Leonard Raether

CaptureLeonard Herman Raether, age  96, died on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, South Dakota.


Leonard was born on October 6th, 1920 on a farm near Selby, South Dakota.   Eldest son of Herman Raether and Margaret (Bruckner) Raether.  He attended elementary school in Sanborn County followed by high school in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Graduated 1937 from Aberdeen Central.  Upon graduation Leonard returned home to farm with his parents near Esmond, South Dakota.   There he met Vera Lorenz, daughter of Paul Lorenz and Emma (Weitzel) Lorenz. Leonard and Vera married November 29th, 1945 in New Ulm, Minnesota.   After a couple of years of working in Huron and farming with his parents, Leonard and Vera began their own farming career near Iroquois, South Dakota where they farmed and raised two children, Jerry Raether and Cheryl (Raether) Rockwood. In 1988, they retired and moved to De Smet, South Dakota.


Leonard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vera (Lorenz) Raether; his son, Jerry Raether (Jane), Ogallala, Nebraska; and his daughter, Cheryl (Raether) Rockwood (Stephen), Poway, California; his grandchildren, Todd Raether (Jennifer), Gordon, Nebraska; Joel Raether (Kim), Denver, Colorado; and Michael Bryant, Lakewood, Colorado;  his sister, Margaret (Raether) Heavirland, Vancouver, Washington; his step-brother, Dale Raether (Sue), Belen, New Mexico; his step-sisters, Betty (Raether) Schafer, Carmichael, California,  and Darlene (Raether) Knouse, Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  his sister-in-law, Faye (Lorenz) Fisher, New Brighton, Minnesota;  his one step-grandchild, six great-step-grandchildren, three step-great-great grandchildren.  And, his many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-mother, Mary (Bruckner) Raether; his brother, Herbert Raether; his sister, Florence (Raether) Ruby; his step-brothers, Herman, Jr. Raether and Leander Raether; his in-laws; his brother-in-laws, Kenneth Heavirland, Danny Knouse, Adrian Ruby, Stu Shafer, William Cronin, Harry DeJong, Wayne Fisher, Clarence Lorenz, and Jabe Lorenz; his sister-in-laws, Betty Raether, Pat Raether, Lucille (Lorenz) DeJong, and Fern (Lorenz) Cronin; and one step-grandchild.


Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet from 5 to 7PM on August 21st.  Memorial services will be held on August 22nd at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet at 10:30 AM with fellowship to follow.  A private family burial will be held the following day at the Restlawn Memory Gardens in Huron, SD.


Leonard was a proud farmer and father who worked from dawn to dusk to provide a home for his family.  Never once did a chore go undone. He taught conservative values and was a determined man who didn’t expect others to do for him. Baseball, country dancing, golf and hunting were his passions.   He served as a Board Member of the Kingsbury County, CC.  Leonard and Vera are members of the American Lutheran Church, De Smet, South Dakota.


In lieu of flowers, memorials should be given to the De Smet Good Samaritan Center.

Delores E. Maresh

Scan_20170725Delores Emilie Maresh, age 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 24th, 2017. She was born May 4th, 1921 to Frederik W. and Emilie Guse on the homestead, just north of Bryant, SD. Her mother passed when she was a young girl. After, she was then raised by her father, as well as her two sisters Ida and Irma.

She attended Bryant School, graduating in 1939. On February 24th, 1952 she was united in marriage to Reverend Frank Maresh. In 1954, they adopted their oldest daughter, Daniene Emilie. In 1986, Michelle Mariel was adopted, then making the family complete.

Delores decided to further her education by attending LATI in Watertown, SD. In 1978, she graduated with a degree in Practical Nursing. She worked for the majority of her career at Parkview C.C. She enjoyed the many years she spent there. Even after her retirement, you could find her at Parkview still helping in any way she could. From volunteering preaching sermons to sitting in hospice care, Delores was a small lady with a big heart. She cherished time spent with family and friends.

