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Myron Eliason

Myron Ray Eliason

November 5, 1931 - March 3, 2020
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Myron R. Eliason was born November 5, 1931, on his grandparent’s farm southeast of Lantry, SD. He passed away March 3, 2020, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis, SD. Myron had lived a faithful fulfilling life and made a well- deserved journey to Heaven at the age of 88.
He graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1950 and entered the U. S. Coast Guard in 1952. He was always very proud of his service time and set a patriotic example for others. Myron married Betty Matz in Butte, MT, in 1954. They made their way back to the family farm and spent most of their life as ranchers and raising their family, Dennis born in 1958, and Debra in 1959. One of his greatest accomplishments was when the farm/ranch was designated as a South Dakota Century Farm in 2018, at the South Dakota State Fair.
Myron was as handy as he was friendly. He bred Arabian horses, milked cows, hauled garbage, sold insurance, and was a substitute teacher. He was a people person everywhere he went and no one was a stranger, always willing to help out a neighbor or acquaintance. Once he became retired and they moved to Belle Fourche, he built and flew an airplane, rode motorcycles, did endurance horse races, and loved to travel with Betty. His passion in later years was for restoring vintage cars and then chauffeuring his family and friends in grand style.
He was a tireless volunteer for the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center for many years. He sold poppies at campgrounds during the Sturgis Rally for the DAV. This project was of the greatest importance to him and he was a well-known veteran’s friend.
Myron was also a servant in Christ and active with his church. He helped serve many community meals on holidays.
Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Dennis (Lynne) Eliason of Rapid City, SD, and daughter, Debra (Larry) Eggleston of Howard, CO; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren mourn his life.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020, with visitation one-hour prior at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Committal services, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 6, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    March 6, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    March 6, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    March 6, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Jenene Earl
  • Interment

    March 6, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    March 6, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    Address
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Nancy Shuck

Posted at 01:08pm
Myron and my dad were good friends and, after Dad died two years ago, I did not get to spend as much time with Myron. He will be missed - he was a genuinely good and decent man who was already to lend a helping hand and never met a stranger. My thoughts and prayers are with his much-loved family - he was so proud of all of you. Nancy Shuck
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Floyd Skinner

Posted at 04:13pm
Myron is an example to everyone of how to live one’s life.
He treated the good times and the bad with an unfaltering faith and optimism.
In the face of adversity he has always had the resilience and tenacity to overcome it.
Myron never spoke a bad word about anyone, treated everyone with respect, and spoke without reproach.
His outlook on life and the impending end of life was an attitude that he was a part of a great cycle of which every phase is to be embraced. He has taught me how to live and how to die.
I have known Myron for over half a decade. He has been my employer, teacher, mentor, and cherished friend.
He is happy to now be with the love of his life, Betty.
Pleasant dreams my friend- I love you.
MC

Melissa Collins

Posted at 02:26pm
So sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I work at Fort Meade and what a pleasure it was to see Myron. He was such an amazing nice young man. Thanks to his family for letting us share Myron with you!
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Harvey Eliason family

Posted at 09:04pm
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
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Judy Lemke

Posted at 03:08pm
Many good memories of Myron. He was fun to be around. One memory was on a stormy Thanksgiving evening, he and Betty missed a turn off and ended up at John and Mercedes's farm. The whole adult Lemke children and grandchildren along with Myron and Betty spent the night, playing cards and having a great time. Where we all slept is another story. Since,, that time, Myron has spent many Thanksgiving's in Rapid City with the Lemke Family. He never came empty handed, always brought homemade divinity, fudge, and fresh-baked dinner rolls. We always played cards and enjoyed his company. Great memories.
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