Leo Aberle dies in Pierre


Leo J. Aberle, 62, died Tuesday, May 24, 2012, at his home in Pierre.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Burial will be Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis under the direction of Isburg Funeral Chapels of Pierre.
Leo was born March 9, 1949, to Leo A. and Magdalene (Hummel) Aberle, the third of 14 children. He was raised on the farm near Glencross. He attended Glencross School and graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He returned to the farm after being honorably discharged in 1971 and helped with the farm operations. He moved to Mobridge and worked at Vojta Furniture, the Fireside Lounge and Mardian’s Hide and Fur.

On May 25, 1974, he was married to Lois M. Sunderland. They moved with their two daughters, Kristi and Jody, to rural Glencross where Leo worked as a farmhand for Louie Merkel. A daughter, Suzanne was added to the family while living in Glencross.

He later worked at the co-ops at Glencross, McIntosh and Java.

In 1998, they moved to Pierre where Leo went to work for Morris Inc. He retired from Morris on Jan. 13, 2012.

He was a member of the Ft Pierre Moose Lodge #1813 and Fredrick Schauer Post 100 American Legion, Selby.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

Leo is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lois of Pierre; daughters Kristi Aberle of Rapid City, and her children Meghyn and Mitch, Jody Siebrecht (Norman) of Redfield, and their children Trevor, Seth and Jensyn, and Suzanne Wetz (Max), Mandan, N.D.; parents, Leo A. and Maggie; 12 brothers and sisters, Pauline Schmidt of Willow Lake, Louise (Bob) Lewis of Manila, Ark., Janice (Les) Mandernach of Selby, Tom (Diana) Aberle of Glencross, John Aberle of Selby, Joel Aberle of Aberdeen, Mary (Dennis) Simons of St. Lawrence, Harvey Aberle of Bismarck, N.D., Andy Aberle of Glencross, Irene (Wade) Moffat of Piedmont, Okla., Jerry (Annie) Aberle of Clear Lake, and Kenny (Criss) Aberle, Mobridge; sister-in-law, Carol Aberle of Aberdeen; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Art and brother-in-law, Roger Schmidt.

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