John M. Gruntmeir

John Gruntmeir








John Martin Gruntmeir Jr., age 86 of De Smet, formerly of Iroquois died at his residence in De Smet on Thursday, 0ctober 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening October 8th from 5pm-7pm at St Thomas Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Iroquois.

John was born May 3, 1929 in Okarchke, Oklahoma to John Martin and Mary (Jueschke) Gruntmeir. He attended 12 years of school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth TX., serving as gunner on the B-36 air plane. After discharge in 1954, he returned home to Okarche and farmed with his brother Bill. Following the wheat harvest brought him to Iroquois, SD, where he met Amy McTighe. John and Amy were married on Jan. 17, 1959, at St. Patrick’s Church in Cavour, SD. The couple made their home on their farm, south of Iroquois. After suffering a stroke in Oct. 2012, they moved to De Smet, SD where he was a member of St Paul’s Catholic Church until its closing in July, 2015, then St. Thomas, De Smet. John centered his life around his family and the farm. He strived to be, and was a good farmer. This didn’t leave much time for hobbies but he loved to hunt, play with old tractors, and watch OU football and the MN Twins. His favorite pass time was visiting with people, especially about his B-36 days! He was a member of the American Legion post 0280 of Iroquois. He served on many boards, Church council, Iroquois school, Iroquois and Osceola grain elevator boards, as well as the Logan township board for at least 50 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Amy, his sons: Jeff (Tanya) granddaughter Caley Gruntmeir Volga, SD , Greg Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, Joe (Susie) Gruntmeir, Iroquois, SD, one daughter Marie Meyer, Santa Fe NM, one sister Chris Pfefferkorn, New Braunfels, TX, one sister-in-law Louise Gruntmeir, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary, brothers Robert and Bill, Bill’s wife Darlene, sister Trudy and husband Dan Hansen, and brother-in-law Don Pfefferkorn

Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers be given to favorite charity.

Robert A. Geyer









Robert A. Geyer age 86 of De Smet died Saturday September 26th, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday September 30th at 1:30pm at American Lutheran Church in De Smet. Visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home from 5-7pm on September 29th, with a prayer service at 6:30pm at the funeral home, burial to follow the funeral at De Smet Cemetery.

Robert was born July 30th, 1929 to Otto and Martha (Gehm) Geyer. He grew to adulthood in the Manchester community. He attended country school near his parent’s farm.  He graduated from the 8th grade. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After reaching adulthood he entered the United States Army in January 1952 and served his country during the Korean War. After his discharged he was united in marriage to Darlene Pladsen on May 29th, 1965 in Huron, SD. They lived in Huron until 1972 when they returned to the family farm northwest of De Smet. He farmed there until he retired due to health. He played in several bands as a drummer over the years.

He is survived by, Darlene, his wife of 50 years of De Smet, one daughter Sharon Nuttbrock, two grandsons Nathan Nuttbrock of Sioux Falls, Gavin Nuttbrock of Watertown, one sister Ruth Muilenburg of De Smet, one brother Art (Barb) Geyer of De Smet, and many nieces and nephews,

He is proceeded in death by his parents, one infant sister, one brother Richard, one nephew Wayne, great niece Lacy.


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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Viola Kurz

Viola Kurz








Viola J Kurz, age 86 and mother of Arline Koeller of De Smet, died on Monday August 10, 2015 at a Sioux Falls hospital. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 10:00 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with the Reverend Becky Senner officiating.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 5-7 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola was born on December 2, 1928 to Anton and Arline (Meyer) Steiger in College Point, NY.  She attended Jamaica Vocational High School for Girls in Jamaica, NY.  She worked as a sales clerk at the local five and dime store.  Later, she became employed at a bookbindery where she met Frederick Kurz.  The couple were married on December 19, 1954 and resided in Queens, NY.  In January of 2013 she became a resident of Good Samaritan Center in De Smet.

Viola loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed reading, word puzzle books, watching classic movies, westerns, and women’s sports.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Arline (Rev. Randy) Koeller of De Smet; one son, Robert Kurz of New York; and her grandchildren Tom, Christa, and Hannah Koeller and Robert Warren Kurz.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Frederick.

