Past Grand Masters

#
Year
Name, Occupation, Birthplace
Vital Dates
1
1875  

Thomas H. Brown, of Sioux Falls
Merchant, etc.
Born in England

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 86.

 

2
1876-80  

Henry H. Blair, of Elk Point
Pharmacist
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 38.
Passed away at 73.

 

3
1881  

Thomas H. Brown, of Sioux Falls
Merchant, etc.
Born in England

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 46.
Passed away at 86.

 

4
1882-3  

Oscar S. Gifford, of Canton
Attorney
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 35.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 71.

 

5
1884  

John F. Schrader, of Rapid City
Attorney
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 28.
Passed away at 79.

 

6
1885-6  

William Blatt, of Yankton
Merchant
Born in Germany

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 41.
Passed away at 85.

 

7
1887  

Henry M. Wheeler, of Fargo
Physician
Born in New Hampshire

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 33.
Passed away at 75.

 

8
1888  

John Q. A. Braden, of Aberdeen
State Senate, Military
Born in Ohio

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 38.
Passed away at 78.

 

9
1889  

George V. Ayres, of Deadwood
Merchant
Born in Pennsylvania

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 37.
Passed away at 87.

 

10
1890  

Theodore D. Kanouse, of Woonsocket
Farmer, Pen. Warden
Born in Michigan

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 51.
Passed away at 89.

 

11
1891  

George A. Johnston, of Mitchell
Attorney
Born in Ohio

 

 

Raised at age 33.
Became GM at 43.
Passed away at 78.

 

12
1892  

Harvey J. Rice, of Huron
Merchant
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 34.
Became GM at 43.
Passed away at 74.

 

13
1893  

Richard C. McCallister, of Madison
Merchant
Born in Ohio

 

 

Raised at age 30.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 86.

 

14
1894  

William C. Allen, of Groton
Attorney
Born in Ontario, Canada

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 49.
Passed away at 65.

 

15
1895  

Frederic H. Files, of Sioux Falls
Physician
Born in Maine

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 33.
Passed away at 49.

 

16
1896  

James Lewis, of Canton
Pharmacist
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 41.
Passed away at 69.

 

17
1897  

Albert W. Coe, of Deadwood
Real Estate
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 64.
Passed away at 71.

 

18
1898  

Louis G. Levoy, of Webster
Merchant
Born in Australia

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 87.

 

19
1899  

William H. Roddle, of Brookings
Merchant
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 78.

 

20
1900  

John A. Cleaver, of Huron
Merchant
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 30.
Became GM at 39.
Passed away at 73.

 

21
1901  

Charles Hill, of Springfield
Banker
Born in Ontario, Canada

 

 

Raised at age 39.
Became GM at 52.
Passed away at 71.

 

22
1902  

Frank A. Brown, of Aberdeen
Banker
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 30.
Became GM at 53.
Passed away at 69.

 

23
1903  

Byron P. Dague, of Deadwood
Insurance
Born in Ohio

 

 

Raised at age 40.
Became GM at 50.
Passed away at 57.

 

24
1904  

Ivan W. Goodner, of Pierre
Attorney
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 34.
Became GM at 46.
Passed away at 73.

 

25
1905  

Edgar D. Brookman, of Vermillion
Flour Miller
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 33.
Became GM at 50.
Passed away at 72.

 

26
1906  

Robert H. McCaughey, of Mellette
Banker
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 38.
Became GM at 45.
Passed away at 63.

 

27
1907  

William E. Milligan, of Aberdeen
Insurance
Born in Ontario, Canada

 

 

Raised at age 33.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 63.

 

28
1908  

Joseph J. Davenport, of Sturgis
Water Works
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 37.
Passed away at 87.

 

29
1909  

Samuel A. Brown, of Sioux Falls
Physician
Born in North Carolina

 

 

Raised at age 39.
Became GM at 61.
Passed away at 70.

 

30
1910  

Samuel S. Lockhart, of Milbank
Attorney
Born in Scotland, U.K.

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 84.

 

31
1911  

Charles L. Brockway, of Sioux Falls
Attorney
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 40.
Became GM at 61.
Passed away at 75.

 

32
1912  

William J. McMakin, of Lead
Mining
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 85.

 

33
1913  

Owen H. Willams, of Springfield
Dentist
Born in Wales, U.K.

 

 

Raised at age 39.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 89.

