Published: Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Joe Dean McClaren was born June 30, 1931, to Wylie and Mildred (Ventiling) McClaren. Joe weighed 12 pounds, nine ounces.
As a young man, Joe lived on the family ranch near Pringle, S.D., with his three brothers and sister. Joe attended high school in Custer, S.D., where he enjoyed participating in football, basketball and track. Joe set a few records.
After graduation from Custer High School in 1949, Joe worked construction. On Dec. 26, 1953, he married the love of his life, Ferol Ousley. They enjoyed 59 years together. In 1955, they were blessed with the first of three sons, Jeffery Charles. Joe took the family on the road doing construction jobs in Wyoming and Montana. In 1959, after the birth of their second son, Bradley Joe, they moved back to the Custer area where Joe worked in the timber and mining business. He also worked with his father on the family ranch. In 1965, Timothy Miles joined the family.
Joe took over the ranch from his dad in the early ’80s. In 2004, he and his sons traded the Pringle ranch for a ranch in Nebraska. The last few years Joe helped his sons with the ranch south of Hay Springs, Neb. He especially enjoyed haying and checking cattle on his four-wheeler.
Joe was never afraid of hard work and was always willing to help others. He loved playing cards, going to the barn sale, brandings and generally being around friends where he could visit and share a story.
Joe died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Rapid City (S.D.) Regional West Hospital. He was 81.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie and Mildred; brothers, Bob and Glen; and sister, Donna.
He is survived by his wife, Ferol of Custer; sons, Jeff (Karen) of Gillette, Wyo., Brad (Maggie) and Tim (Lori), both of Hay Springs; eight grandchildren, Emily, Quinn, Chris, Charlie, Jobe, Marie, Morgan and Kyle; one great-granddaughter, Ahris; as well as numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were March 2 at Custer Community Church. Interment followed at Custer Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to benefit the Hay Springs and Custer fire departments.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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