Cecil Sheldon Hemminger


May 29, 1926 - December 13, 2008




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.



Thursday, December 18, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, December 19, 2008
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Westlawn Cemetery
Letcher, South Dakota

Posted by Bonnie Bauer (daughter of Judy Lee) on January 8, 2009
Dear Mary and family,

Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our prayers.

Bonnie Bauer
Posted by Martha Hemminger, wife of William Hemminger on December 17, 2008
My deepest sympathy to Mary, Sheldon, Sheila and the rest of the immediate family. Cecil was a real character--always interested in what you were doing and interesting himself. I always enjoyed the visits he and Mary made to Kentucky and we always made an effort to see them when out their way. May he rest in peace.
Martha Hemminger
LaGrange, Kentucky
Posted by Brad & Lynda Steichen on December 17, 2008
Always enjoyed working with Cecil and enjoyed his humor......always hard loosing a loved one during the holidays.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on December 17, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Have a blessed holiday season.

Our deepest sympathy
Val, Dawn, Mace,Josh, & Vance Luckett
Posted by russell and aniece hemminger family on December 16, 2008
we loved visiting with cecil and mary they have a wonderful family our hearts go out to cecil's family we will miss you dear cecil. may god bless you sincerely aniece hemminger
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