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Eugene Leao

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Eugene Leao

Eugene C. Leao, 93, of Pierre, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016. There will be a Graveside Service at 2:00pm MST Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Black Hills National Cemetery, in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Eugene Leao was born on September 12, 1923 in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, the son of Elmer M. and Edna (Kohl) Leao.

Eugene was a graduate of the Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD in 1941 and later attended Augustana College. From 1943 until 1945, he served in the United States Army during WWII. After his discharge from the military, he continued his education at Augustana and graduated in 1948. He was united in marriage to Noreen J. Nordmarken on August 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then attended Black Hills State Teachers College. From 1957 until 1962, they lived in Rapid City while Eugene was employed full time with the Army National Guard. In 1962, they moved to Pierre, SD and lived there until 1968. They then moved to Arlington, SD until moving to Estelline, SD in 1970. Eugene was then employed with the South Dakota Department of Revenue as an auditor until his retirement in October of 1983.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Estelline and served as church moderator. He was also a life time member of the DAV. Other memberships included the American Legion, Masons, Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar, Yel Duz Shrine, Eastern Star, Allied Masonic Degree's, Royal Order of Scotland and the Knight Masons. He especially enjoyed woodworking and traveling.

Eugene is survived by two sons, Craig E. Leao of Sioux Falls, SD and Todd M. Leao of Watertown, SD; one daughter, Shelley Lemieux and her husband Mike of Pierre, SD; one grandson, Austin Lemieux; and one sister, Helen Schatter of Sioux Falls, SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen, his parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Myron.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 30, 2016
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