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Peter “Pete” Mies

Peter “Pete” Mies, age 80, of Huron, died at his home on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. A memorial mass was celebrated Saturday, January 16th at 12 Noon at Holy Trinity Catholic Church by the Rev. Terry Anderson. Memorials may be directed to Huron Regional Medical Center, HRMC Hospice, or Holy Trinity Church. 

Peter Myron Mies was born to Albina (Deutsch) and Michael Mies on May 21, 1929, near Watkins, Minnesota.  He attended St. Anthony’s Grade School in Watkins, St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota, and then received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, Minnesota. While growing up, Pete worked on the family farm near Watkins, and in the family’s John Deere and Ford dealership in Watkins, Minnesota.

In 1953, Pete married Carol Stelzig, from Waite Park, Minnesota.  Pete and Carol had four children together.  They moved from Minneapolis to St. Cloud, Minnesota, then to Watertown, finally settling in Huron, South Dakota.

Peter married Norma Erickson in 1984, gaining six more children with their union.  Pete and Norma enjoyed many interests together, including traveling and a love of the Black Hills.

Pete served in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves from 1951 to 1962.  He was discharged with the rank of Captain, USMCR.

Pete’s interest in both business and farming, coupled with an innate mechanical inclination, steered him towards a long career with the John Deere Company from 1954 to 1994, first training with the John Deere Company in Minneapolis, and then serving as a John Deere territory manager in Watertown.  In 1970, Pete purchased Beadle County Equipment in Huron and became an implement dealer for John Deere and various other farm equipment companies.  After retiring from his John Deere implement dealership in 1994, Pete continued with his genuine interest in farming and love of the land, by managing farming properties and farm equipment.

Pete’s life interests encompassed farming, business, community involvement, friends, hunting, fishing, golf, exploring other parts of the United States and foreign countries, meeting new people, learning new ideas, and spending time with family and friends at his cabin in the Black Hills.  He possessed a seemingly unending quest for knowledge which prompted him to discover how things work, learn about new ideas, and experience many other facets of life.  Pete immensely enjoyed spending time with his many good friends both in the community and across the country.  Throughout Pete’s life he was involved in and contributed to many service organizations, clubs and charities, including Sertoma, Elks, Huron Country Club and Ducks Unlimited. 

Pete is survived by a sister, Mary Ellen (Scott) Mckibben; his brothers, Verlin (Del Rose) Mies and Tony (Alvina) Mies; his children, Lorrie Magee, Marilyn Montgomery, Gail Robeson, Gary (Debbie) Mies, Don Erickson, Doug (Carol) Erickson, Darrell (Lynn) Erickson, DeWayne (Sheri) Erickson, Cathy (Scott) Miedema and Caren (Don) Bordewyk; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, June Hegg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; two sisters, Evelyn  and Lucille; and his wife, Norma.

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