Kenneth K. ‘Tex’ Zumbaum


March 25, 1939 - October 14, 2023

Kenneth K. ‘Tex’ Zumbaum, 84, of Custer, S.D., passed away at his residence on October 14, 2023.

Kenneth was born March 25, 1939, in New Underwood, S.D. to William and Lyndall (Asbrock) Zumbaum. He graduated from Galatia High School in Illinois in 1956 and proudly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1956 and served until his honorable discharge in 1962.

Kenneth was a Mason, member of American Morgan Horses and a lifetime member of the VFW. His career started with the Burlington Northern Railroad until he settled in Custer where he delivered propane and later worked at Custer State Game Lodge.

Kenneth married Catherine September 28, 1996, in Pringle, S.D.

Kenneth enjoyed his ranch, raising Morgan horses, caring for numerous other animals, playing cards with friends and catching all the local gossip. Kenneth was friendly to everyone he met and he never met a person who wasn’t a friend in waiting! A hard working man he was and he dedicated himself to any profession he tackled. He was a constant “fixer” who took on any job that needed to be done. 

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Catherine of Custer; son, Joshua Godfrey of Rapid City; daughter, Heather (Troy) Merchen of Newcastle, Wyo.; adopted children, Rebecca and Christopher; step daughter, Jennifer Little from previous marriages and many grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life was held Saturday October 21, 2023 in Custer, SD.

Arrangements were placed in the care of Chamberlain McColleys Funeral Home in Custer, S.D. 

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