Myron R. Eliason
Wed, 03/11/2020 - 9:45am admin
Myron R. Eliason was born November 5, 1931, on his grandparent’s farm southeast of Lantry, SD. He passed away March 3, 2020, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis, SD. Myron had lived a faithful fulfilling life and made a well-deserved journey to Heaven at the age of 88.
He graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1950 and entered the U. S. Coast Guard in 1952. He was always very proud of his service time and set a patriotic example for others. Myron married Betty Matz in Butte, MT, in 1954. They made their way back to the family farm and spent most of their life as ranchers and raising their family, Dennis was born in 1958, and Debra in 1959. One of his greatest accomplishments was when the farm/ranch was designated as a South Dakota Century Farm in 2018, at the South Dakota State Fair.
Myron was as handy as he was friendly. He bred Arabian horses, milked cows, hauled garbage, sold insurance, and was a substitute teacher. He was a people person everywhere he went and no one was a stranger, always willing to help out a neighbor or acquaintance. Once he became retired and they moved to Belle Fourche, he built and flew an airplane, rode motorcycles, did endurance horse races, and loved to travel with Betty. His passion in later years was for restoring vintage cars and then chauffeuring his family and friends in grand style.
He was a tireless volunteer for the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center for many years. He sold poppies at campgrounds during the Sturgis Rally for the DAV. This project was of the greatest importance to him and he was a well-known veteran’s friend.
Myron was also a servant in Christ and active with his church. He helped serve many community meals on holidays.
Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Dennis (Lynne) Eliason of Rapid City, SD, and daughter, Debra (Larry) Eggleston of Howard, CO; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren mourn his passing.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Committal services, with military honors followed at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.