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Rudolph Rudy Becker

October 14, 1922 - October 14, 2017

Rudolph Clement Becker was born on October 14, 1922 on the family farm south of Herrick, SD, the third of four children of Rudolph and Zelma (Painter) Becker. He attended school at the Goodman country school, Naper High School, and graduated from Burke High School in 1940. Rudy attended Springfield Teachers College and taught for 2-3 years until he was drafted to serve in WWII in June of...
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Robert Bob Sperl

June 6, 1933 - October 12, 2017

Robert Edward Sperl, Sr. Bob was born on June 6, 1933 to Ed and Ethel (Krizan) Sperl on the family farm northeast of Gregory. His early years of school were at Woidneck Country School and later attended Gregory High School where he participated in football and track. He had polio in his high school years which set him back a year so he was in the same class as his sister Connie. After...
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Pearle Janas

December 27, 1925 - October 11, 2017

Pearle Mae (Dunkak) Janas was born on December 27, 1925 in Dallas, South Dakota to Henry H. and Louise (Zimbelman) Dunkak. Pearle attended school and graduated from Colome High School in 1945. Pearle was united in marriage to William A. Janas on June 29, 1947 in Colome. They were the parents of four children: Gary, Doug, Rodney "Scotty" and Linda. Pearle will be most remembered from her...
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Virginia Ginny Leibel

April 14, 1924 - October 2, 2017

Virginia "Ginny" Verle (Vielmette) Leibel was born on April 14, 1924 on a farm north of Gregory, SD, to William and Emma (Kriegy) Vielmette. Ginny was the oldest of four children. Ginny graduated from Gregory High School in 1941. She spent most of her life in the Dallas/Gregory area. In 1946 Ginny married Francis Jerred. They were parents to three daughters and one son. They lived on a...
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Kristin Goodnight

October 1, 2017

Kristin K. Goodnight, 59, of Melbourne, FL, died October 1, 2017. Kristin Goodnight was zealous for God, dedicated to her family, committed to her students and passionate about the performing arts. To everyone that came in contact with her, she was known as a staunch prayer warrior and unwavering in her faith. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1957, Kristin was the eldest daughter of Gordon...
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Larry Moyer

December 13, 1935 - September 14, 2017

Larry Leslie Moyer was born December 13, 1935 in Burke, South Dakota, to Walter and Jennie (Mullen) Moyer and passed away on September 14, 2017 after a long battle with COPD. Larry grew up in Lucas, South Dakota and attended country school near Lucas and graduated from Burke High School. He was confirmed into the Catholic faith at Sacred Heart Church in Burke. After high school he...
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Eula Cole

June 28, 1928 - September 8, 2017

Eula Pearle (Jenkins) Cole passed away peacefully in her home at Wewela, South Dakota with family around her on Friday morning September 8, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She looked forward to meeting her Savior Jesus Christ and a host of friends and family who have gone on before. Eula was born on June 28, 1928 to Milton Frederick and Hattie Pearl (Wilson) Jenkins near Ulman,...
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Melba Veren

November 9, 1927 - August 25, 2017

Four score and nine years ago on November 9, 1927, Melba Grace Heller was born to Charles and Dora (Bainbridge) Heller. She would join three brothers and two sisters and later a younger brother. Melba attended East Star Valley Grade School and Ideal School. During her junior/senior years of high school, Melba lived with her grandpa Judge Louis F. Heller and was often a witness to the marriages...
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Mavis Hambek

June 26, 1927 - August 23, 2017

Mavis June (Becker) Hambek was born June 26, 1927 to Rudolph and Zelma (Painter) Becker on the farm 9 miles south of Herrick, SD. She attended the Goodman school that was ¾ of a mile north of the home place. Her first grade teacher was Edna Goodman. She said the best years of grade school was her 7th and 8th grades because her teacher was her sister Opal. Mavis attended Naper High School...
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Allen Rajewich

February 21, 1921 - August 15, 2017

George Allen "Bud" Rajewich was born February 21, 1921 to John and Mary (Molacek) Rajewich at his parent's home northeast of Gregory, SD. He was the youngest of thirteen children. Allen attended country school #42 and Gregory High School, graduating with the class of 1938. He excelled in basketball and the team played in the state tournament that year. After graduation he remained at the...
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Patricia Krieger

September 7, 1931 - August 13, 2017

Patricia Ann Krieger, the third of three daughters, was born to Roscoe and Evelyn Seabury in Yarmouth, Maine, on September 7, 1931. She graduated from North Yarmouth Academy and then received her diploma in nursing from Maine General Hospital, working as a Registered Nurse. In 1953, she was married to Joseph Krieger and to this union five children would be born. Pat worked as a nurse until...
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Vola Eubanks

March 12, 1919 - August 8, 2017

Vola Alvera Eubanks was born on March 12, 1919, in Jordan, SD in Tripp County to Nelson and Anna (Hauf) Rash. She went to a rural country school through the eighth grade. Vola met Francis Worden and they married at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jamison, NE on July 13, 1943. To this union three children were born and they raised them on the farm near Colome, SD. In July 1963 Vola moved to...
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Lucille Williamson

February 28, 1925 - August 6, 2017

Lucille Marie Williamson was born on February 28, 1925 in Jefferson, SD to Napoleon and Florence (Trudeau) Bertrand. Lucille was married on October 28, 1950 to James "Tiny" Williamson. They have five children. Lucille liked to read, sew, crochet, and grow a big garden. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to fish with her son and special...
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Kolby Beck

