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Harold Orlando Kilness

June 5, 1930 - November 9, 2012

Harold Orlando Kilness, 82, Howes, SD, died Friday, November 9, 2012, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
A prayer service was held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith. Funeral services followed at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith with Pastor Wayne Olson officiating. Burial followed at the Faith City Cemetery.
Harold was born June 5, 1930, at Sturgis, SD, to Philip and Josephine (Hegge) Kilness. He attended Barada Grade School and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1948. In the fall of 1948, he enrolled at Augustana College. On June 2, 1952, he received a Bachelors Degree in mathematics and a minor in physics and education. He returned to the family ranch which had been homesteaded in 1909 by his father. Harold would reside on the ranch until his death.
Harold enjoyed saying, "I received my bachelors degree one day and lost it on the next day!" On Sunday, June 3, 1952, Harold married Gwendolyn Wilkins, an Augustana College nursing student, from Clark, SD. They returned to the Marcus Ranch to live and retire. Harold's son, Robin, and daughter, DeeAnne, will continue to ranch there.
As a youth, Harold had daily chores: keeping firewood handy, feeding the pigs and sheep, tormenting his neighboring friends and big sister! Riding his horse and using him as a diving board into the dam on hot summer days. It was rumored that Harold put a mouse in the teacher's desk drawer! Maybe that is why he sat very close to the teacher the rest of the year.
Baseball was a great summer pastime for Harold. He was a pitcher for the Marcus baseball team. Winning was their goal! In 1957, Harold received the Outstanding Young Farmer's Award. He was president of the Meade County Farm Bureau and a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church at Faith, SD. He also served as a deacon, secretary, treasurer, and Sunday School teacher.
Harold enjoyed singing or yodelling if requested! He played the saxaphone, piano, accordian, and mouth harp. Homemade ice cream was the best! He enjoyed playing games with his five grandchildren. Harold and granddaughter, Robin Linn, shared the same birthday on June 5th.
Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Kilness, Howes; son, Robin (Linda) Kilness and daughter, DeeAnne Kilness, all of Howes; grandchildren, Philip, Diane, Jene, Robin Linn, and Billie Jo; sister, Helen Kilness and long time family friend, Jene Crenshaw, of Big Bear Lake, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Milton; infant sister, Katherine; brothers, Kenneth and Justin; and sisters, Phyllis Waterland and Bethyl Maddox.
A memorial has been established to the Bethel Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.