Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota

Marcus Gaspar, 91, of Bridgwater passed away Feb. 19 at Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday Feb.26th at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Bridgewater. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Monday at the church with a Rosary to be said at 7 pm.

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Marcus Gaspar, age 91, was born May 4, 1927 on a farm east of Bridgewater to John and Mary (Krier) Gaspar. He died February 19, 2019 at Avera Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.

When Marcus was six years old, his family moved to the farm west of Bridgewater, he continued to live at the farm until moving into the Diamond Care Center shortly before his death.

Marcus attended St. Stephens Catholic School in Bridgewater, SD. After attending school he farmed with his Dad on the family farm. He also worked at the Coyote Seed Mill for 37 years until his retirement. Marcus raised cows, pigs, and sheep. He was also very fond of the barn cats, although he wouldn’t admit it. You could often find Marcus driving around with his dog, Lacey. He had an amazing green thumb and could grow many different plants and vegetables. He also took great delight in mowing his yard with the riding lawn mower. He loved working and always kept himself busy, whether it be baking or tinkering around the farm.

Marcus enjoyed joining his friends on bus trips to see Major League Baseball games. He also enjoyed bowling, in which he won many trophies.

On October 14, 1977, he was joined in marriage to June Newman along with her five children. Four years later, their daughter Dixie was born. Marcus was a lifelong member of St Stephens Catholic Church in Bridgewater, SD. He was a regular contributor to St. Joseph’s Catholic Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, receiving numerous accolades for his generosity.

Marcus is survived by his children Dixie Chandler, Sioux Falls, SD; LeRoy Newman, Bridgewater, SD; Carolyn LeBeau, Hartford, SD; Alton Newman, Spencer, SD; and Michael Newman, Bridgewater, SD; grandchildren Morgan LeBeau, Logan Chandler, Emily Chandler, and Journey Thompson; his brother Ken (Lavonne) Gaspar; his sisters Lois (Jack) Vondra, Ellen Westhoff and Kathleen Bull.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Gaspar; son, Gary Newman; parents, John and Mary Gaspar; sisters, Anona Kurtenbach and Elaine Gaspar; brothers, Michael Gaspar, Harold (Jake) Gaspar, and Walter Gaspar; and grandson, Jordan LeBeau.


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