Roy Rundlett opened Trim Barber Shop in 1956
Roy Allen Rundlett, 93, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Feb. 7, 2013, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Kurt Brenner, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Roy was born in Aberdeen on May 12, 1919. He spent his early years in Aberdeen until age 13 when the failing health of his mother changed his circumstances. Roy and his three sisters were placed in the Bethesda Orphanage in Beresford. This was a working orphanage where they farmed and milked cows. Roy remained at the orphanage until the age of 16 and then went to live and work for Bill DeYong on a farm near Volin.
After graduating from Volin High School in 1938, he joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Meade with the 4th Cavalry, a horse unit. He often commented that his time in the Cavalry were some of the best years of his life. Eventually the 4th Cavalry became a mechanized outfit. The horses were replaced by motorcycles. Because Roy could ride a bicycle, he was chosen to help train the men on how to ride a motorcycle.
Since Roy had a car, he took his friend, Gottlieb Pfeifle, to get his sister, Elsie, so she could come back to Ft. Meade to work at the officer’s club. That was the beginning of a whirlwind romance and just a couple of weeks later, Roy and Elsie were married in Deadwood on Jan. 11, 1941, Elsie’s 20th birthday.
After his discharge from the Army in 1941, Roy worked for Dean Beamer on a ranch near Akaska and then on the Bashie farm near Mound City. He also managed a small confectionary in Mound City.
In 1942, Roy received his draft notice and re-entered the Army and was stationed at Salina, Kan. While on maneuvers in Tennessee he became ill and was hospitalized for six weeks and then was medically discharged.
After returning to South Dakota, Roy worked several jobs including Campbell County, railroad, packing plant in Huron, and payroll clerk and later fiscal audit clerk at the Ft. Meade Hospital.
In 1949, Roy decided to go to barber college in Fargo, N.D. After finishing barber school, he barbered a short time in Java and then moved to Mobridge in 1950. There he worked for Al Bastian for five years. In 1956, he opened the Trim Barber Shop, from which he retired in 1989.
Roy enjoyed taking long walks, working in his yard and garden. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. He was the financial secretary for 27 years. He also served on several other boards of the church.
Roy and Elsie moved to Colorado Springs to live with their daughter and son-in-law in 2008 when Elsie became ill.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Elsie, parents and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Dennis (Karen) of Mathews, Va.; daughter JoAnn (Kurt) Brenner of Colorado Springs; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.