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Bobby Ray Etheridge

July 24, 1926 - July 27, 2012

Service Date August 10, 2012

A memorial service will be held for Bobby and Jeanne at a later date.

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Bobby Ray Etheridge was born July 24, 1926 along with his twin brother, Billy Jean. Bobby died July 27, 2012 at the Prairie Hills Golden Livingcenter. He was born in Ohio, IL to William and Mary (Peterson) Etheridge. Bobby worked on the family farm during the depression years. Bobby was 12 years old at the time of his father’s death, and due to hard times, he and his twin brother were separated and sent off to live with different families, living 90 miles apart, working for room and board. Bobby lost his twin brother in a tragic accident when they were 14. Bobby entered the US Army in 1945 and served in Occupied Japan and Korea. He retired from the US Air Force in 1968 with 22 years service. He then worked for Chrysler and retired after 12 years. In 1992, Bobby met Jeanne Holmes and moved to Rapid City where they lived as “Life Partners” for the next 19 years until Jeanne’s death in May 2012. They enjoyed traveling and spending time in Deadwood. Bobby always commented that the years he and Jeanne spent together, were the best years of his life. Bobby is preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Lyle, sister Lorraine, brother Billy and his “Life Partner” Jeanne Holmes. He is survived by the family he enjoyed for several years, being Jeanne’s children, Dianne Thatcher (Eric), Orangevale, CA; Steve (Teri) Holmes, Flagstaff, AZ; Mike (Cindy) Holmes, Rapid City; Jeanne’s several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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