Henrietta “Henri” Truh

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Henrietta “Henri” Truh, age 95 of Carthage, died at her own home on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Her funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Huron on Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30 PM.  Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

Henrietta May (Reese) Truh was born on October 30, 1920 to parents Charles and Rachel (Walden) Reese on the Canadian prairie, 100 miles south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on land her father homesteaded. At the age of 5, the family moved to Wisconsin where her father was born and raised and  where they farmed and raised livestock.  Henri finished eighth grade at the age of 12.  The family moved to Minnesota in 1938 and she went back to school and graduated from Mora High School in Mora, Mn, the oldest in her class.

She married Adolph Truh in 1945 in Minnesota. Together they farmed and raised four children until Adolph became ill and died of cancer in 1977.  She left the farm after 31 years and moved to Braham, MN until 1986 while raising her children and working the farm.  In 1989 she became a resident of Carthage, SD.

She worked part time for 35 years gathering facts on farm operations for South Dakota Agricultural Statistics Department.  She also embroidered tea towel for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet.  She is mostly and lovingly known by everyone who knew her as the “Pickle lady”.  She learned the art of cooking, baking and canning from her raising and developed her own commercial kitchen where she canned anything that grew in gardens.  She sold her goods and famous doughnuts at Farmers Markets at Salem and De Smet in the fall.  She loved the outings and the visiting with her many friends and customers.  She will always be remembered by those who knew her for her keen wit and dry humor.

Those grateful for having shared their life with her are her three daughters, Janice, (John) McLean of Fargo, ND, Dr. Lois Truh of Huron and Melanie (David) Hamilton of Carthage; a son, Charles Truh of Carthage; one brother, Leonard (Joanne)  Reese of Farmington, NM; one sister, Carol Reese of Howard; grandchildren , Major J Michael (RaeAnn) McLean II, Mera Colling, Heather (Bob) Rodgers, Lisa (Steve) Snow, Kari Truh, Kenneth Truh; step- grandchildren, Todd Hamilton, Carla Jones, Denise Maznio, and Troy(Dawn) Hamilton ; great grandchildren, Truman and Aubrey McLean, Evan,Rowen and Rachel Colling, Reese, Julia and Daniel Rodgers; Ryan and Alex Sabrowsky, Charles P. Truh, and Ashton, Johnathan and Kaitlyn Snow; and numerous step- great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Adolph; brothers, Charles, Fredrick and Glen; and one grandson, Jay.

Robert “Bob” Wayne Blachford









Robert Wayne Blachford, 97, died on January 12, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD, surrounded by his family, after a short illness.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet with a burial to follow at the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

He was born to John (Jack) and Bertha (Rogers) Blachford in Huron, SD on January 29, 1918.  He grew up on a farm north of De Smet.  He attended Rose Hill School and graduated from De Smet High School in 1936.  He was a sprinter on the high school track team.

Robert worked locally in De Smet for a couple of years before attending SDSU in Brookings for two years majoring in aircraft design and engineering.

He married Hazel Buckland of Bryant, SD on June 4, 1940 in Lincoln, Neb.  They moved to Baltimore MD in 1942 where he was employed by Glen L Martin Aircraft factory as a foreman involved in manufacturing the B-26 Bomber planes.  After four years, they returned to De Smet. They purchased and moved onto a farm east of De Smet where they spent their entire married life together. Hazel passed away on May 3, 1999.

Bob was always proud of the registered suffolk and dorset sheep he raised along with holstein cattle and registered milking shorthorns, brown swiss and angus cattle.  He loved his John Deere tractors and machinery and was a true John Deere man. His entire life revolved around his farming and love of the land.