May 21, 2005 - July 27, 2017

Kolby Mason Beck went to his heavenly home on July 27th, 2017. Kolby, son of Bob and Bev Beck, was born on May 21, 2005. He lived with his family on their farm southwest of Dallas, South Dakota. From an early age, Kolby demonstrated a love for animals, raising baby chicks and puppies. He had a passion for learning and was looking forward to beginning his 6th grade year in Gregory. His...
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Merle Talsma

July 21, 1934 - July 19, 2017

Merle Ray Talsma was born July 21, 1934 at home on a ranch (Uncle Maine's) west of Springfield, South Dakota, the son of Ray and Donia (Unruh) Talsma. Merle went to a rural country school through the 8th grade. He worked on the ranch with his father until he entered the military in 1957. While in the military Merle was stationed in Germany. Merle left the military in 1959. Merle met his wife...
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Mildred Williamson

June 13, 1931 - July 17, 2017

Mildred Helen Yeigh Williamson, formerly of Colome and recently of Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, passed away on July 17, 2017, at the age of 86. Mildred was born on June 13, 1931 in Allerton, Iowa to Jerry and Jennie (Canfield) Yeigh. She was the only daughter in her family. After Mildred graduated high school, she met and married her husband of sixteen years and eight...
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Maxine Jamison

March 8, 1917 - July 3, 2017

Frances Maxine (Kurzenberger) Jamison was born March 8, 1917 to William Henry and Cora Ann (Pettit) Kurzenberger on the family farm north of Springview, Nebraska. She died, peacefully, July 3, 2017 at the Pine View Nursing Home in Valentine, Nebraska. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church of Burton and was a member of the same church her entire life. Maxine attended elementary school in...
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Fred Laprath

December 14, 1933 - June 22, 2017

Fred Laprath, age 83, of Dallas, South Dakota passed away on June 22, 2017 at the Winner Hospital, Winner, South Dakota. Fred Thomas Laprath was born on December 14, 1933 on his parent's farm in Tripp County, South Dakota. He was the son of Hans Thomas Laprath and Frieda Christiana Manke. Fred was baptized in the Lutheran Church. He spent his early childhood in Idaho where his family...
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Evelyn Kahler

October 19, 1934 - June 20, 2017

Evelyn Marie (Marts) Kahler was born October 19, 1934 in Agate, NE, to Dwight and Eva (Burkhart) Marts. She was the third of six children. Evelyn grew up on ranches in Bonesteel and Gregory riding horse, haying and helping her mom with gardening and her young siblings. Evelyn graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1952. She then went on to get her teaching certificate from Springfield...
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Edward Haines

August 13, 1945 - June 10, 2017

Edward Lee Haines was born on August 13, 1945, in Gregory, SD, the third of five children, son of Bennett Harwood Haines and Evelyn Chocholousek Haines. He grew up on a farm north of Gregory. There he attended a one room school in Dixon and graduated from Gregory High School in 1963. When Edward was a junior in high school, he was chosen to go to Boys State. His senior year, Edward was elected...
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Kristi Olson

July 31, 1978 - June 1, 2017

 Kristi Lynn Olson was born July 31, 1978 in Winner, South Dakota to Jerald Lee Olson and Gay Lynn Olson. She was the younger sister of Jamie Lee Olson. Kristi was later joined by two half brothers, Joshua Olson and Justin Olson.  Kristi graduated from Burke High School in 1996. She lived the majority of her life on her grandparent's farm in Dallas, South Dakota. She had a very strong...
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Viola Christensen

November 7, 1934 - June 1, 2017

Viola (Pastian) Christensen was born November 7, 1934 in Dallas, SD, the twelfth of thirteen children born to Henry and Mollie (Faatz) Pastian. Vi grew up on a farm southwest of Paxton, SD. Vi graduated from Gregory High School in 1952. While attending high school, she lived with Bill and Evelyn Rasmussen and worked at the Tasty Shop. On July 29, 1952, she married Lyle Christensen at the...
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Marie Dostal

December 6, 1934 - May 23, 2017

Marie Jane (York) Dostal was born December 6, 1934 at home near Lucas, SD to Mexico (Max) York and Leona Deering York. Marie graduated from Gregory High School and had to choose between nursing school and marriage. Marriage won out and she married Deward Dostal in 1953. They lived in Topeka, KS where son David was born. Then they moved to Northome, MN to cut timber and raise chickens and...
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Gary Hanson

August 31, 1941 - May 20, 2017

Gary Lavern Hanson was born August 31, 1941 in rural Gregory County to Alfred and Frances (Johnson) Hanson. He attended country school in rural Gregory County and graduated from Gregory High School. Gary married Nancy Marie Turney on April 30, 1960. To this union eight children were born: Erik, Bradley, Melanie, Monica, Bryan, Bruce, Brandon, and Brady. After marriage he started working...
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Harold Bender

January 31, 1934 - May 12, 2017

Harold Gidion Bender was born in Dallas, SD on January 31, 1934 to Robert and Emma (Hoffman) Bender. Harry grew up in the Dallas and Gregory area. He entered the Army in November of 1956 and served his country until his honorable discharge in November 1958. Part of Harry's time in the Army was spent in Germany. Harry then transferred and served in the National Guard. Harry was a trucker and...
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Lela Bouslaugh

