HURON — LeRoy F. Volesky, 89, of Huron, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Huron Regional Medical Center.
His funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, July 12, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron with burial in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Welter Funeral Home in Huron.
LeRoy F. Volesky was born on August 21, 1928, to Leonard and Martha (Baker) Volesky. He was the youngest of three boys. LeRoy’s parents farmed when he was a young child near Yale where he attended country school. He helped on the farm and loved riding his horses Boots and Cherry. He spent many summers in Belle Fourche and Sylvan Lake with aunts and uncles.
His first job was on a fox farm where he fed the foxes and cleaned their pens. The first car LeRoy owned was a 1928 Chevy Coupe. He and his brother, Kaehl, each bought the first two Harley’s that came to Beadle County after WW II in 1945.
LeRoy worked for Fairmont Dairy and delivered milk to Huron Grocery, where he met his future wife, Theora Haugen. They were united in marriage six months later on August 13th, 1948. After their marriage, they purchased a new 23-foot trailer and lived there until they purchased a basement house where their first son, LaVoy, was born in 1953. He worked extra jobs as a part-time carpenter and taxi driver. He then became employed at Terrace Park Dairy processing milk and later became foreman. In 1955, they moved to farm three miles west of Huron where their first daughter, Elthea, was born in 1958. Five years later, they were blessed with their second daughter, Sharla, in 1962, and second son, Rickie, in 1963. The family moved to a Grade “A” Dairy farm six miles west of Huron near Wolsey in 1968. LeRoy’s strong work ethic showed as he farmed and milked his herd seven days a week. His enjoyment on the farm was when his family worked alongside of him. In 1987, LeRoy retired from dairy farming and cash rented the land. In 1996 they built a home in Huron.
LeRoy was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron where he served as an usher. He was a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home, and spending time at Hart Ranch Resort near Rapid City with family and friends. They were members of the Rover’s Camping Club. LeRoy had a love for riding Harley Davidson’s with his brother as far west as Washington State. He gave up this enjoyment while raising his family, but at the age of 70, purchased a new 1999 Heritage Softail Harley Davidson. He enjoyed riding and giving his family rides. LeRoy looked forward to large family gatherings with meals cooked by Theora. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlights of his life. LeRoy was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. He lovingly took care of his wife for three years in their home. His family was the love of his life.
LeRoy is survived by his four children, LaVoy (Sue) Volesky of Boerne, Texas, Elthea (Darold) Danley of Sioux Falls, Sharla (Ken) Mees of Huron, and Rick (Jen) Volesky of Webster; his eleven grandchildren, Angie (Tommy) Gass, Chris (Katie) Peterson, Kasey (Steff) Danley, Korey (Tiffany) Danley, Tristina (Arnold) Gonzalez, Dustin (Gina) Mees, Trustin (Rachel) Volesky, Kelsey (Amanda) Mees, Alexa Volesky, McKenzie Volesky, Mariah Volesky; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Trudy Armstrong; brother, Ron Volesky; sisters-and-brothers-in-law, Dorothy Volesky, Earl (Nina) Haugen, and Lyle (Marrianne) Haugen.
He is proceeded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Theora Volesky; father and stepmother, Leonard (Louise) Volesky; mother and stepfather, Martha (Bill) Timm; brothers, Kenneth (Sunny) Volesky and Kaehl Volesky; sister, Twila Volesky; father-and mother-in-law, Carl and Dolly Haugen; and brother-in-law, Duane Armstrong.