RICHARD “DICK” HENRY AAKER


Richard (Dick) Henry
Aaker, 81, of Frankfort,
SD, passed away peacefully
and surrounded by
family on Friday, May 27,
2022 at Avantara, Redfield.
His services will be held
on Tuesday, May 31,
2022, at Hyke Funeral
Home in Redfield. Visitation
will be from 3:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with his
funeral service following
at 4:00 p.m. His daughter
Shari Kastein will officiate
Burial will follow
at Mount Hope Cemetery
in Frankfort. There will
be supper and fellowship
at the Frankfort Community
Center to follow the
burial.
His funeral service will
be live-streamed to the
funeral home’s website,
below Dick’s obituary.
Arrangements have been
entrusted to Hyke Funeral
Home in Redfield. (www.
hykefuneralhome.com)
Richard (Dick) Henry
Aaker was born October
25, 1940, in Vienna, SD
to Clarence and Elvira
(Steen) Aaker. He lived
on the family farm near
Vienna until he was 8
when his family moved
to Athol, SD to run a
local grocery store. He
attended rural country
school in Athol and was
part of the first graduating
class of Northwestern in
1958. He was quite the
athlete and loved playing
basketball and baseball
during high school.
On June 26, 1960, he
married Nancy Kraus
in Athol, SD and to this
union, five children
were born: Terry, Shari,
Rick, Kari and Kori. He
worked for Kegler Elevator
Company in Ashton
as well as local farmers
in the Athol and Ashton
area from 1958-1968. He
then started his career
with South Dakota Wheat
Growers in Aberdeen
from 1968-1972 and
Frankfort from 1972 until
his retirement in 2005.
He loved working at the
Elevator and interacting
with the local farmers.
Dick also proudly served
on the Frankfort Volunteer
Fire Department,
Frankfort City Council
and served as Mayor of
Frankfort for a few years
during his time living in
Frankfort.
Dick enjoyed camping,
fishing and hunting with
his family and was an
avid Minnesota Vikings
and Twins fan. He loved
playing horseshoes and
slow pitch softball.
However, his greatest
enjoyment was his family
and spending time with
them. He always let them
know how proud he was
of them.
Dick is survived by his
loving wife, Nancy, of
Frankfort; and children:
Terry (Anita) Aaker of
Big Stone City, SD, Shari
(Bill) Kastein of Rock
Rapids, IA, Rick (Renee)
Aaker of Sioux Falls,
SD, Kari (Doug) Lemmer
of Redfield, SD and
Kori (Craig) Hickle of
Papillion, NE. He is also
survived by 13 grandchildren
and 3 great-grandchildren;
brother Don
(Sheila) Aaker of Brandon,
SD; as well as many
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and
sister Marlys (Aaker)
Mathews.

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