Denver Enright was first and always a rancher
Funeral service for Denver Enright, 67 of Timber Lake were held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Timber Lake Community Center.
Burial was in the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Denver passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Bradley Denver Enright was born Jan. 30, 1946, to Bryce and LeVera (Milliken) Enright. He grew up north of Timber Lake, attending Long Butte country school for eight years and graduating from Timber Lake High School in 1964.
He married Adele Thompson on June 5, 1965. Denver was first and always a rancher and a cowboy and one of his most loved jobs was the years he spent working with Pat and Garnet Peterson riding the Grand River Range.
During his life Denver did many different things in addition to ranching. He was parts man for Timber Lake Motors and for Biegler’s NAPA Store, worked at the Cheese Plant, was employed by Corson County Highway Dept, was a certified law officer serving as Chief of Police for City of Timber Lake and Deputy Dewey County Sheriff.
He truly loved the sale barns and livestock auctions, and he attended auctioneer school in 1974. He was a S.D. Brand Inspector for 30 years and was named SD Brand Inspector of the Year in 2005. He loved rodeo and horse events and loved team roping best of all. He may have loved Old Man’s Breakaway Roping even more as he traveled with Marvin Gill all over the state and they had a blast! Denver spent many hours in the practice arena with his sons, and later with his grandchildren and while there was some screaming and cursing involved, he was so very proud of all of them!
Denver had cancer in 2007 and again in 2013. He struggled this past year but made many new friends during chemo’s daylong treatments at Cancer Center of Aberdeen. He was a man of many interests and while he was so sick, he took up photography, changed his gardening to containers and grew a bumper crop of tomatoes, which he made into salsa.
He was able to read history, cook once in a while and attend the kid’s Standing Rock Rodeos. He got to meet and bond with Hayden Roy “Cactus Jack” Neuheisel, his great-grandson born Feb. 20, 2013. He texted his grandchildren and loved his family so much.
After he was so very sick, he decided to go to church and gave his heart to God, becoming a member of the New Hope Church of Timber Lake. His time left on earth was made easier by visits and phone calls with Pastor Bryce and the prayers of those who loved him.
He was able to stay at home with the help of West Winds Home Health, and Gary and Ramona Simon, Kendra and Justin Enright and his sons and families. He looked forward to visits from friends and enjoyed having Sierra and J.D. and their friends around so he could fuss at them!
Denver is survived by his wife of 48 years Adele; son, Richard Enright and Sierra and J.D., son, Mitchell Enright and daughter-in-law Colette, Erin and Elliot Neuheisel and Hayden, and Haley Enright. Also surviving is one brother, Rod (Mavis) Enright; stepmother, Alice Enright; step-brothers, Curtis (Sue) Witte and Roger (Samantha) Witte; step-sisters; Leann (Vern) Hintz, Lynn Hayward, Roxie (Craig) Hanson and Sherry Witte; many cherished cousins and aunts and uncles and his Thompson-in-laws, Corinna Thompson, Vicky (Harold) Waterland, and Bub (D’Anne) Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryce and LeVera, his in-laws Irvin and Marian Thompson and his brother-in-law, Earl Thompson.