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Kenneth Willert

Kenneth Willert, 61, of Miller, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at Hand County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller, with Rev. George Wieland presiding.

Burial was Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere, SD, directed by Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Visitations was held Tuesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a service of comfort.

Ken Willert was born December 27, 1943, the youngest son of Emil and Etta (Griswold) Willert. He grew up in the Belvidere community and attended school in the country school and then graduated from Belvidere High School in 1962. Ken graduated from South Dakota State College in 1966. He taught school for several years at Martin, New Underwood and Vermillion, then moved to Sturgis and taught at Western Dakota Technical School. He ran Bear Butte Tavern and Gun Shop in Sturgis for nine years. Then he went into the banking business, first with PCA then with First State Bank in Miller. Ken has made a home in Miller for the last 20 years enjoying the friendships he made through work and in the community.

He was a member of Western Dakota Buckaroos, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lions Club. Ken was an avid horseman and roper and loved to watch his daughter perform in barrel racing. Ken will be remembered for his love for life and he will be missed by many.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife. Deb; daughters: Keely of Alaska and Andrea for Brookings; sons: Dustin (Evelyn) of Shakopee, MN, and Josh (Julie) of Kelso, WA; grand-daughter Dinah of Kelso, WA; and brothers: Charles of Belvidere and Oliver (Shirley) of Kadoka.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Marvin and Robert.