Robert Templeton, 84, of Rapid City, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.
Robert James Templeton was born February 15, 1931 in Huron, S.D., the son of William and Sylvia (Hovey) Templeton of Wessington, S.D. He grew up on the family farm south of Wessington in Bates Township. He attended rural Hand County grade schools, graduating from St. Lawrence High School in 1948. He attended South Dakota State University for a year before returning to the farm.
On October 8, 1950, he married Arlene Melber and in 1952 moved to Miller to become manager of the Hand County Oil Company of St. Lawrence for six years. He was employed for several years by Miller Plumbing and Heating before starting Dakota Plumbing and Heating which he sold and started Templeton Plumbing. In 1976 they moved to Spearfish, S.D. where he was employed in maintenance at Black Hills State College. They returned to central South Dakota and Huron in 1983 where he was employed by Huron School District until retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the Miller Lions Club, Miller Civic and Commerce Assn., Miller Jaycees, Boy Scout Leader (Webelos), member of the S.D. Plumbing Contractors Assn., Huron Senior Center, Rapid City Moose, and Minneluzahn Sr. Center in Rapid City. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and sports, hunting, fishing, camping and bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Bob Jr. (Connie) of Ree Heights and Kim (Lori) of Rapid City; grandsons: Dylan of Miller and Adam (Kara) of Rapid City; granddaughters, Sarah Abrams (Mark) of Rapid City and Caitlin Templeton of Sioux Falls; and great grandsons, Fischer Abrams , Finley and Grady Templeton of Rapid City.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research in finding a cure to help his great grandson Fischer. Donations may be sent to directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 100 North 6th Street, #604a, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 or in care of Arlene Templeton at 1010 E St Patrick St #79, Rapid City, SD 57701.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Robert’s arrangements.