Les Sjomeling loved being joker
Funeral services for Leslie N. Sjomeling, 77, of Pollock, will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Pollock Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Mobridge at 3 p.m., under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Les passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the Linton Hospital in Linton, N.D.
Leslie Norman Sjomeling 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 at the Hope Reformed Church in Westfield, N.D.
Les and Anna moved to Deadwood where he worked with his dad as a lumberjack. They headed west to Washington in 1956 where he worked as a lumberjack and at an apple orchard before returning to South Dakota in 1957. Les worked various jobs until going to work for MDU in 1960 and worked in Mobridge, Ellendale, N.D., and Bismarck, N.D. 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, hunting, his love of fishing on the river, and in his younger years, trapshooting, bowling and softball. He also loved to play cards with his friends. In July of 2012, he hit his milestone and celebrated his 77th 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 his 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, N.D., and Kenny (Patty) Sjomeling of Bismarck; 14 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Sjomeling of Deadwood and Arne Sjomeling of Spearfish; and sister, Carol Rajha of Spearfish.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mike in 1977; granddaughter, Tracey in 1995; and one brother, Allen.
Casket bearers will be Mike Sjomeling, Travis Vetsch, Tony Vetsch, Shawn Stickney, B.J. Weber and Jim Kosters.
Honorary bearers will be Tim Sjomeling, Cheryl Weber, Mike Kosters, Anna Weber, Tina Feist, Matthew Weber, Jason Sjomeling, Brian Sjomeling, Teri Vetsch and Jeff Christman.