Clint Parker 1920 – 2012
September 4, 2012
Clint Parker, 92, of Gettysburg, SD, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Selby Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, with burial to follow at the Gettysburg Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 and will include open informal sharing at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.
Clint was born Feb. 9, 1920 on the Parker farm in southwest Iowa to Clinton P. and Ethel Parker. He grew up working with horses and riding. Most of the field work was done with horses in the 1920s and '30s. He worked his way up from a team on a mower to 5-6 horses on a disc.
He graduated from Henderson High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA where he was in ROTC. He was soon recognized for his ability to handle the horses used for the artillery drills.
Many of the young men were called to serve in WWII, causing a shortage of agricultural workers. Clint's professor at Iowa State knew that Roy Houck needed help on the Triple U Ranch at Gettysburg.
On April 1, 1940, Clint stepped off the train in Gettysburg carrying only his saddle. He worked for Roy Houck until 1955 when he had put together a small herd of cows and enough machinery to ranch on his own in Dewey County.
Clint married Jeannette Winright on Dec. 27, 1945. Their two children, JoAnn and Dan, were born in 1947 and 1949.
Clint served on the South Dakota Brand Board from 1957-1962 and was director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association for 12 years. He was honored in 2004 for 40 years as a Brand Inspector.
At the age of 61, Clint started Old Men's Breakaway roping competition in SDRA, NRCA, and Old Timer's Rodeo Association. In later years he enjoyed roping at brandings.
In 1997, Clint and Jeannette were inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame. In 2007, Clint received the Tom Didler Pioneer Award at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Old Timer's Cowboy Breakfast.
He is survived by his son, Dan of Gettysburg; daughter, JoAnn (Duane) Shea of Bison; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Todd) Brist, Watertown, SD, and their children, Tomas, Allison and Emma; Jody (Brad) Kerzman, Bismarck, ND, and their children, Alexis, Jacob, Elizabeth and Morgan; John Shea, Bison; two brothers, Kenneth (Clara) Parker, WA and Don (Lora Mae) Parker, Muscatine, IA and their families; and cousin, Darrel (Eli) Parker, Geneseo, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 20, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, with burial to follow at the Gettysburg Cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday, July 19, 2012 and included open informal sharing at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Clint's arrangements.
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