She is survived by her two daughters, Dona Kerwin of Milaca, MN and Karen (Gene) Huddleston of Ramona, SD; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Burial, with full military honors, will be Friday, Dec.Donald Wayne Cromwell, 86, of Draper, SD, passed away December 16, 2017 at Avera Maryhouse, Pierre. 22, at pm at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
Don and Helen wrote letters to each other for almost two years while Don served in the Army.
On Don’s Army discharge there were letters going back and forth and an understanding that Don was going back to the family farm.
Coming back to Draper, Don started wearing many hats.
He was a husband, father, farmer, Pee Wee baseball coach, school board member, American Legion Commander, South Dakota Democratic Party County Chair, town team basketball coach, and all this while farming and raising a family.
He served on the Jones County School board and received calls from people all over the county regarding education issues. There was a party line for phone service for four farm households and three TV channels available by TV antenna. There were hail storms that wiped out wheat crops, farm accidents and record setting blizzards.