Leonard Garness, former funeral director at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel in Groton, received an honorary lifetime membership with the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association at the association's annual state convention held in May at Watertown.
Garness, a funeral director for 40 years, joins 17 fellow funeral directors as lifetime members of the association.
He and his wife Sheila (Paetznick) Garness operated the Groton funeral chapel for many years. They served Groton, Andover, Claremont, Pierpont, Ferney, Conde and surrounding areas before selling the business in 1997. They reside at Enemy Swim Lake and in Sun City West, Ariz.