Leslie N. Hellickson
Leslie N. Hellickson
Leslie N. Hellickson, 74, of Preston died Feb. 26, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Leslie was born on Aug. 9, 1937, in Ostrander, the son of Arnold and Hulda (Kohn) Hellickson. He attended school in Preston. He worked hauling milk for the Preston Creamery. He married Elosie Patrick and the couple moved to Silver Bay, Minn. where he worked for the Silver Bay Mining Co. for a few years. The couple later divorced.

He returned to the Preston area and worked for Anderson Lumber. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Betty Roos in Preston. From 1960 to 1962 he served in the United States Army stationed in Germany. After his military service he came back to Preston and hauled bulk milk for the Preston Creamery. In 1967, they moved to the farm east of Preston and lived there for 20 years.

In 1988 he purchased Preston Oil Products and was there until his retirement. He worked part-time for the city mowing lawns. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, and served on the church council for four years. For several years he served on the Preston Fair Board. He also belonged to the Preston Saddle Club and Snowmobile Club. He was an active member of the Preston American Legion and VFW. He loved fishing, playing cards, dancing and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by three daughters, Kimbra Hoiem (Barbara Miller) of Bruno, Minn., Tisha (Scott) Bergner, and Nicki (Matthew) Carothers, both of Nelson. Wis.; two grandchildren, Khloe and Max Carothers; three brothers, Donovan (Lorraine) of Sanborn, Minn., Gerald (Elaine), and Richard (Geri); one sister, Marlene McKenzie; and one sister-in-law, Lavonne Hellickson, all of Preston. He is also survived by his former wife Betty Hellickson of Preston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 3, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Military rites were performed by the Preston American Legion and VFW Posts.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family. Online condolences may be left@thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.