Ernest C. Geyer

Ernest Geyer





Ernest C. Geyer, age 95, of Bancroft died on December 18, 2014 at the Bryant Parkview Care Center.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 21st from 5-7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 22nd at 10:30 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernie was born on November 29, 1919 on the family farm near Bancroft to Paul and Bessie (Poege) Geyer.  He graduated from Bancroft High School in 1937.

Ernie served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation machinist’s mate third class USN-1 (SA) during World War II.  He was honorably discharged in 1945.

On November 10, 1952 Ernie was united in marriage to Beverly Christensen of Clark in Laverne, MN.  The couple were blessed with four children.

Ernie lived on and farmed the family farm until he retired in 1995.

In April of 2011 he entered the Bryant Parkview Care Center.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Beverly; one son, Norman (Marcia) Geyer of Hector, MN; two daughters, Irene Schroeder of Sioux Falls, and Debbie (Mike) DeBoer of Sioux Falls; one sister, Louise Strub of Hobbs, NM; one daughter-in-law, Renett Geyer of Sioux Falls; ten grandchildren:  Kyle Geyer, Krystal (Trevor) Evans, Diane (Saikat) Mandel, Linda (Zap) Martin, Brian Schroeder, Craig Schroeder, Megan Geyer, McKenzie Geyer, Holly (Tom) Drummond, and Matthew Pueppke; and one great-grandson, Liam Evans.

Ernie is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dale; five sisters:  Eva, Elsie, Alma, Marie, and Vera Mae; and one brother, Rudy Geyer.

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Delbert (Deb) Jennings

Deb Jennings






Delbert (Deb) Jennings, age 74, of Bancroft, SD passed away on December 17, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  A visitation will be held on Friday, December 19th from 5-7 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 20th at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delbert (Deb) Jennings was born on January 7, 1940, on his grandparent’s farm, near Canistota, SD.  His grandma Jennings was the midwife.  He was born to I.B. (Buck) and Gladys (Cheney) Jennings.

When he was about five he moved with his family to Bancroft, SD and has resided there since.  Mary would kid him about never making it out of town, just to the southern edge.

He had to walk to school every day, all twelve years – for those who don’t know, he lived across the street from the school.  He graduated from Bancroft High School in 1958.  He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Japan.  After returning home, he worked at the alfalfa plant in De Smet for two years and then started working for his dad in the road construction business.  When his dad retired in 1985, Deb took over Jennings Construction and was still actively working part time at the time of his death.

He married Mary Myers on August 14, 1965.  They had four children, Karen, Peggy, Paul, and Paula (PJ).

Deb was mayor of Bancroft for twenty-nine years.  He was the Commander of the Iroquois American Legion Post 280.  Rarely did he miss a pancake breakfast for the Legion.

Deb loved being outside, hunting, fishing, and mowing the lawn.  He also liked word search puzzle books and playing cards.  If you ever played cards with him he was very good at counting cards and knowing what people had in their hands, so you probably lost.  If it was cribbage and you missed points when you counted he took them and you did not get them back.  He had a great sense of humor and he was not as quiet as a lot of people thought.  He enjoyed his funny sarcastic remarks just to get someone’s attention – especially while playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of Bancroft, SD; son, Paul (Brenda) Jennings of Bancroft, SD; daughters, Karen Jennings of Watertown, SD, Peggy Jennings of Bancroft, SD, and Paula (PJ) (Doug) Blue of Henry, SD; three grandchildren: David, Rachel, and Samuel; three great-grandchildren: Emily, Blake, and Brooke; sister, Sandra (Robert) Cramer of Howard, SD; and brother, Jim (Jo) Jennings of Hartford, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Gladys, an infant daughter, and his grandparents.  Both of Deb’s grandpas died on the same day in the same year.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the De Smet City Library, the De Smet Hospital, or the Iroquois American Legion.

