Alona Scotting









Alona Marie Scotting, age 61 of De Smet, passed away peacefully at her home on December 7, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous one year battle with cancer.  The memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th at 10:30 AM at the De Smet Event Center in De Smet with Pastor Randy Eisenbeisz officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.  A visitation will be held at the Event Center on Tuesday, December 13th from 5-7 PM.  Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements for the family.

Alona Marie Squires was born on October 13, 1955 in Hendricks, MN to Ralph and Stella Squires.  She grew up on a farm near Brandt, SD and attended country school, Astoria High School and graduated from Clear Lake High School.

On April 20, 1974 she married Kevin Scotting in Brandt, SD.  From their marriage three children were born, Tabitha, Timothy and Toby.  Alona worked 12 years at the Hamlin County Register of Deeds office in Hayti, SD.  After moving to De Smet, she worked for 20 years at the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office as a secretary and dispatcher with the past 12 years working with her husband. Alona enjoyed camping, riding motorcycle and gardening.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband Kevin; her daughter Tabitha Ohman (Jim Behm) of De Smet; two sons, Timothy (Sandra) Scotting of Erwin, SD and Toby (Angie) Scotting of Estelline, SD; 7 grandchildren Dashia Ohman, Ayden Behm, Chase Behm, Drake Rust, Kelsey Scotting, Allie Scotting, and Alaina Scotting; 1 great grandson, Bennett Ohman; a sister, Sandra (David) Solem of Clear Lake, SD; and three brothers, Roger (Helen) Squires of Hayti, SD, Ronold (Cheryl) Squires of Estelline and Randall Squires of De Smet.

Alona is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Roddy (Rod) Lane Vincent









Rod Lane Vincent, 56, of Badger, SD passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 after a 6-year battle with Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer.  A funeral service with military rites is scheduled for 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington, SD, with Pastor David Patterson officiating.  Burial will follow at Erwin Cemetery, Erwin, SD.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, December 5, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington.  Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, is in charge of arrangements.

Rod Lane Vincent was born on August 22,1960 in De Smet, SD to Roland (Red) and Jean (Steever) Vincent.  He grew up in Erwin, SD and attended school there until the school closed; they later moved to Lake Preston.  In his younger years, Rod made many memories livin’ it up with his brothers and buddies from the De Smet, Erwin, and Lake Preston area.  Rod was a member of the 153rd Engineer Battalion out of De Smet from May of 1978 to May of 1984.

Rod married Ruth (Doescher) Vincent on May 23rd, 1980 in Arlington.  She then began trying to tame some of the “Vincent” out of him. They made their forever home in Badger, SD where Rod was a member of the Badger Volunteer Fire Department. From their marriage, three children were born: Jesse, Jamie, and Haley.  Rod loved watching his children grow up and especially enjoyed following their sporting events. They specifically remember hearing his voice from the crowd with his opinion on how they were playing.

Rod and Ruth spent a lot of their time continuing to be devoted Arlington Cardinal fans and rarely missed a sporting event. Rod also enjoyed riding his Harley and just hopping in the car for long road trips with Ruthie.

Rod was a hard worker and had many various jobs throughout his life, most of them being mechanic work.  For the past 26 years, Rod was employed at Arlington Community Oil/Arlington Farmers Elevator/Prairie Ag Partners, starting out as a shop hand, then moving on to bulk fuel driver, and eventually becoming manager.  Several of his greatest friendships were built there with the employees, patrons, and farmers.

Rod was also an avid dirt track racing fan and pit crew member for his favorite driver, #37 Scott Ward. He spent most weekends in the spring and summer enjoying the races and even made trips to Texas and Arizona with his racing buddies.

In Rod’s 6-year battle with NETS, he did many different treatments to ward off his cancer including an 18-month clinical trial out of Iowa City with Dr. O’dorisio, one of the top NETS specialists in the US.  He also traveled to Denver to see Dr. Liu another specialist and was currently under the care of Dr. Addo in Watertown. He fought a long, courageous battle.  We are all proud.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 36 years, Ruth Vincent, his son Jesse (Jeani) Vincent of Arlington and their children Ellisyn, Emarie, and Easton; son Jamie (Darcy)Vincent of Brookings and their sons Hudson and Hunter; daughter Haley (Taylor Kurth) of Hendricks, MN; brother and sisters, Jake Vincent of DeSmet, Coleen Vincent of Park River, ND, Dianne Mulder (Troy Damm) of Badger, SD, Tonya (John) Kukowski of Jamestown, ND, Carson (Loretta) Aaneson of Laramie, WY, Chip (Lynn) Aaneson of Laramie, WY, Susan Dieckman of Sioux Falls, SD and Tim(Christie) Aaneson of Farenam, NE and several nieces and nephews.

