William “Bill” M. Mix, 83, of Arlington, SD died Monday, March 19, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Bill was born in Brookings, SD on May 12, 1928 to William and Beulah (Birmingham) Mix.
He grew up and attended school in Estelline.
Bill enlisted in the Army in December, 1945. He was a Military Policeman during the Korean War era, stationed in Germany and was discharged in August 1948.
After the service, Bill returned to Estelline. He married Leone Otten on May 20, 1950. That same year, Bill hitchhiked to Lead, S.D. and got a job in the Homestake Gold Mine. He worked in the mine for 12 years. In 1962 Bill and his family moved to Arlington S.D. where they took over the ownership of the Bedwell Rest Home. In 1968, they built the Arlington Care Center (now the Golden Living Center). Bill also farmed until he retired in 1995.
After retirement, Bill worked occasionally for the Arlington Elevator. However, Bill’s love was his gardening. He grew an enormous amount of vegetables which he shared with the community. He also was an avid pheasant and deer hunter, and had taken up pig hunting in Oklahoma the last 2 years. He loved playing cards and reading books.
Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Arlington American Legion.
Bill is survived by his wife Leone of Arlington, a son William (Kiyomi) Mix, daughter Laura (Daniel) Madsen, and daughter Brenda (David) Osbeck all of Arlington, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Beulah Nelson, two sons (Dan and Tom), a grandson (Adam),and one nephew.99
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington from 5 – 7 PM Memorial services will be on Friday, March 23 at 10:30 AM the United Methodist Church in Arlington with Pastors Gene and Marilyn Moeller officiating. Burial will be following the service at the Arlington cemetery.