Farming Rural 12

Arthur John Kolegraff

July 13, 1924 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 97)


October 15, 2021:  Please note changes have been made to Arthur's service details.  

Arthur John Kolegraff, 97, of Watertown, SD, and formerly of Redfield, SD, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at Avantara Lake Norden in Lake Norden, SD.  His services will be on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield.   His committal service will follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Zell, SD.  Reverend John Short will officiate.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (

Arthur was born on July 13, 1924, in Zell to William and Emma (Henderson) Kolegraff, the youngest of seven children. He grew up on a farm near Zell and graduated from Redfield High School. After graduation, he worked on the farm and worked briefly in Huron, SD where he met his wife of 73 years, Marjorie Lau. They were married in October 1947. He then took over the family farm until his retirement. He was known to be very handy and could fix or make anything that was needed for the farm.

He and Marjorie enjoyed traveling and dancing. They continued to travel after his retirement and spent many winters in Texas. They also enjoyed line dancing, polka, and long walks (although he could never keep up with her!). They continued to live independently in Watertown until his death.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma Kolegraff, his siblings: Clement, Sylvester, Rosella, Mary, Mildred, and Aloysius, and his granddaughter Jennifer.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; children: Kenneth, Jane, and William; grandchildren: Dana, Lauren, Krislyn, Jarrett, Kenneth, Jennifer, Johnathon, Julianne, and Christopher; and great-grandchildren: Andrew, Alexander, Logan, Parker, Graysen, Eliza, and Margo.


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October 22, 2021

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Hyke Funeral Home
101 E 7th Ave.
Redfield, SD 57469
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Committal Service
October 22, 2021

10:00 AM
Zell - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
373rd Avenue
Zell, SD 57469
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