LeRoy M. Noem







LeRoy Melvin Noem was born September 13, 1931 to Oscar & Mattie (Christensen) Noem in rural Erwin, SD.  He calmly passed from this earth on July 4, 2016 while under the care of family and staff of the Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at Our Redeemer Lutheran church at 11:00 AM, Bryant, SD with Pastor Bryan Taffe officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Burial will follow at Garfield Cemetery, rural Bryant, SD.

LeRoy was baptized into the Lutheran faith at East Bethany Lutheran Church.  He attended country schools in Kingsbury and Hamlin counties until his freshman year.

After leaving school, LeRoy worked at Parkers Gas Station in Bryant.  While in Bryant, he set up a date with a high school girl that caught his eye.  LeRoy purchased a couple cane poles and took Rozella fishing on their first date.  That event set a path for much of their time together.  In the spring of 1950, LeRoy started his farming career that was interrupted by a severe hail storm.  In October of 1950 he volunteered to join in the US Army, served in the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in September 1952, he then resumed his life-long passion of farming.  LeRoy farmed in Cleveland Township, retired in 2000, and continued to help on the farm until 2012.

On June 7, 1953 he married Rozella Fedt at Garfield Lutheran church.  They resided in Cleveland Township until June of 1992, when they moved to Bryant. In January of 2015 they moved to Watertown and resided until the time of his death.

LeRoy served on various Township, city council, church and school boards.  He was very proud of his service in the US Army and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was past commander of Bryant Post 37 and named District Legionnaire of the year in 2006. While serving on the Bryant city council he was very instrumental in the construction of the “Welcome to Bryant” flower planter at the Bryant City Park.

LeRoy’s hobbies included his beautiful flower gardens, hunting and fishing.  The place he loved the most was the Missouri river.  He & Rozella used a camper for many years at South Whitlock Resort until 2000 when they purchased their first trailer. Countless trips with friends, kids and grandkids were made throughout the years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Rozella of 61 years, son Douglas (Kathy) Noem of Bryant, Gene (Jennifer) Noem of Ames, IA, Wayne (Laurie) Noem of Bryant and Cindy (David) Larson of Erwin, SD, 11 Grand children and 18 great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his Parents Oscar and Mattie Noem, Mother and Father in law Elva and Marvin Fedt, bothers Clifford & his wife Betty and Orville Noem, Bother in law Dale Rasmussen and a Grandson Shaune Noem.

The family would like to suggest memorials be directed to our redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant as an alternative to other memorials.

James H. Penney

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James “Jim” Penney, De Smet, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016.  A funeral service with military rites is scheduled for 10:30 AM Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, De Smet, with Reverend Kris Larsen officiating.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, July 1, 2016, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.  Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery, De Smet, SD.

Jim Penney was born May 6, 1926, at De Smet, SD, to Bernard and Etta (Williams) Penney.  He attend rural schools in the Kingsbury County area.  He started farming and continued until he was drafted into military service in 1951.  He served his country from 1951 to 1953, spending nearly a year in Korea near the 38th Parallel.  He was proud to be a U.S. Marine, and was a recipient of both the Ambassador Peace Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.  Upon his discharge in 1953, he entered into business with a cousin, Kenneth Mears, operating 206 Service.

He married Audrey Jibben on November 12, 1954, at Davis, SD.  They lived in the De Smet area, and in 1959, the couple moved to the farm owned by his grandparents.  He continued to farm, as well as clerk at the Coast to Coast Store until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the VFW, in De Smet.

He especially enjoyed his eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, dancing, Korean Marine reunions, and watching DHS Bulldog athletics.  He and his wife proudly received the DHS “Booster of the Year” Award.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Penney, De Smet; two sons, Ron (Jeanne) Penney, De Smet; and Jeff (Diana) Penney, Torrington, WY; one daughter, Mary Ann (Brian) Brandmeyer, Germantown, IL; one sister, Bernadine (Jim) Koehnstopp, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Johnny, Leonard, LeeRoy, and Alvin “Butch”; and two sisters: Mary and Bernetta.

