Milo J. Wepking(January 20, 1923 - Monday, May 31, 2004)
Milo J. Wepking, age 81, of 209 21st St. SW, Huron, formerly of Colorado Springs, CO, died Monday, May 31, 2004 at his home of an apparent heart attack. His Memorial service will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 3, at the First Presbyterian Church in Huron with Rev. Kevin Channell officiating and with Military Rites by the Huron Veterans Council. The family will be present from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the Welter Funeral Home.
Milo J. Wepking was born on January 20, 1923, to Robert and Mary (Schmidt) Wepking at Avon, SD. He attended grade school and graduated from Avon High School. On March 11, 1943, Milo entered the United States Army and served in the European Theatre during World War II where he received two Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged on November 9, 1945, and returned to South Dakota to pursue his education.
On May 12, 1946, Milo married Barbara Erdmier in Shannon, IL. They moved to Springfield, SD, where he attended Southern State Teachers College and received his B.S. Degree in Education. In 1955, he attended the University of South Dakota at Vermilion where he received his Masters Degree. During this time, he was director of Speech and Drama at Southern State Teachers College and then attended the University of Minnesota where he worked towards his Doctorate. In the 1960s they moved to Sioux Falls where he was Director of Admissions at Nettleton College. In the 1980s they moved to Colorado Springs, CO, and for 20 years he was the Director and Regional Vice-President with National American University. Currently, he held the position of Senior Vice-President for Development with National American University. Milo was a football and basketball referee for 35 years, and an outstanding public speaker.
Milo was inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Shrine. He was a former commissioner of SDIC and had been inducted into the SDIC Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed golf, sports in general, and especially his grandchildren. Milo and Barbara had recently moved to Huron.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Jill (Donald) Grogan of Fullerton, CA, Jeffrey (Monica) Wepking of Huron, and Jan (Michael) Thomas of Laguna Niguel, CA; and five grandchildren, Kelly Grogan, Nikki Cordell, Jonathan Wepking, Jennifer Wepking and Macall Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family has established a memorial fund.