Thomas Dale Hand______________________________
Thomas Dale Hand, age 77, of Midland, S.D., died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Thomas Dale Hand, son of Percy and Celeste (Boysen) Hand, was born on March 24, 1936, in Pierre.
He was raised on the family farm north of Midland, in the Four Corners area, with an older sister, Mary, younger sister, Kathleen, and younger brother, James David. He attended Little Eagle country school through the eighth grade and then attended Midland High School.
After graduating in 1954, he attended Huron College for one year before moving back to the family farm/ranch to work along side his father and brother.
Tom was united in marriage to Leilani Joyce Anderson on September 13, 1957, in Midland. They lived on the family farm where Tom has since resided.
Tom was an eight year member of the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1962. He was a member of the Midland School Board for a number of years. He enjoyed most any form of competition. He excelled at rifle shooting as a member of the Kirley Gun Club, was a member of the 4-Corners baseball team for 25 years, participated in many league bowling seasons in Pierre, was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and trapping, and loved playing cards with friends and family.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lani; three sons, Byron and and his wife, Tracey, of rural Midland and their daughters, Haley, Madison, and Shay; Duane and his wife, Annette, of rural Midland and their children, Dustin, Logan, Kelsey and Ashley; and Brad and his wife, Beth, of Pierre and their children, Isiah, Samuel, Elijah and Adrian; a brother, David Hand and his wife, Laura, of Midland; a sister, Kathi Hand of Kennewick, Wash.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Celeste, and a sister, Mary Perryman.
Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services on Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. MST Friday, January 17, at the Midland School Gymnasium, with Pastor Tel Saucerman officiating.
Interment will follow at the Deep Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com