Grateful to have shared her amazing life were her daughters Daniene (Gene) Anderson of Huron, and Michelle Maresh of Watertown; granddaughters Tori (Jeremy) Wels of Huron, Vanah VanOverschelde, and Shaina (Jonas) Exey, both of Watertown; great-grandchildren Samuel, Jaidence, Adalyn, and Jaxon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Reverend Frank, 1982; one brother, Aurthur; and two sisters, Irma and Ida.

Visitation will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, July 27th. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28th at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant at 10:30 AM with fellowship to follow. Burial will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery in Bryant. Osthus Funeral Chapel of Bryant is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ann Ferguson, 65, De Smet, SD, died July 14, 2017, at Doughertfeathered edgesy Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

A memorial service is scheduled 10:30 AM Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Christian Missionary Alliance Church in De smet, with Reverend Martin Reynhout officiating. Burial will be at Manchester Cemetery at a later date.

She was born September 11, 1951, in Portland Oregon, to Harvey & Helen Charpentier (Cooling)  She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1972.  She met Vernon Ferguson in 1976, and they were married January 22, 1977. They lived in Santa Monica CA.  Patricia worked for General Telephone of Oregon as a CAMA operator.  In 1983, they moved back to Manchester, SD and lived there until June 2003, when a tornado forced a move to De Smet.

She loved her music, and played the organ, keyboard & other instruments.  She read braille books & on the computer as she was blind from birth.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon; one brother, Ron Charpentier, one sister; Sharlyn Walsh, Washougal WA; two stepsisters, Bertile Lewis, Maureen Longfellow; two stepbrothers, Joseph &  Harvey JR. Charpentier

She was preceeded in death by her mother and father & grandparents.

Crystal Kaye Morell

morell photo (2)Crystal Kaye Morell, 52, died July 5, 2017, due to an automobile accident at rural Lake Preston.  A funeral service is scheduled 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Lake Preston Lutheran Church, with Pastor Brad Sanderson officiating.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM, Monday, July 10, 2017, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.  A private burial is scheduled at a later date.

Crystal Kaye Morell was born to Chris and Sharon Holm (Nelson) on July 27, 1964, in Lake Preston, SD. She attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, CA.  She worked as an office manager at Virchow Trucking.  She also helped with many other odd jobs around the farm for Dale.

Her most precious moments were visiting her grandchildren, Lincoln and Olivia McClure and Ethan Morell.  She also enjoyed spending time with her cats and dog.  She cherished the simple joys in life.  She had a laugh that could light up the whole room.

Crystal’s biggest joy in life was helping others in need.  It didn’t matter if you were a family member, friend, or stranger she just met.  One of her biggest joys was preparing a nice home-cooked meal for everyone.  Her main concern was that everyone left happy and with a smile on their face.  Most importantly, she was a friend you could count on.

Those grateful for having shared her life include her special friend, Dale Virchow, Lake Preston; her children Robby (Michele) Morell; Erica Morell (Andy McClure); and Cody Morell; all of Las Vegas, NV; Kyle (Jessica) Virchow; Casey Virchow (Wade Nelson); three grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel Holm, Sioux Falls, SD; Allen (Kelly) Holm, Hesperia CA; one sister, Trisha Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD; and many extended family members, all of whom are so very blessed to have had Crystal in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Donald L. Wolkow









Donald L. Wolkow, 75, of De Smet died peacefully with family by his side Saturday May 13th, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet. Funeral services for Donald Wolkow will be held on Saturday May 20th, 2017, at 10:30 A.M. at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet. Pastor Randy Koeller will be officiating. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home on Friday evening 5:00-7:00 P.M. Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery following the services.

Don was born November 10, 1941, to Harrison and Mabel (Anderson) Wolkow. He was baptized and confirmed at West Bethany Lutheran Church. He attended grade school and high school in Erwin, SD, and graduated from South Dakota State in Brookings, SD.

