Michael W. Huether______________________________
Michael W. Huether, age 57, of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Michael William Huether was born on November 15, 1956, in Quinn to William “Sonny” and Patricia “Patty” (Lyle) Huether.
He was raised on his family’s ranch in the Badlands, 18 miles south of Wall. He went home to be with Jesus on January 29, 2014. Mike attended school in Wall and graduated from Wall High School in 1975. He attended college at Chadron State College and Black Hills State University. He began working at Wall Drug Store as a cook in 1973 at the age of 16 and spent nearly 40 years with Wall Drug serving in management. At the time of his death, he held the dual position of general manager and human resource director.
Mike met the love of his life, Marilyn, in the summer of 1982 while both were working at Wall Drug. They were married on January 3, 1987, in Wall. God blessed them with five wonderful children, Bryant, Hannah, Collin, Heidi and Austin.
Mike had a personal faith in Jesus Christ and lived this out in every interaction and relationship he had with everyone who had the privilege of meeting or knowing him. Mike took special joy and pride in his family, his friends, and his coworkers whom he dearly loved. In addition to being an outstanding dad to his own children, Mike was a father figure and mentor to countless others, especially to his nieces, nephews and all those who spent their summers working at Wall Drug. He had a gift for making those who came from all around the world to work at Wall Drug feel at home in the community; he treated them all like family. Mike was also well known for supporting and cheering on countless kids from multiple schools in various activities and sports.
Mike loved spending his free-time outdoors, especially down at his parents’ ranch fishing, hiking, rock hunting, and taking pictures. He enjoyed the beauty of the Black Hills as well. His family also knew him to be musically gifted. Although he was modest about his talents, he was exceptional at playing piano and guitar, as well as singing.
Mike was a well respected pillar in the community of Wall. He had served on the boards of the Wall Clinic, the Wall Drug Store, Wall Chamber of Commerce, Badlands Natural History Association, and the Wall Cemetery.
Mike is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his children, Bryant, Hannah, Collin, Heidi and Austin; his parents, Sonny and Patty Huether, all of Wall; his brothers, Tim (Marie) of Martin, Tony (Marci) of Rapid City, Marty (Susan) of Wall, and Will (Amy) of New Underwood; a sister-in-law, Lynn (Huether) Dewey (Fred) of Moorcroft, Wyo.; his mother-in-law, Joyce Chord of White Owl; numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Richard “Rick” Huether; his grandparents; a nephew, Jacob Huether, a brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Chord; and his father-in-law, Donald Chord, Sr.
Mike was a living testimony of the power of Christ’s unconditional love and God’s abundant grace. He will always be remembered for his compassion, dependability, faithfulness, hospitality, humility, integrity, selflessness, steadfast love and understanding by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Services were held Monday, February 3, at the Wall High School with Pastor Ron Burtz officiating.
Music was provided by Anita Sandal, DeAnna Kammerer and the Praise Team. Ushers were Craig Deal, Todd Eisenbraun, Chris Fremstad, Joey Roeder and Paul Solum. Pallbearers were Marsha Eisenbraun, Brad Estes, Nick J. Feller, Rick Hustead, Teddy Hustead, Brian Ortlieb, Doug Peters, Karen Poppe and Kim Smoot.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been set up at the First Interstate Bank in Wall, P.O. Box 402, Wall, SD 57790.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com