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Howard Hotchkiss

September 14, 1928 — September 27, 2011

** CLICK LINK ABOVE TO VIEW VIDEO TRIBUTE **Howard Hotchkiss, age 83 of Reva, died in his sleep at his home on Tuesday September 27, 2011. The funeral service will be held 11am Monday October 3rd, 2011 at the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church, near Reva, with Revs. Milton Douglas and Henry Mohagen officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Howard Hotchkiss was born September 14, 1928 in Raton, New Mexico. He was the son of John and Lora (Messick) Hotchkiss. Howard grew up on the family ranch near Raton, and he graduated from high school in Des Moines, New Mexico. During the Korean War, Howard served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 - 1956. During part of this time, he was stationed at Fort Smith Arkansas. Howard was united in marriage to June Johnson on January 11, 1953 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. To this union two sons were born: Dan and Marcus. Following their marriage, Howard and June moved to Alma, Nebraska where they ranched with Howard’s parents. Following the death of Howard’s father, Howard and June moved to Livingston, Montana where they ranched for 12 years. They ranched in near Big Timber Montana for 5 years, and for the past 32 years they have lived and ranched near Reva, South Dakota. 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 “Conservationist 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) 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. IN LOVING MEMORY Howard Hotchkiss DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1928 – Raton, New Mexico DATE OF DEATH September 27, 2011 – Reva, South Dakota FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00 A.M. – Monday – October 3rd, 2011 Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Reva, South Dakota OFFICIANTS Pastor Milton Douglas, Pastor Henry Mohagen TRIBUTE – Bill Vroman SPECIAL MUSIC Pianist – Sandy Blanchard “Amazing Grace”, “Peace in the Valley” Ty Hotchkiss, soloist “Consider the Lillies” Terry and Beth Hotchkiss, vocalists CASKETBEARERS Ken Baumeister     Max Blanchard   Kelly Britton   Doug Doll Terry Hotchkiss     Bill Johnson    Mark Miller    Mark Vroman INTERMENT Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Cemetery Reva, South Dakota
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