Rev. Duane Coates
Organist ~ Marcene Kniffen
“How Great Thou Art”
“This is My Song”
“On Eagle’s Wings”
Leonard Lee Hajek was born Monday, December 13, 1926 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Frank and Vlasta (Rehurek) Hajek. He attended rural school and graduated from Tyndall High School in May of 1944. He left for the Navy Air Force in June of that year and was discharged in July of 1946. Leonard married Audrey Best on October 17, 1948. They farmed in the Tyndall area for 11 years and then moved to Brookings in 1959, where he was employed at the Dairy Research Center at SDSU. He also continued his education at the university. In 1971, they moved to Caledonia, Minnesota, where he was the manager of a large dairy corporation and milk processing plant until 1977, when he accepted a position with a marketing company as a sales consultant representative. In 1983, they purchased Nature’s Way, a manufacturing facility at Oakland, Nebraska that manufactured animal and human health products. He traveled extensively, nationally and internationally, promoting these products. They sold the business and retired, moving back to Tyndall in 1995. He was an active member of the Methodist Church, American Legion, board member of the Bon Homme Heritage Museum and past President of the Oakland, Nebraska chapter of the Lions Club International. Leonard passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls at the age of 86 years, 3 months, 10 days.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Audrey, of Tyndall; four children: sons Jerry of Tyndall, David of Sioux Falls, and Dwight of Central City, and a daughter, Dianne (Art) Klein of Cedar Falls, Iowa; six grandchildren: Angie (Scott) Dolle, Dennis (Amy) Hajek, Chrissy (Erik) Distl, Dan (Ann) Hajek, Scott (Stephanie) Klein and Brad Klein; ten great-grandchildren: Jacob and Jena Dolle, Madeline and Jensen Distl, Alex, Samantha and Olivia Hajek, Dexter and Theo Hajek, and Evangelyn Klein; one brother: Robert Hajek; two sisters: Arlene (Don) Nelles and Carol (Duane) Grimme; brother-in-law Roger (Fern) Best; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Frank and Vlasta Hajek, he was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, brother Gordon Hajek, sister Mariana DenOuden, brother-in-law Eugene Best and daughter-in-law Linda Hajek.