Otho S. Eaton 1922-2013

Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm


Otho S. Eaton 1922-2013

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Otho S. Eaton, 90, of Orient, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Orient.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Orient, with Fr. Thomas Clement presiding. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.

Otho S. Eaton was born August 14, 1922 in Hand County, S.D to Orville and Josephine (Mueller) Eaton. He spent most of his life in the Orient area and attended Orient High School.

Otho spent two and a half years in the U.S. Air Force during WWII.

He was united in marriage to Dolores Baloun on August 24, 1948. They made their home and raised their family in Orient. For one year, Otho managed the Farmers Elevator in Orient. In November 1949 he became a rural mail carrier out of the Orient Post Office and retired in 1987.

Otho belonged to many local organizations and held offices in several throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He was an avid hunter and trapper for many years. He loved his tractors and his “little” acreage east of town. He spent hours spraying and mowing weeds to keep it neat and looking great.

Left to cherish Otho’s 90 years are his wife, Dolores; his children, Anita Selting of Huron, Nancy (Mike) Gulbrandson of Brandon, Debra (John) Lantz of Grand Island, Neb., Paul (Sandra) Eaton of Aberdeen, Lynette (Paul) Meyer of Grand Island, Neb., Jodene (Donald) Clement of Orient, and Russel (Charlene) Eaton of Summerset, S.D.; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maxine (Lloyd) Oleson of Mitchell, Mary (Richard) Kelly of Young America, Minn., and Janet Eaton of Hopkins, Minn.; two brothers, Ted (Wanda) Eaton, of Sun City West, Ariz., and Dick (Evie) Eaton of Lewiston, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Danny; one infant granddaughter, Christina Clement; one infant sister, Colleen, and sister, Virginia Strasburg; two brothers, Gordon and Kevin Eaton; and one sister-in-law, Annie Eaton.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Otho’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)

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