Cover photo for Leif Rahn Mogensen's Obituary
Leif Rahn Mogensen Profile Photo
1971 Leif 2024

Leif Rahn Mogensen

July 26, 1971 — July 2, 2024


Leif Rahn Mogensen age 52 of Madison, WI passed away Tuesday July 2, 2024 due to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. He was a much beloved husband, father, son, and friend.

Leif was born in Wausau, WI on July 26, 1971 to Maynard and Nancy Mogensen. He lived in Wausau until he transferred to UW-Madison in 1992. He met his wife Rebecca through a common friend. It was love at first date, and they married August 19, 1995. He graduated from UW-Madison with a double major in nursing and history in 1996.

Leif surrounded himself with many friends and family.

He was known as a man with a great sense of humor. Leif worked as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room at Meriter Hospital. It can be a tension filled job, but Leif knew exactly when to tell a one-liner to get people to laugh, relax, and refocus. He was smart and creative. He drew many pictures and slipped them into co-workers’ pockets to make them laugh later. He was a fine RN, kind, compassionate, hardworking, and capable. He was always one to lend a helping hand.

It was important to Leif to own his own home. He and Rebecca purchased their first house in 1997. Leif loved working on the house. He built furniture, remodeled the bathroom, and figured out how to paint aluminum siding. Leif taught himself to fix cars, do plumbing, build staircases, build railings, and many other handy skills. Leif had endless energy and spent little time sitting. He was all action all the time.

Leif and Rebecca had three children: Maxwell, Owen, and Cody. Leif was an involved father going to Boy Scout events, concerts, baseball games, and career days. For over ten years, Randall Elementary School had a small stained-glass window displayed that Leif taught Owen’s class how to make.

Leif had many hobbies. He designed and made stained-glass windows for his house and garage as well as two in his mother’s house. He loved woodworking and adding crown molding to his house. He loved biking and made many long bike trips between Madison and Milwaukee as well as Madison and Platteville.

He will forever be missed by those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca, his children Maxwell, Owen, and Cody, his mother Nancy, his brother Eric (Barb), his niece Betsy, his cousin Amy, and many extended family.

He is preceded in death by his father Maynard, his grandparents Bernard, Alice, George, and Hazel, and many Uncles and Aunts.

Funeral Services will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison, WI at 11 AM Friday July 12. Parking vouchers will be distributed for those parking in the ramp across N Carroll Street. Handicap and other limited parking is available in the lot behind the church.

Visitation will be held at Cress Funeral Home at 3610 Speedway Rd in Madison, WI from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday July 11 and directly before the funeral at Bethel Lutheran Church beginning at 10 AM.

A celebration of life will occur Friday July 12 from about 4 to 7 at Jordan’s Big 10 Pub.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, July 11, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service - Madison - West

3610 Speedway Rd, Madison, WI 53705

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, July 12, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Friday, July 12, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 3032

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors