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Eunice  Hanthorn

Eunice B. Hanthorn

April 5th, 1925 - October 12th, 2019
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Eunice B. Hanthorn, 94, of Watertown, South Dakota passed away October 12, 2019, at the home of Phil and Martha Hanthorn Scales, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Eunice Elizabeth Badger Hanthorn was born to Frank Henderson and Beulah Idell Raines Badger at the family farm in Sullivan County, Turman Township, on April 5, 1925. She graduated from Graysville High School in 1943. Her plans to enter Chicago’s St. Joseph School of Nursing were delayed, and she and her sisters Halcyon and Hester began work at the Bloomington, IN, RCA wartime production plant, which supplied top-secret VT proximity fuses named “Madame X” to the U.S. Navy. In 1944, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, for the duration of World War II, working in the Engineering Department of Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, where she collated and delivered aircraft blueprints for conversion from the European to Pacific arena. After VJ Day she returned to Indiana, where she was employed as Paymaster and Head Cashier at Root’s Department Store in Terre Haute and later in the Administration office on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.

Following her marriage to Melvin E. Hanthorn on December 24, 1960, at Kingsley Chapel in Indiana, Eunice moved to Watertown, where they raised their family. A loving mother and homemaker, she cherished her close relationships with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took great pride in serving her community as a leader for the Helping Hands 4-H group, Brownies and Cub Scouts, Roosevelt Elementary School PTA, and was an active member of the Watertown Republican Women’s Club.

She loved to read, play cards, and attend concerts. She enjoyed traveling and visited family on both the East and West Coasts, the Philippines and England. Mel and Eunice were the original Watertown “fixer uppers”, flipping houses long before it became a “thing”. In her later years, she was Melvin’s partner in designing and sewing kites for children with disabilities, and kept the coffee pot hot and filled for the diamond-willow cane carvers that assembled every morning at their home. When Melvin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease she formed Watertown’s first Parkinson’s Support Group, and for her advocacy on behalf of Parkinson’s patients, she received the regional SmithKline Beecham Caring Hands Award and was then named National Caregiver of the Year in 1998.

Eunice is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and parents-in-law, brothers Lowell and Philip Badger, sisters Halcyon Winters, Hester Hall and Mary Badger, sisters-in-law Nellie Badger, Betty Hanthorn, Carol Nesheim, Irene Hanthorn and Violet Hanthorn; brothers-in-law Donald Winters, Hugh Hall, Arlyle Fryslie, Jesse Hanthorn, Everett Hanthorn and Walter Hanthorn, Noel Peterson, Gene Nesheim, Kenneth Johnson and Boyd Peterson; and granddaughter Rosanna Kleinheksel.

Survivors include her loving children: Martha (Phil) Scales, Hilarie (Scott) Folk, Stephanie (Jay T.) Goldhorn, Brock (Madalena) Hanthorn and Bruce (Julie) Hanthorn; her devoted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and her sisters-in law Freda Badger, Mary Peterson, Dorothy Johnson, Charlene Peterson, and Geraldine Fryslie. She also leaves behind her dear friends Howard and Sandi Hockenson, Jerry Kleinheksel, Robert Vockrodt, Carl Sommer, Jacqueline Vockrodt and Jan Rudebusch.

Visitation will be 5-8 pm on Friday, October 18, followed by the funeral service at 11 am on Saturday October 19. Both visitation and services will be held at Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD.

Memorials may be directed to the Watertown Regional Library or the American Heart Association.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday October 18th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday October 18th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation will continue on Saturday, October 19th for one hour prior to services. ***** Memorials may be directed to the Watertown Regional Library or the American Heart Association.
  • Service

    Saturday October 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday October 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    *********** Memorials may be directed to the Watertown Regional Library or the American Heart Association.
    Officiant
    Pastor Sara Nelson
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Doug Schulz

Posted at 10:31pm
Martha and family, very sorry for the loss of your mom.
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Diane Johnson

Posted at 03:14pm
My sympathy to all of you as you mourn a dear mother and grandmother. Eunice was proud of her family and community! You are blessed to have wonderful memories of her devotion to both!
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Jerad Meyer & Natalie Singer

Posted at 08:32pm
Sending our love and prayers during this difficult time. Matthew 5:4
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Delores Rue

Posted at 07:22pm
Our deepest Sympathy. From Delores Scales Rue and The Scales Family.
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Love, The Nesheim Girls (Kim, Kathy, Colette & Car

Posted at 12:14pm
Our deepest sympathies to you all. Aunt Eunice was a gem, made the best sweet tea ever and will forever hold a place in our hearts.
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