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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
Melvin Backes

Melvin Lou Dale "Dale" Backes

Tuesday, April 13th, 1926 - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Obituary

Dale Backes, 93, of Platte, SD passed away peacefully Thursday, December 19, 2019 at home. Funeral Mass is 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 23, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Platte. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday, December 22, 2019 with a 7:00 P.M. Wake Service and Rosary.

Melvin Lou Dale Backes was born on April 13, 1926 to Nick and Dorothy (LaBaugh) Backes on the family farm north of Platte, SD. He attended Country School and went on to serve his country in the US Army from April 1945 – December 1946 during WWII stationed in the Philippines. He then began a lifelong career in farming and ranching, raising Hereford cattle.

Dale was united in marriage to Carol Ries on April 15, 1953 at St. Willibrord Catholic Church in Robey, SD. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Platte, served on the Torrey Lake Township Board, and was an active member of Dittrick-Barrows-Noldner American Legion Post #26 in Stickney, Mitchell VFW Post #2750 and Mitchell Moose Lodge #875.

Dancing with Carol was a favorite activity, especially Square Dancing. Dale was always ready for a game of double deck Pinochle and enjoyed playing Solitaire.

Grateful for having shared in Dale’s life: his wife of 66 years, Carol Backes of Platte, SD; three children: Steve (Deb) Backes of Platte, SD, Kathy (Mike) Hoffman of Mitchell, SD and Dave (Sherri) Backes of Platte, SD; a son-in-law, Steven Panchyshyn of Farmington, MN; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Elaine Backes of Rapid City, SD; three brothers-in-law: Eugene Ries of Mitchell, SD, Kenneth Ries of Corsica, SD and Gerald Ries of Hudson, WI; along with many nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Panchyshyn; his parents, Nick and Dorothy Backes; a sister, Florene (Eugene) McLaughlin; two brothers: Eugene (Viola) Backes and Floyd Backes; and four sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Ries, Mary Jane Ries, Elaine Ries and Darlene (Bill) Peta.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Church - PL
    Address
    321 S. Ohio Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    7:00pm Wake Service and Rosary with Deacon Joe Tegethoff
  • Service

    Monday, December 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, December 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Church - PL
    Address
    321 S. Ohio Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Grant Lacey
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery - PL
    Address
    PLATTE, SD 57369
    Military Honors by Dittrick-Barrows-Noldner American Legion Post #26 of Stickney, SD
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Church - PL
    Address
    321 S. Ohio Ave.
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • Army of Occupation Medal
  • Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
  • Moose Lodge
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • US Army
  • VFW
  • Victory Medal

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