Leonard L. Keahi, 58, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Leonard L. Keahi was born July 7, 1947, at Hoolehua, Molokai, Hawaii, the son of Jacob and Ella (Dudoit) Keahi. Leonard graduated from Molakai High School in 1965 and later continued his studies at Maui Technical College. Leonard was united in marriage to Debra Gomez in 1966.
On Jan. 4, 1971, at the Prince of Peace Church in Honolulu, Leonard was united in marriage to Norma Toel. He worked for 3-M Company installing and maintaining security systems for several years. In 1975, Leonard and Norma moved to Morgan Hill, California to give his children better opportunities on the mainland. In 1977, the family moved to Merrill. On Sept. 21, 1981, Leonard began his 24-year career at Wells' Dairy in Le Mars working at the milk plant.
Leonard was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where he had served as a trustee, sang in the choir, played with the Tuesday evening Praise Team, and shared his musical talents with services at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center. Leonard enjoyed playing his ukulele and doing woodworking.
He enjoyed family and friends, especially keeping in contact with his Hawaiian family on the islands. Through the years, he and Norma had taken several trips to visit Leonard's family. He took great pride in sharing his heritage with his sons, Chris and Tony. Leonard was a very humble and gentle man who will be remembered as a kind and selfless friend. He embodied the spirit of Aloha. His faith was very important to him and helped hium and his family accept his illness.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Norma of Le Mars; two sons, Chris Keahi of Des Moines and Tony and his wife, Amy Keahi of Sioux Center; a daughter, Leanda Keahi-Bevans and her husband, Bruce of Olympia, Wash.; a grandson, Billy Stephan Holway of Olympia, Wash.; a brother, Alexander Keahi of Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii; twin sisters, Margaret Keahi-Leary and her husband, Frank of Hoolehua, Molokai, Hawaii and Martha Nakagawa and her husband, Ronald of Hoolehua, Molokai, Hawaii; several nieces, nephews, and many friends in the islands and the mainland.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; Jacob and Ella (Dudoit) Keahi; a brother, Jacob Keahi; and a sister, Clarice "Anita" Willing.
A Celebration of Life service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran in Le Mars with the Rev. Larry Fett officiating. Inurnment will be in the family plot in Kanakaloloa Cemetery Hoolehua, Hawaii. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. Thursday, at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Toel, brother-in-law; James Tancayo, classmate; Ron Schultz, friend; Darrell Shulz, neighbor; Rick Edwards, co-worker and Mark Upward, ohana.
Online condolences may be viewed at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.