SPEARFISH | Leroy R. Pawlowski, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living.
Leroy was born on April 3, 1927, in Lane, SD, to William and Ella (Kruse) Pawlowski. The Pawlowski family of 11 moved to Tilford when he was just a boy and spent the rest of his childhood there.
He joined the US Navy at a young age, and made it his passion to serve the military long after retirement in various volunteering aspects and VFW functions. After leaving the Navy, he was introduced, by his sisters, to his future wife, Dorothy Boyer. The couple moved to Castle Rock, SD, where Leroy worked as a ranch hand. With his young family he moved to the Vale/Newell area, where he worked for the SD Highway Department. His career with the DOT took him to Spearfish where he retired, only to become an employee of the school district. Leroy absolutely loved helping those children safely across the street!
Leroy and Dorothy had five children whom they catered to. He took many hunting trips with his two older children, Richard and Shirley. Became a Boy Scout Master for his son, Calvin and took his two younger children to all the athletic events they were involved in. Leroy’s favorite thing to do was to be involved in whatever his children loved to do.
After his wife’s death, he resided at Edgewood Vista until his passing.
Leroy is survived by his three sons, Richard (Marilyn) Pawlowski, Calvin (Teri) Pawlowski and Leroy Pawlowski; two daughters, Shirley Hecht and LeAnn (Tim) McGrath; seven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and claimed many more children as his grandchildren! He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; his parents; five siblings; and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, with full military rites.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church youth camp scholarship fund.
Online condolences may be written at fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.