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Juno M. Sundstrom

Mud Butte, SD

1937-39, 2765, Ft. Meade, SCS-6

Juno was born November 24, 1919, to Carl and Elsie (Johnson) Sundstrom in Mud Butte, SD, on the prairie he worked and lived with animals, kicking cows, horses, charging bulls, and mad sows, wild cows, crazy cowboys, and rattlesnakes. He served in the CCC before entering the Army and Fourth Calvary serving in WWII landing on Utah Beach, D-Day. For his service, he received five campaign medals and the Bronze Star. He was a lifelong member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

After returning from the war, he married Elizabeth McTighe, June 16, 1946. They had four children, David, Darrell, Carl, and Betty. Together Juno and Elizabeth celebrated 72 anniversaries.

As a jack of all trades, he was a sheep herder, delivered milk in Lead-Deadwood, worked at the gold mine, operated a gas station and mechanic in Whitewood. He started work at the VA, Ft. Meade as a firefighter before being transferred to the VA in Ft. Worth, TX, and then Dallas, where he retired after 30 plus years.

He and Liz moved to Colorado for a few years then to Wyoming where they managed the VFW in Moorcroft for several years. He came back to South Dakota in 2008, living the Deadwood area.

Up until a brief illness, he was strong and enjoyed mowing, gardening and tinkering with his tools. He also enjoyed the slots in Deadwood, especially on his lucky days!

Juno M. Sundstrom of Deadwood, SD, died Monday, August 16, 2021, at Monument Health Deadwood Hospital.

He is survived by his sons, Darrell (Emily), Tyler TX, Carl (Marsha), Mt. Clare, WV; and daughter, Betty Trevino, Deadwood, SD; his sister, LaVera 'Bud' Chord, Sturgis, SD; eleven grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; son, David; son-in-law, Rhea Trevino; three brothers; and four sisters.

Juno M. Sundstrom of Deadwood, SD, died Monday, August 16, 2021, at Monument Health Deadwood Hospital.

We are all proud of his service to our family and country.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the VFW, Post 5969, Deadwood, SD.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Interment to follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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