Leonard D. Burhenn, age 81, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice. The family will greet friends Thursday, December 19 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home 13th & Main Avenue, with a scripture service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be said at 11:00 am Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, with burial and military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Leonard will be remembered by some as a skilled fisherman, avid hunter and occasional story-teller. Thankfully, reconciliation was available through the Catholic Church after the story-telling. However, he will be remembered by everyone who knew him as a man with a multitude of friends and no known enemies.
As a devoted husband to Joyce for 57-years they shared an enviable life together. For over 40-years their summers were spent with friends and family at Lake Madison. Their later years were divided between Sioux Falls and Arizona where they spent time with their son Tom and his family during the winter months.
Leonard's greatest sorrow was the loss of his son Tim on September 12, 1999. Tim's memory lives on through his three beautiful daughters, Carrie, Nicole, Amy and their families.
Mesothelioma, the horrific cancer caused by asbestos exposure was responsible for Leonard's death. One of his final wishes was to make this fact known to all who read of his passing.
Leonard was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the V.F.W and the American Legion. His military service was honored and memorialized at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Joyce, his son Tom (Karen), of Tucson, AZ, a daughter in-law, Peggy (Michael) Burhenn, Sioux Falls, grandchildren, Carrie (Jamie) Stolp, Oklahoma City, OK, Nicole (James) Roach, Sioux Falls, Amy (Justin) Horn, Brandon, SD, and Timothy Burhenn, Tucson, his great grandchildren, Timothy and Micah-Anne Stolp, Savannah Burhenn and Haley Roach. He is also survived by his brother Bob (LaVonne) Burhenn, Sioux Falls.
In addition to his son Tim, his parents, a brother and four sisters, preceded him in death.