He was a leader of the Cloverleaf Livestock 4-H Club for several years.  One of his greatest joys was driving around the countryside watching the planting and harvesting on the farm after his retirement.  He did custom small square baling around the area for many people. Bob and Hazel enjoyed many years of playing cards with friends and family. They attended most of their grandchildren’s sporting events over the years. Bob loved to fish.  He played bingo and cards several times a week.  He loved his companion of nearly eleven and a half years, Daisy, his dog.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne (Mel) Blachford and Ron (Monica) Blachford; one daughter, Roberta (Donald) Neu; his grandchildren, Brock (Carrie) Blachford, Dawn (Scott) O’Malley, Tony (Peggy) Neu, Nikki (Brady) Larsen, Rhonda (Cory) Ims, Tim (Jenn) Neu, Jennifer Blachford, Lisa Blachford, and John (Sierra) Blachford; 13 great grandchildren; and 3 step grandchildren.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hazel, and grandson Lee Blachford.

Roland Anderson









Roland Anderson, age 94, of De Smet died Friday, December 25, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing home in De Smet. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 31 at 10:30 A.M., at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in De Smet, with Reverend Martin Reynhout officiating. Burial to follow at the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5-7 P.M., at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.

Roland was born on September 30, 1921 to Olander and Kora (Guy) Anderson, near Britton, SD. He attended rural school in Marshall County, SD and graduated from Kidder High School in Kidder, SD. He was united in marriage to Frances Ferguson at her parent’s home in Kidder, SD in 1942. In August of 1942 he joined the United States Army and served in the Army Air Force for three years. After his time in the service he worked in Lake City, SD where he started a hardware store. In 1952 he graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science with an electrical degree. He then worked as an electrician near Sisseton, SD and in 1955 he started to work for H and D Electric Cooperative in Clear Lake, SD. In 1963 he became the manager of Kinsbury Electric Cooperative in De Smet, which he managed for over twenty years. During that time he also managed the Kingbrook Rural Water System. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and was an avid fan of the De Smet Bulldogs. He was instrumental in helping to organize the De Smet Missionary Alliance Church.

He is survived by one son, David (Jean) Anderson of Alamogordo, New Mexico, one grandson, Tony (Michelle) Anderson of Madison, Alabama, one great-grandson Lennon and one great-granddaughter Kathryn, and one sister Daphin Burchett of Lakewood, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Frances, who died June 9, 2015, two brothers and three sisters.

Carroll Poppen

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Carroll Fredrick Poppen, 68, of DeSmet, SD, went to be with the Lord on December 21st 2015 after an 18 month battle with Stomach Cancer. A visitation will be held from 5 – 7 P.M., at Osthus Funeral Home in DeSmet, SD on December 27th 2015. The memorial service will be at 10:30 A.M., on December 28th, 2015 at American Lutheran Church in De Smet. In lieu of flowers, a tax deductible memorial contributions can be made to Campaign for Mayo Clinic at https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/sslpage.

Carroll was born on March 21, 1947 to Fred and Alma (Roth) Poppen. He was a 1965 DeSmet High School graduate and married his high school sweetheart, Donna Falconer, on December 17. He was a US Navy corpsman until an honorable discharge in 1969. After graduating from Duke University, the couple made their home in Rochester, MN where they raised two beautiful daughters, Cindy and Amy. They were members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Carroll was best known for his 38 years as a Physician Assistant at the Mayo Clinic in Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). He was invited to give many lectures, participated in writing professional publications and taught as an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic. In 2009 he was recognized with the Mayo Clinic Karis Award.

Carroll was a “Pioneer” of the physician assistant profession in the Midwest. He was the President of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants in 1975 and 1995. He was awarded an Outstanding Physician Assistant honor from the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 1991.

Upon retirement in 2012, Carroll and Donna returned to DeSmet. He continued to practice medicine being employed part time at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat of Sioux Falls through their outreach facilities. Carroll was a strong leader, inspirational mentor and a fun loving friend who always encouraged others to do their absolute best. He enjoyed gardening and hunting, but fishing with friends and family the most. While having achieved many professional accomplishments over his lifetime, his favorite memories were always with his family, who were by his side through the final days of his life. He was exceptionally proud of his daughters, who blessed him with four incredible grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Donna; daughters, Cindy (Jon) Johnson of Worthing and Amy (Rob) Talley of Frisco, CO; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Johnathan, Brynn, Lyric; brothers, Lyle “Cork” (Audrey) Poppen of Clear Lake, Alan “Butch” Poppen of DeSmet; sisters, Janice (Charles) Venske of Wadena, MN, Joyce (Marvin) Thompson of DeSmet. Preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Fred Poppen, John Poppen and Paul Poppen.





