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Clark A. Leeson, 65

Clark Alfred Leeson, 65

Clark Alfred Leeson, 65, of Hudson passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 25, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born to Emery and Mathilda "Tillie" (Furst) Leeson on July 14, 1943, in Red Wing, Minn. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1961.

On Aug. 29, 1964, he married Heidi Ann Flueger.

Clark graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and earned his graduate degree from the University of Minnesota. Clark spent time studying at Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Trinity College in Dublin and at the University of Edinburgh.

After working for Dun & Bradstreet and as a cabinet and furniture maker, Clark found his calling as a teacher. He spent 23 years as a professor of English literature and recently retired as a senior lecturer from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

While at UW-Stout, Clark led student computer initiatives, was recognized by the Multicultural Student Association, and earned a Teacher of the Year award.

Clark was a true renaissance man. He was skilled in many arts: painting, sketching, cross-stitch and playing the guitar. He enjoyed a variety of musical styles and was an excellent cook. He was a wonderful storyteller, with a story for most occasions, and an avid conversationalist. Clark could often be found in the middle of a good discussion. He was a voracious reader and loved to read anything and everything!

Along with his wife, Heidi, he visualized, created and maintained a beautiful flower garden at his home. He grew up with and always enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a member of Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited and a charter member of the Red Wing Wildlife League.

Clark enjoyed fly fishing as well as fishing on the Mississippi River and northern lakes. He enjoyed watching and playing sports. Baseball was his favorite; he loved watching and discussing the Twins with family and friends. For his personal game, he chose golf. He loved time out on the links with family and friends.

Clark is survived by his wife, Heidi; sons, Kirk (Terri) of Hudson and Michael (Sharon) of Leuven, Belgium; beloved granddaughters, Mathilda "Emmy" and Piper of Hudson; cousin, Bruce Nihart; godchildren, Dale Marty and Amy Anderson; his large, extended Flueger and Nugent families; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church and also on Monday, Dec. 1, from 3 until 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.