Clarence L. Giedd, age 88, of De Smet, S.D., passed away on Fri., July 23, 2021, at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Graveside services and burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs., July 29, 2021, at the De Smet Cemetery. Pastor Mike Gunnon will officiate.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in De Smet, S.D. on Wed., July 28, 2021, from 5 – 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer plants. Due to asthma and allergies, please refrain from using scented products/perfume/cologne.
Clarence was born on Dec. 28, 1932, in Carpenter, S.D., to Samuel “Simon” and Alvina (Buchholz) Giedd. He attended rural school near Carpenter until he graduated eighth grade. Then, he joined his brothers on the family farm.
Clarence married Vivian Lane, and to that union the eldest six children were born: Judy, Jane, June, Tim, Jeff and Mike. He left the family farm to work at Armor Meat Packing in Huron, S.D. Then, he moved his family to Box Elder, S.D., to build Pactola Dam. After the completion of the Pactola Dam, they moved back to the Henry/Clark area, where Clarence returned to his love of farming.
After a few odd jobs, Clarence began his road construction career in 1971 with Healy Construction as a plant tender and mechanic. On Dec. 3, 1973, Clarence married Pam Van Sickle in Yankton, S.D. To this union two children were born: Jesse and Jamie. Clarence worked as a mechanic until his retirement at age 70 from OMNI Engineering.
Clarence’s favorite part of road construction was having the winters off to enjoy his family and share his love of hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. During his retirement he stayed busy caring for their three pugs, fishing, gardening, tending his yard and feeding the birds and squirrels and completing small home carpenter projects.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Pam Giedd of De Smet, S.D.; seven children, Jane Hein of De Smet, June (Kirby) Page of Iroquois, Tim Giedd, Jeff Giedd and Mike Giedd - all of De Smet, Jesse (Vickie) Giedd of Howard and Jamie Giedd of Rapid City; twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel “Simon” and Alvina (Buchholz) Giedd; five siblings, Emil Giedd, John Giedd, Goldie Giedd Schlicker, Edith Giedd and Alfred Giedd; son-in-law, Steve (Jane) Hein; daughter, Judy Griffith; grandchild, Michael (Giedd) Hein and great-grandchild, Georgia Salter.