Sally K. Lunstrum, 93

Sally Kay Lunstrum, 93, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully, June 29, 2024 at her home. A Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 9 at Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon. Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, July 8 at George Boom Funeral Chapel in Brandon. A private family interment will be in the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Sally was born on Dec. 28, 1930 to Harry and Lela (Baldwin) Wilson in Redfield, S.D. The family made their home south of Ashton, where she attended school through the 12th grade graduating in 1948. After graduation, she attended SDSU for a year majoring in Home Economics. After meeting at a summer band practice, Sally and Wesley dated until they were married in 1950 and went on to have three children, Clark, Claudia, and Chara.

Following Wesley’s National Guard training in Colorado, Sally and Wes were married Dec. 18, 1950. The Redfield guard unit was put on active duty and sent to Alaska. Sally was pregnant when they deployed, and Wes, being the adventurous type, decided to pull a trailer (in October) from Redfield to Anchorage for them to live off base. It was quite an excursion.

Sally loved working with her hands, which included cooking, baking, sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, and last but not least, starting at age 70, she began making quilts. With the help of Wes, she made roughly 45 of them until vision loss forced her to stop. She loved music, dancing, and spending time with many close friends. Family was very important to Sally. Camping (especially with grandkids), birthday parties, and holidays with family were treasured highlights. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her grand- and great-grandkids. She organized many family reunions which were treasured by all.

Sally was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She was involved in organizations while on the farm including Jayceettes, church circle, Legion activities, just to name a few. Sal and Wes made lifelong friends wherever they lived or traveled. 

Though they loved farm life, in 1985, Wes and Sal sold the farm and moved to Rapid City to find other work. She worked as an administrative assistant for a local podiatrist. Wes and Sal purchased a big fifth-wheel and pickup and went on the road fulltime, wintering in the South and summering at Hart Ranch in the Black Hills. She spearheaded their travels to many of the great places to see in the U.S. After 10 years of adventurous travel, they settled back in Rapid City for another six years before heading back to the east side of the state in 2014. 

She is survived by her son, Clark Lunstrum of Redfield; daughters, Claudia (Tom Mose) Lunstrum and Chara (Andrew) Dickhaut, all of Sioux Falls; 10 grandchildren, Bryce Durfee, Trina (Steve) Volk, Carin Stoker, Shelby (Ryan Postma) Durfee, Trenton (Stephanie) Lunstrum, Maranda (Scott) Pogany, Samantha Baney Sieh, Austin Dickhaut, Alicia Mose, Brittany (Lucas) McClelland, Becca Lunstrum, Leah Lunstrum; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Lela Wilson; husband, Wesley Lunstrum; sister, Virginia; brothers, Burnley and Donald Wilson; and daughter-in-law, Cherie Lunstrum. 

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