LeRoy C. Heckenlaible
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LeRoy C. Heckenlaible, age 78, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, July 25, 2014, after an extended illness, at his home in Yankton.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Tom Mueller, Brock Mueller, Joe Childs, Jim Filips, and Allen Stoebner.

LeRoy C. Heckenlaible was born March 16, 1936, in rural Menno, South Dakota to Christ and Paulina (Wiedmeier) Heckenlaible. He grew up on the family farm and was confirmed in the Salem Reformed Church in Menno in 1949. He married Evelyn Berndt on May 9, 1954 in rural Avon, South Dakota. After their marriage they moved to Yankton where LeRoy worked at the Human Services Center in Yankton for a few years. He then began working for a farmer in Scotland, the Utica Lumberyard and then Fullerton's in Yankton. In 1991, LeRoy became the custodian for the Yankton Public School System, which he enjoyed greatly. He loved the teachers and the children who he would come in contact with throughout the day. He married Marjorie Childs on May 15, 2006 in Yankton and retired in 2010.

LeRoy and Marjorie enjoyed taking bus trips together including trips to Branson, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, and Nashville. They also enjoyed their yearly trips to Okoboji. Wherever they went they were often seen holding hands and laughing. LeRoy had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making Marjorie laugh. He was a hardworking man who took care of his family and spoiled his grandkids. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Yankton; two step-children: Joanna (Tom) Mueller of Crofton, Nebraska and Joe (Mindy) Childs of Mitchell, South Dakota; four grandchildren: Brock, Kalli, Jackson, and Madelyn; brother, Ray Heckenlaible of Menno, South Dakota and sister, Helen Roth of Springfield, South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn in 1985; daughter, Debra in 1999, and two brothers: Leon and Lester Heckenlaible.

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Dear Marjorie,

I heard of LeRoy's passing and I'm so very sorry for you and your family's loss. I pray you will be comforted by our Lord through this difficult time in your life. I hope you can get some much deserved rest soon. I miss my sweet neighbors. Take care dear lady.

Many Warm Regards,

Ginger Moeller


We are thinking of you and know the lord is walking right beside you to help you through this troubling time. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers.

Rose Burns & Family

Dear Marge,

We were quite saddened to read about your husband's passing. Please know that we are thinking about you and know that God's love will always be with you. Shalom.

Love to you and your family,

Clem and Noreen

Marge --

I just saw this announcement in the paper. You have my deepest sympathy. I am thinking about you and your family and you will be in my prayers. Hugs!

Joan Thies

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