Floy M. Fugate

Floy May Fugate, age 92, of Rapid City, died Sunday morning, October 8, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a 40-year battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Cliff Parke and Eric Wilmarth. Pallbearers were Bob, Jim and Graig Fugate, Tony Anderson, Bracken Robinson and Ron Rabern.

Interment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Floy May Casner was born June 25, 1914, on a farm near Hawk Point, Missouri. She moved with her family to Marmaduke, AR, when she was five. She grew up and received her education in Marmaduke, graduating with honors from Marmaduke High School. After graduation, she took a business course at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. She worked in the Agriculture Adjustment Administration in Paragould, AR, from 1938 to 1945.

Floy was united in marriage to Edgar L. Fugate on December 10, 1945, in the First Methodist Church in Paragould. They moved to Piedmont, SD, in January 1946, where Floy kept books and clerked in the souvenir shop at the Petrified Forest, which was owned by Eddy and his father. Due to Interstate 90 being constructed near their business, they were forced to move. In November 1955, they bought out his father's interest and built the Badlands Petrified Gardens at Kadoka, SD, and opened for business in April 1956. In 1976, they incorporated, taking their three children into the business. Floy served as secretary-treasurer of the corporation and was the bookkeeper. While in Kadoka, Floy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Kadoka, and held various offices in the Presbyterian Church.

In October 1986, Floy and Eddy retired and moved to Rapid City. After Eddy's death on August 27, 1991, Floy remained in Rapid City, where she worked for the First Presbyterian Church, ministering to the elderly and shut-ins, a calling she continued until the time of her death.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Fugate and his wife, Kathleen, of Kadoka, and Bill Fugate and his wife, Lauri, of Kadoka; a daughter, Patty Ulmen and her husband, David, of Kadoka; 11 grandchildren, Jason Fugate and his wife, Rebecca, and their children, Ava and Gavin of Chehalis, WA, Lori Anderson and her husband, Tony, and children, Jacob, Samuel, and Brehanna of Black Hawk, Teresa Steinlicht of Rapid City, Craig Fugate of Rapid City, Bracken Robinson of Gillette, WY, Amy Fugate of Rapid City, Bob Fugate and his wife, Shandon, and their son, Derek, of Philip, Jim Fugate of Kadoka, Ann Fugate and her daughter, Tyra, of Kadoka, Kimberly Ulmen of Kadoka, and Tami Ulmen of Denver, CO; a brother, Dwight Casner and his wife, Midge, of Fulton, MO, and a sister-in-law, Emilie Fugate of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Edgar, Floy was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Helen Adkins and Rose Richardson; and five brothers, Bob, Bill, and Homer Casner, and two brothers in infancy.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com