Earl Giedd, 77, Mitchell, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, January 26 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Visitation will begin on Friday at 2:00 pm until the time of services at the Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at a later date in the Avon Baptist Cemetery in Avon, SD.
Earl James Giedd was born May 3, 1940 in Tyndall, SD to Vincent and Pearl (Bochman) Giedd. He grew up in the Avon and Tyndall area and served in the US Marine Corps in Korea and Okinawa from 1958 to 1963. Earl received his Associated Arts Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. Earl was a police officer for the towns of Lake Andes and Corsica and Deputy Sheriff for Douglas County until moving to Mitchell in 1971. He was with the Mitchell Police Department from 1971 until 1992 and the Davison County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 until 2006. Earl worked security at the South Dakota State Fair for 45 years and the Mitchell Dakota Fest for 20 plus years. After his retirement from law enforcement, Earl worked for the City of Mitchell at Graceland Cemetery. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, an avid fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by his significant other of 33 years, Connie Pietz of Mitchell and her two children: Jolynn (Stewart) Hanson of Mitchell, Wayne (Mary) Johnson of Sioux Falls and their children: Crystal and Jordan Hanson and Marissa and Aaron Johnson, two daughters: Angela and Sandy Giedd of Sioux Falls, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters: Ellen (Garth) Corey of Albuquerque, NM, Eva Johnson of Mitchell and five nieces and nephews.