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    Donald C. Buffington

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    Donald C. Buffington

    Please note the Venue change; James Kjerstad Event Arena, 915 E Centre St in Rapid City. Don Buffington, 68, of Hermosa, devoted husband, son, father, brother, Papa and Great Papa, Uncle, Cousin and Friend, moved to heaven on Thursday March 29, 2012 at the Ft Meade VA Medical Center surrounded by his family. Don was born to Charles and Joyce (Sorby) Buffington on February 4, 1944, in Canby Minnesota. Don married Sandy Cuny in Hot Springs, SD on March 7, 1969. Don was a rodeo Stock Contractor, Rancher, Trucker, Saw Mill Operator, and many other things “to keep the wolves away” as he would say . He is survived by his wife, Sandy, Hermosa, his mother, Joyce Pierson, Marietta MN, brothers; Lee (Wilma) Artesan, SD and Doug (Karleen) Buffington, Marietta MN, sister, Beth (Steve) Schmidt, Marietta, MN, son; Rawhide (Loretta) Buffington, South Carolina, daughters; Beth (Scott) Hall, Billings, MT, Billie Jo (Rocky) Rommel, Hermosa SD, Sydney (Will) Gray, Ridgeview, SD, Jackie Tiege, Bagley, MN, ten Grandchildren, three Great Grand Children, Foster Children, Foster Grandchildren and Foster Great Grand Children. Don was preceded in death by his father Charles and a son in law, Arnie Tiege.. Don raised his family to love his unique lifestyle. He won numerous awards for his outstanding rodeo livestock and the quality of the rodeos he produced. Showmanship was important to Don and his rodeo life was a class act. Don was a very special man he lived laughed and loved and was loved by many and will be missed. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, April 2, 2012 at James Kjerstad Event Center, 915 E. Centre St in Rapid City.