Leo James Mushitz, 89, passed away Monday, April 1, 2008, at Platte Community Hospital, Platte. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., today, Saturday, April 5, 2008, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Geddes with burial following in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Geddes, S.D.
Leo James Mushitz was born on June 27, 1918, to George and Mary (Klein) Mushitz near Geddes, S.D. He attended St. Ann's Catholic Church in Geddes. Leo worked in Iowa for various farmers and in Oregon picking hops. After returning to South Dakota, Leo trucked and farmed. He married Florence Mildred Millar on June 16, 1942, at St Ann's Catholic Church, Geddes and they lived on the 7L Ranch south of Geddes in Jackson Township. Leo was an excellent horseman and competed in many rodeos. He was founding member of the Geddes Band Boosters and was an active promoter of the music program for many years. Leo also served Jackson Township as Township Supervisor and was a long time member of the NFO. In his younger years he raised greyhounds for the purpose of hunting coyotes throughout the area and also hunted ducks, geese, deer, and pheasant with his sons, brothers, and others. He was a life long member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Geddes and was member of the St. Ann's KC Council.
Leo is survived by five children: Monica Westhoff of Spencer, Raymond Mushitz and wife, Kay, of Geddes, SD, Faye Ann Clough of Rapid City, SD and Dwight Clough of Scotland, SD, Karen Bordewyk and husband, Barry, of Sioux Falls, SD, and Keith Mushitz and wife, Cindy, of Geddes; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Vincent Mushitz and wife, Beatrice of New Prague, Minn.; sister, Georgean Jeager of Rapid City, S.D.; and two sisters-in-law: Helen (Jeager) Mushitz of Geddes, and Mary (Steffens) Mushitz of Rapid City.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Florence; parents; brothers: Romus, Edwin, and Urban; sisters: Josephine, Irene and Verna; son-in-law, Mark Westhoff; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home, Armour/Geddes.