Dennis McBrayer

Dennis McBrayer


February 28, 1964 - December 8, 2021


Dennis “Red” McBrayer, 57, of Ethan, SD, died Wednesday, December 8, 2021, of natural causes on his farm in Ethan. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 11, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, December 10, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis “Red” Dean McBrayer was born February 28, 1964, to Donald “Gus” and Joan (Murray) McBrayer in Parkston, SD. Dennis grew up and attended school in Ethan. He graduated from Ethan High School in 1983.

Dennis married Sharon (Wynia) on July 11, 1987, in Springfield, SD. To this union, they had one son, Reed.

Dennis worked for Pat Weber Construction, until starting his own construction company with his brother, Donnie. He also farmed with his family.

Dennis was a great father, friend, and teacher. He enjoyed spending time with family and playing cards. Dennis loved his nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, and always found a way to tease them. He always caught the biggest fish, and won at cards every time. He loved the outdoors and hunting. 

Dennis is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Reed (Elizabeth) of Sioux Falls; parents, Gus and Joan; brothers, Donnie (Bev) of Ethan, Jeff (Kathy) of Sioux Falls, and Brian (Michelle) of Ethan; sister, Vicki Connor (Dave Duba) of Ethan; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Don and Janette McBrayer; maternal grandparents, Donald and Margaret Murray; uncles, Pat McBrayer, Bob Oberembt, and Javern Hofer; aunts, Judy Waldera and Mona McBrayer; great-nephew, Eli Porter; father-in-law, Gerb Wynia; and brother-in-law, Gary Wynia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at:



Friday, December 10, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Brad & Joann Moe on January 9, 2022
Joanie & family, so sorry for your loss, our thoughts & prayers are w/ you.
Posted by Lori (Lambertz) Caraway on December 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss! I remember having so much fun on the farm and Dennis was always there to show Chris and I the ropes on the farm. May he Rest In Peace!
Posted by Aunt Joyce on December 11, 2021
Sharon, Reed, Gus, Joan and all the kids and families-my heart aches for you all across the miles. Praying God will give you comfort and peace when there are so many hurts. Red was a gentle giant and will be missed. Keep his memory close to your hearts. Sending my love from Florida. Aunt Joyce
Posted by Doug feiner. on December 11, 2021
Correction. The McBrayer family
Posted by Doug Feiner on December 11, 2021
My sincerest condolences to this McDonald’s Brayer family on the loss of Red. Life is short. I just talked with him at the gas pumps at Mikes Corner a couple weeks ago and he still called me by my high school nickname and I loved it. He was a good man gone way too soon !,,,
Posted by Steve and Melanie Perry on December 11, 2021
Thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your family’s lose.
Posted by Steve and Debbie Puckett on December 11, 2021
Thoughts and prayers go out to the McBrayer Family
Posted by Jeff and Linda (Henglefelt) Iverson on December 10, 2021
Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Share your wonderful memories of Red. Those can never be taken away from you.
Posted by Casta Myers on December 10, 2021
Thoughts and prayers go out to the McBrayer family! 🙏
Posted by Bill and Carol Lingemann on December 10, 2021
McBrayer family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our prayers and sympathy.
Posted by Joe and Helen Puetz on December 10, 2021
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and all your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Mark Schlaffman on December 10, 2021
My thoughts and Prayers are going out to the whole family! Stay strong and remember all the great memories of him!
Posted by Deb Walz on December 10, 2021
Me deepest sympathy to the McBrayer families. Prayers to you all.
Posted by Peggy McBrayer Stoduto on December 10, 2021
May your memories comfort you, what great Daddy pictures.
Posted by Lance and Juli McBrayer on December 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Sharon, Gus, Joan and ALL cousins in SD and beyond. Red was truly one of a kind in every way. He will be missed very very much. Sending good vibes to all tMcBrayers and much love.
Posted by Oran and Jo Hoffman on December 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the McBrayer families. Cherish all of your memories.
Posted by John and Bonita (Scheetz) Determan on December 10, 2021
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the McBrayer Family in this time of sorrow. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Posted by paul Fergen on December 10, 2021
prayers and deepest sympathy to the Mcbrayer family
Posted by Daniel and Nancy Scholl on December 10, 2021
We’re praying for God’s peace, that surpasses all understanding, for all who cared for and loved Red. May you have sweet memories of him.
Posted by MJ & Shelby Khawaja on December 10, 2021
We send our condolences to Reed and the whole family. Praying for patience and strength for all during this time.
Posted by Lee tiede on December 9, 2021
Sorry to hear about your loss Dennis was a very nice man did the other things for a lot of people sorry had to leave so young of a man God bless your family
Posted by Mike and Laurie (Wermers) Heintz on December 9, 2021
Sympathies and condolences to all of you. Life lost too soon. God bless you and keep you as you journey forward during this difficult time. Lots of hugs being sent your way.
Posted by Hank Bartscher on December 9, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the Mcbrayer family’s, had lots of good times with Red he’s going to be missed
Posted by Chuck and Pat Hohn on December 9, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss. We knew him many years ago and remember him for his fun, hard work and enthusiasm.
Posted by Cindy fuerst on December 9, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the mcbrayer family
Posted by Marilyn Hart on December 9, 2021
Sending Prayers and Thoughts to the whole McBrayer familes.
Sorry, for your loss.
Posted by paul tschetter on December 9, 2021
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