Howard Hotchkiss, age 83 of Reva, SD, died in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.
Howard Hotchkiss was born Sept. 14, 1928 in Raton, NM. He was the son of John and Laura (Messick) Hotchkiss. Howard grew up on the family ranch near Raton, and he graduated from high school in Des Moines, NM. During the Korean War, Howard served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950. During part of this time, he was stationed at Fort Smith, AR.
Howard was united in marriage to June Johnson on Jan. 17, 1956 in Las Vegas, NM. To this union two sons were born: Dan and Marcus. Following their marriage, Howard and June moved to Alma, NE where they ranched with Howard’s parents. Following the death of Howard’s father, Howard and June moved to Livingston, MT where they ranched for 12 years. They ranched in near Timber Lake, MT for five years, and for the past 32 years they have lived and ranched near Reva, SD.
Howard was a man of faith, and he always had a love for serving the Lord. He taught Sunday School and serves the churches that they attended in various ways. He was a member of the Buffalo Assembly of God Church. Howard will be remembered for being a hard worker, and his love of ranching, especially during the branding season. More than once, Howard was awarded “Rancher of the Year,” and he worked hard bringing water pipelines to his ranch and helping with other ranchers in the area. He was proud of his two sons and loved working side-by-side with them. He loved his wife and family very much, and he will be greatly missed.
Howard is survived by his wife, June of Reva; sons, Dan (Sandy Lee) of Reva, Marcus (Jill) of Reva; brother, Dub (Mozelle) Hotchkiss of Miles City MT; 2 grandchildren, Ty and Jessie Hotchkiss; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Jr.; and sister, Reta Hall.
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