July 22, 1939 - May 4, 2017

Lela Mae (Wetzler) Bouslaugh was born July 22, 1939 at Burke, South Dakota to Rudolph and Lydia (Layh) Wetzler. The Lord called Lela to her heavenly home on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory at 77 years of age. Lela, the youngest of eight children, grew up on the family farm near Herrick. Her family were members of the German Congregational Church near...
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Irene Nelson

June 17, 1931 - April 29, 2017

Irene June Pospisil was born June 17, 1931 on the family farm south of Gregory, the only surviving child of Charles Pospisil and Emma (Stejskal) Pospisil. She grew up on the farm but attended elementary and high school in Gregory, riding the bus to school over the muddy roads enduring the difficult conditions during the depression years. After graduating from Gregory High School in 1949...
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Beatrice Faust

April 20, 1923 - April 8, 2017

Beatrice (Bea) York was born April 20, 1923 to Fred and Minnie (Pederson) York at a farm near Lucas, SD. She attended South Grey School and graduated from Gregory High School in 1940. Beatrice married James Lane of Iona, SD and they were the parents of three sons and one daughter. The family lived on a farm near Iona. In 1956, they purchased the Iona Store and Beatrice became acting...
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Gerald Jerry Wolthoff

September 8, 1945 - April 7, 2017

Gerald (Jerry) Elwin Wolthoff was born September 8, 1945, at Winner, SD. He was the son of George and Myrtle (Horton) Wolthoff. Jerry grew up in Colome and attended grade school and high school in Colome. He graduated with the class of 1963 and attended college for a short time in Huron, SD. Jerry lived for awhile in California and Illinois. He returned to Winner and worked at Miller Brothers...
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Shari Archer

February 24, 1951 - March 13, 2017

Sharleen (Shari) Marie (Ketterling) Archer was born in Nampa, Idaho, on February 24, 1951. She was the first child of Herbert and Shirley (Campbell) Ketterling. She passed away with her family by her side on March 13, 2017, at the age of 66. Shari's father (Herb) was a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene. Following his graduation from Northwest Nazarene University the family moved to...
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Bernita Schweigert

November 12, 1939 - February 27, 2017

Bernita was born November 12th, 1939 in Burke South Dakota. She was the first child born to Woodrow Roggow and June Anderson Roggow. After just 15 months, her brother Kenneth was born. They grew up on the family homestead near Lucas. Her first day of school, she ran home because she was afraid to be away from home. Her father said that was fine and she could wait until the following year when...
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Cecil Routh

August 12, 1922 - February 27, 2017

Cecil Harold Routh  Cecil was born August 12, 1922 in Clark, South Dakota to Roy T. and Bessie (Lorenz) Routh. In 1929 the family of eight children moved to Groton, South Dakota where his father was a building contractor. Here they lived until Cecil graduated in 1941.  Cecil enlisted in the United States Navy on November 16, 1942. Six of the eight Routh siblings also joined the service. He...
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Marlyn Shaffer

January 31, 1936 - February 19, 2017

Marlyn (Mike) LeRoy Shaffer Marlyn LeRoy Shaffer was born January 31, 1936 to Vilas and Florence Winkler Shaffer in Deadwood, South Dakota He met Peggy Greek to whom he was married for 60 years, at Gregory High School. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1954. Marlyn and Peggy were married on February 16, 1957 and honeymooned in California and settled there. To this union, two...
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Merle Elliott

July 14, 1929 - February 17, 2017

Merle James Elliott was born July 14, 1929 on the family farm east of Colome. His parents were Chauncey and Mary (McElroy) Elliott. Merle attended rural Saathoff School and graduated from Colome High School in 1947. He then attended college. In 1948 Merle met his future wife, DeEtte Stenson, and they married on October 8, 1950. Merle entered the Army in 1951 and was stationed in Korea with...
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Marie Springer

January 3, 1931 - February 15, 2017

Marie Maxine Smith was born January 3, 1931 to Maude Ruth Stevicks Smith and George L. Smith at their home near Lucas, SD. She was the only daughter and joined brothers George Jr. and Kenneth. Later Ronald would complete the family. Marie went to Sunnyside Country School for eight years and graduated from Burke High School in 1949. On October 30, 1949 she married Verlyn Lee...
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Donald Brumbaugh

November 25, 1943 - February 10, 2017

Donald Eugene Brumbaugh was born November 25, 1943 to Harold Leroy Brumbaugh and Evelyn Marie (Larsen) Brumbaugh in Gregory, SD. Don, along with his siblings, grew up in Winner, SD and the surrounding area. As a young boy, his mother bought a horse named Lady for them to enjoy. Once the boys rode Lady from Winner, SD to the homestead south of Dallas, SD. This beautiful black horse held a...
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Michael Plenty Horse

September 2, 1960 - January 30, 2017

Michael Paul Plenty Horse was born September 2, 1960 in Rosebud, SD to Josephine Eagle Dog and Adolph Plenty Horse. He attended school in Ideal as he was growing up. Michael was active in his church and went on to college in Tempe, AZ. He enjoyed spending time with his great-granddaughters Bianca Jo and Bille Joslin. Michael died Monday, January 30, 2017 in his home in...
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Elden Carter

