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Leland Skow

Leland Skow, age 88, of Huron, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  His funeral service was at 2 PM Tuesday, May 19th at the Huron Christian Church with Al Wager officiating.  Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Huron Christian Church Building Fund.

Leland Albert Skow was born on a farm in rural Sanborn County on December 10, 1920, to Chris and Lottie (Ingle) Skow.  His family moved to Pearl Creek Township in Beadle County when Leland was eight years old.  He attended the Alley School and graduated from Cavour High School in 1938.

He took over the family farm as a teenager because of his father’s illness.  He farmed and ranched until 1965.  He was active in Farm Bureau, the American Angus Association, and Huron Christian Church in the 1960s, where he served as an elder and was chairman of the board for several years.

On August 12, 1943, Leland married Maxine Alley at Huron.  They had known each other all their lives.  Their families were neighbors.  Leland and Maxine adopted three daughters on June 2, 1952, Joan, Janene and Jacque.

Due to a back injury in 1965, Leland and Maxine moved to Rapid City and Leland worked for the Hesston Corporation for 26 years.  He was a territorial manager.  He enjoyed the extensive traveling for his work that took him throughout western South Dakota, western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming.  He retired in 1991.   In 1994, he and Maxine moved to Huron, South Dakota.  Maxine passed away January 14, 2000. 

On June 27, 2003, Leland married Doris Wahus.  They made their home in Huron where he enjoyed their yard and garden so much.  He was always a farmer at heart.

 Leland was a member of the Huron Christian Church where he was an active member and attended the senior citizens Bible study group faithfully.  He was also a member of the Huron Area Senior Center, where he served on their board of directors.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Maxine.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Doris of Huron; three daughters, Joan (Ronnie) Hughes of Luray, Virginia, Janene (Bob) Kinney of Cavour and Jacque (Ron) McClendon of Wichita, Kansas; three step-children, Valerie Camp of Cheyenne Wyoming, Lowell Cook of Vermillion and Stuart (Cindy) Cook of Seattle, Washington; fifteen grandchildren, Greg Hughes, Steven Hughes, Krystal (John) Daily, Klint (Gretchen) Kinney, Jennifer Ward, Leah (Mike) Mansfield, Jamin (Brenda) Camp,  Logan Camp, Melissa Mikkelson, Jocelyn (Chris) Schwabb, Tyler Cook, Austin Cook, Russell Cook, Zach Doty and Nick Doty; eighteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Dwight Skow of Lincoln, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

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