Shawn Paul Winthers

Dates

March 24, 1964 - October 7, 2011

Obituary

Shawn Paul Winthers was born March 24, 1964 in Deadwood, SD. to Muriel Roth of Spearfish, SD and D’Orsay Winthers of Mitchell, SD. Shawn was married to Darci (McLean) and has one son, Andrew.

Shawn graduated from Mitchell Senior High School, graduated with a BS from University of South Dakota, attended the University of Minnesota, obtained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Northern State University. He was currently finishing his doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. Shawn taught at Lower Brule Schools, Chamberlain, and Montrose School Districts. He served as superintendant/principal with the Bison School District.

Shawn was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, USD Swim Team, USD Concert Choir, and Little Brother to Chi Omega Sorority. He was an advisor for the local and state TARS and worked on numerous political campaigns. Shawn was a deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church. Currently, he attended Northridge Baptist Church. He was a member of the Barbershop Choir, Masons and was a Shriner. Shawn coached numerous t-ball, football, boys’ basketball, and swim teams.

Shawn always had a desire to learn and gain knowledge. He loved working with young people and helping them realize their own strengths, potentials, and overcome any obstacles faced. He encouraged and touched many lives.

Grateful for having shared in Shawn’s life: wife Darci for 26 years, son Andrew, mother Muriel, father D’Orsay (Loretta), two brothers Ken (Susan) of Madison, SD, Bryce (Debra) of Rim Rock, AZ, one sister Amber (Ross) Determan of Mitchell, SD. Father-in-law and mother-in-law Don and Donna McLean of Mitchell, 2 sisters-in-law Deb Christensen of Mitchell, Donita Serr of Mesa AZ, nieces and nephews: Jess, Jamie, Jan, Jon, Dylan, Shannon, Krystyna, Reid, Quinn, Gray, along with many other family members and friends. Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents Ray and Margaret Roth, Wilbur and Bernice Winthers, and godparents Bill and Clarice Alexander.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.


Visitation(s)

Date
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Masonic Rites ~ 7:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Time
2:00 PM
Location
Northridge Baptist Church
323 West 23rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