Joyce Borgstadt

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Joyce Borgstadt, age 87, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Avera Queen of Peace Health Services, Mitchell, SD.  Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:30AM at the United Methodist Church, De Smet, SD.  Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery, DeSmet, SD.  Visitation will be held Sunday evening, June 26, 2016, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.

Joyce Mavis (Garrey) Borgstadt, daughter of Thomas and Nadine (Noah) Garrey, was born in Rapid City, SD on March 29, 1929. Joyce spent almost her whole life in DeSmet, SD, Graduating from DeSmet High School in 1947.  Joyce died on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 87 at Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joyce worked at the K&K Store in DeSmet as a cashier and later at the Bank in DeSmet when she met the love of her life. Maurice was a lineman for the contractor building the REA grid for Kingsbury County. Joyce was married to Maurice Borgstadt on March 15, 1949 in the DeSmet United Methodist Church and they lived in DeSmet for their entire married life. Joyce attended SDSU for training and certification as Nutritionist and Food Service professional and worked at the Good Samaritan nursing home and 12 years as the Head Cook for the DeSmet school system. She was active in the Legion Auxiliary, and church activities; as well as working with the elections and voting duties.

Joyce enjoyed her participation in church activities and socializing at the assisted living center and nursing home in DeSmet. Some may remember her from assisting with “Bingo” at the nursing home!

Honored to share his life with her, Maurice died on October 28, 2002 at the age of 77. The couple is survived by three sons, James, Mitchell, SD, Brian (Mary), Covington, WA, and Gary (Marcia), River Falls, WI. Joyce enjoyed and was blessed with eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her proud and grown grandchildren include John, Christa, Sara and Amanda (Jim & Joan); Christopher and Mary Beth (Brian & Mary); and Jennifer and Angela (Gary & Marcia).

Her Great-Grandchildren are Jacob, Jason, Rachael, Riley (Christa and Dean); Jordan, Dylan Mya and Max (Sara & Lance); Ethan, Christian and Holly (John & Heather) Gabriella and Ryker (Amanda & Rob); and Katelynn (Katelynn & Ben).

Joyce is survived by two sisters, Shirley Larson (Madison, SD) and Marilyn Pomerleau (Fridley, MN). She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice; and her brother Donald Garrey.

Judy K. Johnson

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Funeral Services for Judy K. Johnson, age 79, of De Smet, will be held on  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet. Private burial will be held prior to services.

Judith Kaye (Nelson) Johnson was born on January 1, 1937 to Homer and Faye (Sleeper) Nelson. Judy lived her whole life in De Smet. In 1954 Judy graduated from De Smet High School, going on to earn her RN degree at St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron, SD in 1957. On July 31, 1957 she married Richard A. Johnson in Wheaton, Minnesota. After their marriage, they moved to a farm outside of De Smet. Judy worked in the health profession for over 40 years as an RN at the De Smet Hospital, Webster Hospital, Lake Preston Clinic, and for Dr. Louis Karlen. She and Richard then bought and sold antiques for some years. Her interest was dishes. Upon Richard’s failing health they sold their antiques and moved from the country into town, where Judy resided until she entered the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD, due to her illness.

Judy was a member of the American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD. She was a Girl Scout leader, sister of Chapter R PEO, and was a board member of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Advisory Board of De Smet.

She loved to read, play the piano, play cards with her lady friends and play games with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She had a great love for her family. She enjoyed doing crafts, baking, painting, and fixing up her home. She also enjoyed Genealogy and the history of De Smet.

Judy is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and grandparents, and a brother-in-law Larry Johnson.

