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Sam F. Drolc

September 24, 1922 — August 16, 2013

*** To View Video Tribute, Click On Weblink Above  ***Samuel Frank Drolc, 90 years old, died at home in Belle Fourche, SD with his wife of 63 years and two of his daughters, Kathy and Karen at his side. The funeral service will be held 10:30 am Tuesday August 20th, 2013 at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche, with Pastors Paul Howard and Bob Magby officiating.  Visitation will be held 3 to 7 pm Monday at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, with a prayer service for the public being held at 6pm.  Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery. Sam was born in Ralph, SD to Frank and Christina (Graff) Drolc on September 24, 1922.  He was the middle child of his 4 brothers, Benjamin, Andrew, Ruben, and David.  He attended South West Country School and graduated in the top of his class at Reeder High School in Reeder, North Dakota in 1941. He had hoped to go to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD, but because of his brother Ben serving overseas in the war, he had to go back home to take care of the family farm. Sam caught the eye of Pearletta Siewert by driving up and down the street in his black Oldsmobile, in front of the bank where she worked. They were married April 2, 1950 at Peace Evangelical United Brethren Church in Ralph, SD. In 1951, they were blessed with their first child, Kathy.  The following year, their first son Monte was born and then Randy in 1953. In November 1955, they moved to Belle Fourche, where Sam began working at Butte County Motors as a mechanic.  Six weeks later, in 1956, they had their daughter, Karen, and in 1963, their youngest daughter, LaRae. After 20 years of working at Butte County Motors, Sam opened his own mechanic shop at his home.  He enjoyed working with livestock and going to the sale barn on Thursdays. Sam designed and built numerous items, such as trailers, a snow plane and a sulky cart that was well used by the kids and their horses. If he could imagine it, he could build it. Sam enjoyed preaching and teaching an adult Sunday school class at the Foursquare Gospel Church in Belle Fourche and served as a council member for many years. On April 2, 2013, Sam and Pearletta celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Sam's greatest desire was to ensure his children and grandchildren grew to know and serve the Lord.  His passion for Jesus was still seen in Sam's last evening at the supper table.  His prayer that night was: "Lord, guide us and direct us, so we will be ready for the Kingdom of heaven and help us to do Your will.  Thank you for your many blessings.  Amen." Sam is survived by his wife, Pearletta of Belle Fourche; children, Kathy (Pete) Gradinaru of Spearfish, Monte (Heide) Drolc of Rapid City, Randy (Sherry) Drolc of Belle Fourche, Karen (Keith) Massey of Spearfish, LaRae Huffman of Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Benjamin, Andrew, Ruben, and David Drolc.  
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