September 2, 1927 - December 28, 2012
Dewey Lowell Trent of Oelrichs went to live with his Heavenly Father on Friday, December 28, 2012, following a lengthy battle with cancer, at Hospice of the Hills. He was 85 years old.
Dewey was born September 2, 1927, at Oelrichs, the third child of Harry Gilbert and Lucy Alvina (Wellner) Trent. He attended school at the Lennon and Oelrichs Schools, graduating from Oelrichs High School in 1945.
Dewey married Mytle LeLaCheur on March 25, 1950 and into this union, three sons were born.
Dewey lived his entire life in the Fall River County in the Smithwick and Oelrichs area. He first worked farming for Clifford and William Gieser, and began working for the Lorenz Brothers in heavy machinery construction in 1950. He helped build many of the stock dams in the county that are still being used to water livestock, including many in the Hay Canyon area. During this period of time he also farmed and ranched and continued to do so after moving the family to Oelrichs in 1962 when he took over the job of Standard Oil Agent.
Dewey and Myrtle purchased the business from Standard Oil in 1976 and continued to serve their many customers in the counties of Fall River, Custer and Shannon until the business closed December 31, 2011. He had been a resident of Hospice of the Hills since Feb. 8, where he quickly won the hearts of those who served him with his quick wit, sparkling eyes and infectious smile.
Trent Oil Company supported the Fall River County 4-H program as a buyer at the 4-H livestock sale for 25 years. The Trent family was the recipient of the Farm Bureau Century Farm award in 2000, and in 2012 was recognized by the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee as Ag Family of the Year.
Dewey was a lifelong member of B.P.O.E., SD Cattlemen's and Stockgrowers Organizations. He served on the Smithwick School Board and was a board member for Southern Hills General Hospital from 1971-1998. Dewey was a long-time member of the Oelrichs Volunteer Fire Department, serving 25 years as treasurer; was a member of the Oelrichs United Methodist Church and most recently the Prairie View United Methodist Church. Dewey believed in treating people fairly and expected no less in return. His kindness and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Dewey is survived by Myrtle, his wife of 62 years, his three sons; Melvin (Mary) of Rapid City, Ron (Cindy) of Oelrichs and Don of Houston, Mo., his grandchildren Justin (Melody) Trent, Chadron, Neb., Kenneth (Judy) Trent, Ravenna, Neb., Kevin Trent, Thermopolis, Wyo., Casey (Nancy)Trent, Brodus, Mont., Devon Trent, Oelrichs, and Angela Trent, Houston Mo., great-grandchildren, Ashley, Adrianna, Kaylee, Duane, Kayden and Pacen, a brother Lewis Trent, Greenwood, Ind., four sisters; Irma Rubin, Rapid City, Edyth Gamet, Hot Springs, Lola Kirchhevel, Rapid City and Connie Ulmer, Oelrichs, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dewey is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Trent, a sister, Carol Wilson, one grandson, Brandon J. Trent and great-grandson, Brandon L. Trent.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the Prairie View United Methodist Church west of Smithwick. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Church with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillside Cemetery near Oelrichs.
A memorial has been established in Dewey's name.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
Published in The Hot Spings Star on Dec. 30, 2012