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Dale R. Lewis

Dale R. Lewis, age 72 of Wasta, South Dakota, died April 5, 2008, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Dale was born May 27, 1935, at Wall, the second son of Russell F. and Eleanor (Bliss) Lewis. With the exception of fourth grade at Wasta, Dale attended Wall Schools, graduating in 1953. He received a B.S. in journalism and business administration from the University of Nebraska in 1957. While stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J., with the National Guard, he attended the U.S. Army's School of Photography.

Dale married Nancy Collins in August 1957 at Lawrence, Kansas, and they had one daughter, Tammy. In 1974 he married Donna Todd of Rapid City. In April 1994 Dale purchased the Bennett County Booster. He and Mary (Solon) Gibson of Kadoka married and made their home near Martin. After retiring in 2001, they moved to Wasta. Dale was a member of the Methodist Church and South Dakota Press Association.

Journalism, photography and travel were Dale's life-long interests, along with his horses and dogs. For 35 years he edited and published weekly papers: The Bowdle Pioneer at Bowdle, Hosmer Bulletin at Hosmer, Pennington County Courant at Wall and Bennett County Booster at Martin. He taught two years at Wakpala High School and one year at Interior. He was executive director of the South Dakota Hall of Fame for 10 years and edited the Dakota West and later the Hall of Fame magazine. During the past fifteen years he wrote and published six books: Roy Houck, Buffalo Man; Duhamel, from Ox Cart to Television; Wall of the Badlands; Wasta 1906-2006; Art Kroetch, Iron Worker; and LeBeau, A Sputtering Flame. These books and thousands of photos attest to his love for journalism and photography. When one trip was over, there was always another spot in the world that Dale thought he should experience. In recent years he had traveled throughout Alaska and Canada, Ireland, Cuba, China, Turkey, Costa Rica and Panama and still had hopes of seeing Argentina or Australia.

Survivors include his spouse, Mary Lewis of Wasta; daughter, Tammy Lewis, Wall; granddaughter, Summer (Mark) Jakopak, and great-grandchildren, Autumn and Brohden, of Quinn; a sister-in-law, Pat Lewis, Calgary, Alberta;

and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth.

Closed casket visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Interment will be in the Wall Cemetery.

A memorial is established to the Lurz Park in Wasta.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com