Leona M. Brandt

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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

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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

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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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Mary Elizabeth Lowe

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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Parker) Lowe passed away on June 9, 2014 at the Estelline Nursing and Care Center.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Parker) Lowe was born October 15, 1928 to Elijah and Mary (Hallasey) Parker in Hazel, South Dakota.  She lived with her family on their farm outside of Hazel until the death of her father in 1937.  The family moved to Bryant shortly after that time.  Mary attended school in Bryant where she graduated in 1946.  After just six weeks of attending teaching classes at General Beadle College in Madison, South Dakota, she began teaching in Garfield School, a one-room schoolhouse in rural Hamlin County.  She married Mervin Lowe on New Year’s Eve in 1950.  Mary taught in one-room schoolhouses including Washington and Cleveland until 1965 when she began teaching in the elementary school in Bryant.  In 1972, Mary began teaching middle school math in the Hamlin School District.  She continued to teach in Bryant until her well-earned retirement in 1993.  In fact, the Governor of South Dakota declared her retirement, May 28, 1993, Mary Lowe Day.

Over the years, Mary taught countless children and was always a devoted teacher.  She was known for her fairness and sense of humor.  She knew the value of hard work and taught that to her students as well as teaching them that learning can be fun.  She worked full-time, helped Mervin on the farm, and raised four children; all while taking classes each summer to complete her Bachelor of Science degree from Huron College in 1968.  Mary was also a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant and its Altar Society, where she taught Catechism, was a lector, and helped in any way she could.

Some of her favorite things to do while retired included reading, tending to her yard and her flowers, visiting with her best friends, Carolyn and Kathy, among other friends, find-a-word puzzles, and of course, spending time with her family, which she cherished.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Mervin; daughter, Patrice (Walter) Wright of Mission, SD; son, Michael Lowe and his special friend Vivian Koehn of Watertown, SD; Mary Beth Grape and her husband Bob of Watertown, SD; Nichole Lowe and Rob Moeller of Sioux Falls, SD; her sisters, Jeanie (Rich) Sopkowski of Fort Collins, CO, and Joanie McBride of Bull Head City, AZ; as well as all her grandchildren, Walter Wright III, Jenna and Thomas Lowe; step grandchildren, Andrew, Cathi and James Grape, a great-grandchild, Dion Wright, nieces, and nephews, and all her friends and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Mary Parker; her brothers, Don, Neil, Jack, Jerry, and Elijah Thomas; two sisters, Francis and Alice; one son-in-law, Walter.

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Wesley Edwin Robish

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Wesley Edwin Robish, 82, died at home in De Smet on June 9, 2014.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 11th from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wesley Edwin Robish was born and raised on a farm near Hazel, SD to Edwin and Cletus (Schaffer) Robish.  He graduated from Hazel High School in 1949.  He and Lenora (De Witt) were married on June 14, 1952 in Watertown, SD.  They had four wonderful children: Robert (Mary Jo) Robish of Redwood Falls, MN, Diana (Joe) Mayberry of Atlanta, GA, Roxane (Randy) Wilde of De Smet, SD, and Cindy Finkbeiner (Gary Lenz) of De Smet, SD.  He was blessed with nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Some of Wesley’s enjoyments in life were driving the De Smet school bus, carpentry, small engine repair, keeping up his beautiful yard, roller skating, bowling, and a good game of cards.

He is survived by his wife, his children and their families, three sisters, six sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was welcomed to his heavenly home by his parents, his stepmother, Jo Robish, his grandson, Jason Mayberry, his brother, Maynard Robish, his sister, Phyllis Bochek, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

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John Martin

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John Martin, 56, of Raytown, MO and formerly of Erwin, SD passed away on May 29, 2014.  Visitation will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, SD.  Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, SD at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Osthus Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John Jeffery Martin was born June 25, 1957 to Donald and Mary (Goldsmith) Martin at Lake Preston.  He grew up and attended school at Erwin and Bryant.  He graduated High School in 1975 from Hamlin.  He attended SDSU in Brookings where he graduated with an Associates of Arts in Engineering and Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Biological Science in 1981.

He worked for the South Dakota and MinnesotaState Parks.  Later he moved to Raytown, MO.  He married his wife, Patricia Walker, on November 2, 1986.

John started working for the Kansas City Royals in 1985 (the year they won the World Series).  He then worked for the Kansas City Water District until his retirement in 2012.  He continued to work for the Royals.

John loved all sports, had a love of reading, especially the news and sports.  He worked on the ground crew for three Super Bowls.  He enjoyed gardening, collecting, and visiting family and friends.  He was a crack shot when it came to pheasant and waterfowl.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Patricia (Walker) Martin, of Raytown, MO; his father and mother, Donald and Mary Martin, of Erwin, SD; his two brothers, Joseph (Michelle) Martin of Fargo, ND and Patrick (Kay) Martin of Bryant, SD; his four sisters, Amy (Scott) McGovern of Menomonie, WI, Jackie (Mark) Jensen of Badger, SD, Lora (Brian) Hemr of Blaine, MN, and Lisa (Bill) Sylvester of Pepperell, MA; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Barr, of San Marino, CA; seven nephews; ten nieces; and one great-nephew.

