Cecil Sheldon Hemminger was born May 29, 1926, at Letcher to Sheldon Lewis and Anna Violetta (Davis) Hemminger. He grew up and attended school at Letcher and later farmed with his father. On June 30, 1949, he married Betty Colvin. They lived northwest of Letcher and had a son, William Dean. On June 9, 1951, he married Mary Ruth Essink of Artesian in Pipestone, MN. They lived in Canada for five years where he was employed with Manitoba Hydro LTD. While living in Canada they had two children, Sheilla Roseanne and Sheldon Fredrick. They returned to South Dakota and made their home on the Sheldon Hemminger farm south of Letcher, where he continued to farm. In November of 2006 he became a resident of the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons: William Hemminger and wife, Martha of LeGrange, KY, Sheldon Hemminger of Letcher, SD; one daughter, Sheilla Bereza and husband, Jerry of Solsgirth Manitoba, Canada; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.