Gary Charles Nies, 83 made his journey home to eternal rest on February 3, 2020 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born on October 27, 1936, in Camp Crook, S.D., to Theodore Edward Nies and Esther Viola Turbeville. He spent his youth herding sheep, ranching and farming near Draper, S.D.
Gary graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in animal science and served in the Army National Guard. He married Charlene Julia Leichtnam on June 17, 1961. Gary began his career with South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service in 1963, working in this role for 32 years. His passion was working with the horse program and the youth in 4-H activities.
He purchased land outside of Martin to create the Nies family farm in 1975. Through the years, Gary was recognized for his leadership in the Knights of Columbus, 4-H Rodeo, inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame and receipient of the Heartland Horsemen Award. He lived the life of a man with deep faith through his actions and thoughtful words of wisdom.
Gary leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Charlene (Leichtnam) Nies, Martin; children Julie (Charlie) Swindells of Salt Lake City UT, Steve (Cindy) Nies of Winner SD, Jay (Sue) Nies of Martin SD and Kari (Kevin) Smith of Ankeny IA; grandchildren Kelsie and Ryan Swindells, Braydon, Carter and Isaiah Smith; brothers Ted (Bev) and Doug (Jackie) Nies of Draper SD, David Nies of Presho SD, Lloyd (Phyllis) Nies of Colorado Springs CO and Mary (Steve) Haugaurd of Sioux Falls SD; nieces, nephews, along with numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Ester Nies and brothers; Keith, Anthony and Steven Nies.
VIGIL SERVICE:Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:00 PM Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Martin
FUNERAL MASS:Friday, February 7, 2020,10:00 AM Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Martin, officiated by Fr. Tyler Dennis and Deacon Cal Clifford.
A memorial has been established for a 4-H College Scholarship and donations may be sent in care of Bennett County Funeral Service, PO Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.
Arrangements by Chamberlain Funeral Home of Martin.