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Ruby H. Klungseth

Ruby Klungseth







Ruby Hazel (Holton) Klungseth, age 93, of Bryant, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2014, under hospice care, at Parkview Care Center.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 19 at 11 A.M. with visitation with family one hour prior to the service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant.  Private burial at a later date.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born January 15, 1921 to Herbert and Mary Holton on a farm in Kingsbury County, was baptized in the Congregational Church of Erwin.  She grew up in that vicinity and graduated from Erwin High School in 1938.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Klungseth on May 2, 1941.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Together they farmed in the Vienna and Bryant area until Ernest passed away in June, 1962.  Following Ernest’s death, Ruby moved her family into Bryant where she resided until her passing.  She was employed in the Bryant State Bank for twenty years until retirement in 1983.   In 2003 her eyesight began to fail.  By 2005 she was declared legally blind, which prompted her to sell her house and move into the Parkview Apartments.

She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, WELCA, and altar guild, also had served on the church council; had also been a member of the Parkview Auxiliary and the Bryant development board, past president of the Bryant senior citizens, and a volunteer worker for meals on wheels.

She had enjoyed crocheting, quilting, card playing, cooking and baking, playing cards, also spending time with her family and friends.  She had traveled to the Holy Land.

Those left to mourn include her three children Sherry (Myron) Hagelstrom of Wood Lake, MN, Lynn of Sioux Falls, and Mary Ann (Glenn) Voss of Sioux Falls; grandsons Ryan Lee Hagelstrom, Curtis Axel Voss, and Brian Jacob Voss; great-grandsons Leif and Link Hagelstrom; one sister Joy Middleton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother-in-law Delmar Tobey of Willow Lake, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, infant twin sons, infant granddaughter, four sisters, including Minetta Holton, Shirley Tucker, Margaret Severtson, and Ruth Helmer.

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Mervin Wilbert Lowe

Mervin Lowe cropped








Mervin Lowe, age 84, of Estelline and formerly of Bryant, died on December 5, 2014 at the Estelline Nursing and Care Facility. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at Osthus Funeral Chapel in Bryant on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 with the Rev. Fred Rosin officiating.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening December 9 from 5-7 pm at the chapel.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Bryant.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mervin Wilbert Lowe was born July 11, 1930 to Bernice (Davidson) and Wilbert Lowe in Gettysburg, South Dakota.  Mervin was the only son born into the family.  Mervin lived in Gettysburg until 1937 when the family moved to Clark County outside of Bryant.  Mervin went to school in Bryant where he graduated in 1948.  Right after high school Mervin went to Depot School and worked for the railroad for a time before returning to Bryant to work on the family farm when his father’s health began to decline.

Mervin was married to Mary Elizabeth (“Betty”) Parker on New Year’s Eve 1950.  Mervin worked tirelessly on the farm both raising crops as well as livestock including cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and a few horses.  Mervin especially loved having cattle on the farm.  Mervin finally retired from farming in 2013 when he sold the farm.

Mervin enjoyed visiting with family, old friends, and new friends he would meet at the auctions he so enjoyed attending.   Playing cards (from solitaire to pinochle) was another fun pastime of his.  Mervin was always a tinkerer and liked to fix things and try to make them better – most times he was successful.   You knew Mervin liked you if he would tease you – it was always fun to see him laugh.

Mervin and Mary moved to Watertown in the fall of 2013 and enjoyed being closer to their children.  He entered the Estelline Nursing and Care Center in February of 2014.  Where he made many new friends from local elementary school children to those he played bingo with every chance he had.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his daughters, Patrice (Walter) Wright, Mary Beth Grape and her husband, Bob, and Nichole Lowe and her fiancé, Rob Moeller; son, Michael Lowe; and special friend Vivian Koehn; his sisters, Muriel (Elwood) Resick, Marilyn (Dean) Anderson, and Virginia (George) Cluts; as well as all his grandchildren: Will Wright, Jenna Lowe, Thomas Lowe, step grandchildren Andrew, Cathi, and Jim Grape.  Great-grandchildren: Dion Wright, Taliyah Menard, Taron Menard, and Jonah Gogue, nieces and nephews, and all his friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, his parents, Bernice and Wilbert, his sisters Vivian (Maynard) Juntunen, Laurel (Jim) Ryan.  One son-in-law, Walter as well and two brothers-in-law Elwood Resick and Dean Anderson.



