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Gary William Hamberger

July 31, 1941 — January 4, 2023

Gary William Hamberger, age 81, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at his home in Kaylor, SD.

A celebration of his life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a time of sharing at 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, at Goglin Funeral Home in Scotland. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, at a later date.

Gary William Hamberger was born July 31, 1941 to William and Pauline (Jacober) Hamberger in Yankton, South Dakota. He was a 1959 graduate of Scotland High School. He married Carol Mulder in October of 1963 at his parents’ home in Scotland. They were blessed with two daughters, Heidi and Holly.

Gary was the true definition of a cowboy. He worked for Ed Pillar for several years, beginning while he was still in high school. This gave him the opportunity of a life-time, to ride Roy Rogers’ horse, Trigger. Gary then went on to work at a local service station and then Coast to Coast until 1966 when he enlisted in the Army. He served his country until 1969. He was Vietnam Veteran. Gary returned home, where he began working for Scotland-Kaylor Coop. In 1978 he hired on with the Hutchinson County Highway Department. A rodeo accident in 1999, during Scotland Rodeo Days, forced him into retirement.

Gary had a love for horses, whether it was competing in team penning or simply trail riding. He was a member of the Scotland Saddle Club. Gary’s other sweet ride was a 1966 Mustang Fastback. The car is now on exhibit at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, SD. Gary enjoyed throwing for several years with the Kaylor dart league. One year, the team he was throwing with, took 4th place in the Heartland Tournament.

Gary is survived by his daughters, Heidi (Myron) Fischer and Holly Fechner; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leo Hamberger and Ray Hamberger; sister, Margie Rehurek; granddaughter, Brittney Hamberger and great-grandson, Cory Tietz.

Floral tributes are included within the service program.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Gary's Life

Monday, January 9, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Goglin Funeral Chapel, Scotland

410 Poplar St, Scotland, SD 57059

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Time of Sharing

Monday, January 9, 2023

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

Goglin Funeral Chapel, Scotland

410 Poplar St, Scotland, SD 57059

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Burial

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