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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Chad Driscoll

Chad Jeramie Driscoll

Monday, May 13th, 1974 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Chad Jeramie Driscoll, age 45, passed away at his home in Sioux Falls, SD on September 21st, 2019. A celebration of Chad’s life will be held on Thursday, September 26th at the Barnett - Lewis Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation starting at 1pm with a service to follow at 3pm.
Chad was born May 13th, 1974 in Madison, SD the only son of Anita Hartman-Ailts (Step-Father Kevin), Duane Driscoll and bonus mom Coco Driscoll. He grew up and attended school in Brookings, SD, graduating from Brookings High School in 1992. Immediately following his graduation, Chad proudly enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Riley, KS from 1992 to 1995. He then served in the South Dakota Army National from 1997-2000. During his service he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon and Expert Marksmen qualifications. Following his honorable discharge, Chad was able to put his incredible talents to great use as he was accepted into the Engineering and Drafting program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD and graduated in 1998.
In 1995, Chad married Heather (Aylward) Wiese and in 1999 they welcomed one of his two greatest accomplishments, his oldest daughter, Madysen Driscoll. In 2006, his heart became full when he welcomed his youngest daughter Izzabella Driscoll (Stephanie Cox). His daughters were his greatest joy. When he wasn’t sharing fishing stories, he was bragging about the two of them.
Chad loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends in the outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting, finishing and playing bean bags with his dad. He never missed a chance to pick on and protect his little sisters Miriah (Ailts) and Kiley (Black). Chad also had a habit of “shopping” at his mom’s house for items to decorate his own home.
Throughout his career, Chad was able to share his talents during his employment with DM&E Railroad, Sioux Valley Electric, DMC Waterjet and most recently Chad Javers Construction.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters Madysen Driscoll of Iowa City, IA and Izzabella Driscoll of Sioux Falls, SD. His parents, Anita and Kevin Ailts of Brookings SD and Duane and Coco Driscoll of Sioux Falls, SD. His sisters Miriah Ailts of Arlington, SD and Kiley Black of Sioux Falls, SD. His nephews and nieces, Dante and Dax Lee and Kru and Letty Black. His grandparents Dolly Hartman of Brookings, SD and Jim and Mary Asmussen of Ramona, SD and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Hartman, Walter and Margaret Driscoll, his Aunt Cecilia Hartman and Cousin Adam Hartman.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Barnett Lewis Funeral Home
    901 S Minnesota Ave
    SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 3:00pm
    Barnett Lewis Funeral Home
    901 S Minnesota Ave
    SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104
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Christie Allerdings

Posted at 06:04pm
Oh how our hearts are heavy!
You married my beautiful niece, Keagan Morrison Driscoll and were a family with Madysen, Kylee, Tyler, Charlie and Izzabelle. You were so full of life and we will miss you!
Christie and families.

Susan Melton

Posted at 05:39pm
For the family of “Chady” I sent my prayers to you. He was so much a part of our family for such a short time. He was so silly so happy and kinda on the nutty side, which fits our family. I’ll miss you Chady Susie❤️❤️❤️

Mark Bingham

Posted at 03:29pm
First and foremost, my heart and condolences go out to his family and friends.

Chad and I met at Ft. Riley Kansas in the early 90's. We were roommates a good portion of that time until we both figured out a way to snake our way into getting our own private rooms. He introduced this city boy to the world of duck, goose and pheasant hunting. And we spent many a long weekends and holidays heading up to Brookings to partake in one or the other. There is an experience with an unprepared for ice fishing excursion there on an overcast and windy day which has helped me realize that I will never know what it is to truly be cold ever again....At least I hope so. He also unfortunately introduced me to Taco Johns.....something we or maybe more so me would usually regret as we continued our drive to Brookings or back to Ft. Riley.

I still to this day cherish that he and his family welcomed me into their homes on all of those occasions especially during the holidays. I think back to this often still to this day with gratitude that he and his family made me feel like I was home during a time when most are with their own families when I was not able to be. But that was just how Chad was and one of the things I most admired about him.

While it had been a long long while since we had been in the same state together. It was always like no time had passed when we talked regardless of how long it had been. Sometimes it would regrettably have been too long especially as technology took over and messaging became all too easy. But that awesome laugh on the other end helped me picture that infectious smile that I knew was there and made the lost time in between speaking fade away.

II love you Bro and I will choose to remember the good times that we had together that will forever bring a smile to my face. Man, we really did make some great memories didn't we?, Something that Brian and Rick can attest to without a doubt. You will be missed by all that were lucky enough to have known you and I will forever cherish the time we had together.

I have attached one of my favorite pictures that I have of Chad. This was taken by me at Milford Lake just outside of the Army base at Ft. Riley in Kansas. He and I spend many a days there after the last formation of the day was done. He always had a great time there regardless of what size fish we pulled out of the lake, just enjoying the Peace and relaxing after a long day. I have memories of that place and those times with him hat I will not soon forget.

Mark Bingham
Phoenix, AZ


Richard Strong

Posted at 01:17pm many fun memories of younger days. First, my condolences to Chad's family, daughter, and friends-he will be missed by so many.

I met Chad in 1992 on our second day in the Reception Battalion in Ft. Jackson South Carolina. We immediately hit it off as we shared hunting and fishing stories. As luck would have it, Chad and I went on to Army School together and then were stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas together. Oddly enough, we ended up in the same Battalion, same company, and were roommates. We shared many adventures together across the country. A trip to Idaho-when in route Chad ended up with 2 speeding tickets. A trip to Brookings here and there. A fun weekend in Iowa at Lake Okoboji-one of the best times I have ever had. So many memories of our time served together along with our friends Brian Bignall and Mark Bigham.

As the years went by, we always seemed to reconnect. Although distance created issues in getting together it wasn't until this past June 2019, Chad flew out to Boise for a visit. It was the first time since 1995, 24 years since I had seen him. Although the time was to short, we shared a lot of fun memories and laughs. I realized how much I missed my friend and his smile. We were already planning a second gathering. I never did get to take you on that Idaho Elk hunt buddy, for that-I am sorry.

Chad-I am angry, I am sad, and I will always miss you. I am so thankful that after all this time that has gone by we shared some time together this year. I will always cherish that short weekend as it was the last time I got to see you. I tried so many times to call you since and I wish you would have reached out to me one last time-or if you needed a friend.

I hope God has plenty of pheasants, ducks, geese, fish, and Bud Light ("the nectar of the God's" as Chad referred to it) up there for you. May you rest in peace my friend. May God heal the loss and hearts of all those you left behind. Until we meet again, I love you Brother.

Rick Strong
Boise, Idaho

CChris Winters

Posted at 09:15am
My condolences to the family. Billy introduced me to Chad in 2009 we played softball for DMC together. I was never more scared than I was to be and the 3rd base line for anybody else then Chad he had a tendency of in the ball really hard in that direction. After 20 years a plane softball Chad is the only team mate that has ever got me out playing on the same team. He hit one of his hot shots down the 3rd base line and I was on 3rd base. I thought with my magnificent skill set that I could jump over this ball that was screaming at me. Let's say I had nice little bone bruise remember it by and got out. He did his Chad smile and shrugged his shoulders. Then handed me a Blue Smoothie and told me to stop being a wussy (or something that rhymed with that) Gonna miss you buddy... I'll see you again...

Valerie Carlson Posted at 09:00pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember babysitting Chad when he was about three years old. We were at Walt and Margaret’s home. He must have been a good boy, or I would remember if he wasn’t. I, for sure remember the cute curls. Wishing you peace.

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