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Donald L. “Don” Aby

March 18, 1949 - May 21, 2012

Donald L. Aby died Monday afternoon, May 21, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
Donald L. Aby, better known as Don to his family and friends, was born March 18, 1949, at Pierre, the son of Perry C. Aby, Sr. and Irma Mae (Masek) Aby. He grew up in the Owanka community where he began receiving his education at Owanka Rural School. He then attended one year of high school in New Underwood. The family moved to Philip where he graduated from Philip High School in 1968. During his high school years, he worked at a gas station for Tyrone Moos.
He was married to Glenda Smith and to this union were born two children, Bruce and Linda.
After graduation, Don worked as a custodian at Philip High School, later as a police officer for the city of Philip until becoming employed at Midwest Cooperatives.
He was united in marriage to Peggy Kleinschmit on November 2, 1987, at Rapid City. They made their home in Wall all their married life.
Don continued to work at Midwest Co-op, which later became known as Cenex/Harvest States. In his later years, he became a field salesman for Cenex/Harvest States, a position he held at the time of his death.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting the “bull.” He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Funeral services for Donald “Don “ Aby, age 63, of Wall will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Philip High School Auditorium with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music for the service will be provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist.
Ushers are Mel Smith, Jim Knight and Rowdy Schuler. Pallbearers are Jay Baxter, Gilbert “Sonny” LaBeau, Darwin Hellekson, Jim Bouman, Lucas Mayfield and Darrel Kemnitz.
Visitation will be held on Thursday May 24, at the Philip High School Auditorium from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and one hour before the services on Friday.
Interment will be 12:00 noon on Friday at the New Underwood Cemetery.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Peggy Aby of Wall; a son, Bruce Aby and his wife, Tanya, of Black Hawk; a daughter, Linda Gates and her husband, Jeff, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two step daughters, Tracey Feldman and her husband, Doug, of Wall and Sheila Herbaugh of Kadoka; two grandchildren; six step grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Perry C. Aby, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Port Isabel, Texas, Richard Aby and his wife, Pam, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; four sisters, Lois Ewert and her husband, Louis, of Rapid City, Shirley Millard of Lead, Evonne Flax and Geraldine Ray, both of Pierre; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Aby, Sr. and Irma Aby.
A memorial is established
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com.