Frances Smith









Frances M. Smith, age 86 of De Smet, died at her own home on October 31, 2015.  Her services will be held on Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet. Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday evening from 5 -7 PM.  There will be a private burial on Thursday prior to services.

Frances Myrtle Hansen Smith was born on November 7, 1928 at De Smet, SD to Theodore and Marguerite (Swartz) Hansen.  She grew up in the De Smet community. She attended country school and graduated from De Smet High School in May of 1947.  Frances was joined in marriage to Nickolas Smith at De Smet on November 14, 1946. “ Nick” passed away on July 5, 1983. Frances married Roy Anderson on August 15, 1987 at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church and continued to live in De Smet.

During her life she worked at Gordon’s Café, Peschle Locker, De Smet Memorial Hospital and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  She retired in May of 1987 because of health issues. During her working years, she received certification as Food Supervisor from Sioux Valley Hospital.

Frances enjoyed faithfully serving the many organizations that she belonged to over six decades. She loved decorating for the holidays and was the happiest when she was in fellowship with her family and hearing their laughter.  She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a lifetime member of the De Smet community,  her definition of family extended to the many people that she gathered with, whether it be while serving, attending church or having a cup of coffee at the Ward’s store.

She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, Chapter 13 – 8 & 40, DAV Auxiliary, VFW and De Smet Eastern Star.

Frances is survived by her children, Robert Smith  of De Smet, Nancy (Larry) Melstad of Huron, Donald (Sharleen) Smith of Huron, Richard (Judy) Smith of De Smet, Phillip  (Joyce) Smith of Omaha, NE and Connie (Glen) Ruyter of North Mankato, MN; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Madeline Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Nickolas Smith and Roy Anderson; a son Larry Jim; a grandson DJ; and a great grandson, Brandon.

Arlene Rena (Hendricks) Harris

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Arlene Rena (Hendricks) Harris, De Smet, died at the age of 83 at Avera at Home in Sioux Falls, SD.  Services will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the United Church of Christ of De Smet with Reverend Richard Poppen officiating. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Saturday evening from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at the De Smet Cemetery.

Born January 17, 1932 to Henry and Tena (Claassen) Hendricks and died October 29th, 2015 at the age of 83. She was born and raised on the home place near Spirit Lake, SD until she moved to De Smet at age nine. She graduated valedictorian of her class at De Smet High School in 1950.

Arlene married David A. Harris October 14, 1950 thus celebrating their 65th Anniversary earlier this month. They had four children: Gerry Lynn, Mark, Janae and Connie. Arlene worked as secretary for various businesses. Her last employer was as Office Manager for Bell Medical in De Smet for 20 years. She was also very active in the church, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and other community organizations over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and all her siblings: Pete, Pauline, Tena, Elmer, Henrietta, & Walter. Along with many friends and nieces and nephews those grateful to have shared in her life are her husband David, and their children Gerry Lynn (Ken) Allen of Sioux Falls, Mark (Linda) Harris of De Smet, Janae (Steve) Bell of Wilmar, Minnesota, and Connie (Bill) Kiecksee of Sioux Falls. Grandchildren are Ross (Stacy) Allen, Julie (Josh) Anaker, Jeremy (Kim) Harris, Becca Bell, Kate (Ryan) Pederson, Caroline Bell, David Kiecksee, Skye Kiecksee and Sharok Kiecksee. Great grandchildren are Beth, Abbie and Ethan Harris, Carter Allen, and Broden Anacker.


Alma Melsby

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Alma F. ( Seefeldt)  Melsby, De Smet, died at the age of 99 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD following a stroke.  Services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Sunday evening from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at the Spirit Lake Cemetery.

Alma F. Uphoff was born on March 18, 1916 near De Smet in the barn at the farm of her parents, Ralph and Anna (Jibben) Uphoff because the house was not finished yet. She was baptized and confirmed at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet.

She grew up in the Willow Lake community and graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1933.  She attended two years studying to be a teacher at Huron College earning her teaching certificate. She taught in several rural schools in Clark and Kingsbury counties.

Alma was united in marriage to Oliver Seefeldt on January 29, 1946 at Spirit Lake Church.  They farmed together on Alma’s family farm in the Spirit Lake area their entire life together. Other than teaching she was a housewife.  Oliver died July 12, 1991.  She married Lowell “Punky” Melsby on July 24, 1993 in De Smet. They made their home in Hillsboro, North Dakota. Lowell died November 12, 2002.

