Elmer Maas, ParkstonElmer Maas, 98, Parkston, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Tripp Good Samaritan Society.
Elmer Maas, 98, Parkston, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Tripp Good Samaritan Society.
He was born on Jan. 1, 1914.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church, Parkston. Burial will be in Rosenfeld Cemetery, near Parkston.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Koehn Brothers Funeral Home, Parkston.
Dr. Waldner drove out from Parkston with horse and buggy to deliver Elmer, a New Year’s baby, at the farm southeast of Parkston, to William and Emma (Heth) Maas.
Elmer graduated valedictorian from Tripp High School on May 22, 1931.
He was the last living member of his class of 10 students.
He stayed home for two years. In 1933, he went to Wartburg College in Clinton, Iowa. He worked in the college kitchen and on campus for part of his tuition and board.
The total school bill for the year was a little less than $400. Due to hard times of the1930s, he attended for only two years.
Elmer married Clara Schelske on Nov. 23, 1942, at Tripp.
To this union, three sons were born: Willard and Linda, Parkston; children: Kristin, Kerry, Erin, Mark and James; Larry and Dori, Plankinton; children: Deaun, Stean and Kati; Bryan and Kim, Parkston; children: Carrie, Kammy, Brandyn and Kresha. There are eight great-grandchildren.
Clara died on Feb. 2, 1988.
In 1956, Elmer became the second county director of equalization for Hutchinson County. He remained in that position for 15 years.
In 1962, Elmer became the first certified assessment evaluator in the state of South Dakota. This designation was received from the International Association of Assessing Officers of Chicago.
In 1970, he was appointed as director of equalization for Yankton County, which he held for four years.
He then became senior appraiser and regional field man for the State of South Dakota, a position he held until his retirement in 1984.
Elmer was very active in Salem Lutheran Church, serving in positions of councilman and longtime Sunday School superintendent.
Upon retirement, Elmer and Clara returned to the rural Parkston area. Elmer loved the outdoors. He was an avid pheasant and duck hunter; he also did some deer hunting. He moved to an apartment in Parkston in 1997, Golden Touch Living in 2003, and Tripp Good Samaritan in June 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Memorials would be preferred in lieu of flowers.
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