 

34
1914  

George Philip, of Fort Pierre
Attorney
Born in Scotland, U.K.

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 34.
Passed away at 67.

 

35
1915  

Marshall R. Brown, of Sioux Falls
Insurance
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 46.
Passed away at 85.

 

36
1916  

James Roane, of Yankton
Physician
Born in Wash., D. C.

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 63.

 

37
1917  

Fred H. Rugg, of Pierre
Insurance
Born in New Hampshire

 

 

Raised at age 37.
Became GM at 61.
Passed away at 84.

 

38
1918  

George A. Pettigrew, of Sioux Falls
Physician
Born in Vermont

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 80.

 

39
1919  

Walter B. Burr, of Faulkton
Attorney
Born in Indiana

 

 

Raised at age 45.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 86.

 

40
1920  

John H. McCord, of Pierre
Abstractor
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 61.

 

41
1921  

William F. R. Whorton, of Huron
Dentist
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 43.
Passed away at 77.

 

42
1922  

Theorus R. Stoner, of Lead
Mercantile
Born in Pennsylvania

 

 

Raised at age 36.
Became GM at 65.
Passed away at 84.

 

43
1923  

Robert S. Lockhart, of Watertown
Real Estate
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 58.
Passed away at 65.

 

44
1924  

Frederick Treon, of Chamberlain
Physician
Born in Indiana

 

 

Raised at age 37.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 78.

 

45
1925  

John K. Kutnewsky, of Redfield
Physician
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 67.
Passed away at 99.

 

46
1926  

Leonard M. Simons, of Belle Fourche
Attorney
Born in New York

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 52.
Passed away at 66.

 

47
1927  

George O. Goodman, of Milbank
Dentist
Born in Minnesota

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 76.

 

48
1928  

St. Clair Smith, of Aberdeen
Attorney
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 98.

 

49
1929  

William F. Sargent, of Yankton
Printer
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 52.
Passed away at 70.

 

50
1930  

Carl H. Kubler, of Deadwood
Insurance, Postmaster
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 43.
Passed away at 90.

 

51
1931  

Alton C. Kingsbury, of Philip
Lumber
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 59.
Passed away at 76.

 

52
1932  

Therlo E. Burrington, of Rapid City
Dentist
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 38.
Passed away at 57.

 

53
1933  

Sanford G. Donaldson, of Yankton
Merchant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 53.
Passed away at 73.

 

54
1934  

John H. Foasberg, of Huron
Laundry Business
Born in Sweden

 

 

Raised at age 36.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 87.

 

55
1935  

Marion E. Crockett, of Sisseton
Pharmacist
Born in Missouri

 

 

Raised at age 32.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 84.

 

56
1936  

Samuel G. Mortimer, of Belle Fourche
Postmaster
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 78.

 

57
1937  

Herman F. Chapman, of Sioux Falls
Attorney
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 49.
Passed away at 85.

 

58
1938  

William H. Hirsch, of Wagner
Dentist
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 39.
Passed away at 81.

 

59
1939  

Charles C. Smith, of Watertown
Chiropractor
Born in Illinois

 

 

Raised at age 29.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 77.

 

60
1940  

Charles N. Hall, of Huron
Attorney
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 55.
Passed away at 80.

 

61
1941  

Harry B. Reynolds, of Terraville
Mining
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 65.
Passed away at 83.

 

62
1942  

Irwin R. Erickson, of Vermillion
Attorney
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 79.

 

63
1943  

Theodore N. Engdahl, of Sisseton
Civil Engineer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 69.

 

64
1944-5  

Rex A. Terry Fort, of Pierre
Banker
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 76.

 

65
1946  

Francis E. Manning, of Custer
Physician
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 37.
Became GM at 54.
Passed away at 78.

 

66
1947  

Ralph R. Twamley, of White Lake
Merchant
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 59.
Passed away at 67.

 

67
1948  

Albro C. Ayres, of Deadwood
Merchant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 40.
Passed away at 73.

 

68
1949  

Harry H. Margolin, of Yankton
Merchant
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 53.
Passed away at 75.

 

69
1950  

Neil C. Dewhirst, of Aberdeen
Court Reporter
Born in Missouri

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 44.
Passed away at 91.

 

70
1951  

George W. Toft, of Mitchell
Banker
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 82.

 

71
1952  

Roger S. Brown, of Sioux Falls
Editor
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 58.
Passed away at 85.