Alma moved into an apartment in Prairie Park Housing in De Smet after Lowell passed away.  She was a joy to the coffee group who gathered every morning to chat and wait for the mailman.  After her health began to fail she moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home where she died on October 28, 2015.

Alma was a member of the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, UPW in the church, the Willow Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and the Lively Lakers Club. She was inducted into the Texas Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 2000. She and her husbands, Oliver and Lowell, enjoyed spending their winters for more than 20 years in Texas during their retirement where she played a lot of shuffleboard. Alma was a sports enthusiast and especially fond of baseball, namely the Chicago Cubs. She knew every team and player and watched baseball on TV every night they played. She looked forward to the holidays and trips out of town with Allen and Jan LaMont for dinner and visits. Alma was an avid reader and was always up to date on what was happening in the world around her.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her nieces, nephews and step –children; Ruth Erickson, Mabel Melsby, Mary (Mark) Hagen, and Ernest Melsby; step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Alma is preceded  in death by both husbands, two sisters, one brother, sisters-in-law, brothers- in – law, and nieces and nephews.

John M. Gruntmeir

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John Martin Gruntmeir Jr., age 86 of De Smet, formerly of Iroquois died at his residence in De Smet on Thursday, 0ctober 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening October 8th from 5pm-7pm at St Thomas Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Iroquois.

John was born May 3, 1929 in Okarchke, Oklahoma to John Martin and Mary (Jueschke) Gruntmeir. He attended 12 years of school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth TX., serving as gunner on the B-36 air plane. After discharge in 1954, he returned home to Okarche and farmed with his brother Bill. Following the wheat harvest brought him to Iroquois, SD, where he met Amy McTighe. John and Amy were married on Jan. 17, 1959, at St. Patrick’s Church in Cavour, SD. The couple made their home on their farm, south of Iroquois. After suffering a stroke in Oct. 2012, they moved to De Smet, SD where he was a member of St Paul’s Catholic Church until its closing in July, 2015, then St. Thomas, De Smet. John centered his life around his family and the farm. He strived to be, and was a good farmer. This didn’t leave much time for hobbies but he loved to hunt, play with old tractors, and watch OU football and the MN Twins. His favorite pass time was visiting with people, especially about his B-36 days! He was a member of the American Legion post 0280 of Iroquois. He served on many boards, Church council, Iroquois school, Iroquois and Osceola grain elevator boards, as well as the Logan township board for at least 50 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Amy, his sons: Jeff (Tanya) granddaughter Caley Gruntmeir Volga, SD , Greg Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, Joe (Susie) Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, one daughter Marie Meyer, Santa Fe NM, one sister Chris Pfefferkorn, New Braunfels, TX, one sister-in-law Louise Gruntmeir, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary, brothers Robert and Bill, Bill’s wife Darlene, sister Trudy and husband Dan Hansen, and brother-in-law Don Pfefferkorn

Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers be given to favorite charity.

Robert A. Geyer









Robert A. Geyer age 86 of De Smet died Saturday September 26th, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday September 30th at 1:30pm at American Lutheran Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home from 5-7pm on September 29th, with a prayer service at 6:30pm at the funeral home, burial to follow the funeral at De Smet Cemetery.

Robert was born July 30th, 1929 to Otto and Martha (Gehm) Geyer. He grew to adulthood in the Manchester community. He attended country school near his parent’s farm.  He graduated from the 8th grade. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After reaching adulthood he entered the United States Army in January 1952 and served his country during the Korean War. After his discharged he was united in marriage to Darlene Pladsen on May 29th, 1965 in Huron, SD. They lived in Huron until 1972 when they returned to the family farm northwest of De Smet. He farmed there until he retired due to health. He played in several bands as a drummer over the years.

He is survived by, Darlene, his wife of 50 years of De Smet, one daughter Sharon Nuttbrock, two grandsons Nathan Nuttbrock of Sioux Falls, Gavin Nuttbrock of Watertown, one sister Ruth Muilenburg of De Smet, one brother Art (Barb) Geyer of De Smet, and many nieces and nephews,

He is proceeded in death by his parents, one infant sister, one brother Richard, one nephew Wayne, great niece Lacy.