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Margaret Schultz








Memorial services for Margaret (Muser) Schultz of De Smet SD, will be held on Saturday morning, August 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet.  Visitation will be held on Friday evening, August 7 at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet from 5-7 PM. A private family burial will be held prior to services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the church or the Hazel Meyer Library in De Smet.  Margaret passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet at the age of 98 years.

Margaret (Muser) Schultz was born June 11, 1917 to Jay F. Muser and Effie Jane (Crawford) Muser on a farm six miles northeast of De Smet.  Her mother passed away in February 1919 leaving her and a nine- week old sister. Her father and the two girls moved to the Crawford grandparent’s farm to make their home until the fall of 1930.  At that time her grandmother moved to De Smet leaving her and her sister keeping house for her father.  She attended De Smet High School for two years and eight years at Rose Hill country school.

Margaret worked at the De Smet City Library in 1936-37 under a N.Y.A. program.  She married Howard E. Schultz of De Smet on July 8, 1937 at Algona, Iowa.  Spending her married life in De Smet, she also worked for J.C.Penney, K and K Co., Munger’s Café, Peschl’s Locker, the De Smet School system as a cook and part-time help for the city audit.  Margaret was a life-time member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, a life-time member of the Let’s Go Club and an American Legion Auxiliary member. Margaret and Howard’s home was always open to everyone.

Being grateful for sharing in her life are her daughters, Sharon (Rollo) Peterson and Nancy (Bob) Montross, both of De Smet;  her sons, Donald (Janel) Schultz of Canton, SD and Charles (Joleen) Schultz of De Smet; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as a host of relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a husband, Howard and one sister.

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Lucille C. Logan

Lucille Logan cropped








Lucille C. (Baye) Logan was born on May 23, 1930 to Joseph and Madeline (Mausbach) Baye in Huron, South Dakota. She graduated from Iroquois High School in 1948. Lucille was employed in the Huron and Iroquois area before marrying Jack Logan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cavour, South Dakota on May 30, 1956. They farmed near De Smet, South Dakota and she resided there until she passed away at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on July 23, 2015.

Funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, July 27th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet at 10:30 A.M. A visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 26th from 5-7 P.M. and a rosary at 6:30 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. The Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Lucille will be remembered for her lifetime commitment to her faith and family, and compassion for others. She enjoyed visits from friends and family and looked forward to hosting family dinners and celebrating her grandchildren’s achievements.

Lucille’s survivors include two daughters: Judy (Alan) Cable of Lincoln, NE and Patricia Logan of Sioux Falls. Four granddaughters: Teresa Cable of Orlando, FL, Stephanie (Nathan) Herman of Hawkeye, IA, Laura Cable of Omaha, NE, and Abby (Ryan) Alfson of Topeka, KS. One grandson, Brendan Logan of Sioux Falls, and two great-grandchildren Aidan and Emily Herman of Hawkeye, IA. Lucille is also survived by her sister Genevieve Mattson of Gainesville, FL and two brothers, Myron (Mary Jean) Baye of Iroquois, SD, and Harry (Alvina) Baye of California. Also surviving her are her husband’s sisters Margaret Sulentic of Deadwood and Lucille VanValkenberg of Arizona, a brother-in-law Paul Logan of Mitchell and sisters-in-law Helen Logan of Rapid City and Margaret Logan of Belle Fourche. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mrs. Logan in death were her parents, her husband Jack on December 14, 2003, two sisters and their husbands Lorraine (Robert) Hofmann of Huron and Marcella (Al) Mendez of Florida, a brother Leon Baye of Iroquois, and brother-in-law Kermit Mattson of FL. Also preceding her was her brother-in-law and his wife Tom (Luetta) Logan of Florida, her sister-in-law and her husband Mary (Cal) Lammers of Sioux Falls, and her brothers-in-law Chuck Logan of Belle Fourche, Bill Logan of De Smet, and Joe Sulentic of Deadwood, and a sister-in-law Louise Logan of Mitchell, SD.

