Funeral services for Buster VanWyk, age 84, of Lodgepole, South Dakota, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Holland Center Church, rural Lodgepole, SD with Pastor Brad Burkhalter, officiating. Burial followed at the Holland Center Cemetery. Military Honors were afforded by the Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 of Hettinger, North Dakota.
Marian Alfred "Buster" VanWyk, was born on December 15, 1928, to Gilbert and Marie (Stuit) VanWyk in the southeast corner of Fredlund Township in Perkins County, SD. He attended school at the East Fredlund School for 6 years, and when his family moved to a farm in Sidney Township, he attended the Jesfield School.
Buster then began working on the family farm and ranch until being called to serve in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged and returned to ranching, mainly raising sheep on the prairies in Perkins County.
He was a lifetime member of the Holland Center Church and spent his entire life on the ranch until moving into Western Horizons Care Center in 2007. Buster was taken care of very well at the nursing home and never had anything to complain about.
Buster passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger, ND.
He is survived by his brother, Warren VanWyk, Lodgepole, SD; two sisters, Thelma Sandgren, Lemmon, SD and Gladys Vliem, Lodgepole, SD; one brother-in-law, Dean Anderson, Hettinger, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Buster was preceded in death by his parents; one brother in infancy; one sister, Elaine Anderson; two brothers-in-law, Bud Sandgren and Jim Vliem; one sister-in-law, Carolyn VanWyk; great-nephew, Matthew Sandgren and great-niece, Taelor Anderson.
Visitation was from 3:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday morning.
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