Leslie Handcock, age 88, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Long Valley, died June 8, 2014, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Leslie Howard Handcock was born on April 17, 1926, in a farmhouse near Vermillion, the son of Maurice and Mae (Severson) Handcock.
He moved with his parents and brother, Donald, to Long Valley in March of 1927. By the time he was 10 years old he had started his lifelong career of farming and ranching. He continued to drive a tractor for over 70 years. Leslie enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, playing baseball and square dancing.
Leslie married Thelma Berry on March 24, 1948, at the Rapid City Presbyterian Church. They made their home on the ranch at Long Valley until December of 2010, when they moved to Rapid City.
He was an active member of the Long Valley Lutheran Church, serving as council member, carpenter and even janitor. He was currently a member of the Kadoka Presbyterian Church and has served as elder for several years. He served on the ASCS board for nearly 10 years. He was also a Mason, a Shriner with the NAJA Temple, and a past member of the Order of Eastern Star. He continued to support and promote the Shrine Circus and their hospitals.
Important in Leslie’s life was faith, family and his farm.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma; three children, Howard Handcock and his wife, Ginger, of Dickinson, N.D., and their children, Jenny, Barbara, Sarah, Becky and Danny; Peggy Nelson and her husband, Tom, of Martin, and their children, Ben, Jeremiah, Heidi and Nathan; and Clem Handcock and his wife, Marcy, of Long Valley, and their children, Johnathan and Jake; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Mae Handcock; one brother, Donald Handcock; and a grandson, Jesse Miller.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to the services on Monday, June 16, at the Kadoka Presbyterian Church. A memorial luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Services will be held Monday, June 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kadoka Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music will be provided by Boyd Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman.
Ushers are Owen Ferguson and Jim Berry. Pallbearers are Les’ grandsons, Jesse, Danny, Trent, Tom, Ben, Jeremiah, Steve, Nate, Johnathon and Jake.
Interment with Masonic Rites will be held at the Long Valley Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Presbyterian church of Kadoka and the Long Valley Lutheran Church of Long Valley.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com