Radean S. Miskimins 86, Mitchell, died February 27, 2013 at his home in Mitchell under the care of Avera Queen of Peace Hospice.
He was born on August 1, 1926.
At his request, no funeral services will be scheduled. His cremains will be buried at the Cambria Cemetery, Wayne County, Iowa.
Radean Snook Miskimins was born at Derby, Iowa to John Harrison Miskimins and Eliza (Snook) Miskimins. He grew up on a farm in Wayne County, Iowa. Radean attended country school and graduated from Cambria High School, Cambria, Iowa.
He attended Officers’ Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served with the 30th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion in the South Pacific.
Radean “Doc” attended the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now known as Iowa State University (ISU), commencing in 1947. He met and fell in love with the love of his life, Betty Krog of rural Gann Valley, South Dakota, while engaged in his doctoral practicum in and near Gettysburg, South Dakota. They married on December 22, 1951. Doc earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from ISU in 1952.
Doc and Betty moved to Kimball, South Dakota in 1952. He established his veterinary practice and inspected the Kimball Livestock Auction which was the largest cattle auction service in South Dakota. When he established his veterinary practice, he was the only veterinarian available to cover Brule County and many surrounding counties. He travelled far and made many friends. His veterinary practice called for him to care for large and small animals, but his talents shone most brightly when he cared for beef cattle. He was a cattleman until his death.
Doc was a skilled animal nutritionist. He operated a feed store in Kimball while practicing veterinary medicine there. He also had his own farm. He was active in the community and volunteered with several friends to build the community swimming pool. He and Betty began the task of rearing a family of four sons. They worked hard, and were fulfilled by hard work and family and friends.
He and Betty moved to Mitchell in 1964. Doc started a vet practice in Mitchell and continued to operate a feed store. He was a pilot. He was a principal owner of a livestock auction barn in Brookings. He sold his vet practice in 1984. Doc was a carpenter. He demolished several farm buildings, reclaimed the lumber and much of the hardware. Those reclaimed materials provided much of the materials he used to build a barn which served as home to Old Barn Antiques, the antique store that he operated with Betty for 14 years. That structure still stands on S. Burr Street in Mitchell and is currently occupied by the Readers Den, Paula’s Hearing Aid Services, and Plains Commerce Bank.
In his “retirement”, he purchased a farm near Aurora, South Dakota, and taught his family the business of establishing and operating a cow-calf operation. He built several farm structures, and could climb ladders and swing hammers well into his eighties. Miskimins Ranch was home to Doc’s Walking X brand, which is displayed on the left hip of several hundred cows currently being cared for by partners of the Miskimins family on their farms near Canova, Plankinton, White Lake, Gary, and Emery. The contributions of those partners in assisting the family to continue to celebrate Doc’s legacy are greatly appreciated, as are the contributions of the professional cattle marketers in Madison and Mitchell. Doc also developed lasting relationships with the people that worked for Miskimins Ranch. Those relationships were important to Radean and continue to be appreciated by the Miskimins family.
Radean was well versed in a variety of fields and was pleased for having learned much.
Blessed to have shared his life are his wife, Betty, Mitchell; four sons Paul (Ellen), Mitchell; Dale (Sue), Elkton, Scot, Aurora, and Jim (Jeanice), Mitchell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his brother Lyle (Mildred), Allerton, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and an infant brother.