Local Santa Claus remembered fondly

Dawn Rye | Writer

 Each December, as families gather for the holidays, stories of friends, family, loved ones and past Christmases abound. 

This year is no different but there may be one story that many do not know about long-time resident John Garry. 

John, who lived in Parker for several decades, was known for running Kapps Oil and also for being an accomplished auctioneer. What many didn’t know though was that in his spare time, during the holidays, John had been asked to play Santa Claus by the Parker City Office. Wife Joyce explained that John was a big kid at heart and he jumped at the opportunity. For 10 years the couple would purchase Christmas presents with money raised by local churches and ministers and also helped fill sacks of candy to be handed out to residents. 

Recently, a wreath, remembering John was placed on his headstone in Bridgewater. Attached to the wreath was the laminated message, “Thank you from all the kids in Parker that remember you as Santa Claus. Merry Christmas.”

John died three years ago this month, but his memory and his Christmas spirit has not been forgotten. 

Comments are closed.

  • NATIONAL CHAIN COMING TO TOWN

    August 13th, 2020
    by

    Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor Parker Ace Hardware will be open in only a few weeks. The announcement, which came […]


    Commissioner’s approved Eagle View contract

    August 13th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioner meeting, a motion was made to approve the Pictometry contract […]


    Cleaning up condemned houses

    August 13th, 2020
    by

    Is there really really a coin shortage

    August 13th, 2020
    by

    Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor Editor’s note: Information in this article was provide through a press release from the US […]


    Turner County residents ranked third in predator tails

    August 13th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Raccoons, skunks, badger, opossum and red fox are all creatures the South Dakota Game, Fish and […]


  • Navigating back to school Covid style

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor On Monday, Aug. 3, the Parker School District released its 15 page “Start Well and […]


    Rezoning permit recommended to county commissioners

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County planning and zoning meeting, a motion was made to recommend Poll’s […]


    Budget and possible dispatch center discussed

    August 5th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioners meeting, the sheriff’s office discussed their budget and dispatch center […]


    CURB APPEAL

    July 30th, 2020
    by

    EagleView flight plan proposed to board

    July 30th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioner meeting, EagleView proposed an updated aerial imagery and data analytics […]


  • What’s Happening

    Virgil Lyle (Jongeling) Stewart

    73 Saturday, Jan. 4 Harrington, Del. Virgil was born in Sioux Falls in Jan. 1947 to Maria Evelyn Hofling Jongeling […]

    Diane Quenzer

    65 Sunday, July 26 Pollock  Diane Maria Konda was born on Aug. 18, 1954, to Henry “Hank” and Madeline (Miller) […]

    Robert “Bob” Thompson

    85 Monday, July 20 Hurley Robert James Thompson was born on Oct. 2, 1934, on the family farm near Hurley […]