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Funeral services will take place on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

New Underwood School Gym
New Underwood, South Dakota

New Underwood Cemetery
New Underwood, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church in New Underwood with a rosary service at 7 p.m.

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In memory of

Frank "Sonny" Stangle

of Philip, South Dakota, formerly of New Underwood, died on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 84

Frank Joseph Stangle, better known as “Sonny”, was born May 5, 1934 to Frank “Fat” Stangle and Delphine “Dellie” (Jobgen) Stangle in Creston, South Dakota.

He went to grade school at Knuppe and McMahan grade schools in 1940 and 1944, respectively. He started high school at Rapid City Cathedral but hated it and got transferred to New Underwood where he could play football. He dropped out of high school halfway through his junior year.

After high school Sonny cowboyed and rodeoed in Arizona, Nebraska, Colorado, and Montana before returning to South Dakota. He worked at the Big Stone Ranch west of Milesville in 1955. That is where he took a big mule deer buck which was still the state record in 1964.

He married Rita Karp on July 5, 1957. They had six children.

Sonny took pride in everything he did and tried to do it the best he could. He started making saddles in Scenic, but eventually had to take another job on the state highway. He started a business with his brother, Leo and his brother-in-law Don Karp. They called it K & S Brothers. They started building fences and pole barns. Sonny boasted that one of his pole barns was the only building left standing in one part of Rapid Valley after the 1972 flood.

Sonny and Rita moved their family to New Underwood in 1972. Sonny continued to do contract work until he took a job with Brink’s Construction in 1975-76. Then he started working for Ron’s Propane. It was during all of the windshield time that he discovered that he had a talent for cowboy poetry. He would make up lengthy poems in his head while driving before ever committing them to paper. He was the featured speaker at the Medora North Dakota Cowboy Poetry Festival in 2001.

Sonny also enjoyed cooking and was head cook for several years for the Saddle Tramps, a trail ride group he formed. He got back into rodeo when he discovered the Old Timer’s Rodeo in Hyannis, Nebraska. After participating in Hyannis in 1977-78 he decided to expand the franchise to New Underwood in 1979. As usual Sonny participated in all three rough stock events. He was the first one out of the chute on bareback and he got bucked off and the horse stepped on his chest breaking several ribs. He spent the whole rodeo in the hospital. But that didn’t stop him from rodeoing. Eventually the Old Timer’s changed their name to the Senior Pro Rodeo and Sonny was number four of the first twelve inductees to the National Senior Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

In October, 2000 his wife, Rita died and he moved to Milesville, SD in 2002 where he became the sole resident of Billsburg. He helped Jim with his veterinary business and started a business poisoning prairie dogs.

Sonny also loved to play cards, especially poker and cribbage. He once held a 28 and a 29 point hand in the same night. He enjoyed deer hunting in the Black Hills. He loved telling stories, true or not, and singing many old cowboy ballads.

Sonny’s strong work ethic and love of life will not be forgotten.

Sonny is survived by his three daughters, Juanita (Tim) Hughes of Ft. Pierre, Betty (Mark) Kivi of Rapid City and Julie (Steve) Moad of Custer; three sons, Jim (Linda) Stangle of Milesville, Joe (Lynette) Stangle of Caputa and Dave Stangle of Philip; grandchildren, Curtis, Clint, Mark, Ben, Sam, Jennifer and Alaina; great-grandchildren, Molly, Rose and Christian; step-grandchildren, Kolt, Taylor, Paige, Alyssa, Michaela and Josh; sister Mary Ann Parsons; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rita Marie on October 13, 2000; brothers, Leo, John and Tom; and a daughter-in-law, Char Price-Stangle.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. John Catholic Church in New Underwood with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the New Underwood School Gym.

Burial will follow at the New Underwood Cemetery.

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 5-7 p.m.
St. John Catholic Church
New Underwood, South Dakota

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
St. John Catholic Church
New Underwood, South Dakota

Friday, December 28, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
New Underwood School Gym
New Underwood, South Dakota

Father Kerry Prendiville
Father Dan Juelfs

Mary Boydston - Pianist
Shelby Hanson - Vocalist
Congregational Hymns
“Here I am Lord”
“On Eagles Wings”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Amazing Grace”
“Song of Farewell”

Mike Stangle - Rich Stangle

Rosalie Stangle - Linda Stangle

Curtis Stangle - Clint Stangle - Mark Stangle
Ben Stangle - Sam Stangle - Alaina Stangle - Bill Kelly

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

New Underwood Cemetery
New Underwood, South Dakota

  • To the Entire Stangle family my thoughts and prayers are with you ~ Chris Flint New Underwood (12/28/2018)
  • Sending our thoughts and condolences. Sunny and the Hoffman family go way back to the 50s ! A great man that will be missed. ~ Chris Hoffman Crago Belle Fourche (12/28/2018)
  • Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. I will miss seeing him at the nursing home. ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (12/27/2018)
  • So sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. He was such a great guy. I remember him cooking a pig in the ground at our shop when I was a little girl. I think it was for a family reunion. In later years, I enjoyed being in NU community plays with him. He was quite an actor, too. A great guy and a great family. Hugs to you all. ~ Amy Tines Huether New Underwood (12/27/2018)
  • My deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy to all the Stangle's. ~ Sherry Cox Cumming, Iowa (12/27/2018)
  • Dave, Alaina & Christian So sorry for your loss. I will keep u all in my thoughts & prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around u all & may u find peace & comfort.
    ~ Russ & Barb Logan 20605 Castle Butte Rd Philip, SD 57567 (12/26/2018)
  • And so it ends on a life well lived. I was privliged to have Sonny in my life.I will miss the stories of bullsnakes with bull derm sacks on their heads during brandings, the barrel of chickens rolling down the hill to stampede cattle,of getting up in the morning eating breakfast to find someone had cooked a dish rag in my pancake to be passed onto to Leo so we could get another laugh,to promoting Oldtimers Rodeo and ending up scrapping with people in the parking lot. plus many other tales that happen when in his company.I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family He lived a good life Rest in peace Cowboy ~ Jerry and Marilyn Lowe Rainier wa. (12/26/2018)
  • Sonny was a talented man and a true cowboy. I was glad for the opportunity to get to know him during his stay at Silverleaf. He had such an interesting life and accomplished so much. I enjoyed our daily conversations. I know he will be greatly missed by family and friends. May God help you through this difficult time. ~ Julie McLaughlin Midland (12/26/2018)
  • Our condolences to all the Stangle family. Sonny was one of those good ole' cowboys who never met a stranger. He was fun to visit with and we know you will all miss him so much. He is probably telling Rita all that he did (or didn't!) after she was no longer with us! Cherish the memories! ~ Buster and Nancy Peterson Kadoka (12/24/2018)