Thanks to the participants in Robert's services:
Celebration of Life - Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Redfield:
Clergy - Reverend Brian Wasmoen
Organist - Dana Lewis
Soloist - Dale Fiedler
Pallbearers - Rodney Fuss, Ricky Fuss, Randy Fuss, Terry Kegler, Mike Thelen, Greg Hardie
Interment - Black Hills National Cemetery - Sturgis:
Clergy - Chaplain Herb Cleveland
Military Honors - Department of Defense ~ Army and the American Legion Post #33 ~ Sturgis
Robert Dean Fuss, 86, of Redfield, SD, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 27, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Family will be present during this time to accept condolences. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
His Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Redfield. Reverend Brian Wasmoen will officiate. The service will be live-streamed to the funeral home website. The church does require masks and social distancing.
Interment, with military honors, will be at 1:00 p.m. MT, on Tuesday, September 29, at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Robert Dean Fuss was born in rural Redfield, Spink County, South Dakota on December 27, 1933, to Henry Justus Fuss and Marie Rebecca (VonAhn) Fuss.
A lifetime resident of Redfield, Robert attended the Brink Country School until age nine, continued to Redfield Elementary School, and graduated from Redfield High School in 1951.
Robert married Francelle Ida Boots on November 30, 1958. They had three sons, Randy, Rick, and Rodney.
Service to God, family, and country were important parts of Robert’s life. Robert adhered to his faith in thoughts and in action. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, serving on the church council for two years.
Robert farmed actively from 1955-1987, with Francelle and his sons supporting the venture. While they worked hard, there was always time for gatherings full of laughter with family and friends. In 1987, Robert and Francelle visited Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time. Their love for this beautiful place started a long family tradition of almost annual visits which included their three sons and their families. Many lasting happy memories were created on these trips.
Robert served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He served in the Military Police and later as an instructor. Upon his return to Redfield, Robert began his career in farming. He was chosen Outstanding Young Farmer of Spink County (1967), Outstanding Young Farmer of South Dakota (1968), and went on to Des Moines, IA for the National Outstanding Young Farmer event. He was the Spink County Conservation winner in 1968.
In addition to his farming activities, Robert was very active in the community. He was always the first person to proudly point out the positive aspects of his hometown. He was a member of the Redfield Jaycees from 1959-1969 and served as President as well as State Director. While in the Jaycees, he helped install the present street signs in Redfield. During this time, the Hav-A-Rest Park became a reality.
Robert’s service to his community also included membership in the following organizations: Redfield Independent School Board (1966-1981 - including the role of chair for two of those years), the Community Memorial Hospital Board for 8 years (serving as chair in 1991), and Spink County Commissioner (1987-1990). He was especially proud of his role as chairman of "Capital for a Day” in Redfield on April 16, 1991 for Governor and Mrs. George Mickelson.
To further serve the community interests, Robert was a 45-year member of the American Legion and a former member of both the Elks Club and the Kiwanis Club. He was a proud Republican and served with the following organizations for many years in that regard: Republican Precinct Committee, Lodi Township Election Board (superintendent), and Spink County Republicans (chair – 1978-1981).
In 1987, Robert retired from farming. He and Francelle moved into their current home in Redfield. There, a new chapter began, in which they began purchasing rental property. He enjoyed renovating properties and installing landscape. Robert especially enjoyed planting shrubs and trees to improve his beloved hometown of Redfield. Robert was a living example of the adage, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” We wish we had counted how many he planted in his lifetime.
Robert is predeceased by his parents, brothers, Raymond and Jerald, and sister Lorraine. He is survived by his wife, Francelle of 61 years, sons Rodney, Ricky (Sarah), Randy (Tina Scribner), and grandson Rustin (Jessica Baiza). He is also survived by his sister MaryAnn (Delt) Clark of Wapato, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
For anyone wishing to send flowers in honor of our Robert and his commitment to local businesses, contact Country Classics in Redfield (605-472-1125) or perhaps you may choose to plant a tree in his honor.
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