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, 69, of Gering, died June 24, 2006, at the Western Regional Hospital Center, Oncology Unit in Scottsbluff after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Wagner, S.D. to Gerard and Iva (Piroutek) Halstead. Leon grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating from South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Botany. He started his lengthy radio career at the college radio station.

In 1960 he worked at KOLT in Scottsbluff, and was Manager at KCSR, Chadron in 1973. He bought KPNY radio in 1988, which he operated until his death; the staff at KPNY was like family.

He was the president of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association in 1975 and he also served on the board of the Riverside Zoo for many years.

Survivors include his children and grandchildren, Jerry (Faith) Halstead of Lebanon, N.H.; Laura (Kirk) Norman, Garrett and Christopher of Lander, Wyo.; Christopher (Becky) Halstead, Jacob, Chelsea, Chance, Madalyne, and Cooper of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Ryan Halstead of Durango, Colo.; and Leslie (Ackim) Nyachikanda, Marley of Farmington, N.M.; sister, Marlene (Art) Hagen of Torrington, Wyo.; special friend, Zandy Knotts of Scottsbluff; longtime co-workers and friends, Adell Duran and Mel Sauer; nieces and nephews, Sandy Hagen of Scottsbluff; Danette (Steve) Dunker of Chadron; Gigi (Kelly) Asseling of Kearney; Merle (Connie) Hagen of Scottsbluff and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stuart.

, 69, of Gering, died June 24, 2006, at the Western Regional Hospital Center, Oncology Unit in Scottsbluff after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Wagner, S.D. to Gerard and Iva (Piroutek) Halstead. Leon grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating from South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Botany. He started his lengthy radio career at the college radio station.

In 1960 he worked at KOLT in Scottsbluff, and was Manager at KCSR, Chadron in 1973. He bought KPNY radio in 1988, which he operated until his death; the staff at KPNY was like family.

He was the president of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association in 1975 and he also served on the board of the Riverside Zoo for many years.

Survivors include his children and grandchildren, Jerry (Faith) Halstead of Lebanon, N.H.; Laura (Kirk) Norman, Garrett and Christopher of Lander, Wyo.; Christopher (Becky) Halstead, Jacob, Chelsea, Chance, Madalyne, and Cooper of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Ryan Halstead of Durango, Colo.; and Leslie (Ackim) Nyachikanda, Marley of Farmington, N.M.; sister, Marlene (Art) Hagen of Torrington, Wyo.; special friend, Zandy Knotts of Scottsbluff; longtime co-workers and friends, Adell Duran and Mel Sauer; nieces and nephews, Sandy Hagen of Scottsbluff; Danette (Steve) Dunker of Chadron; Gigi (Kelly) Asseling of Kearney; Merle (Connie) Hagen of Scottsbluff and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stuart.

, 69, of Gering, died June 24, 2006, at the Western Regional Hospital Center, Oncology Unit in Scottsbluff after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Wagner, S.D. to Gerard and Iva (Piroutek) Halstead. Leon grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., graduating from South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Botany. He started his lengthy radio career at the college radio station.

In 1960 he worked at KOLT in Scottsbluff, and was Manager at KCSR, Chadron in 1973. He bought KPNY radio in 1988, which he operated until his death; the staff at KPNY was like family.

He was the president of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association in 1975 and he also served on the board of the Riverside Zoo for many years.

Survivors include his children and grandchildren, Jerry (Faith) Halstead of Lebanon, N.H.; Laura (Kirk) Norman, Garrett and Christopher of Lander, Wyo.; Christopher (Becky) Halstead, Jacob, Chelsea, Chance, Madalyne, and Cooper of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Ryan Halstead of Durango, Colo.; and Leslie (Ackim) Nyachikanda, Marley of Farmington, N.M.; sister, Marlene (Art) Hagen of Torrington, Wyo.; special friend, Zandy Knotts of Scottsbluff; longtime co-workers and friends, Adell Duran and Mel Sauer; nieces and nephews, Sandy Hagen of Scottsbluff; Danette (Steve) Dunker of Chadron; Gigi (Kelly) Asseling of Kearney; Merle (Connie) Hagen of Scottsbluff and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stuart.


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