Violet Wendel

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Violet Wendel, age 96, of De Smet died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.  A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet on Friday, March 28th.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Violet Minerva (Paulson) Wendel was born to Rasmus and Marie (Rasmussen) Paulson on a farm near Erwin on October 1, 1917.  When she was five years old they moved to a farm by West Bethany Church.  This church was where she was baptized and confirmed along with teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.  Violet also attended Happy Hollow School, a country school near their farm.

Later on, Violet was hired to do housework in other houses around the area.  On December 27, 1940 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Wendel in Hawarden, IA.  They moved to a farm near Bancroft where they raised a family.  Violet became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft.  She continued being active in the church by teaching Sunday School, BibleSchool, and holding offices in ELCW.  She also made banners for the church and helped make quilts.

Violet loved her family and enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and their families.  They were a blessing to her.

Violet is survived by her four daughters: Karen Carlson of Lake Preston, SD; Eileen (Don) Buchanan of De Smet, SD; JoAnn (Dick) Jewell of Sturgis, SD; and Carolyn (Allan) Beyer of Madelia, MN; nine grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, nineteen step-great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

Violet is preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven sisters, four brothers, and one son-in-law, Roger Carlson.

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Hubert (Budd) Kazmerzak

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Hubert “Budd” Kazmerzak died on March 17, 2014 at his home near Erwin, SD. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant at 10:30 a.m.  Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Bryant from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Budd was born August 25, 1925 in Bryant, SD to parents Joseph and Catherine (Krier) Kazmerzak.  He grew up on a farm near Erwin. He graduated from ErwinHigh School in 1943 and later joined the US Army honorably serving his country during WWII.

Budd was married to Elaine Coughlin at St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet on June 28, 1948.  They celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 28, 2013.

Budd enjoyed being a grain and livestock farmer. In 1983 he retired from dairy farming. He experienced horse drawn equipment and modern equipment in his days of farming the land.

He was a member of the Erwin American Legion holding many officer positions including that of treasurer for over 30 years. He served on the Erwin and LakePreston school boards, Farmer’s Union and Parish Council at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant where he was a life-long member. Over the years, Budd’s hobbies included coins, guns and restoring vintage cars. He was a competitive card player and well rounded conversationalist.

Those grateful for sharing in his life are his wife, Elaine, and his five children: Rodney (Chris) Kazmerzak, Sun Prairie, WI; Sally (Ed) Wilkinson, Erwin; Douglas (Carol) Kazmerzak, Erwin; Cathy (Ron) Nelson, Lake Preston; and Beth (Pat) Amor; Sioux Falls; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Wolkow, St. Paul, MN; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ruth Finley.

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Tony Deknikker

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Tony DeKnikkker, age 51, of Lake Preston, SD died Saturday morning March 15, 2014.  There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the United Church of Christ in Lake Preston.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church.

Tony Eugene DeKnikker was born May 6, 1962 in Lake Preston, SD to Lyle and Cheryl (Arends) DeKnikker. He graduated from OldhamHigh School in 1980. He was married to Darlene Larsen on December 6, 1991 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in De Smet, SD.

Tony began working for his dad driving milk truck in the mid to late 1980’s. He later worked for Larson Manufacturing in Brookings for 11 years before he became employed by Prairie Ag Partners in LakePreston.

He loved his hobbies and spent his time doing carpentry, riding motorcycles, and watching NASCAR racing and football. Tony loved music and dancing. He had many friends with whom he enjoyed spending time. The most precious time he spent was with his children and wife during their many vacations and trips on the road. His family of daughters, sons and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

He was a member of the Oldham Baptist Church in Oldham.

Tony is survived by his wife, Darlene of Lake Preston; his children, Jayson (Bridgette) DeKnikker of Minot, ND, Tayla DeKnikker of Brunswick, GA, Dylan, Karley, Ashlyn and Stella, all at home; three grandchildren; his mother, Cheryl of Lake Preston; a twin sister, Tammy (David) Hillestad of Lake Preston; his brothers, Terry (Shelly) DeKnikker of Lake Preston and Tim, Mick and Kelly (Karla) DeKnikker of Sioux Falls; and many extended family members, all of whom are so very blessed to have had Tony in their lives.

Tony was preceded in death by his father, Lyle, an infant brother, and his grandparents.

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Idor Severson

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Idor Severson, 96, passed away at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet on March 9, 2014.  A visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday, March 12 from 5-7 p.m.  Funeral services will be at the United Church of Christ in Erwin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 with Reverend Marji Brewton officiating.  Burial will be at the ErwinCemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Idor was born on May 25, 1917 to Ben and Clara (Bjordahl) Severson at Erwin, SD.  He attended twelve grades of school at Erwin.  During World War II he served in the South Pacific as an airplane mechanic.  Idor also farmed and drove a school bus for the ErwinSchool for twenty-three years.  He also served on the Erwin Town Board as clerk and treasurer for thirty years. During his life Idor was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Erwin where he served as treasurer for several years and a member of the American Legion in Erwin.  Idor enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and watching baseball.

