Darwin "Smokey" Shepard

Darwin "Smokey" Shepard, age 76, of Wall, died Saturday, January 7, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 10, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Rev. Preston Brown officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Bill Leonard, Jerry Johannesen and Bernard Foster. Pallbearers were Ryan Eisenbraun, Keith Eisenbraun, Gary Beck, B.J. Dartt, Doug Crown and Brady Shepard.

Interment with military honors was in the Wall Cemetery.

Darwin N. "Smokey" Shepard was born June 2, 1929, in Wessington, SD, the son of Harold and Tillie (Norby) Shepard.

Smokey was united in marriage to Lydia Huffman on March 23, 1951, at Pierre, SD.

Smokey served in the United States Army from November 1950 until his honorable discharge in August 1952. While serving in the Army, he spent 16 months in Korea. After his discharge, he went to work at West River Electric Association from 1953 to 1965.

Smokey and Lydia bought Joe's Gas and Propane business in 1972, which they owned until his retirement in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia, of Wall; a son, Randy Shepard and his wife, Debbie, of Wall; a daughter, Vickie Willuweit and her husband, Curt, of Wall; four grandsons, Brian Shepard and Brady Shepard, both of Las Vegas, NV, Keith Eisenbraun of Wright, WY, and Ryan Eisenbraun of Rapid City; a granddaughter, Heather Beck of Selby, SD; three great-grandchildren; a sister, LaVonne Meyers of Huron; a very special friend, Doug Crown of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and one brother.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com