Radean Snook Miskimins


August 1, 1926 - February 27, 2013


Radean S. Miskimins 86, Mitchell, died February 27, 2013 at his home in Mitchell under the care of Avera Queen of Peace Hospice.

He was born on August 1, 1926.

At his request, no funeral services will be scheduled.  His cremains will be buried at the Cambria Cemetery, Wayne County, Iowa.

Radean Snook Miskimins was born at Derby, Iowa to John Harrison Miskimins and Eliza (Snook) Miskimins.  He grew up on a farm in Wayne County, Iowa.  Radean attended country school and graduated from Cambria High School, Cambria, Iowa.

He attended Officers’ Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  He served with the 30th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion in the South Pacific.

Radean “Doc” attended the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now known as Iowa State University (ISU), commencing in 1947.  He met and fell in love with the love of his life, Betty Krog of rural Gann Valley, South Dakota, while engaged in his doctoral practicum in and near Gettysburg, South Dakota.  They married on December 22, 1951.  Doc earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from ISU in 1952.

Doc and Betty moved to Kimball, South Dakota in 1952.  He established his veterinary practice and inspected the Kimball Livestock Auction which was the largest cattle auction service in South Dakota.  When he established his veterinary practice, he was the only veterinarian available to cover Brule County and many surrounding counties.  He travelled far and made many friends.  His veterinary practice called for him to care for large and small animals, but his talents shone most brightly when he cared for beef cattle.  He was a cattleman until his death.

Doc was a skilled animal nutritionist.  He operated a feed store in Kimball while practicing veterinary medicine there.  He also had his own farm.  He was active in the community and volunteered with several friends to build the community swimming pool.  He and Betty began the task of rearing a family of four sons.  They worked hard, and were fulfilled by hard work and family and friends.

He and Betty moved to Mitchell in 1964.  Doc started a vet practice in Mitchell and continued to operate a feed store.  He was a pilot.  He was a principal owner of a livestock auction barn in Brookings.  He sold his vet practice in 1984.  Doc was a carpenter.  He demolished several farm buildings, reclaimed the lumber and much of the hardware.  Those reclaimed materials provided much of the materials he used to build a barn which served as home to Old Barn Antiques, the antique store that he operated with Betty for 14 years.  That structure still stands on S. Burr Street in Mitchell and is currently occupied by the Readers Den, Paula’s Hearing Aid Services, and Plains Commerce Bank.

In his “retirement”, he purchased a farm near Aurora, South Dakota, and taught his family the business of establishing and operating a cow-calf operation.  He built several farm structures, and could climb ladders and swing hammers well into his eighties.  Miskimins Ranch was home to Doc’s Walking X brand, which is displayed on the left hip of several hundred cows currently being cared for by partners of the Miskimins family on their farms near Canova, Plankinton, White Lake, Gary, and Emery.  The contributions of those partners in assisting the family to continue to celebrate Doc’s legacy are greatly appreciated, as are the contributions of the professional cattle marketers in Madison and Mitchell.  Doc also developed lasting relationships with the people that worked for Miskimins Ranch.  Those relationships were important to Radean and continue to be appreciated by the Miskimins family.

Radean was well versed in a variety of fields and was pleased for having learned much.

Blessed to have shared his life are his wife, Betty, Mitchell; four sons Paul (Ellen), Mitchell; Dale (Sue), Elkton, Scot, Aurora, and Jim (Jeanice), Mitchell; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his brother Lyle (Mildred), Allerton, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and an infant brother.



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Posted by Bill & Cindy Desy on March 16, 2013
Paul & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Kelly on March 9, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Doc surely wil be missed by all in the community. Jehovah God has promised to eliminate death in the near future and bring our dead loved ones back to a healthy fulfilling life right here in a paradise earth. Rev.21:4, Isaiah 25:8. We look forward to seeing and welcoming back Doc again. God's promise will come true. Count on it! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on March 6, 2013
Betty and Family,
We have so many good Memories shared with you and Doc and the shop in Mitchell and from our parents. You are in our thoughts and Prayers and Memories in our heart forever

Love to you Betty
Posted by Jim Miskimins on March 6, 2013
Lynda - 220 N. Foster, Mitchell, SD 57301. Thanks everyone for the kind words and prayers.
Posted by Adam Waldner on March 4, 2013
My greatest sympathy for your loss Paul...maybe God be with you.
Posted by lynda mccallie daniel on March 4, 2013
Betty and boys, So sorry to hear about Ray. Wanted to call and send a card, but I can`t find no. or address. I think it is 220 N. Foster, but that just popped into my head and may not be correct. Thinking of all of you.....Lynda
Posted by Larry Wegehaupt on March 4, 2013
My sympathies on the loss of your loved one. I enjoyed meeting and talking with him at the James Valley Community Center dance last year. A very engaging, pleasant to know man.
Posted by Vernon & Tammy Heidinger & Families on March 3, 2013
So sorry to hear that your father passed away. Had talked with Paul a couple months ago about his Dad. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. I can remember my Dad (John Howard) talking about your Dad, and how he was a great vet to all cattlemen. And willing to help anyone who needed the help.
Posted by Kevin Culhane on March 1, 2013
Paul, Dale, Scott and Jim my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family on the passing of your Father. I will certainly keep everyone of you in my prayers. What a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Husband and role model he was. God Bless the MIskimins Family.
Posted by Phillip & Marsha Schulz on March 1, 2013
So Sorry for your Loss. Your Families are in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Steve Hilton on March 1, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
His legacy will live on in his amazing family!
Posted by Pat Helgeland on March 1, 2013
Paul & Jim, I was sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by David & LeAnn Moe and family on February 28, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We met Radean & Betty in the late 90's when we were looking for some cattle and developed a working relationship where he designed a cattle share agreement with us and continued that for several years. In the years we dealt with him, we had nothing but the utmost respect and were impressed by his work ethics! And, he definitely related well to children. There wasn't a time when he drove in the yard without presenting our 3 kids with DumDum suckers! Even when we weren't home...we'd go to the mailbox and find 3 suckers for the kids! Our kids were very young at the time but they still talk about the man with the suckers! Through the years, we've so enjoyed visiting with him at salebarns, rodeos or simply out and about even after we had finished our business dealings years ago. Our kids would say "oh, I remember him...he's the sucker man!" And, lo and behold, out of his pocket came yet another sucker! So, he had a lasting impression on all of us! He will dearly be missed! God bless your memories!!! Sending love, hugs and prayers!!!
Posted by Jim Miskimins on February 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. One thing is certain, Dad loved kids. He enjoyed meeting the kids of every client ... and giving them a bit of a hard time too.
Posted by Jim Hegge on February 28, 2013
So sorry to hear he passed, Doc made a huge impression on me when I was young-still tell those stories to my kids today.
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