Published: Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Maynard M. Sogge was born April 20, 1920, in Spicer, Minn., to Knut and Alma (Olson) Sogge.
A WWII veteran, rancher, horse trader and musician, he touched the hearts of many. He never met a stranger, often changing their lives forever.
After marrying Thelma Boeckman he settled outside of Fairburn, S.D., continuing to work with horse teams and building and driving wagons for wagon trains. You would often find him sitting at the table among a pile of shavings, whittling out a horse or miniature wagon for a friend. Maynard was instrumental in starting ‘The Good old Boys’ band and played for the enjoyment of many nursing homes and barn dances around the Black Hills.
Maynard was one of the last of South Dakota’s old style cowboys and died June 20, 2012, after a lengthy illness at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, S.D. He was 92.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Fairburn; brothers, Roger Sogge of Troutdale, Ore., Truman Sogge of Kasson, Minn., Vernon Sogge of Moorehead, Minn.; and sister, Arlene Gould of New London, Minn.
Memorial services were June 27 at the Custer County Fairgrounds grandstand in Hermosa, S.D., with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating. In case of inclement weather the services will be held indoors at the fairgrounds.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established and may be sent to the family.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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