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Lydia Story

November 24, 1925 - May 7, 2018

Lydia Kay (Kahler) Story was born on November 24, 1925, to Paul and Katherina (Schamber) Kahler in Colome, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church west of Colome. Lydia went to country school and helped with work at home. Lydia met William J. Story and later while he was home on furlough they were married in Colome on November 30, 1944. When Bill completed his...
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Leola Ulmer

February 9, 1944 - April 17, 2018

Leola Mae Ulmer was born February 9, 1944 to Jerry and Esther (Slykhuis) Vavruska in Gregory, SD. She grew up on different farms south of Gregory with her siblings Lois (Ron) Sinclair, Larry (Carol) Vavruska, and Lucille (Mark) Bradley. In 1960 she married a neighbor boy Larry Ulmer and to this union four children were born Cindy, Jeffrey, Carla, and Timothy. Larry and Leola moved to...
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Gary Smith

January 25, 1957 - April 16, 2018

Gary Wayne Smith was born January 25, 1957 in Gregory, SD, the son of Charles and Blanche (Baney) Smith. Gary is the brother to Melvin, Lorin, David, Beth, Carol, Ralph, Debbie, Mark and Paul Smith. Gary graduated from Gregory High School in 1975. After high school Gary and his brother David traveled to Leavenworth, Kansas for work. This is where Gary met the love of his life Star (Ogden)....
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Janie Malm

September 11, 1949 - April 5, 2018

God's Carrots. A brave three-year-old girl was surrounded by a herd of half wild horses in the neighbors pasture. Her terrified mother screamed for her father to rescue her. Rafe told Jane not to worry because she would soon run out of carrots. Sure enough the horses ran off. Janie came back crying because they left. Rafe picked her up and promised her he would get her more carrots and her...
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Linda Beck

October 28, 1943 - April 2, 2018

Linda Lou (Rowan) Beck was born October 28, 1943, in Gregory, SD, to Glendon and Keithia (Hosack) Rowan. Linda grew up in rural Mills for all but one year in Osceola, NE. She attended Knapp School half a mile from her home where she would ride her bicycle to play with her best friends Lois and Norma Schrader. She helped her mom in the garden and helped out on the family farm. Linda attended Keya...
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Donna Hutchison Jones

August 21, 1932 - March 12, 2018

Donna Joy Jones (Hutchison) - Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother entered into eternal rest in Rocklin, California on March 12, 2018. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard, and Arlene Hutchison, sister, Ardith Kortan, and her beloved husband, Jerry Jones. The oldest of seven girls, Donna and her sisters grew up in Gregory, South Dakota. After she graduated from...
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June Ring

November 3, 1937 - March 4, 2018

June Bertha Martha Ring June Bertha Martha Duchow was born on November 3, 1937 in Havillah, WA, the third of seven children born to Rev. Marcus T. Duchow and Dorothea (Klotsch) Duchow. She was baptized into the death and resurrection of her Lord Jesus Christ at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Havillah, WA on November 21, 1937. In her early years she moved with her family through various calls...
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Esther Shattuck

July 5, 1922 - March 2, 2018

Esther Christina (Stellwag) Shattuck was born July 5, 1922, to Hans and Clara (Faatz) Stellwag, the second of ten children. She was born and raised on the Stellwag homestead south of Gregory, SD. Esther attended school at Pleasant Site Grade School until 8th grade at Carlock, SD. After graduation she worked to help out with her siblings. ...
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Joyce Steffen

May 26, 1930 - February 12, 2018

Joyce Marie Holden Steffen, 87, passed away at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center on February 12, 2018. Born on May 26, 1930, Joyce Marie Holden Steffen, was the first of five daughters born to Martin and Olive (Keogh) Holden. She was born at her Grandma and Grandpa Holden's house and grew up south of Colome. She attended country school at the Turtle Butte school through the 8th grade and...
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Karen Knudsen

February 11, 1943 - February 11, 2018

God's Special Person In Karen's early years it became apparent that she was a child with special "gifts". God saved her from a bout of spinal meningitis when she was only 7 years old and provided her with a plan that became a "roadmap" for her years on earth. As she grew older, she developed these special gifts which she readily bestowed upon her family and friends. One gift was her deep...
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Kenneth Fiebelkorn

