Earl J. Wilmarth

Earl J. Wilmarth, age 89 of Kadoka, SD, died November 18, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 21, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Jean Weller, pianist, with special music by Joyce Wheeler and Lyndyn Ireland.

Ushers are Keith Bonenberger and Paul Briggs. Pallbearers are Cody Wilmarth, Eric Wilmarth, Jeff Konst, Tim Merchen, Kyle Amiotte and Pat Brown.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Earl J. Wilmarth was born November 3, 1919, in DeSmet, SD, the son of Earl P. and Myrtle (Shearer) Wilmarth. He grew up and received his education in DeSmet, graduating from DeSmet High School in 1937. He then attended South Dakota State College, before entering the United States Army in 1941.

Earl was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and Camp Pickett, Virginia, before entering Lab Tech School in Indianapolis. After Lab Tech School he was stationed at Nichols General Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

While at Nichols General, he met another lab tech, Alice Bean. Earl and Alice were united in marriage on July 27, 1945 in Louisville. Earl was then moved to Halisville, MS, where he received his honorable discharge. Earl returned to Alice in Louisville where he worked at the Jones-Dabney Paint Company for two years.

At that time, Earl's uncle, Elmer Hortman called him to offer him a job at the H & H Motel and Restaurant in Kadoka. Earl and Alice moved to Kadoka where they operated and later owned the H & H, a position they held until retirement. After retiring, Earl and Alice remained in Kadoka, where they have since resided.

Earl enjoyed fishing and hunting birds and waterfowl. He was a member of the Kadoka Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Post #27 of Kadoka, serving as American Legion State Commander in 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alice Wilmarth of Kadoka; two sons, Rick Wilmarth and his wife, Paulette, of Kadoka, and Kenny Wilmarth and his wife, Cindy, of Kadoka; one daughter, Elizabeth Thomas and her husband, Michael, of Aiken, SC; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Terri Dawn; and one brother, Veryl R. Wilmarth.

A memorial has been established.