Leland Jay Vlastuin, 58, died unexpectedly from an undiagnosed heart condition on Nov. 28, 2021.
A memorial service was Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Spirit of Peace UCC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Leland was born on Oct. 16, 1963, to Gerrit and Ramona Vlastuin in Canton, South Dakota. He grew up on a farm near Beaver Creek and graduated from Hills-Beaver Creek High School. He then attended college at the University of South Dakota where he graduated with a degree in business administration.
Leland married Lynette Haagenson on June 7, 1985, and they built their home in the Sioux Falls area. They were blessed with four children, Jordan, Jared, Melissa and Madysen. Leland was incredibly proud of them and enjoyed his grandkids, Kylie, William and Kellan.
Leland enjoyed watching his kids play sports through the years. His biggest sports love was basketball, and he was looking forward to following his grandkids as they started playing sports.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed taking trips to Bitter Lake, Waubay, and Canada with his sons and friends. Leland also enjoyed pheasant hunting. He very recently enjoyed taking his yearly fall trip to northern South Dakota to hunt and fish with his friends. He still loved to play a game of ball and loved riding his bike all over Lennox.
Leland was a jokester and prankster. He possessed an easy laugh and put those around him at ease. He enjoyed talking to people and making people laugh.
Leland is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lynette; his children Jordan (Noelle) of Harrisburg, South Dakota, Jared (Abby) of Worthing, South Dakota, Melissa Bauder (Eric) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Madysen of Lennox, South Dakota; his grandchildren Kylie, William and Kellan; his mother, Ramona Vlastuin of Sioux Falls, and sisters Linda (Chuck) Wattier, Eagle River Alaska, and Lorae (Gene) Lodes of Sioux Falls, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerrit Vlastuin, and his father-in-law, Bill Haagenson.
Arrangements were provided by Heritage Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, www.heritagesfsd.com