Donald Sheldon Bottum of Redfield SD, formerly Tulare, SD passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020, at the Eastern Star Home. His public funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the Tulare United Church. Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord will officiate. There will be a Masonic service following funeral service at the church. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Burdette Cemetery west of Tulare after the Masonic service.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Masks and social distancing are recommended. The funeral service will be live-streamed to the funeral home’s website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Donald Sheldon Bottum was born March 3, 1931, to Sheldon Gale and Ellen Mildred (Ladd) Bottum in Wessington, SD. He attended rural country school with his sisters through eighth grade, graduating from Redfield High School in 1949.
He served with the 33rd Army band station in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
He married Marlene Schmidt on June 4, 1954, in Rockham, SD, and to this union, three children were born. He was a farmer his entire life and spent his life on the farm he was raised on until 2011 when he moved to town.
He enjoyed going to sporting events at the Tulare and Hitchcock-Tulare School when he was able and rarely missed a ball game.
Donald was a past Tulare School Board Member, Tri Church Parish Board Member, and was the Burdette Twp. clerk for many years. He also enjoyed singing, singing in the church choir and men’s quartet for many years.
Donald was a member of Tulare United Church, Tulare American Legion Post #292, Zenith Lodge #202 and Oasis Chapter Order of Eastern Star #128, Tulare.
Donald is survived by his children: Diane (Doug) Tipton, Dwight (Ann) Bottum, both of Tulare and Dennis (Sylvana) Bottum of Melissa, TX. He is also survived by grandchildren: Christian Tipton, Colin (Charina) Tipton, Chad (Stephanie) Tipton, Tiff (Anna) Bottum, Tawny (Shannon) Kaup, Nicholas (Miquette) Bottum, Cassandra Bottum, Tristan Bottum, Tiara Bottum & Trishia Bottum. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2008, his parents, and his sisters: Geraldine Kasin, Mildred Trongard, and Alice Kaye; and also a great-grandson, Andrew Joseph Tipton.
Thank you to the participants in Donald's service:
Clergy - Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord
Organist - Carol Esser
Pianist - Tammy Nowell
Soloist - Sylvana Bottum
Zenith Masonic Lodge #202 - Tulare, SD
Pallbearers - Christian Tipton, Colin Tipton, Chad Tipton, Tiff Bottum, Tawny Kaup,
Nicolas Bottum, Cassandra Bottum, Tristan Bottum, Tiara Bottum, Trishia Bottum
Clay Kister American Legion Post #92 - Redfield, SD
Paul A. Schleher VFW Post #2755 - Redfield, SD
SDARNG Military Honors - Watertown, SD
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