May 17, 1947 - February 11, 2018

Kenneth Fiebelkorn was born May 17, 1947 in Gregory, SD. He was the fifth child of Walter and Evelyn (Hansen) Fiebelkorn. He was an avid sports fan and member of the basketball, baseball, and football teams. Kenny graduated from Gregory High School in 1965. Kenny enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany for most of his service. He then attended Black Hills State University in...
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Timothy Crouch

July 27, 1963 - February 3, 2018

Tim was born on July 27, 1963, in Aberdeen. He moved to Burke with his mother at a young age, and then started school in Mitchell until his mother finished nursing school. They then moved to Gregory, where Tim continued school until his sophomore year of high school. He moved to Burke and decided to earn his GED. After high school, he earned an associate's degree as an HVAC technician. He worked...
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Loren Reetz

April 28, 1937 - January 24, 2018

Loren Walter Reetz was born on April 28, 1937, in Burke, South Dakota; he was the youngest child of Walter and Eva (Rockholm) Reetz. He grew up on his family's farm north of Gregory and graduated from Gregory High School in 1954. In 1955, he enlisted in the Army: he was stationed in Japan for the majority of his service, and he served our country with honor until his discharge 1957. His...
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Edward Wonnenberg

August 17, 1971 - January 23, 2018

Edward De Wonnenberg was born August 17, 1971 in Vinh Long, Vietnam, the second-oldest of four children of David and Quyen Wonnenberg. Ed was a creative, charismatic, happy person who found enjoyment at an early age playing football and baseball. He graduated from Winner High School in 1989 and then attended South Dakota State University. Ed excelled as a kitchen and bath designer, loving the...
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Larry Grim

January 13, 1952 - January 23, 2018

Larry Grim was born January 13, 1952 in Gregory, SD. His parents were Leonard Raymond and Irene (Stahlecker) Grim. He grew up on the family farm that he loved six miles south of Gregory. Larry was the oldest child of eight followed by Pat, Rich, Rod, Nola, Randy, Danny and Jan. Joining the family later were half-siblings Darwin and Tina. He attended Gordon School District #46 through...
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Lambert Stanek

September 14, 1927 - January 21, 2018

Lambert Ladimir Stanek was born on September 14, 1927, in Parshall, ND, to Frank and Flora (Drha) Stanek, the sixth child in a family of seven children. He attended school there until the family moved to South Dakota. Lambert walked a mile and a half to country school where he finished grade school. He graduated from Dallas High School. Lambert enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent several...
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Henry Schnabel

August 15, 1922 - January 20, 2018

Henry (Hienie) Carl Schnabel was born August 15, 1922 in southern Tripp County on the farm home of his parents, Arthur and Anna (Hanke) Schnabel. He was the youngest of six children. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church (Wisconsin synod) in rural Colome. Henry attended Progressive elementary school and Winner High School. On July 24, 1942 Henry married Lucille Arlene...
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Eileen Ronfeldt

January 23, 1923 - January 19, 2018

Leola "Eileen" (Stevicks) Ronfeldt died peacefully at Lake Andes Care Center on Friday January 19th, 2018 in Lake Andes, SD at the age of 94. She was surrounded by family who adored her. Eileen is survived by her children, William "Bill" (Karen) Ronfeldt, Blanchard, IA, Derald Ronfeldt, Rapid City, SD; and Carla (Jeffrey) Neuberger, Spearfish, SD; daughter-in-law, Debra Ronfeldt, Lake Andes,...
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Esther Suedbeck

December 23, 1920 - January 9, 2018

Esther Rose Suedbeck was born on December 23, 1920, to Fred and Cecelia (Lappe) Suedbeck at Fairfax, SD. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Baker, NE through second grade. Esther finished her elementary years at Star Valley School and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1940. Following graduation she went Sioux City, IA where she attended Samuel's School of Cosmetology. Esther...
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Sue Brozik

March 15, 1957 - January 3, 2018

Susan Marie (Woods) Brozik was born on March 15, 1957, the second of five children to Ray and Peggy (Risewick) Woods. She spent her childhood growing up in Colome, South Dakota. She attended Colome school and graduated from Colome High School in 1975. After graduation she attended National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was a dispatcher in Spink County for a few years...
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Elsie Esterling

February 17, 1929 - December 24, 2017

Elsie Esterling left us for her heavenly home on December 24, 2017. Her last days were spent at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Viborg, SD. Elsie was born on February 17, 1927 to Emmanuel and Emma (Klima-Reich) Dormaier in Menno, SD. Being the youngest of six children and growing up during a difficult time served her well through life and she never forgot the lessons her strong Christian...
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Darlene Vlasak

