CUSTER | The card players in heaven won’t know what hit them!
Eloise Elaine Pepin has chosen to take her game playing skills to a higher place. She passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Eloise enjoyed a good conversation and was never too busy to put the coffee on. She spent countless hours playing cards with family and friends, creating many memories. One of her recent favorite pastimes was sitting on her deck waving at familiar faces.
Eloise was born on Sept. 13, 1928. She was raised with 11 siblings at Four Mile. She married Ernie Pepin on June 29, 1946. In 1952, she was elected Custer County Sheriff, defeating five male opponents. She worked at City Hall, Four Mile Post and Pole and the US Forest Service until her retirement at the age of 76. She was quick with a prank and did it with a twinkle in her eye.
As her children, we recall a very secure and carefree childhood. She didn’t bat an eye as we drug blankets to the clothesline for another fort or used her kitchen utensils to make mud pies. She made the best fried chicken and potato salad and on Saturday night we would look forward to her cast iron fried hamburgers and homemade fries. She took pride in crisp white laundry and a large stack of firewood.
She is survived by four children, Linda (Tom) Nelson of Custer, Valerie (Bob) Pulscher of Rock Island, IL, Steve Pepin and Denise (Marshall) Burtzlaff of Hot Springs; her grandchildren, Sundae (Sean) Morgan, Dallas (Lesley) Wilkinson, Miranda (Adam) Boggs, Jeremy (Angela) Pepin, Matthew Pepin, Shawn (Maureen) Pulscher, Sara (Pete) Schaich, and Cheyenne (Jeff) Lawrence; six step grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Fischer, Derelle Wynia, and Leola Thomsen; along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie on the same date 36 years ago; her parents, Guy & Lillian Hendrickson; two children, John and Mary; sisters, Joyce Phillips, Margaret Feaster, Delores Lewis; and brothers, Everett, Slim, Robert and Eddie Hendrickson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Chapel. Committal services will be held at a later date.
A memorial has been established to the Custer Veterans Memorial Park.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.