January 13, 1945 - January 20, 2017

Elden "Sonny" Clarence Carter, Jr. was born January 13, 1945 to Elden C. Carter Sr. and Mary (Lupton) Carter in Gregory, SD. He was the first of five children. Sonny attended rural elementary school and graduated from Gregory High School in 1963. Sonny married Marvel "Bobbie" Schuppan on September 30, 1974. They were blessed with three children—Chad, Paige, and Raelynn. Sonny worked for...
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Roy Lilly

March 4, 1944 - January 17, 2017

Roy Melvyn Lilly was born on March 4, 1944 at Gregory Hospital to Oliver and Ruth (Kenaston) Lilly. Roy attended grade school through 8th grade at Kansas Flats and graduated from Colome High school in 1962 and went to work on the farm with his dad. He joined the National Guard in October 1962 and served with the 730 Medical Clearing Company until 1968. Roy was united in marriage to Carol...
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Kenneth Watson

July 15, 1946 - January 14, 2017

Kenneth Leroy Watson was born July 15, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at age 70 in the Winner Regional Healthcare Center. Ken graduated from high school in Ulysses, Kansas in 1963 and joined the Navy the following fall. He served in the Navy and Navy Reserves for a total of 14 years, including two tours in Vietnam. Ken cherished his time served in...
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Dale Keiser

September 15, 1929 - January 11, 2017

Dale Eugene Keiser, son of Henry and Lena Keiser, was born September 15, 1929, at his parent's home in Tripp County, along with his twin sister, Dorothy. At a young age growing up on the farm, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and caring for the farm animals. Dale attended South Irwin School through eighth grade. While in Dallas High School, he participated in basketball and football. After...
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Curt Larson

February 18, 1960 - January 9, 2017

Curt LeRoy Larson was born in Ainsworth, NE, on February 18, 1960 to Darold and Sharyl (Kirkpatrick) Larson. Curt was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Springview. Curt was five years old when his father was killed in an airplane crash in Atkinson, NE. After his mother married his step father Don Linse, Curt and his sisters were adopted and raised on the Linse ranch northwest of...
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Dorothy Wales

July 25, 1933 - January 2, 2017

Dorothy Jean Wales was born in Ainsworth, NE on July 25, 1933 to Charles and Gatha (Jackman) Berckhemer. Dorothy had two brothers and one sister. Dorothy grew up in the Ainsworth area and attended school there. She graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1950. Dorothy married Richard Wales at the Ainsworth Congregational Church on January 7, 1951. To this union three children were born,...
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Barry Sinkular

December 21, 1949 - January 1, 2017

Barry Lynn Sinkular was born on December 21, 1949, in Gregory, SD, to Woodrow and Elsie (Schmidt) Sinkular, joining twin brothers Ken and Kent. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1968 and from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1973 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Barry married Carol Dykeman in 1985 and they later divorced. He married Jeannette Adams on August 3...
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Doug Simkins

October 25, 1952 - December 27, 2016

Douglas R Simkins was born October 25, 1952 to Ervin "Hun" Eli Simkins and Arvis Echo Nyberg Simkins. The family lived near Mission in Doug's early years. He was baptized in the Mission Lutheran Church. Doug enjoyed observing and learning new things. He always loved nature and felt most at home in the country. Doug was voted class president his junior year of high school in Witten, SD. He...
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Tom Eliason

July 29, 1941 - December 22, 2016

Thomas Dale Eliason was born on July 29, 1941 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was the youngest of three children born to Arthur and Vivian (Nelson) Eliason. He began elementary school at the Catron Country School and graduated from Gettysburg High School. Tom attended the Brigham Young University in Utah. He married JoAnn Martin in 1963. To this union, eight children were born. The family moved to...
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Clarence Buck

February 8, 1940 - December 19, 2016

Clarence Eugene Buck (Popeye) was born on February 8, 1940 at Greeley, NE to Thomas and Cecelia (Hust) Buck. He grew up in Greeley and attended Greeley Sacred Heart graduating in 1959. Clarence then joined the Navy from 1959-1969 where he was a cook on the ships. On December 12, 1961 he married Ardith Granger. To this union eight children were born. They divorced in 1987. After the Navy,...
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Carol Jo Kahler

December 27, 1965 - December 12, 2016

Carol Jo Kahler was born on December 27, 1965 to John and Irene (Dykeman) Kahler. She was the eighth of nine children. When Carol was two years old, she came down with spinal meningitis. This left Carol with many disabilities. Carol lived her childhood in the Gregory and Burke areas, later moving to Redfield. Her adult years were spent in Winner. With the help and support of the staff at...
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Paul Taggart

March 3, 1934 - December 10, 2016

Paul Everett Taggart was born on the farm north of Dallas, SD in Irwin Township, Tripp County on March 3, 1934 to Archie & Helen (Beckers) Taggart. He joined three siblings with two to follow. Paul attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Gregory until the eighth grade. Then he started farming with his Dad and continued to do so for the next 50 years until his health would no longer permit. ...
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Leonard Jansen

June 19, 1924 - December 4, 2016

Leonard Walter Jansen was born June 19, 1924, in Dallas, SD, the sixth child of thirteen to Albert and Lena (Gruhn) Jansen. He attended several country schools and graduated from Dallas High School. On February 7, 1946 Leonard married Donna Mae Wardrip. To this union two children were adopted, Mary Jane born March 31, 1948 and David Leonard born October 20, 1950. In 1953, Leonard and Donna...
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Bonnie Arris

