Richard Tolton, age 78 of Pierre, formerly of Midland, died February 11, 2009, at the Maryhouse in Pierre.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, February 16, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.
Music was provided by Barb Petoske, pianist, and Barb Jones, vocalist. Lector was Mike Nemec. Altar server was Brody Jones.
Ushers were Jim Petoske and Terry Schofield. Pallbearers were Rick and Ron Doud, Mark and Jim Nemec, Tom and Jim Donovan.
Honorary pallbearers were Bob Coverdale, Andy Olesen, Eddie Lozoya, Lance Falzone, Christopher and Les Nemec and Jenna Tolton.
Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #143 of Midland was held at the Midland Cemetery.
Richard Tolton was born March 22, 1930, in Pierre, SD, the son of Roy and Ellen (Nemec) Tolton. He grew up on a ranch near Ft. Bennett, SD. He received his education in Ft. Bennett prior to graduating from Ft. Pierre High School. As a young man he worked with his parents on the ranch located north of Midland. During the Korean War, Richard served in the United States Army.
Richard was united in marriage to Scotti Scott on February 3, 1951, in Ft. Pierre. They made their home on the Tolton Ranch. In 1956, they purchased their own ranch south of his parents' ranch. They continued to operate the ranch until February 1, 1995, when they moved into Midland. His wife, Scotti, preceded him in death on June 6, 2004.
Richard was a member of the American Legion Post #143 of Midland, and the Midland Senior Citizens.
Grateful for having shared his life include two sons, Steven Tolton and his wife, Sue, of Reva, and James Tolton and his wife, Janice, of Midland; two daughters, Sandra Lobmeyer and her husband, Andrew, of San Antonio, TX, and Nancy Schofield and her husband, Kirby, of Midland; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Scotti, Richard was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Jerry Tolton; two sisters, Rose Knecht and Marjorie Tolton; and one great-granddaughter, Cloe Fayth Harp.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com