E.D. “Hit” Mayer


February 10, 1925 - November 1, 2018


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.


Sunday, November 4, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Monday, November 5, 2018
11:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by K. Hope on December 4, 2018
Sincere sympathies to the Mayer family. At this sad and trying time, keep God's sure promises and your happy memories in your hearts and minds. God’s Word says, "There will be a resurrection." Acts 24:15. Wishing you comfort.
Posted by Bob Clark on November 26, 2018
Jim & Bonnie. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by David "Didge" Jemming on November 18, 2018
Rich sorry to hear about "Hit" many memories of him
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on November 5, 2018
I always enjoyed talking to Hit when he came shopping at County Fair. He truly loved his family. Will miss seeing him around. Prayers
Posted by Tom Mackey on November 4, 2018
Rich sorry to hear of the loss of your father, what a great family
Posted by Mary Jo Davis on November 3, 2018
I will have wonderful memories of Hit.
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