Dr. Leon J. Peschong


May 2, 1924 - September 8, 2009




Leon Joseph Peschong was born May 2, 1924, at Howard, SD, to John and Teresa (Miller) Peschong. He graduated from St. Agatha Catholic High School in Howard. He served in the US Army during World War II in Europe with the 10th Armored Division. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star. After his discharge he attended Creighton University and graduated with a degree in Dentistry. On June 30, 1948, he married Rosemary Zimmermann at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. He began his Dental Practice in Woonsocket in 1952, and then moved to Mitchell in 1956, where he practiced until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of  Columbus, Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion, American Dental Association, and the Creighton University Advisory Board. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by eight children: Steve Peschong and wife Marilyn of Mitchell, SD; Michelle Ommen and husband Mike of  Mitchell, SD; Tim Peschong and wife Deb of Moorehead, MN; Jim Peschong and wife Beth, of Aberdeen, SD; Mary Brechler and husband Chris of Henderson, NV; Lisa Whealy and husband Mark of Madison, SD; Mike Peschong and wife Lea Ann of Marshalltown, IA; Tony Peschong and wife Sharla of  Milford, IA; twenty-three grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, five brothers and sisters: Helen Schneiderhan of Pierre, SD; Rita Mills of  Huron, SD; Carol Rockwell of St. Paul, MN; James Peschong and wife Barbara of Brandon, SD; Alan Peschong and wife Mary of Lakewood, CO, and one sister-in-law, Margaret Peschong of Howard, SD. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary in 2007, two brothers, Richard and Thomas and one sister, Donna Robbins. 



A Memorial Fund has been established.




Thursday, September 10, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 11, 2009
11:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Billy Simpson on September 13, 2009
To All: I was very sadden to here about your dad, it seems not that long ago that he was in the basement making us kites to fly and airplanes to soar. He is why I am now a dentist, he is why I, Jimmy, Scott, Jimmy's daughters all went to Creighton. I can't think of anyone whom has molded my life more than your mom and dad. God Bless you all. Billy, Deanna and Scotty Simpson
Posted by James Kropenske on September 9, 2009
Steve, Mary and family, Trina and I send out condolences to your family. Your father's service to our country and community was exemplary. God Bless
Posted by Donna Steele on September 9, 2009
So sorry to hear of your father's death. I met him when I was an employee at the Asst Living and he was a resident. I enjoyed knowing him and visiting with him. He was a wonderful person. I had worked as a dental asst for many years so once in awhile we would visited about denistry. My prayers are with your whole family.
Posted by Amy Knupp on September 9, 2009
Lea Ann & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Ron and Julaine Duimstra on September 9, 2009
We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. We have known Mike and family for years here in Marshalltown. Mike and I frequently mention "God's Country" when referring to South Dakota (since I am from Colton, near Sioux Falls). I know this is a difficult time for you all – may your family find some comfort in knowing that your father is now really in “God’s Country” where we all hope to go some day.
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