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Wilber Haggart, age 96, of Lemmon, SD, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 20, 2023 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
Funeral services for Wilber were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023 at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bison, SD, with Pastor James Schmeling officiating. Following a time of fellowship and luncheon burial was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Chance Cemetery south of Meadow, SD.
Visitation was from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD.
Wilber G. Haggart, formerly of Bison, SD, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2023 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
Wilber George Haggart was born on June 21, 1927, in Perkins County, SD, to Rube and Ida (Obst) Haggart. He joined three older siblings; later on a few more siblings were added to the family.
Wilber grew up and enjoyed learning of farm life. He rode horse back to Highland Country School through the 8th grade. When he was high school age he attended school in Lemmon, SD. He shoveled coal for the school for a few coins. He only got to attend one year. War broke out and his brother, Jim, was called away to serve our country. Wilber stayed home to help his parents on the farm. He learned all the things a farm guy did at that time.
Wilber met the love of his life at a country dance, a young lady name Beverley “Bev” Clevan, from Ft. Pierre, SD. They had a long-distance relationship and on March 18, 1954, they were married. They made their home with Wilber’s parents on the farm where his city girl had a lot of things to learn.
On February 23, 1955, they welcomed their daughter Rita to the family and on September 13, 1958, they welcomed their son Lowell. After Rube passed away, Grandma Ida continued the farm life with Wilber’s family. She later moved to Bison.
Wilber, Bev and their kids kept on with farm life until 1972. Wilber then moved his family to Bison. He went to work for his brother, Jim. Wilber did whatever needed doing. He helped Jim in the spring with crop spraying, farming and ranching and all the things he loved and was used to.
Wilber always enjoyed a good story and making up little poems while going around the fallow fields. On the weekends he enjoyed playing cards or board games with Bev, Lowell and Renee or Rita if she was home. Sometimes there was a little fur that flew between ma and pa. But it soon passed and they were back at the game. Wilber continued working for Jim until they both decided it was time to take it easy.
Wilber was not one to sit idle. He took on the job with the City of Bison caring for the dump grounds. During the winter he would check out the seed catalogs to plan what to plant in his garden the next spring. It grew each year from a dozen tomato plants to three dozen. Wilber and Bev canned everything they grew. They had enough winter supplies to share with their children.
Health began to fail both Wilber and Bev. And in March of 2021 they were moved into the Good Samaritan Care Center in Mott, ND. Following Bev’s death and the closure of the Mott, ND, facility, Wilber moved to Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD. It was a block from Lowell’s home and just a few miles from Rita’s. He was content there. He enjoyed teasing the workers, sometimes with a “Beep Beep” to let them know he was being wheeled through. Dad would always say to us when we visited him, “I still have my mind”.
Wilber is survived by his daughter Rita Whittet, Haynes ND; son, Lowell (Renee) Haggart, Lemmon, SD; grandson Jeremy (Jennifer) Weifenbach; great-grandsons, Thomas and Tyler Weifenbach Fargo, ND, and Dylan Jacobs, Bowman ND; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Bev; his parents, Rube and Ida Haggart; brothers, Jim and Marlan; and sisters, Dorothy, Ruby, Marjorie and Shirley.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.