South Dakota Native Founder Of Super 8, My Place Hotels Dead At 83

(Aberdeen, SD) — The South Dakota man who founded Super 8 Motels and My Place hotels has passed away at the age of 83. Ron Rivett of Aberdeen died in a Florida hospital last weekend. He’s a 1963 graduate of Northern State University and opened the first Super 8 Motel in Aberdeen in 1974. Rivett’s obituary described him as, “a student of life, passionate husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, entrepreneur, and outdoorsman,” and his “life and legacy are as large as his personality and smile.”

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