Milton Trask, age 87 of Wall, S.D., died Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Milton was born December 30, 1922, in Wasta, the son of Malcolm and Ruth (Laughlin) Trask. Milton began school when he was five, but ran away. His mother, being a teacher, helped him at home and he started again the next year. Milton went his eight years of grade school near his home on the forks of the Belle and Cheyenne rivers. He enrolled in Cathedral School in Rapid City for his freshman year of high school before transferring to Sturgis, where he graduated in 1940. Milton enrolled in Brookings Agriculture College in mid-term 1941, and completed a full year in 1942. He then returned to the ranch to help his dad during the war.
In the fall of 1947, Milton bought his present home place from Harley Dustman, which lays five miles north of Wasta.
Milton was united in marriage to Lyla Lytle on September 9, 1949. They made their home on the home place until building a new home on the west side of the Cheyenne in 1956. To this union were born five children, Casey, Tracy, Todd, Tyler and Anita. In 1962, Milton purchased land north of Quinn which he used for summer range. One of the highlights of spring and fall was the two day cattle drive from the home place to Quinn.
Milton's wife, Lyla, preceded him in death in 1982.
He was united in marriage to Twila Cordes Kling on February 22, 1982, in Hawaii. They made their home on the ranch near Quinn until moving into Wall in 2003, where he has since resided.
Milton was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, the Western South Dakota Buckaroos, Shyne Township Board, Wall and Wasta School Board, South Dakota Stockgrowers, and a founding member of Dakota Safari. Milton received the Pioneer Award at the Black Hills Stock Show in 2001.
Survivors include his wife, Twila Trask of Wall; three sons, Casey Trask and his wife, Shirley, of Creighton, Tracy Trask and his wife, Marlie, of Wall, and Todd Trask and his wife, Samra, of Wasta; one daughter, Anita Heathershaw and her husband, Mike, of Quinn; 11 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to his first wife, Lyla, Milton was preceded in death by a son, Tyler; his parents; one brother, Mark Trask, and a sister, Zeta White.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 15, at the Wall School's new gym, with Father Leo Hausmann and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, MacKenzie Trask and Paige Cordes, vocalists.
Ushers were Terry Gunn, Pat Deering, Rod Anders and Jim Smith. Pallbearers were John Dean, David Jedlicka, Jerry Maas, Charlie Carlson, Terry Peters and Greg Shearer.
Graveside services were held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City.
A memorial is established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com