Dean McDonald


Dean McDonald age 79 of De Smet, SD died August 22, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD after a brave battle of cancer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 26th at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held at the church from 5-7 PM on Tuesday August 25th with a prayer service at 7 PM. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean was born on July 12, 1936 in Alpena, SD to Joseph and Miriam (Tremblay) McDonald. When he was a small boy, he moved to Garretson, SD and called the town home until he entered the Army in 1954. He was stationed in Germany before returning to the States. While remaining in the National Guard, he started work at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls.

He met the love of his life, JoAnn Bauman, and after a three month courtship, they married on September 23, 1961. They had four children: Cathie, David, Sean, and Diane. His life centered on his wife, kids, and faith.

In 1976, the family moved to De Smet where Dean managed the new Raven Industries plant. Throughout life, Dean enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling. He took several extensive trips with his family in the U.S and Europe, going across “the pond” four times. He said, though, that his favorite pastime was spending time with family. Family gatherings were always filled with laughter and love.

Aside from his family, one of the things he was most proud of was his service to his country. After 44 years of service, Dean retired from the National Guard as a Master Sergeant. Shortly after, he retired from Raven Industries in 1999. He had been a loyal employee there for over 33 years. These long-term commitments are indicative of the loyalty, faithfulness, and devotion that he embodied.

Dean was also a voracious learner. In fact, he was considered the “go-to-guy” before Google. He was a quiet man with a soft heart, but he had a beautiful sense of humor that he exercised frequently to the delight of those around him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn; sons, David (Jennifer) McDonald of Hill City, SD, and Sean (Jenny) McDonald of Colton, SD; daughter Diane (Troy) Sturgeon of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with a third on the way; brother John (Polly) McDonald of Rock Rapids, IA, Bruce McDonald of Sacramento, CA, Ron McDonald of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters Ethel (Bill) Schraad of Edmond, OK, Kay McDonald of Santa Cruz, CA, Sheila (Walt) Wolles of Mountain View, CA, Pat (Bud Dickerson) McDonald of Palm Desert, CA, Jeanne (Kim Nagel) McDonald of Brandon, MS, and special friends and neighbors Terry and Trisha Holland and boys.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Cathie, his brothers Phillip and Gary, and his parents.

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Viola Kurz

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Viola J Kurz, age 86 and mother of Arline Koeller of De Smet, died on Monday August 10, 2015 at a Sioux Falls hospital. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 10:00 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with the Reverend Becky Senner officiating.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 5-7 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola was born on December 2, 1928 to Anton and Arline (Meyer) Steiger in College Point, NY.  She attended Jamaica Vocational High School for Girls in Jamaica, NY.  She worked as a sales clerk at the local five and dime store.  Later, she became employed at a bookbindery where she met Frederick Kurz.  The couple were married on December 19, 1954 and resided in Queens, NY.  In January of 2013 she became a resident of Good Samaritan Center in De Smet.

Viola loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed reading, word puzzle books, watching classic movies, westerns, and women’s sports.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Arline (Rev. Randy) Koeller of De Smet; one son, Robert Kurz of New York; and her grandchildren Tom, Christa, and Hannah Koeller and Robert Warren Kurz.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Frederick.

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Margaret Schultz








Memorial services for Margaret (Muser) Schultz of De Smet SD, will be held on Saturday morning, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet.  Visitation will be held on Friday evening, August 7 at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet from 5-7 PM. A private family burial will be held prior to services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the church or the Hazel Meyer Library in De Smet.  Margaret passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet at the age of 98 years.

Margaret (Muser) Schultz was born June 11, 1917 to Jay F. Muser and Effie Jane (Crawford) Muser on a farm six miles northeast of De Smet.  Her mother passed away in February 1919 leaving her and a nine- week old sister. Her father and the two girls moved to the Crawford grandparent’s farm to make their home until the fall of 1930.  At that time her grandmother moved to De Smet leaving her and her sister keeping house for her father.  She attended De Smet High School for two years and eight years at Rose Hill country school.

