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After Willies father died, he and his brother, Bob, purchased the family ranch where Willie lived until his death.
Benning, GA, Trevor Bartunek, Phoenix, AZ, Austin Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Autumn and Ainsley Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; great-grandchildren, Jerika, Keaton, and Tavin Gohman, and Lexi, Leigh, Drew, and Dawson Long; sisters and brothers, Karon Kurtz and Duane Kurtz of Aberdeen, SD, Shirley Simon, Yuma, AZ, Lois (Victor) Schwahn, San Jacinto, CA, Connie Olson, Rapid City, SD, and Dennis (Sue) Kurtz, Claremore, OK; one aunt, Abbie Jensen, Spearfish, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.In 2001, Willie started working in Buffalo for his daughter, Angela, answering phones and keeping everyone on task.Sonny Nation, Karen Brown, and Marilyn Parfrey became good friends in the years he spent at the Tatanka Plaza, sharing stories and when needed, encouragement.Send Flowers Sign/View Registry Willie "Willy" John Tenold was born April 3, 1938, to Peder and Astrid "Esther" (Rasmussen) Tenold in Buffalo, SD.He was the 9th of 10 children and grew up on the family ranch 3 miles east of Reva, SD.In 1990, Willy was paralyzed in a tractor accident as he was getting ready for spring planting.
Special modifications allowed Willie to use the telephone and computer unassisted.
They raised 4 children on the family ranch where 2 children, Pete and Laura, continue the family operation to this day.
In 1960, Willie was named "Outstanding Young Rancher." He was always active in the community including, serving on the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Council, HC Weed and Pest Board, and measuring fields and grain bins for the FSA, to name a few. When he had everything in order at home, he and Bob did custom farming, haying, and corn chopping for the neighbors.
Willie always loved a good story and a hearty laugh.
After he retired from his town job, Willie commenced his true lifes passion the phone tree!
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