Bill Kuxhaus

of Martin, South Dakota, died on Monday, June 5, 2023
at his home in Martin at the age of 69

William “Bill” Kuxhaus was born in Gordon, NE on December 29, 1953 to Willard and Dorothy Kuxhaus. He became a child of God through Holy Baptism at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batesland, SD. He attended grade school at Bolzer Grade School until it closed and then attended Central Grade School. He publicly confessed his faith at his confirmation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in May of 1968. He graduated from Bennett County High School in 1972 in Martin and attended the University of South Dakota.

A self-employed man, Bill sold Stihl products, Dixon lawn mowers, and other engines for 27 years. He worked with Lou’s Auto for 2.5 years and worked as logistics coordinator for Doug O’Bryan Contracting for 9 years.

He served his community as both councilman and mayor of Martin for several years. He was Bennett County’s coordinator for Spruce Up SD, Chairman and member of Black Hills Council of Local Governments, President and Executive Board member of District 8 Municipal League, and co-founder of the Economic Development Corporation in Bennett County. He was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and served on the church council.

He married Barbara in 1978. They celebrated their 44th anniversary in August. Together they raised two daughters, Melissa and Molly.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Dorothy Kuxhaus; and sisters Lorri Phillips and Sherri Livermont. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Melissa (Erik) Hovde, Rapid City, SD, and Molly Kuxhaus, Martin; grandchildren Henry, Oliver, and Reuben Hovde, Rapid City; mother-in-law Noma Sazama, Martin; sister Konnie (Kenny) Boomer, Martin; brothers Monty (Cathy) Kuxhaus, Pendleton, IN, and David (Roxanna) Kuxhaus, Rapid City; sisters-in-law Sue (John) Pascoe, Pacific Palisades, CA, Nancy (Ted) Brown, Thermopolis, WY, Mary (Jack) Davis, Spearfish, SD, and Beth (Jeff) Lyons, Los Alamitos, CA; brothers-in-law George (Kathy) Sazama, Rapid City, SD, and Larry Livermont, Vetal, SD; and numerous friends and family.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 1000 Martin, SD 57551.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2023 at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Martin.

Service Details

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 10:30 a.m.
Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church
Martin, South Dakota

Pastor Thad Flitter

Kenny Rosane - Chris O’Bryan - Doug O’Bryan
Scott Larson - Matt Kratovil - Paul Noel

All Family and Friends in Attendance

Guest Book

Huber Heights Oh 45424
   ~ Dana Christopherson 8298 Sunnyvale Cir (6/9/2023)
I just learned a Bill's passing. I really appreciated him.
   ~ Jay Hodgens Formerly in Martin (6/29/2023)


Jim, Anna, and Blaik
Martin Auto Parts
City of Martin and Employees
BC School District Board of Education, Administration, and Staff
The Larson Family - John, Elsia, Josh, Jessica, and Caleb
Jim, Anna, and Blaik
The Windingland Crew
Jeff and Sandy
Doug O'Bryan Contracting Inc.
Doug and Theresa Dirkes; Cindy Dirkes; and Bryan and Lindsey Goodman
Kenny and Connie Boomer and Family