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“Dean & Diane Hedlund send our Sincere Sympathy! ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dean Hedlund - O'Neill, NE

“I was in the class of 1963 with LeRoy. I remember him as being shy as I was. I'm sorry for your loss of your dad and granddad. I think of that age...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Janet (Wagner) Kahler - SD

“Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father/grandfather. My name is Virginia Larimer and I live in Oelwein, Iowa. Carol Ann and I...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Virginia Larimer - Oelwein, IA

“Penny and Lee, you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Who would have thought when you adopted Scotty and I as your Aberdeen momnd dad2 we...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Angie Stephen Stephen - Aberdeen, SD

“So sorry to hear about LeRoy. My parents, Gus & Evelyn, used to visit his parents sometimes in Winner, SD, many years ago. I know how difficult...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Judy Veskrna (Kuckleburg) - SD

“Godspeed my friend. Thank you so much for all you did for the Colome Vol Fire Dept. Your many talents were put to good use helping us build trucks...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“Leroy was the only guy i knew that with a few turns of his pliers and a crank here there with his tiny Cresent wrench.. could have a engine running...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Papousek - Colome, SD

“He was a wonderful person and father. He is now with carol and his folks. He will be missed. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Peggy Ahlman soper - Friend

“Deepest sympathy, Penny and family. It won't seem like Colome without your dad's lights on at the corner house in the evenings. You won't remember...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Candy Manthey - Rapid City, SD

“We will be thinking of you just remember he is in a great place now. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Phyllis and jerry Gab - Aberdeen, SD

“Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace in your hearts. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jennifer Conwell - huron, SD

“my thoughts and prayers are with you Penny and your family .May God look upon you and help you in this time of need. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: charlotte martin - grotom, SD

“He was an amazing man. He will be missed by many. I have lots of fond memories of him growing up. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Matthew Holub - MASON CITY, IA


LeRoy Emil Veskrna was born on September 25, 1944 in Burke SD the son of Emil and Agnes Veskrna (Cervenka). He attended school in Burke SD, Casper, WY and graduated from Winner High School in 1963.

LeRoy joined the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1971. On May 17, 1969, he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Elliott at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome SD. They lived south of Colome for three years before moving into town. They were blessed with two children; LeRoy Emil Veskrna Jr. born on November 21, 1973 and Penny Jo Veskrna born on June 2, 1978. On April 27, 1989 LeRoy's wife passed away after a long battle with cancer. After Carol's passing, LeRoy was left with the task of raising his two children on his own; which he took on without falter.

LeRoy worked driving truck for Bob and Geo Shippy until he started working for the Tripp County Highway Department as a mechanic. LeRoy remained at this position for 37 years before retiring. During this time LeRoy also worked evenings and weekends with his father Emil as co-owner of E&L Repair on Main Street in Colome. After his father's passing in 1992 LeRoy planned building a new shop which, with the help from many of his friends, was completed in 1996. He then became partners with Kevin Miner and Grungy Guys Sanitation was started. This venture lasted a few years before being dissolved. LeRoy spent the remainder of his years helping friends and neighbors by repairing lawn mowers and equipment in his shop. He also drove semi-truck part time for local farmers and friends.

LeRoy was very active in the Colome Community. He belonged to the Colome Volunteer Fire Department for several years. During this time he enjoyed building fire trucks and repairing the firefighting equipment. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 146 where he served as commander for two terms. He also served on the Colome City Council for several years. The hobby LeRoy was known best for was restoring and showing antique tractors and stationary engines. Over several years he acquired a very nice collection of tractors and engines which he took great pride in showing at Steam and Gas Shows along with his family throughout South Dakota and Nebraska over several decades.

LeRoy enjoyed camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren and would do so every chance he could get. LeRoy was liked by almost everyone he met; it was hard to find anyone who did not like him. He was very well known in the Tripp County area. LeRoy, on many occasions stated, "I have never been in a fight in my life." He enjoyed talking to people wherever he went and was always outgoing and kind with everyone. LeRoy especially loved spending as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. He would drop everything to help them when they needed him even if it meant he had to go without.

LeRoy passed away suddenly October 17, 2016 at Winner Regional Healthcare Center at the age of 72.

LeRoy is survived by his son LeRoy Emil Veskrna Jr. (Lee), his daughter-in-law Misty Jo Kalenda, grandsons Vance William and Joseph Emil, his daughter Penny Jo Veskrna, son–in-law Kevin John Payne, grandson Justin LeRoy and granddaughter Paige Ann. He is also survived by his aunt Marie Holub, several cousins, in-laws and many, many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his parents Emil and Agnes, sister-in-law Mary Lou Elliott (Connelly), mother and father-in-law Charles and Pauline Elliott and many aunts and uncles.

"Take it easy, we will talk to you later…" ~ LEROY EMIL VESKRNA SR.

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Funeral services for LeRoy Veskrna, of Colome, SD, were held Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome with Father Kevin Achbach officiating. A visitation was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Vicki Nelson and Diane Fuher were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Cindy Sealey, organist, and Glenn Sealey, cantor. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace," and "On Eagles Wings."

Lector was Jody Burger.

Altar Servers were Alexa McKenzie and Carleen Burger.

Karen Geaghan was in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were Darren Fuher, David Fuher, Allen Bertram, Cody Bertram, Jay Supik, and Myron McKenzie.

Military Honors were given by Thayer Waters American Legion Post 146 and South Dakota National Guard Funeral Honors.

Interment was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.