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Henry B. Jeitz

Henry B. Jeitz, 86, Belle Fourche, South Dakota died Monday, January 2, 2006, at the Sturgis Regional Hospital, Sturgis, SD.

He was born March 19, 1919, in Ft. Pierre, SD, to Bruno Henry Jeitz and Elsie Carrie (Koch) Jeitz. As a young man he worked with his father on the railroad near Capa, SD. Henry enlisted in the United States Army, Cavalry Division on May 9, 1942, and soon became a truck driver, which gave him the opportunity to travel the Pacific. He was honorably discharged on September 29, 1945, in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He returned to Midland were he ran a gas station.

Henry married Gladys Scheufler in 1947 in Colome, SD. They moved to Midland and later that same year moved to Belle Fourche and began working at American Colloid Co. He worked at Colloid for 37 years, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #32 for 60 years. In 1985 he was awarded the Bronze Star from Senator Larry Pressler. He was a member of the Legion of the Moose, the Odd Fellows and was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Henry loved to play horseshoes until failing health prevented him from doing so. He could be seen playing Bingo several nights a week.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Jeitz, Belle Fourche; sons, David Jeitz and wife, Becky, Belle Fourche and Donald Jeitz and wife, Cindy, Centerville, SD; daughter, Julie Willoughby and husband Jeff, Midland, SD; sister, Eldina Eickhoff, Valentine, NE; aunt, Alice Jeitz, Pierre, SD and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Karla Kay Jeitz.

Services were held Friday, January 6, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche with Reverend Gail Arnold officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by the Belle Fourche Honor Guard.

The family suggests memorials be made to the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche or to the Crippled Children’s Hospital.