Thomas W. Petry

Thomas W. Petry
Thomas W. Petry, 51, the Lincoln County conservation officer of Canton, formerly of Hawarden, IA, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service were held 10:30 a.m. March 4 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden with Rev. Todd Bunge officiating. Burial followed in Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation was after 3 p.m. March 3, with the family present from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Porter Funeral Home of Hawarden is assisting the family. A complete obituary can be found at www.porter funeralhomes.com.


Thomas Wendell Petry was born May 5, 1956 in Hawarden, IA to Wendell and Alma (Bultman) Petry. Tom grew up on the family farm in Union County, South Dakota. He attended Petry School #66 until 1968 and then went on to West Sioux School, graduating in 1974. He then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating in 1978 with a degree in wildlife management.

Tom started with South Dakota Fisheries in Mobridge. He then moved to Timber Lake to serve as a conservation officer. He also held similar positions in Vermillion, DeSmet and Canton. He served as president of the South Dakota State Conservation Officers Association. He was quite involved with the Hunters Safety Courses for the youth of the area.

Tom was an avid hunter who enjoyed several big game hunts in Alaska and Canada. He hunted moose, caribou, musk ox, Alaskan timber wolf and big horn sheep. He was a passionate football fan of the Chicago Bears. Over the years he made several trips to summer training camps, as well as several games at Soldier Field in Chicago with his nephew, Steve. In August of 2007, he took his nephew Mike on a trip to Ireland. He was a dedicated and loving uncle to all of his nieces and nephews and his great-nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Wendell and by his sister, Marlene.

Tom is survived by his mother, Alma Petry of Hawarden, IA; his brother, James and wife, Norma Petry, of Hawarden, IA; his sister, Lorane Prendergast of Bronxville, NY; his nephew, Steve and wife, Cherie Petry of Pickstown; his niece, Susie and husband, Mike Karbo of Burke; his nephew, Michael Prendergast of Philadelphia, PA; his great-nephews and great-nieces, Hannah, Brock, Paige, Payton and Parker; his aunt, Rose Ann Herrmann of Mandan, ND, as well as many cousins.

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