Duane Lee Bessette, age 65, of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Duane Lee Bessette was born January 3, 1948, in Rapid City, the son of Ernest and Mary (King) Bessette. He was raised in the Scenic area, where he received his education in the New Underwood and Wall school districts, graduating from Wall High School. He grew up enjoying the farm-ranch activities, such as 4-H, where he showed rabbits and prize Beefmaster calves.
He worked for Wall Drug after graduating from high school, then joined the U.S. Navy for a short time.