Nicholas Leschak, of Isle, died on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Onamia Hospital. He was 89 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th at Faith Lutheran Church in Isle.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INURNMENT will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Isle.
Nicholas Leschak, of Isle, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia. He was 89 years old.
Nick was born June 10, 1924 to parents Maxim and Helen Leschak in Chisholm MN. His parents were both Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from Austria-Hungary, currently part of Poland. Nick was one of eight children. Shortly after graduating from Chisholm high school he was drafted into WWII. While on his bus trip to Fort Snelling, he got his first look at Mille Lacs Lake. Nick flew missions over France and Germany from his air base in Kettering, England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross & Air Medal. Returning to Chisholm after the war, Nick attended Hibbing Junior College and worked for the Oliver Mining Company. He decided that driving a Euclid and living on the Iron Range was not for him. Remembering the Mille Lacs Lake area, he found a job working for the William’s Newspaper Company in Kanabec County. It was there he met and married Ramona Spar. The couple had moved to Spencer, Iowa for a job. While there, they found out about an opportunity with a tackle company called “Little Joe” owned by Joe Fladebo. With a small loan from a family friend they started “Lakeland Printers” in the basement of the old Marshall-Wells Store (now Teal’s Market). Nick was active in the community as a Mason and a member of the American Legion. For years, around Christmas time, he sponsored a day of bowling with a pop and a hot dog for the area youth. He donated paper and money to just about every community based group in Isle.
His hobbies included bowling, flying and playing pool. He loved competing in bowling tournaments with his son, Jim. Another passion of his was flying his Cessna 152, he commented on the fact that it was nice to be able to fly around and enjoy the scenery without worrying about being shot down by enemy planes.
Nick was a true family man. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He was always ready and willing to help family and friends. He will be truly missed by all who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his son Michael; parents; one stepsister Julia Parrish; three sisters Mary, Kate and Ann Leschak and three brothers John, Frank and Peter Leschak.
Nick is survived by his wife Ramona; children Paula Leschak Rose (Thomas) and James Leschak (Kim); grandchildren Jessica and Aaron Leschak and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Isle with Rev. Paul Brown officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Music will be provided by Marlene Moss and the Tramm Family. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Isle. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.