On October 12, 1947 Idor married Ruth Papendorf in Wausau, WI.  They made their home in Erwin.

Idor survived by his wife, Ruth, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

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John G. Baird

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John G. Baird, 80, died at his home in De Smet, SD on Thurday, March 6, 2014.

John Grant Baird was born November 2, 1933 to Clyde and Mary (Hartman) Baird at De Smet, SD.  He graduated from IroquoisHigh School in 1951. While at  IHS, he was active in basketball, track, football, drama, yearbook and boy’s state. Following high school he attended DWU for one semester and earned a letter in football. He returned to the farm when  his father’s health began to fail.

On March 29,1953 John married Marlys Currier at the Bancroft Presbyterian Church. They continued farming and raised their five daughters in the Iroquois community. After 52 years of marriage, Marlys preceded John in death on February 17, 2006. During their life together they loved to travel and visited many countries of the world.

On July 23, 2011, John married Billie Blue Ogren in De Smet, SD. They made their home together in De Smet and Florida.

John loved to enjoy all life had to offer.  He played baseball and fast- pitch softball for years and was a life-long member of the IroquoisMethodistChurch, where he was the building chairman. He served for many years on the Iroquois School Board and Iroquois Community Club. He was on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Iroquois Housing Authority. He was active in the Farmer’s Union and Stock Growers.

Over the years John enjoyed his many jobs. He worked for 7 years at Armours . Besides the farm he loved, he also ran a seed business for 55 years. Later he could be found at the sale barns buying cattle for himself or others. John said he loved the seed and cattle business “ because of the many fine people he met over the years”.  He had the honor of being chosen Outstanding Young Farmer in 1965 and top seed salesman in the US for Cargill Seeds for 2 years.

You could find John in many different places. He loved to visit, play cards, spend time with family at the lake, drive his daughters to baton contests, travel to see his grandchildren, golf and fish. He loved his second home in Florida since 2010.

Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Billie Baird; five daughters, Jeany (Doug) Salter, Huron; Kathy (Rod) Hofer, Brookings; Sandy (Lonnie) TeBeest. Spearfish; Cindy (Tim) Huber, Whitewood; and Debby (Jim) Coughlin, Iroquois: 13 grandchildren; Kacy (Phil), Tory(Matt), Jay, Amber (Tim), Angie (Chris), Sheena (Jim), Bryce (Jackie), Brett (Kendall), Jon (Ashley), Chris, Lexi (Ray), Brittany (Bryan), and Alex (Christa); 7 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Stacia (Bryan) Sneesby, Lake Preston, Shelly (Eric) Hanson, Emmetsburg, IA; 4 step- grandchildren: Megan (Ryan), Hillary, Brad, and Holden; two step-great grandsons; two sisters- in-law, Carla (Dallas) Freeman, Grimes, IA and Lauryce (Roger) Stilwell, Versailles, MO.

John is preceded in death by his parents, three infant siblings, his wife Marlys, and one sister, Mary Ann Maass.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 9, from  4-6 PM at the United Church of Christ in De Smet with a prayer service at 6 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 10:30 AM at the UnitedMethodistChurch in Iroquois. Arrangements are being handled by the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

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Rolland Thoreson

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Rolland Thoreson, 77, of Bryant passed away Friday at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Rolland was born on April 10, 1936 to Lloyd and Blanche Thoreson of WillowLake. After beginning his schooling at a country school, he transferred to WillowLake where he completed elementary and high school. He attended SDSC until winter of 1957 at which time he joined the Air Force. He served four years, primarily in Mill Valley, CA. After discharge, he moved to Minneapolis where he was employed by Unisys.  After early retirement from there, he took on a maintenance position  at St Lawrence Catholic Church on the U of M campus where he worked until moving to Bryant in 2001. He married Margie Griffith of Bryant in 1962 and fathered two sons, Glen and Eric. He also had two grandchildren he loved very much.

Rolland enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, puttering around the house and yard, early morning coffee at Cenex and his pride and joy, his two “collector” cars. He was dearly loved by and will be sadly missed by his wife, sons, grandchildren, other family members and friends. He is survived by wife, Margie, sons Glen (Valerie), and Eric (Lisa,) grandchildren Evan and Amelia, nephews, nieces and other relatives.

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Emma Grace Weelborg

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Emma Weelborg, 91, of Bryant and formerly of Vienna, died on February 25, 2014 at Prairie Lakes Hospital. Her services will be held on Saturday, March 1st at 10:30 AM at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vienna.  Visitation will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant from 5-7 PM on Friday, February 28th.  Osthus Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Grace Iverson Weelborg was born September 12, 1922 to Henry and Elva (Horswill) Iverson on a farm near Vienna, SD.  She attended school at Vienna and Bryant.  Emma was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

Emma was united in marriage to LaVerne Weelborg on September 8, 1941 in Hartington, NE.  Emma and LaVerne farmed in the Vienna and Bryant area for thirty-eight years.  Emma worked at Parkview Care Center in Bryant for several years before helping LaVerne operate the Vienna Bar in Vienna.   After she moved into Parkview Apartments, her greatest joy was visiting with other residents and her family.

