Obituary for Leslie E. Hewines

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Leslie E. Hewines, 82, of Holmen, passed away Friday July 14, 2017 at the Bethany Riverside Care Center. He was born in Canton, Ohio on September 28, 1934 to Leslie and Emma (Snyder) Hewines. He married Loretta Svoboda on June 9, 1956 and later divorced but remained very close friends throughout their lives.
Leslie served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1971, serving in Korea and two tours in Viet-Nam. Retiring after 20 years with the rank of Master Sargent. Leslie was very respected for his military service and remained involved in programs that honored military veterans. He was also so proud to be able to be a part of a Freedom Honor Flight.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Leslie worked at River City Steel as a welder. He absolutely loved to paint and enjoyed woodworking, fishing and coin collecting. Leslie also enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh. Above all else though, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by a special friend, Loretta Mooney, his children; Jay (Sue) Hewines of La Crosse, Tracy (Dale) Sacia of Holmen and Randy (Cheryl Blackstone) Hewines of La Crosse, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and Frank and Harriet Svoboda who meant the world to him.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse. Pastor Allison Cobb will officiate and burial with military honors will be in the Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Freedom Honor Flight. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.
We would like to to extend a special thank you to Bethany Riverside for the care and compassion they provided to our father.