Clint Parker, 92, of Gettysburg, died Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Selby Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral services were Friday, July 20 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg, with burial following at the Gettysburg Cemetery.
Clint Parker was born Feb. 9, 1920 on the Parker farm in southwest Iowa to Clinton P. and Ethel Parker. He grew up working with horses and riding. Most of the field work was done with horses in the 1920s and 30s. He worked his way up from a team on a mower to five or six horses on a disc.
Clint graduated from Henderson High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His professor knew that Roy Houck needed help on the Triple U Ranch at Gettysburg, SD. On April 1, 1940, Clint stepped off the train in Gettysburg carrying only his saddle. He worked for Roy Houck until 1955 when he had put together a small herd of cows and enough machinery to ranch on his own in Dewey County.
Clint married Jeannette Winright on Dec. 27, 1945. Their two children, JoAnn and Dan, were born in 1947 and 1949.
Clint served on the South Dakota Brand Board from 1957-1962 and was director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association for 12 years. He was honored in 2004 for 40 years as a Brand Inspector.
At the age of 61, Clint started Old Men’s Breakaway roping competition in SDRA, NRCA, and Old Timer’s Rodeo Association. In later years he enjoyed roping at brandings.
In 1997, Clint and Jeannette were inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame. In 2007, Clint received the Tom Didler Pioneer Award at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Old Timer’s Cowboy Breakfast.
He is survived by his son, Dan of Gettysburg; daughter, JoAnn (Duane) Shea of Bison; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Todd) Brist, Watertown, SD, and their children, Tomas, Allison and Emma; Jody (Brad) Kerzman, Bismarck, ND, and their children, Alexis, Jacob, Elizabeth and Morgan; John Shea, Bison; two brothers, Kenneth (Clara) Parker, WA and Don (Lora Mae) Parker, Muscatine, IA and their families; and cousin, Darrel (Eli) Parker, Geneseo, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Clint’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)