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Flowers left for William Clanton
William H. “Bill” Clanton, 80, Buffalo, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Visitation was Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and Monday one hour prior to the services in Buffalo.

There was a family prayer service Sunday at 7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. The public was invited.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the Harding County Memorial Recreation Center with Pastor Hans “Matt” Sacrison officiating. Burial followed at the Buffalo Cemetery.

Bill was born June 21, 1925, on the VanHorn Ranch in Harding County, to Cather and Willo (VanHorn) Clanton. He grew up in Harding County where he attended country school and school in Buffalo. He graduated from Belle Fourche High School. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Following his honorable discharge, Bill then attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins where he received his degree. He was a charter member of the CSU Farm House Fraternity.

Bill married Bonnie Heisler at Belle Fourche in 1951. They ranched with his parents in Harding County south of Buffalo for a short time. He served as the Harding County Extension Agent from 1955 until 1956. They moved to a ranch west of Buffalo where Bill was in partnership with Harry Blair. He ranched in Harding County for the rest of his life.

Bill was a member of the Grand River Lutheran Church, the Western SD Buckaroos, the Harding County Stockgrowers, and the American Legion Lamnison Post #147. He served on the Harding County School Board and was a director of the Ludlow Grazing Association Cooperative.

Survivors include his three sons, Bob Clanton and Julie Davis, Foothills Ranch, Calif., Gary and Sue Ann Clanton, Buffalo, and Bret and Pennee Clanton, Buffalo; one daughter, Cathy and Steve Brengle, Buffalo; grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Brengle, Angie and Matt Brengle, Kellee and Brad Hollenbeck, Kari Clanton, Beth Clanton and her fiancée, Garth Pelton, and Billy Clanton; and three great-grandchildren, Bridger and Blair Brengle and Katee Hollenbeck, all of whom Bill was very proud of. He is also survived by one brother, Donald Clanton, Castle Rock, Colo.; special friend, Roselyn Ridley and her family; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Bonnie in 1996; and one brother, L.J.

Memorials have been established to the Grand River Lutheran Church and to the Harding County Memorial Recreational Center.
Meade County Times-Tribune
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 Added: Feb. 24, 2006

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