Don and Helen wrote letters to each other for almost two years while Don served in the Army.
On Don’s Army discharge there were letters going back and forth and an understanding that Don was going back to the family farm.
Coming back to Draper, Don started wearing many hats.
He was a husband, father, farmer, Pee Wee baseball coach, school board member, American Legion Commander, South Dakota Democratic Party County Chair, town team basketball coach, and all this while farming and raising a family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Dona Kerwin of Milaca, MN and Karen (Gene) Huddleston of Ramona, SD; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Burial, with full military honors, will be Friday, Dec.
Donald Wayne Cromwell, 86, of Draper, SD, passed away December 16, 2017 at Avera Maryhouse, Pierre. 22, at pm at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
Family and friends would probably recognize his catch phrase of “ah hell, you can do that”.
The family farm was sold in the early 80’s and Don and Helen moved into Draper, taking on a gas station and cafe along I-90. The locals became the coffee crew who met up in the mornings and afternoons.
During this time, coffee shops and diners around the country were touting their “Rush Rooms”.
Donald Wayne Cromwell was born July 16, 1931, one of seven kids born to Arthur and Martha (Lesmeister) Cromwell.
He was raised on the family farm south of Draper SD.