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“I first met Don when he & Bea traveled to Washington to visit their daughter, one of my closest friends. As I recall, Marsha called me to come pick...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Stephenie Davis - Watford City, ND

“Was so sorry to hear about Don. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Marlene & Buster Schuiling - SD

“Thank you dad for teaching me about the good things in life; You taught me that I could do anything that I set my mind to. You taught me how to be...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Marsha Clow - East Grand Forks, MN

“Don was a good man! My deepest condolences to his family! RIP Don ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“I'm sorry for your loss--he was one of the nicest guys I knew. Dan ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Daniel Ferwerda - Gilbert, AZ

“Gene...My condolences for the loss of your Father. I well remember working through the used machinery yard with your Father on several occasions,...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Paul Gnirk - New Underwood, SD

“Gene, Tina and family, so sorry for your loss, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Ben and Vicki Fischer - Millboro, SD


Donald Eugene Brumbaugh was born November 25, 1943 to Harold Leroy Brumbaugh and Evelyn Marie (Larsen) Brumbaugh in Gregory, SD. Don, along with his siblings, grew up in Winner, SD and the surrounding area.

As a young boy, his mother bought a horse named Lady for them to enjoy. Once the boys rode Lady from Winner, SD to the homestead south of Dallas, SD. This beautiful black horse held a special place in Don's heart. Later on, he would teach his own children, especially his daughter, how to ride and break horses.

As a young man, he worked for Marv Talbot and Herman Schroeder breaking horses. He also worked for several farmers in the area; most notable were Sterling Shattuck and John Vanderberg.

In the summer of 1961, Don met the love of his life. On a hot Fourth of July, standing in line at the Ferris Wheel on the main street of Gregory, SD was a young beautiful woman that caught his eye - Beatrice F. Rasmussen. He asked her for a date on the Ferris Wheel and from that moment on he pursued her heart. Bea spent her summers at her grandmother, Fern (Wilder) Hambeck's house. She and Don dated, however, when she returned to Rapid City for college, they wrote letters to each other. Finally, on December 1, 1963 Don and Bea were united in marriage. To this union two children were born; in 1965 Eugene Lee Brumbaugh and in 1972 Marsha Kay Brumbaugh.

Don and Bea spent their lives, raising their children on the family farm south of Gregory, SD. In the early days they milked cows, ranched and raised crops. In 1979, Don changed course and began a new business adventure with his son - D&E Salvage and Sales. Don's greatest passions were auctions and salvaging. When asked why he wanted to start a salvage yard, he would grin and say "One man's junk is another man's treasure." He enjoyed the adventures of the road and traveled to many auctions over the years.

As the years rolled by, Don's health began to take a toll and in 2004 he suffered a stroke at the age of 60. This changed his life completely. Finally, at the age of 73, Don passed away on February 10, 2017 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burke, SD.

Don is preceded in death by his wife Beatrice F. Brumbaugh; his parents, Harold Leroy Brumbaugh and Evelyn (Larsen) Brumbaugh and one sister, Gladys (Brumbaugh)Siewert.

Don is survived by his son, Eugene and his wife Tina Brumbaugh of Gregory, SD; four grandchildren; James, Keegan, Reece and Zane; daughter Marsha K Clow and husband Aaron Clow of East Grand Forks, MN; and one brother, Merlin and his wife Violet Brumbaugh of Newport, NE; and three nieces and one nephew; along with many friends and other family.

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Memorial services were held for Donald Brumbaugh, 73, of Gregory, SD, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating. A visitation was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by DeNalda Fortuna, pianist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "Until Then," and "Our God is an Awesome God."

Mary and Keith Ellwanger were in charge of registration.

Urn Bearers were Don's grandchildren James Brumbaugh, Keegan Brumbaugh, Reece Brumbaugh, and Zane Brumbaugh.

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Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.