Margaret worked at the De Smet City Library in 1936-37 under a N.Y.A. program.  She married Howard E. Schultz of De Smet on July 8, 1937 at Algona, Iowa.  Spending her married life in De Smet, she also worked for J.C.Penney, K and K Co., Munger’s Café, Peschl’s Locker, the De Smet School system as a cook and part-time help for the city audit.  Margaret was a life-time member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, a life-time member of the Let’s Go Club and an American Legion Auxiliary member. Margaret and Howard’s home was always open to everyone.

Being grateful for sharing in her life are her daughters, Sharon (Rollo) Peterson and Nancy (Bob) Montross, both of De Smet;  her sons, Donald (Janel) Schultz of Canton, SD and Charles (Joleen) Schultz of De Smet; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as a host of relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a husband, Howard and one sister.

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Lucille C. Logan

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Lucille C. (Baye) Logan was born on May 23, 1930 to Joseph and Madeline (Mausbach) Baye in Huron, South Dakota. She graduated from Iroquois High School in 1948. Lucille was employed in the Huron and Iroquois area before marrying Jack Logan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cavour, South Dakota on May 30, 1956. They farmed near De Smet, South Dakota and she resided there until she passed away at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on July 23, 2015.

Funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, July 27th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet at 10:30 A.M. A visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 26th from 5-7 P.M. and a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. The Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Lucille will be remembered for her lifetime commitment to her faith and family, and compassion for others. She enjoyed visits from friends and family and looked forward to hosting family dinners and celebrating her grandchildren’s achievements.

Lucille’s survivors include two daughters: Judy (Alan) Cable of Lincoln, NE and Patricia Logan of Sioux Falls. Four granddaughters: Teresa Cable of Orlando, FL, Stephanie (Nathan) Herman of Hawkeye, IA, Laura Cable of Omaha, NE, and Abby (Ryan) Alfson of Topeka, KS. One grandson, Brendan Logan of Sioux Falls, and two great-grandchildren Aidan and Emily Herman of Hawkeye, IA. Lucille is also survived by her sister Genevieve Mattson of Gainesville, FL and two brothers, Myron (Mary Jean) Baye of Iroquois, SD, and Harry (Alvina) Baye of California. Also surviving her are her husband’s sisters Margaret Sulentic of Deadwood and Lucille VanValkenberg of Arizona, a brother-in-law Paul Logan of Mitchell and sisters-in-law Helen Logan of Rapid City and Margaret Logan of Belle Fourche. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mrs. Logan in death were her parents, her husband Jack on December 14, 2003, two sisters and their husbands Lorraine (Robert) Hofmann of Huron and Marcella (Al) Mendez of Florida, a brother Leon Baye of Iroquois, and brother-in-law Kermit Mattson of FL. Also preceding her was her brother-in-law and his wife Tom (Luetta) Logan of Florida, her sister-in-law and her husband Mary (Cal) Lammers of Sioux Falls, and her brothers-in-law Chuck Logan of Belle Fourche, Bill Logan of De Smet, and Joe Sulentic of Deadwood, and a sister-in-law Louise Logan of Mitchell, SD.

Memorials may be directed to the De Smet Volunteer Fire Department or St. Thomas Aquinas Altar Society.

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Patricia Peterson

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Patricia Peterson, age 83, died on June 17, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, June 21 from 7-9 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 A.M. at Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston, SD with Vicar Brad Sanderson officiating.  Burial will be in the Lake Preston Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on June 27, 1931 to Clarence and Cora (Boyd) Hetland at Arlington, SD.  She spent her younger years traveling with her family to Texas while her father worked the orange groves.

On February 4, 1950 she married Maylan Peterson in Webster, SD.  They lived in Lake Preston for a few years before moving to Erwin to start a business.  Patricia worked for the Lake Preston nursing home for a few years before taking a job with the De Smet Hospital where she worked until her retirement as a nurse’s aide.

Left to treasure her memory are three children: her son, Kelly (Jackie) Peterson of Valley Springs, SD, and her daughters, Corky (Jerry) Smith of Lake Park, IA, and Mary (Lonnie) Petersen from Waseca, MN; seven grandchildren, Jody (Mark) Garms, Jeri (Bryce) Keene, Kim Peterson, Tracy Peterson, Candice (Kieth) King, and Jeff (Amber) Petersen, Kristen (David) Vanden Hull; sixteen great-grandchildren and one brother, Clair (Jan) Hetland; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Muriel, Yvonne, and Ruth, and two brothers, Jack and George.

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