June 5, 1918 - November 26, 2016

Bonnie Mae (Perdue) Arris was born June 5, 1918, in Witten, South Dakota to parents John and Katherine Perdue. She was the second of twelve children. Bonnie passed away at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Loveland, Colorado on November 26, 2016 at the age of 98 years. Funeral services for Bonnie will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in...
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Kenneth Wendell

March 22, 1937 - November 23, 2016

Kenneth Robert Wendell was born March 22, 1937 to Elmer and Alice (Jansen) Wendell at Gregory, SD. Kenny attended grade school in Dallas, Burke, and Gregory. He graduated from Gregory High School with the class of 1955. Kenny enlisted in the Army in 1956 and was discharged in January of 1958. He served his basic training at Fort Carson, CO. He finished his service in Germany with a...
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Ila Pastian

May 1, 1928 - November 17, 2016

Ila Jeanne (Whiting) Pastian passed away peacefully on November 17, 2016 at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 16 days at the Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Ila Jeanne (Whiting) Pastian, the first child of Eugene and Agnes (Musilek) Whiting, was born on May 1, 1928 at her parents farm (Blachnik Place) south of Dallas, SD. She grew up on the farm with her siblings, Raymond ...
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Joseph Schwaller

June 4, 1921 - November 11, 2016

Joseph Bernard Schwaller was born at home on June 4, 1921 to Joseph Edward and Margaret Catherine (Drilling) Schwaller. Joe grew up around Early, Lake View, and Sac City, Iowa. He went to country school through the eighth grade. Joe was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and was honorably discharged on September 9, 1946. He served in the Quadgalene Islands for seven and a half months where...
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Dorothy Bigelow

April 14, 1926 - November 7, 2016

Dorothy Orene Bigelow was one of fourteen children born to Frank and Bertha (Mavis) Bertram on April 14, 1926 at Colome, SD. Dorothy was raised on the farm south of Colome and attended school in rural Colome. After her schooling, she helped on the family farm until her marriage. Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Bigelow on March 4, 1944. Dorothy helped Bob on their farm doing...
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Betty Devish

May 22, 1923 - October 29, 2016

Theresa Elizabeth Ruth (Betty) Devish was born May 22, 1923. She was the sixth child of George and Theresa (Salzmann) Kenzy. She was born at the farm home near Iona, SD. Her brothers were Sam, Carl, Paul, Leo, and John. She attended school in the community, starting at Iona High School and later graduating from Gregory High School in 1940. She became a certified teacher attending Springfield...
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LeRoy Veskrna

September 25, 1944 - October 17, 2016

LeRoy Emil Veskrna was born on September 25, 1944 in Burke SD the son of Emil and Agnes Veskrna (Cervenka). He attended school in Burke SD, Casper, WY and graduated from Winner High School in 1963. LeRoy joined the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1971. On May 17, 1969, he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Elliott at St. Isidore Catholic Church in...
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Clara Belle Pavlis

April 22, 1927 - October 7, 2016

Clara Belle (Clark) Pavlis was born on April 22, 1927. She was the fifth child of Walter and Cynthia (Morley) Clark and the last surviving of their eight children. She was born in Healy, KS and moved to Wood, SD with her family at about the age of three. She passed away with her family by her side on October 7, 2016, in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 89. Clara Belle attended school in Wood, SD...
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Brent Janak

May 5, 1954 - October 3, 2016

Brent Joseph Janak was born May 5, 1954 to Joseph and Bernetta (Erickson) Janak in Winner, SD. He has an older brother Duwayne, older sister Delaine, and twin sister Beverly. Brent enjoyed the outdoors and riding his bike and was an accomplished skateboarder. In high school he developed his love of cars. Brent attended St Mary's Catholic School through the 6th grade then he attended Winner...
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Hans Laprath

April 18, 1932 - September 25, 2016

Hans Laprath, age 84, of Dallas, South Dakota passed away on September 25, 2016 at the Gregory Hospital, Gregory, SD. Hans Norman John (NJ) Laprath was born on April 18, 1932 on his parent's farm in Tripp County, South Dakota. He was the son of Hans Thomas Laprath and Frieda Christiana Manke. He spent his early childhood in Idaho where his family resided during the Great Depression and World...
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Dorothy Brown

November 12, 1923 - September 21, 2016

Dorothy Marion (Osterman) Brown was born November 12, 1923 to Albert and Mary (Mauch) Osterman at Mariville NE in Rock County. Brother Lavern welcomed her with loving arms. In the coming years sisters Virginia, Patty and Maxine would complete the family. Dorothy walked all eight years to Rock Creek School not far from their home. Dorothy waited a year for Virginia to finish grade school then...
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Robert Veskrna

August 9, 1944 - September 16, 2016

Robert Lee Veskrna was born August 9, 1944 in Burke, SD to Gus and Evelyn (Stuckers) Veskrna. Bob grew up on a farm north of Dallas. He attended country school and Winner High School attaining his GED. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1965. During this time he completed helicopter repair courses earning many awards. Bob served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1968. Bob married...
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Abraham Abe Shedeed

December 5, 1926 - September 16, 2016

Abraham John Shedeed was born on December 5, 1926 at his home in Stewart Township in Tripp County to Meled and Marain (Habab) Shedeed. His father Meled came to South Dakota in 1910 from Assyria with his wife Marain to arrive in 1911. Abraham was the seventh child of a family of nine. Abe attended New Nixon and Hillcrest schools until the eighth grade. He was able to go to Colome High School...
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Nedra Lundberg

