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Leslie Wetmore Dead At 93, Truly Nice Man From Hancock, Wisconsin

June 3, 2020


I want to pass along the news of the death of Leslie Wetmore.

He lived a short distance from where I grew up on County Trunk KK, was at the Hancock balloting location in 1980 for the November election, and gave me a thumbs-up for voting. I vividly recall that evening as it was my first time voting. He worked with my dad for the county and was my bus driver for many years.

Les always chewed gum when driving and would count off the kids on his fingers who would cross the road and get on so to make sure no one was in front of the bus. He was conscientious with a capital C.

He was active in the Hancock town government and served with my dad on the town board.  Les was Board Secretary for 38 years.

He was most kind to me on the day of my mom’s funeral. I never saw him again. But it strikes me today–perhaps in light of the chaos all around—that there are those people who stand out as being remarkable simply because they were nice. Leslie meets that criteria’.

Les was born May 3, 1927 in Port Edwards to the late Earl and Lola (Carlton) Wetmore.  After graduating from high school, Les earned an Accounting Degree through North Central Technical College.  He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy.  After returning to Wisconsin, Les worked at Memorial Hospital in Wausau where he met his future wife, Mae Adams.  They were married on April 15, 1950 in Hancock.  Les and Mae farmed in Hancock while raising their two sons, Daniel and David.  He drove school bus for 10 years, served on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Board of Directors and for 38 years was the Hancock Town Clerk.  Les also worked for the Waushara County Highway Department retiring after 22 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, polka dancing and watching TV. 

Godspeed, Les.

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