Robert “Bob” Sheldon Burrell, 74, of Pierre, SD, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service. A private committal service will be held in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com.
Bob was born on February 26, 1940, the son of Robert and Kareen (Hacklander) Burrell at Montevideo, MN. He moved with his family to Dell Rapids in 1942. He grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids, graduating from Dell Rapids High School in 1958. After high school he attended the University of Nebraska and then graduated from Northern State University. He later received his masters degree from the University of South Dakota. He did his student teaching at Molbridge, SD and started his teaching career at Elkton, SD. He later taught math and science at Watertown, Pierre, Broadus, MT and Faith. He retired in 1998 and began a career in carpentry.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, back packing and hiking in the mountains with his dog, and all outdoor activities. Throughout his many years of teaching he mentored many young adults and he always had a special love for dogs.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his brother, Bruce (Judy) Burrell of Brookings; his sister, Barb (Merle) Davis of Dell Rapids; his nieces and nephews, Barry (Dawn) Burrell of Brooklyn Park, MN, Patty Burrell of Framingham, MA, Pam (John) Wells of Colorado Springs, CO, Brad (Tara) Burrell of Castlewood, Kari (Rob) Karst and Jill Hansen both of Dell Rapids; his many great nieces and nephews and his dog, Libby.