He loved going to breakfast and happy hour with the locals. People who knew Darwyn said they wanted to come back as his dogs! He even heated the garage, not for the vehicles, but for the dogs and had a mattress in there for them to sleep on. He loved to travel, sometimes protesting to his wife! The grandkids loved to go to breakfast with him whenever they got the chance. He was the person that stopped on the road to give assistance to weary travelers who didn't even know him.
They received lots of treats and enjoyed listening to Darwyn talk to them. They spent their winters in Yuma, AZ enjoying time with their Canadian friends and cousins. Darwyn spent 2 years in the army and was stationed in Germany. He then returned to Bowman and married Bette the love of his life on November 16, 1968. If you ask her the order of his loves were 1) Ford pickup 2)Dogs 3)John Deer and 4)his wife. He was the person who would always say hello to you no matter who you were.
She enjoyed drawing, writing skits and plays, and playing piano for school programs and events throughout the Red Owl community.
Ardis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob; infant son, Cody; her parents; two sisters, Alice Jensen and Arlene Kolbu; and one brother, Elmer Bones Ashton. Wednesday, December 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. He always felt he wanted to give people a second chance.
Ardis Pearl (Stage) Smiley was born January 9, 1931, in Faith, SD, to Albert and Clyde (Timmons) Stage of Red Owl.
On Friday, December 22, 2017, Ardis went to be with the Lord and many of her loved ones who have passed on before her.
In her years at Red Owl, she was very involved in the community as a school board member, Secretary/Treasurer for the Meade County Farm Bureau, Right to Life member, and substitute teacher.
She found great joy and satisfaction sharing the love of God with children in various childrens ministries, both in Union Center and Stoneville.
He was not a church going man, but was as much a Christian in his thoughts, words and deeds that a person can be.
Darwyn is survived by his wife Bette, son Wade (Lori), daughter Jodi (Mike) Tolzin, and son Scott (Lisa). During the Korean War, he worked as a medical technician in the Tokyo Army Hospital.
Gratitude, humor, quick wit, and an easy going nature were present in Ardis's life.
Her deep and ever growing faith in God was interwoven in the fabric of her life. So often she was found selflessly putting the needs of others above her own.
He was the person who never intentionally did harm to man or animal through his words or deeds.