Floyd Melvin Hilden, age 96, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Huron Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Rev. Jeff Ruggles will officiate. Music will be provided by Dennis and Sue Heavey. The funeral service will be live-steamed on our website.
Visitation will be at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Saturday prior to services beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Burial will at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Active pallbearers will be Jim Noyes, Jeff Noyes, Jeremy Noyes, Chuck Erickson, Nathan Skoglund and Becky Knebel.
Floyd Melvin Hilden was born August 14, 1926 to Arthur and Ruth (Swanson) Hilden in Hager City, Wisconsin. He lived on the family farm until 1948, when he and two friends went to South Dakota to work in the harvest fields shocking and threshing grain.
It was there that he met the love of his life, Stella Mae Bukaske. They were married at Loyalton, SD in the Wesleyan Church. They farmed and ranched at Loyalton where they raised two children. In 1979, they moved to Watertown.
Floyd and Stella enjoyed traveling in their motor home and visited many places. Floyd also enjoyed crossword puzzles, country music and watching the Minnesota Twins.
He is survived by two children, Susan (Jim) Noyes of Huron and Miriam (Chuck) Erickson of Watertown; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeanne McArthur of Seattle, WA; and one sister-in-law, Bonnie Anderson of Loyalton.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Stella Mae; four siblings: Phillip, Lawrence, Pauline and Mary; and his parents.
In lieu of flowers the family requests all memorials to be sent to Grace Point Church. Minnesota Twins and casual attire is acceptable.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel www.crawfordosthus.com Watertown, Hayti, De Smet, Bryant