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“So sorry to hear of the loss of Bud who became a good friend years ago. He was a very polite, talented, gentle man who enjoyed the simple things in...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Carol Postulka - Pierre, SD

“Dennis and Jackie, your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Just know your grandfather appreciated everything you did...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Robin Schaunaman - Aberdeen, SD

“Big hugs to Jan and kids! I know he was a special influence on all of you! ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Mary Ackman - Letcher, SD

“I'm so sorry to hear about the lose of your husband Allen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Susan Schoenfelder Bennett - SD

George Allen "Bud" Rajewich was born February 21, 1921 to John and Mary (Molacek) Rajewich at his parent's home northeast of Gregory, SD. He was the youngest of thirteen children.

Allen attended country school #42 and Gregory High School, graduating with the class of 1938. He excelled in basketball and the team played in the state tournament that year. After graduation he remained at the family farm to help his parents until they retired. He loved to hunt and fish and to reminisce about the Saturday night dances at the big Rajewich barn. Several of his cousins played in the band.

On March 27, 1945 Allen was united in marriage to Gladys Herrmann of Millboro, SD at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory. They made their home a short distance south of Allen's birthplace. A daughter, Janice Elaine, was born to this union.

In 1945, Allen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and remained a member of St. John's the rest of his life. Through the years he served as trustee, financial secretary and treasurer. Allen helped organize and construct the rural Landing Creek Telephone Company in the 1950's. He served as lineman, director, and treasurer until the company was sold to Northwestern Bell in the 70's. He also served on the rural school board.

In 1981 he semi-retired and they moved to their new home in Gregory. He rented the farm out but continued to take an interest in the land and helped out wherever needed. After they sold the farm in 1989 he kept busy by doing yardwork, repairing his grandchildren's vehicles, and having coffee with his friends. After Gladys retired they enjoyed traveling.

In 2015 they relocated to Pierre after selling their home in Gregory.

Allen had a quiet, gentle quality about him. He was a good neighbor and a loving, devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Allen passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, SD, at the age of 96.

He is survived by his wife Gladys of 72 years, one daughter Janice, seven grandchildren Douglas, David, Daniel, Dawn, Dennis, Denise, and Darin and their spouses, and by 18 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother-in-law Vernon Herrmann, and many more relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joe, Adolph, Jack, Bill, Ed, and Raymond, sisters Clara Campbell, Alma Hennrich, Erma Schwaryer, and sisters Helen, Lillian and Evelyn at a young age.

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A funeral service was held for Allen Rajewich, 96, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Marcus Ring officiating.

Music was provided by Melanie Hannahs, pianist. Congregational songs were "Jesus Little Lamb," "Amazing Grace," and "Lamb of God." Soloist Geoff Smith sang "Softly and Tenderly."

Lori Kaupp and Lea Schell were in charge of registration.

Dawn Long and Denise Keene were flower attendants.

Casket Bearers were Doug Richey, David Richey, Daniel Richey, Dennis Richey, Darin Richey, and Dylan Richey.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Tom Kuhlman, Loren Reetz, Steve Matthes, and Lyle Christensen.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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Just A Farmer

"Just a farmer," you said
And I laughed 'cause I knew
All the things that farmers
Must be able to do.

They must study the land,
Then watch the sky
And figure just when
Is the right time and why.

To sow and to plant
To buy and to sell
To go to the market
With cattle and well--

You know the books
That farmers must keep
To pay all those taxes
And be able to sleep.

And you know the fixin'
That farmers must do
When machines like mad
Monsters blow a gasket or two.

I guess when God needed
Folks to care for His earth
He chose "just farmers"
'Cause He knew their true worth.