Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Hugo Ray Stender was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Ray and Giulia (Anticoli) Stender. He was a life long Custer, S.D., resident who attended school in Custer up until his senior year when he transferred and graduated from Hill City, S.D., in 1965.
Upon his graduation, he enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard with six years of service. He married Pam Ellerton and they had a son, Travis. Hugo later married Beth Evans and they had a daughter, Shana.
On Dec. 16 1993, Hugo was married to Dawn Peterson and had a son, Joseph. Hugo spent his career in the logging industry and participated in the Jaycees and the Log Haulers Association. Some of his favorite pastimes included playing basketball, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, entertaining his friends and family and cooking, especially recipes from his Italian roots. Hugo most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his Chihuahua, Mocha.
Hugo died Nov. 17, 2013, at Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital. He was 66.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn; children, Travis (Lori Boggs) Lipp of Belle Fourche, S.D., Shana (Brad Huffman) Stender of Spearfish, S.D., Joseph (April Johnson) Stender of Custer; grandchildren, Justin Stender of Spearfish, Emitt Lipp of Belle Fourche, Madison and Aubree Stender of Custer; sister, Anna (Lennis) Baumiller of Gary, S.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Giulia Stender; father, Ray Stender; and step-mother, Dorothy Stender.
Funeral services were Nov. 22 at Custer Community Church with Pastor Comfort officiating. Interment followed at Custer Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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