Leonard LeRoy Tax
Leonard LeRoy Tax left this earth and went to his eternal home Wednesday morning, October 31, 2012.
Leonard, son of James and Nettie (Amling) Tax, began his life at Wasta, SD on July 27, 1918. He grew up at Bonita Springs, SD and attended the Enning School, District 35, either riding a horse or walking 2 miles to school. After he finished grade school, he began working for the neighbors. As payment for his work, one neighbor gave him a few lambs and that began a lifetime of raising Rambouillet sheep. It was while herding sheep that he began finding arrowheads, a hobby he enjoyed for years.
In March of 1942, Leonard purchased a ranch on Sulphur Creek near Marcus, SD where he continued raising sheep and some cows. He married Mary Kalesh of Faith, SD in August of 1944. They had three children: Cheryl Faye, Larry LeRoy and Beverly Anne. Mary died December 11, 1956.
On August 9, 1958 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rapid City, Leonard married Rose Burk of Vale, SD. Six children completed their family: Cindy Rose, Richard Duane, Theresa Marie, Loretta Ellen, Leonard John and Jeania Dawn. Leonard continued to ranch on Sulphur Creek for 47 years where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and rock hunting. He was an avid reader. Leonard was a 73 year member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at Red Owl, SD where he served as an extraordinary minister of communion.
In May of 1991, he moved to Belle Fourche, SD where he enjoyed fishing at Orman Dam, visiting with friends and going to the library. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and attended daily mass until his health began to fail.
December 26, 2011, Leonard moved to Rapid City to be closer to family. Even though he was in a wheelchair, he enjoyed going to the park with his daughters, Jeania and Cindy, along with his dog Lady, who was the love of his life. He loved returning to the ranch with his son Larry and was able to take one last fishing trip with him in August, 2012.
Leonard suffered a massive heart attack on October 4, 2012, but with the help of his loving family, he was able to remain at home where he died.
Leonard was a kind and gentle yet strong man. He was a great husband, dad and grandpa. Blessed for having shared his life are Rose, his wife of 54 years; his nine children: Cheryl McCauslin, Glendale, AZ; Larry (Marja), Prescott Valley, AZ; Beverly Talley, Rapid City, SD; Cindy (Les) Bonrud, Black Hawk, SD; Rick (Patricia), Cary, NC; Theresa Sheppard, Mesa, AZ; Lori (Jerry) Afdahl, Kingwood, TX; Len, Newell, SD; Jeania (Curtis) Middleton, Rapid City, SD; his sister, Vera Rapp and her son, Rockey, Rapid City, SD; 13 grandkids; 11 great-grandkids; 2 great-great- granddaughters; 3 sisters-in-law: Alice (Duane) Queen, Sundance, WY; Marian Young, Rapid City, SD and Kathy Glaze, Titusville, FL; numerous nieces and nephews and his little Maltese dog, Lady.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary, his parents, five brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.
Visitation was held Monday, November 5th and a Christian Wake and Rosary Service at 7:00 pm, all at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Boulevard.
Christian Mass Service was held at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 6 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4500 Jackson Boulevard with Rev. Michel Mulloy officiating. Burial followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery at Rapid City.
His online guestbook may be signed at www.osheimschmidt.com