HURON — Ervin “Pikie” Bednar, 79, of Huron, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center.
His funeral service will be 3 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Kuhler Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Kuhler Funeral Home with his family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ervin Bednar was born October 31, 1937, in Ogilvie, Minn. to George C. and Magdalene (Yantzi) Bednar. When he was eight years old, he moved with his family to Strandburg, S.D.
He worked for Main Electric, a government company installing Minuteman missiles in western S.D. He later moved to Wolsey where he worked on a dairy farm, which eventually enabled him to buy a dairy farm at Willow River, Minn.
At the age of four, he caught a Northern Pike that was so large that his father had to pull both the boy and the fish back in the boat. The fish thus earned him the nickname “Pike” or “Pikie” which followed him throughout his life.
He is survived by his sister, Arlys Bader of Huron; sister-in-law, Ann (Maynard) Teppo of Fruitdale; brother-in-law, Darrell Ward of Belle Fourche; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Muriel Goetsch, Donna Ward, and Dwaine Bednar; and brothers-in-law, Darrell Bader and Roland Goetsch.