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Richard Wayne Sabers was state supreme court justice. Bar: South Dakota 1966, United States District Court South Dakota 1966, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1983. Named Outstanding Young Religious Leader, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Falls, 1971.


Sabers, Richard Wayne was born on February 12, 1938 in Salem, South Dakota, United States. Son of Emil William and Elrena Veronica (Godfrey) Sabers.


Bachelor in English, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1960. Juris Doctor, University South Dakota, 1966.


He was forced to retire in 2008 because of a state law that requires Supreme Court justices to retire at age 70, although no replacement was named until he was 71. He has said that the mandatory retirement age should be raised to 75. Sabers was born in Salem, South Dakota.

He graduated from St. John's University of Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts, then served two years as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers for the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany. Following his service, he attended University of South Dakota College of Law and began practicing law in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, following his graduation in 1966. In 1986 South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow appointed Sabers to the state supreme court.

Sabers was reelected in 1990, 1998 and 2006.


State representative March of Dimes, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1963. Board directors St. JosephCathedral, Sioux Falls, 1971-1986. Trustee, board directors O'Gorman Foundation, Sioux Falls, 1978-1986.

Active school board O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, 1985-1986. Lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1963. Member American Bar Association, South Dakot Bar Association, Institute Judicial Administration, St. John's Alumni Association (president Sioux Falls chapter 1975-1991).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, skiing, sailing, sports, wood carving.


Married Colleen D. Kelley, August 28, 1965 (deceased February, 1998). Children: Steven Richard, Susan Michelle, Michael Kelley. Married Ellie Schmitz, June 9, 2000.