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Floyd M. Sammons

Floyd M. Sammons, age 92, of Midland, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Wednesday, April 11, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was Wednesday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Music was provided by Scotti Block, pianist, and Barb Jones, vocalist. Ushers were Gene Jones and Gary Phillips. Pallbearers were Bill and Mark Sammons, Brad Quatier, Dean Fosheim, T.J. Gabriel and Tanner Norman.

Floyd Sammons was born on January 3, 1915, in Wolsey, SD, the son of Monroe and Elsie (Carter) Sammons. He moved with his family to western South Dakota, near Hermosa where he finished his schooling. While in high school he met a girl who had moved from Reliance, South Dakota, to Hermosa and her name was Ruby Albery. They had talked it over and decided they wanted to spend their life together, so they were married at Custer on March 24, 1935. They just celebrated 72 years of marriage.

Floyd baled hay and straw in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. He had many hay crews and lived on the prairie for quite a few summers. He hauled many loads of little square bales which were loaded the hard way. He also had a semi and hauled long distance with grain and lumber.

Floyd spent his entire life in agriculture except while in the service during WWII. After returning from the service they moved to Midland.

Over the years, Floyd put together several parcels of land and then in 1972, they purchased the ranch on the Bad River, west of Midland. Another of the loves in his lifetime, a dream come true. He loved cattle and farming.

Upon retiring in 1976, they sold it to their son Ronnie and bought a home in the hills. Floyd and Ruby spent 20 years dividing their time between the hills and Arizona, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Floyd was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland, Lions Club, Elks Club, Midland American Legion, and a director of the Okaton State Bank. He served many years on the Town Board while living in Midland and served as mayor in that capacity. He was also the proud owner of a pilot license and loved to fly.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Midland; a son, Ronnie Sammons and his wife, Emily, of Midland; two daughters, Arlyne Markwed and her husband, Billy, of Midland, and JoAnne Quatier of Sioux Falls; a son in-law, Joe Fosheim of Midland; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Floyd had five generations of all males. He will be dearly missed.

Floyd was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Fosheim; a son-in-law, Robert Quatier; a great-grandson, Devon Sammons; his parents; two sisters; and five brothers.

Those big hands that once knew both hard work and tenderness are now at peace. May God bless his memory.

A memorial has been established.