LeRoy Biesheuvel, age 70 of Broadus, died on September 5, 2013 at the Ft. Meade Veterans Hospital after fighting an aggressive brain cancer for four years.
He was born just over the line into North Dakota on May 13, 1943. He spent his first 9 years near Pollock, SD and then moved to the Black Hills. He joined the U.S. Army in 1962 and was stationed for a time in Germany. He married Katheryne Hart Englebert on Aug. 27, 1967 and enrolled in nurses training. After several years as a surgical nurse at the VA Medical Center, Ft. Meade, SD, he enrolled in physician assistant school in 1983 and graduated in 1984. The couple and two of their children then moved to Broadus where LeRoy provided medical care at the Powder River Clinic for over 25 years. Nearly all that time, he was the only medical care in the county. Do people in heaven need medical care? No, but if they did, they would be waiting a turn to see LeRoy and receive his advice, his great diagnosing skills, and best of all, his hugs.
LeRoy was a lifetime member of Jackpine Gypsy Motorcycle Club, who founded the Sturgis Rally; Powder River Masonic Lodge #135 in Broadus; Olive Branch Lodge #47 in Sturgis, SD; the Naja Shrine; The Scottish Rite, Matopaha Chapter 98 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Sturgis, SD, National Rifle Association, PRC-UCC, American Motorcycle Association, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Montana Academy of Physician Assistants.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathy; son Rod (Lucy) Englebert of Lake Elsinore, CA; daughter Trina (Charlie) Wheeler of Piedmont, SD; son Rich of Broadus; step-daughter Charlotte (Mitch) Hildebrant of Nelspruit, South Africa; grandsons Christopher Wheeler and Colton Biesheuvel; granddaughters Samantha Ricci and Kaylie Wheeler; two step-grandsons, David and Joey (Jennifer) Rivera of California, former daughter-in-law Cassy Biesheuvel of Whitewood, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus, MT. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Powder River High School Gymnasium in Broadus, MT. For those who wish, the family has asking those who attend LeRoy’s services to wear colorful clothing to help celebrate his life. Interment will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the LeRoy Biesheuvel Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o 1st Bank of Sidney in Broadus, MT; to help future students further their education in medicine.