Eileen Tobin, 96, of Plankinton, SD died Saturday, October 26, 2019. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, October 30th, at the United Methodist Church in Plankinton. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29th at the United Methodist Church in Plankinton, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Eileen June Tobin was born to Peter and Darlene (Hunter) Thompson on July 29, 1923, at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, SD and grew up on her parent’s farm north of Storla. Her first outing was to Wessington Springs and Crow Lake. Eileen was raised during South Dakota’s toughest years, weathering the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and the Grasshopper Plague of the 1930s. Through all of this, she faithfully attended Sunday School and was enrolled in Thompson School in Belford Township for eight years and graduated from Letcher High School in 1941. Eileen married Clinton Darwin Tobin on February 2, 1947, at Storla Lutheran Church. Clinton and Eileen moved to their family farm in 1955 where she resided until 2013 when she moved to Plankinton. Clinton and Eileen were blessed with four children: Ronnie, Sherry, Perry, and Rick. They along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought so much joy into her life. She had an exceptional gift to recall all of the people and moments that formed her life and loved to share her stories with those around her. She worked at Mitchell National Bank for 3 years before taking on the full-time job of farm wife and mom. This was her favorite job because of the joy her family brought to her life. Eileen enjoyed watching Fox News and listening to music by John Rex Reeves. Everyone that stopped at her house was greeted with a smile, and never left hungry. She treated everyone to homecooked meals and desserts. She looked forward to the birthday club with her farm neighbors. Eileen was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 6554 of Plankinton, as well as a lifetime member of the Plankinton Senior Citizens. In her later years, she enjoyed visiting with friends, family, and neighbors and enjoyed playing bingo. Her commitment to religion was important to Eileen.
Eileen is survived by her four children, Ronnie (Sandy) Tobin of Plankinton, Sherry (Joe) Staller of Plankinton, Perry Tobin of Wessington Springs, Rick (Deb) Tobin of Woonsocket, twelve grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, ten great step-grandchildren, and one step great-great-grandchild, brother Norman (Betty) Thompson of Plankinton, two sisters-in-law Margene Thompson of Letcher, Margaret Tobin of Ethan, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clinton, brothers-Alvin & Denton, sisters-in-laws Katherine & Janet, great-grandchild Shandra Marie Tobin, a nephew, great-nephew, and great-niece.