Mildred Anna Hull

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Mildred Anna Hull, age 92, of De Smet, South Dakota, died December 16, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Center of De Smet. A visitation will be held on Tuesday December 22 from 5-7 P.M., at De Smet Community Church in De Smet, SD. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at the De Smet Community Church, followed by burial at the Rockham Cemetery.

Mildred (Millie) was born on March 20, 1923, to Samuel and Clara (Sohrt) Rice on the family farm northwest of Rockham, SD. She attended country school near her home and went on to graduate from Rockham High School. After attending Aberdeen Normal, Millie enjoyed teaching country school for several years.

Millie was married to Vernon Hull of the Tulare, South Dakota, area on June 26, 1949. The couple enjoyed their first years of their marriage living in South Dakota and then Iowa after their first child was born in 1951; however, health problems for Vernon found them heading to sunny California shortly after their second child was born in 1955. Vernon’s health improved in California’s warm climate as he worked first in the oil fields and then as a machinist at Disneyland.

Baby number 3 was born in California. Millie loved being a mother and a homemaker. She was a great cook and hostess to many a friend and neighbor who entered her door. She enjoyed providing childcare for others from their trailer home and also volunteering as a den mother for cub scouts, as well as a Sunday school teacher at the North Long Beach Methodist Church that her family attended. After her children were older, Millie went to work for Republic Supply in Long Beach until retirement.

Millie moved back to South Dakota to live near her oldest daughter and family after her husband’s death in 1996. As well as family, she enjoyed many new friends in De Smet and enjoyed being part of the De Smet Community Church.

Millie is survived by three children: Roxana (William) Poppen of De Smet, SD, Errol (Guadalupe) Hull of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Brenda (Joe) Nicols of Downey, California; one brother : Warren (June) Rice of Mitchell, SD; 2 sisters: Barbara (Roger) Appel and Marie Preston of Redfield, SD; along with 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon, her parents, 6 brothers (Donald, David, Richard, Philip, Norman, and John), and one grandson (Joey Nicols).


Merwin K TeBeest

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Merwin K. TeBeest, age 87, died on December 15, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD. A visitation is scheduled for Friday December 18 from 5-7 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday December 19 at 11:00 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with Reverend Randy Koeller officiating.

Merwin was born on July 15, 1928 near Castlewood, SD to John and Elsie (Vander Bush) TeBeest. He attended rural school and then graduated from Castlewood High School in 1946. He enlisted in the US Army before being honorably discharged in 1948 after serving in Japan.

In 1949 he married Nadine Schaefer. They lived on a farm for a short time before moving to Slayton, Minnesota where he managed the Peavey Elevator. In 1956 they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he began his long career with the U.S. Postal Service at the mail terminal in St. Paul. In 1958 they moved to Iroquois, SD where he worked out of Huron on the trains and highway post offices sorting mail. In 1961 he became a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1993.  For 19 years Merwin and Nadine would winter in Mesa, Arizona.

Among many of his affiliations were the Iroquois American Legion, the State Board of Rural Letter Carriers, President and Secretary of the Iroquois Lions Club, Iroquois Community Club, Iroquois Fire Department and Ambulance Association, Iroquois Housing Association and City Auditor in 1961 and 1972. He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iroquois and held several offices there before the church closed and his family transferred to the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron, SD. In 2003 Merwin and Nadine moved to De Smet and became members of the American Lutheran Church. Among his hobbies were coaching baseball and girls softball along with his passion of collecting and selling antiques.  His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren play sports.

