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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Leona M. Brandt









Leona Brandt, age 103, of De Smet died Tuesday evening, August 12, at the Good Samaritan Home in De Smet. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10:30 A.M at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with Reverend James Truesdell officiating. Burial will be held at the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, from 5 to 7 P.M at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with an Eastern Star service at 6:30 P.M.

Leona was born on October 22, 1910 at Lone Rock, Kossuth County, Iowa to Charles F. Schultz and Hulda W. (Krueger) Schultz. She moved to De Smet, South Dakota with her family in 1924 and graduated from De Smet High School in 1928. She married Rodney Brandt on October 3, 1929 in De Smet where they made their home.

Leona worked as a bookkeeper and salesperson for the K&K Company in De Smet. In 1950, she began work for the De Smet School District as a clerk and later in the superintendent’s office.  She worked there until her retirement in 1978.

Leona became a member of the De Smet United Methodist Church in 1930.  She was a member of the church lady’s organization, the church choir, taught Sunday School, and held offices within the lady’s organization and the church.  Leona was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in which she held offices since 1947.  Additionally, she was a member of the General Federation of Women’s Club of De Smet for forty-seven years and a charter member of the Kingsbury County Country Club.

She is survived by one son, James (Carolyn) Brandt of Shoreview MN; two grandchildren: Tara (Christopher) Melsha of Blaine, MN and Ryan (Tessa) Brandt of Blaine, MN; five great-grandchildren:  Carter, William, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, and Luke; and two brothers:  Raymond Schultz of Rochester MN and Marvyn Schultz of Omaha NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers:  Le Roy, Alfred, Lester, Ronald, and Howard Schultz of De Smet, two sisters, Viola and Ruby.

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Betty Marx

Betty Marx











Betty Marx, 88, of St. James, MN and formerly of Clark, SD passed away on July 22, 2014 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James, MN.  A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at Assembly of God in Clark, SD.  Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Kevin Petersen presiding.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Clark, SD.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born in Clark, SD on September 21, 1925 to William and Catherine (Saur) Voss.  She attended school in Clark and graduated from Clark High School in 1943.  After graduation, Betty taught in rural schools for four years in Clark County and two years in Kingsbury County.

In 1947 Betty was united in marriage to Kenneth Marx.  They lived in Manchester, SD where they raised three sons:  Bill, Mick, and Randy.  The family moved to California in 1957 and Betty worked for Retail Credit Company (now known as Equifax) for fifteen years.  In 1979 they moved back to Clark.

Betty also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Clark Senior Citizens group.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister, and two sons.

Betty is survived her son, Michael (Sheila) Marx of Mountain Lake, MN; her sister, Kathleen Turner of Rapid City, SD; her brother, William Voss of Nearing, NE; eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

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L. Dean Ferguson

Dean Ferguson








Dean Ferguson, 79, died at home in De Smet on June 10, 2014.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 15from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet.

Dean was born October 16, 1934 to Ruby and Truman Ferguson.  Dean grew up in the Manchester/De Smet area in South Dakota.  He worked on the farm with his parents until November 8, 1954 when he married Betty Kieffer in a small ceremony at Carthage, SD.  They moved to California in 1964 and shared their lives with three daughters.  Dean retired in 1996 after thirty-two years as a machinist foreman with Parker-Hannifin Incorporated.  They then returned to De Smet, SD.

Dean enjoyed family time, traveling, square dance calling, 4-wheeling, fishing, and much more.  His two miniature chihuahua, Mitzy and Annie, were also among his many enjoyments.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of De Smet; his three daughters, Kathy (Dan) Parsley of Chino, CA, Susan Greeley of Miles City, MT, and Ann Kerns of Walton, KY; his brother, Vernon (Pat), of De Smet; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; plus two new arrivals due this year.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Lyle, and his son-in-law, David Thomas.

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