 

72
1953  

Arthur E. Munck, of Pierre
Lumber
Born in Minnesota

 

 

Raised at age 37.
Became GM at 61.
Passed away at 69.

 

73
1954  

Sidney C. Voorhees, of Sturgis
County Auditor, etc.
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 72.

 

74
1955  

George D. Wells, of Aberdeen
Dentist
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 89.

 

75
1956  

Leonel M. Jensen, of Wall
Rancher
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 52.
Passed away at 98.

 

76
1957  

Floyd D. Richards, of Woonsocket
Attorney
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 56.
Passed away at 71.

 

77
1958  

Ernest L. Johnson, of Gayville
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 57.
Passed away at 81.

 

78
1959  

Norman J. Doolittle, of Sioux Falls
Credit Manager
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 51.
Passed away at 89.

 

79
1960  

John S. Rowe, of Lead
Merchant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 41.
Passed away at 55.

 

80
1961  

George F. Westover, of Pierre
Lumber
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 59.
Passed away at 77.

 

81
1962  

Allen P. Stoddard, of Plankinton
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 49.
Became GM at 64.
Passed away at 84.

 

82
1963  

Walter H. Reckling, of Winner
Postmaster
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 50.
Passed away at 68.

 

83
1964  

Carl E. Voigt, of Sioux Falls
Business Consultant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 83.

 

84
1965  

Robert H. Benton, of Custer
State Sec. of Finance
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 26.
Became GM at 54.
Passed away at 86.

 

85
1966  

Harold L. Tisher, of Yankton
Merchant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 58.
Passed away at 92.

 

86
1967  

Charles A. Howard, Jr., of Aberdeen
Attorney
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 63.
Passed away at 76.

 

87
1968  

John N. Thomson, of Centerville
Banker
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 82.

 

88
1969  

Harold R. Kaiser, of Spearfish
Motor Parts Manager
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 28.
Became GM at 71.
Passed away at 76.

 

89
1970  

Paul B. Slocum, of Sioux Falls
John Morrell & Co.
Born in Washington

 

 

Raised at age 36.
Became GM at 50.
Passed away at 89.

 

90
1971  

Charles E. ‛Eddie’ Clay, of Hot Springs
Real Estate
Born in Missouri

 

 

Raised at age 34.
Became GM at 48.
Passed away at 90.

 

91
1972  

Frank L. Roe, of Beresford
Farm Implement Dealer
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 76.
Passed away at 88.

 

92
1973  

Lawrence J. Larson, of Sioux Falls
Banker
Born in Wisconsin

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 67.
Passed away at 71.

 

93
1974  

Clair E. Woodard, of White
Postmaster
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 43.
Became GM at 62.
Passed away at 82.

 

94
1975  

Walter W. Johnson, of Frankfort
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 38.
Became GM at 64.
Passed away at 85.

 

95
1976  

Arthur W. Galligher, of Huron
Professor
Born in Washington

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 68.
Passed away at 80.

 

96
1977  

J. Wilson Sweaney, of Sturgis
Postmaster
Born in Idaho

 

 

Raised at age 38.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 82.

 

97
1978  

Robert E. Radeke, of Rapid City
Soil Scientist
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 32.
Became GM at 63.
Passed away at 74.

 

98
1979  

Darrell F. Robbins, of White
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 30.
Became GM at 58.
Passed away at 66.

 

99
1980  

Harry R. Campbell, of Garden City
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 44.
Became GM at 64.
Passed away at 81.

 

100
1981  

Eldon J. Deadrick, of Platte
Dentist
Born in Minnesota

 

 

Raised at age 32.
Became GM at 58.
Passed away at 67.

 

101
1982  

Raymond W. Horn, Sr., of Brookings
Printer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 62.
Passed away at 85.

 

102
1983  

Ray N. Baker, of Phillip
Merchant
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 30.
Became GM at 60.
Passed away at 91.

 

103
1984  

Wesley P. Jarman, of Huron
N.W. Public Service
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 29.
Became GM at 64.
Passed away at 93.

 

104
1985  

Lyle P. Rowen, Sr., of Wessington
Farmer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 54.

 

105
1986  

Maurice D. Peterson, of Aberdeen
Teacher
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 32.
Became GM at 44.

 

106
1987  

Wesley D. Sorenson, of Rapid City
Nash Finch
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 35.
Became GM at 65.
Passed away at 94.

