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Miles Henry Bodenner

Fairburn, SD

1937, 1793, Lodge, SP-4 foreman

"My step-grandfather was Miles Bodenner. He worked at the State Game Lodge and later served with the CCC as a foreman at Camp Lodge in Custer State Park.

During that time he met my grandmother, Sarah Jane "Pink" Kinnaird Burton, who was working at the Game Lodge, primarily as a cook.

Miles and Pink married in 1940. My grandfather built a cabin on property leased from Custer State Park and they, with my father, John Donald "Don" Burton, lived there for many years and my dad attended school near the Game Lodge.

After leaving the Custer State Park area they all moved to Graybull, Wyoming and later to Rapid City.

We all have fond memories of many, many days spent at the cabin in the Park during the time my brother and I were growing up. Our grandfather told us many tales about his days working with the CCC and my dad riding a horse from the cabin to and from school, up hill both ways, in freezing winter weather".

Roger Miles Burton

Miles Henry Bodenner, 81, 60 St. Andrew died early Friday June 30, 1975 in a Rapid City, SD hospital.

Bodenner was born at Fairburn, SD July 4, 1893 to William and Anna Smith Bodenner. He attended schools there and later attended Black Hills Normal at Spearfish. He was employed at the State Game Lodge and later was foreman at the Civilian Conservation Corps' Camp Lodge in Custer State Park. Bodenner married Sarah Jane "Pink" Burbon in Billings, Montana in 1940. He was a member of the IOOF.

Bodenner had operated garages in Fairburn and at Sturgis and following World War II had worked in garages and service shops in Rapid City. In 1942 he moved to Rapid City and through the war years worked at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He had lived here since. Before his retirement, he worked at Rockerville Gold Town and his wife managed the motel.

Survivors include his widow; three daughters, Amy Hansen, Rodeo, Calif., Annabelle Sutton, Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Betty Lodge, San Jose, Calif.; a stepson, J. Donald Burton, Aberdeen; six grandchildren, two step-grandsons and two great-grandsons, a brother, Lyle of Mesa, Ariz., and a sister, Dotha Sigman Tachett, Provo, Utah, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fauss.

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