Previous Honorees


1964 L. A. Cimpl

1965 Joseph A. Dvorak

1966 Rev. Raymond Koman

1967 Matt Petrik

1968 K. L. Szymanski

1969 Dr. & Mrs. F. M. Blezek


1970 James M. Schuch

1971 Msgr. E. A. Bouska

1972 Pioneer Settlers of Tabor

1973 John F. Kostel

1974 James J. Kocer

1975 Rev. Gilbert Laketek

1976 Joseph V. Zitka

1977 Thomas J. Binder

1978 Emil E. Blachnik

1979 Joseph M. Petrik


1980 Edward L. Petrik

1981 Dennis L. Bies

1982 Joseph J. Rezac

1983 Helen Mach

1984 Albert G. Honner

1985 Caroline "Curley" King

1986 Rosie Petrik

1987 Emil Kutilek

1988 Charles Rokusek and Jerry Jarolim

1989 Bernard G. Zitka


1990 Agnes T. Kostel

1991 Emil Rezac

1992 Sylvester Pechan

1993 Lloyd Aten

1994 Edward J. Kudrna

1995 Frank J. Petrik

1996 Henry A. W. Adam

1997 Leonard Rokusek

1998 Frank E. Vaith

1999 Deceased Beseda Dancers


2000 Thomas G. Kronaizl

2001 Alisa Anne Prunty

2002 Norby Mach

2003 Anna Schuch

2004 Laddie E. Kostel

2005 Edmund Wagner

2006 Rich Schild

2007 Allan Sternhagen

2008 Rosie M. Kortan

2009 Helen Fejfar


2010 Don Koranda

2011 Clarence Vlasak

2012 Vivian Vaith

2013 Violet Zdenek Povondra

2014 Josie Kutilek

2015 Mildred Cimpl

2016 Helen Vlasak

2017 Roman Honner



Tabor Czech Days is dedicated each year to a person that has passed away that was a strong supporter of Tabor and Tabor Czech Days. They are honored during the opening program with a presentation to family members. These people will never be forgotten and have played an integral part of the history of Tabor.





Leonard CimplLeonard John Cimpl was born on October 11, 1924 to Ladislav and Lillian (Hamberger) Cimpl in rural Tabor, South Dakota and passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Majestic Bluffs in Yankton. He attended school in rural Tabor and Wagner and graduated from Wagner High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Leonard returned home and married Mildred A Schuch on May 28, 1951 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Tabor, South Dakota. He owned and operated Cimpl's Market and Cimpl Feed and Grain. Leonard's love for Tabor was shown through his many years as a Trustee and Chairman of the Tabor Town Board. He was active in many church and community organizations. His Czech heritage was an important part of his life. He and Mildred loved Czech Days and Leonard was chairperson of the annual event for several years. Leonard was also a member and officer in the Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post #183. He loved the game of baseball and was extremely honored when the Tabor baseball park was named Leonard Cimpl Field. Leonard's Catholic faith, instilled by his parents, was lived out through his participating in various volunteer ministries for St. Wenceslaus Parish throughout the years. Leonard was a person who lived by his priorities; his love for his God, wife, family, Church, country and community.

Leonard is survived by his two sons, Fr. Chuck Cimpl (Sioux Falls, SD) and Joe Cimpl (Tabor, SD), one daughter, Sue (Mike) Stoll (Yankton, SD); 4 grandchildren: Selina Cimpl (Kansas City, MO) Beth (Casey) Van Beek (Sioux Falls, SD), Scott Stoll (Sioux Falls, SD) and Tyler Stoll (Yankton, SD) ; 2 great grandchildren: Oliver and Harper Van Beek (Sioux Falls, SD); his brothers John A. Cimpl (Yankton, SD) and Donald (Joan) Cimpl, (Omaha, NE); two sisters-in-law, Mildred M. Cimpl (Columbus, NE) and Anne Shaw (Broomfield, CO) and many nieces and nephews.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, his parents; his brothers, Laddie (Doris) Cimpl, Jim (Roma) Cimpl and Emanuel Cimpl; his sister, Angeline (Hayes) Balvin and his sister-in-law, Darlene Cimpl.  Following Leonard’s passing, his sister-in-law Mildred M. Cimpl passed away as well as his brother John A. Cimpl.

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In case of bad weather, seek shelter in one of the following locations.

Storm Shelter Locations:

Beseda Hall, 135 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Elementary School, 227 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Community Center, 138 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Fire Hall, 122 S. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Legion Hall, 145 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Ambulance Shed, 133 S. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063