Left to treasure his memory is his wife of 65 years, Nadine of De Smet; four children,  two sons, Gary (Alice) TeBeest of Mechanicsville, VA,  and Lonnie (Sandy) TeBeest of Spearfish, SD;  two daughters, Dixie Wagenaar of Rapid City, SD and Kristi (Bob) Timp of De Smet, SD. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.


Mary C. Spader

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God gained a beautiful angel on December 7, 2015, when Mary Catherine Spader, age 79 journeyed home to Heaven, surrounded by family.  Her love lives on through her six children, 22 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

The world was given a special gift on March 18, 1936, when Mary Catherine was born to George and Barbara Bangasser. Mary’s legacy began when she earned her teaching degree from Mt. Marty College and taught for two years at a country school near Epiphany, SD.

She had her first dance with her true love, Vincent Spader, while attending the Hunters’ Ball. Their journey together began at the altar on June 8, 1957.  The majority of their life was spent on the Spader family farm outside of Oldham, SD.

Mary’s passion for teaching led her to become a religious education teacher for over 50 years.  Her compassion for others led her and Vince to sponsor children in several countries, support the missionary work of Father Bob Spader and to be instrumental in the development of the Centro Ann Sullivan Del Peru; a school for children with different abilities.  It was their charitable work across the world that helped to make the impossible possible for many.

Mary taught us, not so much by her words, but by her actions.  She experienced the greatest joy in serving others.  Although you rarely saw Mary at the front of the room, it was her quiet strength that inspired many people to achieve great things throughout their Shaklee and Nikken careers.

Grateful for having shared in her life are Cindy (Bill) Albrecht, DeSmet, SD; Kevin (Pam) Spader, DeSmet, SD; Melanie (Dennis) Brown, Sioux Falls, SD; Brenda (Steve) Hanley, Wentworth, SD; Vickie (Ivan) Fuller, Yardley, PA; Melinda (Mike) North, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters, Joyce (Donald) Spader, DeSmet, SD; Jeannie (Gerry) Schepmann, Lexington, SC; and brother, Bill Bangasser, Benttendorf, IA; and many wonderful family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Vincent and her parents. We were blessed to witness Mary’s passion for the Lord throughout her life and will never forget how that deep faith expressed itself even in her final moments.

Our prayer now is that Mom’s reunion with Dad in Heaven begins just as their love did….with a dance.

The celebration of life will be held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in DeSmet, SD on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 10 a.m. Wake Services will be held Friday evening, December 11 from 5 – 7 pm, with rosary beginning at 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota.

Frances Smith









Frances M. Smith, age 86 of De Smet, died at her own home on October 31, 2015.  Her services will be held on Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet. Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday evening from 5 -7 PM.  There will be a private burial on Thursday prior to services.

Frances Myrtle Hansen Smith was born on November 7, 1928 at De Smet, SD to Theodore and Marguerite (Swartz) Hansen.  She grew up in the De Smet community. She attended country school and graduated from De Smet High School in May of 1947.  Frances was joined in marriage to Nickolas Smith at De Smet on November 14, 1946. “ Nick” passed away on July 5, 1983. Frances married Roy Anderson on August 15, 1987 at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church and continued to live in De Smet.

During her life she worked at Gordon’s Café, Peschle Locker, De Smet Memorial Hospital and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  She retired in May of 1987 because of health issues. During her working years, she received certification as Food Supervisor from Sioux Valley Hospital.

Frances enjoyed faithfully serving the many organizations that she belonged to over six decades. She loved decorating for the holidays and was the happiest when she was in fellowship with her family and hearing their laughter.  She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a lifetime member of the De Smet community,  her definition of family extended to the many people that she gathered with, whether it be while serving, attending church or having a cup of coffee at the Ward’s store.

She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, Chapter 13 – 8 & 40, DAV Auxiliary, VFW and De Smet Eastern Star.

