Lewis Proctor

Lewis Proctor


July 18, 1945 - January 22, 2023


Lewis Proctor, 77, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Burial will be at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lewis Josiah Proctor Jr. was born July 18, 1945 in Bedington, West Virginia to Lewis Sr. and Frances (Harpine) Proctor. He graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1965. After graduation, Lewis joined the US Air Force, and was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD with a deployment to Okinawa.

Lewis met his wife, Shirley Ennis, while stationed in Rapid City in January, 1967, and the couple was married in Custer on Thanksgiving Day 1967. Two sons were born to Lewis and Shirley while living in South Dakota, William in 1969 and Bradley in 1971.

Lewis worked for Buckingham Wood Product as a cabinet maker, after his honorable discharge from the Air Force in June of 1969. In 1973, the family moved to Winchester, Virginia, where Lewis worked for 3-B Egg Farm until 1985, when they returned to South Dakota and settled in Custer. In Custer, he worked as head custodian of Custer High School for the next 24 years.

Lewis and Shirley enjoyed square dancing, and round dancing. In retirement, they traveled around the country in their RV.

In 2022, Lewis and Shirley moved to Mitchell, SD to be closer to their son, and lived a quiet life until his death.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, William of Ethan, SD and Brad of Sturgis, SD; grandchildren, Montiqua, Kyle, and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Trevor and Sydney; Scott Jones Family; Bill and Bonnie Sperow Family; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, all his aunts and uncles, and his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Lucille Ennis.


Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD

Posted by Dorothea Edgington on January 25, 2023
Lew was such a wonderful person to work with at school. He helped with anything needed and made a long teaching day more pleasant. Shirley, Brad, and Bill, I sympathize so much.
Posted by Pat Dockeney on January 25, 2023
Lewis, I'm thinking about the summer I saw you here and seeing you at Aunt Franes birthday. It was like old times when we all got together for family reunions. We will one day see each other again. Love you cuz. Pat and Sherry.
Posted by Joanna Boarman on January 25, 2023
Will miss you so much. You were a wonderful friend and cousin. You are with your mom, dad and grandma Harpine. You have you heavenly angel wings. Prayers, love, faith and peace for all the family.
Posted by F. Stephen Watson on January 24, 2023
Rest in Peace
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