Betty Miskimins


March 7, 1930 - December 12, 2018


Betty Miskimins, 88, Mitchell, SD died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Monday, December 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Cambria Cemetery at Cambria, IA. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Betty Berdene Krog was born on March 7, 1930 at Chamberlain, South Dakota to Pete and Jennie (Lawver) Krog.  She grew up on a farm in Buffalo County, South Dakota, with her siblings, Kenneth, Dorothy (Moss), Berniece (Spencer), Dr. Harold, and Keith.  Betty attended country school and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Wessington Springs High School.   

She attended and completed her course work at Reynolds Business School, Mitchell.  She returned to Wessington Springs and was the office manager for Roscoe E. Dean, M.D. in Wessington Springs.  She admired Dr. Dean for his integrity and decency, and for his immense contributions to the community.  Dr. Dean had a great influence on Betty, and she considered him to be one of the finest persons that she had ever met. 

She met and fell in love with the love of her life, Radean S. “Doc” Miskimins of Wayne County, Iowa, while he was engaged in his veterinary doctoral practicum in and near Gettysburg, South Dakota.  They married on December 22, 1951. 

Doc and Betty moved to Kimball, South Dakota in 1952.  Together they embarked on their long and amazing journey through life with each other.  Their mutual devotion to each other and their family was an example for others to emulate.  Betty was fearless in so many ways and was a steadfast and resolute partner for Doc as he used his passion and creativity to find new professional and business endeavors.  Betty was his pillar, and very few of life’s unexpected challenges caused him to stagger or sway with Betty as his bedrock. 

They moved to Mitchell in 1964 and completed training of the Miskimins boys.  When Betty determined that the boys were ready to take their own journeys in hand, she refocused on partnering with Ray in a variety of undertakings, including their antique business and the creation and development of the Miskimins Ranch cowherd.  Her Mariner’s Compass quilt block adorns the family’s barns.

Betty and Ray have four sons.  To each of them, Betty was so much more than their loving and devoted mother.  She was their preeminent teacher, most zealous cheerleader, and principal life coach.   Her love and support of her boys was immeasurable.  Betty shared that same deep care and affection for her many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and others that were dear to her.

God gave Betty a soul full of creativity and artistry.  She was vigilant in her efforts to help her loved ones find those attributes within themselves and to share those gifts with others in a way that made them happy.

Betty loved learning family history of the Miskimins and Krog families, music, dancing, and quilting, but found the most joy in how she could share those interests with the people that were important to her.

To her extended family and many friends, Betty was an everflowing fountain of love and support.  Betty found a way to love people in a way that they truly needed. 

Blessed to have shared her life are her four sons Paul R. (Ellen) Miskimins, D.D.S., Mitchell; Dale W. Miskimins, D.V.M., Elkton, Scot P. Miskimins, Aurora, and James A. (Jeanice) Miskimins, J.D., Mitchell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, dear friends and her brother Keith Krog, Mesa, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Radean, her parents, two sisters and two brothers.


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Monday, December 17, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, December 17, 2018
2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Cambria Cemetery
Cambria, Iowa

Posted by K. Hope on January 19, 2019
So sorry for your family's loss. May the hope from God’s Word and your cherished memories comfort your hearts. Revelations 21:3,4.
Posted by Susan Dean Arnott on December 29, 2018
The Dr. Roscoe Dean Family is grateful for the kind things said about our dad in the wonderful tribute to Betty written in her obituary. I have always known about Betty Krog, and then about Betty Miskimins, but I regret I never had the opportunity to meet her in person. The photo in the Jerauld County history book of lovely young Betty presenting a rodeo trophy to my uncle, Harold Dean, probably in the 1950s has always intrigued me. Thanks to the person who wrote such a loving tribute to this woman of excellence. Our sympathy to her family.
Posted by K. Hope on December 23, 2018
We're deeply saddened to hear about Betty's passing. May God grant you strength and comfort as you reflect on the hope he's given us. "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come a resurrection of life." John 5:28,29 and 11:24. Our thoughts are with your family.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on December 17, 2018
So So Sorry for your Loss. Always loved visiting with her. Her and Ray and my folks had a lot of fun thru the years. What a great lady she will be missed
Posted by Vince Hockett on December 15, 2018
Such a great summary of a life well-lived. Jim,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Laura Szymanski on December 14, 2018
I was blessed to know your mother. She was incredibly generous and welcoming. Paul and I will never forget Betty and Radean's hospitality at the AZ rodeo. Her Crazy Quilt hangs lovely on our wall to this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Stephanie Combey on December 14, 2018
Jim, Jeanine, Mara, Alexa and the whole Miskimins family, Our hearts and sympathies to all of you as you mourn the loss of Betty. We will remember her fun spirit, her welcoming ways and her many creations! Her lasting legacy is truly what she has instilled in each of you! Our love to all of you. Messah, Stephanie, Jocelyne and Allen
Posted by Gail (Mortensen) Korfiatis on December 14, 2018
Losing a parent is never easy.... bear in mind you made her proud when you passed your Bar exam and became a lawyer.... You made her happy with grandchildren..... she got to see the fruits of her labor (no pun intended) and that was you.....
Posted by Kathy Burks on December 14, 2018
Beautiful tribute to your Mother; what a great woman. Sorry for your loss, Jim. Sympathy to your entire family.
Posted by Nan Gebhart Dammer on December 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Jim.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on December 13, 2018
We send our Sympathy to the Paul & his families & friends, in the death of his Mom, Betty Miskimins

May all the good Memories of life with her bring you Comfort & Peace all these days..

May she enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, and singing with the Angel's this coming Christmas Holiday.

Prayers coming your way.

Sorry we can't be there for a special hug and he funeral & Celebration of Life Services, we are one of those winter snowbirds.
Posted by Kelley T on December 13, 2018
Jim, our condolences on earth as she's dancing and singing for joy at the throne of God!
Posted by Jerry Luckett on December 13, 2018
Betty was such a wonderful, kind woman. She was so much fun to visit with. She was so proud of her family and loved to share stories of them. I was blessed to know her.
Posted by Kelly Hills on December 13, 2018
Loving thoughts and prayers to the boys and their families. Your Mom was a strong woman. Peace be with you all.
Posted by Phil Hawkins on December 13, 2018
My Aunt was a true inspiration and a true friend. I will miss her dearly, always.
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