Tom Greenway, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, July 30, 2021, surrounded by family in the home he was born in. A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 PM Tuesday, August 3, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 4, at the Downtown Gym in Mt. Vernon. Burial will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Tom was born October 29th, 1932 to William and Elsie (Swancott) Greenway. He attended Beulah 24 Country School, then graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Korean War in 1953, stationed in the mountains of northern Japan serving as an instructor for military mountaineering and cold weather training. He married Janice Miller on March 18th, 1956 in Bonilla, SD. They shared their life with four children on their farm northwest of Mitchell. Tom spent his lifetime on the farm operating a dairy, hog, beef, and crop operation with Janice. There was also a menagerie of other critters on the farm.
For most of his adult life, Tom was involved in local and state boards or volunteering, doing his part to make the region a better place to live and do business. Some of these included, the Davison County Commission and Planning and Zoning Board, James River Conservation Sub-District, MRC Rail Authority, and Mt. Vernon Fire District. Tom was a lifetime member of the Mt. Vernon American Legion, longtime 4-H Leader, and member of the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association. He was inducted into Heroes Field at Mt. Vernon in 2018. He was an avid restorer of John Deere two-cylinder tractors. Tom leaves a legacy of a family committed to volunteerism, community involvement, and the support of others.
Tom is survived by his sons, Brad (Peggy) Greenway of Mitchell and Doug (Janet) Greenway of Mitchell; daughter, Lori (Matt) Standafer of Burnsville, MN; daughter-in-law, Julie Greenway of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren: Kelly (Craig) Engelland and children, Reed, Berkeley, Reagan, and Abigail; Jenni (John Baysinger) Greenway and son, Cooper; Chad (Jenni) Greenway and daughters, Maddyn, Beckett, Blakely, and Carsyn; Mandi (Cris) Bietz and children, Nora, Josie, and Leo; Brent (Mollie) Greenway; Nik Schrank; Rebekka Schrank; Cory (Anne) Greenway and daughter, Ivy; Jason (Summer) Greenway; and Justin (Charissa) Greenway. He is also survived by his sister, Lavelle DeKramer and sister-in-law, Cherie Miller.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; parents, William and Elsie; sons, Alan and Brian (in infancy) Greenway; brothers, William Greenway and Giles Greenway; sisters, Gwendolyn Tillotson and Elsie Anthony; mother and father-in-law, Grace and Harry Miller; sisters-in-law, Lilas Greenway and Lillian Greenway; brothers-in-law, Loy Tillotson, Dale DeKramer, and Dean Miller; and many loyal farm dogs, all named ‘Buddy’.
Any memorials will be directed to causes Tom supported.