Arthur Cooper Rew Sr.


Arthur Cooper Rew Sr., 86, of Mitchell, SD, died unexpectedly at his home in Mitchell, SD on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 17 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be distributed to places near and dear to Art’s heart. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Arthur C Rew Sr. was born in Mitchell on March 16, 1934, to George and Harriet Rew. On July 24, 1955, he married Norma Stahlecker and they had four children together.

He started Rew’s TV and appliance in his garage and the business grew to the Main Street location. He was part owner of KORN radio. He served as the youngest City Council member and youngest elected Mayor of Mitchell at 32.

In 1987, Art married Lois Nolz. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed many years on Lake Mitchell, tending their garden and lawn. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mitchell and served many years on the church vestry, most recently as the Senior Warden.

He loved the city of Mitchell, the business community, Mitchell Kernel athletics and Lake Mitchell!

Left with his loving memory are his children: Kristine (Mark Benzel) Weatherill of College Place, WA, Rev. Janine (Rev. N. Craig Werling) Rew-Werling of Watertown, SD, Art (Audra) Rew Jr of Mitchell, SD, and Dan (Brenda) Rew of Mitchell, SD; his stepchildren: Sandra Johnston of Omaha, NE, Melissa (Craig) Stricherz of St. Cloud, MN, Jim (Jessica) Nolz of Brandon, SD; his grandchildren: Nikki (Ryan) Escobin, Zach (Angela) Nolz, Ashleigh (Rhett) Eilts, Emma Nelsen (Mark Nelsen), Hanna Werling (Ross Fenske), Grant Werling, Amelia (Josh) Endres, Ashton Rew, Elizabeth Rew, Isaac Rew, Kelsey (Matt) Hazard, Allie Johnston, Sydney Stricherz, Brendan Stricherz, Olivia Nolz, and Sam Nolz; great-grandchildren: Mahlaya Escobin , Zavier Escobin, Sophia Nolz, Rory Nolz, Isabella Nolz, Noah Nelsen, Vivian Eilts, Whynstyn Eilts, Leo Hazard, and Kase Endres; siblings: Bob (Katie) Rew, Charlotte (Dave) Streit, Harriet (Larry) Moss, and Bill Rew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, David; his wife, Lois; his sisters, Mary and Katherine; and step-granddaughter, Brittany Nolz.

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