Rod is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother Mark, sister Vonnya, step-brother Stewart Aaneson, and many aunts and uncles.

In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials and donations to Brookings Health System, Hospice Care in Rod Vincent’s honor.

Larry Allen Hagemann






Larry Hagemann, age 72 of Howe, TX died on November 25, 2016 at his home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet at 2 PM.  There will be  visitation one hour prior to services .  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery following services.

He was born to Kurt and Eva (Hahn) Hagemann on November 15, 1944 in Ramona, SD.  He married Ginger Klinkel on September 5, 1971 in South Dakota.  He retired after 36 years with Zodiac (formerly Weber) in Gainesville, TX.  He served in the United States Air Force from February 1, 1968 until an honorable discharge December 9, 1971.  He was an elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church at Whitesboro, TX.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger of Howe, TX; a daughter, Jennifer (Larry) Pritchett, Howe, TX; one son, Lallen (Ashlie) Hagemann, Denton, TX; two granddaughters; one grandson;  one great grandson; one brother, Kurtus Hagemann; and three sisters, LaVayne Hutchinson, Val Rankin and Bea Wadsworth.

In  Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, Whitesboro, TX.

Marie J. Pommer









Marie J. Pommer, age 97 of De Smet, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  Her funeral services will be held on Monday, December 5th at 10:30 AM at the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Willow Lake, SD.  Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Sunday evening from 5-7 .Burial will be in the Collins Cemetery, Willow Lake.

Marie Jeanette (Douglas) Pommer was born on February 12, 1919 to Willam and Alice (Heckman) Douglas in Long Beach, CA.  The family moved back to Willow Lake, SD when she was 6 weeks old.  She graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1936 and attended General Beadle College in Madison, SD.  She had many memories of teaching in a country school.

Marie and Arnold Pommer were married on May 29, 1938. They enjoyed playing cards, taking trips with friends and music.  Marie spent lots of time playing the piano.  She was the choir director for many years at the Presbyterian Church where she was a member.  They moved to De Smet in 1984 and made many new friends.

Marie is survived by two daughters, Ellen (Wendell) Schubloom of De Smet and Virginia (Tony) Wenge, Mesa, AZ; one son, Kevin Pommer, Mesa, AZ; one sister, Alice Doscher, Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Eileen Hutchings; nine grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; and fourteen great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Arnold; one daughter, Nancy; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Stuart and Kenneth.

LaJoy Thompsen








LaJoy Thompsen, age 86 of Esmond, SD, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Sun Quest Health Care Center in Huron, SD. Memorial services will be held on Monday, November 28 at 2 PM at the Esmond United Methodist Church in Esmond with burial in the Esmond Cemetery prior to services on Monday at 1 PM.

LaJoy Jean Clendening was born to Les and Emma (Engel) Clendening of Esmond, SD, on July 8, 1930, at the Sprague Hospital in Huron, SD.

She attended school for the first nine years at Esmond, and graduated from Carthage High School in 1948.

Her dream of being a nurse was realized when she graduated from the Methodist State Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.  She worked in Minneapolis, MN, Lake Preston, and De Smet.

LaJoy married Chris Thompsen on August 22, 1953, at the Esmond Methodist Church, of which she has been a life-time member.  In the spring of 1954, they moved from De Smet to the Esmond community, where they continued to live and farm.

She has been a resident of the Sun Quest Healthcare Center in Huron since March, 2016.

LaJoy was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and staunch supporter of the Esmond area.  She was involved in the church, choir, 4H, Ladies’ Aid, Extension Club, the Esmond Centennial in 1985, and whatever the small community of Esmond had to offer over the years.

