Donald Raymond Rost, 80, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Brookview Manor in Brookings.
Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church in Brookings. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Donald Raymond Rost was born on July 14, 1932, near Brandt, the son of Rudolph and Myrtle (Dawson) Rost.
Don attended various country schools around the Brookings area and was drafted into the United States Army in 1952. After two years of service Don was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1954. Don married Rose Black on April 13, 1957, in Madison.
Don was a milkman for BK Dairy in Brookings and for Foremost Dairy in other areas in eastern South Dakota. He also drove truck for various local companies for 15 years.
In his later years Don worked at the Brookings hospital, Brookings County Highway Department and as a crossing guard and playground supervisor at Brookings schools.
Don attended Bethel Baptist Church and was a member of the Brookings American Legion.
He was always quick with a joke and found a nickname for almost everybody that he met. Don was an avid camper and fisherman who loved all animals.
He had a beagle, Belle, and two cats, Buddy and Sissy.
Don is survived by his wife, Rose of Brookings; four children, Kristie Chouinard and her fiancé Dave Champy of Sandbornville, N.H., Daniel (Becky) Rost of Brookings, Jeffery Rost and his friend Christy Johnston of Des Moines, Iowa, and Steven (Andrea) Rost of Lakeville, Minn.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann, a brother, and his son, Jimmy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Brookings Area Transit Authority (BATA).
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.