He married Beverly Johnson, and together they had one son. In 1977, he married Judy, and would have been married to her for forty years this July.

He was a charter board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society. He loved farming, something for which he received many awards. He had a love for all sports, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. He also loved tractor pulling, NASCAR, rodeo, hunting, fishing, and his special antique tractor given to him by his son.

Those who were blessed to share his life include his wife, Judy; son, Devon (Wendi) Wolkow; siblings Deloris Gilbertson, Arlington, Darlene (Ted) Crisman, Custer, Dorothy (Edwin) Holter, Troy, MI, Delmer (Eileen) Wolkow, De Smet, and DeAnn Kruempel, Logan, IA; and four special granddaughters, Lexi Wolkow, Kyla (Cameron) Dunn, Kali Jo (Lucas) Wacker, and Libby (Isaac) Rinne.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet or compassionate care hospice.


Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet handled the arrangements.

Rogene Hagel

Rogene Hagel, Age 90, of De Smet died Friday, May 12, at the Good Samaritan Home in De Smet. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 29th, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 30th, at 11:00 A.M at the De Smet Community Church with Reverend Jim Millman officiating. Private committal service prior to memorial service. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rogene was born January 2, 1927, in Wessington Springs, SD, to Willy and Cora Fitzgerald. She attended Jerald County School and graduated from Wessington Spring High with the class of 1945. After High School, Rogene was employed at a bank, where she worked for an insurance company and a lawyer during tax time.

She married Oran “Red” Alger in 1948. They moved to De Smet where they made their home. Oran passed away suddenly after contracting polio. Rogene married Leon Carpenter and they continued to live in De Smet. In 1981, she married Leland Hagel and they lived on a farm outside of De Smet, before moving to town.

Rogene started working at the Good Samaritan Center the second day it opened as a Nurse’s Aide. In 1974, she went to Mitchell Vo Tech to study nursing and became a Licensed Practice Nurse. After receiving her nursing degree, Rogene returned to the De Smet area and worked at various hospitals, and eventually returned to the Good Samaritan Center, where she worked until she was 73. Rogene was very dedicated to the nursing profession, and especially enjoyed working with the elderly.

For many years, Rogene was an active member of the First Congregation Church. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and belonged to Women’s Fellowship; serving in many roles. She was a member of the American Legion from 1950, in which she held all offices several times. She was an original member of the “Just a Club.” Rogene volunteered at blood drives, was an election official, a Cub Scout leader, and volunteered for many school functions.

Rogene is survived by her children Gregg (Judy) Alger, Kay Alger (Gene) Carmody, Carol Carpenter (Ron) Ridenour, Rod (Dawn) Carpenter; stepchildren Greg (Karen) Hagel, Marsha Hagel (Scott) Mutschler; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jim Carpenter; husbands Oran Alger and Leland Hagel; her parents, her brother, Fayne, and her sister, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that the memorials be made to the De Smet Community Church, the De Smet Cemetery, the Good Samaritan Center, or the American Legion.

Dorothy Fern Erickson

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Dorothy Fern (Milller) Erickson, 96, Albert Lea, Minn., and formerly of De Smet, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society facility in Albert Lea, Minn., surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in De Smet, S.D., with Pastor Kris Larson officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday afternoon from 5-7 p.m. at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. Burial was at the De Smet Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on June 25, 1920 on a farm outside of Esmond, SD to parents Emma (Fingerson) Miller and William Floyd Miller. The family moved to Iroquois, SD when she was 7 years of age and attending the 2nd Grade.  She continued school in Iroquois though the 7th Grade.  The family moved to the community of De Smet in the summer of 1934.  Dorothy attended De Smet High School and graduated in 1938.

Dorothy began her work life at Dakota Central Telephone Co. and Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. where she served as an Operator, Chief Operator, and Service Representative for the De Smet office.  After the De Smet business office was closed, Dorothy worked in several downtown De Smet businesses including the Ben Franklin Store, the De Smet News, and Peschl Meats and Locker.  For the last 10 years of employment Dorothy served in the Dietary Department at the De Smet Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1985.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Gerald Sylvan Erickson on August 11, 1941 in Brookings, SD. Two Sons, Gary and Keith, were born and raised from this marriage.