Survivors include daughters, Lynette (Larry) Steiner, Holstein, NE; Barbara (Faustino) Topete, South Sioux City, NE; a son, Gregory (Carol) Thompsen, West Palm Beach, FL; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; brother Marlin (Jeanette) Clendening, Esmond, SD; sister-in-law, Marilyn Tormanen, Lake Norden, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Chris on May 27, 1999.

Mabel Forbes









Mabel Ann (Tschetter) Forbes, 90, De Smet, SD, died Friday, November 18, 2016, at Avera De Smet Hospital, De Smet.  A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 AM Monday, November 21, 2016, at Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet with burial at Collins Cemetery, Willow Lake.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Mabel Ann Tschetter was born on April 5, 1926, on a farm northwest of Carpenter, SD to George P. and Anna (Glanzer) Tschetter.  She attended the Berry Country School near Carpenter, and continued her education at Willow Lake High School.  When Mabel was 15 years old, her mother died, so she remained home to help with the household chores.

Mabel was united in marriage to Virgil Forbes on September 23, 1946.  The couple spent 52 years together on their farm in Spirit Lake Township near Willow Lake.  Virgil passed away in 1998, and Mabel remained on the farm until 2008, when she moved to De Smet, where she truly enjoyed her neighbors and friends.

Virgil and Mabel were blessed with 5 children, Larry, Sharri, Lyle, Linda, and Darlene.

She was a member of the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet, where she was baptized .

Those grateful for having shared her life include her son, Lyle (Cheryl) Forbes, Bancroft; daughter, Linda (Darrel) Mandernach, De Smet; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Larry Forbes; and two daughters, Sharri Zell and Darlene Reuter; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Forbes; sister, Harriet LaBore; and three half-brothers Peter and George Tschetter, and Marlin Gross.

Thelma Hayden









Thelma I. Hayden, age 87 of De Smet died on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at her home.  Her services will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet on Saturday November 19 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be on Friday from 5-7 PM also at the church. Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet is in charge of arrangements for the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests the charity of your choice.

Thelma Irene ( Herll) Hayden was born on a small farm near Epiphany, SD on July 21, 1929, the fourth of 5 children born to Mathias and Lucy Herll.  She attended elementary school Green Valley Country School near Roswell. SD, her first three years of high school at Argonne High School and her senior year at St Agatha High School in Howard, SD.  She worked for a brief time in Sioux Falls, SD before returning to Howard.  While in high school she met the love of her life and married Jack Hayden on April 26, 1949 at Carthage, SD and lived on a farm 10 miles south of De Smet.

Thelma was a full-time homemaker doing all the things a farm wife does while she and Jack raised six children.  She gardened, canned and raised chickens.  She was active in her community as a 4-H leader, Community Club, and NFO member.  She was very active in her parish where she served on the Ladies Alter Society, taught catechism classes and served as a eucharistic minister at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Jack passed away October 16, 1971.  Thelma managed to fulfill the dream she shared with Jack and eventually paid off the mortgage on the farm. She sold the farm in 1992, and continued to live in the farm house until September of 2011.  At that time, she moved into the Prairie Park Apartment complex in De Smet.  For years she enjoyed traveling to Madison for dance night with friends she had met there. She was a loyal blood donor to the Red Cross during her life.

Though her children lived throughout the Midwest, she stayed close with them, spending holidays and family reunions together. She is survived by three daughters, Margaret, Theresa and Patricia; two sons, Thomas and Joseph; 10 grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Barb.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack; son Stephen; three sisters; one brother; and a daughter-in-law Felice.

Joseph E. Doyle









Joe E. Doyle, 85, of Erwin, SD, died Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD.  Services have been set for Friday November 4th at 10:30AM at the De Smet Community Church in De Smet with Pastor Marjie Brewton officiating. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 5-7PM. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born to Bernard (Barney) and Nora Doyle on April 18, 1931. He graduated from Erwin High School in 1949 and while farming, worked for a potato company until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1953.  He received an honorable discharge from the Army when he was called home to care for his parents and the family farm. He married Rosene Larson on June 14, 1952.

