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Perry Owen Stulken

Perry Owen Stulken
Perry Owen Stulken
- November 3, 2017

Perry Owen Stulken, 50 of Deadwood, SD died at home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Perry was born in Pierre, SD to Douglas and Donna Stulken on August 19, 1967. He grew up in Selby, SD, and graduated from Selby High School. He attended South Dakota School of Mines & Technology then transferred to South Dakota State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with teaching credentials. In August of 1990, he married Krystal Morrison and together they settled in Lead, SD, where he began his twenty-seven year teaching career at Lead-Deadwood High School. He spent his summers operating a successful lawn care business, Two Guys Mowing. In December of 2001, Perry nearly burst with pride as his son Jordy was born. In 2010, he took on a new project of building the Stulken family home outside Deadwood. He took quiet pride in completing most of the work himself. Shortly after losing his mother Donna to cancer, Perry was diagnosed with melanoma in November 2015. He began his incredibly strong fight against the disease. He refused to allow it to interfere with his everyday life and continued teaching as well as attending his son’s games. His strength and sense of humor were inspirational.

Perry genuinely loved teaching. He truly enjoyed helping his students to understand the various aspects of mathematics. He helped implement and co-teach the Geometry in Construction class. He enjoyed supporting the staff and students of LDHS through mentoring, volunteering and attending Digger activities. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and four-wheeling. Perry was a past Master of Golden Star #9 Lodge AF&AM Masonic Lodge, member of the Naja Shrine Temple, past board member of South Dakota Education Association, past president of Lead Deadwood Education Association and president of Brighter Day Road District. His greatest accomplishment was being a Dad. His biggest joy was watching his son Jordy grow, learn and excel in academics and sports. Throughout his illness, Jordy was always a priority with appointments and treatments scheduled around his activities.

Survived by wife, Krystal and son, Jordy; father, Douglas Stulken, Rapid City, SD; brother, Steve Stulken (Julie), Cedar Rapids, IA; nieces and nephews Jeremy Stulken (Kim), Sioux Falls, SD; Kristina Stulken and Jennifer Stulken, Brookings, SD; Kassandra Stulken, Alexander Stulken, and Adrien Stulken, Cedar Rapids, IA. Also survived by parents-in-law, Joseph and Kerrill Morrison, Armour, SD; sister-in-law Kara (Greg) Thompson, Bakersfield, CA; niece, Kinsey Thompson and nephew, Jesse Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Stulken.

The family would like to thank Lead Deadwood High School staff and students, Lawrence County commission and employees plus the Lead and Deadwood communities for their incredible support over the last two years.

A Stulken Strong memorial celebration will be held at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead, SD on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Memorial services will be held on Saturday November 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Lead-Deadwood High School in Lead, SD. Fellowship will follow at the Masonic Lodge in Deadwood, SD. Please show your support by wearing your Stulken Strong shirts.

Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com



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