She will always be remembered for her gracious smile and her helping ways.  Emma enjoyed her gardening, playing cards, and making quilts for everyone.  She was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vienna and a member of the Vienna Senior Citizens.

Those grateful for having shared her life include:  two sons, Merlyn (Leanne) Weelborg of Hayti, SD and Wayne (Susan) Weelborg of Lake Norden, SD; three daughters, Jean Vickers of Yakima, WA, Bonnie (Douglas) Moeller of Bryant, SD, and Cathy (Mark) Stormo of Bryant, SD; twelve grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren; other relatives, friends, and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Iverson of Watertown, SD.

Emma is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, LaVerne, two sisters, Letty Hookie and Elgie Antijunti, two brothers, Roy Sund and Alvin Iverson, and one grandson, Jay Weelborg.

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David John Wilson

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David J. Wilson, 46, of Lake Preston passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  Visitation will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, SD from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, SD with burial at a later date.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David J. Wilson, the son of John and Anna Wilson, was born on August 24, 1967 in Trenton, New Jersey.  David grew up in Allentown, New Jersey where he attended school through the fifth grade.  In 1979 he moved with his family to a farm near De Smet, South Dakota where he attended school starting in the sixth grade until he graduated in 1985.  After graduation, David enrolled at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD where he studied the building trade.  In 1988 he decided to move to Princeton, NJ where he worked for Princeton Pool and Patio.  One year later, in 1989, he moved down to Florida where he worked for Reed Pools and attended Amira Technical Institute studying heating and air conditioning.  On January 12, 1991 David was united in marriage to Pamela Toombs and together they raised four children.  David and his family returned to De Smet in 1995.  That July, David began Dave’s AC & Heating. Based in De Smet and later Lake Preston, where he owned and operated this business until his death.

David was a loving father, son, and brother.  He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycles and his favorite football team, the Pittsburg Steelers.  He is remembered for being a very hard working man who also loved cooking for his kids, camping and taking trips with his family.  David was a very fun loving, outgoing person who was the life of the party wherever he went.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his four children: Guinivere, Jaimie, Bohdi, and Amber of Lake Preston, SD; his ex-wife, Pamela Wilson of Lake Preston, SD; his parents, John and Anna Wilson, of De Smet, SD; his sister, Mary (Terry) Tom of Ottsville, PA; and one godchild, his niece, Sophia Tom, also of Ottsville, PA.

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Larry Apland

Larry Apland passed away on February 18, 2014 at the Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital.  A cremation is planned and no services have been arranged at this time.  If you would like to leave a condolence for the family please click on “Leave A Comment” located above.

Floyd K. Abrahamson









October 21st 1919 – February 10, 2014

Floyd K. Abrahamson, 94, Brookings, SD and formerly a long time resident of De Smet, passed away Feb 10, 2014 at a Brookings Care Center.

Services for Floyd Abrahamson have been set for Thursday, Feb 13 at 11:00 AM at the AmericanLutheranChurch in De Smet. Visitation will be on Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

Floyd was born to Martin Abrahamson and Mary (Torkelson) Abrahamson at their farm home near Oldham.  He grew up in the Drakola community and attended school there also.  He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Oldham.  Due to his father’s death, Floyd was unable to continue his education.  He had an interest in working with his hands so he studied watch repair under Gunder Sorstad at Lake Preston.  In 1941 he opened his jewelry store in De Smet, doing mainly watch repair.

World War II caused many changes so he closed the store and was enlisted in 1942.  Floyd received training in the teletype division in New Jersey, and California.  He served in New Guinea for 3 years.  Floyd returned to De Smet and reopened the Jewelry and Gift store in 1946.

He married Vera Grotta in 1947.  Together they worked to build a business that grew and expanded until they retired in Dec.  1985.  They had two daughters, Linda and Laurel, who were great help in the store during their high school days.  He was very active in the community as he served on the City Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and many church committees.  Floyd helped organized the Senior Golf League and the De Smet Wood Carvers Group. The Wood Carving gatherings brought great joy to his life.  He was also instrumental in getting the De Smet Hospital built and later the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  Floyd and Vera traveled to Arizona for 10 years in order to enjoy great climate and wonderful friends.  Due to health concerns, they moved to Brookings in 2008, to be near their family.

Floyd was a kind, thoughtful man who could talk to anyone and make everyone feel comfortable.  He spent his life fixing things and helping others.  He spread his faith in God by giving his hand-carved crosses to friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Vera, and daughters, Linda Hegg of Roseville, MN and Laurel Wengler and son in- law Michael Wengler of Brookings,  five grandchildren; Erik Hegg (Lisa Brumm), Karin (Christian) Twigg, Jerrod (Melissa) Wengler, Crista (Lee) Saeger, and John Wengler (Elizabeth Bosworth) and a special nephew, Bradley (Buster) Stearns. He has five great grand daughters and one great grandson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Melvin, Clayton, two sisters, Lyla and Dorothy.

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