Bud Hollenbeck instilled the love of ranching in his family
Henry Clay “Bud” Hollenbeck, 82, died at the VA Hospice in Hot Springs on Nov. 2, 2012.
Bud was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Glenham. He was the second of eight born to Clay and Dorothy (Brown) Hollenbeck. He attended eight years of school at the Landeau School and went on to graduate from Glenham High School in 1947.
After serving four years as a mechanic for the Navy Air Force, Bud returned to Mobridge and married Mary Catherine Leary on Oct. 26, 1956. They started their life together at Trail City and later moved to the banks of the Missouri River in the Gettysburg/Dodge Draw area on the Triple U Ranch. It was here that their first four children were born, Patrick Henry, Michael Clay, Mark John and Linda Beth.
In 1962, when the Oahe Dam was built and their home was flooded, Bud moved his family to the Black Hills. Two more children joined the family, Ann Marie and William Robert.
In 1968, Bud and Mary bought the Hawthorn Ranch in Dewey and put the finishing touch on the family with the birth of David Bart. It would be here, at the Bridle Bit Ranch, that Bud instilled in his children the lifelong love of ranching and the outdoors.
Bud rodeoed with Casey Tibbs. He was an accomplished thoroughbred and quarter horse owner/breeder of state champion horses. He enjoyed competing in poker tournaments from Deadwood to Las Vegas. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching college football with his sons and daughters…and was known to place and occasional wager. He was one of the most loyal St. Thomas More sports fans. He was a member of the Elk Mountain School District Board of Education, the American Legion and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association.
Blessed to have shared his life are his wife of 56 years, Mary; his seven children and his 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Pat and Tammy of Dewey and sons Mike Luke and Jake; Mike and Eva Jo of Billings, Mont., and sons Henry, Zane and Charlie; Mark and Suzanne of rural Edgemont and children Elli, Hunter, Mackenzie and Hadley; Linda and Louie Tidgall of Edgemont and children Chris (Michelle), Abigail and Elizabeth; Annie and Jim Mehlhaff of Pierre and children Brice and Mary; Bill and Terri of Wamego, Kan., and children Nate (Ashley), Jake (Nikki), Jessica and Katelyn; and David and Denise of Rapid City and children Connor, Caleb, Caden and baby. Bud is survived by his brothers and sister, Edith Sutfin of Tucson, Ariz., L.E. “Pink” (Edwina) of Promise, Dale (Helen) of McClusky, N.D., Robert (Ruby) of Trail City, Gordon of Pierre, and Don (Mary) of Trail City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Dorothy; his infant twins, Mary Frances and Joseph William; his brother, Vic; his sisters-in-law, Nancy and Nellie; and his brother-in-law, Ben Sutfin.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont with Fr. Mike Mulloy officiating.
Interment followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Dewey Clubhouse Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 739, Edgemont, S.D., 57735.