Leighton (Lee) Robert Walstrom, 83, of Wausau, died Tuesday, April 19, 2010 at Kennedy Park Medical & Rehabilitation Center, Weston.
He was born July 2, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Emil and Eva (Lindstrom) Walstrom. Leighton married Joyce Palm on March 22, 1952 in Minneapolis; she preceded him in death on April 2, 2007. He was also preceded by his grandson Mike Lerud in 2010.
He is survived by his four children, Bryn Lerud, Elmhust, IL, Mark Walstrom (Nancy), Kensington, CA, Ann Norris (Earl), Midland, MI, and Todd Walstrom (Dawn) Weston, WI; six grandchildren, Nicole Walstrom Thies (Chris), Apple Valley, MN, Lindsey Walstrom Smaka (Eli), Crystal, MN, Karl Lerud, Milwaukee, WI, Andrew Lerud, Chicago, IL, Sally Walstrom, New Haven, CT, and Jennie Walstrom, Kensington, CA; two great-grand children, Jordyn Theis and Adrijana Smaka; two brothers, Kenneth Walstrom (Barbara), Menasha, WI and Donald Walstrom (Irene). Dassel, MN.
Lee and his brothers Don and Ken were raised in Minneapolis by their strong and devoted mother, Eva Walstrom. She bravely led the family through the depression, the wartime rationing, the loss of a young child, and many other hardships. Lee graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN in 1945 before enlisting the Coast Guard during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he attended the University of Minnesota for his bachelor's degree and met his future wife Joyce in his carpool. They married March 22, 1952 during a Minneapolis blizzard. As their four children came along and the young family moved to follow jobs in the Wood Technology industry to Peshtigo, WI, Tacoma, WA, Edina MN, Two Rivers, WI, and Ladysmith, WI before finally settling in Wausau.
Lee was a devoted husband and father and a helpful friend to many. He was extremely proud of his sons and daughters. He was also a handy guy and loved woodworking, building furniture and a boat. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and nature lover.
Memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St., Wausau. Rev. Karen Ebert will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, 203 Schiek Plaza, Rhinelander, WI 54501. Website, www.alz.org/index.asp.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com