Harold Leitheiser, 83, of Emery died Monday, January 6, 2020 at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, SD.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 11 at St Martin’s Catholic Church in Emery. Burial will be in Saint Martin Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from5:30-7:30 PM Friday at the Church with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Harold Peter Leitheiser was born on April 2nd, 1936 to Casper & Viola Leitheiser. Harold was baptized into St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Emery, where he was a lifelong member.
Harold proudly served in the Army National Guard, for 6 years. Harold met the love of his life, Delores, over a piece of pineapple pie, on October 25th, 1958. They married on February 22nd, 1960 and celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in February. They farmed together south of Emery for over fifty years. They spent many hours together caring for their dairy farm and doing field work, with their children, Brian and Lori, and their families. Harold also served on the Hanson County Soil Conservation Board and the Catholic Order of Foresters for many years.
Harold is survived by his wife, Delores, Emery; his daughter Lori Jansen and her husband Dave, and son Brian Leitheiser, his first-wife Tammy (deceased) and his second-wife Becky, of Emery; six grandchildren: Zackary Leitheiser of Mitchell, Madyson Leitheiser of Emery, Jeremy Jansen of Sioux Falls, Chandler Jansen of Emery, Brooks Jansen of Emery, Brandon Jansen of Emery; his four sisters Joanne Haag (Cyril) of Fulton, Anne Marie Haag (Allen) of Ethan, Carol Klinkhammer (Gary) of Salem, Theresa Catron (Jack) of Emery; his brother Louis Leitheiser (Carol) of Cedar Rapids, IA, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Mary Margaret Leitheiser, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy Leitheiser.
Harold will be fondly remembered by his passion for his farm and his un-matched construction skills using 16-penny nails. Harold also will be fondly remembered for his sweet-tooth, particularly for cookies and A&W Root beer. He was a wonderful husband and father, a loving grandfather and a good friend and neighbor to all who knew him.