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Cletus "Pete" SzymanskiCLERGY
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“America the Beautiful”
“People” by Barbara Streisand
Cletus “Pete” Szymanski was born on Monday, March 3, 1924 to Joseph and Frances (Toczek) Szymanski at Tyndall, South Dakota. In 1943, he graduated a semester early from Tyndall High School in order to serve his country in the Army during World War II. He spent his service in the Pacific Theater (Laiti, Philippines) driving an Amphibious Tractor Carrying Craft. He attained an E-5 rank and was awarded various decorations for his service including the Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Two Stars.
After completing his military service, Pete returned to Tyndall and married Darlene Petrik on March 7, 1947. He worked for John Kostal Funeral Home and Furniture Store in Tyndall, where he served his apprenticeship. In 1949, Pete took a job as the Tyndall Post Office Clerk. A position he held for many years until becoming the Postmaster in 1975. He retired from the post office 1980.
Pete found various ways to serve his community. During the 1960’s, he and his friends were instrumental in building a bridge at the Tyndall golf course and since they enjoyed boating so much, they took responsibility for pulling the boat dock in and out at the Apple Tree. Pete was also a member of many military and community organizations including the local VFW, American Legion, Yankton Elks, National Association of Postmasters and the Tyndall Elliott Hose Company No. 1 Fire Department.
Pete spent his free time working on his ham radios. He had an extra license for over 30 years and used the call letters WOWH.
Pete died on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society. He had attained the age of 90 years, 1 month, and 24 days.
Pete is survived by his three children: Steve (Diane) Szymanski of Sioux Falls, Anne (Larry) Meyer of Tucson, AZ, and Mark (Jo) Szymanski of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances Szymanski, wife Darlene in 1973, sisters Doris Bambas and Florence Van Noy, and brother Eugene Szymanski.
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Steve Sorry for you loss. Brad
Brad Van Osdel May 1 2014 10:04 AM
Steve, It's been several years since I have worked with you but I wanted you to know I am thinking about you during this difficult time. Sympathy wishes to you and your family. Teri
Teri Roetman Apr 30 2014 9:15 AM
Steve, so sorry for your loss!
Kent Osborne Apr 30 2014 8:27 AM
Dear Mark, Anne and Steve and families, Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. Losing a parent is so painful but eventually the good memories will replace that pain. I will miss chatting with your Dad at the Corral. My prayers are with your family. Bev Wilson
Bev (Wurtz) Wilson Apr 30 2014 8:09 AM
The family of Edith Post sends our condolences.
Mary Anne Post-Rhomberg Apr 29 2014 6:41 PM
Mark, Anne, Steve & families, Please accept our sincere sympathy on Pete's death. I certainly enjoyed eating with him for nearly a month in January while helping my mother (Eve) with her recovery. We always looked forward to his reports from Main street...the progress on the new Bridal Shop or other news from the Corral. You all will be in our prayers and thought during this difficult time. Jacques Soukup
Jacques W. Soukup & Edward L. Winters Apr 29 2014 5:35 PM
Steve, Diane and family Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. It is always hard losing a loved one, but they are never gone in our memories. I know Steve listening to you talk about your father you have some very special memories that will always be with you.
Joel & Norma Kannegieter Apr 29 2014 4:17 PM
I remember when my mother (Marion Nash) had gone to a postmaster meeting and it got very foggy. Up the road to mom's house at the lake came two cars. (Marion had had too much to drink so Cletus drove her home and someone followed.) Mother did not realize that it was foggy and kept commenting that she could not see anything and must have been more drunk that she thought. Cletus told her that it was foggy. I was furious with all of them since they should not have been driving, but they wanted to get home. Angie Nash-Beaudette 814 Capitol Ave
Angie Nash-Beaudette Apr 29 2014 1:18 PM
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your dad, father-in-law, and grandpa. Losing a loved one is never easy. Blessed are those like you and your family that have great memories to carry you through the dark and difficult times ahead. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Danelle, Darin, and Abigail Beck Apr 29 2014 10:13 AM