Arthur Rew Sr.


March 16, 1934 - February 11, 2021


Arthur Cooper Rew Sr., 86, of Mitchell, SD, died unexpectedly at his home in Mitchell, SD on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 17 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be distributed to places near and dear to Art’s heart. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at:

Arthur C. Rew Sr. was born on a Davison County farm west of Mitchell on March 16, 1934, to George and Harriet Rew, the fourth of seven siblings. Growing up, he enjoyed 4-H, working on the family farm, and was an outstanding varsity basketball player for the Mitchell Kernels. After high school, he attended South Dakota State University for a semester, but his college career was cut short to return home to operate the family farm when his father contracted polio. On July 24, 1955, he married Norma Stahlecker and they had four children together.

Rew's TV & Appliance had its humble beginnings in the basement of Art and Norma’s house as a radio and TV business. The business continued to grow until it found its permanent home on Main Street where he loved serving the community and welcoming all those who walked in the doors. He was also a part owner of KORN Radio for a number of years. Art had a passion for the Mitchell community and was a dedicated public servant. He was the youngest man to be seated on the City Council and at age 32, he was elected the youngest Mayor in Mitchell’s history. At the time, he was also the youngest mayor in the state and the youngest official of the SD Municipal League, which he served as District 5 Chairman. He was a founding member of the Mitchell Exchange Club and The Jaycees. He was South Dakota Jaycee Outstanding Young Man in 1968 and was able to travel to Washington, DC to meet with President Lyndon B. Johnson with other state recipients. A respected community leader, he also served at the YMCA, United Fund, Dakota Wesleyan University Basic Fund Drive, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors on the Friends of the Middle Border, Quarterback Club, Kernel Booster Club and most anything that promoted the city of Mitchell and Kernel Athletics. He served on the Board of Directors of Fulton State Bank and Sorenson Broadcasting.

Art was a natural leader, excellent salesman and mentor to many over the years.

In 1987, Art married Lois Nolz. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed many years on Lake Mitchell, tending their garden and lawn. He was especially proud of his Yard of the Month awards. He spent his weekday hours raking the beach, getting the lake toys tuned and ready so that his family could come and enjoy the Lake. Art cherished time with his children and grandchildren, hunting or attending sporting events and activities. He spent mornings solving world problems at Daylight Donuts with his coffee group. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal church and served many years on the church vestry, most recently as the Senior Warden. Annual Duck Camp with his boys and lifelong buddies was a great joy in Art’s life, which will celebrate its the 50th anniversary this year. Art’s Victory Feeds were legendary. His wisdom and wit will reverberate in his family’s ear for the rest of their lives

Left with his loving memory are his children: Kristine (Mark Benzel) Weatherill of College Place, WA, Rev. Janine (Rev. N. Craig Werling) Rew-Werling of Watertown, SD, Art (Audra) Rew Jr of Mitchell, SD, and Dan (Brenda) Rew of Mitchell, SD; his stepchildren: Sandra Johnston of Omaha, NE, Melissa (Craig) Stricherz of St. Cloud, MN, Jim (Jessica) Nolz of Brandon, SD, and Greg Nolz of Omaha, NE; his grandchildren: Nikki (Ryan) Escobin, Zach (Angela) Nolz, Ashleigh (Rhett) Eilts, Emma Nelsen (Mark Nelsen), Hanna Werling (Ross Fenske), Grant Werling, Amelia (Josh) Endres, Ashton Rew, Elizabeth Rew, Isaac Rew, Kelsey (Matt) Hazard, Allie Johnston, Sydney Stricherz, Brendan Stricherz, Olivia Nolz, and Sam Nolz; great-grandchildren: Mahlaya Escobin, Zavier Escobin, Sophia Nolz, Rory Nolz, Isabella Nolz, Noah Nelsen, Vivian Eilts, Whynstyn Eilts, Leo Hazard, and Kase Endres; siblings: Bob (Katie) Rew, Charlotte (Dave) Streit, Harriet (Larry) Moss, and Bill Rew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, David; his wife, Lois; his sisters, Mary and Katherine; step-granddaughter, Brittany Nolz; and stepson-in-law, Jeff Johnson.



Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
10:30 AM
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
214 W 3rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301



Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lee Feinstein on March 1, 2021
I got to know Art well growing up in Mitchell. He spent time with my Dad and I joined conversations often. And, of course, purchased TV's from Art and his services. Always with a smile and great disposition. I just came across this notice recently. My best to his family. Another wonderful memory for me from my childhood in MItchell.
Posted by Dan sudrla on February 22, 2021
One of my Hero’s in life a special man ! Severed on vestry with Art who’s wisdom and great love of St. Mary’s and city of Mitchell and kernel basketball inspired May! Love you Art! You will be missed!
Posted by Bonnie Weber on February 20, 2021
Posted by Gary & Julie Kunkel on February 17, 2021
Sincere sympathy to all the family of Art. He was a good man.
Posted by Jared & Korryn Phillips on February 17, 2021
Sandra, Kelsey, and Allie: We are o very sorry for the loss of your step- father and grandfather! Hold your memories close and speak of him often, You all will have another special angel watching over you all! Take comfort in knowing he is with your mom/grandma and your husband/father in the biggest party called....HEAVEN. Hugs to you all!
Posted by Kelly Gross on February 16, 2021
I purchased every single appliance in my house from Jan and Art at Rew's. I appreciated how he helped me through the process of being a new homeowner at my age of 24 and needing a house full of appliances. He was very patient with me in how I was going to pay for all of that! :) Later, Art became a client of mine and I found it an honor to work for him as his insurance agent. I will miss his wisdom shared with me during his office visits. He was a good man.
Posted by RICHARD AND MARY GOUDY on February 16, 2021
Posted by Jan Fenske on February 15, 2021
My sincerest sympathies to all the Family at this sorrowful time. May Comfort, Strength, Hope and God guide you through these next difficult days and beyond.
Posted by Clayton,Jennifer,Kyra,Kyanna Gropper on February 15, 2021
Sending our prayers. May precious memories bring you comfort during this time.
Posted by Chris Jones on February 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy to all Art loved. Art was a friend to many and he and Pete shared a long, special friendship. Hold close to your memories. God bless.
Posted by Cori Goldammer on February 15, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family.
Posted by Myra and Sam Schleich on February 14, 2021
Our sympathy and prayers to your family!! Art was a such a good man! Always enjoyed visiting with him! Mick worked for Art right out of the Navy in the late 1970's, always had much respect for Art!!
Posted by Lou Ann Haan on February 13, 2021
Such a great friend of Jack and Lou
Posted by Stan and donna nelson on February 13, 2021
sending prayers to all the rew family
Posted by Cheri DeSchepper Oleske on February 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I have such happy memories of Art and growing up with you. Fondly remember camping along the river with the group, swimming at your cabin on the lake. Such happy times!
You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Keep your dad alive in all your happy memories
Posted by Mark & Janelle McMahon on February 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss! Mitchell has lost a wonderful community leader. I know he will be with you all in family gathering and family hunting trips. Your Gudarian Angel. I always enjoyed our visits at Coborns on his shopping trips. Wonderful Man.
Posted by Travis Peters on February 13, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. Art Sr. was a great man.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on February 13, 2021
We send our condolences & prayers to Art's family & friends.

May all the Memories of life with your father, Art, bring you Peace & Comfort all these days. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family during these difficult days. You were blessed to have such a wonderful man for a Dad, who was a dear friend, a gentle man.
Posted by Katie Bloom (Kathy Murphy) on February 13, 2021
My condolences to the Rew family. I have fond memories of Art and the family.
Posted by Gene Gaspar on February 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss, enjoyed my conversations with Art at morning coffee.
Posted by Ilamebius on February 12, 2021
Art was always so friendly and helpful at rews
Wonderful man
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