Sidney Eugene Schad
Sidney Eugene Schad was a man of the Earth. Nothing pleased him more than farming from its planting stage to harvesting the swaying grain and heavy sunflower heads. Sidney was born March 31, 1948 in Pierre, South Dakota to Donald A. and Helen S. (Anderson) Schad. He grew up in the Lantry/Eagle Butte areas with his four brothers and sister. He attended Cheyenne/Eagle Butte High School, graduating in 1966. Next, he ventured to Black Hills State College and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Business Administration and Psychology. Sidney completed educational courses at Springfield, South Dakota. When his father passed in 1971, he began to farm his grandfather’s land. He served in the National Guard for 6 years. He worked as the food service manager at Yankton College for 2 years.
On August 7, 1971, Sidney married his high school sweetheart, Verna Rose in Eagle Butte, S.D. Two sons were born to the couple, Jeremy (1974) and Ryan (1978).
His grandchildren: Sydney and twins, Mya and Matthew, were very important to him, and, since they lived near, a great relationship was forged with their grandfather.
Relishing matching wits with his friends, Sid would meet with them for morning coffee. Often with a twinkle in his blue eyes, he would offer opposing views to generate comments – just maybe, an argument would ensue!
Even after being diagnosed with gliosarcoma, a rare brain cancer, in 2010, he continued to farm with his son Jeremy. He was courageous in his battle with cancer for two years. He died at home, surrounded by his family, on October 27, 2012. Sidney was preceded in death by his daughter, Erin Elizabeth(1973); his father; his mother-in-law Jean Rose; his maternal and paternal grandparents, and two nephews,
Sidney is survived by his wife Verna, sons, Jeremy (Rikki), Lantry, SD and Ryan, Portland, OR; three grandchildren, Sydney, Matthew and Mya, Lantry, SD; his mother, Helen Schad, Eagle Butte, SD; his uncle, Charles (Nyla) Schad Spearfish, SD; brothers: Melvin (Georgia) Schad, Sheridan, MI; Donald (Jill) Schad, Lead, SD; Roderick (Belva) Schad, Eagle Butte, SD; and Neale (Kathy), San Antonio, TX; sister Coral (Boyd) Joens, Henry, SD; his father-in-law Robert Rose, Eagle Butte, SD; sisters-in-law: Nina (Jim) Craig, Hillsboro, TX; Dawn (Mike) Chavanu, Kearney, NE; Danialle Rose, Pierre, SD; and brother-in-law, Joe (Bev)Rose, Eagle Butte, SD and several nieces and nephews.
Kesling Funeral Home, Mobridge, is in charge of arrangements. Services will be conducted by Pastor Pauline Webb, Eagle Butte, and Father Claude Vershure, Custer, at the United Church of Christ in Eagle Butte, with a Prayer service at 7: 30 PM on Thursday, November 1st with viewing 1 hour before the service. Funeral will be held at the church on Friday, November 2nd at 4:00 PM with viewing 2 hours before the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date.
A memorial has been established.