Leo J. Stoltz was born August 20, 1918 in Pompeys Pillar, MT to John U. and Anna (Theis) Stoltz. At the age of five he moved with his family to South Dakota and received his education in Hanson County. On February 14, 1942 he married Mavis Boehmer at Alexandria, SD.
They farmed in Hanson County where he raised and showed registered Berkshire hogs and received many awards at the SD State Fair and regional shows. He had served as secretary of the SD Berkshire Breeders Association for six years, was on the founding board of the Hanson County Rural Fire Association, was elected to the Hanson County ASC Committee and was awarded the outstanding farmer sponsored by the Hanson County Soil Conservation Service and the Sioux City Journal. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. In January 1968 they moved to Mitchell where he worked for Independent Oil Company and the Mitchell School District, including Mitchell Vo-Tech and Longfellow School. He enjoyed trap shooting, golf and meeting for coffee with the fellows. For thirteen years they wintered in the Rio Grande Valley at Edinburg, TX.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Mavis, one daughter, Carol Fergen and husband, Henry of Mitchell, two sons, James Stoltz and wife, Wilma of Ft. Mill, SC, Donald Stoltz and friend, Virginia Fierro of Maricopa, AZ, ten grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Donald and three sisters, Eloise, Rosella and Viola.