Grateful for sharing her life are daughters Dawn (Roger) Larsen of Lake Preston, SD, Glenda (Randy) Odegaard of Lake Preston, SD, Theresa (Glenn) Jung of Roscoe, SD; sons Craig Johnson and friend Gayle of White, SD, Douglas (Stacy) Johnson of Mesa, AZ, Charles (Brooke) Johnson of De Smet, SD; 15 grandchildren, Tracy Drafton, Richie Gates, Brandon (Laura) Gates, Jarrett Johnson, Michelle Malone, Jason (Mandy) Odegaard, Tyler Jung, Jessica Jung and Fiancée Kyle Virchow , Taylor Maciejewski, Hailey Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Emma Johnson, Olivia Johnson; 17 great grandchildren; one brother David (Kay) Nelson of Oskaloosa, IA and one sister Glennis (Barry) Lundberg of Portland, OR; one step-brother William (Roxanne) Poppen of De Smet, SD; one step-sister Mary (Walt) Ricker of Piedmont, SD; two brothers-in-law Steve (Diane) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jay Jensen of  Omaha, NE; one sister-in-law Charlotte (Robert) Berg of Seattle, WA; and several nieces and nephews.

Judy left this world on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant… Enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

Matthew 25:21

Lois Christina Penn

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Lois Christina Penn, age 89, of Erwin, SD died Monday, June 13, 2016 in Pierre, SD after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant with burial at the Erwin Cemetery. Rev. Keith Garness will be officiating.   Visitation will be held at the church on Friday evening from 5-7 PM.  Osthus Funeral Chapel in Bryant is in charge of arrangements.

Lois C. Schlender was born August 30, 1926 at the home farm northeast of Bancroft, SD to William and Christina (Dirksen) Schlender.  She grew up in the Bancroft community, graduating from high school in 1944. She received her teacher’s certificate from Eastern State Normal School. She taught grades 1-3 in Erwin from 1945-1948.  This is where she met Lural “Bud” Penn.  She and Bud were married on June 20, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft.  They lived in Erwin and raised four children there.  In 1969, Lois became Post Master of the Erwin Post Office. She retired in 1992.  In 2014 she moved to Pierre to live closer to her daughters.

Lois was a member of the Erwin American Legion Auxiliary where she served as president and secretary, several card clubs, the Red Hat Society, and the Erwin Chit and Chat.  She was a member of West Bethany Lutheran and Our Redeemer Lutheran Churches and taught Sunday School, confirmation and held several offices.

Lois is survived by her children Jim (Patty) Penn of Cudahy, WI; Jerry (Holly) Penn of Erwin; Christine (Eugene) Tetzlaff and Andrea  (Bill) Meyers both of Pierre; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren with one more on the way; brother –in-law Jim (Vada) Penn of Odessa, TX; sister –in-law Faye Penn of Austin, TX; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special cousin Ruth Leidholt of Pierre.

She is preceded death by her husband, parents and sister Lorita.

John “Jack” Jensen









John “Jack” Dwight Jensen, 91, of De Smet, passed away surrounded by family on April 29, 2016 at the St. Therese Care Center at Hopkins, MN. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 7, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet at 10 AM.  Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM.  In lieu of flowers the family requests direct memorials to the De Smet St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, De Smet, SD  57231. Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is taking care of arrangements.

    Jack Jensen was born March 29, 1925 to parents Christopher and Bernadette (O’Connell) Jensen. Jack and his nine siblings were raised in Lake Preston, SD. A 1943 graduate of Lake Preston High School, he married Mary Margaret Braun on June 6, 1947. The couple began their new lives farming in the area and later on their farm/beef cattle ranch in rural De Smet, SD. His love of the land and commitment to soil conservation made him a longstanding supporter of ethanol and soy bean processing and an avid advocate of local farm co-ops. Additionally, he was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Kingbrook Rural Water Board, Spirit Lake Township and St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery Board.

