Funeral services for Leslie Wipper, age 70, of Milaca, will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11 AM at Lighthouse Fellowship in Milaca. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca with military honors provided Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post #178 and Siemers-Hakes VFW Post #10794. Visitation will be from 2 – 5 PM Sunday at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Leslie Ray Wipper was born to Philip and Elsie (Carlson) Wipper on August 28, 1945 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He attended country school for first grade and then attended school in Monticello, graduating from there. Upon graduation, he worked various jobs in the southern part of Minnesota before attending college at Saint Cloud State.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965. His basic training was in San Antonio, Texas. He went to tech school and continued boot camp in Amarillo, Texas. He was stationed in Duluth a little over a year before serving in Vietnam for one year. He was then stationed in Denver, Colorado for a year, until the end of his enlistment.
Leslie worked as a gas station attendant, followed by Cornelius, Greyhound, and farming.
He moved to Big Lake after marrying Lynda June 16, 1972. They moved to a farm in Monticello in 1978. He remained there until moving to Otsego to live with and care for his elderly mother, Elsie. He moved to Milaca in 2003.
He will be remembered for the love he had for His Lord and Savior, the love he had for his family, and his sense of humor.
He passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
Leslie enjoyed building/woodworking, welding, history, movies, but he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and the rest of his family. He also enjoyed family vacations taken in the Big Boy Lake area.
Leslie is survived by his children, Dawn (Ken) Flanery, Kelly Wipper, Jayme Wipper, and Josh (Billie) Wipper; grandchildren, Victoria, Katherine, Patrick, Samuel, Abbigail, Timothy, Lucille, Jonathan, Malachi, Logan, Jennifer, Zachary, Maddison, and Phillip; brothers and sisters, Phyllis, Lola, Connie, Debbie, Laurie, Rick, Penny, and Lanny; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jacob; and brother, Jack.