Tim Sanftner, age 49, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Timothy Lee Sanftner was born February 23, 1972, in Litchfield, Minnesota to Leonard R. and Ruby M. (Buxcel) Sanftner. Tim grew up with his sister and brother in Cokato, Minnesota. He attended Dassel/Cokato School and Howard Lake High School. He enjoyed playing hockey, football, and roller blading. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. At Howard Lake High School, Tim enjoyed shop and woodworking and built a beautiful china closet for his favorite teacher.
Tim worked construction and concrete, then got a job at Sterner Lighting as a machinist and met Matt and Mark, some of his best friends. He was blessed with a son, Ryder, in December of 1994. In 1999 he moved with his son Ryder and his parents to Kadoka, South Dakota, where he continued to make his home. Tim managed the Kadoka City Bar for six years. During that time Tim and Lana welcomed a beautiful daughter, Tejai, to their family. He managed Oien Implement after that and took over a contracted mail route from his father. Tim managed the mail route until health issues forced him to give that up in 2020. Tim enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends in his free time.
Survivors include two children Ryder Sanftner and Tejai Sanftner both of Kadoka; mother Ruby Sanftner of Kadoka; brother Terry Sanftner of Kadoka; sister Tina (Randy) Long of Greensboro, Georgia; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his former wife Lana (Jones) Sanftner; his father Leonard “Lenny” Sanftner; and grandparents Leonard and Florence Sanftner and Reuben and Irene Buxcel.
Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 243 Kadoka, SD 57543.
A memorial visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. with a Masonic service starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.
Memorial services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2021 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka with Father Tyler Dennis officiating.
Interment followed a lunch after the service at Belvidere Community Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.