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Leonard Wormstadt

Leonard Grant Wormstadt, age 67, of Spearfish and formerly of Huron, died  November 23, 2009, at his home.  Memorial services were held at 1:30 PM Monday, November 30th, at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church with Pastor Kent Narum and Pastor Tom Opoien officiating.  Additional memorial services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 2nd, at the First United Methodist Church in Huron, with Rev. Don Crippen officiating.  A memorial has been established in Leonard’s name to benefit the Rapid City Club for Boys, Inc. or the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church. 

Leonard was born on December 13, 1941, in Huron, to Walter and Lucille (Drumm) Wormstadt. He attended Hoskins one-room schoolhouse, which is now on display at the SD State Fairgrounds, until the ninth grade. He graduated from Huron High School in 1959.

When he was fourteen, Leonard began a part-time business breaking and training horses, eventually working with several hundred of them. He was a professional bull rider and was the youngest member of the Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) at that time.

Leonard married Cheryl (Marvel) on November 10, 1963. Two children, Cindy (Karl) Forsburg and Kevin Wormstadt were born to this union.

He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served one year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Devices, and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar. Upon his return, he and Cheryl moved to a ranch north of Pierre, where he worked as a cowboy.

In 1969, Leonard began his business, Dakota Roofing Company, in Huron, which he operated until his retirement in 2002. Leonard and Cheryl then moved to Custer in the Black Hills. In 2008, they moved to Spearfish.

Leonard was a member of the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church, lifetime member of the Custer County Historical Society and the Mile High Garden Club, a member of the Custer VFW and American Legion, and the Rodeo Cowboy Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; son, Kevin; daughter, Cindy and husband Karl Forsburg; nephews, Chad Wormstadt and Mike Wormstadt. 

Preceding Leonard in death were his grandparents, Fred and Lucy Wormstadt and Carl and Pauline Drumm; his father, Walter Wormstadt; his mother, Lucille Wormstadt; his step-father, Kenneth Tolbert and his brother, Milo Wormstadt.

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