Eloise (Hendrickson) Pepin


The card players in heaven won’t know what hit them!

Eloise Elaine Pepin has chosen to take her game playing skills to a higher place. She passed away Dec. 4, 2017.

Eloise enjoyed a good conversation and was never too busy to put the coffee on. She spent countless hours playing cards with family and friends, creating many memories. One of her recent favorite pastimes was sitting on her deck waving at familiar faces.

Eloise was born Sept. 13, 1928. She was raised with 11 siblings at Four Mile, S.D. She married Ernie Pepin  June 29, 1946.  In 1952 she was elected Custer County Sheriff,  defeating five male opponents. She worked at city hall, Four Mile Post and Pole and the U.S. Forest Service until her retirement at the age of 76. She was quick with a prank and did it with a twinkle in her eye.

As her children, we recall a very secure and carefree childhood. She didn’t bat an eye as we dragged blankets to the clothesline for another fort or used her kitchen utensils to make mud pies. She made the best fried chicken and potato salad and on Saturday night we would look forward to her cast iron fried hamburgers and homemade fries. She took pride in crisp white laundry and a large stack of firewood.

She is survived by four children: Linda (Tom) Nelson of Custer, S.D., Valerie (Bob) Pulscher of Rock Island, Ill., Steve Pepin and Denise (Marshall) Burtzlaff of Hot Springs, S.D.; grandchildren  Sundae (Sean) Morgan, Dallas (Lesley) Wilkinson, Miranda (Adam) Boggs, Jeremy (Angela) Pepin, Matthew Pepin, Shawn (Maureen) Pulscher, Sara (Pete) Schaich, and Cheyenne (Jeff) Lawrence; six step-grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Fischer, Derelle Wynia and Leola Thomsen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, on the same date 36 years ago; parents, Guy and Lillian Hendrickson; two children, John and Mary; sisters, Joyce Phillips, Margaret Feaster and Delores Lewis; and brothers, Everett, Slim, Robert and Eddie Hendrickson.

Services will be held at Custer Lutheran Fellowship Chapel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

A memorial has been established to the Custer Veterans Memorial Park, 622 Crook Street, Custer, SD 57730.

Committal services will be held at a later date.