Daniel Bert Baldwin, 69, of Colton - Buffalo Trading Post, South Dakota died January 8, 2021 due to an auto accident.
Kinzley Funeral Home in Madison, South Dakota is making arrangements. Open viewing for the public will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 1 pm to 7 pm. There will be a private family service on Saturday at 2 pm. The service will be live-streamed and a link will be posted at www.kinzleyfh.com.
Dan was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on February 24, 1951 to Gene "Bubs" and Aileen Baldwin, joining his sister Pat into the family. He spent all of his school years and graduated from high school in Chester, South Dakota. After graduation, Dan worked for a local business and played in bands such as "Yesterday's Wine."
In the mid-seventies Dan purchased the little bar on Brant Lake. He expanded the business and successfully built the Shipwreck Steakhouse. Dan also worked in the upholstery shop with his dad and kept up with this business for many years.
Dan did all of this while keeping up with his music career. In later years, he would be in a band called "Baldwin and Beck." After selling the Shipwreck, Dan purchased the Happy Hour Bar. After losing his eyesight due to diabetes, Dan sold the Happy Hour and kept up the upholstery business, doing beautiful work. He was always busy building something or doing remodeling work.
In 2001, Dan married the love of his life, Rhonda "Tuti" Olson. They made their home near Buffalo Trading Post. Dan had many other loves in his life. Being a husband, stepfather and grandfather brought much joy to him. Music was an everyday love of his and he was talented with the guitar, harmonica and singing.
Dan was one big funny bone. He rarely complained, accepting his blindness and saying "it is what it is." He was always positive and had a smile on his face, a joke or a funny comment. Everyone loved him. His many friends and family know him as the guy with the big golden heart.
Thankful for sharing his life are his wife, Tuti; stepchildren Paul Wieneke and April Buck of Neligh, Nebraska and their families; and sister Pat Jarman of Chester, South Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family and will be forwarded to Dan's favorite charities.