As a couple, the Jensens raised four children — Vicki (Steve) Kattke, Rick (Cheryl) Jensen, Jill (Rich) Carroll, and Jon (Marion) Jensen.  Jack and Mary enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing and particularly loved the music of Lawrence Welk and Mitch Miller. Through the years, the couple also enjoyed bowling, golfing and bridge playing. Jack enjoyed hunting pheasant, waterfowl and deer.

The 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were frequent, and well enjoyed visitors during his final years at St. Therese Care Center. They are Gretchen (Philip) Baker and their children Graham, Charles and Henry; Jon (Jocelyn) Kattke and their daughter Hunter; Matthew (Michelle) Jensen and their daughter Michaela; Jesse Jensen; Sarah (Tim) Anderson; Ross (Kari) Johnson and children Erik and Kaia; Adam (Michelle) Johnson and children Eli and Corbin; Jaime Jensen; Austin Carroll; and Andrew (Emily) Frelich and children Vera and Beau.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; four children;  grandchildren; great- grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Kermit) Folsland, Kay (the late Francis) Hendricks, and Shirley (Lowell) Wilde; brothers Robert (Ruth) and Jerome Jensen; sisters-in-law Bonnie Jensen and Jackie Ward; and brother-in-law David Braun.

Four siblings preceded him in death: Donna Nelson, Marguerite Farnsworth, Daniel  Jensen and James Jensen.

Special thanks to James Keane, MD, the staffs at St. Therese of Hopkins and Interim Hospice for their very special care.

James Alvin Klinkel









James Alvin Klinkel passed away on April 23, 2016. Jim was born on March 17th, 1932 to Alvin and Irene Klinkel in Osceola, SD and moved to De Smet when he was a year old.  Jim grew up in De Smet and spent the majority of his life here.  Jim served in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War Veteran.  He spent a short time in Watertown, SD but De Smet was always the place Jim called home.

The family will be hosting a visitation for Jim on Wednesday April 27, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at the Osthus Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service will be held at the American Lutheran Church Thursday April 28, 2016 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.

Jim married Phyllis Denman June 26, 1960. They lived in De Smet, SD and Watertown, SD and had two daughters.  Phyllis passed away on November 7, 1969.  Jim made his living with his trucking company and hauling livestock for many farmers in our community. Jim would probably tell you that driving the De Smet School Bus was the best job he ever had.  Jim so enjoyed taking his kids to school and to extracurricular activities.

Jim married Ruth Purrington on January 4th 1973 and with the addition of Ruth’s five children his family grew to seven.  They were married for 36 years before Ruth passed away on May 15th, 2009.

Jim is survived by six children. Bill (Linda) Purrington, Brookings, SD; Jan (Dale Knorr), Palm Desert, CA; Marnie (Doug Anderson), Lake Stevens, WA; Bonnie Purrington, Mesa, AZ; Joni Klinkel, Stuart, FL; and Dawn Klinkel, Aurora, CO.  The nine grandchildren are made up of; Ann, Paul, Danny, Collin, Courtney, Michael, Lindsey, Jennifer and Megan.  The nine great grandchildren Bennett, Sydney, Mathew, Drew, Alec, Abigail, Jude, Campbell and Henry complete this large and loving family.  Jim is survived by a sister, Alice Siver, De Smet, SD and a brother, Earl Klinkel, Nashville, TN.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Cathy (Steven Swartos), Volga, SD; his parents; his two wives, Phyllis and Ruth, and a sister, Helen Mahoney.

Jim was a jokester, bigger than life and full of love for De Smet, South Dakota, the Minnesota Vikings, the De Smet Bulldogs, pumpkin pie ,and most of all his family. We will miss you.

Ronald Lee Anderson

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Ronald Lee Anderson, 67, of Lake Preston, SD died Wednesday, April 13th after a courageous battle with cancer.  His funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 AM at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston.  Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Friday evening, April 15th at the church.  Vicar Brad Sanderson will be officiating.  Burial will be at East Bethania Cemetery, rural Erwin.

