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Obituary for Mark A. "Darky" Reichard
Mark Alton Reichard was born to Roy "Rip" Willard and Ruth Gwenith (Bradfield) Reichard on August 17, 1947, in Sioux City. A lifelong Mapleton resident, he graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1965. He received his Bachelor degree in Psychology at Midwestern College and his Master's degree in Educational Psychology and Guidance from the University of South Dakota. He married Patricia Rogge in Sioux Falls on January 6, 1975. Darky had a passion for educating youth. That passion led him to teach first in Shickley, NE, then in Whiting, IA. He spent his final teaching career at West Harrison High School, retiring after 22 years there. He worked part time at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan for the past 3 years. He absolutely loved rock & roll music. He and his cat were inseperable. Lucky acted like Darky's bodyguard, following him everywhere and even sleeping on him during their naps. Darky also used his teaching skills on the ballfield as he coached the Danbury Fast Pitch Team for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Quarry Lodge #404 AM & FM. Survivors left to treasure their memories of Mark include his wife of 38 years, Patricia of Mapleton; his daughter and her husband, Natalie and Keith Lamb of Castana; and a granddaughter, Natasha of Castana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rip who died on March 27, 1988, and Ruth Reichard who died on December 2, 1976.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Armstrong Funeral Home
210 S. 5th St.