Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

David South

December 17, 1921 ~ May 11, 2018

David C. South, 96 passed away May 11, 2018. He was born in Bozeman on December 17, 1921 to William and Clara Bell South, growing up in and around Manhattan. His first childhood home was along Baker Creek, built of log in the 1800's, with no running water or electricity.

Graduating from Manhattan High School in 1940, Dave moved to Seattle and found a job working for Boeing Aircraft.  Dave was drafted into the army in 1942, after the beginning of WWII. Rising through the ranks, Dave became a drill instructor at a training base in Texas. Later in 1943 he was sent to North Africa and then on to Italy where he joined the 85th Division as an infantryman. He fought, walked, and rode from southern Italy to north of Florence where his unit engaged in an offensive attack on the Gothic Line.  Over the course of the battle, his platoon was reduced to a handful of uninjured soldiers of which Dave was one. From this battle, Dave was awarded the Silver Star for his actions, bravery and leadership. Later he was also honored with the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in combat.

Dave began his locksmithing career in Seattle in 1946, building a small kiosk where he made keys and sold locks.    In 1952, he closed his Seattle shop and moved back to Montana where better hunting and fly fishing could be found. In 1957, he opened Dave's Key Shop in Bozeman on North 7th Ave. where it is still in operation today. His good service, dependability and honesty created a solid reputation in the Bozeman community.
On November 21, 1973, Dave married Joyce Russell giving him an instant family of 3 grown children and eventually 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Dave and Joyce enjoyed their log cabin in the Gallatin Canyon hosting many family gatherings. They worked together at Dave's Key Shop until retiring and selling the shop in 1989. In retirement they enjoyed traveling, visiting friends and family.

In 2001 they made a memorable trip to Italy visiting many of the sights he recalled during his Army days, most notably his time at Mount Altuzzo where a memorial is dedicated to the difficult battle involving Dave's regiment in 1944.

Dave was a member of Hope Lutheran Church.  His interests included reading, the outdoors, hunting, fishing and he was a fan of professional baseball and football teams. He was a personable and kind man, so thoughtful and appreciative.  Family was important to Dave, he kept in close contact with his relatives.  His wife, Joyce passed away in May of 2017 after 43 years of marriage.

He is survived by his brother, Phil South; sister, Joyce Seeman; niece, Susan Spalding; nephews, Mark Seeman, Bill (Louise) South, and Rick South.  He is also survived by his step children, Charlotte Rodriquez Ortez, Carol Anne (Dave) Whething, John (Carina) Russell, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; brother, Dick South; sisters, Lorraine Henstead and Midge Spaulding and niece, Debbie Platisha.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bozeman Lodge for the great care they provided to Dave.

A Graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 11 am Saturday, June 23rd at Meadow View Cemetery in Manhattan.  A reception will follow at the Manhattan Bible Church.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.