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Thomas Franklin "Tom" Delahoyde

Thomas Franklin "Tom" Delahoyde 72, of Spearfish passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 29, 2010.

Funeral sevices were held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. A memorial has been established to Spearfish Food Pantry and the SD Lion's Club Eye Bank.

Tom was born on August 2, 1938, in Merna, NE. He was the fourth of twelve children, and the first son born to Val and Gertrude (Manning) Delahoyde.

The family resided in Lead, SD. Tom attended all his school years in Lead, graduating in 1956 from LHS. Some of his fondest memories and best shared stories came from those years when he and several buddies served as student custodians under Mr. Bill Pyne. The "Pyne Boys" drummed up much mischief and found themselves fired and rehired many times during their janitorial careers.

Tom served for a time as a mail carrier in the Lead area, and could still tell you street addresses for folks long gone from there. He attended National College of Business before being offered a job as a teller in the First National Bank of Lead at the age of 19. Tom remained in the banking industry for 38 years as it changed from First National, to Norwest, to Wells Fargo.

Tom met his match in Virginia Kay Kunsman in 1959. She was a car-hop at the A&W Drive-In near Pluma. He drove a 1957 very sharp looking Ford Fairlane. She would pencil notes and hearts along his door while they visited. She had no idea how much time he spent washing and waxing away her doodles after each root beer float.

Tom and Kay were married in Lead on September 15, 1962. They welcomed three children to their family: Thomas Eugene (1965), Vonda Kay (1967), and Brian Thomas (1974).

In June 1977, the family moved to Spearfish when Tom received a transfer within the bank. During this time, he was an active member in the Lions Club. He retired in October 1995. He lamented the loss of the handshake loan and many of his former customers commented for years that they missed his banking style.

The loss of Kay to breast cancer in 2003 was a great hardship to Tom. He was left alone to welcome grandchildren to his family and to spend his golden years.

In November 2008, Tom was diagnosed with lung cancer. He bravely completed his courses of treatment, and made and enjoyed many friends along the way. He was fond of his caregivers, and appreciated all their kindnesses. Tom remained cancer free to the end.

Tom was an avid car buff, a Colorado Rockies fan, and appreciated spending time at his daughter's ranch. He enjoyed a reunion of his siblings in July of 2010, and was a source of wit and wisdom to his children and grandchildren.

He leaves behind to miss him greatly, sons Thomas and Brian (Kristi) of Spearfish, daughter Vonda (Jason) Hamill of Milesville, SD. Grandchildren Michael and Christopher Delahoyde, Spearfish, Nicholas and Carson Hamill, Milesville, Kaylene and Brayden Delahoyde, Spearfish, and good friend, Betty Klein, Spearfish. He also leaves behind six sisters, Yvonne (Don) Derosier, Carol Stephenson, Jeanette (Ed) Dougherty, Alta (Bill) Morgan, Valetta (Richie) Harris, and Lynnette (Dennis) Braun, and four bothers, Jim (Pam), Don (Carol), Dan (Phyllis), and Bruce (Cindy). He was preceded in death by his wife Kay, parents, and a brother in infancy.