ISABEL | Steven Michael Locken, 62, passed away July 8, 2018, at home, after a two-year battle with leukemia.
Steve was born Jan. 2, 1956, to Harold and Dawn (Hazel) Locken. He spent his childhood years in Isabel, graduating from Isabel High School in 1974. His favorite childhood memories were spending days with his Grandpa Locken and cousins on the Locken Ranch.
Steve married Pam Alley in 1977 at St. Mary’s in Isabel. He ran Locken Oil for his father a few years before purchasing a semi-truck. He spent the next 35 years trucking, hauling cattle and grain locally as well as over-the-road flat-bedding. In recent years he pulled a fuel transport for his son Joe at Locken Oil. In 1990, he and Pam joined his father as a partner on Locken Farms, operating the family ranch he loved as a child.
Steve had many loves in his life. He loved ranching, team roping, riding motorcycles and trucking. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed sharing stories with the other truckers on the road on his CB. Many were friends he never met in person, and he was always known as the guy with the shiny trucks. He loved telling stories about his adventures on the road.
He was a member of the Isabel Volunteer Fire Department, where he served 12 years as Fire Chief.
Steve also served many years as a volunteer on the Isabel Rodeo Association. His Dad was in charge of the beer stands which were operated out of horse trailers. At the age of 12, he was hauling ice for his Dad and in later years did the roping draw and pushed roping cattle at the Isabel Rodeo.
Steve is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pam; his son, Joe (Mandy) Locken, Isabel; and his daughter, Cara (Jerry) Lei, Buffalo, SD. Papa Steve is also survived by nine grandchildren: Kendyl, Talley, Lexi, Shane and Brock Locken and Blaise, Blake, Baicyn and Baylor Lei, sisters Jacky (Jerry) Davis, Gillette, WY, and Sheree (Barry Holms) Locken, Bismarck, ND; and special aunts, Ruby Lee Locken, Theresa Hazel, and Margaret (Donald) Knodel. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcie Jean Locken; parents, Harold and Dawn Locken; and his father- and mother-in-law, Maurice and Madonna Alley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, at the Isabel Community Center. Burial will be at Hillview Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will start at 6 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the community center.
Memorials may be made to Isabel Volunteer Fire Department, Dewey County Ambulance, Isabel, or the charity of your choice.