WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Richard Clemetson, 73, of Wessington Springs, passed away Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
His memorial service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday February 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs with Rev. John Paulson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery at rural Wessington Springs. A memorial visitation will be held at the church Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Rich was born on February 23, 1944, to Clifford and Lavina (Morehead) Clemetson in Wessington Springs. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1962; hence the best country western music was made before 1962. In 1964, Rich married Diane Walker. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Northern State College, Aberdeen, S.D. and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. He then embarked on a business career taking him to Minneapolis, Minn., Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Iowa, Cleveland, Ohio, Omaha, Neb., and Pierre, S.D.
He transitioned to his second career as a long-distance truck owner/operator and moved from Pierre to Sioux Falls. Upon retirement he came home to Wessington Springs. Rich rolled the dice, dealt the cards, and lifted a glass with friends and family, all under the care of his hard-working guardian angels.
Sharing in the adventure were his wife; four daughters, Dawn Clemetson of Wessington Springs, Gina (Tom) Jacobs of Lenexa, Kan., Lyndee (Roy) Griffith of Pierre, and Tya (Ray Nordstrom) Clemetson of Sartell, Minn. His legacy lives on in his eight grandchildren, Jessica, Josie, Samuel, William, Lydia, Austin, Logan, and Emily. He is also survived by his brother, Jim; sister, Deb (Dale) Pope; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Terry and Dave; nephew, Clay Clemetson; and grand-nephew, Joseph Peskey.