Reuben L. Buxcel

Reuben L. Buxcel, age 94 of Kadoka, SD, died July 6, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 8, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere with Larry Dolezal officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, organist, with congregational hymns.

Pallbearers were Jason Buxcel, Ryder Sanftner, Brady Beck, Dan Beck, Bill Eckert and Bill Manke. Ushers were Herman Bork and Tom DeVries.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Reuben L. Buxcel was born January 31, 1914, on a farm near Clayton, SD, the son of Theodore and Christina (Frank) Buxcel. At the age of two, his parents homesteaded southeast of Stanford in Mellette County. He grew up on the homestead and received his education at the Big White Rural School. As a young man, he worked with his parents on the homestead.

Reuben was united in marriage to Irene Manke on March 22, 1941, in Valentine, NE. They made their home on a farm across the creek from his parents. They operated the farm until 1957. While farming he also operated a rural route for the U.S. Post Office in the Stanford and Midland area. In 1957 they moved to Belvidere where he worked at the Tri State Elevator in Belvidere for two years then transferred to the Tri State Elevator in Kadoka for two years, before going back to Belvidere where he managed the elevator until retiring in 1981. He also managed the Belvidere Bar for three years.

After retiring, they continued to live in Belvidere until moving into the Gateway Apartments in September of 2004. Reuben enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. He also enjoyed helping at the Chuck Wagon Cafe where he fried donuts and washed dishes. He and his wife also loved to fish. Reuben was an active member of the community as he was a member of the Belvidere Community Church and was also on the City Council.

Grateful for sharing his life include two sons, Marvin Buxcel and his wife, Mary, of Pierre, and Larry Buxcel and his wife, Karen, of Hutchinson, MN; two daughters, JoAnn Saffert and her husband, Ed, of Wheeler, WI, and Ruby Sanftner and her husband, Leonard, of Kadoka; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sam Buxcel and his wife, Marlis, of Gillette, WY, George Buxcel of Box Elder, and Alfred Buxcel of Rapid City; two sisters, Rosa Masteller of Black Hawk and Clara Wolff of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Irene, Reuben was preceded in death by a grandson; his parents; five brothers, Albert, Eltor, and three in infancy; and one sister, Alvena Eckert.

A memorial is established to the Belvidere Community Church.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com.