William “Bill” Kuxhaus, age 69, of Martin, died Monday evening, June 5, 2023, at his home in Martin
William C. Kuxhaus was born December 29, 1953, in Gordon, Neb., the son of Willard Albert and Dorothy Ann (Nelson) Kuxhaus. He became a child of God through Holy Baptism at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batesland. He attended grade school at Bolzer Grade School until it closed and then attended Central Grade School. He publicly confessed his faith at his confirmation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in May of 1968. He graduated from Bennett County High School in Martin and attended University of South Dakota.
Bill was raised on a farm-ranch and helped his Dad with that operation until 1980. He was self-employed and sold Stihl products and Dixon mowers plus other engines for 27 years. He worked with Lou’s Auto for two and a half years. Later he worked as logistics coordinator for Doug O’Bryan Contracting for nine years. He was mayor of Martin for many years, served as a Martin City Councilman, 2nd Vice of SD Code Enforcement, Spruce up SD Bennett County Coordinator, Chairman and member of Black Hills Council of Local Governments, President and Executive Board member of District 8 Municipal League, co-founder of the Economic Development Corp. in Bennett County. He also served as president and treasurer of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church council.
Bill married Barbara Sazama of Mission on August 5, 1978. They celebrated their 58th Anniversary in August. Together they raised two daughters, Melissa and Molly.
Survivors include his wife Barbara, Martin; two daughters Melissa Hovde and her husband Erik, Rapid City, and Molly Kuxhaus, Martin; three grandchildren Henry, Oliver, and Reuben Hovde; sister Konnie Boomer and her husband Kenny, Martin, and brother-in-law Larry Livermont, Martin; two brothers Monty Kuxhaus and his wife Cathy, Roscoe, Ill., and David Kuxhaus and his wife Roxanna, Rapid City; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters Lorri Phillips and Sheri Livermont.
Funeral services are pending with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.