Michael Alan McKown


July 6, 1950 - April 19, 2023 

Private interment for Michael McKown, 72, of Hot Springs, South Dakota will be at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Michael passed away after a short battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Hospice House of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.

Michael Alan McKown was born in Miller, S.D. on July 6, 1950 the son of Roy and Ardith (Moon) McKown. He was raised in Edgemont, S.D. As a boy, he encountered adversity young; Michael had a strong will to live and survived a brain tumor in 1963. He attended school in Edgemont and graduated Edgemont High School in 1969. 

Upon graduation he joined his family’s business as a second-generation printer at the Edgemont Herald Tribune. Michael saw this business through until its sale in the mid-80s. After leaving Edgemont, Mike continued to work in the printing business throughout the hills, finishing at Custer Business Enterprises until his retirement in 2013.

Michael enjoyed football and baseball. Like his father, he was a Cardinals fan and the Broncos were his favorite football team. He followed the Twins and Vikings as well, being they were what was broadcast locally. Michael was easy going and never met a stranger. He will be remembered most for his kindness shown to those around him and his gentle demeanor.

He is survived by his sisters, Barbara (Randy) Barkley of Riverside, Calif., and Judy (Art) Licht of Gillette, Wyo.; sister-in-law, JoAnn McKown, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

 Michael is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marlin McKown and sister, Ellen Haefner

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ardith McKown Nursing Scholarship through South Dakota State University. Donations can be made at https://www.sdstatefoundation.org/ is the online link. Those who chose the option would simply click on “Give Now” hyperlink near the top-right of the homepage and follow the step- by-step instructions. For those who give online, they should type in “Other” in the Designation box, which should open a comment box; within that box, type in “Ardith McKown Nursing Scholarship” to ensure the memorial gift is credited to the proper account. Memorial gifts that are sent via mail service should also be designated for the Ardith McKown Nursing Scholarship and should be addressed to: SDSU Foundation, 815 Medary Ave/Lohr Building, Brookings SD 57006. 

Condolences can be sent via the internet at www.WalkerFuneralGillette.com

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