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Patricia Halliday

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Patricia Halliday, 84, of De Smet died on May 30, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Arlington.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 3 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann (Wilkins) Halliday was born in De Smet on May 5, 1930, to Emma (Cavanaugh) Wilkins and John E. Wilkins.  They lived in De Smet and she graduated from De Smet High School in 1948.  Patricia then continued her schooling at South Dakota State University and graduated from there in 1951.

Patricia married Cecil G. Halliday on May 10, 1952.  They lived and taught in Minnesota and she furthered her education at Mankato State.  Patricia was a school librarian at Franklin, MN, Cyrus, MN and taught high school English in Hancock, MN and Morris, MN.  She retired in 1994 and moved to De Smet where she resided until her death.

Patricia loved to read, create ceramic and porcelain dolls, and she was a member of the Red Hat Society.  She was a religious education teacher at Assumption parish in Morris, Minnesota and at St. Thomas in De Smet.  She was also a choir member at both parishes.

She is survived by her three children, Mark Halliday of Pierre, SD, Mary (Martin) Farrell of Rapid City SD, and Kathy (Barry) Ostrander of De Smet, SD; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Halliday, Alex (Valissa) Farrell, Kristin (Ryan) Gross, Theresa Farrell, Joseph Farrell, Nic Ostrander, Caitlin Ostrander, William Ostrander, and Meghan Ostrander; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Connor Gross.

She is preceded in death by an infant son, John Ray Halliday, in 1954, her husband, Cecil Halliday, who passed away on August 9, 1981, and her parents, John E. Wilkins in January 1991 and Emma (Cavanaugh) Wilkins in December 1991.

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Sharon Aleen Kruger

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Sharon Aleen Kruger, 77, of De Smet died May 27, 2014.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, May 30, 2014, at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD, with Reverend Randy Koeller officiating.  Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery.  Visitation hours will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Aleen (Mohror) Kruger was born to Clifford and Eleanor (Sederstrom) Mohror on January 25, 1937.  She was raised in Arlington, SD and graduated from Arlington High  School in 1955.  After graduation, she attended General Beadle State Teacher’s College in Madison, SD where she earned her teaching certificate.  She was delighted to be able to use her certificate by teaching at country schools for two years.

On June 7, 1957 Sharon was united in marriage to Maurice Kruger at the Arlington Trinity Lutheran Church.  The couple resided in Brookings, SD for two years before building their farm home south of De Smet.

The farm south of De Smet was where she found joy raising three sons, welcomed grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.  Sharon enjoyed cooking at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet from April 1980 to April 2003.

Sharon had many passions, besides her family she loved to help plan weddings and social events and was very talented at knowing how to make decorations, flower arrangements, and knowing the right color combinations for everything.  She loved to collect things that she thought were beautiful such as her elaborate bears, heavenly angels, and her priceless dolls just naming a few.

She always had something to do and somewhere to go in the station wagon.  Sharon never missed the annual reunion of the Rural Young Men and Women.  In fact, she was busy planning for the up coming reunion in June that she loved so much.  She also served as an advisor and pageant coordinator for the Junior Angus Association.  Sharon and her husband were active members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 in Brookings, SD for many years.  Sharon was passionate about supporting our veterans.  Along with her fellow chapter members, Sharon would send get well cards to ill and injured vets.  She even participated with a lobbying effort to increase support to our veterans.

Sharon was a strong and loving woman.  She always made the people in her life feel extra special and priceless.  She always came to birthday parties, games, concerts, graduations, social events, weddings, and sometimes she just wanted to see the people she loved.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Maurice Kruger; her three sons, Steven, Keven, and Lonny (Chris) all of De Smet; her grandchildren, Heather Kruger, Melissa Kruger, Mathew Furness, Nicholas Kruger, Kalyn Kruger, Veronica Dahl, and LaRen (Jim) Engelkes; her great-grandchildren, Garrett Kruger, Dani Kruger, DJ Plummer, Tracy Engelkes, and Raelynn Engelkes; her sister, Vonnie (Sam) Feistner of Litchfield, MN; her aunt, Myrle Sederstrom; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Mohror.

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Irma Jacob

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Irma (Boehm, Cheney) Jacob passed away at the De Smet Good Samaritan Nursing Home on Sunday, May 25th at the age of 95.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at the LeSueur Cemetery in Bancroft.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irma was born to Emil and Rose Boehm on November 10, 1918 at Yale, SD.  She lived on a farm with her parents and attended school at Osceola and Bancroft.

She married Noel Cheney in 1938 and they farmed near Bancroft.  They had four children:  Sharon (Delver) Williams of De Smet, Larry (Connie) Cheney of De Smet, Bonnie (Al) Spaeth of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Connie (Ron) Stonefield of Sun Lakes, AZ.  Sadly, Noel passed away in April of 1956.

After Noel’s death, the family moved to De Smet where she clerked at Moore’s Sale Barn and then worked as a nurse’s aid at the old De Smet Hospital.

She married Herman Jacob in 1959.  Sadly, he passed away in 1968.

Later, Irma lived at the Prairie Park Apartments until entering the Good Samaritan Center.

She is survived by her three daughters and one son, ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by three stepchildren, Nyla Ghering of Washington, Lynda (Ralph) Broderson of De Smet, and Paul (Brenda) Jacob of Wyoming, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother, two husbands, a grandson, and a step-son-in-law.

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