Edward M. Ptak, age 94, of Pierre, formerly of Philip, died May 20, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre following a short illness.
Ed Ptak was born November 1, 1913, in Tabor, SD, the eldest of three sons born to Thomas Ptak and Rosie (Kortan) Ptak. They enjoyed growing up on a farm south of Dante, SD. He attended high school in Geddes and Wagner.
Following graduation, he received a teaching certificate from Springfield Teacher's College and taught school in a small country school. He enlisted in the National Guard, 109th Engineer Combat Battalion when WWII broke out.