entry posted by Daniel on 10-27-2011
I am very proud to say I had the opportunity to know Shawn, he was great teacher and even better person. I learned alot from him and I am very sad to hear of his passing. Prays and Thoughts go out to the family.
entry posted by Drs Janell and Ron Beck on 10-19-2011
My heart aches for you in your sorrow. It is with much sadness that I convey my heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of your special loved one. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time of grief and adjustment to your loss.
entry posted by Harry Everhart on 10-15-2011
I had the opportunity to teach with Shawn at Lower Brule when I was still learning to teach. Shawn was very helpful to me. He was an inspiration and mentor to me. Shawn had a great ability in how to relate to students and bring out the best in them in their study of mathematics.
South Dakota has lost a great educator who truly will be missed. My sympathy to all his family and friends.
entry posted by Garry and Jo Freier on 10-15-2011
To the Winthers family - our deepest sympathy to you all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in the beautiful family that you are and the wonderful memories of the fine person Shawn was. God's Blessings to you during this difficult time.
entry posted by Jami Huntsinger on 10-13-2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Darci. One one of our pledge sisters told me that your husband had passed away. May all of the good memories comfort you in this very difficult time.
entry posted by Judy Fiegen - Axtell Park Middle School on 10-13-2011
So very sorry for your loss. Shawn was a wonderful person. We will always be grateful for the time he spent teaching and mentoring our students.
entry posted by Greg & Maureen Whiteley on 10-13-2011
Our deepest sympathies to the family... May God Bless...
entry posted by Greg & Maureen Whiteley on 10-13-2011
Our deepest sympathy & prayers to the family.... May God Bless
entry posted by Greg & Maureen Whiteley on 10-13-2011
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. My God Bless & Our prayers are with you...
entry posted by Lisa Shorley on 10-13-2011
Darci and Andrew, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Shawn was an extremely kind and caring person. It was always nice to see you all when Josh and Andrew played sports with each other in high school. Our families thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. My greatest sympathy and we are all thinking of you.
entry posted by Rich Shorley on 10-13-2011
Darci and Andrew, I am so sory to jsut have heard of Shawn's passing. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your extended familys. I always enjoyed when we had the opportunity to get together when the boys were growing up and playing BB against each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Lyndon and Pam Johnson on 10-13-2011
We are so sorry to hear of Shawn's sudden death! We have been praying for all of you! He was always so positive and happy no matter what was going on! Cherish the memories~there are no words to say how sorry we are!
entry posted by Laura Stemwedel Haberman on 10-12-2011
I am sorry to hear of your loss...he will be remembered for alsways having a positive outlook. [USD Swim Team]
entry posted by luke on 10-12-2011
he was a great guy iam happy to have ment him sorry for your loss
entry posted by Kelli Potter on 10-12-2011
Amber and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers!
entry posted by Bill Sebert on 10-12-2011
My sympathy to the Winthers and extended family. Shawn greeted everyone with a warm smile and a caring heart. Our prayers go out to his family.
entry posted by Mary Sue Schneider on 10-12-2011
So sorry to hear of Shawn's passing. I was the President of Lower Brule Community College while Shawn instructed classes at the high school and community college. He was an inspiration to all students with his positive approach to life and all the hardships we must endure. His strong spirit will continue to live in those he touched.
entry posted by Misty Dogskin on 10-12-2011
My heartfelt sympathy to Shawn's family. Shawn was my college algebra instructor and a dear friend at Lower Brule Community College. During our classes he spoke alot about his son Andrew and wife Darci. We were lucky to have Shawn in our lives. Pidamaya!!
entry posted by Diane Reil Rudolph on 10-12-2011
I had a great time working with Shawn at Lower Brule. Fun and positive to be around. He was always so happy, joking all the time. Making work easier for all of us around him =)
entry posted by Jon Vogt on 10-12-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Darci, Andrew, and rest of the Winthers and McLean families. I have been blessed to know all of you.
entry posted by Debra Winthers on 10-12-2011
As my heart mourns for the loss of my brother-in-law, my thoughts are with the entire family during this time that I cannot be there to comfort so many. Shawn has always been a inspiration to all of us, his spirit will always be with us. He was a great Teacher in many other ways not just in the classroom, from his kindness to his forgiveness. My heart goes out to all who knew his wonderful spirit.
entry posted by Rick and Kim (Shafer) Swank on 10-12-2011
We were so deeply saddened to hear of Shawn's death. He was always someone whom was great to visit with and had such a joy of life and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
entry posted by Mike Studelska on 10-12-2011
Sorry to hear of Shawn's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
entry posted by Ann Preston Storey on 10-11-2011
May God's blessings comfort Shawn's family and friends. He was such an important part of my high school years. I have many great memories of time spent together. Shawn was such a great person. He will missed.
entry posted by Lonnie and Mary Bollock on 10-11-2011
Our Sympathys to all at this time from the entire Bollock family. Such a tragic loss for such a special Family.
entry posted by Dr Kimberly Cypher on 10-11-2011
My prayers are with Shawn's family. Shawn was a wonderful teacher-friend to me. He will be sadly missed.
entry posted by Kriss(Swank) and Bob Finkenbiner on 10-11-2011
Sorry hear about your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you Darci and your family.
entry posted by Jackie (Dusseau) Beilke on 10-11-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. It was such a pleasant surprise getting to visit with Shawn in our faculty lounge when he was subbing at our school a year or so ago.
entry posted by Terry, Rita & Sydney Dragseth on 10-11-2011
Amber, our prayers will be with you and will continue to be with you in the coming days and weeks ahead. God Bless your family and may memories of your brother give you peace and comfort.
entry posted by Brenda Robideau Carpentier on 10-11-2011
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Shawn's family.
entry posted by Don and Leanne Bradwisch on 10-11-2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Winthers and McLain Families. God will give you strength; always remember the good times and memories you will cherish forever. Our deepest sympathy.
entry posted by Dustin & Liza Schnabel on 10-11-2011
Darci & Andrew: We are so very sorry to hear about your loss! Our prayers are with you. It was an honor to know Shawn. God bless!
entry posted by Rick and Valerie Melmer on 10-11-2011
Trusting that God is bringing you comfort as you hold fast to His promise..."Blessed are those who mourn, for they WILL BE comforted." Praying for you Darci and Andrew and all of the Winthers.
