Donald “Gus” McBrayer


Donald “Gus” McBrayer, 78, of Ethan, SD, died Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, January 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, at Holy Family with a 6:30 PM scripture service. Masks are requested at the funeral services. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Donald “Gus” LeRoy McBrayer Jr. was born February 12, 1943, to Donald and Janette (Lambertz) McBrayer in Mitchell, SD. Gus was raised and attended school in Ethan. During high school Gus worked at the Ethan Cheese Factory. On April 24, 1962, Gus was united in marriage to Joan Murray. Together they started farming and milking cows. Later, Gus worked for Davison County, operating the road grader until he retired in November of 2009.

Gus loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and never missed a chance to spend time with them. He enjoyed playing volleyball in his younger years, playing cards his entire life, and showing all the kids how tough he was by flexing his muscles. Gus loved spending time in the field, hunting and fishing with his boys and grandkids.

Grateful for sharing Gus’s life is his wife, Joan; sons, Donnie (Bev) of Ethan, Jeff (Kathy) of Sioux Falls, and Brian (Michelle) of Ethan; daughter, Vicki (Dave) of Ethan; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jim (Kay) McBrayer, Jack McBrayer, Rose Oberembt, Daniel (Sharon) McBrayer, Peggy (Mike) Stoduto, Mike (Charleen) McBrayer, and Joyce (James) Roth.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis “Red” McBrayer; his parents; brother, Pat; sister, Patricia in infancy; brothers-in-law, Robert Oberembt and Javern Hofer; sisters-in-law, Judy Waldera and Mona McBrayer.

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