Laurence ‘Pinky’ Hollenbeck was area brand inspector
Mass of Christian Burial for Laurence “Pinky” Hollenbeck, 79, of Promise, was held Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Laurence passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Laurence “Pinky” Hollenbeck was born Jan. 18, 1934, in rural Glenham to Clay and Dorothy Hollenbeck. The Hollenbeck family moved from the Glenham area in 1933 to the homestead ranch seven miles northeast of Trail City, on Snake Creek. He was educated at the Landeau school and attended high school in Mobridge, graduating in 1951.
Pinky married Nancy Derrenger on Nov. 20, 1953, and moved to Sioux Falls where he worked as Lead Brand Inspector for the South Dakota Stock Growers Association at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. Their first two daughters were born in Sioux Falls. In the spring of 1956, Pinky and Nancy moved back to the Mobridge area. In 1958, they moved out to the Fitzer/Tony Welder ranch south of Sitting Bull Monument, which later became the L.E. Hollenbeck Ranch. Their remaining two daughters and three sons were born in Mobridge.
He took great joy in educating his kids in native grass identification and cattle management. Pinky enjoyed supporting local 4-H and Little Britches Rodeo clubs. Pinky was well respected as a cattleman with a good eye for stock management. He improved his cowherd utilizing production testing and artificial insemination. He also served as a regional ABS representative, selling and promoting high quality genetics and AI equipment. Pinky’s Simmental/Red Angus cross cattle were often sought after for replacement heifers and bulls.
Pinky was a member of the South Dakota National Guard for a short period during 1950 and 1951.
With a career in brand inspection spanning more than 30 years, Pinky was well known by most ranchers and cattle producers throughout central South Dakota.
On Sept. 8, 1987, after almost 34 years of marriage, Nancy passed away. Pinky remarried on Oct. 30, 1989, to Edwina Mowrer and continued to operate the ranch south of Sitting Bull. In 1998, he relocated to the Mowrer Ranch on the Moreau River. He continued to enjoy ranching, roping and traveling to rodeos, nurturing grandchildren and became a member of the Promise community and the St. Catherine Church until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Edwina of rural Mobridge; four daughters, DeeAnn Hollenbeck of Hot Springs, Carrie Hollenbeck of Wausau, Wis., Lori Peterson of Ridgeview and Sue McDonald of Benson, Minn.; three sons, Jim Hollenbeck of Harrisburg, John Hollenbeck of White Hall, Ariz., and Jed Hollenbeck of Omaha, Neb.; step-children, Jeff Mowrer of Promise, Lori Ward of Timber Lake, Karla Hackett of Ft. Thompson, Greg Mowrer of Promise, Kathy Varland of Faith and Jodi Wooldridge of Hill City; a sister, Edith Sutfin of Tuscon, Ariz.; four brothers, Dale of McKlusky, N.D., Bob of Trail City, Gordon of Pierre and Don of Trail City; and 46 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Clay and Dorothy, two brothers, Bud and Vic, and his wife, Nancy.