Leland O. Skowen, 86, Appleton. Though he fought with great dignity and determination, Leland (Lee) Oscar Skowen lost his fight against cancer on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Lee was born January 30, 1925 in North Iola, Wisconsin to the late Adolph and Elise (Gunderson) Skowen. On June 4, 1957 Lee married his soul mate and recent caregiver, Leone Senecal and made their home in Appleton, Wisconsin. During their marriage they enjoyed: traveling the U.S., often times visiting friends in other states, spending time in Florida, their cottage on Green Lake, Wisconsin and their second home in Iola, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school in Amherst, Wisconsin, Lee held various jobs until being drafted to the U.S. Army. He served his country from 1950-1952. After service he continued his education attending the area’s technical school and schooling in Chicago, Illinois. Lee was always interested in learning new skills and in recent years tried to conquer the computer and internet. He held various jobs throughout his life. His primary job was at Miller Electric working for many years and retiring in 1971. Lee also loved to do carpentry work, always having some sort of project or projects going. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Leone Senecal Skowen, Appleton; a sister-in-law, Donna Skowen, Iola; Leone’s sisters: LaVerne Thurk, Appleton, Pat (Carl) Sengstock, Appleton and Barbara Powers, Markesan; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Harmon Skowen and Elmore Skowen; his sisters: Lucille Rasmussen, Eleanor Townsend and Dagny Skowen; Leone’s parents, Wm. Senecal, Sr. and Mamie Senecal; Leone’s brother, Wm. Senecal, Jr. and her sister Marceil Frahm. It was Lee’s final wish that his body be donated to science in hopes of giving young doctors a learning tool to defeat the cancer disease in generations to come. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 26, 2011, at First English Lutheran Church, 326 E. North St. Appleton, WI with Pastor Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. and a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.