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“So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He and Hans will be missed. Sympathy to all the family members!! ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Vicki Laprath Tanner - SD

“Fred was a good man even though he could be kind of naughty he felt as if my grandma Kathy tarrell was his daughter ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Cayden Styles - Mitchell, SD

“Our deepest sympathy,Bill & Linda Assman ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Linda Assman - Pierre, SD

“I never met Fred but heard kind words about him. May God bless. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Virginia Ezzell - Anadarko, OK


Fred Laprath, age 83, of Dallas, South Dakota passed away on June 22, 2017 at the Winner Hospital, Winner, South Dakota.

Fred Thomas Laprath was born on December 14, 1933 on his parent's farm in Tripp County, South Dakota. He was the son of Hans Thomas Laprath and Frieda Christiana Manke. Fred was baptized in the Lutheran Church.

He spent his early childhood in Idaho where his family resided during the Great Depression and World War II period. In 1945, the family returned to the Dallas, SD area where his family established their home, farm and cattle operation.

He attended Dallas High School. Fred left high school before his senior year to serve his Nation in the Army as an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division while stationed in Germany during the Cold War.

Following his military service, Fred spent the rest of his working life farming south of Dallas on his farm or helping his brothers work cattle and hay on their parent's farm. He was independent-minded, bachelor farmer who loved his farm and his cows. His family and neighbors will long remember his farm with its great assortment of animals. Fred's pastime enjoyment included fishing, visiting family and neighbors and telling stories.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Hans, Richard and Herman, and sister Mary Laprath Ott.

Fred is survived by two brothers, Bill and Tom of Dallas, SD and one sister, Virginia Gordon, Laurel, MT. Fred is also survived by eight nephews and nieces and ten great-nephews and nieces.

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Memorial services for Fred Laprath, 83, were held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory, SD with Pastor Royal Archer officiating.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist. Congregational Hymns were "Amazing Grace," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."

Urn Bearers were Fred's friends and family.

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

Military Honors were given by the Gregory and Dallas American Legions and the National Honor Guard.