Darrold “Buddy” Keiper, 88, Mitchell, SD died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Scotland.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday, February 8 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Wednesday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Darrold Valentine Keiper was born June 19, 1929 on the family farm at Clayton, SD, to Valentine and Bertha (Kuhlman) Keiper. He married Alice Marquardt on November 2, 1950. Just a few short months after their wedding, Darrold was drafted in 1951 and served two years in the Korean Conflict. He returned home to the family farm and raised livestock, crops and then a family. After farming for 40 years, he and Alice moved to Mitchell and purchased the Wheel Inn Motel. They operated the motel until 1996, when they retired due to Alice’s failing health. In 2004, he met and spent his remaining years with his special friend and companion, Lorraine Koster.
Cherishing the memories of Darrold are Lorraine Koster, his son, Dewayne and his wife Dort, of Lennox, daughter, Janet and her husband Sam Wipf of Mitchell; four grandchildren: Matt Keiper and his wife Lindsey, Melissa Vande Kieft and her husband Ryan, Megan Wipf and special friend, Vincent Bertagnole and Cody Wipf; two great-grandchildren: Paige and Shaun Keiper, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Alice and two brothers: Art and Lester.