Hugh Leon Wynia
Hugh Leon Wynia was born on July 13, 1928, at home near Platte, SD, to Benjamin and Johanna (Koster) Wynia. Hugh and his twin brother, Herb, grew up on the banks of the Missouri River near Platte, SD. In 1936, his family moved to Tillamook, OR, returning to Platte in 1939. On July 31, 1951, he married Nina Moller from Wessington, SD. They were married for 63 years and had six children: Gloria, Barbara, Dorothy, Steven, Ronald and Dwight. Hugh enlisted in the Marine Corps, stationed in Oceanside, CA. He served from 1951 to 1954, including 1 year, 1 month, and 10 days in Korea. After he was honorably discharged from the Marines, they purchased a farm northwest of Platte, where Hugh was also a custom hay hauler. Ten years later they traded their farm for a ranch north of Reliance, SD. They moved briefly to Hillman, MN, in 1975, and later that year they moved to Hot Springs. Hugh was a successful entrepreneur. He used the mechanical skills he gained in the Marines to tinker; he could fix nearly everything. He started out as a Farmer and Rancher, then purchased and operated a motel and later owned and managed apartments and a trailer court. He served as President of Lower Brule School Board and helped start the first high school at Lower Brule. While living in Hot Springs he served on the City Council. He was an avid reader and kept up with world events. He studied and read from the Bible daily. He was well known in Hot Springs for his outgoing nature, kindness, and positive attitude. Hugh enjoyed people and made many friends throughout his life. He loved sitting on his front porch, chatting with anyone who passed by and enjoying the best view in the world. For many years he exercised and socialized daily at Evans Plunge. He spent the last year of his life living at Pine Hills, where he enjoyed meeting new people and developed close friendships with the staff and other residents. He was blessed to have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who provided him with much happiness. Hugh passed away peacefully on December 22, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Hugh is survived by daughters, Barbara (David) Gulk of Rapid City; Dorothy (Duane) Fowler of San Marcos, TX; sons, Steve Wynia of Hot Springs, SD; Ron Wynia (Kim Bell) of Rapid City; Dwight (Brenda) Wynia of Hot Springs, SD; son-in-law Jerry Cahill of Kent, WA; grandchildren, Jeremy Cahill; Angela Cahill; Michael Gulk; Erin Wynia; Laura Donovan; Curtis Wynia; Kris Wynia; Brian Wynia; Bryce Wynia; great-grandsons, Carson Gulk; Austin Donovan; great-granddaughters, Alicen Donovan; Paisley Wynia; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2014; daughter, Gloria in 2013; parents; sister, Grace; brothers, Clarence (Boss), Benjamin, Percy (Pete), and Herb. Memorial services were held, Saturday, December 29, 2018, Chamberlain- McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Interment with military honors followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs. A memorial has been established.