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“Deepest sympathy on loos of a good man, fried, father and grandfather. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jo Heller - Greenfield, WI

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Les' family, sorry for your loss. Jeremiah 29:11, 12 assures us that God is thinking thoughts of...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Praying that God will bring you and your family comfort, peace, and wonderful memories during this sad and difficult time! ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Melanie Holsclaw - Frankfort, IN

“Les was such a sweet and funny guy. He would come out to Lakeside to visit with us even when he was unable to play. He was a joy to know and will...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Sylvia Gross - Fort Wayne, IN

“I met Les the year I tranferred here from New Jersey in 1995 and got to know him after I joined the "ITT retirees" golfing each week since 2010. He...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Ed Matten - Fort Wayne, IN

“Many times after golf our group would go grab a bite to eat. I always enjoyed talking with Les and sharing stories about Michigan. We both shared a...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: JUDITH WOLFE - FORT WAYNE, IN

“Les was one of my favorite people at ITT. I had the occasion to work for him and found him to be kind and funny. My sympathy to his family. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Suzanne Kowal - Fairhaven, MA

“I had the pleasure of working both with and for Les for several years at ITT. We always had a special connection in that my wife and I are also from...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Don Gagnon - Fort Wayne, IN

“ To all of Les' Family I didn't know your loved one very well but I belonged to Messiah along with him for many years! I wanted you all to know...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Grace Reed - Fort Wayne, IN

“Bonnie and family, we are so very sorry for your great loss. May your memories give you peace in this difficult time. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Theresa & Ron Kluczynski - WI

Leslie "Les" L. Henriksen, 86, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2018. Les was an Electrical Engineer for ITT from 1967 to 1995 when he retired. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1958 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Les grew up in Beechwood, MI, a place he always called "home." He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN. He enjoyed traveling, time with his children and grandchildren (in whom he took much pride), reading, woodworking, fishing, and the outdoors. He had lifelong friends from his ITT golf league, and he felt great joy when playing his trumpet and cornet with the ITT dance band for many years.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Karen (Paul) Marshall of Lodi, WI; Laura (Michael) Bowman of Fortville, IN; Bonnie (Frank) Gailloreto of Whitewater, WI; seven grandchildren, Allison (James) Detert, Ben (Martha) Heller, David (Cagla Muslu) Marshall, Luke (Anne) Heller, Lesleigh (Isaac) Denniston, Jordan Heller, and Andrew Bowman; and three sisters, Carolyn Dunlap, Dorothy Javoroski, and Ruth Lopez all of Iron River, MI. Les is preceded in death by his parents, Louis C. and Mildred M. (Johnson) Henriksen, wife Carolyn L. (Kahler) Henriksen, and a grandson, Gabriel Heller. Services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 12 noon at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7211 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN, with visitation at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Highland Park Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church, Parkview Home Health & Hospice, or Beechwood Historical Society. D.O. McComb & Sons-Pine Valley is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.