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Dean F. Minder

Dean F. Minder

Dean F. Minder, age 90 of Mitchell, SD died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial and military rites at Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Will Funeral Chapel with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 PM.

Dean F. Minder, son of George and Erma (Bernstein) Minder, was born April 6, 1927 in Wilmot, SD. He grew up in Wilmot and graduated from Wilmot High School. He received his teaching degree from Northern State College in 1955. Dean taught in Fargo, ND for three years and served on the Fargo Police Department. He was united in marriage with Helen Jarabek on August 22, 1956 and they moved to Mitchell in 1958. Dean taught at the Mitchell Public Schools for 31 years, teaching at Longfellow, Litchfield and the Mitchell Middle School.

Dean entered the US Army on December 10, 1945 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged September 29, 1948. He then entered the US Navy on March 12, 1952 and served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 28, 1953.

Dean coached American Legion Baseball and refereed basketball and worked Corn Palace Relays for many years. He received the Ralph Macy Amateur Baseball Man of the Year in 2009.

Dean was a sports writer of the Daily Republic for 37 years. He was twice awarded the South Dakota Sports Writer of the Years. Dean was the recipient of the American Legion School Award and umpired Amateur Baseball in South Dakota for many years. He was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 and the South Dakota Umpires Hall of Fame in 1994. Dean was the official scorer and announcer at the Corn Palace for 20 years. He was awarded the Mitchell Teacher of the Year, and served as the statistician the Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School Football and was a big promoter of Mitchell High School wrestling program.

Dean served as Mitchell Baseball Association Secretary for many years. The press box at Cadwell Park was dedicated to him in 1999 after 30 years of dedicated service.

Dean was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and served on the RSVP Patrol.

Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Tammy (Mark) Davis, Mitchell, SD, Steve (Theresa) Minder, Rapid City, SD, Thomas Minder, Michael Minder, and Richard (Connie) Minder, all of Mitchell, SD; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Lori; two sisters and his parents.