Harold Stotts, age 85 of Okaton, S.D., died Friday, August 5, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, with his wife, Flavia, of 65 years, at his side.
Harold Eugene Stotts was born October 29, 1925, the son of Roy Ray and Mary Adline (Marshall) Stotts on their homestead west of Okaton, shortly after their move from Lance Creek, Wyo., by horse and wagon. Harold was the eldest of his nine siblings.
Harold and Flavia (Hampton) were married on May 27, 1946. Harold and Flavia spent those years farming the homestead and raising their five children. He enjoyed family, winters in Arizona, square dancing, playing cards, and tracing his family history, dating back to 1784 in Maryland with Jacob Stotts.
Harold is survived by his wife, Flavia, two sons: Maynard (Chris) of Casper, Wyo. and Raymond (Dianne) of Murdo; three daughters: Mardell "Marty" (Butch) Davis of Ft. Pierre, Donna (Frank) Volmer of Winner, and Connie Mowry of Sioux Falls; his brothers, Roy (Joyce) Stotts of Sioux Falls, and Carl (Linda) Stotts of Missoula, Mont.; sisters Helen (EJ) Root of Casper, Wyo., Lois McFall of LaBelle, Fla., and Pat Jensen of Kadoka; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Ada Feddersen, Grace Hagan, Mary Jones, and Alice Mae Fosheim; and son-in-law Curtis Robbennolt.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 10, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, with Pastor Rick Hazen officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Seymour, pianist, Pastor Rick Hazen, vocalist, and congreational hymns.
Ushers were Richard Nix and Bernard Strait.
Register book attendants were Joyce Brunskill and Robin Stoner.
Pallbearers were Shawn Stotts, Tami Stotts, Cade Mowry, Jeremy Stotts, Heather Moore, and Robert Robbennolt.
Honorary Pallbearers were all of Harold's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Interment with military honors was held at the Murdo Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com