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Leonard August Schlepuetz

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Leonard August Schlepuetz, 82, of Kimball, SD passed away of complications from West Nile Virus on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, where he had undergone a heart transplant in 1995. Funeral Mass is 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2013 at St. Margarets Catholic Church in Kimball. A Committal Service will take place at St. Margarets Catholic Cemetery with lunch to follow. Rosary will be held at the church Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. with refreshments following.

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Leonard August Schlepuetz was born on March 1, 1931 to William and Anna (Blasius) Schlepuetz at home in Kimball, SD. He attended school in Kimball and was married to Alverta (Pat) Kopke on October 27, 1951. They farmed in the Kimball area and in 1969 moved from the farm into Kimball, where Leonard worked for the Brule County Highway Department. They were together until Pat passed away on September 11, 1981. Leonard was united in marriage to Marianne London on June 1, 1990 at St. Margarets Catholic Church in Kimball.

Grateful for having shared in Leonards life: his wife, Marianne Schlepuetz of Kimball, SD; three daughters: Jeanette (Dick) Hammer of Pullman, WA, Monica (Gene) Draeger of Sioux Falls, SD and Belinda (Earl) Peterson of Ogallala, NE; a son, Garry Schlepuetz of Burnsville, MN; eight grandchildren: Travis (Christina) Shields, Stephen (Marya) Hammer, Kristina Hammer, David (Nan) Draeger, Melissa Schochenmaier, Tabitha Schochenmaier, Tyler Schlepuetz and Jayson Schlepuetz; three great-grandchildren: Xavier Merryman, Jackson Shields and Dustin Shields; two sisters: Lucille Kubik of Chamberlain, SD and Shirley Chmela of Kimball, SD; four cats, along with numerous relatives and friends.

Preceding Leonard in death are: his wife, Pat; a granddaughter, Rebecca Draeger; his parents, William and Anna; two brothers: Herbert and Wilfred "Bud" Schlepuetz and a sister, Geneva Miner.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Leonards memory to: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID Gift Fund) at www.niaid.nih.gov or University of Minnesota Foundation at give.mmf.umn.edu/giveonline. All monetary gifts to the family will be donated to these organizations.

Mount Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.mountfuneralhome.com.

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