Thursday, April 19, 2012



AGE: 93

ADDRESS: N5147 S. Grassy Knoll Tr. Medford Town of Chelsea Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:17 P.M. Wednesday, April 18 at the Memorial Health Center E.R. where he was transported earlier by ambulance.

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 21, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey, where full Military Honors will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

PLACE OF BURIAL: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey

VISITATION AT: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 21 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 19, 1919 in the Town of Mayville, Clark County

EDUCATION: Dorchester Area Schools and a 1937 Graduate of Dorchester High School

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: November 6, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa to Merle E. Thompson and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Les worked at various jobs until October 1940 when he inducted into Federal Service with the Army National Guard 32nd Division. He trained Camp Livingston, LA. Attended Military School in Edgewood Arsenal Maryland and Fort Sill, OK. Went overseas in 1944 to the European Theater where he served under General G. Patton’s third Army. He was awarded 3 Battle Stars, Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe. He returned to the States in 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on October 26, 1945. Les then worked at the former Harvey Company until 1966 and then moved to Belvidere, IL. And worked at the Chrysler Corporation until his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey, Klossner-Dietzler VFW Post #5729 and the United Auto Workers

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Merle E. Dake of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Judy) Thompson of Medford, Gale (Mary) Dake of McCloud, Oklahoma and Sharon (Joe) Hodge of Rockford, Illinois

5 Grandchildren: Randal Brosious, Frances Lairson and Lester Dake, Susan and Lori Thompson

Several Great-Grandchildren

SURVIVING BROTHERS: Delbert (Gloria) Dake of Lakewood, California

DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: 3 Brothers: Rev. Melvin Dake, Wayne, Dake and Ray Dake
Sister: Cynthia Dake


DECEASED MOTHER: Mollie Dake (Maiden Name: Habeck)

PALLBEARERS: Lester Dake, Randy Brosious, Susan and Lori Thompson, Frances and Tharold “Tig” Lairson

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Les’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church W5334 Dassow Ave. Medford, WI 54451
Hemer Funeral Home of Medford is assisting the family with arrangements
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