William “Sonny” Huether, of Wall, S.D., died on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at his home south of Wall, at the age of 83.
William K. “Sonny” Huether was born January 8, 1936, on the family ranch in the Conata Basin, to Emily (Eberle) and Christ Huether Jr. He attended country school three miles from home. Sonny went to high school in Quinn. He would drive to school on Mondays and stay the week in a dormitory. He graduated in 1954.
Sonny spent his entire 83 years on his ranch in the heart of the Badlands. He truly enjoyed all that ranch life had to offer. The haying, cattle, introducing the Angus breed in the 70’s, and especially working with and breaking horses.
Sonny married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Patricia Lyle, on September 4, 1954. To this union, six mischievous boys were born Rick, Mike, Tim, Tony, Marty, and Will.
Sonny excelled in many areas in his younger days. He participated in football, basketball, track, boxing and rodeo. He was an Honorable Mention All-State football player in 1953. He was proud of the South Dakota Golden Gloves Featherweight boxing title he won in 1955. Later that year he was also the runner-up at the Midwest Golden Gloves in Omaha, Neb. He won a watch for best fight of the tournament. Sonny was also a talented musician. He garnered the lead role two years in a row in the school operetta and self-taught himself how to play the guitar and piano.
Sonny enjoyed spending time with family, and his family loved the times they could prod him into pulling out his guitar and playing for them. It was a truly special time when Mike and Tim were able to join in. The grandkids have always treasured the time spent on the ranch visiting, spending the night, (or several), or just sitting down to watch sporting events with Grandpa and Grandma. Many card games were also played over the years. Cribbage and Gin Rummy were two of his favorites.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Patty Huether, Wall; sons, Tim (Marie) Huether, Martin, Tony (Marci) Huether, Rapid City, Marty (Susan) Huether, Wall, Will (Amy) Huether, New Underwood; daughters-in-law, Lynn Dewey (Fred), Moorcroft, Wyo., and Marilyn Huether, Wall; 28 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Huether, Redondo Beach, Calif.; three sisters, Delja Hoffman and Violet Smoot, both of Wall and Marjorie (George) Martin, Rapid City; brother-in-law, Bill Lyle, Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Sonny was preceded in death by two sons,Mike and Richard “Rick” Huether; grandson, Jacob Huether; and four sisters, Ruth Pourier, Roseanna Shaffer, Phyllis Kilpatrick and Kathryn Lyle.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, with a rosary service at 6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, with Father Tony Grossenburg as celebrant, and Father Leo Hausmann as con-celebrant.
Interment will be at the Wall Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.