Lennie Dismounts, age 65, of Huron, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. His life was celebrated at 1:00 PM, Friday, December 7th at the Kuhler Funeral Home. Burial was in the Ideal Cemetery.

Leonard Samuel Dismounts Thrice was born on April 14, 1953, in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Seth and Katherine (Chasing Horse) Dismounts. His earliest memories are of his days spent with his beloved grandmother, Sally Randall Bullman at Potato Creek. Though his years with her were short, he remembered them fondly and often attributed his strong work ethic to the days he spent picking potatoes alongside her. He moved back to Rapid City at age six where he attended grade school and learned English. Lennie excelled in sports at an early age. He loved playing and coaching baseball but his real love was basketball. He was a three-year starting guard for the Rapid City Central Cobblers under the direction of Coach Dave Strain. The memories of those “good ole” days were retold countless times by Lennie. After graduating from Rapid City Central High School in 1972, Lennie attended a number of collegiate institutions but never really found the right fit. He then tried his hand at construction for a time but found the railroad more to his liking. Lennie worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for almost 10 years. Lennie’s parents taught him early in life that hard work and setting goals were key to succeeding in life.

The railroad was what brought Lennie to Huron in 1983. Lennie brought Mary Kay; his junior high sweetheart and now wife and their 9 year old daughter, Kristy with him. Shortly after moving to Huron, the railroad company disbanded and Lennie found work as a steel brake operator at Overbuilt. Lennie enjoyed life in Huron. He developed some great friendships and loved watching the Huron Tiger teams; especially basketball.

Lennie loved people. More often than not, whenever you saw Lennie on the street, he would have a coy smile on his face. But of all things in Lennie’s life, his family was number one to him. He had three children; Kristy, Dan and Sarah. He loved being a dad and later a grandpa. One of the most exciting days of his life was the day his first granddaughter, Jade Cassidy, was born.

Along with his strong love for his family, Lennie also enjoyed tinkering with classic cars; watching the Oakland Raiders in the fall and NASCAR in the summer.

Lennie suffered two major strokes in the spring of 2016. He became a resident of Violet Tschetter Memorial Home where he received superior care. While a resident of VTMH he watched his youngest daughter get married at the facility and “strolled” her down the aisle. The birth of his second granddaughter and namesake, Lenora Adaline occurred during his time at VTMH as well.

Complications from diabetes were the main cause of Lennie’s passing.

Lennie’s infectious smile, sense of humor and “words of wisdom” will be greatly missed by Mary Kay, his wife and soulmate of 51 years; his children, Kristy (Bill) Smith of Huron; Daniel (KarriAnn) Dismounts of Sioux Falls and Sarah (Kyle) Dunn of Huron; his grandchildren, Jade Cassidy, Lenora Adaline and baby boy Dunn arriving in January of 2019; his brother, Seth “Marty” (Charlene) Dismounts of Rapid City; his sister, Sandi Schieberl of California; his brother, Sylvan Dismounts of Rapid City; and his sister-in-law, Lana (Allen) Willey of Huron.

Lennie was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Ben and Randy Dismounts; sister-in-law, Theresa Green; three nieces, Patricia (PJ), Jenny and Kateri Dismounts; and his in-laws, George and Donna Hartzell.

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Lennie was a great guy sorry for your loss to his family and friends. Aaron Woehl

Sarah and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Hugs and love your way. Rod and RaeAnn

Mary Kay and Kristy and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jennifer Gibson

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Tony Beerman

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all!!! Lennie was a wonderful man with heart of gold and an infectious smile. He will be missed by all!! Brad Schweigert and Karen King

So sorry to hear the news. Prayers to Lennie's family. RIP my fellow Raider fan. Todd Nelson

My condolences. I will always remember Lennie as an exceptional athlete with an ever present smile. Tom Kellar

I am so sorry for your loss, Lennie was a wonderful guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Richard and Janet Austin

Mary Kay and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lennie had a smile that was absolutely contagious. May your loving memories bring you peace and God comfort you in the days ahead. Kandy Feiock-Hastings

Mary Kay and family, so sorry to hear of Lennie's passing, although we won't be able to attend the memorial please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lennie was a great guy and a good friend since our little league days when we first met over 53 years ago. And will be missed by all who knew him. Steve Richards

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lennie. Cindie Almond

We were so sorry to hear of Lennie passing. We will always remember that smile, quick wit and his stories. He was a great guy. Dennis & Toni Baum

My prayers and condolences are with you all at this time. I remembered Lennie as a classmate at North Junior High and Rapid City Central. His infectious smile always made everyone smile as well. Cherish his wonderful memories. God bless you all. Sincerely, Vicki Lea-Bailie

I am so sorry to hear of Lennie's passing. Seeing his picture and obituary in the RC Journal bought back memories of you guys at North Junior High and Rapid City Central. So many exciting basketball games we watched where Lennie was certainly the star. I enjoyed watching your picture tribute. Looks like you guys lived a full and wonderful life together. Your loss must be great. Prayers to you in this difficult time.  Dawn Anderson Handshue

Mary Kay and family, we are sorry to hear that Lennie has left this world. He left it a much better place with his contagious smile, kind heart and wonderful personality. Randy was fortunate to grow up with him from the time he came to Rapid City. Saturday morning basketball in grade school and Dog & Suds after football practice in high school. We can still hear his voice and laughter. Thank you for sharing all of the photos that tell a tale of a wonderful husband, father and grand father. A life well lived and a legacy to many! Marge & Randy Downey

RIP my friend. Sending my utmost condolences to you Mary Kay and the family. Praying God will give all of you the strength to sustain you thru this difficult time. Always keep the memories close to your heart. Sometimes they are the only things that keep us going. Pedro Valdez Jr

I was saddened to hear of Lenny’s passing. I had the privilege of working with him on a C&NW tie gang in 1981 near Douglas, Wyoming. I remember him as a uniquely joyful person who loved to laugh and loved to make others laugh, too. I have always hoped to meet up with him again; it saddens me that I have now lost that opportunity. Rest in peace, Lenny.  Scott Lockwood

Mary Kay, Kristy and family, So sorry for your loss. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Keep your memories close. Peggy Gibson

My condolences to the Dismounts family! I worked with Mary Kay  for several years at the Huron Walmart. Every time I seen Lennie he would greet me with a big warm smile and a hello! Always very friendly! It's so nice to have a great person like Lennie around us in our community! So sorry for your loss!  Kathy Phillips

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