Clarence "Smokey" Petoske

Clarence "Smokey" Petoske, age 93 of Midland, South Dakota, died January 2, 2011, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Clarence E. Petoske was born April 5, 1917, at Capa, South Dakota, the son of Peter and Addie (Thomas) Petoske. He attended the Rolling Green grade school at Stanley County and high school at Capa and Midland, graduating in 1937.

Clarence entered the United States Army on July 15, 1942, at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. While in the Army, he married Arline Marie Nelson on November 2, 1944, at Durham, North Carolina. After his honorable discharge on November 27, 1945, they made their home in Midland where Clarence was a Land Improvement Contractor most of his life. Buying his first caterpillar in 1949 was the start of a successful contractor business.

Clarence was a founding member of the South Dakota Land Improvement Contractors Association, an instigator of the Midland Museum, and an active member of St. William's Catholic Church and the Midland American Legion Post #143 for over 65 years. He was also a member of the Midland Senior Citizens, and very willing to help with anything going on in Midland.

Clarence loved sports, whether it was playing catcher for the Midland baseball team, or watching his grandchildren play basketball. He was a formidable horseshoe pitcher, and loved to keep scores and attend tournaments and games.

Clarence made his home in Midland until 2005, when he moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 66 years, Arline Petoske of Midland; three daughters Barbara Jones and her husband Morris of Midland, Carol Snook and her husband Leland of Alton, Illinois, and Jody Block and her husband Gary of Midland; one son Jim Petoske and his wife Barbara of Midland; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one son-in-law Bob Eckert of Kadoka; one brother Leonard Petoske of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister Pauline Marrington of Midland; one brother-in-law Dale Jarman of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by a daughter Jill Eckert; his parents; two sisters Hazel Melvin and Joyce Jarman; and five brothers Richard, Stanley, Kenneth "Wayne", Donald and Dale Petoske as children.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, at St. William's Catholic Church in Midland, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 6, at the church, with Father Kevin Achbach as celebrant.

Interment with military honors will be at the Midland Cemetery.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com.