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Marin Independent Journal
December 1, 2002
Leslie "Les" A. Southwick
Passed away on November 28, 2002 from a heart disease at the age of 84. He was an 11th generation American with his ancestors arriving in what is now Massachusetts in 1627. Although his family resided in Bowling Green, Ohio, Les was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where his mother journeyed to give birth to all of her children in the same hospital with the same doctor. The family had two residences. During the week, they lived in town and on the weekend the family lived and worked on the family farm. Les graduated from Bowling Green State University. He served in World War II as a first sergeant in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and serviced General Patton's tanks. Les moved to San Francisco in 1951 and Marin County in 1956. He married his wife Dolores in 1956. They lived in Mill Valley briefly then moved to Terra Linda and resided there for 32 years before moving to Oakmont in Santa Rosa, CA in 1988. Les worked in the automotive parts business for 3o years and was the original owner of San Anselmos Auto Parts from 1958 to 1974. He was a golf enthusiast, a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Rohnert Park Kut Ups, the Gadabouts and the SIRS Chapter 77. He took great pride in his family and will be remembered for his unceasing wit and sense of humor. We will all miss his jokes and laughter. Les is survived by one daughter and son in law: Jenay and Kevin Cottrell of Novato, CA; two sons and daughters in law: Michael and Marianne Southwick of Lewisville, TX and Mitchell and Soni Southwick of Sacramento, CA; and five grandchildren, Sean, Cassandra and Kenneth Cottrel of Novato and Stephanie and Ryan Southwick of Lewisville. He also leaves two sisters Helen Hepfinger of Bowling Green, Ohio and Twila Allen of Mentor, Ohio, a niece and several nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 11:00 AM at LAFFERTY & COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. Private interment Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the COLONIAL CHAPEL from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Tuesday December 3, 2002. Donations may be made to the American Heart Assn or United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay or Hospice of Marin.
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