Leonard Millard Weisz was born April 4, 1937, the youngest of three children of Theodore and Hattie Weisz. He completed the eighth grade at a country school in the Kaylor area. On July 8, 1960, Leonard and LaVonne Suess were united in marriage in Scotland. To this union, five children were born: Brenda, Douglas, Darren, Tara and Todd. Leonard worked for the Kaylor Locker for several years before he and LaVonne moved to Freeman. He was employed by AMPI, a position he held for 36 years, first delivering milk to the Parkston Creamery, and then for the Freeman AMPI Creamery for the duration of his career. Leonard would often tell the story of how he first hauled milk in heavy galvanized cans. In the mid-60s, Leonard and LaVonne moved to Parkston, first living in town and eventually moving to a small farm where Leonard raised livestock and crops. Leonard served in the National Guard for many years. Following his retirement from AMPI, Leonard delivered milk to the Dimock Cheese Factory well into his 70s. At the same time he drove school bus for Parkston School District. He also transported Parkston athletes to sporing events where he enjoyed watching the Trojans compete. He continued to drive the school bus until the end of this past school year. Following the death of his wife, Sept. 16, 1985, the Suess family continued to
be a big part of his life. In November of 1995, Leonard underwent a heart transplant at the University Hospital in St. Paul, MN. This transplant afforded Leonard the opportunity to live for nearly 20 additional years. His family will always be indebted to the young man and his family for donating his heart and sharing the gift of life. Leonard lived a simple life and was most happy
when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He loved being on the open road and would often take road trips to Green Bay, WI, Colorado, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Leonard is proceeded in death by his parents; his brother Elmer, his wife LaVonne, and his brothers-in-law Don Herman, Elmer Suess and Melvin Suess, and his sister-in-law Barb Suess.
He is survived by his daughters Brenda (Bruce) Bormann of Eaton, CO, and Tara (Steven) Wilber of Brookings, SD; sons: Douglas (Ita) Weisz of Green Bay, WI, Darren Weisz of Sioux Falls, and Todd (Shawn) Weisz of Parkston; grandchildren Derek (Brittany), Andrew (Cassie) and Ethan Bormann, Katie (Will) Ohman; Samuel, Jayden and Drew Wilber, Alyssa and Hayle Weisz, and Luqman Weisz; his sister Viola Mehlhoff; sisters-in-law Marlene Herman and Sue Suess; brothers-in-law Marvin (Alice) Suess, Maynard Suess, Ron (Barb) Suess, and Gary (Lori) Suess, and a host of neices and nephews.