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Dean Sheplee Nauman

Dean Sheplee Nauman

Dean Sheplee Nauman

- April 30, 2019

Dean Sheplee Nauman, founder of the former Nauman Advertising and Nauman Printing businesses in Rapid City, passed away in Centennial, Colo., on April 3, 2019. He was 99.
Born Sept. 13, 1919, on a wheat farm near Gettysburg, the middle son of Ralph and Charlotte Nauman led a long and productive life.

As a youngster, Dean developed an early interest in drawing and producing shows for the local neighborhood. He followed his passion for fine art, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell and teaching art there after graduation. He also studied one year at the University of Iowa and began studies for a Master of Fine Arts at the Chicago Art Institute.

Drafted into the Army during the second World War, he trained as a glider pilot in the Air Corps. He served for four years, which included an intelligence gathering tour of India.
After discharge he worked at the Chamber of Commerce in Hot Springs, where he met and then married Ida May Pengra on June 11, 1947. They moved to Rapid City where she became actively involved in and supportive of all his pursuits.

He focused on graphic art and joined several advertising agencies. He then started his own agency, Nauman Advertising, and purchased a printing company, renaming it Nauman Printing.

He won several advertising awards, including the 1982 Advertising Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation. He garnered commendations for civic leadership, as a community member active in mentoring, teaching, and working in key roles at the library and Dahl Art Center.

He helped build Rockerville, created a miniature replica of Smithwick ghost town and worked on the Preacher Smith Museum in Deadwood, taught at Black Hills State University, painted, made movies and created slide shows that were highly prized.

He enjoyed the busy career, the Black Hills, his three children and travel. He took his family on many adventures across the United States and parts of Europe.
In 1986, at age 66, he sold the printing company and moved with "Penny" to Denver to be with their daughters’ families. There he painted, wrote a couple of books and created short videos and documentaries illustrating poetry, his own writing and topics of interest.

He volunteered at the Museum of Nature and Science for over a decade, designing and building displays, planetarium shows, visiting shows, and more, along with other civic volunteering, all supported by his faithful wife.

Dean was an enthusiastic artist and completed hundreds of paintings. His subject matter included natural still life and landscapes from the mountains and prairies of Colorado and South Dakota to the harbors of New England and the rugged bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, from the streets of Mexico to the ruins of Europe and Egypt.

He worked in a wide variety of mediums and experimented with artistic techniques, always pushing boundaries to portray his own unique vision. Many of his works are on Facebook and Instagram. He was dedicated to his love of color, art history and natural history, and his family.

He is fondly remembered by his extended family and his many close friends. He is survived by son John Nauman, Pittsburgh, and daughter Elizabeth (Tom) Gerhardt, Littleton, Colo.; four grandchildren, Jess Burlason, Charlotte Briscoe, Stephanie Armstrong, and Melanie Gerhardt; and seven great grandchildren: Aaryana, Phoenix, Ryker, Avery, Everett, Alister, and Rowan.

His wife Ida May and his oldest daughter Deanna preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his brothers Ralph Nauman and Charles Nauman of South Dakota.
Written condolences can be shared at https://www.cremationsocietyofco.com/obit/dean-sheplee-nauman/ A short service will be held in June at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Phone number: 605-347-4455
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785