Joseph "Joe" Prouty, age 67, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Joseph L. “Joe” Prouty was born December 11, 1950, in South Dakota, the son of Donald and Janet (Olsen) Prouty. He grew up on a farm near Alexandria, where he received his education. After his education, he worked various jobs including construction and in the mines. He entered the US Army where he was stationed throughout the world.
After his honorable discharge, he moved to Guernsey, Wyoming, where he worked as a mechanic. It was there he met, Shelley Jones. They were married and to this union were born three children Joe, Luke and Rachael. He remained in Wyoming until moving to Philip in 1987, where he worked at Philip Motor for a number of years before working at Scotchman Industries, retiring in 2000.
Joe was united in marriage to Deb Riggins on May 18, 2002, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip. They made their home in Philip where Joe remained active in various activities, including running his car over curbs, swerving people off the road, varmint hunting, fishing, and recently listening to scanners.
Survivors include his wife Deb of Philip; his sons Joe Prouty and his wife Hester of Rapid City, and Luke Prouty of Palmer, Alaska; one daughter Rachael Moore and her husband Mike of Rapid City; Deb’s children Quentin Riggins and his wife Kylie of Rapid City, Cody Riggins and his wife Jasmine of Lodi, California, and Erin Hovland and her husband Miles of Milesville; 12 grandchildren, Parker, Matt, Grayson, Tim, Wes, Cody, Jr., Jack, Henry, Connor, Mackenzie, Eli, and Miley; his mother Janet Prouty of Alexandria, South Dakota; two brothers “Slim” Prouty and his wife Betty, and Tom Prouty of Alexandria; one sister Shirley Aull of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by father Donald Prouty; a sister Barb Prouty; a brother Ervin Prouty; and two brothers-in-law John Aull and “Mouse”.
A time of sharing will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, with the funeral service starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.
Interment with military honors will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.