Darlene J. Tlustos, 79, of Oelrichs, S.D., passed away July 30, 2019, at Chadron Community Hospital in Chadron.
Darlene was born the daughter of William and Ramona Balfany May 10, 1940, in South Dakota.
Darlene married Wesley D. Tlustos Aug. 22, 1957, in Rapid City, S.D. She attended high school in Chadron, and the National School of Business in Rapid City, S.D. Wesley and Darlene moved to a ranch south of Oelrichs, S.D., where she resided until her death.
Darlene was actively involved in the farm-ranch operation, served as a 4-H leader, school board member, member of the B.P.O. Does Drove 2, American Legion Auxiliary, South Dakota Stock Grower's Association, and she participated in many community activities. Darlene was very friendly and outgoing and no one was ever a stranger to her.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Wesley; son, Leslie of Hay Springs; daughter, LaVonne Hanson of Chadron; son, Lance of Oelrichs, S.D.; in addition to seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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Funeral services were Aug. 5, 2019, at Prairie View United Methodist Church near Smithwick, S.D., 7.7 miles south of Maverick Junction on Hwy 79.
Committal services were at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.
A memorial has been designated in Darlene's name to benefit the Ardmore Fire Department and the Oelrichs Community Center.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.