DE SMET — Dr. Dan Slaight, 84, of De Smet, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.
A memorial service with military rights is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, with the Rev. Becky Senner officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. The family requests that memorials be made to the Sanford Cancer Center or the Laura Ingalls Wilder Wilderness Trail.
Dr. Dan Richard Slaight was born Sept. 14, 1928, at Muskogee, Okla., to Clarence and Minnie Roberts Slaight. He graduated from high school in Richardson, Texas, and received a degree in dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 1958.
On July 11, 1953, he married Jean M. Johnson at Slayton, Minn. They lived in De Smet in 1958, where he practiced dentistry for 55 years. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and WWII. He was a member of the American Legion, El Riad Shrine, past president of the De Smet Development Board, served on the De Smet School Board, was instrumental in the development of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Wilderness Trail and the Kingsbury County Country Club and swimming pool. He recently received the Spirit of Community Award for his contributions to De Smet.
He is survived by his wife of De Smet; five children, Robyn (Mike) Coughlin of Brandon, Cheri Slaight, Vicki (Lorre) Colburn and Shon (Janell) Slaight, all of Sioux Falls, and Kim Slaight of DeSmet; eight grandsons, five granddaughters, and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two nephews.For the complete article see the 08-25-2013 issue.
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