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Deane Joyce

Deane Joyce, age 90 of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Albert Deane Joyce was born in the Rapid City hospital on May 2, 1920, the son of Alfred and Clara Jessie (Bailey) Joyce. He grew up in New Underwood with nine other siblings.

Deane graduated from New Underwood High School in 1938. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1940 to 1945. He traveled to England, France and Germany as a master sergeant. After being discharged from the army, he moved to Oakland, Calif., where he worked for a drycleaners. He met Janet Hart and they were married on January 15 1949. They were married for 53 years until her death in 2002.

Deane and Janet moved to Wall in 1949 and purchased the Clean-Rite Cleaners. They operated the cleaners until 1963 when Deane became a rural mail carrier which he continued for over 20 years. He also served as the Wall city auditor and later treasurer. He served as justice of the peace and lay magistrate for Pennington County from 1959 to 1988.

Deane just received recognition for 60 years as a Mason. He also was a 32 Second Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite and a member of the Naja Shrine Club. Deane served a term as commander of the Wall American Legion and was involved with the VFW.

Survivors include a son, Greg Joyce and his wife, Margaret, of Silverdale, Wash.; a daughter, Susan Joyce of Wall; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Coffin of Toledo, Ohio, and Barbara Vickers of Odessa, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Janet, Deane was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 30, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Sheri Fadley officiating.

Music was provided by Rita Patterson, pianist, and Dean, Gene, Dale and Gale Patterson, vocal quartet.

Ushers were Bill Leonard, Bernard Foster and Delbert Sebade. Pallbearers were Kenny Denke, Paul Paulsen, Simon Volk, Jerry Johannesen, Paul Goldhammer and Joel Stephens.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was Monday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to the Humane Society.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

An online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com