 

107
1988  

William E. Loudenslager, of Sioux Falls
Accountant
Born in Mississippi

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 61.
Passed away at 81.

 

108
1989  

Leslie M. Spies, of Hudson
Farmer
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 37.
Became GM at 55.
Passed away at 86.

 

109
1990  

Robert L. Morrow, of Rapid City
Cement Plant
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 42.
Became GM at 54.

 

110
1991  

Gerald A. Johnson, of Blunt
Highway Construction
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 60.

 

111
1992  

Ronald E. Lockwood, of Sioux Falls
Contractor
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 23.
Became GM at 55.
Passed away at 77.

 

112
1993  

Robert D. Osborne, of Wilmot
Banker
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 54.

 

113
1994  

Glen A. Peterson, of Rapid City
Military Sales
Born in California

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 67.
Passed away at 83.

 

114
1995  

Richard M. Luther, of Brookings
Professor
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 84.

 

115
1996  

Charles E. Bryan, of Avon
Educator
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 25.
Became GM at 66.

 

116
1997  

Lowell C. Holmgren, of Rapid City
Association Executive
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 31.
Became GM at 66.

 

117
1998  

Kenneth M. Ireland, of Philip
Rancher
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 51.

 

118
1999  

Delbert E. Ripley, of Gettysburg
Auto Sales
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 47.
Became GM at 69.
Passed away at 80.

 

119
2000  

Donald R. Salmon, of Rapid City
Military
Born in Oklahoma

 

 

Raised at age 47.
Became GM at 66.
Passed away at 84

 

120
2001  

Charles N. Kaufman, of Vermillion
Professor
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 68.
Passed away at 82.

 

121
2002  

Alvin T. Wahlert, of Mitchell
Chiropractor
Born in Minnesota

 

 

Raised at age 27.
Became GM at 65.
Passed away at 69.

 

122
2003  

Gary C. Griffith, of Hartford
Decorative Painter
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 22.
Became GM at 52.

 

123
2004  

William A. Coffield, Jr., of Hot Springs
Educator
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 69.

 

124
2005  

Larry L. Anderson, of Aberdeen
SD Dept. of Transportation
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 71.
Passed away at 76.

 

125
2006  

Kenneth L. Glaser, of Custer
Air National Guard
Born in Iowa

 

 

Raised at age 35.
Became GM at 75.
Passed away at 85.
126
2007  

Dennis Robinson, of Letcher
Insurance, Real Estate
Born in Indiana

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 55.

 

127
2008  

Virgil Andersen, of Sioux Falls
Manager, AT&T
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 21.
Became GM at 64.

 

128
2009  

Jack H. Welker, of Rapid City
Truck Dispatcher
Born in Montana

 

 

Raised at age 49.
Became GM at 67.

 

129
2010  

Dean Behrens, of Hot Springs
Finance/Market Planning, IBM
Born in Minnesota

 

 

Raised at age 52.
Became GM at 65.

 

130
2011  

Richard Decker, of Pierre
Budget Director, Dept. of Corrections
Born in Nebraska

 

 

Raised at age 24.
Became GM at 63.
Passed away at 66.

 

131
2012  

John C. ‛Jack’ Hantz, of Belle Fourche
Conservation Officer
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 33.
Became GM at 71.
Passed away at 81

 

132
2013  

Charles H. Gilson, of Springfield
Corrections
Born in Kansas

 

 

Raised at age 29.
Became GM at 61.

 

133
2014  

Douglas C. McFarland, of Brookings
Professor
Born in Connecticut

 

 

Raised at age 45.
Became GM at 66.

 

134
2015  

Donald Gray, of Elk Point
Manufacturing
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 29.
Became GM at 78.

 

135
2016  

Michael G. Rodman, of Rapid City
Hospitality industry
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 46.
Became GM at 59.

 

136
2017  

Yancey Smith, of Kennebec
Lifeguard
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 29.
Became GM at age 46.

 

137
2018  

DaNiel D. Wood, of Sioux Falls
Technologist
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 43.
Became GM at age 50.

 

138
2019  

Harold D. Ireland, of Piedmont
Retired Army
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 59
Became GM at age 69

 

139
2020  

Jason D. Swindler, of Mitchell
Pharmacist
Born in South Dakota

 

 

Raised at age 33
Became GM at age 47