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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