Maynard Ness


March 3, 1926 - March 19, 2021


Maynard Ness, 95, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, March 19, 2021, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 27, at Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Maynard Lee Ness was born to Ed and Vollie Ness in a Miner county farmhouse on March 3, 1926. He was the youngest of six children: Elmon, Millie, Grace (died as an infant), Evelyn, and Kenny. He attended Glee Lake School for elementary and Plano Consolidated High School. Maynard began dating Shirley Fillmore when his brother Kenny was dating her sister, Berthetta. They double-dated using the boys’ dually owned car. Maynard enlisted in the army in 1946 and served in Korea for 18 months. Maynard wrote to Shirley constantly while he was in Korea and they were married on October 10, 1948. Maynard was a farmer his whole life until he sold the family farm in 1999 and moved into Mitchell.

Maynard was a devoted husband and father. He was a man of faith who regularly attended church his whole life, first at Beulah Church of the Nazarene, then later at Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a greeter and usher for nearly 20 years. Maynard will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, including the residents and staff at Edgewood Assisted Living where he spent his final three years.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Shirley; three of his four children: Dave (Joy) Ness, Bill (Helen) Ness, Julie (Dave) Jamison; and son-in-law, Joe (Kathy) Buxie. Maynard also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Debbie (Mike) Jasiczek, Danny (Megan) Buxie, Heidi, Caleb, Ethan, Brian, and Glenn Ness, Rebekah and Steven Jamison; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Ellie Buxie; as well as his sister, Evelyn Thomsen and sister-in-law, Berthetta Ness both of Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to or Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene.



Friday, March 26, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, March 27, 2021
10:00 AM
Harvest Community Church
1017 W Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, SD

Posted by Allan burns on March 26, 2021
My prayers go out to your family. Maynard was a great guy us all. He was a role model as to what a Godly friend and husband is. God bless and rest in peace
Posted by Ed and Lorna Peterson on March 25, 2021
Our hearts and prayers go out for all the Ness families at the loss of Maynard. At the same time we rejoice he is at peace, safe in the arms of Jesus, surrounded by loved ones gone before. To God be the glory!
Posted by Anna Gardner on March 25, 2021
I am truly blessed for having the opportunity to make Maynard's acquaintance when I was the Life Enrichment Director at Edgewood. Maynard, Evelyn and Shirley invited me to attend church with them and were so incredibly kind to me. My heart feels heavy as I write this knowing that the world has lost a beautiful, loving soul. Maynard was an honorable man and I won't soon forget him. I pray God comforts his family at this time.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen (Jack) on March 24, 2021
Ness family. I pray that God brings you comfort and peace during this time. I feel so grateful for getting to know, and take care of Maynard, Shirley, and Evelyn, at Edgewood. All are great people
Posted by Bryan and Diane Slaba on March 23, 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather...our sincere sympathy and prayers to your family.
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