David Henry Leiknes, with family by his side, and after a long and brave battle with Parkinson's disease, left this world to be with God on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
David was born March 23, 1935, in Chippewa Falls, the second of six children, to Henry and Dorothy (nee Kohler) Leiknes.
David is survived by his loving wife, Helen; his five children, Jane (Willy) Schomaker, Susan (Leo) Frentzel, Lynn (John) Graff, Jeffrey (Barbara) Leiknes, Kristin Jones; sisters Naomi (Donald) Tietz and Elizabeth "Susie" Zweig and brother Richard (Jean) Leiknes; grandchildren Bethany Loppnow, Jessica Jameson, Ryan Schmidt, Annika Leiknes, Daene Leiknes and Mary Graff; great-grandchildren, Payton Loppnow, Jayla Levay and Elise Schmidt.
David was a good man, a good soul and a good provider. David, being enamored with the sport of golf and a member of the golf team, had the honor of being the first person at Watertown High School to earn a letter in golf. After high school at age 18, he joined the U.S. Air Force. David, Airman First Class, Administrator and Revenue Agent, Agent at OSI, was stationed at Lackland, Keestler and ultimately Itazuki Air Base in Tokyo, Japan, between the years of 1954 and 1958. David was honorably discharged after his tour and returned home. He married the love of his life, Helen Schlefke, on April 8, 1961, started a family, career and further pursued his love of golf. Dave worked for Carnation in the canning division, as office manager for many years before becoming a local agent with the state Internal Revenue Service.
David was a truly gifted scratch golfer and had many notable moments he liked to share with family and friends. He played all over the world as part of the USAF golf team, noting an incredible round of 67 while in Japan for his all-time best score. David participated in 35 semi-professional golf tournaments during his life and took top honors in many of them. He even shot a "hole-in-one" during one of them.
The world of buck skinning, black powder and "Rendezvous" brought him much joy. He quickly became a highly respected figure in the area as he made and traded authentically crafted knives, hatchets, clothes, accessories and decor. David enjoyed camping in a teepee with the rest of his aficionados and reliving life in a fashion that brought back the century before our own. While at many of the Rendezvous, he competed in knife and hatchet throwing matches and scoring highly. These memories carried him through his later years.
Heaven has received a great man, and without a doubt, if there is a golf team there, he will be on it and once again smiling!
A funeral service with military honors will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Revs. Anthony Schultz and Justin Cloute officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church from noon until the time of service. Entombment will take place at a later date. Memorials in David's honor may be made to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Parkinson's Foundation or a charity of your own choosing. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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