VALE- Lynn R. Dunn, 84, rural Vale, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Lynn was born April 30, 1933, in rural Harding County, SD, to Herman and Blanche (Thomas) Dunn. He was the youngest of eight children. Lynn served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He farmed and ranched on the Redwater before purchasing his current farm east of Vale in 1961.
Lynn married Dorothy Weyrich of rural Sturgis on June 4, 1953, in Belle Fourche. They reared their four sons, James, Daniel, Mark and Keith on the farm. Lynn started with sheep and switched to dairy cows in the 70's before retiring in the late 1990's. He loved to travel the country in his RV with his wife, Dorothy, which included several trips to Alaska.
Lynn served the local community throughout his life, first as a member of the Butte County Weed Board then thirty years on the Butte-Meade Rural Sanitary Water District Board in which he was instrumental in establishing in the late 1960's-early 1970's. He was awarded "Outstanding Young Farmer" in 1979 and was active in supporting FFA activities where he was awarded multiple honorary degrees including the State FFA Degree in 1983. He was an active member of the Empire Friends Church until it was closed.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy of Vale; his sons, James and his wife, Sarah, and their children, Ryan and Rachael of Austin, TX; Daniel and his wife, Wanda, and their children, Jennifer, Michael, Danielle and Kristen of Vale; Mark and his wife, Lori, and their children, Kevin, Scott and Brian of Conroe, TX; Keith and his wife, Colette, and their children, Brianne and Logan of Vale. He has five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Sara Lee Stark of New Underwood and Willanore Ruby of Belle Fourche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth; sisters, Hazel, Maxine, Helen and an infant sister.
Visitation was Sunday, July 9 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
"By the visions of our father, touched by his loving sons" - Justin Hayward, Graham Edge