Marlow Jurisch: 1931-2015 |

Marlow Jurisch: 1931-2015

Marlow Jurisch: 1931-2015

Marlow Edgar Jurisch, 84, passed away Sept. 30, 2015. He was born April 1, 1931 at the family homestead on Kube Table near Scenic, South Dakota. He was the third son of Clarence and Goldie Jurisch. He attended Kube Table Grade School; then graduated from Brookings Ag College in 1950. Joanne Klien became his beloved wife on March 31, 1951. That fall he enlisted in the Navy to proudly serve in the Korean War. After four years in California, he returned home to raise a family, Galloway cattle, and blue heeler dogs. Throughout the years he was an active member of the Galloway Association and an avid participant of 4-H and national livestock shows. Retiring from ranching in 1972, they owned and operated three businesses (The Anchor Bar & Lounge, The Branding Iron, and The Crystal Bar). During this time he lobbied and served on the SD Liquor Board.

Marlow participated in “Old Timers” rodeo and judged numerous SDRA and NRCA rodeos. Because of health issues, he and Joanne started a new venture called M & J Auctions and Wyndhaven Kennels consisting of Jack Russel champion dogs.

With the loss of his wife in 2009, he sold the kennels. Marlow kept active with attending auctions, old timer’s gatherings, rodeos, and country music tours. On September 17, 2011, he exchanged vows with Dorothy Bruhn of Rapid City.

Marlow was recognized in 2013 for his dedication to the Western Jr. Livestock show and 4-H youths.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy and children Max Jurisch, Rapid City; Ruth (Dan) Filipek, Ft. Pierre, SD; Martin (Pat) Jurisch, Hereford, SD; Ellen (Mirl) Searles, Piedmont, SD. Russell (Linda) Jurisch, Shreveport, LA; Sueann (Chris) Trigg, Sioux Falls; Nola (Rob) Morgan, Sioux Falls; Justin Jurisch, Redfield, SD. His legacy of the “two and a half dozen kids” continues to live on through numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Joanne and brothers Duard and Lewis Jurisch.

Visitation was Oct. 2, with a Christian Wake Service at St. Isaac Joques Catholic Church.

Christian Funeral Mass, with Rev. Ron Seminara, SJ presiding, was Oct. 3, at St. Isaac Jogues Church.

Interment with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the Navy Honor Guard will be at Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may sign the online guest register at

The family of Marlow Jurisch has established a memorial that will benefit 4-Hers at the Western Junior Livestock Show, which is happening this week in Rapid City. Established in memory of Marlow’s dedication to the youth program and Western Jr. Livestock Show, the money will go towards 4-Hers to help continue the legacy of Western Jr that Marlow so deeply believed in. The first recipients of the Marlow Jurisch Memorial will be awarded this week in Rapid City.

Anyone wishing to donate to the memorial can make contributions at any Bank West branch under the “Marlow Jurisch Memorial” name.

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