Clyde Theodore Puetz was born March 1, 1924, at Ethan SD, to William and Mary (Grohs) Puetz. He grew up and attended school at Ethan and graduated from Ethan High School in 1942. He served in the US Marine Corps during World War II. On November 10, 1962, he married Adeline Hanten at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He farmed at Ethan until his retirement in 1992. He had been a resident of Brookings since 2011. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Ethan, served on the Ethan School Board for many years and was on the ASCS Board. He served on the Davison County Planning Commission and was a longtime member of the Ethan American Legion.
He is survived by his wife Addie, three children: Ron Puetz and wife Amy of Volga, SD; Ken Puetz and wife Jill of Salina, KS; Lou Ann Smith and husband Larry of San Jose, CA; ten grandchildren, two brothers, George Puetz and wife Mavis of Britton; Englebert Puetz and wife Dolores of Marshall, MN; two sisters, Devonia Oster of Mitchell, Bernice Feiner and husband Fran of Ethan and a brother-in-law, Ted Hanten of Eugene, OR. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Puetz and Clarence Puetz and three sisters: Genevieve Haupt, Barb Bowar and Esther Claseman.