While residing in the De Smet community Dorothy was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church and UMC Women’s Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Let’s Go Club.  She always enjoyed attending social events at church, at the school, and within the community.  Dorothy was especially fond of the members of the Let’s Go Club and its monthly gatherings.  Following her retirement in 1985, Dorothy liked to travel and went on several interesting tours to Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park, and the Autumn New England area with her sister Winnie and friends.  She especially enjoyed her travel and visits to be with relatives in North Carolina, Minnesota, and California.  Dorothy spent almost every summer highlighted by a two week family vacation to the Black Hills.  Dorothy also liked to cook, sew, and work on various craft projects.

Survivors include her two sons and their spouses, Gary (Ellen) Erickson of Charlotte, NC and Keith (Beth) Erickson of Albert Lea, MN; 5 Grandchildren – Matthew, Casey, James, Kathryn, and Will; 6 Great Grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Emma and William; Husband Gerald in 1981; her three sisters Mildred Whyte, Beulah Lindsay, and Winnie Yelverton; and one brother Donald Miller.

Dorothy spent the last two years of her life in Albert Lea, MN residing at the Hidden Creek Assisted Living Facility and later at the Good Samaritan Skilled Care Unit.

Geneva Ladwig

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Geneva Faye (Domagala) Ladwig, 82, Bryant, SD, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her family.  Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, with Reverend Keith Garness officiating.  Burial will follow at Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Bryant.  Visitation hours will be Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD.

Geneva was born on January  21, 1935 in rural Erwin, SD to Edward and Ruby (Pederson) Domagala. She was the eldest of 5 children and graduated from Bryant High School.

On September 22, 1954 she married Lloyd “Bee” Ladwig in Bryant. They resided there until moving to Turton, SD in 1961 where they raised their 7 children. The Ladwig “house on the hill” was always a flurry of activity and Geneva loved every minute of it.  Everyone always knew there was room for one more at her table.

Upon Lloyd’s retirement, they moved back to Bryant in 1985. Lloyd passed away in 1990. Geneva continued living in Bryant until her move to Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls in 2016.

Geneva was always very active in her community being a member of various clubs, the senior center, the church, and was endlessly willing to help with anything asked of her. She was commonly referred to as the taxi or ambulance driver, but her favorite role was Mom and Grandma. Whether it be ball games, music programs, plays, or anything in between, she wanted to be there if her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren were involved. Her family meant everything to her. Nothing made her happier than the family gatherings of games, cards, singing and storytelling. She was incredibly proud of the “Legacy” that she and Bee had created.

Grateful for having shared in Geneva’s life are her children: William (Denise), Colleen Thill, Brian (Lori), Rolland (Olga), Lisa (Todd) Heer, and Bruce (Peggy). Her grandchildren Kristin (Justin) Nichols, Amanda (Jason) Harris, Adam (Emma) Ladwig, Jeremy (Trisha) Thill, Angela (Jeff) Nelson, Teresa (Cody) Ulven, Megan (Joel) O’Daniel, Bryce Ladwig, Travis Ladwig, Kyle (Tawnya) Heer, Kari (Toby) Heer, Kelsey Heer, Krystal (John) Niesen, Kalley Ladwig, Ella Ladwig, and Landon Ladwig. She was also loved by 15 great-grandchildren and one more on the way.

She is also survived by her brother Delvin (Eileen) Domagala and sisters-in-law, Janice Domagala, Rita Domagala, and Grace Brown.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd; a son, Calvin; a son-in-law, Dean; and a daughter-in-law, Pat.

