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“Uncle Abe was so much like my dad. They were both always up for a good time. I will never forget driving to Denver with them and they were...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Kahler - Family

“Rest in Peace Abe, may the perpetual light shine upon you. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“Uncle Abe always greeted you with a smile...a hug...and he always told us that he loved us. He was a huge family man. He was a great influence on my...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Mike Flansburg - Redfield, SD

“So sorry for your loss. Abe was a very nice man, enjoyable to be around. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Marie Reagle & Family - Mission, SD

“I'll always remember Abe from when I worked at Winner Regional Healthcare Long Term Care. He was always so polite and had the biggest smile! He was...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Danielle Kucera - Winner, SD

“I will miss seeing Abe's smiling face. I first met Kathryn and he when they came to our house to buy eggs right after we moved out here from the ...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Melissa Dennis - Winner, SD

“What a great man my friend Abraham was ... He will be missed and GOD bless and watch over the family .... ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Carl Drapeau - Winner, SD

“I will truly miss my good friend Abe. Lots of good memories ! Such a kind man! ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Brad Bolton - Colome


Abraham John Shedeed was born on December 5, 1926 at his home in Stewart Township in Tripp County to Meled and Marain (Habab) Shedeed. His father Meled came to South Dakota in 1910 from Assyria with his wife Marain to arrive in 1911. Abraham was the seventh child of a family of nine.

Abe attended New Nixon and Hillcrest schools until the eighth grade. He was able to go to Colome High School for one semester before returning to work on the farm. He played on the football team of his freshman year which he often mentioned.

On January 1, 1951, Abe joined the Army serving in the Korean War. He served 12 months as a radio operator followed by 10 months on the combat team in Korea. These 10 months gained him two years to be taken off his time to serve.

After returning home to the farm, Abe met his loving wife Kathryn Lorraine O'Bryan. They were joined in marriage on May 15, 1954 at Paxton Church. To this union were seven children: Mary, George, Sue, Barb, Janet, Cheryl, and Abraham Jr. Abe made his living for his family by raising cattle, sheep, and pigs, milking cows, having chickens and gathering eggs, and farming. In 1964 a devastating tornado took his outbuildings and killed many animals which made for some very difficult years. Abe and Kathryn's love endured these times and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Abe spent his last two years at the Winner Long Term Care Center where he made many friends. He enjoyed pitch, bingo, and a daily hug from Betsy and many of his caregivers. He enjoyed John Hansen's popcorn, Nancy's help with bingo, Pastor Luke Bernthal's encouraging words, weekly mass, and Linda Colhoon's help on pitch day. He was very happy to see a card from his sister Sadie and her Lebanese food or a phone call from a special friend Jeanette Hanson.

Abe passed away September 16, 2016 at the age of 89 years.

Abe is survived by his children Mary (Jeff) Archambeau, Lake Andes, SD, daughter-in-law Patricia Shedeed, CO, Sue Jorgensen (Bill Brisk), Rapid City, SD, Barb (Ted) Schmidt, White River, SD, Janet (Kevin) DeMers, Colome, SD, Cheryl (Dan) Valburg, White River, SD, and Abraham (Charlie) Shedeed Jr. (Karla Ryno), Wood, SD; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister Sadie Billings; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathryn, son George, grandchildren Nick, Nathan, and Emily Shedeed, Angel DeMers, and Alex Valburg, six brothers Joe, Johnny, Phillip, Chris, Don, and Ray, and one sister Rosie.

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Funeral services for Abraham Shedeed, 89, were held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant. A rosary service was held Tuesday evening at the church.

Nancy Schooley and Rebecca DeSmet were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and St. Joseph Choir. Congregational songs were "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "Jesus Bread of Life," "Don't Cry for Me," "Song of Farewell," and "On Eagles Wings."

Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Lector was Bev Rubel.

Altar servers were Caleb Stukel and Kade Stukel.

Gift Bearers were Janet and Kevin DeMers.

Flower Attendants were Kaye Eckerman and Mardi Pederson

Pallbearers were Abraham's grandchildren Craig Shedeed, Drew Jorgensen, Teri Biggins, Dallas Nelson, Blake DeMers, Troi Valburg, Danielle Weigum, and Cole Shedeed.

Military Honors were presented by the Colome American Legion and the Winner VFW.

Burial was in the St. John Catholic Cemetery, Paxton, SD.