Arthur “Art” Magedanz, age 92, of Milbank, SD, died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Milbank with Rev. Marion Paulis officiating. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Mundwiler Funeral Home with a prayer service and sharing time beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.
Urn bearers will be Art’s grandchildren: Jennifer Johnson, Emily Ertel, Erik Iverson, Sandy Peterson, Amy Hanson, Erin Thom, Stacy Wittnebel, Andrea Schoephoerster, and Mark Schoephoerster. Honorary bearers include all of Art’s friends and neighbors.
Arthur Lyle Magedanz was born on May 9, 1924, in Lowe Township, Deuel County, SD, to Hugo Arthur and Angie Belle (Dalbey) Magedanz. He grew up in rural Revillo, attending grade school at Young America #59 in Lowe Township and graduating from Revillo High School with the class of 1943. Art also attended school for auto mechanics in Fargo, ND.
On November 11, 1948, Art was united in marriage with Edith Morse in Browns Valley, MN. This union was blessed with 67 years together and four children. During 1948, the couple lived for a short time in Mitchell, SD before returning to the Revillo area. Farming was Art’s passion and he was fortunate to have been able to spend 42 years as the owner/operator of a farm in rural Revillo.
Art was a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church in Milbank, SD. He was an active South Dakota citizen, serving on the boards for Lowe Township, the Deuel County FHA Committee, the Revillo Farmers Elevator, and Christ Episcopal Church. Art was an early participant in the formation of the Grant-Deuel Public School in Revillo. He was always a thoughtful student of history and political affairs and remained concerned over the welfare of the country and community until his passing. Art was very proud of acquiring his pilot’s license. As a young man he played amateur baseball for the Revillo and Antelope Valley teams. He was an avid Twins baseball and Vikings football fan but he especially liked attending the sporting activities in which his children and grandchildren participated. Above all, Art’s family was most important to him and he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish Art’s memory is his wife, Edith Magedanz of Milbank, SD; children: Jeanne (Iver) Iverson of Golden Valley, MN; Steve (Susan) Magedanz of Watertown, SD; Marilyn (Hollis) Nipe of Watertown, SD; Julie (Bob) Schoephoerster of Dayton, MN; grandchildren: Jennifer (Monte) Johnson and children, Braden and Tanner; Emily (Mike) Ertel and children, Caleb and Mason; Erik (Lacey) Iverson and children, Grete and Thora; Sandy (Paul) Peterson and children, Abigail, Benjamin, Sam, Lydia, and Judah; Amy (Jeremy) Hanson and children, Lucy, Joe, Rachel, and Matthew; Erin (Michael) Thom and children, Andrew and Nathan; Stacy (Maria) Wittnebel and children, Wyatt and Waylon; Andrea Schoephoerster; Mark Schoephoerster and daughter, Ava; sister, Muriel West of Dallas, TX; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Magedanz of Vancouver, WA; Donna Magedanz of Iowa City, IA; Delaine Magedanz of Milbank, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Robert, Charles, Orrin, and Dwight; infant sister, Evelyn Ruth; and sister-in-law, Dellas Magedanz.