Frank Booth Cable III
January 4, 1938 - May 20 2020

Public graveside services for Frank Booth Cable III, 82, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Chamberlain, SD, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Riverview Cemetery of Chamberlain, SD.
Public visitation with rotational limiting of ten people was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020, at Zion
Lutheran Church of Chamberlain, SD.
Frank Booth Cable III died May 20, 2020, at Ava’s House hospice in Sioux Falls, SD, with son, Steve and daughter-in-law, Cindy at his side.
Frank Booth Cable III was born Jan. 4, 1938, in Hudson, SD, to Frank B. Cable II and Agnes Benson Cable Creamer.
When Frank was one and a half years old, the family moved to the Chamberlain, SD, area and Buffalo County of South Dakota to start a ranch which grew into a father and son business, the Cable Land and Cattle Company.
Frank came from a long line of successful South Dakota cattlemen – his father, Frank B. Cable II, his grandfather, Frank B. Cable and his great grandfather, David B. Cable all had large cattle operations. His great uncle, Elwood Cable, moved to the Chamberlain, SD, area in 1899 and operated a cattle ranch near Chamberlain, SD, for 40 years.
Frank graduated from Chamberlain High School of Chamberlain, SD, in 1956. He was active in 4-H and attended Brookings Agricultural College of Brookings, SD.
He served in the South Dakota National Guard for three years.
Prior to being struck down with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which plagued him his entire adult life, he was an avid outdoorsman and talented athlete at the local, district and state levels. He pitched for the Gann Valley, SD, and Chamberlain, SD, baseball teams and played forward on the Chamberlain High School basketball team.
Frank married Alta Lee Larsen on July 14, 1957, and began their married life on the Cable Ranch north of Pukwana, SD, later moving to the ranch north of Chamberlain, SD, where they raised their three children. Always curious and an optimist, Frank got his private pilot’s license and during RA remissions, he loved flying his Piper Cub, fishing the Missouri River, hunting elk in Colorado, playing golf, bowling, flying remote control airplanes and enjoying many friends.
Frank was a founding member of the North American Limousin Foundation, beginning with 15 head of black Angus heifers which he bred to Limousin. He went on to breed and raise his own herd to full breeds.
In 1980, he retired from ranching and moved to rural Chamberlain, SD, and started Cable’s Custom Chopping with son, Steve, harvesting crops from Texas to the Dakotas.
Alta and Frank welcomed hundreds of guests to Cable’s Riverview Ridge Bed and Breakfast, with many of them returning every year for the famous hospitality.
Above all, Frank had a strong commitment to family. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother and friend. He cared for his wife, Alta, during her seven year illness at their home overlooking the Missouri River until
moving to Sioux Falls, SD, in August.
Grateful for having shared his life are his sons, Russell Cable of Seguin, Texas, and Steven Cable and wife, Cindy of Sioux Falls, SD; a daughter, Michelle Stevens and husband, Wilson of Goldsboro, NC; a brother, Harley Cable and wife, Dawn of Pukwana, SD; sisters, Linda Cable Kakela of Steamboat Springs, CO, Barbara Cable Williams of Steamboat Springs, CO, and Sharon Caslin and husband, Wade of Chino Valley, AZ; a sister-in-law, Mavis Hansen and husband, Richard of Reliance, SD; grandchildren, Tessa, Lacey, Russell, Cassie, Matt, Jared, Racquel, Samantha and Danielle; 11 great grandchildren and nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Alta Larsen Cable in January of 2020; his parents, Frank B. Cable II and Agnes Benson Cable Creamer; a niece, Jimmi Rose Cable and brothers-in-law, Wayne Kakela of
Steamboat Springs, CO, and Charley Williams of Steamboat Springs, CO.
Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
The obituary may be seen at
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested.

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