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Laurence V. Rubottom

Laurence V. Rubottom, age 86 of Philip, S.D., died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Laurence V. Rubottom was born September 3, 1923, in Alliance, Nebr., the son of Vinton and Nellie (Dodd) Rubottom. He graduated at the age of 16. His love of the land began when he was a youngster. He worked for his sister, Maude, and her husband in the summer on their ranch outside Alliance. He also worked for other ranchers in the same area. He also helped his brother, Vernon, at a dairy outside of Alliance. He tells stories of eating a gallon of ice cream and then have to make a new gallon for the owners.

Laurence worked for Pennington County as a surveyor for many years. He helped build the barracks at Ellsworth Air Force Base. When he moved to Eureka, Calif., he surveyed in the Redwoods. He later went to work for Caltran on the California Highway Department. He worked there for 32 years until his retirement.

He spent his extra time with his horses and cows until he could no longer take care of them. Laurence had a love for music. He bought a guitar and taught himself how to play.

Two years after high school, Uncle Sam called him to go to the war. He installed telephone lines during his tour.

On November 30, 1946, Laurence was united in marriage to Myrtle I. Nelson, and to this union five children were born, Karen, Larry, Robert "Bob", Vickie, and Deborah Rubottom. Laurence lived in Alliance, Neb., Rapid City, S.D., and Eureka, Calif.

He was united in marriage to Edna C. Saraiva on June 8, 1958, at Eureka, Calif. They made their home in Eureka until they moved to the Maurice and Vickie Fite Ranch west of Kadoka, where they have since resided.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Vickie Fite and her husband, Maurice, of rural Philip, Karen Pinney and her husband, Terrance, of rural Philip, two sons, Larry Fite of Kadoka and Robert "Bob" Fite of Philip; nine grandchildren, Byron, Vona, Loree, Bradley, and Chad (Lena) Fite, Lori (Khalis) El'Arousi, Scott (Stacy), Kevin (Kim) Pinney, and Teresa (Roger) O'Connell; 19 great-grandchildren, Tracey and Lukus, Casey, Kenda, and Trenton, Mason and Owen, Ashley, Austin, Zenayah, and Zayd, Brady, Austin, and Cheyenne, Kenzy, Kady and Kaylor, Kayla and Jeff; three great-great-grandchildren, Helen, Maurice and Ramona.

Laurence was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Rubottom, on December 1, 2009; his parents; all of his sisters and brother; and his daughter, Deborah Rubottom.

Military graveside services were held Monday, June 7, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Pastor Gus Craven officiating.

Pallbearers were his sons, Larry and Robert "Bob" Fite.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard followed at the cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com