Gerald Schilling, 89, of Miller, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 30, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 30 at the Wessington Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 29, 2016 with a 4:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.
Gerald was born on September 17, 1926 in Pierre, SD to Adolph and Minnie (Otto) Schilling. He spent most of his life in the Vayland/Wessington area, graduating from Wessington High School in 1944. He enlisted in the United Sates Navy on January 19, 1945, proudly serving as Navy 3rd class Storekeeper aboard the USS McCaffery destroyer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Upon discharge from the Navy, Gerald worked for Bank of America in California. He returned to Wessington to pursue his life passion of farming.
On October 1, 1949, Gerald married the love of his life, Leona Murphy. During the early years of their married life, they enjoyed dancing. In 1984, Gerald and Leona moved to Clark, SD where Gerald was a rural letter carrier until his retirement in 1989. During his retirement, Gerald spent many hours in his wood shop creating decorative wood pieces.
Gerald served on the Grand Township School Board and Grand Township Board. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller, VFW in Miller, Masonic Lodge in Wessington, and the SD Rural Letter Carriers Association. Gerald’s kids and grandkids were his pride and joy.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 66 years, Leona; two sons, Dan (Patty) Schilling of Wessington and Jerry (Sherryl) Schilling of Centerton, AR; two daughters, Debra (Bob) Zeidler of Rapid City and Jane (Dave) Heard of Rapid City; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilma Ochs and Donna DeShazer
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Gerald’s arrangements.