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Henry "Hank" Pekron

Henry "Hank" Pekron, age 84 of Milesville, S.D., died August 27, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Henry J. "Hank" Pekron was born October 28, 1925, on a farm near Grenville, S.D., the son of Joseph and Mary (Sichmeller) Pekron. He first moved to Haakon County in 1949.

Hank was drafted into the United States Army on October 20, 1950, and served in Korea during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on September 11, 1952, returned to the Milesville area, and began his life- long career and passion as a rancher.

Hank was united in marriage to Mary Gottsleben on August 28, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip. They made their home in the Milesville area for over 50 years. Due to health reasons, they moved into Philip in October 2007, where they have since resided.

Hank's family was very important to him and he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Hank was a hard-working, God-fearing man of his word who was always ready and willing to help his neighbor or someone in need.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 56 years, Mary; six children, Nancy Ehrhardt and her husband, Rick, of Brandon, S.D., Steve Pekron and his wife, Nina, of Milesville, Beth Walker of Gillette, Wyo., Karen Kroetch and her husband, Jerry, of Philip, Theresa Pekron of Westminster, Colo., and Joe Pekron and his wife, Julie, of Hot Springs; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and seven sisters.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, September 1, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip with Father Kevin Achbach as celebrant.

Lector was Joe Gittings. Eucharistic Minister was Don Schultz. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist.

Ushers were Justin Pekron and Jeff Goertz. Pallbearers were Ryan Hovland, Jeremiah Walker, Josh Kroetch, Nathan Walker, Zane Pekron and Cody Pekron. Gift bearers were Melinda Coslet, Brooke Kroetch, Katie Pekron, Allison Pekron and Grace Pekron.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip, will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Milesville.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com