John (Bert) Mansfield, 91, of Martin, S.D., passed away November 8, 2012, at Bennett County Hospital in Martin. Visitation will be held at the Bennett County Funeral Home Sunday, November 11, 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 12, at 10:30 a.m., at the American Legion Auditorium with Reverend Lisa Danielson officiating. Burial will be at the Martin Community Cemetery with the American Legion Post #240 Honor Guard and gravesite rights by Pioneer Lodge #219.
John was born in Center, Neb., on November 15, 1920, to Ben and Leafy Mansfield. He attended some grade school at Center, and moved with his family to Bennett County in 1929. He continued his elementary schooling at Pass Creek School.
He worked on the family farm and ranch until he was drafted into the Army Air Force on June 17, 1942. After he finished his basic training in Wichita Falls, Texas, he was transferred to Casper, Wyo., and then Harvard, Neb., before going overseas to the Pacific Area. He was discharged in November of 1945, when he returned to Bennett County where he farmed and ranched.
While stationed in Casper, he married Eulalia (Curly) Ireland on December 16, 1942. To this union were born three boys, Jack, Ray and Bill. John served on the Pass Creek School Board while his boys were in elementary school. He also served on the Production Credit Association Board for 25 years. He was a 54-year member of the Pioneer Lodge #219, belonged to the Order of Eastern Star, Yankton Consistory, NAJA Shrine Temple, American Legion Post #240, and Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church. In later years, he was active in the Bennett County Senior Citizens and the Senior Bowling league. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved spoiling his grandkids and great-grandkids. He never turned down a cup of coffee with friends or a good game of cards.
Survivors include his wife, Eulalia, Martin; three sons, Jack (Betty), Ord, Neb.; Ray, Martin, and Bill (Jane Anne), Martin; five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents three brothers and four sisters.
Memorials have been established to the Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church, Martin, and Pioneer Lodge #219, Martin. Any donations may be sent to Bennett County Funeral Service, P.O. Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.
Bennett County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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