Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Melvin Albert “Mel” Hiermeier was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Cornlea, Neb., to Catherine and Andrew J. Hiermeier. He was one of 12 children. He attended school in Pringle, S.D., and Custer, S.D., after the family moved to South Dakota.
He began his working career when he was 17 in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He then moved to Butte, Mont., and worked in the copper mines. In 1942, he married Ruby Blessing. Together they had three sons; Rodney
“Butch,” Melvin K. “Rick,” and Ronald.
During World War II, Mel was a welder on the Victory Ships in Vancouver, Wash. On May 23, 1964, Mel married his soulmate, Linda G. Belmont. This was the beginning of Hiermeier Trucking. They enjoyed supporting the community of Custer for several decades through sponsorship of sports teams, church and annual events.
Mel died June 21, 2013, at his home. He was 93.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters; two grandchildren; and one great great-grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda of Custer; sons, Butch of Custer, Rick and Ronnie both of Edgemont, S.D.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cecelia Giometti of Sonoma, Calif., and Rosella Tholberg of Pilot Rock, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wake service was June 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer. Mass of Christian Burial was June 26 at St. John the Baptist in Custer with Fr. Tim Hoag officiating. Interment followed at the Pringle Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to benefit the Custer Volunteer Fire Dept. in memory of Leo Harbach and Hospice of the Hills.
Written condolences mat be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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