Milton Handel


March 8, 1927 - April 13, 2020


Milton Handel, 93, of Menno/Freeman, SD, died Monday, April 13, 2020, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, SD. A private, family funeral service will take place at Hills of Rest Mausoleum in Sioux Falls. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. 

Milton Richard Handel was born March 8, 1927 to Richard and Ella (Heckenlaible) Handel in Menno, SD. After graduating high school in 1945 from Menno, Milton was drafted into the Army. He completed his basic training at Camp Wolters, TX, and was then stationed at Fort Knox, KY. He served in World War II, and in the fall of 1946 after the war had ended, he was honorably discharged. After the war, Milton and a few friends traveled to New York City and Washington, D.C. by train and hitchhiking. In 1947 Milton enrolled at the University of South Dakota, and in 1951 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. He was a member of the Engineers Club while at college.

Milton was united in marriage to Elda Rolof in Menno on September 4, 1949. A daughter, Teresa was born to this union. Elda passed away on October 28, 1956. On September 7, 1958, Milton was united in marriage to Rita Hein Miller. She had two sons, Terry and Deono Miller.  A daughter, Rena, was later born to Milton and Rita. Rita passed away on August 3, 2018.

Milton began his career working for the South Dakota Highway Department in 1951 to 1954 in Tyndall, SD. He then worked from 1954 until retirement in March 1992 as the Hutchinson County Highway Superintendent.

In 1995, Milton was inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.  This quote from the 23rd Annual Transportation Hall of Honor program depicts his dedication and ethics:

“Milton provided leadership to new Highway Superintendents and had an unwavering willingness to go the extra mile. He was respected and admired by all who knew and worked with him, including State Officials, other County Officials, and the general public. Milton was truly the County Highway Superintendents’ “Superintendent”.”

Milton enjoyed wood working, gardening, bird watching, and together with Rita, they traveled, camped, and wintered in Texas for 23 years.  They loved spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Milton was a faithful member of the Salem Reformed Church, church choir, church consistory, American Legion, Elks, school board, and State Board for South Dakota Highway Departments.

He is survived by his children, Terry (Ingrid) Miller, Deono (Lonna) Miller, Teresa Handel-Linn, and Rena (Bruce) Oster;  twelve grandchildren, Larry (Shari) Miller, Joseph Miller, Sharon (Thomas) Tazewell, Kari (Jeremiah) Kirchmeyer, Kristi (Billy) Schneider, Katina Miller, Rory (Sam Salstrand) Linn, Patrick Linn, Erica (Ben Kruetzer) Schaeffer, Erin (Sean) McClure, Brett Oster, Kevin (Lindsey) Oster; twenty-one great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Beverly) Handel, and Vern (Connie) Handel; sister-in-law, Beatrice Hein; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Milton is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Elda Rolof; and second wife, Rita Hein Miller.




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Hills of Rest Mausoleum
Sioux Falls, SD

Posted by Rendell & peg schelske on April 22, 2020
Great guy very smart man
Posted by David Huber on April 18, 2020
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Deb Rabbe (Auch) on April 18, 2020
To all family members and friends, we are so sorry for your loss, May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Posted by Kori Clarambeau on April 17, 2020
So sorry to here of your father, grandfather and great grandfathers death please know you are in my prayers. Kori Clarambeau, Loos Clarambeau and Dolly (the puppy)
Posted by Patsy Schnabel on April 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to you in the loss of your dad. as he rests in the arms of Jesus may you find comfort and peace in that.
Posted by Patsy Schnabel on April 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to you in the loss of your dad. as he rests in the arms of Jesus may you find comfort and peace in that.
Posted by The Children of Bill and Grace Hurley on April 16, 2020
The Children of Bill and Grace Hurley extend warm wishes and prayers during this difficult time. We heard many stories and hosted Milt many times at the Hurley dinner table. We can just imagine the stories Milt and our dad are catching up on. Thanks for sharing Milt with us for so many years. Best wishes
Posted by Darrell and Darinda Mehlhaf on April 16, 2020
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Milt will always be remembered as a kind and caring man who we had the privilege to call him our friend. May the Lord give you peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Posted by LeRoy & Nancy Schaeffer on April 15, 2020
Sorry for your Loss
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on April 14, 2020
So sorry to all of for this great loss ! Milton will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him !!!!! Thoughts and prayers to all of you !!!
Posted by Beatrice Schelske on April 14, 2020
Longtime friend
Posted by NADINE JUHNKE on April 14, 2020
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