Floyd Scholten

Floyd Scholten


September 7, 1937 - March 15, 2023


Floyd Scholten, 85, of Spencer, SD, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at his home under hospice care. There will be a small memorial service at a time not yet chosen by Floyd’s family. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Floyd Scholten was born September 7, 1937, in Corsica, South Dakota, to William Karel Scholten and Jennie Scholten (née Van Den Hoek). Floyd grew up in Corsica and graduated from Corsica High School in 1955 at the age of 17. As a student, Floyd excelled in math, geography, and history. As an athlete, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball.

Floyd served in the United States Army as a helicopter mechanic in South Korea from 1957 to 1958. Following his military service, Floyd returned to Corsica.

Floyd met his future life partner, Shirley Lea De Waard, while working at Freddie’s Market. Floyd and Shirley married on February 3, 1961, at the Christian Reformed Church in Harrison, South Dakota. Early in the marriage, Floyd worked to install electric wiring in Minuteman missile silos in western South Dakota. He also worked in North Dakota and California to erect towers that carry electricity transmission cables.

Floyd went into community banking and insurance sales in Babbitt, Minn., and Grand Junction, Iowa.

More than anything, Floyd was a builder. He applied his construction skills and fastidious building standards to everything he made, from small projects to entire houses. Floyd built his first house for himself and Shirley when they lived in Mitchell in 1967. He built their second house in Babbitt while working at the local branch of First State Bank. Floyd and Shirley moved the family to Grand Junction, where he and Shirley built their third house while working for locally-owned People’s Trust and Savings Bank. After Floyd and Shirley retired, they moved back to South Dakota. Floyd and Shirley built their fourth house on a scenic acreage south of Montrose. They built their fifth and final house in Spencer.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Stephanie; son, Scott; grandchildren, Luke, Mattea, and Sarah; and great-grandson, Ryder.

As a child, Floyd was preceded in death by his father. Floyd was also preceded in death by his infant son, Bryan Lynn; mother, Jennie; three older brothers, Gerald, Tony, and Marvin; and his older sister Kathleen.

Posted by Richard and Shannon Schirber on June 25, 2023
We met Floyd and Shirley in 1970 in Babbitt, MN, We were friends over those fifty + years, connecting every two years or so. We will greatly miss those times of coming together.
Posted by Jason Van Maanen on April 24, 2023
My Dad Tony told a lot of stories about Floyd and himself on the Van Den Hoek homestead near Corsica. I know Floyd and Tony are having a good time together again now in heaven. Go with God Floyd. God Bless all of the Scholten Family
Posted by Ryan Senden on April 21, 2023
I helped Frame Floyds last house in spencer. He was a great man and a very inventive builder. 8 Years into my career now I often think back to the simple lessons I learned on that job that have provided me with a solid foundation of building knowledge. Shirley and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you guys.
Posted by Darrell Brink on March 27, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Shirley. I always enjoyed the times I spent with Floyd. I think especially of the time he rode my motorcycle at one of our class reunions in Corsica.
Posted by June Scholten on March 21, 2023
Uncle Floyd was a great uncle, and a good man to have around. He was loved by his extended family. Aunt Shirley, Scott and Stephanie, and family, so sorry for your loss.
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