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Maynard E. WietingOctober 4, 1937 ~ September 16, 2017 (age 79)
Maynard Elroy Wieting, age 79, of Watertown, SD, lost his battle to a very difficult cancer on Saturday, September 16, 2017, while a resident at Jenkins Living Center and was joined in Heaven with his infant daughter, Danel Lyn Wieting, and his 17 year old granddaughter, Laurel Lucille Wieting. A celebration of his almost 80 years will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at New Life Evangelical Free Church in Watertown. Pastor Michael Wallenmeyer will officiate. Music will be provided by Mary Modica on the keyboard, Doug Modica on the saxophone and Amy Nelson and Darrel Crocker as vocalists. The family is requested to meet at the church on Saturday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.
A visitation of his many family members and friends will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Maynard’s grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be: Dustin Wieting, Jorge Wieting, Zach Rada, Dan Raderschadt, Tim Heinz and Jason Aldren.
Maynard began his life journey, joining his parents, George E. and Anna (DeVries) Wieting and five year old big brother, Melvin, on October 4, 1937, at Onida, SD. The family moved to a farm east of Hitchcock, SD, when he was 15 months old. After attending eight years of rural country school, he attended Hitchcock High School, graduating in May of 1955. Maynard then attended one year at SDSU School of Agriculture before returning to farm with his father. He served eight years in the National 153rd Engineer Battalion.
On September 14, 1957, Maynard was united in marriage at Huron, SD, to the Cavour High School girl, Donna French, whom he adamantly claimed that he saw her picture in the Cavour school annual and said he wanted to meet her someday and marry her. The following summer, he did just that, meeting Donna while they were both showing beef animals at Beadle county 4-H Achievement Days and their story began. Their marriage lasted 60 years and not quite two days.
Maynard’s life was very busy and full with many years of farming and dairying, living near Hitchcock until October 1960, then moving with their first two sons, Daniel and Loren, near Ashton, SD. While residing in this area, stillborn daughter, Danel Lyn, and son, Daryl George, were born. On August 26, 1964, they purchased a farm northeast of Doland where they continued to grain farm and dairy. With the loss of Danel, Maynard, Donna and their three little boys never gave up their desires and hope to add some pink to their family and God answered their prayers when on May 3, 1968, they were blessed with the privilege of being able to add, by adoption, a beautiful new born baby girl whom they named, Darci Louise, completing their family.
As his life story goes on, it must be noted that Maynard spent his almost 80 years, farming, dairying, serving on many church boards, the Doland School board and Beadle County Electric board, both for nine years, and Gideons International. He also designed and remodeled homes which he always played a big part in the building and finishing of each house. There was very little Maynard couldn’t find a way to fix. Without a doubt, he instilled strength, honesty and integrity in his family, not so much by his words, but very much by his actions and just every day lifestyle. His children will always remember him hurrying in from farm chores, quickly getting ready for church and often eating his meal as he drove the 18 miles to Ebenezer MB Church where the family worshipped until the three boys were grown and he, donna and Darci left the Doland farm to begin his new employment at Stockholm, SD, continuing this employment the next 15 years. Following this he was employed by Ferdie Tesch and Marvin Schwanke at Southview Dairy and upon retirement he began an 11 year position, serving as the custodian and building supervisor at much loved New Life E Free Church, regrettably leaving that position only due to health issues.
His family remembers him for his loving ways, his forever faithfulness, his never tiring hard work but excellent work ethics. Maynard spent many hours with grandson, Dustin, as he watched him play hockey. He loved his family, which through the years has continued to grow. He enjoyed working with animals, gardening and owning Allis Chalmers tractors. He also enjoyed Country Western and Gospel music and hearing sound gospel preaching. It must not be left unsaid, he also loved his Yorkies dearly, Dolly (deceased) and her daughter, Cassie Jo, and her daughter, Misty Jo, as well as the precious little Sami Jo that only lived for two years. He was a man who walked his faith, having accepted Jesus at the age of 15 at Byron Bible Camp and continued to live his strong faith, however a quiet man by nature, but one with deep, serious thoughts who didn’t always express those thoughts easily.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna, of Watertown; four children: Dan (Kim) Wieting of Coon Rapids, MN, Loren (Marsha) Wieting, Daryl (Paula) Wieting and Darci (Terry) Ganske all of Milbank, SD; 10 grandchildren: Danelle (Brian), Danette (Eric) Dustin, Lavyne (Zach), Danita, Kori (Casey), Brooke, Jorge (Candace), Lindsey and Rebecca; eight great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Jesika boring and Shawn Boring; one step-great-grandchild; his only sibling, Melvin (Kathleen) Wieting, of Huron, SD; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth LeBlanc of Michigan and Carol Breeden of Lubbock, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Danel Lyn; one granddaughter, Laurel Lucille Wieting; his parents; his grandparents; his father and mother-in-law, William (Edna) French; and six brothers-in-law: Buell, Jim, Robert and Marvin French, Edward LeBlanc and William Breeden.