Lewis Proctor

Lewis Proctor


July 18, 1945 - January 22, 2023


Lewis Proctor, 77, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Graveside services with military honors will be 2:00 PM Friday, March 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 25, from 2-4:00 PM at Custer High School in Custer, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lewis J. Proctor Jr. was born July 18, 1945 in Bedington, West Virginia to Lewis Sr. and Frances (Harpine) Proctor. He graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1965. After graduation, Lewis joined the US Air Force, and was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD with a deployment to Okinawa.

Lewis met his wife, Shirley Ennis, while stationed in Rapid City in January, 1967, and the couple was married in Custer on Thanksgiving Day 1967. Two sons were born to Lewis and Shirley while living in South Dakota, William in 1969 and Bradley in 1971.

Lewis worked for Buckingham Wood Product as a cabinet maker, after his honorable discharge from the Air Force in June of 1969. In 1973, the family moved to Winchester, Virginia, where Lewis worked for 3-B Egg Farm until 1985, when they returned to South Dakota and settled in Custer. In Custer, he worked as head custodian of Custer High School for the next 24 years.

Lewis and Shirley enjoyed square dancing, and round dancing. In retirement, they traveled around the country in their RV.

In 2022, Lewis and Shirley moved to Mitchell, SD to be closer to their son, and lived a quiet life until his death.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, William of Ethan, SD and Brad of Sturgis, SD; grandchildren, Montiqua, Kyle, and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Sydney, Sturgis, and Lyllian; Scott Jones Family; Bill and Bonnie Sperow Family; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, all his aunts and uncles, and his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Lucille Ennis.


Saturday, March 25, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Custer High School
1645 Wildcat Ln
Custer, SD 57730


Friday, March 24, 2023
2:00 PM
Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD


Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD

Posted by Dennis & Di French Evensville Wyoming on March 18, 2023
Our prayers are with Family and Friends may God hold you in his loving arms and bring you peace God Bless
Posted by Joyce (Proctor) Englebright on February 10, 2023
Will miss him so very much! His laugh, voice and his always calling me "lil Sis!" We had such fun times, memories in Bedington and on The Dennis Water Cress Farms when we were kids! Loved Uncle Lewis and Aunt Frances so very much too, and now you are with them all and Aunt Henrietta and Aunt Ginny! So hard to believe your in Heaven! Lifting many thoughts, prayers for Shirley and the family!
Posted by Mark A.. Mills on February 1, 2023
In remembrance of a veteran who has answered his final roll call.

Rest in peace, Airman.

Custer Post #46, American Legion
South Dakota Department
Posted by Dorothea Edgington on January 25, 2023
Lew was such a wonderful person to work with at school. He helped with anything needed and made a long teaching day more pleasant. Shirley, Brad, and Bill, I sympathize so much.
Posted by Pat Dockeney on January 25, 2023
Lewis, I'm thinking about the summer I saw you here and seeing you at Aunt Franes birthday. It was like old times when we all got together for family reunions. We will one day see each other again. Love you cuz. Pat and Sherry.
Posted by Joanna Boarman on January 25, 2023
Will miss you so much. You were a wonderful friend and cousin. You are with your mom, dad and grandma Harpine. You have you heavenly angel wings. Prayers, love, faith and peace for all the family.
Posted by F. Stephen Watson on January 24, 2023
Rest in Peace
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