Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Revillo. Pastor Nathan Neugebauer will officiate and burial will be held privately.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 – 8 pm at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank and will continue Friday morning, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Samuel L. Leonard was born March 25, 1957, in Honolulu, HI. He was the son of Bill and Donna (Nelson) Leonard. Sam graduated from Grant-Deuel High School with the Class of 1975. He was then united in holy marriage to Vicki Tol on June 12, 1976 and was blessed with 39 years of marriage. God blessed this marriage with two daughters; Amy and Erin.
Sam worked all his life as a professional driver. He started working at the Revillo Farmers Elevator in High School, and then went on to drive truck with his step father and brothers at Jankord Trucking in Revillo. He also drove truck for Ken’s Transfer, Hedge & Herberg and Cliff Veissman.
Sam was a man of strong faith, on June 28, 1992; he was confirmed in the Christian Faith and given the life-giving body and blood of Jesus. He was also an active member of the Revillo community, being active with both the Revillo Fire Department and Revillo Town and Country Club and even being the town Santa during the Christmas season. His favorite hobby was making his craft beer with his brother in law John. All their beer was made from scratch, and was always trying new recipes.
Sam loved his family and truly enjoyed holiday gatherings at his home. He loved to cook and share with his friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers, as it always turned out to be fun filled time with childhood memories and trucking stories. He was happiest when spending time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He always had one or all of them on his side.
Sam is survived by his wife, Vicki; two daughters: Amy (Mike) Bormann of Watertown, SD; Erin (Chad) Ebsen of Brookings, SD; Special niece turned daughter, Betty (Cory) Ebsen; eight grandchildren: Keaton, Sam, Jacobi, Zoey, Zack, Brittney, Kristen and Dustin; three great grandchildren: Jeryn, Mason and Brooklyn; two brothers: Bill (Julie) Leonard of Revillo, SD; Brad (Cheryl) Leonard of LaBolt, SD; father-in-law, Ronald Tol of Revillo, SD; step mother, Ruthie Leonard of Oakland, MS; step father, Linus Jankord of Milbank, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law: Dennis (Signe) Tol of Chugiak, AK; Gerry Marko of Cottage Grove, MN; Edith Albers of Elbow Lake, MN; Linda Rensvold of Granite Falls, MN; Kevin (Cindi) Tol of LaBolt, SD; Melanie (Dave) Welicka of Essex Junction, VT; John (Leslie) Tol of Revillo, SD; Laura (Greg) Cronen of Wheaton, MN; Aunts: Ramona Nelson of Watertown, SD; Norma Upton of Lake Worth, TX; along with many other family members and friends.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents: Bill Leonard and Donna Jankord; mother-in-law: Betty Tol; Brother in law: Ronnie Marko; Nephew: Noah Smith and numerous aunts and uncles.