Hartson White owned Selby Gas for 32 years
Hartson Ralph White, 95, of Selby, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Selby Good Samaritan Center with his wife of 69 years, Irene, and his children, Nancy, Bob and Tom, and their families, at his side.
Harston “Whitey,” son of Ralph and Anna (Karns) White, was born Nov. 2, 1917, in Herreid. He attended grade school and high school in Herreid, graduating in May of 1935. He attended Mitchell Business School for one year. He returned to Herreid and was clerk in the Herreid Post Office until he entered the U.S. Army on March 25, 1941. In January of 1942, he left for overseas duty in the South Pacific and returned to the States in November of 1944.
Hartson was married to Irene Kluckman on Nov. 26, 1944, in Mound City. Following their marriage he was stationed at Leavenworth, Kan., until his discharge in August of 1945.
Hartson and Irene moved to Selby in November of 1945, where he worked for the North Central Propane Co-op. In 1950, Hartson and Robert Mickelson bought the North Central Propane Company and the Selby Gas Company, which they operated under the name Selby Gas until his retirement in 1982.
Following retirement, Harston and Irene enjoyed more than 20 years of winter months in Arizona.
Hartson was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Selby Commercial Club, Fredrick-Schauer American Legion Post 100, Selby Fire Department and many other community organizations. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He taught Youth Hunter Safety for more than 20 years. He loved camping with his children and grandchildren.
Hartson is survived by his wife, Irene; his daughter, Nancy (Marvin) Kindel of Selby; sons, Robert (Lani) White of Rapid City and Thomas (Renee) White of Grenville. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Greg (Rhonda) Stroh, Bryan Stroh, Heather (Jeremy) Jackson, Shawn Stroh, Taylor White and Karns White; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Karns White.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Lee Hoerth and Phoebe Seibel.
Celebration of Life services were held Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.