Milton Erlin Foreman, age 76, of Belvidere, passed away on April 3, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a long-fought battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music will be provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Kim Foreman, vocalist. Ushers are Tom and Don DeVries.
Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of the arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com.
Milton Foreman was born August 31, 1928, on his grandparents’ homestead northeast of Belvidere. He was the first of three children born to Porter and Tillie (Blom) Foreman. When he was a young boy, the family lost their home in a fire. His parents bought and moved to a farm four miles north of Belvidere.
Milton attended grade school at Valley School, a small country school in Jackson County. He graduated from Belvidere High School in 1946 and farmed with his father. He worked for the railroad a couple of summers and was later a heavy equipment operator with Jensen and Sanftner until he went into the service.
In October 1951, Milton enlisted in the Army. He spent 16 months in Germany and during this time, he received electrician schooling. Home on furlough, Milton was united in marriage to LaVonne Gerdon, daughter of Bob and Pearl, on April 15, 1952 at Rapid City.
He received an honorable discharge from the Army on September 19, 1953.
Milton and Vonnie lived and ranched on the Thode Ranch south of Belvidere from 1954 until 1962, when at that time they moved four miles north of Belvidere and purchased the Foreman farm/ranch and raised wheat and cattle.
In addition to ranching and farming, Milton was a truck driver for many years. He hauled cattle for Harold Eckert from 1955 until the early 1970s and later was a fuel transport driver for Burns Bros. Truck Stop in Kadoka for 10 years. His handle on the CB radio during his truck-driving years was "shotgun."
Due to health reasons, Milton and Vonnie moved to the Gateway Apartments in Kadoka on October 28, 2004.
Milton served on the FSA committee for 15 years, was a member of the Peterson-Stoddard American Legion Post 144 for 53 years where he served as the post commander, the post adjutant and he was the district commander for two years. Milton was also a member of the Belvidere Presbyterian Church.
One of Milton's favorite hobbies was trap shooting, attending trap shoots across the state, and he brought home numerous trophies. Milton was also an avid bowler. It wasn't until his retirement years that he acquired a new hobby – fishing.
There wasn't a thing Milton would not tackle. He was a carpenter, plumber, electrician and a mechanic.
One of Milton's happiest days was his birthday August 31st, 2004 … his great-grandson, Carter Iversen, was born.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, LaVonne of Belvidere; two children, Ronda Dennis and her husband, Rick, of Kadoka and Rod Foreman and his wife, Kim, of Hyannis, NE; five grandchildren; Lori Iversen and her husband, Aaron, of Murdo, Bobbi Jo Eckert of Rapid City, two Marine grandsons, Sgt. Ryan Foreman of Cairo, Egypt, and Cpl. Brent Foreman of Kuwait and his wife, Jessica, of Lincoln, NE, and Mitchell Foreman of Hyannis; one great-grandson, Carter Iversen; one sister, Connie Niedan and her husband Kenneth of Hershey, NE, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Milton was preceded in death by one infant son, Neil; his parents; and one brother, Conrad.