E.D. “Hit” Mayer, 93, of Mitchell died Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, November 5, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7:00 PM at the Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.
E.D. Mayer was born February 10, 1925 in Emery to Adolf and Rose (Reichling) Mayer. He graduated from Emery High School in 1942. He worked for Milwaukee Railroad until joining the Army on December 7, 1943. He was a telegraph operator during WWII in the railway operating battalion. He was stationed in France, Belgium, Germany and Austria as a railway dispatcher. He received and transmitted in Morse code. On March 3, 1946 he was honorably discharged and he returned to Emery. On April 22, 1946 he married Mildred Liebl. To that union five children were born, Bonnie (Jim) Arend, Carol (Jim) Lee, Richard (Barb) Mayer, Susan Slocum and Jim (Monica) Mayer. He was very active in business as he purchased a propane business in 1959 and then in 1962 a bulk oil business. He served the Emery, Bridgewater and Parkston areas until 1973. He purchased the Schlitz beer distributorship in Mitchell and established costume jewelry stores in four surrounding states. For the past ten years he has been in partnership with his son Jimmy who invented a fishing lure called the Hippy’s Bleeder chain. He was active in that business until his health failed. His greatest accomplishment was in 1977 when he spearheaded a group of nine people to build Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. He was a man of deep faith and instilled it in his children.
Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Bonnie and Jim Arend of Emery and their children, Jeff, Lisa, Steve, Dave and Angie, Carol and Jim Lee of Sioux Falls and their children, Cindy and Jenny, Rich and Barb Mayer of Sioux Falls and their children, Mike, Matt, Max, Brenna and Brooke, Sue Slocum and her children, Heather and Brooke, and Dr. Jim and Monica Mayer of Lincoln, NE and their children, Celine and Nolan, 32 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, one brother, six sisters, and one great grandchild.