Russell Reeter, 87, of Volga, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the Neighborhoods at Brookview.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Volga. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Volga.
Russell Jaques Reeter was born on June 13, 1929, to Edwin Arthur and Reva Grace (Jaques) Reeter on a farm near Bancroft. He graduated from Brookings High School in 1947. After high school he followed his parents and moved to Steele, N.D. There he met Joyce Christine Whitney and they returned to South Dakota after their marriage on Sept. 22, 1948. Russell worked for Dahl Hardware and then the Volga Creamery. To help make ends meet, he also started a small part-time business called Russ’s Radio and T.V. Repair, fixing televisions and radios out of his garage. In 1967, a chance meeting at the Volga Creamery with a Surge Dairy Equipment Dealership representative inspired him to start his own full-time business, Central Surge Supply, a business which he operated for 30 years.
Russell wore many other hats in his lifetime. He was a retired member of the Volga Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Volga City Council. In his younger days, he also worked at the Volga Roller Skating Rink and operated the movie equipment booth at the Volga Auditorium on the weekends. Russell was also a member of the Volga Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star.
In addition to being a man of many talents and trades, Russ was known for his love of fishing and could be found at the lake every free moment he had. During his younger days he and his family built a lake cabin on Lake Poinsett, which still stands today on the north side of the present day hotel.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce; three children, Charlene (Rodney) Kosters of Pierre, Linda Harte of Volga and Bob (Mary) Reeter of Volga; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Reeter and his wife Yvonne ; and a son-in-law, Jeff Harte.