Charles “Chuck” O. Jones, 83 of Lake Preston, S.D. died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in DeSmet, S.D.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 30, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in DeSmet with Fr. Gregg Frankman celebrant. Burial was in the Lake Preston Cemetery at Lake Preston.
Charles “Chuck” O. Jones was born September 14, 1928 to Arden and Ruth (Blanchford) Jones at rural St. Lawrence in Hand County, S.D. He attended school at St. Lawrence.
Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 28, 1946 and was stationed in Korea and discharged in the spring of 1948. He married Vivian Lakner on November 4, 1948 at the Catholic Church in Wessington, S.D.
The couple farmed in the Wessington area. In June of 1962 they moved to Lake Preston where he was employed as a butcher at Larsen’s Meat Market. In 1973 he bought Streeter’s Grocery and ran Chuck’s Grocery until 1993. Because of health reasons he retired and sold the store to his son, Roger and his wife Barbara.
Chuck was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Lake Preston Fire Dept and Ambulance and the Lake Preston American Legion Post.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking and sports. Chuck enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas Day, surrounded by his extended family. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known as a storyteller that might just stretch the story a little. Chuck was a man with quick wit and many catchy phrases.
He is survived by his wife Vivian of Lake Preston; three sons, Art (Brenda) of Garretson, Arden (Debra) of Hartford, and Roger (Barb) of Lake Preston; a daughter Gayle (Tom) Birath of Marshall, Minn.; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister Elsie (Jim) Hancock of Ree Heights, S.D.
He was preceded in death by parents, and an infant daughter.
Charles ‘Chuck’ O. Jones 1928-2012
Ruth Grabin, 95, of Woonsocket, S.D., and formerly of Gann Valley, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket. Her funeral service was held Friday, July 27 at the Foothills Bible Fellowship Church in Wessington Springs with Pastor Don Grubb officiating. Burial was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Ruth Evelyn Winchester was born December 9, 1916, in Hurley, S.D. �to William and Mabel Winchester.
Before she married Rex Grabin, Ruth worked as a housekeeper. In 1946, Rex and Ruth purchased a farm in Hand County where they lived until 2001. They moved to Wessington Springs and resided there until 2006. On January 26, 2006, Ruth became a resident of Prairie View Care Center, Woonsocket, where she lived until her death.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She sewed matching outfits for her and her two daughters. She liked to cook and garden and always had a big vegetable garden from which she canned goodies for the winter season.
She belonged to the Buffalo Gals Sewing Circle, Lady Helpers at the Congregational Church in Gann Valley, and was in the Live Nativity at Gann Valley during the Christmas season.
She helped Rex with farming, and she worked with him painting buildings for neighbors. She also worked in the greenhouse in Miller, S.D. During the winter months, she enjoyed playing cards at neighborhood card parties. Ruth and Rex also enjoyed deer hunting and snowmobiling in the Black Hills. In May to October, 1975, Ruth and Rex were privileged to take a trip to Alaska, where they worked for a man who had a flying service.
She is survived by her children, a son, Eugene (Carol); daughter-in-law, Elaine; a son, Lyle (Gail); a daughter, Vicki (Alex); and a daughter, Arlette; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Bill and Arlis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of nearly 65 years, Rexford Grabin; a son, Gary; a son, Ronny; and a grandson, Jeffrey. Her only sister died at 12 years of age.