Alice Siver

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Alice Siver, 91 of De Smet and formerly of Brookings, died on March 20, 2017 at the Brookings Health Care System. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet at 10:30 AM.  Visitation will be Friday, March 24, 5-7 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  The Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born April 17, 1925, to Alvin H. Klinkel and Irene C (Raber) Klinkel on the Klinkel farm near Bancroft, SD.  She was baptized into the Christian faith at the Bancroft Presbyterian Church.  At an early age, Alice’s family left the farm and moved to De Smet, where she grew up, attended school, and was confirmed at American Lutheran Church.

Alice, with the help of her sister, Helen, began the role of homemaker at the young age of 15, after the sudden passing of her mother.  On February 15, 1946, Alice married Alvin R Siver and they began their life together in Oldham, where the first of their five children was born.  Their next stops brought them to Howard, De Smet, and in 1953, they settled in the Erwin area, where Alice kept busy keeping a home and raising her children.  After her older four left home, and with only Charlie left, Alice went to work for the Lake Preston Manor Retirement Center for a number of years and eventually retired.  She and Alvin continued to live in Erwin after her retirement, and then resettled, for a time, in Sioux Falls, and Arco, MN.  When caring for a home became too much for them, they moved into an apartment in Brookings, where Alice unconditionally cared for Alvin until he passed away.  She continued to reside in Brookings until moving to the Good Samaritan Society in De Smet in 2014.

After Alvin’s passing, she enjoyed spending time with her family in Brookings and traveling to visit Marcia’s family and visit the farm in Arizona, Courtney Siver and David Siver Jr. in Georgia, and Wayne, Linda, and Alicia in Oregon.  Each grandchild and great-grandchild brought joy and a sweet smile to her face.  Her unconditional love for her family showed during each moment she spent with them.  She especially loved celebrating all their accomplishments, such as various awards and achievements in 4H, school concerts, birthday parties, graduations, and much more.  Alice also loved to work puzzles, read, tend to flowers on her porch, and enjoy a cup of tea with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Marcia Larsen, Sierra Vista AZ; Wayne (Linda), Salem OR; David, De Smet SD; and Charlie (Cindee), Brookings SD; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren: Barbara (James), Julianna, Jared, Jasen, Jacob, and James; Alicia; Courtney (Ron), Evan, and David, Jr; Allison, Malloree, Alivia; Katee (Bruce), Hudson, and Elijah; Jason (Stacie), Hunter, Abbie, Jonathan (Sarah), Gabe, and Owen; her brother, Earl (Jo), TN; sister, Ginger Haggeman, TX; and brother, Dick, DeSmet SD; in addition to many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; one son, Robert; parents, Alvin and Irene Klinkel; her sister, Helen Mahoney; and her brother, Jim Klinkel.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to American Lutheran or your favorite charity, in Alice’s name.

Catherine Currier

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Catherine Johannesen Currier, age 90 of Bryant, died on March 18, 2017 at her daughter’s home near Bryant.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at the United Church of Christ in Bryant, SD at 11 AM.  Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday evening from 5 -7 PM.  Burial will be at the Erwin Cemetery, Erwin, SD. Arrangements are taken care of by the Osthus Funeral Home, Bryant and De Smet.

Catherine was born on February 11, 1927, the sixth baby girl to Martin and Cora (Schanck) Johannesen. She grew up in Erwin where she went to school and graduated from high school in 1947.  She attended Watertown Beautician School in December of 1947 and opened her own shop called “Catherine’s Beauty Shop”.  She was forced to retire due to her heart attack in October of 1969.

Catherine was united in marriage to Vince Kellar in February of 1948.  They had three children together, Michael Kellar, Linda (Randy) Walkins and Lynn (Gary) Wendling.

She later married Dell (Dutch) Currier in July 3, 1965.  Dutch brought two children to the marriage, Lana and Dennis.  Dell died in 1978.  She continued to live in her own home in Bryant until her health failed.

Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Lynn and Linda, many grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley and Joyce.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Dell, a son Michael, infant sister Edna and two adult sisters, Emaline and Dorothy.C