December 4, 1940 - September 11, 2016

Ms. Nedra Diane Lundberg, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. She was born on December 4, 1940 to the late Doris Nedra Fulwider Lundberg and Ralph George Lundberg. The oldest of five children, Nedra grew up on the family farm in South Dakota, just west of the Missouri River breaks. She attended grade school at Halva School and graduated from Gregory High School as valedictorian in...
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Bob Soesbe

January 19, 1957 - September 3, 2016

Bob LeRoy Soesbe was born on January 19, 1957 in Winner, SD to Dennis and Virginia (Boner) Soesbe. He was the oldest of five children in the family. Bob attended Gregory School District until he graduated from high school in 1975. While in school he enjoyed attending the 4-H group, North West Rangers, where he showed cattle and sheep. The family would travel all over and made many trips to...
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Esther Braun

November 21, 1924 - August 31, 2016

Esther Lindwurm Braun was born Nov. 21, 1924, to William and Lena (Kahler) Lindwurm at their farm home south of Gregory, SD. She was baptized and confirmed in Peace Lutheran Church, Carlock, SD. At 91, she still could recite her confirmation verse: Psalm 103:1-2: "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his...
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Ivan Vosika

February 20, 1934 - August 22, 2016

Ivan Frank Vosika was born on February 20, 1934 to Stanley and Ona (Stasney) Vosika. Ivan was raised on the farm near Gregory and lived there all his life. As a young boy, Ivan was stricken with rheumatic fever making school difficult. With the help of his mother reading to him by lamp light, Ivan finished the eighth grade and then later obtained his GED. Ivan volunteered for military service...
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Ruby Shippy

January 6, 1923 - August 12, 2016

Ruby Mae Mudgett was born to LeRoy and Clara Mudgett on January 6, 1923 in Fargo, N. Dakota. She joined her brother Harvey (18 months older), and 22 months later, sister Bernice came. Her father struggled to find work, but made harnesses for a while. When Ruby was four, sadly he left the family, and she never saw him again. Her single mother returned to Colome, S Dakota. She made ends meet...
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Imogene Turnquist

October 28, 1919 - August 9, 2016

Imogene Pearl Turnquist from Wewela, SD, age 96, died August 9, 2016 at the Gregory Avera Hospital. Imogene was born October 28, 1919 to Elmer and Rena (Haukaas) Smith on the family homestead located one and a half miles north of the Turtle Butte. She was the youngest child of a family of eight. Imogene attended her elementary education at the Turtle Butte School. In order to attend high...
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Ruth Vavra

November 21, 1927 - July 2, 2016

Ruth Clara (Stellwag) Vavra was born November 21, 1927 on the family farm south of Gregory, SD to Hans and Clara (Faatz) Stellwag, the fourth of ten brothers and sisters in the family. Ruth completed school to the eighth grade. Ruth started working for Buches, then located on Main Street Gregory. Ruth married Richard Vavra in Colome on October 4, 1948, and they lived on the family homestead...
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Veryl (Sis) Wagaman

March 31, 1926 - June 20, 2016

Veryl (Briggs) Wagaman was born on March 31, 1926 at Iona, South Dakota to Harry and Mary (Hickey) Briggs. Veryl had two brothers Dwane and Dean. She attended the Iona school through middle school and then attended high school for a while in Gregory. One of Veryl's favorite things to do was to come to Gregory with her folks. She enjoyed taking in a movie when she could. Veryl was known by...
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Dwight Roggow

May 29, 1956 - June 17, 2016

Dwight Arden Roggow was born May 29, 1956 to Vilas and Amy (Ameila Wetzler) Roggow. He was the oldest of three children. Dwight attended the Bunnell school and also the Lucas school. He graduated from Burke High School in 1974. Dwight attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND for four years. Then he returned to farm with his Dad and beloved uncles. In 1996 he began trucking as a bull...
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Bonnelle Spreckels

January 15, 1923 - June 4, 2016

Bonnelle Jewell was born January 15, 1923 to Charles Cyrus and Myrtle Florence (Bloodhart) Jewell, on the farm in Carlock Twp. Gregory, SD. Bonnelle was the last of eleven children born to the family. She passed away of natural causes on June 4, 2016, at the age of 93. Bonnelle became a member of the Fairmont Methodist Church on September 13, 1936, a country church south of Gregory (after...
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Ruby Stevicks

October 13, 1925 - May 31, 2016

Ruby Melaine (Baxa) Stevicks was born on October 13, 1925 in their farm house in Dixon, SD to John and Nettie (Konop) Baxa. Ruby was the oldest of three children. In 1935 she moved with her family to a farm two miles west of Burke. The family then moved in 1938 to a farm southeast of Herrick where she grew up helping on the farm and attending grade school. While attending high school in St....
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Lowdon Heller

February 24, 1924 - May 28, 2016

On February 24, 1924, at the Ideal, SD home of Charles and Dora (Bainbridge) Heller a baby boy was born. They named him Lowdon (a family sir name). Lowdon was the fifth child and had three sisters and four brothers. At age four he started school at East Star Valley. Lowdon and his siblings walked four miles to the one room schoolhouse. A small chap, he would sit on the teacher's lap...
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Harley Hill

