Floyd “Speed” Bendickson____________
Floyd “Speed” Bendickson, age 81 of Philip, S.D., died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Floyd B. “Speed” Bendickson, was born September 14, 1931, in Henning, Minn., the son of Benny and Bertha (Underhill) Bendickson. He started his ranching career working for Bob and Inga Blair at the age of 14.
Floyd enlisted into the U.S. Army in December, 1950 and served in the Army Rangers in Korea. He was wounded and was in the hospital in Japan. He returned home 1954.
Floyd married the love of his life, Berit Irene Ingebrigtsen, on October 2, 1954. From this blessed union four children were born. They started their marriage at the Ramey’s ranch from 1955 to 1956 and then worked for Bob and Inga Blair from 1956 to 1959. In 1959, they moved to Milesville where they leased and worked for 10 years until 1969. Floyd eventually purchased his own ranch in Cottonwood in January 1970, making a home and living for his family. Floyd also worked for Cenex for 20 years, delivering fuel to local farmers and always having candy for their children. Floyd and Berit sold the ranch in 2006 and moved into Philip to spend their retirement.
Floyd loved ranching, fishing, and watching rodeos. He was blessed with four children, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Floyd is survived by his wife of 58 years, Berit Bendickson; a daughter, JoAnn West (Doug); two sons, Keith Bendickson (Pauline), and Kent Bendickson (Diana); two sisters, Bonnie Peters (Roy Dow) and Darlene Morency (Norm); two brothers, Delbert Bendickson (Gail), Kenneth Bendickson (Glenda); a special nephew, Jim Peters; and favorite fishing buddy Mike Hanson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benny and Bertha; sisters, Joann and Arlene Bendickson; a son, Floyd Bendickson, Jr; and a grandson, Jeremiah Bendickson.
Services were held Monday, July 15, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyln Millage, pianist, and Kim Kanable, vocalist.
Ushers were Scott Kennedy and Mel Smith.
Military graveside services were held Monday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com