entry posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on 10-11-2011
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Mary (Shoemaker) Kobernusz on 10-10-2011
Shawn was such a kind and caring person who always treated everyone with respect and kindness. May God bless your family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you.
entry posted by Joseph Pudas on 10-10-2011
God's Peace and Blessing to all who are touched by this loss. I am reminded how my life is blessed because of our friendship through high school choir and theater. I pray for comfort of family and friends at this time of great sorrow.
entry posted by Nancy Boyd on 10-10-2011
Our sympathies to all of Shawn's family. May the memories you shared help you find peace in this most difficult time. Todd and Nancy Boyd
entry posted by Julie Klinger on 10-10-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Shawn's family. Shawn was such a great person, who always had a smile on his face and a friendly spirit. May God grant you peace during this time of such loss.
entry posted by Margo and Jim Taylor on 10-10-2011
We have had you all in our thoughts and prayers these past few weeks and can only imagine your grief. We are so sorry for your loss. Shawn was a wonderful person with a cheery disposition. May you find solace and peace in the good memories you share.
entry posted by Rachel and Tom Muenster on 10-10-2011
God Bless you Shawn. We will miss you and never forget your friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Winthers family.
entry posted by Steve Kirwan on 10-10-2011
Shawn will be remembered by many of us as a kind and caring soul who was always upbeat and full of laughter. I am saddened to hear of his untimely passing and wish for his family peace and comfort today and in the coming years. Shawn...may you be lifted on high, soar with angels and rest in your creator's loving arms.
entry posted by Gregg Brower on 10-10-2011
I am so sorry for your loss of Shawn, I had the honor to meet him in High School, he was one of a kind! Shawn always had the time to stop and visit when ever we would meet. I will miss that!! God has called home one of the best, My Thoughts & Prayers are with you.
entry posted by Jeff and Linda McEntee on 10-10-2011
So very sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories, your family and your friends help you through this difficult time.
entry posted by Heidi (Elward) Geppert on 10-10-2011
Winther's Family- I am so sorry about your loss. I met Shawn when I first started at MAATC in the 90's. He had a great personality and made everyone around him laugh. Shawn was always willing to lend a hand. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Christine Mah Sherwood on 10-10-2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Shawn...far too young. He was a wonderful person and touched many people during his short time here with us. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
entry posted by Mark Sampson on 10-10-2011
Shawn was a great individual as you can see by all the compliments. He was truly a thoughtful and kind person always willing to lend a hand or help out. Shawn worked with me at Lower Brule I often told him that he should be teaching at the collegiate level. Shawn will be greatly missed.
entry posted by Jill Baldwin on 10-10-2011
I was so sad to hear of Shawn's passing. He was such a kind man, always had time to listen and willing to help in whatever way he could.
entry posted by Beth Burns Klein & the Burns family. on 10-10-2011
So very sorry to hear about Shawn,way too young..way too soon. We shared a lot of laughter and fun in high school, may your memories comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
entry posted by Delta Master Chapter Beta Sigma PHi on 10-10-2011
Our sympathy to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Susan Hodge on 10-10-2011
My sympathy to all. May he rest in peace
entry posted by Pam Wittstruck on 10-10-2011
Sorry for your loss, Shawn was a great person and will be missed by many. He always took time to stop and visit when he saw me and l will cherrish those visits.
entry posted by Dave Kasten on 10-10-2011
I was shocked to hear about Shawn, He was a great friend and will be missed, Prayers to the family
entry posted by Pat, Dean, Josh, AshleyAnn on 10-10-2011
Darci & Family, So sorry for your oss of Shawn. Our Prayers are with You all. God Bless
entry posted by LaVerne (Bill) & Marilyn Hedblom on 10-10-2011
Our deepest sympathies go out to all of the Family!! May God surround you with strength and comfort at this time!
entry posted by scott hille on 10-10-2011
What a shock,
such a caring person
entry posted by Shanna Johnson on 10-09-2011
So sorry for your loss and My deepest sympathy, Thoughts and Prayers to all of you.
entry posted by Lila McCool Jones on 10-09-2011
I am so sorry to hear about Shawn. He was always a very passionate and caring person in grade school and growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.
God Bless
entry posted by Robin McCool-Deneke on 10-09-2011
So sorry for you loss. Shawn was a wonderful man he was supportave and protective and had such a good hear. I have been thinkin about him a lot lately.. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him.
entry posted by Gerry Tatina on 10-09-2011
Darci, I am so sorry for your loss. Shawn was a great guy, I always enjoyed visiting with him.
entry posted by John Morgan on 10-09-2011
I am sorry for your loss Shawn and I always talked at church. He was always glad 2 talk we went to school together
entry posted by Diane Way on 10-09-2011
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss...Shawn was such a nice man...may you find comfort in memories of all of your happy times together...you will remain in my thoughts and prayers Darci and Andrew...hugs...
entry posted by John Morgan on 10-09-2011
I am truly sorry for your loss Shawn was a very good man and a good friend we always talked in church.My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.
entry posted by Rick Wagner on 10-09-2011
I'm so sorry for Shawn's family. Shawn was a classmate, and I regret not knowing him better. I can see from the tracks he's left through life that he lived his life well, and in God's service. My family will pray comfort for Shawn's family.
entry posted by Eunabel and Norm McKie on 10-09-2011
So soryy for your loss. Blessings and peace to the entire family
entry posted by Julie Brown-Jones on 10-09-2011
My heartfelt sympathy to Shawn's family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by VeeAnn Sattler on 10-09-2011
Prayers for you all in this difficult time. Rest in the comfort from those surrounding you.
entry posted by Doug Sommer on 10-09-2011
Very sorry to hear of Shawn's passing. My thoughts go out to his family.
entry posted by Donna DeNure on 10-09-2011
Darci and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies are extended to all of you at this time. I pray you will find strength, comfort, and peace in the days ahead.
entry posted by Bob and Janelle on 10-09-2011
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Darci and Andrew and family.
entry posted by Kelly Gross on 10-09-2011
We prayed for the Shawn Withers family at the United Methodist church today but I had not heard about Shawn's passing until then. I saw Shawn often when I worked at Commericial Bank. He would come into my office at the Randalls location and visit. I am very sorry to hear this news and for your loss.
entry posted by Amanda Christianson on 10-09-2011
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you.
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