Darold Adamson

Darold Adamson, age 93, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on Friday morning, May 21, 2021 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton surrounded by his sons praying with him.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Tom Anderson officiating.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton with military honors by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, May 25 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation also resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Both the vigil and funeral will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/WintzRay and on Darold’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

Pallbearers are his nine grandchildren.

Darold was born December 11, 1927 in Clay County to Lauren and Blanche (Bertrand) Adamson.  He went to grade school at Bloomingdale #16 and graduated from Centerville High School in 1945.  He then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and joined the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.  Darold joined the United States Army in 1946 and was Medical Technician deployed to Korea.  He married his high school sweetheart, Lou Harmon, on September 16, 1946.   Darold graduated from USD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  He went on to manage Nutragreen Fertilizer until 1955 when he took a job traveling for the US Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.  Darold then managed the Elevator at Parker, SD, followed by a move to Yankton and became a junior partner at the Feed Bin.  In 1972, he accepted a position as District Manager for Purina until his retirement in 1986.  However, he loved his work and in response to former customers, he formed the corporation, Placement & Monitoring Services, for the purpose of locating cattle for custom feeding at farmer’s feedlots.  This took him to Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and surrounding areas and even went out on calls until he was 90!

Darold was a 50 year member and past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and a 50 year member with the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to St. Benedict Parish and was involved in the first steps of building the new church.  Darold was active in the House of Mary Shrine, that he held so dear.  He was also active in The Saints Group, Catholics Returning Home, Parish Council, and lectored at Mass for over 50 years.  He participated in the M-2 and REC Prison Ministries at Springfield.  He was in numerous Bible studies, and when a question arose, most everyone turned to Darold for the answer.  He was a man of deep faith.  Darold enjoyed hunting, golfing, and playing pinochle (as recently as last Saturday).  But most of all, he loved his annual trout fishing trip with his sons and grandsons.

Darold is survived by five children: Steve (Jennifer) Adamson of Yankton and grandchildren, Jason Adamson and Brooke Hershfeldt (Brandon Bruder); daughter, Beth Adamson of Yankton; son, Greg (Jane) Adamson of Yankton and grandchildren, Jared (Amanda) Adamson, Andra Adamson Foster (Brock); son, Tim (Terry) Adamson of Phoenix, AZ and grandchildren, Austin Adamson, Heather Adamson, Cole (Caroline) Adamson; and son, Brad (Kim) Adamson of Sioux Falls and grandchildren, Malorie Adamson and Matt (Stacy) Adamson; 13 great grandchildren: RJ, Emma, Brynlee, Rozlyn, Sawyer, Phoebe, Mabel, Harper, Ethan, Bria, Veronica, Corrine, and Andriana; brother Jim (Gloria) Adamson of Centerville, SD; sister-in-law, Eva Erickson of Centerville; and many nieces and nephews, along with 10 godchildren.

Darold was preceded in death by his wife, Lou on January 13, 2009; and a brother, Delmar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the House of Mary Shrine, PO Box 455, Yankton, SD  57078.


To watch a replay of Darold’s rosary and vigil service, click the link https://fb.watch/5JicZ6FA_w/





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16 response to "Darold Adamson"

  1. By: Jane Hawk Posted: May 22, 2021

    To Darold’s extended family, I offer my condolences.
    He was a thoughtful, kind gentleman, and always enjoyed visiting.
    Treasure the memories of the fun times your family shared.
    Sincerely, Jane Hawk

  2. By: Herb and Ellen Bollig Posted: May 22, 2021

    Darold was one of the finest people we know. His kindness was a gift to all. Our sympathies and prayers.

  3. By: Robert and Rachel Heisinger Posted: May 24, 2021

    Darold helped us with our cattle feeding business and was honest and we’d trust him with anything. Great human being. He will be missed by many.

  4. By: Cheryl Shaeffer Posted: May 24, 2021

    What a dear friend we have lost in Darold. The whole Adamson family have been dear friends to our family for over 65 years. We are so grateful for the host of happy memories we will always treasure, while both of our families grew up together in Centerville, then Parker, then Yankton. What a blessing to have friends like that! -Cheryl Dott Shaeffer

  5. By: Barb (Nold) Weiland Posted: May 25, 2021

    Our heartfelt condolences from the Weiland family to Darolds family and friends. We have a lot of great memories we shared together over the years. Such fun times we spent in Parker. Sending big hugs and love. Keep those memories alive.

    Barb Weiland

  6. By: Susan Schavee Posted: May 25, 2021

    Darold was our neighbor at the Lake for many years. I first met him through Toastmasters and will always remember his spirited discussions with Harry Speece in our meetings. He as a true gentleman. He will be missed.

  7. By: Tom Welter Posted: May 25, 2021

    Yankton icon I was fortunate to get to know within the church and through YHS athletics. Gentle and kind. My condolences to the family and celebration on a life well lived.

  8. By: Tom and Leann Rockne Posted: May 25, 2021

    My wife and I met Darold at a prayer group 34 years ago and from that day on we had a true friend. When we crossed paths Darold always had a kind word and an uplifting comment. He truly was a kind,caring,God Loving man. We were definitely blessed to know him. Our sincere condolences to all of the Adamson Family. God Bless You !

  9. By: shirlee blaschke vognild and Gene Vognild Posted: May 25, 2021

    Wishing you our love and sympathy. …….
    Our families (the Blaschke and Adamson) spent a lot of memories together. Our farms were neighboring.. Infact, I babysat Beth and Steve while Darold attend USD and Lou ran her beauty shop…
    You kids were truly blessed with two of the best parents. God bless you all….

  10. By: Gene and Shirlee Blaschke Vognild Posted: May 25, 2021

    My family (Blaschke) and the Adamson Family were farm neighbors. Over the many many years we made a host of memories….
    While Darold attend USD….I babysat Steve and Beth so Lou could run her beauty shop. in Vermillion.
    You kids were blessed with the best parents ever…
    Our love and sympathy to you all… God bless.

  11. By: shirlee Vognild Posted: May 25, 2021

    blessing to the family. He was a God fearing man and God has another dedicated servant

  12. By: Patty Chase Viet Posted: May 26, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to your family – your father was such a beautiful person. I have great memories of growing up in Parker with classmate Steve and co-worker Beth. You are truly blessed with wonderful parents.

  13. By: Carolynn Hales Costar Posted: May 27, 2021

    Sending sincere sympathy to the your family. Your father handled life with grace and class. I always admired him. I drove my parents (Doc and Georgia Hales) up to meet him and the Pahls in Yankton before mom and dad went in the nursing home…it was so much fun to hear the memories and stories they shared. I think maybe the “old Parker” clan is having a great reunion in heaven. Prayers and hugs for your family. Carolynn Hales Costar

  14. By: Vicki Flynn Posted: May 27, 2021

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a great guy your Dad was! I have wonderful memories of both of your parents. The video tribute is awesome. Smiled with tears in my eyes through the whole thing. Thinking of you all.

  15. By: Kay (Clikeman) Dieren Posted: May 27, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a nice man. I always loved hearing the fun stories that our parents had. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  16. By: Gary and Jane York Posted: May 29, 2021

    So, so sorry to hear of Darold’s passing. We will miss him as a former neighbor by the lake, a cattle consultant, and a dear friend. We were so happy that Gary chatted on the phone with him a few weeks ago. Deepest sympathy to the family.

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