Ron was born in Lake Preston on April 24, 1948 to Albert and Evelyn (Severson) Anderson. He attended the Lake Preston Lutheran Church where he was also baptized and confirmed. He graduated from Lake Preston High School and attended college in Brookings. On August 4, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Koch and they had four daughters. They had 43 wonderful years together.

Ron worked as a printer from high school until his retirement in 2009 for the Lake Preston Times, DeSmet News, Creative Printing in Huron and Harold’s Printing in Brookings.  Ron was very involved in the Lake Preston community being a member of the Lutheran Church, Volunteer Fire Department, School Board, and Kiwanis Club. He had a heart for fishing, dancing and riding his motorcycle.

Ron is survived by his four daughters; Kari Stevens and Gregg Lees of Aurora, Vikki and Steve Hasche of Lake Preston, Tami and Patrick Steffensen of Pierre, Jeani and Jesse Vincent of Arlington; his nine grandchildren; John, Billi, Jack, Kaden, Claire, Campbell, Ellisyn, Emarie, and Easton; and his wife Eleanor (Bunny) Paschke of Side Lake, MN. He was preceded in death by wife; Kay Anderson, his parents, and his sister Margie.

Lisa Stevens Truesdell

Lisa Stevens Truesdell of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Good Friday, March 25 ,  2016. The beauty of her light shown for 62 years. Memorial services will be conducted by her loving husband Jim, retired pastor of the U.C.C. Services will be held at the De Smet Community Church on Saturday, April 2 , 2016 at 11AM.  A private committal service will be held at 10AM at the De Smet Cemetery.   Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lisa was born in Waco, Texas on August 20, 1953 to Colonel Harry Stevens and Connie Stevens. Lisa graduated from Cape Cod High School in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1970. In high school Lisa played field hockey and served as Homecoming Queen in 1969. She attended college in Long Beach, California where she was a member of, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mensa. During her freshman year of college is when she married Jim Truesdell, a marriage that lasted 38 years.

Lisa enjoyed traveling and study programs in various universities. She studied at Oxford, England; Cambridge, England; Heidlberg, Germany; Athens, Greece; and Florence, Italy. It was during this that she earned her Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

Lisa loved to read. When she passed she left a collection of over 4,000 books among which were numerous first editions.

Lisa is survived by her beloved husband Jim and on sister Christine of Frankfort, Germany.

Betty Wiseman Lebert

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Betty Wiseman Lebert, age 87, died in her own home in De Smet, SD on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2 PM at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Burial will follow in the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 5-7 PM.

Betty Marie Albrecht was born on October 11, 1928 at DeSmet, SD to parents Henry Sr. and Sylvia (Wagner) Albrecht.  She grew up at De Smet and attended Mathews Country School.  She graduated from De Smet High School in 1946 and attended college at Madison where she received her teaching degree.  She taught school in country schools until her marriage.

Betty was united in marriage to Robert Wiseman on June 5, 1949 at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet. They farmed near De Smet until 1955 when they moved to a farm near Bryant.  Robert died in 1970.  She moved to Watertown and attended Watertown Technical School where she received her LPN degree in nursing.  She worked in Rochester MN at St. Mary’s Hospital for one year before returning to Watertown where she worked at Memorial Hospital

Betty was married to Howard Lebert on September 22, 1973.  They lived in Watertown for a few years before moving to De Smet.  Howard died in 2004.  She continued to live in her own home in DeSmet until the time of her death.

She was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant and American Lutheran Church in De Smet. She loved playing cards with her friends and gardening.

Survivors include one daughter, Myrna (Randy) Knadle of DeSmet; one son, Gary (Martha) Wiseman of Bryant; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four step great grandsons; one brother Henry (Sandy) Albrecht of De Smet; one sister Lorene Heller of De Smet; one step brother-in-law, Brad (Kathy) Lebert of Willits; CA, two sister-in-laws Delda Gilberson of De Smet and Lafoy Lebert of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.