Kenneth Lee Baker

Kenneth Baker







Kenneth Lee Baker, De Smet, died Sunday October 26, 2014 at the age of 84.  A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:30 A.M. at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, De Smet, with Reverend Marty Reynhout officiating.  Burial will follow at the De Smet Cemetery.    Visitation hours are scheduled for Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

He was born June 1, 1930, to parents Fred and Mildred Baker, in Pittsfield, MA.  As a young man, Ken joined the Army and served in the Korean War.  During this time, he was joined with Janet Del Gallo and had eight children.

Kenny met Mary Ellen (Johnston) Smith and they were married in 1977.  Mary’s five children blessed Ken with a full “baker’s dozen” (13); and he loved them all. Ken had a special helper in his later years, to take him to his doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and any other daily chores, his stepson-in-law Don who he jokingly called his “seeing eye dog”; because he was so important to Ken, but he thought of him also, as his own son.

Ken drove cross country for most of his life and loved sharing stories of what he’d seen.  In later years he spent time on a cattle ranch, did maintenance work for the Cottage Inn and worked behind the counter at the General Store (where all the kids in town HAD to go see “Kenny Rogers”).  He and Mary also managed the Freeman Hotel in Freeman and Kingsbury County Country Club in DeSmet.

Ken enjoyed watching old movies and read thousands of westerns and mysteries.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the fellowship of his senior golf buddies.  He regularly attended Church at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church with Mary, Robyn, Don and Kristin.  He and Mary loved kicking up their heels at local dances.  They loved both kinds of music:  Country and Western.

Other things Ken enjoyed was traveling with Mary, taking her to places she had always wanted to go.  They especially enjoyed their trips to Pittsfield, MA to see Ken’s siblings and extended family.  On one of these ventures they took the scenic route home, through Nashville adding the Grand Old Opry as one of their favorite memories.

Ken and Mary had a special bond with their granddaughter Kristin. As her biggest fans, they travelled all over the state to attend her many sporting events, drama, and cheerleading right on through college.

Those grateful for sharing his life are his granddaughter, Kristin Aanenson, DeSmet;  his children: Jan Carter, WA.; Karyn Wood, MT.;  Kenn (Kathy)Baker, MD.; Jay Baker, MT.; Kerry (Carol) Baker, MT.; Joel (Susan) Baker, MT.; Jackie (Larry)Faulk, WA.; and  Margaret “Kelly” Woen, TX;  his stepchildren; Jerry (Corky)Smith, IA; Tom Smith, Volga;  Rita Smith, MN.;  Robyn (Don) Flickinger, DeSmet;  Roxane “Sam” Aanenson (Dennis Tower); DeSmet; his siblings; Ruth Ditore, FL.; Mildred Ketcham, MA.; Lawrence “Butch”(Rose)Baker, MA.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his friends and church family.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Mary; parents: Fred and Mildred Baker; his siblings: Fred, Claudia, Constance, and Edward, and a step-granddaughter, Chassity.

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Ruby Ritterbush

Ruby Ritterbusch







Ruby (Mrs. Glen) Ritterbusch

Ruby (Mrs. Glen) Ritterbusch, age 95, who most recently resided in Pierre, SD, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Sheridan, WY.

Ruby Ritterbusch was born on May 10, 1919 to John D and Hazel Nesbit Kleinjan near Sinai, South Dakota.  Ruby graduated from Volga high school in 1937. She attended Yankton College and earned an associate degree and teaching certificate in 1939.  She taught school three years at Elgin and Spencer, Nebraska.

On December 26, 1941 Ruby was united in marriage to Glen Ritterbusch. After Glen’s discharge from the armed services in 1947 Ruby and Glen made their home in Sioux Falls and then in Mitchell until 1967.  Later they lived in South Sioux City, NE, Casper, WY, and Libby, MT before moving to Pierre, SD in November 1979.

