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Robert J. Bovill, 81

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Robert J. Bovill of Beresford, SD, age 81 years, 11 months and 28 days, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Bob was born January 4, 1931 in Beresford to Robert and Rose (Vogeli) Bovill. He was raised on a farm near Beresford and graduated from Beresford High School. He farmed with his father and brother prior to joining the U.S. Army. Robert was married May 15, 1953 to Audrey Stoneall in Sioux Falls. Following his time in the Army, they returned to the area and farmed until 1980. The couple lived in Egan, Parker and Beresford. Robert was a custodian/maintenance worker for the Parker school from 1981 to 1996.

They returned to the homestead north of Beresford and lived there where Robert enjoyed reading, woodworking and tinkering on his John Deere tractors that he drove in the Beresford parades. He liked to go to auctions and tractor shows. Robert loved his many pets over the years and spending time with his family. After Audrey died in December 2005 Robert continued to live in Beresford.

He is survived by his son: Randy (Brenda) Bovill of Pueblo West, CO; his daughter: Debbie (Byron) Ruhr of Watertown, SD; four grandchildren: Ryan (Danielle) Ruhr, Natasha (Tim) McCauley, Jerald Van Dyke and Connie VerHoek; eight great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Finnegan, Tom, Tim and Jason, Ashley, Danna and Cody; his son-in-law: Jon Hale of Phoenix; and his brother: George (Phyllis) Bovill of Beresford.

His parents, wife, and daughter, Julie Hale, preceded him in death.

His funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Beresford Zion United Methodist Church. Wass Funeral Home, Beresford

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