Marvin Gales


January 26, 1932 - September 5, 2018


Marvin Gales, 86, of White Lake, SD died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, September 8, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake.  Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery following the service.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a scripture/rosary service at 7:00 PM.  Arrangements are being handled by the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Marvin Mathias Gales was born January 26, 1932 in White Lake, SD to Bernard and Malinda (Mairose) Gales.  He graduated from White Lake High School in 1950 and then served four years in the US Navy during the Korean War.  Following the service he attended and graduated from Southern State College in Springfield, SD.  Marvin’s working career began as a Regional Sales Rep with Tri-State Electric in Sioux Falls, SD in in 1960.  He retired as Tri-State’s president in December of 1995. On February 19, 1971 he married Margaret “Blondie” Reinesch at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake.  They resided and raised their children in White Lake and never missed an opportunity to watch their children and grandchildren in their sports and activities.  Marv was also an avid Minnesota Twins fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his shop.

He is survived by his four children:  Scott Gales of Denver, CO, Stuart (Heather) Gales of Plankinton, SD, Steve (Kari) Gales of Watertown, SD and Stacey (Marshall) Crawford of Sioux Falls, SD six grandchildren, one sister, Lucille Hettinger of Mitchell, SD two brothers: Gene (Barb) Gales of Gillette, WY, Larry (Linda) Gales of White Lake and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Margaret “Blondie” in June 2017.


Friday, September 7, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Scripture Service with Rosary

St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S. Ellis Street
White Lake, SD 57383


Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:30 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S. Ellis Street
White Lake, SD 57383


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, SD

Posted by Rhonda McGregor on September 10, 2018
Thoughts & prayers to the family!! Marv will be deeply missed at the nursing home but I'm comforted by the thought that him & Blondie are together again & rest in peace.
Posted by Brent Dodds on September 6, 2018
My heart aches for and with you. So many of my childhood memories are of times spent with Marv and his family. My prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Barbie Gillaspy on September 6, 2018
Scott, Stu, Steve, & Stacey you are in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Marvin was an amazing man and will be deeply missed by many.
Posted by Sherry Stegall on September 6, 2018
Condolences to your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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