HERMOSA | Dell Ray Mulford, 71, passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
Dell was born Jan. 31, 1946, in Bonesteel to Samuel and Edna (Gentele) Mulford. Dell grew up in Bonesteel where he graduated from high school. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1966, where he was trained in electronics and radio operation and repair. He also spent time in Italy and served in Vietnam before being honorably discharged. He then worked many years as a concrete finisher in the SD and NE areas before settling down in Arizona in 1979, working as a Construction Foreman before becoming Head Custodian of the Marana School District. He spent his time off racing dune buggies in Mexico.
In 2003, Dell moved to Norfolk, NE, to be closer to his family. His nephew, Floyd, took him to the Post 16 Legion and introduced him to Mike Yost. Their friendship grew into a Brotherhood when he also met George, Lucky, and Tim. His friends helped him become an active member of the Post 16 American Legion Riders Motorcycle Club where he got to do what he loved best — ride his motorcycle with his friends, and support their local Veterans. After the loss of his brother and brother-in-law, Dell followed his sister, Melba, to South Dakota in 2013. He lived his final years in Hermosa, where he befriended his favorite bartender, Cheryl Neugebauer, who would put the whole bottle of Jack Daniels up on the bar, "Like the good old days." His favorite past times were riding his motorcycle, tending his garden, fishing, and visiting with his family and friends.
Dell is survived by his sister, Melba Mulford-Cook; half-brother, Roy (Katherine) Gossard; sister-in-law, Martha Mulford; nephews, Floyd (Amy) Mulford, Curtis (Gina) Mulford, Terry Mulford; nieces, Cindy (Brad) Heilman, Deb (Dan) Holsworth, Brenda (Jerry) Stricklin, Kandi (Will) Nichols, Mardelle (Brian) Madeira, Cindy (Geoffrey) Grothen, Joy Kumm; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Edna Mulford; two brothers, Marlow and Arlo Mulford; and brother-in-law, Donald Cook.
Memorial services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Kirk Funeral Home, with a memorial visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A Celebration of Dell's life will follow at 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 1410 E. Centre St., in Rapid City, with dinner and drinks.
"LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE"
Friends may sign his online guestbook at kirkfuneralhome.com.