Leland Jerome Briggs

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Leland Jerome Briggs

January 29, 2019

Leland Jerome Briggs Leland Jerome Briggs
The spirit of Leland Jerome Briggs, 79, has flown high, beyond the sky, into everlasting peace. He passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. He leaves behind a family who has always depended on his strength of character, wisdom and love.
Leland was blessed to grow up in the small town of Ettrick and could always count on his childhood friends for skating, skiing, swimming, fishing and all around fun. In his adult years, his favorite memories were playing for Irv's Bar Softball Team, where his pitching skills helped bring home many victories, fishing in the North American Walleye Tournament in La Crosse, where he placed fourth and hunting with his sons and grandsons. He worked many years as a supervisor in local industries including ETCO and TRW.
He graduated from Gale Ettrick in 1957 and proudly served four years in the U.S. Navy. His marriage to Carolyn Mitchell followed and they were blessed with Sally (Bob) Le Tendre of Racine, Wis., David (Amy) Briggs and twin brother, Darrin (Missy) Briggs both of Onalaska. Leland enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren, Jonathon and Lauren Le Tendre, Cameron and Karli Briggs and Landon and Carter Briggs. He also leaves behind his brothers, John O. Briggs of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Russell Briggs of Columbus, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Irene (Nelson) Briggs; brothers, Robert and Curtis Briggs; a sister, Patricia; and an infant son, Daniel.
Leland had strong passions in life; family, the great outdoors and a work ethic beyond reproach. His passing leaves a void that can never be filled.
A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Ettrick, with Father Amalraj Antony presiding. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the church. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Ettrick Fire Department and G.E.T. First Responders, the wonderful staff at Gundersen Health System, for their care and compassion and the Veterans Administration.
Memorials can be directed to St. Bridget's Catholic Church, the Ettrick Fire Department or the G.E.T. First responders.
Online condolences may be left at www.fossumfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 31, 2019
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Dick & Susan Teska
Feb 03, 2019
Sorry to hear of Leland’s passing and sorry we were unable to be at his funeral, we will keep him in our prayers
Sylvia Holter
Feb 02, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Lee's passing. I have very fond memories of working with him in Ettrick. I will always remember his pleasant demeanor and smile when I would see him. He will be missed! My sincerest sympathy to his wife and family.
Rob and Ann Johnson
Jan 31, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families!
Jan 31, 2019
So sorry for your loss... He was a special man! Loved waiting on him @ Hdwe Hank! Never a harsh word... kind and patient!! He will be missed by all!!!
Dea Hertzfeldt
Jan 31, 2019
I have great memories working for Lee in Ettrick. He was a great guy. So sorry for your loss.Sending prayers to the family.
Sonya Erickson
Jan 31, 2019
The wonderful thing about growing up in Ettrick, was that everyone was like family. I've known Leland all my life, and Leland was always friendly and kind to everyone. I was so happy when he and Carolyn got married, I thought what a great couple. I am so sorry for your loss....he will be missed...God's Blessings to his family!
Jan 31, 2019
Always enjoyed the talks. A very caring man. Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the family! RIP Lee!
Joann Tidquist
Jan 30, 2019
so sorry for your loss we had good times at ETCO prayers to the family
Karen Peters
Jan 30, 2019
Lee was a kind and caring person and a great boss. I have many memories of Lee and working for him in the Ettrick factory. He was a great man and he will be remembered. You have my sincere sympathy.
Maxine Severson
Jan 30, 2019
So sorry to hear about Leland. He was one of my childhood friends before we were even in school. David & I have been thinking of him often and you have our deepest sympathy.