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LeRoy loved big trucks and fast, loud cars

Funeral services for LeRoy Landis, 71, of Trail City, were held Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Trail City.
Interment was in Trail City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
LeRoy passed away on Jan. 17, 2018, at Manor Care and Rehabilitation in Aberdeen.
LeRoy H. Landis was born on Dec. 17, 1946, to Lenhard and Hilda (Raile) Landis in Mobridge. He lived near Trail City at Red Top Hill on the Promise Road. He completed first grade at Red Top School and then the family moved to Mobridge.
LeRoy and his brother began working by mowing lawns and shoveling snow. As a young boy he spent five summers at the farm of his Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Jr. Prasek near Mound City.
He started working at Crawford’s Family Grocery by dusting cans, shelves and cleaning floors. He worked for Jr. again at Mobridge Iron Works by cleaning parts. In the fall he started working at the Mobridge Tribune as a pressman. Following, was the National Tea Grocery, stocking shelves and working his way up to produce manager.
In 1968 when National Tea closed, he began his trucking career with Mobridge Iron Works, going from Texas to Ft. St. John, British Columbia. He then worked for Jerry Couture at Jerry’s Tire. The trucking bug hit and he drove for Bagley Grain for a number of years. When the business ended, he drove for Gurney Guffey.
In 1983 he purchased his first semi. During his trucking career, his CB handle was “Water Buffalo.” He was never afraid of a hard day’s work. He was most proud of his shiny trucks, fast, loud cars and enjoyed socializing with anyone who would visit. He drove semi until his retirement, due to his health.
LeRoy received 10 and one-half years of dialysis.
LeRoy married Julie Hahne on June 26, 1970. To this union four Ts were born: Tonya (Thane) Badger of Pierre, Tammy of Driscoll, N.D., Todd of Warner and Trish (Billy) Bubiltz of Fargo, N.D. Also surviving are his wife, Julie of Trail City; sister, Donna (Dick) Keller of Mobridge; brother, Leonard of San Jose, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Julie, Kate, Shane, Jackie, Jayde, Paige, Tyler, Melody and Dovah; and four great-grandchildren, Kayden, Cort, Daxon and Josie.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.