Wayne M. Nesby, 75, of Rapid City, formerly of Leola, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at
Aberdeen while visiting family.
The memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 20, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home,
Rapid City. Burial of his cremated remains was at Black Hills National Cemetery,
Sturgis, with military honors by the Rushmore VFW Post #1273.
Honorary pallbearers were all his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the South
Dakota American Legionnaires.
Wayne Mitchell Nesby was born July 1, 1929 to Fred and Gertrude Claire (Mitchell)
Nesby at Sioux Falls. He attended Dell Rapids Public Schools and graduated from
Brookings High School in 1947. He entered the South Dakota National Guard, where
he served for over 30 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Wayne continued his
education attending South Dakota State University at Brookings. In 1950, Wayne was
called to Active Duty to serve in the Korean War.
While serving in the US Army, Wayne married Betty Crisman May 14, 1951 at
Pipestone, Minn. He received his Honorable Discharge from active duty in 1952.
He returned to Brookings and finished his education, graduating from SDSU with a
Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.
In 1955 Wayne started working as a County Agriculture Extension Agent in Lincoln
County. They later moved to Leola, where Wayne was the McPherson County
Agriculture Extension Agent for over 20 years. He then worked for the Hand County
Extension Agency until he retired in 1984. After his retirement, they resided at Miller
for a short time. They purchased an RV and traveled all over the United States. They
have resided at Rapid City for the past two years.
Wayne was a life time member of the VFW and the American Legion. He served as
the South Dakota State American Legion Commander from 1982 to 1983.
Surviving Wayne are his wife Betty of Rapid City; two sons, Larry Wayne (Bonnie)
Nesby of Sasebo, Japan and Brian Jay (Jackie) Nesby of Fort Collins, Colo; two
daughters, Dale Ann (Russ) Bomesberger of Onaka, S.D. and Lynn Marie (Tony)
Gauer of Ipswich; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters, and one infant son
Mark Steven Nesby.
The family prefers memorial to the South Dakota American Legion Educational Fund,
P.O. Box 67, Watertown, SD 57201.
Wayne M. Nesby
Hand County, South Dakota
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