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Tom Schiltz
(November 8, 1934 - May 13, 2012)

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Tom Schiltz, 77, of Miller and formerly of Wessington, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Lake Norden, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wessington with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Wessington.  Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller.

Boyd “Tom” Darwin Schiltz was born November 8, 1934 at Highmore, South Dakota to Dewey and Florence (McClure) Schiltz.  He attended grade school at the Sand Creek Rural School and graduated from Virgil High School in 1954.  He married Donna Fernholz on October 4, 1958 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Huron, South Dakota.

Tom was the inventor of the chain haystack mover, which revolutionized the moving of hay.  He remained in the hay moving business until he sold his business in 1972.  He then farmed for many years, which lead to the invention of the Schiltz grain bin unloading system and birth of Schiltz Distributing, Inc.  Tom and Donna retired and moved to Miller in 2002.

One of Tom’s many joys of life was his family, grandchildren and his inventions.  After he retired, he enjoyed meeting with his coffee friends in the morning.

He was active in several farm organizations, the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wessington and St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Miller; four children: Doug (Karma) Schiltz of Wolsey, David Schiltz of Ankeny, IA, Brenda (David) Struck of Wolsey, and Terry (Nancy) Schiltz of Huron; seven grandchildren; five step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Bushong of Renton, WA and brother, Bruce (Marge) Schiltz of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

Proceeding him in death were his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Marlene (James) Miedema; and brother-in-law, Joe Bushong.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1000 N. West Ave, Suite 250, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Tom’s arrangements. 

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