Leo D. Shopinski, 86, of 120 Elm Street, Whiting, Wis. passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 11, 2018 at Ascension St. Michaels Hospital.
Leo was born July 28, 1931 in the Town of Plover. He was the son of the late Frank and Frances (Singer) Shopinski. He attended local schools.
Leo entered the United States Marine Corp on Feb. 7, 1952 in Milwaukee. He served as a corporal with the USMC Class III during the Korean War. Leo received the National Defense Service Medal, a Marksmanship Sharpshooters Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on February 6, 1954 at Camp Pendleton, Cali.
He married the former Irene Dombrowski on April 14, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. After their marriage the couple settled in the Stevens Point area.
Leo was employed at McDill Auto Wrecking for over 40 years, where he enjoyed working for three generations of the Glenzer family. After his retirement, he worked seasonally for over 20 years for the Greg Kizewski Potato Farm.
In 1993 Leo and Irene traveled to Camp Pendleton, and to Camp LeJeune, NC to see the changes from 40 years ago during his military service. They were able to locate his best service buddy and reconnect with him. Leo was a lifelong member of the Marine Corp League of Central Wisconsin Detachment Post 350 and the Berens Scribner American Legion Post 6 of Stevens Point.
Leo enjoyed fishing, gardening, and feeding birds. He was an avid sports fan, loved watching the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Nascar.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to St. Bronislava Catholic Church or the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
Leo is survived by his wife Irene of 62 years, his children; Sue (the late Jeff Fritsch), Jeff (Nancy) Shopinski, both of Stevens Point, Sandra (Dale) Swanson of Brussels, Wis., and Sharon (Casey) Sullivan of Plover; his grandchildren; Jeremy (Jenna) Fritsch, Jaycie (Brandon) Stremkowski, Allison (Nick) Swain, Molly, Jill, Lauren, Maggie and Dale Jr. Swanson, Bobby Sullivan and Matt Despin; his great-grandchildren, Emma and Teddy Fritsch, Elodie Stremkowski and Tatumn Swain; and his three sisters, Delores Matke, Jeanette Smrz and Betty Scheppa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers George and David, one sister Evelyn Fabisiak and his son-in-law Jeff Fritsch.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at St. Bronislava Catholic Church. Rev. Ed Shuttleworth officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in the St. Bronislava Parish Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 9 AM Thursday morning at St. Bronislava Church until the time for mass. The Pisarski Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Plover is honored to be serving the family.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.