Don Mead, age 90, of Milbank, died Tuesday, December 14, at St. William's Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.
Donald Gene Mead was born on March 16, 1931, to Harold and Caroline (Duff) Mead in Parkersburg, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Clark, SD. Following graduation, he joined the United States Navy, serving from 1948 until his retirement in December 1967. While in the US Navy his duty assignments included Virginia, Idaho, California (twice), South Dakota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. He served in both the Korean War and Vietnam War.
He was united in marriage to Mary “Eileen” Ingham on March 4, 1952 in Norfolk, VA and enjoyed many happy years of marriage until her death in 2006. After serving in the US Navy, he and Eileen moved to South Dakota where he attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD, and graduated from the National College of Business in Rapid City, SD. While attending school he worked at both Trask Motors in Custer, SD, and at the Custer State Park Youth Forestry Camp as a counselor. In 1977 they moved to Milbank, SD, where he worked for the state of South Dakota as a Court Services Officer (probation officer) until his retirement in 1996. Don married Betty Gill in 2007.
Don was a member of St Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. In his earlier years Don enjoyed fishing and hunting. He enjoyed square dancing and collecting eagle figurines.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Betty of Milbank, SD; children: Barry (Dee) Mead of Palm Coast, FL; Ron (Penny) Mead of Milbank, SD; granddaughter, Wendy (Craig) Nehring of Clintonville, WI; step-granddaughter, Katie (Bill) Schellberg of Milbank, SD; step-grandson, Fred Koch of Sioux Falls, SD; step children: Wayne Thyne of Corona, SD; Cheryl (Ken) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD; Todd (Rhonda) Thyne of Corona, SD; Bill (Karen) Thyne of Ortonville, MN; Mark (Lois) Thyne of Watertown, SD; Gail (Stuart) Keating of Flandreau, SD; sisters: Jeanette Bobzein of Clark, SD; Becky Harrington of Bradley, SD; Judy Williams of Avoca, IA; Anita Duff of Oregon; 19 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eileen; infant daughter, Brenda; sister, Karen Duff; grand-son, Sheldon Mead; brothers-in-law: Rich Harrington, Randy Williams; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Olmstead.