Funeral services for Patrick “Pat” Marple, 82, of Dupree, SD, will be at 11:00 AM-MT, Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the United Church of Christ of Dupree, SD. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at the Dupree Cemetery under the direction of the Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge, SD. Pat passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at his residence.
Pat was born on Saturday, January 13, 1934, at the family farm home, southwest of Dupree, to William D. “Bill” and Florence (O’Donnell) Marple. He was the third born of their six children (four girls and two boys). He attended all eight years of grade school at the Whittier School located 1 1/2 miles from his home. He and his siblings often walked to school. He graduated from Dupree High School in 1952. Afterwards he did some trucking and farmed and ranched at home with his dad and brother, Bill.
In 1957 he enlisted in the Army, successfully completing a surveillance radar operator course, operating light trucks and buses. He was then assigned as Company Clerk where, with concentrated effort and extra hours of off-duty time, he was able to eliminate the many discrepancies in the morning report and company files, thereby causing the unit to be consistently rated superior on inspections from higher headquarters. He received an honorable discharge in May of 1959.
Pat went into partnership farming and ranching with his dad and brother in 1960. In 1965 Pat and his brother purchased the farm/ranch from their dad.
Pat married Janice Godschalk on August 14, 1965. During the late summer of 1965 Pat, his dad and his brother built a new house for the newlyweds who moved into the new, but not finished, house on October 12, 1965.
Pat and Jan were blessed with a son, Patrick H. II, who was born on December 24, 1973, and then twin sons on August 26, 1981, William A. “Bill” and Walter Allen, who was stillborn.
Pat was a long time member of the American Legion Edwin Hodgdon Unit #124, of Dupree. He had many hobbies. The Army radar course helped lead to his operating a TV repair shop for many years. He liked to go hunting, fishing and bowling, where he once bowled a 299. Woodworking also kept him busy making a dining room table with six chairs, numerous bowls, trinket boxes, lamps, clocks, jewelry boxes, vases, etc.
Pat and Bill farmed and ranched until 1980, when the cattle were sold due to drought. They continued to farm until 1993, when Pat and Jan purchased Bill’s share. Pat and his sons farmed until 1999 when he semi-retired. He then enjoyed helping his sons at the shop by looking up parts and other info on the internet.
He liked to visit with his internet friend, Tom, who eventually came out from Michigan to hunt for birds. Pat, along with the dogs, loved to help move equipment and watch his sons work. He was still able to operate a combine this summer. Watching that grain roll into the combine was one of his favorite activities. He was involved in the farm operations until he became ill in early November 2015.
Pat valiantly fought a number of different ailments along with a fast moving cancer from November 4, 2015, until his death. With the help of everyone’s thoughts and prayers he made it through another Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and was able to celebrate his 82nd birthday on January 13, 2016.
Surrounded by his family, Pat passed away peacefully at his home on the farm he loved so much.
Grateful for having shared his life, his love and his wisdom are his wife, Janice; and his sons, Patrick and Bill, all of Dupree.
He was preceded in death by his son, Walter; his parents, William and Florence; his sister, Shirley Faye Denke; and his brother, William D.