Harold B. Foote, age 77, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Funeral services are 11:00 AM, on Friday, August 4, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton and the US Navy Honor Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, August 3 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers include his grandsons: Kolby Foote, Donavon McConnell, Nathan Flanagan, Zachary Flanagan, Haiden Magnussen, and Charlie Foote. Honorary pallbearers are grandson Dennis McConnell Jr. and his granddaughters: Kelsey Foote, Brittan Flanagan, Katie Flanagan, Hannah Magnussen, Chloe Foote and Claire Foote.
Harold was born August 11, 1939 in Huron, South Dakota to Burr and Darline (DeLano) Foote. He grew up on a farm near Yale, South Dakota and attended Foote Country School. Harold went to Yale High School for three years and then graduated from Huron High School in 1957. After school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet. Harold was honorably discharged in 1960 and moved back to Huron where he worked for an implement dealer. Shortly thereafter, Harold moved to Pierre and started working for the State Highway Department. He met Ruth Eckert on a blind date and 10 months later they were married on October 21, 1962 in Midland, SD. After their marriage, they moved back to Huron and Harold attended Huron College, graduating with a teaching degree in 1967. Later, he received his Master's Degree in Special Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Harold taught school including special education for over 40 years, teaching in Colstrip, MT, Mission, SD, North Platte, NE, St. Francis, SD, Bonesteel, SD, and Lake Andes, SD. In 2009, he retired and moved to Yankton in 2010, where he spent the last seven years working as a greeter at Walmart. Harold loved to visit and be around people. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching sports, especially college basketball, Husker football and the Denver Broncos. He was proud of his service in the Navy, but above all, he was proud of his family and cherished the time spent with them.
Harold will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth Foote of Yankton; five children: Kathy (Dennis) McConnell of North Platte, NE, Jeffrey (Deb) Foote of North Platte, Krista (Rod) Neugebauer of Ethan, SD, Jennifer (Scott) Magnussen of Pierce, NE and Jason (Jessie) Foote of Yankton; 13 grandchildren; brother, Richard (Marvel) Foote of San Diego, CA; sister, Faye Berry of Forest Hill, CA; sister-in-law, Carol Foote of Redding, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl Foote.
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One of the nicest greeters at Walmart. And friendly to visit with in the break room.My sympathies.
I enjoyed working with Harold when he was our Special Educator at Bonesteel/Fairfax School. As his supervisor, I found him ready to help his students with their individual needs.
Sincere sympathy to Ruth and Family.
You will be sorely missed. I am so glad that I got to meet you. Shall miss all your wonderful stories in the break room in the mornings.
Harold will be greatly missed by all. We always enjoyed visiting with him at Walmart.
Jerry and Cindy Mace
Ruth--- I saw Harold's obituary in the online P&D and remembered the time we were neighbor's in Mission---can it be 50 years ago?! Sending sympathy and prayers to your and your family.
Harold will be greatly missed. I worked with Harold at Walmart.Ruth so sorry to hear about Harold's death.
My heart goes out to all the family..he was such a nice man...was a great neighbor with that little grin on his face when I would wave at him..always put a smile on my face when I would walk into Walmart because then again I would see him grin..you will be missed by many, but your in God's house now, where there is nothing but joy and peace...prayers to you all..!
To Ruth and family, so sorry to hear about Harold's sudden passing, Prayers for you and your family.
I just want to express my sympathy to the Foote family--especially to Jason & Jesse and family! It's so hard losing a loved one so unexpectedly. Sorry I won't be able to attend the prayer service or funeral, but you all are in my prayers. Bless you all!
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