August 6, 1946 - November 28, 2017

Darlene Faye Vlasak was born on August 6, 1946 in Gregory, SD to Jerry Vlasak and Agnes (Svoboda) Vlasak. She grew up on the family farm north of Dallas, SD. She went to school at Eden Township Country School and graduated from Gregory High School in 1964. Dar attended college at Black Hills State and received her Bachelors in Education in 1968. Dar's first teaching job was in Gregory where...
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Wayne Lopour

June 1, 1943 - November 24, 2017

Wayne Lee Lopour was born June 1, 1943 to Ladus and Anna (Vladyka) Lopour. He grew up on the farm that his grandparents Jan and Anna Lopour bought in 1912. He attended country school at Jones West Central and went to Gregory High School graduating in 1961. Wayne attended Southern State Teachers College graduating with an Elementary Teaching degree. Wayne received a BA from Northern State...
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Arlene Kostal Fuhrman

April 11, 1921 - November 18, 2017

Arlene Fern Meiners was born April 11, 1921 to Henry and Emilia (Marohn) Meiners at Lamar, NE. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church at Amherst, CO in 1921. The family moved to the Millboro/Clearfield area in SD and lived in a sod house for a while. Arlene was confirmed in the Jerusalem Lutheran Church near Carter, SD. She went to high school in the Millboro Church basement and graduated with...
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Harold Dobesh

November 20, 1924 - November 3, 2017

Harold Dean Dobesh was born November 20, 1924 to Charles and Tillie (Bahm) Dobesh in Gregory County, South Dakota. Harold's family moved to Bennett County in 1926 and he later graduated from Martin High School in 1943. After high school he owned a ranch in Bennett County which he farmed until he sold it in the early 60's. Along with ranching, Harold began working for the Department of...
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Opal Carley

November 24, 1931 - October 23, 2017

Opal Mary Carley passed away peacefully at the Butte Nebraska Healthcare Center on October 23, 2017. Opal was 85 years old at the time that God called her to His eternal home. Opal (Higgins) Carley was born in Stuart, NE on November 24, 1931 to James and Zoe (Brown) Higgins. Opal, the eldest of her three siblings, Thelma, Orlon and Lila, grew up on the family ranch near Brocksburg, Keya Paha...
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Rick Duimstra

June 21, 1955 - October 21, 2017

Rick John Duimstra passed away on October 21, 2017, at the age of 62. Rick was born June 21, 1955 to John and LaVonne (Allen) Duimstra. He attended Farmer and Canova Elementary Schools. Rick graduated from Canova High School in 1973. He completed an accounting degree from the University of South Dakota in 1977. Rick married Cheryl Oswald on May 28, 1983. Together they raised: Matthew of...
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Michael Boyer

March 14, 1959 - October 21, 2017

Michael Boyer was born March 17, 1959 to Donald and Louise Anna (Weaver) Boyer in Altoona, PA. In 1980 he joined the 200th Engineer Guard Unit and left for basic training with brothers Tom and Rick. Mike was married to Cheryl Tate. Mike adopted Becky Jo and he & Cheryl had a son David. Later they were divorced. Mike married Arlene Songer on January 23, 1983 and to this union three...
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Mildred Mace

July 19, 1920 - October 19, 2017

Mildred (Stone) Mace was born in Carter, South Dakota on July 19, 1920 to Amelia and Benjamin Stone. Her father passed away when Mildred was quite young. She lived with her mother and brother in their grandparent's home. Eventually her mother married Vaughn Briscoe and to them was born her sister Pat. Mildred was a country school teacher until she left and went with her parents to Encinitas,...
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Alexa Nicole McKenzie

July 20, 2001 - October 19, 2017

Alexa Nicole McKenzie was born on July 20, 2001 in Gregory, SD, to Myron and Nancy (Giedd) McKenzie. She was baptized and confirmed into her Catholic faith at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome, SD. Alexa attended Colome School since kindergarten. She was active in volleyball, basketball, and band. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Alexa was active in her church...
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Jim Richey

July 4, 1950 - October 17, 2017

Charles James "Jim" Richey of Wewela, SD, passed away peacefully at Avera Gregory Hospital on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 after a brief battle with melanoma. Jim was born in Gregory, SD on July 4, 1950 to Charles D. and Marie (Wood) Richey. In high school, Jim did well in football, basketball and track. His baseball years stretched from childhood at Wewela through town team games for Clearfield....
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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 Kay 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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