Nicholas “Nick” Schleich


December 6, 1929 - November 19, 2018


Nicholas “Nick” Schleich, 88, Emery, SD died Monday, November 19, 2018 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Friday, November 23 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery. Burial with military honors will be in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Thursday with a scripture service at 7:00 pm at St. Martin Catholic Church. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.

Nicholas George Schleich was born on a farm southeast of Alexandria, on December 6th, 1929.  His parents were William C. Schleich and Mary C. (Kayser).  The family moved to a farm west of Emery when Nicholas was six.  He attended and graduated from St. Martin’s grade school.  He then helped his father and also became a farmer after the family moved to a farm northwest of Emery.  When Nicholas was 21, he enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years, one of which was served in Korea.

After returning to the United States, he was married to Alice Bartscher at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Farmer, SD on August 12, 1954.  He was stationed at Cheyenne, Wyoming and discharged in October.  Nick and Alice moved to the family farm.  They were parents to 5 children.  Nicholas retired from farming in 1988.  They moved to Emery and after 21 years moved to Countryside living in Mitchell.

He worked for Hanson County as Weed Supervisor for 19 years.  They moved to Emery in 1997 after farming and being in the dairy business for 43 years.  After retiring from his job as Weed Supervisor, Nick worked for Hanson County Rural Water.  He was co-owner of the C&S Pest Control.  Nicholas served as member of the Hanson County Water Board.

He also was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Korean War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 75th Air Depot Association and the DAV.  He was especially active in Emery’s American Legion Post and served as Commander and Adjutant many times and was elected Hanson County District Commander.  He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church and served on the Church Council, served as Usher and was in St. Martin’s choir.  He was the Chairman in charge of St. Martin’s Cemetery for a great number of years.  

He shared his humor and laughter with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he deeply loved.  He loved fishing, hunting and camping.  He also enjoyed woodworking and made many mini airplanes and windmills which decorated his yard.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife Alice of 64 years; five children, Nancy (Robert) Banks of Fedora, Susan (Darrel) Huber of Sioux Falls, William (Lisa) Schleich of Emery, Robert (Lori) Schleich of Mitchell and David (Bonnie) Schleich of Emery, 27 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, his sister LaVerne Nelson, sisters-in-law, Irene Olinger, Connie Bukacek, Georgie (Delbert) Weber, Maureen Weber, Teresa Bartscher, brother-in-law Bob (Leona) Bartscher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Merrill Schleich, sisters Pauline Jensen and Helen Reuss, granddaughter Lily Schleich, great grandson Quincy Perry, brothers in law Donald Bartscher, Eugene Bartscher, Bill Olinger, Jerome Bukacek, Donald Weber, Elmer Jensen, Virgil Nelson and Marvin Reuss, sisters in law Maxine Schleich and Betty Bartscher.


Thursday, November 22, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Scripture Service

St. Martin Catholic Church
342 N 3rd St
Emery, SD 57332


Friday, November 23, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
342 N 3rd St
Emery, SD 57332


Military Graveside Service
St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
Emery, SD 57332

Posted by K. Hope on November 30, 2018
Our condolences to your family. May you find comfort in knowing your loved one is resting in peace and is in God's memory. Ecclesiastes 9:5,10. Wishing you comfort.
Posted by Bev Nelsen on November 21, 2018
Praying for God to give all of you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Sent with love
Posted by Tom and Bonnie Brown on November 20, 2018
Bob and Nancy, Steve and Becky. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was the nicest person. We are recalling wonderful memories of opening day pheasant hunts with him! If there are pheasants in heaven, he and Woody will find them.
Posted by sherri on November 20, 2018
Posted by Mark and Michele Schulte on November 20, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Schleich family! Nick was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jolene Schulz on November 20, 2018
I have great memories of working with Nick when he was the Weed Supervisor in theHanson County Extension Office. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted by Vern & Dawn Schrader on November 20, 2018
Thoughts & Prayers go out for the Schleich family!!!
Posted by Barbara Dunn Danielson on November 19, 2018
Sorry to hear about your loss. God's blessings
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