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Services for Leonard Broman, 97, of Groton will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Groton. Rev. Charlie Bunk will officiate. Burial in Groton Union Cemetery will follow a luncheon at the Church under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Leonard passed away August 18, 2019 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Leonard and his twin brother, Glen, were born on the family farm near Andover, SD February 22, 1922. The doctor braved a blizzard by horse and buggy to attend to the twins’ birth.
Leonard attended both country and Groton schools. He farmed near Groton, raised livestock, and owned Broman Truck Service. In October 1950, he married Gwendolyn O’Connor in Sioux Falls. They made their home in Groton where Gwen was a teacher for many years. He was a great lover of all animals, large or small, and carefully tended to them. He was a man of great faith. He was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Groton where he remained a member. He was a member of the James Valley Threshers Association and a former member of the John Deere Two Cylinder Club. He was proud of his Swedish heritage and proud to be the child of a Swedish immigrant.
His greatest joy was his grandsons, Andrew and Kevin.
Preceding him in death was his beloved wife Gwendolyn, his parents Leonard and Lillian, his twin brother Glen who passed away August 9, 2019, and his twin brothers Burton and Harold.
He was a kind and loving father to daughter Stacy and son-in-law Bob Sauvageau and a beloved Pop-Pop to Andrew and Kevin Sauvageau. Also grateful for having shared in his life are sister-in-law Eileen O’Connor; nephews David DeBelser and Bob O’Connor; nieces Brenda Broman Wilson, Kate Schnack, Kim Metzgar, Kay Bryant, Karol Eckel; several great nieces and nephews; and special friends Dennis Larson and J.J. Jenkins.
The family wishes to sincerely thank all those who provided special care for Leonard in his final week, especially Dennis Larson, Monte Sippel, Eileen O’Connor, Kim Metzgar, Dr. Fatima Kidwai at Avera Aberdeen and the wonderful doctors, medical students, and nurses at Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, especially Dr. Dima Nimri, Dr. Teja Vasamsetty, and Dr. Jessica Pieroban.
In memory of Leonard, the family encourages those who are able to please consider the life-saving gift of blood or platelet donation.