Dean Hunhoff


Dean Michael Hunhoff was born Jan. 22, 1966, to Ronald Hunhoff and Sundra Gosser in Yankton, S.D.

On Feb. 5, 1984, Dean began his military career prior to graduating from Yankton High School. He served in both Wyoming and South Dakota for nearly 34 years and retired in 2017. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1989.

In 2001, Dean married his loving wife, Gladys, in Gillette Wyo.; soon after they relocated to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they lived and worked for 16 years. In 2008 they built a small cabin on land they purchased eight miles south of Custer, S.D. They spent as many weekends, holidays and any free chance they would get relaxing and building memories at the cabin with family and friends.  In 2017, after retiring, Dean and Gladys relocated permanently to Custer.

Dean was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed coaching, watching and participating in all sports. Dean was an assistant football coach at Custer High School and a member of Custer Lions Club and American Legion. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing countless hours of card games, washers and cornhole.

Dean died July 11, 2019, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Hot Springs, S.D. He was 53.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys of Custer; sons, Travis (Grace) Torres of Gillette, Wyo., William (Julia) Torres of Thornton, Colo.; and Calvin (Katie) Hunhoff of Scotland, S.D.; daughter, Kailey (Jarod) Thomas of Harrisburg, S.D.; parents, Ronald and Sundra (Sandi) Hunhoff of Yankton; brothers, twin brother Dale (Linda) Hunhoff of Worthing, S.D., and Doug (Diane) Hunhoff of Smithville, Mo.; and grandchildren, Drew, Samara, Josie, Kirsten, Elliot, Trenton, Brayden,  Aspen, Wesley and Hunhoff twins on the way.

Memorial services are at 10 a.m., July 19 at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

Committal services are at 2 p.m. July 19 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Pringle (S.D.) Community Center. 

Memorials have been established to Pringle United Methodist Church.