Leslie J. Kaskinen, 86, of Bellaire, passed away on February 19, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, TX.
He was born on May 19, 1934, in Manistee, MI, the son of John and Saimi (Hagelberg) Kaskinen.
Les was raised in Kaleva, MI and went on to serve in the Army National Guard in the late 50’s.
His life revolved around his family and work. He owned and operated Leslie Leasing in Bellaire for many years as well as multiple other companies from Bellaire to Kaleva and in between. He held memberships at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, Hope Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Lions Club in both Kaleva and Bellaire as well as the Chevrolet Dealer Counsel. He and Jean loved to travel and covered most of the world in their 64 years of marriage.
On March 3, 1956, in Onekama, MI, he married Norma “Jean” Fredericks who survives.
Also surviving are 2 children, Rhonda (Lloyd) Williams of Hemphill, TX, Brent Kaskinen of Bellaire, a brother Arlie (Doris) Kaskinen of Bear Lake, MI, 2 step-grandchildren, Justin (Sandy) Williams of AL, Alex Williams of AL, and a step-great-great grandson Lonnie Williams.
He was preceded in death by a son Mark Leslie Kaskinen, a sister Ila Wuorinen, Brother Norman Kaskinen and his parents.
Visitation will be on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Funeral services will be private at the Hope Lutheran Church in Bellaire with Pastor Wade Seaver officiating.
Burial will take place later in the spring when weather permits at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kaleva.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Hope Lutheran Church, PO BOX 160, Bellaire, MI, 49615.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
The above obituary is for my Uncle Les. He was married to the youngest sister, Norma "Jeannie" of my mother. He split his time between Central Lake, Michigan and Texas, where his daughter, Rhonda, lived. He became ill in the Winter of 2021 and never recovered. Rest in Peace, Uncle Les.