Chester “Chet” Stomprud: 1915-2013
Chester Shryock Stomprud, beloved father, grandfather and friend, transitioned to Heaven on Jan. 28, 2013, at the age of 98 years, 28 days.
Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Sturgis Wesleyan Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Sam Cowles officiating. Interment followed at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
“Chet” was born Jan. 1, 1915, the first born child of Ollie and Winifred Stomprud. He grew to manhood on the Stomprud Ranch northeast of Sulphur, SD, and graduated from Newell High School in 1933. He married Rosa Mae Gordon in Bison, SD, on July 4, 1939. To this union three children were born; Donald Stomprud of Newell, SD; Oscar Stomprud and his wife, Barbara, of Edmond, OK; and Betty Zwetzig and her husband, Dave, of Newell, SD. Chester and Rose made their home on the original Stomprud Ranch until 1961 when they purchased the Iver Thinglestad ranch in Cedar Canyon, west of Maurine, where he lived until his death. Rose passed away on Oct. 20, 1992, and on Nov. 27, 1993, he married Opal Nelson of Kenmare, ND.
Chet was a lifelong rancher with a deep love of God. He took great pride in his ranch and caring for his livestock. In 2012, he was given a Pioneer Award, a distinct honor that was presented to him at the 20th annual Black Hills Stock Show Pioneer award ceremony. As a young man, he also enjoyed playing baseball and in later years coached as well as managed the High Plains Drifters softball team. He was also a 4-H club leader and a member of the South Dakota Stock Growers Association.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Winifred Stomprud; his first wife, Rose; his second wife, Opal; stepson, Russell Nelson; and his sister, Elanor Pearson.
He is survived by his brother, Calvin Stomprud; his three children; three stepchildren, Lowell (LaVonne) Nelson of Fullerton, CA, Llauren (Jean) Nelson of St. Cloud, MN, and Linda (David) Fimrite of St. Cloud, MN; one stepdaughter-in-law, Myrna Nelson of Kenmare, ND; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and neighbors.
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