Donald Schellhouse

Donald “Don” Gene Schellhouse

January 14, 1943 - December 20, 2019
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Donald “Don” Gene Schellhouse was born January 14, 1943, in Luverne, MN, to Harry and Olga (Salomonson) Schellhouse. Don grew up in Hills, MN, and graduated from Hills High School in 1961. After high school, he attended Stewarts School of Cosmetology. After graduation and while teaching at the school, Don met the love of his life, Donna Rae Reining. They were united in marriage on July 13, 1963. This union was blessed with two children.
Don traveled the Midwest presenting at hair shows before changing careers. He worked in Sioux Falls, SD, as a salesman for Haber’s Carpets and Reynolds Furniture. He went on to work for Scorpion, Inc. selling snowmobiles throughout the region where he was recognized as a top salesman for the company. Don was an accomplished artist, selling his art and attending art shows through much of his life. In 1987, after moving to the Black Hills, Don was employed at Black Hills Special Services Coop, Inc. in Rapid City. He and Donna then moved to Sturgis to be foster parents caring for those with disabilities in a home setting. Don loved to the go antiquing with his wife, Donna. They became certified antique appraisers for the Black Hills region.
Don’s greatest joy was collecting antiques and Indian artifacts. He took great pride in the knowledge and historical background of each and every item. He beamed with excitement when telling stories about his “old stuff” to all his family and friends. Don had a very big heart and cared deeply for all those he met.
Don, 76, of Sturgis, SD, passed away Friday, December 20, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Ginger (Dan) Niemann of Pierre, SD; granddaughter, Carly Niemann of Rapid City, SD; brother, Duane (Janice) Schellhouse of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Janyce Richards of Oklahoma City, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Olga; wife, Donna; son, Jason; and brother, Dale.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    December 26, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    December 26, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    December 27, 2019 | 2:00pm
    December 27, 2019 2:00pm
    Grace Lutheran Church
    1061 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Pastor Kris Garlick
  • Interment

    December 27, 2019 |
    December 27, 2019
    Bear Butte Cemetery
    1147 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Bob Markve

Posted at 06:03pm
So sorry for your loss. Spent many an hour out pickin with Don and Donna. Lots of road time, auctions, shows, and coffee around the kitchen table. So many good memories ❤️!

David and Trena

Posted at 12:39pm
Our Deepest Sympathy, Love and Hugs. Wish we could be there to Hug you all. XOXOXO
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Judy and Mel Elbers

Posted at 01:19am
Our sympathy to the Schellhouse family.

Marilyn Nelson

Posted at 03:08pm
My sympathy to all Dons family. Seeing his picture brings back so many memories. Once again, Don and Duane can be together.

Dwight Smedsrud

Posted at 12:59pm
Don gave my mom and I a ride home from the hospital when I was born I will always cherish that Dwight Smedsrud

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