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Eugene T. "Bud" Fortune

Eugene T. "Bud" Fortune, age 83 of Quinn, S.D., died Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Eugene "Bud" Fortune was born September 22, 1927, in the Grindstone area, one of eight children born to R.A. and Francis (McCloskey) Fortune. Bud attended grade school at Lincoln Country School and Philip and Quinn high schools.

Bud joined the United States Army on December 7, 1951, and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged on November 17, 1953, and from the U.S. Army Reserve on Jan. 10, 1960. After his discharge, Bud returned home and started ranching with his father in the Grindstone, North Whitewater, and Lurcere areas.

On September 23, 1959, Bud was united in marriage to Dorothy McDaniel at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, and to this union were born four children.

Bud learned how to spay heifers at the age of 19 and spayed for many years. Most rewarding to him were the ranches he visited and the people he met. Bud worked very hard making sure every cow had enough water. Putting in windmills and pipelines and building dams was a passion. He even had two solar watering systems. He was one of the first in the country to install tire tanks.

Bud was one of the founders of the 11 Mile Roping Club, and was very proud of the success of his children and grandchildren in the rodeo arena.

Bud's pride was ranching and building a reputation herd of Angus cattle with his family, but his true joy was watching his children and grandchildren's accomplishments.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Quinn; two sons, Casey Fortune and his wife, Theresa, of Philip, and Wayne Fortune and his wife, Kathy, of Interior; two daughters, Carolyn Krogman and her husband, Mark, of Quinn, and Wanda Pippert and her husband, Scott, of Sidney, Mont.; 11 grandchildren, Billie Jean, Grace, Buck and Bronc Pippert; Tiekola, Toyeala, Trey and TaTé Fortune; Rolly and Elsie Fortune and Cayne Krogman; two great-grandchildren, Yursephany and Beanett Woobring; one brother, Vern Fortune and his wife, Bea, of Kyle; and three sisters, Marie Mortellaro of Philip, Maxine Nixon of Belle Fourche, and Vera Nelson and her husband, Martin, of Philip.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John "Jack" Fortune and Howard Fortune; and one sister, Darlene Moreland.

Closed-casket visitation will be held one hour preceding the services on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 17, at the Wall Community Center, with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Quinn VFW and the American Legion of Wall.

Music will be provided by Paige Cordes, vocalist. Ushers are Gene Fortune,â

Tim Nelson and Ross Williams. Pallbearers are Kelly Fortune,â

Bob Fortune, Don Nixon, Delane Nixon, Mick Mortellaro and Cole Lange.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com