Gaylene "Gale" H Breidenbach


June 22, 1920 - March 13, 2012



Gaylene H. Breidenbach was born June 22, 1920, to Philip and Clara (Johnson) Breidenbach in Mitchell SD. He grew up and attended schools in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1938. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942.  On June 27, 1943, he married Lorraine Kayser in Leavenworth, KS. He was sent to Michigan and various places and finally deployed to New Guinea and the Philippines in May 1944.  He returned from WWII in 1945 and was discharged from the Army in January 1946.

Gale worked for Grand Union Tea Company as District Supervisor in Sioux City, IA.  He returned to Mitchell as Manager of the Red Owl Food Store where he continued employment for 23 years. Lorraine worked for Northwestern Bell.   In 1969 he went into farming and his hobby and passion finally became his job.  He also worked for Scott’s Supply while farming. He retired in 2005.

Gale was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lion’s Club, American Legion, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and the Polka Dance Club.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two sons Gary (Ardis) Breidenbach, Mitchell; Philip (Cheryl) Breidenbach, Idaho Falls, ID; one daughter, Kathy (Jerry) Burks, Indianapolis, IN; brother, Philip Breidenbach, Grand Junction, CO; six grandchildren: Jacob, Jason, Courtney, Rachel, Michael and Nicole.  5 great –grandchildren: Jaycee, Jade, Ellie, Kinzey and Colin. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joyce Heuschkel, and brother Clayton Breidenbach


Thursday, March 15, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture ~ Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, March 16, 2012
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Janice (Kaus) Schlimgen on March 22, 2012
So sorry to hear of your father's death. May GOd bless and comfort you family at this saddened time.
Posted by peggy (Thurman) Richarz on March 19, 2012
I will always remember Gale as being very kind hearted and patient. He said few words but every word was important and always of Goodwill and caring. He is with his Savior now and rests in peace. God Bless all Family.
Posted by Bill & Barb Mecham on March 18, 2012
Barb will always remember Gale's kindness & fatherly guidence while under his supervision at Red OwL in Mitchell. He took me under his wing and helped me out when I was in need of a job during high school. My husband Bill and I always enjoyed visiting with Gale & Lorraine on our trips to S.D. Gale had a generous heart and a keen mind. He will be greatly missed. May God bless and comfort his family.
Posted by Rose Ella and David Roach and Gail Coe on March 18, 2012
Our condolences to the Gale Breidenbach family for the loss of a loved and delightful man. We remember him with fondness for his friendliness and story telling. He was a fun member at the Breidenbach reunions. Love to all.
Posted by Melinda Breidenbach Catapano on March 17, 2012
Uncle Gale was bigger than iife in so many ways, and he will always have a special place in my heart. I especially loved his quick wit, hearty laugh, endless generosity, and big, strong hugs that always made me feel so safe. Rest in peace, dear Gale, and love to the family. Wish I could be with you today but you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jan Koch on March 16, 2012
I was saddened and sorry to hear that Gale had passed away. It must be very hard for all of you. I always enjoyed visiting with him when we came to take blood pressures. May God be with you and your family always, but especially during this time of need. We will miss him.
Posted by Willie and Kay on March 15, 2012
So sorry to hear of Gale's death. Will keep the family in our
Prayers. Willie has good memories of Gale.
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