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

Clyde Watts

Saturday, June 7th, 1924 - Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
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Clyde F. Watts died peacefully on October 7, 2020 in Vermillion, South Dakota at the age of 96. He was born to William and Rossa Watts June 7, 1924 in Stanton, NE.

Clyde is survived by his wife Jean Watts; Son John (Judy) Watts, Piedmont SD; Son Robert Watts, Rapid City SD; Son Michael (Sandy) Watts, Spirit Lake IA; Grandchildren Jeremy (Florence) Watts, Parker CO; Jesse Watts, Yankton SD; Nick Watts, Spirit Lake IA, Alex Watts, Spirit Lake IA; Rebecca Watts, Rapid City SD; and great granddaughter Karlee Watts, Parker CO.

He is preceded in death by his 5 sibling's and son Tony.

Clyde and Jean were married in April of 1950 and spent every anniversary together. Due to Covid restrictions their 70-year anniversary was a bit more challenging. The Vermillion Nursing home staff helped arrange a meeting with Jean, who is currently a resident of Sanford Care Center.

At 13 years of age Clyde was on his own working at a munitions plant in Omaha Nebraska. A few years later he joined the Army during World War II where he later transferred to the Army Air Corps (Air force). After the war he attended college in Ft. Collins Colorado and Wayne Nebraska where he met Jean.

He worked as an Electrician in Wayne a few years prior to moving to Vermillion, to be an employee at Central Natural Gas co. in 1959. He managed the Gas Company until 1975 when Minnegasco Corporation bought out Central Natural. He was promoted to a district supervisor and had 7 towns to manage. He always took his job very seriously and was always so concerned of an uninterrupted natural gas supply for customers; he wanted to make sure all had warm houses to live in. His old standing joke was “I kept thousands of women warm over the years!” He retired in 1990 and enjoyed 30 years of retirement.

Through his working career and somewhat after, he was on the board of directors for the Vermillion hospital. He was a founding member and treasurer for the Clay county park association. 1962 thru 1994 he was an active volunteer fireman, and then from 1994 until 2019 he was a volunteer kitchen assistant for the active volunteer fireman. He was involved with the VFW, Rotary, Masonic lodge, etc.

Clyde had many talents and was very mechanically inclined. He had a wonderful mind for electricity and all the wonder it brought to the 20th century. He enjoyed hunting, boating, fishing, camping and just being in the great outdoors. He enjoyed many weekends at their house on the Missouri river. Computers from the onslaught in the 80’s to contemporary lap tops he understood and used them with much enjoyment. Photography for him was a lifelong interest that he enjoyed immensely. He also spent a lot of time learning Morse code and operating ham radio equipment under the call letters of NOBPC. In his later years he was very interested in raising and releasing Monarch Butterflies. He also very much enjoyed the comradery of his afternoon coffee break crew.

He was a wonderful loving husband, father, father in law, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held from 5-7 PM Friday, October 23 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, SD with burial of ashes at the Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
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    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    1120 E. Main St.
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Posted at 08:29pm
Karen and I enjoyed our trips to visit the family in Nebraska and it was a blessing when Clyde and Jean were able to visit with us. They are and will be missed.

Ben Conner

Alyssa Walker

Posted at 04:56pm
Clyde will be dearly missed during the Vermillion Fire EMS Open House and helping serving hot dogs. I looked forward to the open house because I was able to hang out with Clyde and serve the community hot dogs with his help. He will be greatly missed! The open house will not be the same without him!

Sherri Glazebrook

Posted at 11:31am
Uncle Clyde will be missed! He was a sweet, loving soul. My mom (Karen) loved him dearly. We enjoyed discussing natural gas pipelines with him...
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JoAnn Stockland

Posted at 02:40pm
To John, Bob, and Mike: Clyde was a great guy! Our family lived neighbors to them. When my dad and Clyde were building additions to our homes, Clyde would hammer away during the day and my dad was hammering in the evening. The little house between us never had any peace! Good times! He will be missed!

Janell Smith Posted at 04:42pm

John, Bob and Mike. So sorry to here of Clydes passing. I have many fond memories of my childhood being your neighbor. There was a dirt path between our backyard and yours that never had a chance of growing grass. I echo my sisters sentiment, he will be missed.

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