John Leitheiser, 43, Emery, SD died peacefully Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his home near Emery.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, January 6, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery. Burial will be in the St. Martin Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Friday with a Scripture service at 7:00 pm at the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.
John Gerald Leitheiser was born on April 10th, 1974 to George and Beatrice (Stoffel) Leitheiser in Mitchell, SD. He was the first of five children. He was later joined by brother Adam, sisters Diane and Sara, and younger brother Will.
John lived his whole life in the Emery area. He attended and graduated from Emery High School in 1993. Following graduation, he joined his parents on their dairy farm outside Emery. In 2008, he moved to his own farm and continued in the family business until his passing. John was dedicated to his farm tasks and enjoyed going into the field, provided the tractor had a cab and it was heated and cooled.
John was an active member of St. Martin's Catholic Church. His true passion in life was sports, having done stats and camera in high school, cheering on the home team in football and basketball, and running the scoreboard for the Dimock-Emery Raptors baseball team. He attended as many home and away games as possible. He was also a tried and true Vikings fan.
He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, George and Beatrice, his brother Adam (Greta) of Emery, sister Diane of Aberdeen, sister Sara (Kyle) Beach of Boone, IA, brother Will of Sioux Falls, nieces Bridgette, Allison, and Emily Leitheiser and Nora Beach, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his nephew Henry Beach, grandparents Joseph and Dorothy Leitheiser, and grandparents Gerald and Darlene Stoffel.