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Ardis Pearl (Stage) Smiley was born January 9, 1931, in Faith, SD, to Albert and Clyde (Timmons) Stage of Red Owl.
Gratitude, humor, quick wit, and an easy going nature were present in Ardis's life.
Her deep and ever growing faith in God was interwoven in the fabric of her life. So often she was found selflessly putting the needs of others above her own.
He loved going to breakfast and happy hour with the locals. People who knew Darwyn said they wanted to come back as his dogs! He even heated the garage, not for the vehicles, but for the dogs and had a mattress in there for them to sleep on. He loved to travel, sometimes protesting to his wife! The grandkids loved to go to breakfast with him whenever they got the chance. He was the person that stopped on the road to give assistance to weary travelers who didn't even know him.
They received lots of treats and enjoyed listening to Darwyn talk to them. They spent their winters in Yuma, AZ enjoying time with their Canadian friends and cousins. Darwyn spent 2 years in the army and was stationed in Germany. He then returned to Bowman and married Bette the love of his life on November 16, 1968. If you ask her the order of his loves were 1) Ford pickup 2)Dogs 3)John Deer and 4)his wife. He was the person who would always say hello to you no matter who you were.
He was the person who would help other people in trouble in whatever way he could.
He was not a man seeking riches but was a man rich in kindness, goodness and friendliness to his fellow man.
She was also a long time pianist for the Union Center Baptist Church.
Most recently, Ardis shared her love of music by playing piano with a group of musicians at Heritage Acres in Sturgis, SD.
Memorials have been established to Soldiers of the Cross at Union Center and the Red Owl Hall. on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Over the years he had many friends in his trucking business and working with his brother, his wife and three children made that the best life.
Send Flowers View Memorial Folder Sign/View Registry Darwyn Frank Stebbins, 74, Piedmont, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home in Piedmont. He was a "Truckers Trucker" with over 2 million miles under his belt.
He was the person who never intentionally did harm to man or animal through his words or deeds.