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Lyle Eugene Klundt

February 10, 1934 - March 18, 2013

Lyle Klundt, age 79 of Kadoka, S.D., died Monday, March 18, 2013, at his residence.
Lyle Eugene Klundt was born February 10, 1934, at Herrick, the son of Leon and M. Louise (Dunn) Klundt. He grew up on a farm near Herrick and received his education at a rural school in that area.
At the age of 19, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on September 9, 1955.
Lyle was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Malmberg on April 28, 1961, in Gregory. They made their home in Gregory where their two children, Arlys and Cindy, were born.
While in Gregory, Lyle worked as a meat cutter. In 1966, the family moved to Longlake, where he was a meat cutter until 1967 and the family moved back to Gregory. In 1969, the family moved to Wall, where he worked at the grocery store and also at the locker plant. In 1976, the family moved to Kadoka.
While in Kadoka, he worked at the Public Lockers until 1982 when he became custodian with the Kadoka School System a position he held until retiring in 1997.
Later, he became a part time custodian at the school and continued until the time of his death. He worked part time for the Kadoka City Bar for a few years. After moving into the Gateway Apartments he became their custodian and caretaker as well as doing snow removal and other odd jobs for anyone in need of help.
Lyle was very community minded and was active with the American Legion, the volunteer ambulance and volunteer fire department both in Wall and Kadoka. He was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, and the Badlands Lions Club and delivered meals on wheels. Lyle served as Jackson County coroner for many year. He was also umpire for men’s and women’s softball for over 50 years in the Kadoka and surrounding areas.
Lyle enjoyed starting out his early mornings by having coffee with his many friends in the Kadoka area at the local truck stops and restaurants.
Lyle will be missed not only by his family but his many friends in Western South Dakota.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth A. Klundt, of Kadoka; a son, Arlys Klundt, of Rapid City; a daughter, Cindy Merritt and her husband, Jim, of Brookings; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Caleb, Kelli Jo and Noah; two brothers, David Klundt and his wife, Sharon, of Mt. Vernon, and Delmar Klundt and his wife, Jane, of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Mavis Potter and her husband, Jim, of Sturgis; and a brother-in-law, Brad Baker, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Baker.
Services were held Friday March 22, at the Kadoka Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin and Pastor Art Weitschat officiating.
Music was provided by Lois Pettyjohn, pianist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers were Tim Huffman, Butch Klundt, Arlyn Klundt and Rick Wilmarth. Pallbearers were Nicholas and Caleb Merritt, Larry Miller, Bernard Foster, Harry Weller and Bruce Madsen.
Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was Monday March 25, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com