In Mitchell they were charter members of Conservative Baptist church, now called Northridge Baptist, and then in later years became charter members of the Community Bible Church in Pierre, SD.  Glen and Ruby celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1991.

At age 53 Ruby earned a nursing degree at Casper, WY, became a registered nurse and worked 12 years in hospitals in Casper, Libby, MT and Pierre, SD.   She served as church pianist, organist and Sunday school teacher.  She was a 20 year member of home extension clubs, active in the VFW auxiliary, and was a 4-H leader and active in PTA while living in Mitchell and South Sioux City, NE.  She loved to plant and tend a garden.  She was an avid reader and had a keen interest in world affairs.

Ruby is survived by three daughters and a son:  Ruth (Glen) Rosenberger, Sellersville, PA; Mary (Dick) Schmidt, Punta Gorda, FL; Lois (Wesley) Tschetter, Brookings, SD; and John (Penny) Ritterbusch, Sheridan, WY;  eleven grandchildren:  Dawn Rosenberger (Andy) Dant; Lisa Rosenberger (Colin) Tuggle;  Cara Rosenberger (Fred) Krikory , Murray (Shelly) Pickard, Laura Pickard (Piper) Carter, Nicole Ritterbusch (Cayce) Gates, Paul (Krista) Tschetter, Jane Tschetter (Chris) Lucas, Emily Tschetter (Ryan) Willett, Grant Ritterbusch and Reed Ritterbusch, and nine great grandchildren.  Other survivors include brother Eugene (Lois) Kleinjan, brother-in-law Earl Sapp, and sisters-in-law: Adriana Kleinjan, Lavina Mannerud, and Amy Crow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen, her son David, daughter-in-law Barbara Ritterbusch; brothers Lester and Wilbur, and sisters Mildred Sapp and Marie Anderson.

Memorial services will be held at the Community Bible Church in Pierre at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014, with the family present at the church from 12 o’clock.   A committal service will be at the Lake Preston Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Community Bible Church in Pierre, or Gideons International at

Herbert (Hub) Anderson

Hub Anderson






Herbert (Hub) Andrew Anderson, 85, of De Smet passed away on October 7, 2014 at Avera Hospital in De Smet.  A visitation will be held on Friday, October 10th from 5-7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 11th at 10:30 A.M. at United Church of Christ in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert (Hub) Andrew Anderson was born to Andrew and Josephine (Aust) Anderson on the family farm near Manchester on March 25, 1929.   He was the youngest of eight children in the family.  As a child, he was baptized and later confirmed in the Presbyterian Church.  Hub attended Manchester School through the eighth grade after which he attended De Smet High School.

Hub joined the United States Army in February of 1951 and was stationed in Japan.  He was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned to farming.  On September 25, 1958 he was united in marriage to Margaret Glover and they would raise four children together. They were married 56 years.  In 1958 he also started as a substitute mail carrier out of the De Smet Post Office.  In 1978 he became an active mail carrier and continued as such until he retired in 1988.

Hub was very active in the community.  He was a member of the De Smet School Board, the Manchester Cemetery Board, the De Smet Township Board, a lifetime member and officer of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion.  Hub was also an active member of the De Smet Congregational Church.  In 1966 he was part of the capital campaign to raise funds for the new United Church of Christ Church in De Smet.

Hub is survived by his wife, Margaret, of De Smet, SD; three sons, John (Cherie) Anderson of De Smet, SD, Charles (Mary) Anderson of Baltic, SD, and Rodney (Barb) Anderson of Omaha, NE; one daughter, Jacqueline Anderson, of Volga, SD; nine grandchildren, Jacob Anderson, Nicole Anderson, Matt Anderson, Kaleb Anderson, Greg Anderson, Josh Anderson, Kayla Anderson, Alex Van Erem, and Vanessa Van Erem ; one great-grandchild, Noah Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Hub is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Josephine; four brothers, George, Bill, Clair, and Bert; and three sisters, Mabel Bridges, Edith Bau, and Edna Flindt.

