Darcy Pudwill served U.S. in Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Darcy Pudwill, 54, of Selby, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Selby.
Burial will be at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Darcy lost his fight with cancer on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Richard Darcy Pudwill was born in Gettysburg on July 11, 1958, to Dick and Phyllis (Gross) Pudwill of Selby.
He attended elementary and high school in Selby, graduating with the Class of 1976. He attended college at Northern State College in Aberdeen. He entered the U.S. Army in 1980. Darcy was a medical Laboratory Specialist assigned to the 5th M.A.S.H., 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He spent two years overseas in different places including Germany and Egypt. He participated in the rescue of U.S. citizens during the Invasion of Grenada. After being released from active duty, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserve with the 452nd Ordnance Co. in Aberdeen and continued his education at the University of South Dakota and the University of Arizona. He was again ordered to active duty in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was honorably discharged in May 1991.
Darcy was employed by Enron Corp and Prairie Partners as an archeologist and doing construction.
He married Annette Amiotte in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 1, 1991.
He enjoyed fishing on the river with special friends Bruce Clement and Tim and Tyke Schumacher. A very special event to him was the annual cousin hunt on opening day of pheasant hunting on the Oberlitner and Sheldon acres.
Darcy is survived by his parents, Dick and Phyllis of Selby; brother, Gregg of Selby; dog, Jacques of Selby; stepdaughter, Amia Moore; and many special aunts, uncles, cousins; and Godparents, Dick Gross of Sioux Falls and Yvonne Brown of Excelsior, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Pauline Pudwill of Herreid and E.F. and Gert (Goebel) Gross of Gettysburg.
Casket bearers will be Donavan Stefanich, Stacy Pudwill, DuWayne Pudwill, Kim Kighltinger, Trent Thorstenson, Linda Kauker, P.A., Rich Norman, Clay Gross and Tim Huber.
Honorary bearers will be Bruce Clement, Josie Holder, Dr. Josh Vetter, Dr. Wendy Vetter, Brenda Gross, Laura Gross, Diane Gross and the Class of 1976.