Leslie N. Sjomeling, 77, of Pollock, S.D.
Leslie was born July 7, 1935, in Campbell County to Arnie and Cora (Gunderson) Sjomeling. He married Anna Ryckman on July 22, 1952. They were the first couple married in the recently completed main sanctuary of the new Hope Reformed Church in Westfield. Les and Anna moved to Deadwood, S.D., where he worked with his Dad as a lumberjack. They headed west to Washington in 1956 where he worked as a lumberjack and in the apple orchards before returning to South Dakota in 1957.
Les worked various jobs until going to work for MDU in 1960. He worked in Mobridge, S.D., Ellendale and Bismarck for MDU. Les retired in 1995 and moved to Pollock. In 1999 he married Judy Whithorn and spent many winters in Arizona.
Les was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, his love of fishing on the river, and in his younger years trap shooting, bowling and softball. He also loved to play cards with his friends. In July 2012 he hit his milestone when he celebrated his 77th birthday on 7-7.
Les was a good joker and loved to pick on his great and many friends in Pollock. His last hours he even had to pick on the nurses. He will be missed by all of us.
Les is survived by his children, Cindy Sandmeier of Pollock, Janet (Les) Kosters of Mobridge, Jackie (Bob) Vetsch of Pollock, Bonnie (Vern) Hill of Fargo, and Kenny (Patty) Sjomeling of Bismarck; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Sjomeling of Deadwood, and Arne Sjomeling of Spearfish, S.D.; and one sister, Carol Rajha of Spearfish.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Mike in 1977, one granddaughter, Tracey in 1995, and one brother, Allen.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at Pollock Lutheran Church, Pollock.
Casketbearers were Mike Sjomeling, Travis Vetsch, Tony Vetsch, Shawn Stickney, BJ Weber and Jim Kosters.
Honorary casketbearers were Tim Sjomeling, Cheryl Weber, Mike Kosters, Anna Weber, Tina Feist, Matthew Weber, Jason Sjomeling, Brian Sjomeling, Teri Vetsch and Jeff Christman.
Burial was at 3 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in Mobridge under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.