|Of course, serving 4 1/2 years in the Army during WWII, working his way up from Private to Captain, and then serving another 20 years in the Reserves as a Lt. Colonel definitely gave Leonard DeBoer the ability to work with and lead men. He served much of his active duty time in the Combat Engineers in the South Pacific.
DeBoer was born on a farm near Madison, graduated from Madison High School and then attended Dakota State for one year. He then transferred to South Dakota State University and completed his degree in Agriculture Education. He put in one year of teaching at Valley Springs High School before WWII interrupted his career. Immediately after the service, brief stints teaching Vo-Ag at Egan, Barnard, and Leola were on his schedule before spending the last 30 years in Chamberlain. <p>Some of DeBoer's accomplishments while teaching high school and leading FFA could be measured by the fact that he had 5 students attain the American Farmer Degree, 4 Star State Farmers, 73 State Farmer Degrees and 8 elected to a State FFA office. This was just a few-- there was an astounding list of other awards and recognitions that his FFA'ers earned due to his steady guidance and encouragement. <p>Leonard DeBoer received the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award from the South Dakota Vocational Association, the Honorary American Farmer Degree, Honorary State Farmer, Honorary District Farmer and Honorary Chapter Farm Degrees from various levels of the FFA. He was recognized as Ag. Instructor of the Year by the SDSU Ag. Ed. Club and SD Weed Board. He was inducted into the South Dakota Vo-Ag Teachers hall of Fame and the Beadle Club. Local 4-H Clubs and the Masons have recognized him for his service and efforts.
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