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Terrance A. 'TL' Leiskau


OMA, Wis. — Terrance A. “TL” Leiskau, 67, of Town Hall Road, Oma, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1946, in New London, son of the late Atwood and Laverne (Koplein) Leiskau, and resided in East Troy, where he graduated from high school in 1964. He then entered the Wisconsin National Guard on March 5, 1966, serving for five years and three months, and was activated into the regular Army at the outset of the Milwaukee riots during that time.

TL was employed as a machinist for Waukesha Engine in Waukesha for more than 40 years, retiring in December 2007 and moving permanently to Oma. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and four-wheeling, and was a member of the White Thunder Riders, the A-Team ATV Club and the East Troy Snow Trojans. He held a special place in his heart for his partner, Collie, and his dog, Jake.

He was formerly married to Kathleen “Susie” Pope.

Surviving are a son, Jeff (Ann), and daughter, Terri Lynn (Craig) Messerschmidt, both of East Troy; two grandchildren, Philip and Tanner Messerschmidt; a stepgranddaughter, Katie Jo Manka; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Xander and Hayden; two brothers, Robert (Barbara), Livingston, Texas, and Gary (Carol), Hancock, Wis .; three sisters, Patricia Sippel, Fond du Lac, Janet (Don) Ready, Mukwonago, and Marlene (George) Grauwels, Fairchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per TL’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m., preceded by visitation at 1 p.m., at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell St., in Ironwood, Mich., with the Rev. Kurt Kovanen officiating.

A reception will follow at the Oma Town Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Condolences may be given to TL’s family online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.


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