Frances is survived by her children, Robert Smith  of De Smet, Nancy (Larry) Melstad of Huron, Donald (Sharleen) Smith of Huron, Richard (Judy) Smith of De Smet, Phillip  (Joyce) Smith of Omaha, NE and Connie (Glen) Ruyter of North Mankato, MN; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Madeline Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Nickolas Smith and Roy Anderson; a son Larry Jim; a grandson DJ; and a great grandson, Brandon.

Arlene Rena (Hendricks) Harris

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Arlene Rena (Hendricks) Harris, De Smet, died at the age of 83 at Avera at Home in Sioux Falls, SD.  Services will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the United Church of Christ of De Smet with Reverend Richard Poppen officiating. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Saturday evening from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at the De Smet Cemetery.

Born January 17, 1932 to Henry and Tena (Claassen) Hendricks and died October 29th, 2015 at the age of 83. She was born and raised on the home place near Spirit Lake, SD until she moved to De Smet at age nine. She graduated valedictorian of her class at De Smet High School in 1950.

Arlene married David A. Harris October 14, 1950 thus celebrating their 65th Anniversary earlier this month. They had four children: Gerry Lynn, Mark, Janae and Connie. Arlene worked as secretary for various businesses. Her last employer was as Office Manager for Bell Medical in De Smet for 20 years. She was also very active in the church, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and other community organizations over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and all her siblings: Pete, Pauline, Tena, Elmer, Henrietta, & Walter. Along with many friends and nieces and nephews those grateful to have shared in her life are her husband David, and their children Gerry Lynn (Ken) Allen of Sioux Falls, Mark (Linda) Harris of De Smet, Janae (Steve) Bell of Wilmar, Minnesota, and Connie (Bill) Kiecksee of Sioux Falls. Grandchildren are Ross (Stacy) Allen, Julie (Josh) Anaker, Jeremy (Kim) Harris, Becca Bell, Kate (Ryan) Pederson, Caroline Bell, David Kiecksee, Skye Kiecksee and Sharok Kiecksee. Great grandchildren are Beth, Abbie and Ethan Harris, Carter Allen, and Broden Anacker.


Alma Melsby

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Alma F. ( Seefeldt)  Melsby, De Smet, died at the age of 99 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD following a stroke.  Services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet. Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Sunday evening from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at the Spirit Lake Cemetery.

Alma F. Uphoff was born on March 18, 1916 near De Smet in the barn at the farm of her parents, Ralph and Anna (Jibben) Uphoff because the house was not finished yet. She was baptized and confirmed at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet.

She grew up in the Willow Lake community and graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1933.  She attended two years studying to be a teacher at Huron College earning her teaching certificate. She taught in several rural schools in Clark and Kingsbury counties.

Alma was united in marriage to Oliver Seefeldt on January 29, 1946 at Spirit Lake Church.  They farmed together on Alma’s family farm in the Spirit Lake area their entire life together. Other than teaching she was a housewife.  Oliver died July 12, 1991.  She married Lowell “Punky” Melsby on July 24, 1993 in De Smet. They made their home in Hillsboro, North Dakota. Lowell died November 12, 2002.

Alma moved into an apartment in Prairie Park Housing in De Smet after Lowell passed away.  She was a joy to the coffee group who gathered every morning to chat and wait for the mailman.  After her health began to fail she moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home where she died on October 28, 2015.

Alma was a member of the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, UPW in the church, the Willow Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and the Lively Lakers Club. She was inducted into the Texas Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 2000. She and her husbands, Oliver and Lowell, enjoyed spending their winters for more than 20 years in Texas during their retirement where she played a lot of shuffleboard. Alma was a sports enthusiast and especially fond of baseball, namely the Chicago Cubs. She knew every team and player and watched baseball on TV every night they played. She looked forward to the holidays and trips out of town with Allen and Jan LaMont for dinner and visits. Alma was an avid reader and was always up to date on what was happening in the world around her.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her nieces, nephews and step –children; Ruth Erickson, Mabel Melsby, Mary (Mark) Hagen, and Ernest Melsby; step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Alma is preceded  in death by both husbands, two sisters, one brother, sisters-in-law, brothers- in – law, and nieces and nephews.