Frank L. Wellner 1926-2013

Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

Frank L. Wellner 1926-2013

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Frank L. Wellner, 86, of Pierre, S.D., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Funeral Mass was held Friday, Jan. 11 at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Chamberlain. Friends and family may sign Frank’s online register at

Frank (Bud, Cactus) Leroy Wellner was born November 21, 1926 in Mitchell, S.D. to George Wellner and Nellie Waugh. He was raised in Chamberlain, S.D. Bud’s dad died in 1938, after which he spent the next few years on the Nedved farm, northeast of Chamberlain.

He went west to Washington State at age 15 to work in shipyards. He joined the Navy in late World War II, serving mostly in the Aleutian Islands. After the Navy, he returned to South Dakota and married Shirley Arlene Diede on December 9. 1950. They moved to Ft Worth, Texas, for a few years, working at Convair Aircraft factory. After returning to South Dakota, they farmed east of Mac’s Corner. They lived in Pierre while Bud worked on the Oahe Dam project, where their son, Frank, was born in 1955. Next, they moved to the Ft. Thompson area and built up Lee’s Corner. They farmed and ran Lee’s Corner until Shirley’s death on January 7, 1989, when the store closed.

Bud remarried in 1991 to Dorothy (Dottie) Shaykett. They remained at Lee’s Corner for several years and moved to Miller, S.D. in 1997. They lived in Miller until 2010, when health issues forced them to move to Sioux Falls, S.D. Dottie died in February 2011. Shortly after, Bud moved to Pierre, where he resided until his death on January 8, 2013.

He is survived by son, Frank (Cathy) Wellner of Pierre; step-son, Steve (Diane) Shaykett of Hartford; sister, Pat Johnson of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Patrick Wellner, Megan Wellner, Jessica Shaykett, Travis (Katie) Shaykett; and great-granddaughter, Clara Shaykett.

He was preceded in death by parents; wives; sisters, Dorothy and Mickey; brother, George; and step-son, Greg Shaykett

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Frank’s arrangements.