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Celebration of Life

Goglin Funeral Home, Yankton
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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Black Hills National Cemetery
Monday June 27th, 2022

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Kenneth "Doc" G. Custis

Kenneth "Doc" Custis, 97, of Scotland, SD, died August 31, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society, Scotland.

A joint celebration of his and his wife Nola's lives, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Goglin Funeral Home, Yankton, SD.  

Their interment in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2022.

Kenneth was born August 18, 1921 to Henry "Hap" and Albertina (Minnie) Custis in Jamestown, ND. He graduated from Woodward High School in Woodward, Iowa in 1938 and then went on to become a captain in the United States Army. He served in the Army for five years during WWII and spent time on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in the Pacific on Okinawa. Upon his return from the war he enrolled in Buena Vista College where he met and then married Nola Jean (NJ) Fairchild February 2, 1947 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. Ken graduated from Buena Vista with a BS degree in 1947 and a Vocational Ag degree from Iowa State in 1949. He then taught school for a few years before returning to veterinarian school at Iowa State and graduating with his third degree in 1956. Doc practiced as a large animal vet for 45 years in Scotland, SD.

He is survived by his children, Dan (Linda) of Custer, SD, Dave (Bobbie) of Midland, TX and Holly (Randy) of Cheyenne, WY.; five grandchildren, Trent (Kelly) of Dallas, TX, Tyler (Megan) of Vermillion, SD, Sadye, Savana and Shaelee of Midland, TX and two great-grandchildren, Knox and Brooks of Vermillion, SD.

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Dan, I did not realize your parents had passed and were having a memorial service on Saturday. I would have come but we had the Baker Family Reunion on that day. Please respond to me and tell me the circumstances of their deaths. I so enjoyed them when they were friends of my parents.

Laverne Diede of Freeman SD Jun 27 2022 2:54 PM

Doc you will be missed by all Rest In Peace. Bob

Bob Gimbel Sep 26 2018 10:06 PM

It has been our honor and privilege to care for Doc. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on them. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. ~AseraCare Hospice Team

Aseracare Sep 14 2018 2:07 AM

When we came to Scotland in 1970, Doc and N J took us under their wing. Helped us to get to know the community. We became good friends for a lifetime. Rest In Peace Doc. Thanks for the memories. Our sympathies to the family.

Joe & Diane Janssen Sep 4 2018 2:17 AM

Doc served his country and his community. I doubt it anyone knew both the town and rural Scotland community any better than he did. I can only imagine how many times he received calls at night and in all kinds of weather - and his 'operating room' was in some pasture on a snowy night with vision aided by headlights of some truck. I know you will all miss him - but it was a life well lived.

Caryl Hebbert Abbott Sep 2 2018 11:39 PM

My sympathy to you and your family, Holly.

Lisa Pravecek Balvin Sep 2 2018 3:28 AM

We offer our condolences. Earlier this summer we saw Dr. Custis and his wife while out for a meal, and enjoyed a bit of reminiscing together... we first met in 1957. Continue to share the memories created together over the years.

JANE and MAX HAWK Sep 1 2018 6:55 AM