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“Dear Karen & Barry & extended family, I'm so sad to learn of Cecil's passing. He & Pearl were 2 people I always tried to look up & visit with,...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Paula McPherson-Koy - Edwards, IL

“My deepest condolences to you Barry, Karen & family. Your Dad was a very remarkable! man Bear & I always enjoyed those times, although too...Read More »
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Cecil Harold Routh
 Cecil was born August 12, 1922 in Clark, South Dakota to Roy T. and Bessie (Lorenz) Routh. In 1929 the family of eight children moved to Groton, South Dakota where his father was a building contractor. Here they lived until Cecil graduated in 1941.
 Cecil enlisted in the United States Navy on November 16, 1942. Six of the eight Routh siblings also joined the service. He took basic training in San Diego, California where he was schooled for 16 inch Naval guns. He was then transferred to Bremerton, Washington and assigned to the USS West Virginia.
 Cecil met Pearle Reetz while on leave in Groton. They were married aboard the ship June 10, 1944 by the ship's chaplain.
 While on board the USS West Virginia his ship supported operations at Iwo Jima Island, Okinawa Island and the Battle of Surigao Strait. Cecil was discharged on November 9, 1945.
 In 1947 Cecil joined Pearle's parents in their farming operation and they raised three boys. For 25 years he served on the Rosebud Electric Cooperative board. He also served on the township board and the Dallas Elevator Board.
 For 32 years Cecil and Pearle enjoyed the good life by wintering in Arizona. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, fishing at the Missouri River, hunting and wood working.
Cecil passed away Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Avera Gregory Hospital in Gregory, SD at the age of 94.
 Cecil is survived by his son, Barry and wife Karen of Gregory; daughter-in-law Kim Routh; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and one brother, Roger of Minnesota.
 He was preceded in death by his wife Pearle, two sons Rodney and Clark, infant children Robin and Randy, three brothers Art, Emmett and Kenneth, and three sisters Alma, Dorothy and Fern.

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A funeral service for Cecil Routh, 94, of Gregory, SD, was held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist, and Geoff Smith, soloist, singing, "How Great Thou Art" and "On Eagles Wings." Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "Victory in Jesus."

Jamie Routh and Britney Routh were in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Jay Routh, Joe Routh, Ryan Routh, Kyle Routh, Vince Berens, and Loren Reetz.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Cecil's grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Military Honors were given by the Gregory American Legion and the Navy Honor Guard.

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