Roland Cory installed first KOLY transmitter
Funeral services for Roland Cory, 88, of Mobridge, were held Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge.
Burial was Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Roland passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Roland L. Cory was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Aberdeen to Hobart and Esther (Smith) Cory. He attended grade school in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from Mobridge High School in 1943.
He was drafted into the Army the day after graduation and served in the European Theater until the end of the war. After being discharged in 1946, Roland attended radio school in Minneapolis, Minn., for two years and then returned to Mobridge to start Cory TV and Radio.
Roland and Helen Kamin were married March 25, 1951, and to this union five children were born. He also worked many years as engineer for KOLY Radio, and also installed the first transmitter for KOLY and set up the studios downtown.
Roland enjoyed being an amateur radio operator and had his call sign W0YMB for more than 70 years. He was active in the local radio club, was a member or ARRL and QCW, a 50-year member of the Mobridge Masonic Lodge and Ionic Chapter OES, a lifetime member of the Society of the First Infantry Division and a proud member of the American Legion Honor Guard.
Some of his stained-glass works are in the Trinity Lutheran Church and many more are now treasures of his family and friends. In recent years his greatest joy was the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He felt privileged to have the opportunity to see the South Dakota pillar.
Roland is survived by his wife, Helen of Mobridge; daughters, Janet (Richard) Ringstmeyer of Winner, Lynn Neumeister (Richard Frederick) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Ann (David) Franklin of Ogden, Utah; sons, Warren (Roberta) of Minnetonka, Minn., and Jon of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Randy (Brittany) Ringstmeyer of Cheyenne, Wyo., Laura Shores of Moorhead, Minn., and April (Alex) Verburg of Sioux Falls; great-grandchildren, Infinity and Spheria Shores of Moorhead; nephew, Tom (Penny) Los Alamos, N.M.; and other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jean Wyant.