Leonard Paclik


July 27, 1926 - October 30, 2020


Leonard Lew Paclik, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, October 30, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Per his request, no formal services were held. Burial was Tuesday, November 3, at Bendon Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery south of Kimball, SD. Funeral arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Leonard Lew Paclik was born July 27, 1926 at home on the farm 12 miles south of Kimball, Brule County, SD, to John and Tillie "O'Tilla" (Skluzak) Paclik. His father, John, died in Sept. 1928. His mother remarried to Joseph Stepon in 1930. He was raised on the farm near Bijou Hills and attended Pazour County School graduating from the eighth grade in 1941. He then attended Kimball High School and graduated in 1945.

Leonard remembered growing up in the 1930's experiencing the grasshoppers, dust storms and shortage of rain and crops.

He moved to Mitchell in 1947 and lived there the remainder of his life. He worked at a variety of part-time jobs including Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Mitchell Wholesale Grocery, the Fabric Center, Kadous Curbing and Construction, Hitchcock Park and helped unload meat from Cimpl Meat Packing Co. from Yankton when they delivered in Mitchell.

Leonard became a resident of Firesteel Healthcare Center in June 2011.

He had an interest in history and genealogy and enjoyed writing letters. He was an avid daily reader of newspapers, telephone books and magazines since his younger years.

Leonard is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Paclik in 1928 and Tillie Paclik Stepon in 1973; brother, Sylvester in 1958; sister, Della Traut in 2011; and half-brother, Joseph Stepon Jr. in 2009.


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Posted by Sue Edinger on November 14, 2020
I met Leoonard at Firesteel Health Care. He always had a smile for me, and because of his Hands would let me cut up his meat......then the pandemic I was asked not to return. I missed my friends, and was both happy and sad to read that he had "gone home". Leonard is free of that Earthly body, and thank goodness for our good memories. Loved his good smile and positive attitude. Until we meet again..............
Posted by Mark Nesladek on November 2, 2020
Leonard was a bright, intelligent gentleman. I first met Leonard about 2014 when he reached out through handwritten letters looking to have contact with past relatives. I responded to his letter and we've been in contact through letters on birthdays, Christmas and times in between. I visited with him in person maybe twice a year at the Firesteel Healthcare Center. I will miss his letters and friendship.
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