefully after a year long battle with lung and kidney cancer, Monday, May 15, 2017 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born January 17, 1936, in the family home, in Brill, WI to Burritt & Olivia (Olson) Leonard. Roger graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1954 and from WI State College in 1958 from Eau Claire, with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Social Sciences.

He married his college sweetheart, Beverly Eide on December 25, 1956 at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He began his work with his dad at Brill State Bank in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1996. He raised his family in Brill and also ran Leonard’s Resort on Long Lake from 1960 through 1978. After moving to Eau Claire in 1998 he worked for Lutheran Social Services as a caregiver. 

Beside his number one love of his wife and family, Roger was a man of multiple talents, interests and an adventurous nature. Most favorite was Family Time, Attending church, Fishing, Hunting, Bird Watching, Traveling -Hawaii, Alaska, Sweden --Anywhere in US, Woodturning, Tuesday Morning Breakfast with Church Guys, Annual Leech Lake ice fishing weekend with his “boys”, Music -singing, Church Choir, Listening to family members, Drawing, Painting, Calligraphy, Photography. 

ORGANIZATIONS: Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake, Board of Directors, Barron CO American Red Cross Officer, Brill Area Sportsman’s Club Charter Member, Haugen Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster, Barron Co Barbershoppers, Chippewa Valley Woodturners, Bethesda Lutheran Church Choir.

He was a powerful presence in his family. They considered him a masterpiece. His love of Jesus was evident in the way he lived out his life every day. No matter what the circumstances, he led his family with integrity and dignity. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

He survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly of Eau Claire. 4 Children: Steven Leonard (Shelly), Palisade MN, Karin Lindau (Mark),  Birchwood WI, Craig Roger Leonard (Robin), Farmington MN, Erik Leonard (Mandy), Lake Elmo MN, Bjorn Andreasson (Karin), Swedish exchange student 1972- 1973. 14 Grandchildren:  Krista Hedlund (John), Naomy Carter (Joel),Tara Leonard (Lisa), Elisa Lindau, Amanda Heinz (Tyson), Dillon Leonard (Kristi, girlfriend), James Roger Leonard, Michael Lindau, Preston Roger Leonard, Addison Leonard. 5 Grt. Grandchildren: Janay Carter, Brooklyn Carter, Simon Hedlund, Macy Carter, River Rae Leonard Antenucci.SIBLINGS: Kay Wehner, Berkeley CA, Jean Lutterman, Washington DC, Craig Leonard (Jeanne), Long Beach CA. Also Bev’s siblings and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Burritt & Olivia Leonard, Brother-in-Law Kenneth Lutterman, Brother Courtney (Marce) Leonard, Nephew Kurt Wehner and Father-in-law and  Mother-in-law, Myron and Eleonore Eide. 

Funeral service will take place at 10 am on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Rod Larson and Pastor Kirk Militzer officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and again Monday morning from 9 am until the time of service. A graveside service will take place Monday afternoon at 2 pm in the Nora Cemetery in Rice Lake following a lunch at the church.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home. 


  1. Carol Addington June 1, 2017

    Bev, this brought back so many memories of the fun bank days and Stout Island. Its been so long and have thought about you. Bill passed away 3 years ago and I miss him so much! We were such a 'team'. I love living in this house we built and feel him often. I love the beard on Roger...blessings to you always...God Bless...(it does get easier...but not much)

  2. Howard Cameon May 27, 2017

    My condolences to Beverly and the family. When I did my banking at the Brill Bank he was always great to work with and talk with him. He was very fine gentleman.

  3. Dale Kelm May 22, 2017

    I was so saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a dear friend and he will be sorely missed. I offer my deepest condolences, and share that some of my best memories of my time in Eau Claire back in the day, involved Roger. He was a great man and a good friend. He is with Jesus now, probably telling him a story.

  4. Jim and Alice Rapp May 19, 2017

    Roger has only been in our lives for a few years but he (and his wife Bev) have made a positive and lasting contribution to our understanding of what it means to be faithful servants of Jesus Christ. He will be missed, but also remembered. And "remembering" is our way feeling close to those whose physical presence we miss. God bless you, Bev, as you miss, and remember, your loved one.

  5. Thom Rutherford May 19, 2017

    Rogers Family: Roger was a good man and a friend always!! Sorry for your loss! Prayers and hoping that happy memories help you all! Friend, Thom Rutherford

  6. Jessie Whitman May 18, 2017

    Bev & Family,
    I'm so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. He will always have a special place in my heart. I've enjoyed booking you two on wonderful adventures including Alaska and Hawaii through out the years. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Fly high, Roger.

  7. Aimee Wierman-Farrell May 17, 2017

    My prayers are with you.

  8. Margaret Hanson -Cozzuli May 17, 2017

    I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Roger. He was such a nice man, pleasant to everyone who knew him. He was my deceased husband Roger Hanson's best friend through college at University of Eau Claire and remained best friends until Rog passed away in 2007. Roger will be sadly missed by family and friends. I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Bev and family.
    Marge Hanson-Cozzuli

  9. Pam Marucheck May 17, 2017

    I am saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was such a lovely man! I will miss his positive attitude, smile, and his kind words. Praying for God's peace and comfort for the family!

  10. James M Abens May 17, 2017

    I sang in choir with Roger at Bethesda & also knew him from my Chiro office. I really liked Roger & more importantly, I respected him. I am very sorry for his passing. I hope you all can find grace & peace.
    Jim Abens

  11. Heidi Lindau May 17, 2017

    My heartfelt sympathy to Bev and the family. Roger will be greatly missed. Sending love.

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