Past Friends Page

At the end of 2013 Post 8 lost long time friend Shirley Raue;

Shirley was born June 29, 1935 in Pierre, SD to Wallace and Marie (Plasschashart) Hansen. Shirley attended country school at Otteman, SD from the first through eighth grade and graduated from Philip High School in 1953. She attended Black Hills Teachers College during the 1953-1956 summer sessions and graduated from Wessington Springs College with a teaching degree in 1960. Shirley had started teaching country school shortly after graduating from high school and taught in and around the Philip, Pierre and Ft. Pierre areas for 11 years. She also taught at McKinley Elementary School in Pierre from 1962 through 1966.
Shirley married Fred Raue on August 14, 1955 in Philip, SD. To this union were born seven children. These seven; however, were not her only kids! Shirley opened her business, Raue Day Care Center, fifty years ago and had the pleasure of caring for thousands of children. She cared for three generations of families, each and every child having a special place in Shirley’s heart. She also taught nursery school to the children.
When she wasn’t caring for children, she would often be found in a concession stand as she operated the Post 8 Baseball concession stand from 1988 to 2011. Her stand was the best stand in the state. She was most famous for her super nachos, loaded baked potatoes and her quarter-pound hotdogs and brats. We thank you Shirley for all those pounds we gained, we will miss you.


In 2013 Post 8 lost long time friend Milo Smith;

Milo H. Smith was born July 23, 1931 to Milo M. Smith and Ruth (Fratzke) Smith in Pierre, SD. He graduated from high school in 1949 having attended Pierre schools all 12 years. While there, he played football, basketball, and baseball in the summers. Milo studied Journalism at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

He served in the South Dakota Army National Guard, including active duty service in Alaska during the Korean War.

On October 5th 1952, he married Peggy Mercer of Blunt. Three sons were born to Milo and Peggy: Michael, James and Timothy.

As a youth, Milo sold ice for the local ice house around his nearby Henry Street home, worked odd jobs at the Locke Hotel, as a pin setter for the bowling alley and at Red Owl on Pierre Street. Milo also wrote Sports for the Capital Journal and announced Pierre Cowboys baseball games.

Milo worked for the State of South Dakota as Director of Motor Vehicles under the purview of the Secretary of State’s Office. He then represented the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators overseeing thirteen states and one Canadian province and later again accepted the appointment by South Dakota Governor Archie Gubbrud as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Later Milo served as the Commissioner for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the State of Indiana. Retiring from Public Service and Politics, Milo began a sporting goods store in Plainfield, Indiana. Later relocating back to Pierre, Milo started Smith’s Sport Shop which operated in downtown Pierre for many years. He continued to work for All-Around Graphix of Pierre until his retirement.

Milo served both the House and Senate in his later years as Deputy Sergeant-At-Arms where he worked tirelessly with members on both sides of the aisle, and he treasured those legislative moments and friendships, and working with the legislative Pages in both houses.

Over the years Milo was an avid supporter of Pierre and the surrounding communities, sponsoring men’s, women’s and youth teams and leagues. He served the community of Pierre in many capacities, chaired and sat on committees and boards to further assist their efforts whenever possible.

You will be missed Milo.

Joseph Kirley
(June 15, 1924 - May 26, 2006)

Joseph Kirley

U.S. Veteran

Joseph Kirley, 81 of Pierre died Friday, May 26, 2006 at St. Mary’s TCU in Pierre, SD.

Joseph Kirley was born on June 15, 1924 at Ft. Pierre, SD to Frank and Muriel (Sonnenschein) Kirley. He was raised in Orton Flat Country and then moved to Ft. Pierre in 1936. He attended school at Orton Flat and graduated from PHS in 1942. In 1944 Joe entered the US Army and was discharged in 1946. Joe worked at JC Penney’s as a menswear salesman from 1948 until 1989. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Huebner on July 16, 1949 in Pierre, together they had six children, Phyllis preceded Joe in death in 1983. On July 9, 1989 he was united in marriage to Leah Norum in Pierre. Joe was a 60 year member of the American Legion and he was also a lifetime member. He was Post 8’s commander in 1970 and served as Legion athletic officer for 15 years. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW and the DAV, serving as the latter’s commander in 1986-87. He belonged to the Pierre Senior Center where he was a former member of the board, and he was also a member of the Pierre Athletic Booster Club and a past president. He also was a former member of the Pierre Jaycees, serving as its president in 1957-58, and the 40 and 8, serving as its Chef du Gare in 1974. Joe served the young people in Pierre in many different ways he helped establish the Boys and Girls Club and was on the executive board for 40 years until retiring in 1996. He served two terms on the city’s recreation board. He was active in Legion ball ever since the 1960’s, he enjoyed taking the boys to their out of town games, he also served on the Post 8 baseball board from its inception until retiring in 1997. He was chosen as Legion Baseball Booster of the Year. Before his total involvement in Legion ball, Joe was charter member of the Basin League board of directors when the Pierre Cowboys played here in the semi-pro league in the ‘50s and ‘60s. His biggest thrill was the chance to be base umpire at three games-twice with Lucky Kortan and once with Bob Sage. Joe also served on the selection committee for the Pierre High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Above all Joe was a fan of all sports, especially the Twins and Vikings. He is survived by his wife Leah of Pierre; two sons Michael Kirley (Kim) of Denham Springs, LA and Bill Kirley (Pam) of Castro Valley, CA; four daughters Nancy Logan (Steve) of Cheyenne, WY, Merry Nelson (Mark) of Rapid City, SD, Patty Knox (Wes) of Pierre, SD and Peggy Blackwell (Kevin) of Pierre; one sister Fayne Weant (Ed) of La Mesa, CA; 20 grandchildren, 4 step children, 14 great grandchildren and 8 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In Memory of Joe Post 8 Baseball has established the 13/14 Joe Kirley Memorial Tournament.

South Dakota sports fans were stunned in 1988 when Doug Koester of Pierre collapsed and died while officiating the Class 11B championship football game in the Dakota Dome. Doug was a fine official, a devoted husband, a good father to his three children, and still had time to contribute to church and community activities.

In Memory of Doug Post 8 Baseball has established the Legion Koester Memorial Tournament.