Caryl Lynn (Meyer) Poppen of rural De Smet, SD, passed away Saturday April 18th at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet after a brief illness. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd at the United Congregational Church in De Smet. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. Burial will be at the Spirit Lake Cemetery. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Caryl Lynn was born September 3, 1933 on the family farm southwest of Bonilla, SD, to John and Mildred (Borah) Meyer. Caryl Lynn attended country school near her home, and graduated from Bonilla High School. She attended Huron College for two years. Caryl Lynn was married to Calvin Poppen on December 20, 1953, at the Presbyterian Church in Bonilla. She and her husband farmed northwest of De Smet their entire married life. She was a member of the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church.
Caryl Lynn’s activities included church women, community club, Legion and Gideon Auxiliaries. She is past Chapeau (state president) of 8 et 40 and was a coordinator for Friendship Bible Coffees, and was a hospice volunteer. While many were having a ball celebrating the Bicentennial, she compiled a 443 page volume of De Smet’s history.
Caryl Lynn is best remembered for encouraging words and deeds, coupled with extensive cards and letters of friendship and encouragement. Her kitchen was always an inviting place for family, friends and neighbors with unending hot coffee, delicious pie, and engaging conversation.
Caryl Lynn is survived by her husband Calvin of rural De Smet; three brothers Harlan (Inez) Meyer of Sioux Falls, Norman (Miriam) Meyer of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Kerwin (“Fritz”) Meyer of Sioux City, IA; children Dirk (Susan) Poppen of Sioux Falls, Luke (Janice) Poppen of De Smet, Susan (Dennis) Helder of Volga, and Joel (Susan) Poppen of Rochester, MN; along with twelve grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Camden and Durward, three sisters, Elaine Meyer, Leora Rearick, and Lorna Poppen, and her son Daniel.
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