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Olive Wertz

Olive Wertz








Olive M. Wertz, 97, of Huron and formerly of Bancroft passed away on September 21, 2014 at SunQuest Healthcare Center.  Visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  The family will be present.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 24th at 1:30 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with burial at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Huron.

Olive was the second of four children born to Guy and Laura (Kilborn) Bobo on March 10, 1917 in Midvale, Idaho.  She graduated from 8th grade in La Grand, Oregon and later attended beauty school in Boise, Idaho.  While attending school in Boise she met and married Conrad Wertz at Weiser, Idaho.  Conrad was a member of the military and they first settled on a military base in Washington.  Over the next few years they would relocate to Morenci, Arizona and Pocatello, Idaho.  In June of 1949 they moved onto a farm north of Bancroft, South Dakota where they raised their son.

Olive was an active member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Bancroft.  She taught Bible School and Sunday School at the church for thirty-five years.  She was also a member of the Friendly Neighbors Club in Bancroft.

Olive is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, and one brother.

She is survived by her son, Richard L. Wertz of Huron and her grandson Richard M. Wertz of Huron.

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Linda Catheleen Anderson

Linda Anderson






Linda Catheleen Anderson, 92, of Erwin, SD passed away on September 8, 2014 at the Parkview Care Center in Bryant.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 10th from 5-7 p.m. in Bryant at Osthus Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Erwin.  Burial will be in Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery.

Linda was born to Andrew and Helga (Bakke) Jorgensen on October 22, 1921 in Vienna, SD.  She attended a local country school as a child and graduated from Bryant High School in 1940.

On September 14, 1940 she was united in marriage to Victor Anderson in Rock Rapids, IA.    They settled in Marysville, WA since Victor was stationed as part of the military in Seattle, WA.  Following Victor’s discharge, they moved back to Erwin in 1946 where they raised six children.  Linda was employed as a cook at Erwin School before she began working for Kingsbury Memorial Manor in Lake Preston.  She worked there for thirty-four years before retiring in 2001.

Linda loved her family.  She also enjoyed embroidery and reading in her spare time.

Linda is survived by two sons, Ronayne (Marlene) Anderson of Lake Preston, SD and John (Nancy) Anderson of Lake Norden, SD; two daughters, Lonnie (Earl) Beyer of St. Cloud, FL and Cheri (Gary) Carlson of Hitchcock, SD; one brother, Vernal Jorgensen of Sioux Falls, SD; one daughter-in-law, Mary Anderson of Bryant, SD; one sister-in-law, Gladys Jorgensen of Webster City, IA; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; and twenty-two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Rochelle; one son, Ricky; two brothers, Elwood and Virgil; two sisters, Esther and Muriel; and two sons-in-law.

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Kenneth Arthur Currier

Kenneth Currier





Kenneth Arthur Currier, 80, of Brancroft passed away on September 5, 2014 at the De Smet Good Samaritan Center.  A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 7th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 8th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with burial at LeSeuer Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was born on a farm near Bancroft, SD on March 16, 1934 to Val and Margie Currier.   He spent his childhood growing up in the Bancroft community.  On October 20, 1957 Kenneth was united in marriage to Pauline Dashner in El Paso, TX.  He lived his entire life in the Bancroft area until he moved into the Good Samaritan Center.

During his life Kenneth had several careers.  He was a farmer in the Bancroft area.  Then he worked at Armours in Huron until it closed down.  Then he worked on John Tisdel’s farm.  Kenneth also was employed by Weerts Inc. until he retired.

Kenneth enjoyed the outdoors – especially fishing, hunting, and trapping.

Kenneth is survived by one son, Dale (Wendy) Currier of De Smet; two daughters, Gayle (Mark) Larson of Iroquois and Lori (Mike) Baye of Dell Rapids; one brother, Merlin (Joan) Currier of Huron; one sister, Donna Dirksen of Faulkton; one daughter-in-law, Marilee (Ron) Rounds of Cavour; fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Val and Margie; his wife, Pauline; one son, Daniel; one grandson, Trent Rounds; and one brother-in-law, Delbert Dirksen.

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