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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: HORSTMEYER; Paul Butch-1/10/1999-USA
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:41:44 +0100

PLANKINTON - Paul "Butch" Horstmeyer was admirably equipped to farm.

He delighted in raising livestock he possessed a keen business sense and
independent mind he was an adept mechanic and his physical strength earned
him a reputation as probably the strongest man in Aurora County.

A monument to his talent is the fact that after 49 years, the farm he bought
south of Plankinton is still in the family.

Paul H. Horstmeyer, 81, died Friday, October 1, 1999, of a heart attack at
the Aurora Brule Nursing Home in White Lake.

"My dad borrowed exactly what he needed," says his son Roger. "He never
borrowed any more. During hard times he never had any financial problems,
because he never went there. When people were leaving, he was still standing

Horstmeyer was born June 14, 1918, at White Lake to Fred and Emma (Boedeker)
Horstmeyer. He attended school at White Lake, and working on the family farm
convinced him that was what he wanted to do with his life.

World War II intervened. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in
the Pacific Theater, first as an infantryman, then as a mechanic. In 1942,
he married Sena Running at Corvallis, Ore.

After he was discharged in 1945, the couple moved to Sioux City for a brief
time and then to Plankinton. After working three years in the car repair
business there, he was able to realize his dream and bought a farm.

He was a good addition to his rural neighborhood.

"He was a big man, 240 (pounds) and not an ounce of fat on him," says his
son. "He helped the neighbors, of course, and if anybody had a problem, they
got him."

Over time, he concentrated on cattle and hogs, but before that he also
raised sheep and chickens.

"He farmed and raised everything out here," says his son, "but he loved

His wife, who remains on the farm, remembers they met when she stayed
overnight with his sister.

"I thought he was quite good-looking for one thing," she says. "There was
something about him."

Somewhere, he had also acquired a knack for dancing.

"He taught me how to dance," she says, and that was a lifelong delight. "We
had an awful lot of fun at dances."

Other hobbies were fishing and pheasant hunting, and in later years he was
adamant about making coffee hour in town.

"He never missed a day," says his son.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a past president of the
church council. He was also a member of VFW Post 6554 in Plankinton.
Military service was also a lifelong source of satisfaction to him, and that
influenced two of his sons to enlist, as well.

In addition to his wife and son he is survived by two more sons: Larry and
Lee of Rapid City a sister, Gladys Boyd of Plankinton six grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.

His independent cast of mind served him to the end.

"He was strong and independent, and when he said something, that was it,"
says Roger.

"He said he'd never leave the farm, and he didn't, until the last four

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Plankinton. Burial will be in Mizpah Cemetery with military
graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 6554. Visitation will take place from
7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. The
Shearer Funeral Home of Plankinton is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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