Leslie Alan Dague, 66, died suddenly at his home in Walker on February 11, 2019.
Les was born on April 10, 1952 to Lawrence William Dague and Juanita (Jacobs) Dague in Honolulu, HI. In July, 1953 the family moved from Hawaii, where his father was stationed in the US Navy, to the Longville-Remer area.
He grew up on a resort in Island Lake and attended Longville Public School and he received Bible Release studies at Salem Lutheran Church. His natural talents were in art and building architectural model villages as a child under the great Norway pines.
Later the family bought another home in Anoka to be near the father’s employment where Les attended school at Lincoln Elementary. He soon had his first job delivering the morning paper route and rewarding himself with a new Schwinn bicycle. He became an understudy at the local coin shop and began collecting, acquiring many old and unusual items over the years.
Les moved again in 1967 to Walker, graduating from Walker High School in 1971, receiving a certificate for perfect attendance for his entire school years. During his senior year, he was commissioned to paint a scenic mural at the Walker Museum for the Ojibwe wigwam display, overseen by local artist Olive George.
Following high school, Dague went on to study architectural drafting at South Hennepin Institute of Technology, doing his apprenticeship at the IDS Building in Minneapolis.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loving the great outdoors and going on numerous out-of-state hunting trips and landing many a muskie.
His specialty was as a mason, building many a fireplace and as a carpenter, building many houses and structures in the area. He worked as a plumber for Andrew’s Plumbing. He retired from the Walker City Fire Department serving the community for many years.
Les was loved by many friends and family and will be missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Les is preceded in death by his parents. He will join them at the Dague Cemetery at Island Lake.
Those he left behind are brothers, Roger Dague, Colorado Springs, CO, Randy Dague, S. St. Paul, Kim Dague, Bemidji; sister, Teddy Knowles, Akeley; nieces Dawn Knowles Cemenski, Minnetonka, Lannita Dague Cannon and Andrian Dague Moore, of Colorado Springs and Jennifer Dague Vanderslice of AZ; nephews, Jonathan Knowles, Walker, Dan Dague, Hastings, and Matthew Dague, Proctor. Other relative include grand-nieces Veronica and Paige Cemenski, Niolletta Cannon and Emma Dague, as well as grand-nephews Isaac and Matthew Moore, Alexander Cannon and Simon and Jonas Vanderslice.
Les’ was entrusted to the care of Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences may be left at northernpeace.com.