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I wanted to extend my condolences to Evelyn's loved ones and fellow friends in the passing of a truly exceptional individual. She was one of the most devoted and hardest workers for the Plant Science Department that I have had to pleasure to have known. Her tireless efforts were done during the early years when I was new to SDSU almost 30 years ago. She was always striving to do things at the very highest level and her work was

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Posted by: Billy Fuller - Brookings, SD - Coworker   Jul 05, 2017

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Evelyn. I got to know many of you while living in Brookings, and you are a very special family. I worked with Evelyn for several years at SDSU. She was a hardworking, dedicated, and wonderful woman. I was also blessed to know her as a friend. She was affectionately referred to as "Mom" by many on our crew, and she diligently made sure things were done right under her watch. She

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Posted by: Mark Boetel - Fargo, ND - Friend   Jun 28, 2017

Mama Kahler was so good to me. She made me feel as if I were her own daughter. We worked together for a short time sorting bug traps and splitting sunflower stalks at SDSU. Always had great conversations. My condolences to the family, especially you Kathy. Much love to you all!

Posted by: Shirley Evenson-Woods - Family Friend   Jun 27, 2017

This lady was a good freind and like a mother to us will be miss until we meet again Prayers for the Family as u go thru these difficult times God Bless U All

Posted by: Jim phyllis Anderson - Lennox, SD - Friend   Jun 23, 2017

I first met Evelyn in the spring of 1990 at the Plant Science building at SDSU. Evelyn was the "Grasshopper Lady". She fed and raised grasshoppers, trapped them, built the cages, and traveled all over the states to other universities to give speeches and lectures. Evelyn was proud of her grasshoppers and boy was her knowledge about them vast. She had to teach her new and younger bosses all about her grasshopper raising and breeding program. You see...... Evelyn had

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Posted by: Kim Compton - Brookings, SD - Friend   Jun 23, 2017

Such a beautiful lady! So sorry to hear of her passing. Wish I could be there, but not possible. My condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all.

Posted by: Linda Koerten - Plover, WI - Family   Jun 23, 2017

Sure going to miss this great lady! Deepest sympathy to all of you. Let your memories hold her near.

Posted by: Deb Leibel - Gregory, SD - Friend   Jun 22, 2017

Donny and Kathy,
So sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. She was such a joy to visit with! May the peace of the Lord comfort you at this time. Hugs to the both of you.

Posted by: Bryan & Angel Nelson - Gregory, SD - Friend   Jun 22, 2017