June 30, 1922 - May 25, 2016

Harley Hill, 93, passed away on May 25, in West River Gregory, South Dakota. He was born June 30, 1922, to Rollie and Eva Hill, on the family homestead north of Gregory. His mother was not happy with the doctor's fee of $25. He joined his sister and only sibling, Marcellene. Harley traveled by horseback with his big sister to rural schools in Gregory County during the Depression. He was expelled...
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Paul Vaughn

August 25, 1940 - May 16, 2016

Paul Randall Vaughn was born on August 25, 1940 to Lyle and Cecil (Alexander) Vaughn on the family home south of Herrick, SD near the Ponca Creek. Many adventures were had growing up along the "crick" with siblings AdaMae, Sonny, Inez, Ray, Rosemary, and the twins, Sharon and Karon. Paul attended grade school at St. Charles, SD and graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1958. While in high...
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Elsie Sinkular

July 8, 1923 - May 5, 2016

Elsie Esther (Schmidt) Sinkular was born on July 8, 1923, on the family farm south of Dallas to Jacob and Lydia (Ring) Schmidt and died May 5, 2016 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. She was the third of three children. Elsie graduated from Gregory High School in 1941 after which she attended SDSU, transferred to Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD, and graduated in 1943 with...
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Jim Hoffie

April 3, 1945 - May 2, 2016

James Edward Hoffie Gone But Never Forgotten James "Heavy" Edward Hoffie passed away on May 2, 2016 at Gregory Avera Hospital at the age of 71 after a short and very courageous battle with brain cancer. Heavy was born on April 3, 1945 to Gerald Weldon Hoffie and Louise Margaret (Fiebelkorn) Hoffie in Gregory, SD. Heavy was an excellent student and an outstanding baseball player. He...
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Jeff Kolbe

April 6, 1961 - May 1, 2016

Jeffrey Ben Kolbe was born to Ben and Sally (Remter) Kolbe on April 6, 1961 and died on May 1, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 55. Jeff was baptized on April 23, 1961 and was confirmed on April 13, 1975, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dixon, SD and was a current member of St John's Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD. Jeff started school in August of 1967 as a 1st...
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Richard Dick Steffen

July 26, 1936 - April 27, 2016

Richard D. (Dick) Steffen, 79, Gregory, died April 27, 2016, at Avera Gregory Hospital. Dick was born July 26, 1936, to Ernest and Viola (Drees) Steffen of Gregory, South Dakota. He was raised in Gregory County and attended high school at Gregory High. During Dick's youth he participated in sports, hunted, fished and generally enjoyed all outdoor activities. Dick married Carolyn J. "Jean"...
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Gregg Schwartz

April 24, 2016

Gregg Michael Schwartz, age 60 of Denver, CO passed away suddenly on April 24, 2016 at his home in Denver, CO. Gregg was born to the late Richard Lee Schwartz and the late Ruth Marlene Harter Schwartz. Gregg's childhood was a busy one spent with his dog Brownie. Greg and life long friend, Dave Cahoy went hunting and fishing every chance they would get. He had an old pickup that was referred to...
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Norbert Holmberg

September 22, 1942 - April 13, 2016

Norbert Lee "Sonny" Holmberg was born September 22, 1942 at the family farm south of Carlock, SD. Born to Carl and Emma (Simunek) Holmberg, he was the second child of seven, born during a snow storm where the doctor was brought to the house in a weasel. Norbert worked on the farm with his father, starting at the age of 7, this led to his love of farming. He and his brother Emil shared...
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Louis Papousek

October 28, 1924 - April 11, 2016

Louis (Louie or Lou) Francis Papousek was born October 28, 1924 near Gregory, South Dakota to Joseph B. and Frances (Musilek) Papousek and went to his eternal home on April 11, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Margo Dunn, in Malibu, California. Louie grew up on the family farm near Gregory with his parents and siblings: Agnes, Joe (Joseph C), Bob (Robert), and Donna. Louie lived a...
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Donald Turnquist

January 12, 1919 - March 27, 2016

Donald John Turnquist was delivered by a midwife in his parent's home on January 12, 1919 in Ardmore, South Dakota to Oscar John and Francis Henrietta (Gardner) Turnquist. He attended grade school near his family home spending much time with his beloved grandmother, Johanna Wilhemenia (Karlson) Turnquist. He graduated from high school in Edgemont, SD in 1937. During his high school years, he...
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Janice Wolf

June 6, 1932 - March 26, 2016

Janice Larae Wolf was born on June 6, 1932 to Reynold and Audrey Wolf in Beadle County, SD. She died March 26, 2016 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after a lengthy battle with pulmonary disease at the age of 83. Janice was baptized as a baby and confirmed in her faith at the Congregational Church in Carthage, SD. Janice attended school in Carthage and graduated as Valedictorian...
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Iris Krysl

December 5, 1924 - March 16, 2016

Iris Naomi (Wilson) Krysl was born near Burke, SD, on December 5, 1924, to Sadie Ethel (Elliott) and Earnest Ellsworth Wilson, the seventh of nine children. Her graduation from Burke High School in 1942 was a proud moment for her, after which she completed course work to become a country school teacher. Iris shared her passion for learning and teaching at several schools in north central Nebraska...
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Ruth Taggart

