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LeRoy W Isaacson
May 8, 1945 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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LeRoy Willard Isaacson, age 78, of Lake Norden, SD entered heaven’s gates on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at 7:15 in the evening. LeRoy died at his home after peacefully surrendering to a 3.5-month battle with cancer. He took his last breath with his wife at his side. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church, north of Lake Norden, SD. Visitation will be held at the church from 9-11 A.M., prior to the funeral service.
A committal service will be at the Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lake Norden, SD following the funeral service. Pall bearers will be several of LeRoy’s nephews: Steve Olson, David Olson, Thomas Olson and Arne Isaacson.
LeRoy was born on May 8, 1945, to E. Willard and Minnie Isaacson in Berkeley, CA. LeRoy was born the day World War II ended in Europe. His father was serving overseas at the time and came home to the states to meet him eight months later. He lived in CA for less than a year before moving with his parents to Hector, MN. Then the family moved to Hamlin County, SD, where his dad first started farming. He graduated from Hayti High School in 1963. At age 42, he married his wife, Glenda (Somero), on a snowy day, February 20, 1988, in New Ipswich, NH. They became parents the following year. He was loved as a father by two daughters and three sons. LeRoy spent 35 wonderful years with his wife as his best friend and companion.
LeRoy farmed with his brother Larry for many years. Later in life, he began farming with two of his sons, Marcus and Nels, teaching them to work the land from a young age and passing on his passion for farming. LeRoy enjoyed tending to the land and viewing the changing of the seasons through the lens of his labors. He always looked forward to camping with his wife in their fifth wheel. During the warm months of the year, they would often take off for weekends to nearby state parks and KOAs to relax and spend time together or with their many friends. In his last weeks on earth, LeRoy was able to share in the joy of Marcus (his eldest son) and Kelsey’s engagement. He was so pleased to see the ring and welcome her into the family. LeRoy was a lifelong member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church.
LeRoy was a friend to many and a listening ear to all. He will be remembered as a man who greeted everyone with a soft smile and often a twinkle in his eye. He desired to make people feel seen. His children will remember him as a man with a steady temperament and unwavering faith in his Lord. LeRoy was aware of his shortcomings and failures and knew he needed the salvation Christ provided. Even in his last days, he often spoke of his confidence in the work Jesus had completed for him on the cross. He was always willing to lend wisdom to his children over both spiritual and natural matters and remained patient even if his advice was not heeded. LeRoy understood the importance of instilling good virtues in his children and placed a strong emphasis on being honest and diligent. His children witnessed him living out these virtues in his day-to-day life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E. Willard and Minnie Isaacson, parents-in-law, Leo and Ellen Somero, and niece, Josephine Aho.
LeRoy is survived by his wife Glenda; his children Diana Isaacson of Archdale, NC, Marcus of Hayti, SD (fiancée Kelsey Matson of Watertown, SD), Nels Isaacson of Lake Norden, SD, Heidi (Jesse) Matson of Battle Ground, WA, and Reid Isaacson of Lake Norden, SD; his brother Larry (Anna) Isaacson of Lake Norden, SD, his sister Wanda Olson of Castlewood, SD, and numerous other relatives and friends. He is and will be dearly missed.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel www.crawfordosthus.com Watertown, Hayti De Smet, Bryant