William ‘Ralph’ Trevillyan: 1921-2013
William ‘Ralph’ Trevillyan, age 91, of Hot Springs, SD, and formerly of Buffalo, SD, passed away on May 17, 2013, at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
Ralph was born to William E. and Orpha (Collins) Trevillyan in Butte County near Vale, SD, on June 2, 1921. He attended school locally, and graduated from Vale High School in 1939. Ralph moved to San Diego, CA, in 1940 to work in an aircraft plant. He returned to South Dakota in early 1942 after the attack at Pearl Harbor, and enlisted in the Army. After basic training Ralph entered the Army Air Corp, flew at Spearfish, SD, and then became an air cadet in Texas. He continued his training until receiving his wings, and remained in service until February 1946.
Ralph married Marjorie Troth at rural Underwood, SD, on July 15, 1950. They moved to Volga, SD, and he attended South Dakota State University, and graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. He, Marj and their sons, Tod and Kim moved to Harding County in July 1953, where Ralph became Superintendent of the Antelope Range Agricultural Research Station. Ralph was involved in numerous research projects on beef breeding, sheep grazing studies, and range management. He had the pleasure of working with several dedicated research scientists: Chris Dinkel, Joe Minyard, Lowell Slyter, Bob Gartner and JK Lewis. Ralph and Marj raised their family, Tod, Kim, Bart, and Laurie at Antelope Range. Ralph commented that Antelope Range was the greatest place to raise a family. Ralph remained Superintendent at Antelope Range until his retirement in 1983 and then he and Marj moved to Buffalo. Ralph and Marj enjoyed rock hunting, fishing, gardening, attending high school sporting events and visiting with friends. Ralph was involved in numerous civic activities in Buffalo, including member of the city board, Lions Club, and the America Legion, of which he was a member for 51 years. Ralph lived in Buffalo, until moving to Pine Hills Rest Home in Hot Springs in 2011.
Ralph is survived by his sons, Kim (Julia) Trevillyan of Buffalo Gap, SD; Bart (Julie) Trevillyan of Valley Springs, SD; his daughter, Laurie (Rolly) Sanftner of Casper, WY; grandchildren, Tyler Trevillyan, Tucker Sanftner, Cole Trevillyan, Holly Sanftner, and William Trevillyan; great-grandchildren Presley and Lainee Trevillyan; brothers, Bud and Jim Trevillyan, and sister Ernestine Ledyard.
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Ralph was preceded in his death by a daughter, Eileen; a son, Tod, and his wife, Marj.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Harding County Recreation Center in Buffalo with Pastor Dana Lockhart and Pastor Amanda Liggett officiating. The service will be followed immediately by a luncheon at the recreation center.
The burial will be at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established in Ralph’s name to benefit the Harding County High School Booster Club and the Tod Trevillyan Memorial Park.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at http://www.mccolleyschapel.com.
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