Leon Paul Shotley
Leon Paul Shotley, 74, Sioux Falls, joined his Heavenly Father, Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life with a Visitation will be 4-6pm, Friday, October 23, 2015, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with a Memorial Service beginning at 6pm.
Leon Paul Shotley was born July 10, 1941, in Cloquet, MN to Peter and Josephine (Jesse) Shotley. He grew up and graduated from high school in Cloquet before he went to work at the paper mill in town. On March 31, 1962, Leon married Eilene Shotley. The couple had two daughters, Leesa and Leea. After Leon’s retirement, he and Eilene moved to Sioux Falls.
Leon loved to travel and going to see Leea and his grandchildren in New York was especially fun. He loved the hustle and bustle of New York and people watching. Other trips to Branson, the Black Hills, and back to Cloquet to see family were also fond memories. Leon loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them no matter what the reason or occasion. He also loved his pet cats and dogs, enjoyed reading, especially mysteries, watching the NY Yankees, trips to antique shops, bazaars, and flea markets. Leon and Eilene were members of Abiding Savior and enjoyed Wednesday Night Bible Studies and Sunday mornings with their church family.
Leon will be deeply missed by his wife, Eilene; two daughters, Leesa (James) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls and Leea (Robert) Ryan, Bridgewater, NJ; three grandchildren, Esther, Erik and Kayla; three siblings, Burton (Claudette) Shotley, Patricia Dickenson, and Evelyn (Duane) Putnam, all of Cloquet, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Josephine (Jesse) Shotley.