December 6, 1935 - February 10, 2016

Ruth Elizabeth (Peitz) Taggart was born in Winner, SD on December 6, 1935. She was the fourth of seven children born to William and Betty (Bruce) Peitz. Growing up on the farm Ruth enjoyed walking to school with her brothers and sisters and playing with the neighbor girls. Her imagination for "make believe" was a great characteristic of Ruth's creativity. Ruth graduated from Colome High...
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Frieda Stritecky

March 24, 1929 - February 10, 2016

Frieda Mae (Karel) Stritecky was born March 24, 1929 in a small farmhouse one mile west of Colome, SD. Frieda was the youngest of five children born to Louie and Flora (Bruns) Karel. She spent her childhood living with her parents, a brother, and three sisters on various farms near Colome and Dallas. Frieda attended all eight years of grade school in a one room rural school. Following...
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Deanna Clark

April 19, 1996 - February 8, 2016

Deanna Lou Clark was born April 19, 1996 in Brighton, CO to Harland and Linda (Bauer) Clark. She was raised in Valentine, NE until March 2008 when she moved to Rushville, NE with her mother and siblings. In the summer of 2008 Deanna moved to Gregory, SD to live with her father and his friend Nola Grim. During her school years Deanna enjoyed a variety of sports. She was a member of the...
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Dorothy Rohde

April 29, 1930 - January 22, 2016

Dorothy Dean O'Bryan Rohde was born April 29, 1930 at the family farm near Mosher, South Dakota to Boyd and Theodoshia (Eastin) O'Bryan where she joined eleven brothers and sisters. She attended rural schools near her home through eighth grade and attended high school at St. Mary's Catholic School in O'Neill, Nebraska where she graduated in 1948. On June 2, 1949 Dorothy was united in...
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Louie Bud Karel

February 17, 1922 - January 21, 2016

Louie (Bud) Karel Jr. was born at home on a farm south of Gregory on February 17, 1922 to Louie Sr. and Flora (Bruns) Karel. Bud attended first and second grade at the Carlson School, grades three thru six at the Saathoff School, and Jack School in grades seven and eight. He went to Colome High School and graduated in 1941. He assisted his parents on the family farm during these years. Bud...
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Walter Johnson

July 11, 1930 - January 21, 2016

Walter Marion Johnson, the fourth of six children, was born on July 11, 1930, to Axel and Alice (Nelson) Johnson on a farm near Winner, SD. Walter attended grade school at a rural school near his home for eight years and for four years attended high school at Colome High School in Colome, SD, graduating in the spring of 1948. While in high school Walter participated in football, basketball, track...
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Albert Cahoy

January 16, 2016

Albert Charles Cahoy was born May 8, 1937 at Lynch Nebraska, the second son of Albert Sr. and Mary (Nedorolik) Cahoy. He was raised on the Cahoy farm north of Fairfax which was originally homesteaded by his grandfather, Joseph Cahoy, before Gregory County was established. He and his family lived in the house that his grandfather had built in 1905. Their farm was recognized as a Century Farm by...
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Vera Adkinson

January 24, 1918 - January 14, 2016

Vera Agnes Donason Adkinson was born January 24, 1918 in Mills, NE the only child of Roy and Ellen (Higgins) Donason. She attended rural grade school and received her eighth grade diploma from the Keya Paha County School District. Vera attended and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill, NE in June of 1936. After graduation she attended college and then taught in the Mills School,...
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Larry Pechota

April 14, 1943 - December 23, 2015

Larry Gene Pechota was born on April 14, 1943 at the Mother of Grace Hospital in Gregory, SD. He was first of three children born to Lloyd and Lois Pechota. Larry grew up on a farm near Colome, SD and attended the Viaduct school for three years. His family then moved to South Beach, Oregon. They returned to the Gregory area where he graduated his senior year in 1961. Larry was united in...
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Ginger Shutt

September 1, 1944 - December 12, 2015

Ginger Elaine (Soesbe) Shutt, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Cheyenne, WY surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2015. She was born on September 1, 1944 in Gregory, SD to Vernon and Eva (Audiss) Soesbe. She married Jerry David Shutt on August 1, 1961, moved to Cheyenne in 1968, and had four children. Ginger was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She also was...
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Maurice Kramer

March 1, 1926 - December 10, 2015

Maurice Francis Kramer was born March 1, 1926 to William and Alice (Higgins) Kramer in Stuart, NE. He was the seventh of nine children. He grew up on the family ranch where he enjoyed riding horses and hunting. Maurice graduated from Stuart High School. Maurice joined the Army in 1946 and served in Japan during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Maurice met Fern Chambers at...
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Jay Wernke

July 1, 1964 - December 5, 2015

Jay William Wernke was born on July 1, 1964 to Catherine (Thoene) and William Wernke in Gregory, South Dakota. Jay graduated from Gregory High School in 1983. On August 14, 1999 Jay was united in marriage to Sandi Karl at the Gregory United Methodist Church. Jay and Sandi Wernke welcomed nephews Shane and Dane Wernke into their home in 2004. Jay found great joy being such an influential part...
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Duane Schmidt

May 13, 1937 - December 3, 2015

Duane Leroy Schmidt was born on May 13, 1937 at Burke, SD to John and Katie (Schrader) Schmidt. He was baptized at Carlock, SD. He attended the Burke Schools until 1956. A year later he enlisted in the United States Army. Duane married Twila J. Bentz on July 11, 1958 at Fairfax, SD and to this union two sons, Kelly and Randy, and three daughters, Leann, Sonya, and LaVonn, were born. ...
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