Living in the Erwin area all of his life, he prided himself on never moving more than 5 miles from where he was born. Farming was his passion. With his brother Jim he raised livestock and crops all of his life:  he “fed a lot of cattle”.  Special highlights of his life included being featured in The Farmer magazine for exceptional alfalfa yields, being recognized for doing business at the Sioux Falls Stockyards for 50 years, and recently driving the first tractor he ever owned in the Largest Parade of Classic Tractors in Nebraska in 2012.  Joe was an avid storyteller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosene, his brother Johnny, and sisters Frances and Elaine.

Survivors include his three girls, Dixie (Allen) Wilde of Hartford, SD; Diane (Greg) Hiles of De Smet, SD, and Denise (Rod) Cundy of Ankeny, IA; grandsons Dylan, Darin and Lance, granddaughters Danielle, Darcie, Misty, Chelsea, and Taylor, 10 great grandchildren, a special friend, Dorothy Davis of De Smet, SD and his brother Jim. He was anxiously awaiting his 11th great grandchild in December.











Mayo Ross Muser









Mayo Ross Muser, age 58 of Bryant, SD died October 30, 2016 at the Parkview Care Center in Bryant. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 AM at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston.  Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday evening from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at the Erwin Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is taking care of arrangements.

Mayo was born on November 1, 1957 at Lake Preston Memorial Hospital to parents LeRoy (Tack) and Marie Muser.  He grew up in the Erwin community and attended school in Erwin through the sixth grade. He then attended Lake Preston School graduating in 1976.

After graduation, he attended college at Bozeman, MT and Las Vegas School of Gaming.  He married Dawn Holland in 1979. To this marriage three children were born.  He worked in the construction business until he was forced to retire due to health reasons.

He is survived by his children, Tyler Muser of Benson, MN; Amber Muser of Apple Valley, MN; Ashley (Casey) Crabtree of Madison, SD; three grandchildren; his mother and step-father, Marie and Verne Larson of Parkston, SD; one brother, Darrel (Ann) Muser,  Erwin, SD; three sisters, Carol Muser,  Rapid City, SD, Janel (Doug) Brown,  Rapid City, SD, and Joan (Larry) Marso, Marion, SD.

He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy (Tack) Muser.

Dean McDonald


Dean McDonald age 79 of De Smet, SD died August 22, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD after a brave battle of cancer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 26th at 10:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held at the church from 5-7 PM on Tuesday August 25th with a prayer service at 7 PM. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean was born on July 12, 1936 in Alpena, SD to Joseph and Miriam (Tremblay) McDonald. When he was a small boy, he moved to Garretson, SD and called the town home until he entered the Army in 1954. He was stationed in Germany before returning to the States. While remaining in the National Guard, he started work at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls.

He met the love of his life, JoAnn Bauman, and after a three month courtship, they married on September 23, 1961. They had four children: Cathie, David, Sean, and Diane. His life centered on his wife, kids, and faith.

In 1976, the family moved to De Smet where Dean managed the new Raven Industries plant. Throughout life, Dean enjoyed golfing, hunting, and traveling. He took several extensive trips with his family in the U.S and Europe, going across “the pond” four times. He said, though, that his favorite pastime was spending time with family. Family gatherings were always filled with laughter and love.

Aside from his family, one of the things he was most proud of was his service to his country. After 44 years of service, Dean retired from the National Guard as a Master Sergeant. Shortly after, he retired from Raven Industries in 1999. He had been a loyal employee there for over 33 years. These long-term commitments are indicative of the loyalty, faithfulness, and devotion that he embodied.

Dean was also a voracious learner. In fact, he was considered the “go-to-guy” before Google. He was a quiet man with a soft heart, but he had a beautiful sense of humor that he exercised frequently to the delight of those around him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn; sons, David (Jennifer) McDonald of Hill City, SD, and Sean (Jenny) McDonald of Colton, SD; daughter Diane (Troy) Sturgeon of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with a third on the way; brother John (Polly) McDonald of Rock Rapids, IA, Bruce McDonald of Sacramento, CA, Ron McDonald of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters Ethel (Bill) Schraad of Edmond, OK, Kay McDonald of Santa Cruz, CA, Sheila (Walt) Wolles of Mountain View, CA, Pat (Bud Dickerson) McDonald of Palm Desert, CA, Jeanne (Kim Nagel) McDonald of Brandon, MS, and special friends and neighbors Terry and Trisha Holland and boys.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Cathie, his brothers Phillip and Gary, and his parents.

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