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Edgar John Magera
A life-long South Dakotan, Edgar was born on January 8, 1931 to Cyrl and Tillie (Mikuska) Magera on the family farm south of Kaylor, SD. He was baptized and confirmed his faith at St. George’s Catholic Church in Scotland, SD. In May of 1952, he entered the United States Army to serve his country. He was honorably discharged in October of 1953, at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Edgar married Hattie Sykora on April 3, 1956 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tripp and enjoyed 64 years of marriage until the time of his death. Edgar and Hattie farmed southeast of Tripp for 9 years then they moved into Tripp where Edgar began his insurance career. They raised four children, Kathleen Magera of Sioux Falls, SD; John (Michelle) Magera, Sioux Falls, SD; Nicholas (Michele) Magera, Sioux Falls, SD; and Michael (Jodi) Magera, Parker, CO.
Edgar was a proud and humble servant as he sold life and health insurance, served as Mayor of Tripp for 8 years, 4th Degree Knight of Columbus which was his greatest accomplishment, VFW and American Legion member and numerous leadership positions/appointments on the local, state and federal level.
Edgar was proud of being a veteran and a man of deep faith who was ready with a smile and handshake for everyone he met. He was a happy person who enjoyed dancing, gardening, playing cards, coffee uptown with neighbors, a good joke and visiting family and friends. He tinkered with just about anything and was always traveling and seeing new things.
Edgar was very faithful and grateful for his belief in God and the life he was given. His faith and loyalty were evident every day from when he was a child, to the war, professionally and with his wife, family and friends.
Edgar John Magera, 89, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly Tripp, SD, passed away on Tuesday November 10, 2020.
Edgar is survived by his wife Hattie, his four children named above, his brother William Magera of Yankton, SD and brother-in-law Harold (Pat) Sykora of Tripp, SD.
Survivors include eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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Hattie and family we send our sincere sympathies and love. Eddie was a treasure with his smile and loving words. Always ready to pick on us. God's healing and love sending your way.
Roger Lori and Tara Droppers Nov 16 2020 7:59 PM
Hattie and family, My deepest sympathy,cherish the memories forever in your hearts.
Jackie Schnabel Nov 14 2020 8:37 PM
Hattie, Kathleen, John, Nick, Mike & families, We just learned this sad news and extend our sincere condolences to the family. Ed's contributions to the Tripp communitity, his friendly smile and easy conversation are very much our memories of Ed, as well as the Magera family being such important part of Tripp for MANY years. Sending our hugs & prayers.
Merlin &Eileen Gall Nov 14 2020 8:10 PM
So sorry for Eddie's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Bill and JoAnn Krejci Nov 13 2020 8:33 PM
Fond memories of Uncle Ed. I remember listening to the Wurlitzer juke box he had and enjoying time with the cousins when we were kids. Uncle was a great conversationalist and he loved his collection of Chevy Corvairs and elephants. He had a Zenith Trans-oceanic radio which inspired me to own one. Im sure hes looking down on all of us, and checking in with those African elephants.
Mark Magera Nov 13 2020 8:04 PM
I was so saddened to hear that Edgar had passed away. When we moved to Tripp, many years ago, Edgar was the first visitor we had. He introduced himself and welcomed us to Tripp. He was such a nice man and had a wonderful family that touched our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Margaret West Nov 13 2020 6:47 PM
So sorry to hear of Ed's passing, he was a good man. Hattie we miss seeing you.
Gerald and Carol Schoenfelder Nov 13 2020 5:39 PM
Edgar was my Grandparents, Victor and Ruby Maag, neighbor in Tripp for many years. I could always count on one of Edgars warm smiles and welcoming waves and a hello when he was out in the yard. My deepest sympathy and prayers during this difficult time.
Sarah Maag Nov 13 2020 5:31 AM