Memorials may be directed to the De Smet Volunteer Fire Department or St. Thomas Aquinas Altar Society.

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Patricia Peterson

Patricia Peterson








Patricia Peterson, age 83, died on June 17, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, June 21 from 7-9 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 A.M. at Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston, SD with Vicar Brad Sanderson officiating.  Burial will be in the Lake Preston Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on June 27, 1931 to Clarence and Cora (Boyd) Hetland at Arlington, SD.  She spent her younger years traveling with her family to Texas while her father worked the orange groves.

On February 4, 1950 she married Maylan Peterson in Webster, SD.  They lived in Lake Preston for a few years before moving to Erwin to start a business.  Patricia worked for the Lake Preston nursing home for a few years before taking a job with the De Smet Hospital where she worked until her retirement as a nurse’s aide.

Left to treasure her memory are three children: her son, Kelly (Jackie) Peterson of Valley Springs, SD, and her daughters, Corky (Jerry) Smith of Lake Park, IA, and Mary (Lonnie) Petersen from Waseca, MN; seven grandchildren, Jody (Mark) Garms, Jeri (Bryce) Keene, Kim Peterson, Tracy Peterson, Candice (Kieth) King, and Jeff (Amber) Petersen, Kristen (David) Vanden Hull; sixteen great-grandchildren and one brother, Clair (Jan) Hetland; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Muriel, Yvonne, and Ruth, and two brothers, Jack and George.

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Jay Alan Purintun

Jay Alan Purintun, age 54, of Sugar Creek, MO passed away suddenly on June 16, 2015 of natural causes.  No visitation is scheduled.  Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 2:00 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jay Alan Purintun was born in De Smet, SD on December 21, 1960 to Alan and Mary Jane (Eggen) Purintun.  He spent his childhood in De Smet and graduated from De Smet High School in 1979 where he participated in football and was an accomplished saxophone player and pianist.  After high school he attended Black Hills State College.

For approximately twenty-five years, Jay worked as a large equipment operator for Northern Pipeline.  At the time of his death he was beginning a new position with Q3 Contracting Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska.

Jay was a voracious reader who loved to listen to rock and roll music.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane Purintun; his three brothers, Scott of Britton, SD, Ross of Bellevue, WA, Mark (Susan) of De Smet, SD; his two sisters Mary Jo (Robert) Robish of Redwood Falls, MN and Julie (Lee) Howell of Sioux Falls; along with many nieces and nephews.  Jay was also blessed by his extended family of friends and co-workers who lived in Sugar Creek.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, Alan, and his sister-in-law, Patricia Purintun.

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Frances Anderson

Frances Anderson








Frances Ann (Ferguson) Anderson, age 93, of De Smet passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 14th from 5-7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 15th at 10:30 A.M. at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in De Smet with burial to follow in the De Smet Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Ann Anderson was born to J.B. and Fern (Askew) Ferguson in Aberdeen, SD on December 1, 1921.  She grew up in the Watouga, SD area attending grade school in both North Dakota and South Dakota.  She went to high school in McIntosh, SD for two years.

In 1937, the family moved to Kidder, SD and in 1939, she graduated from Kidder High school.  Frances attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen for a year and taught rural schools in Marshall County.  After more education, she taught one year in the public grade school at Sisseton, SD.

In 1942, Frances married Roland Anderson and they had one son, David.  After living in Lake City, Sisseton, and Clear Lake they moved to De Smet in 1963.

She enjoyed gardening (both vegetable and flower gardens), baking, knitting, and golfing.  Frances was a charter member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in De Smet where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Frances is survived by her husband, Roland; her son, David (Jean) Anderson of Alamogordo, NM; one grandson, Tony (Michelle) Anderson of Madison, AL; one great-grandson, Lennon; and one great-granddaughter, Kathryn.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

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Lyle Robert Johnson

October 4, 1920 – March 3, 2015

Lyle Robert Johnson was born on a farm in Kingsbury County, South Dakota on October 4, 1920.  He was the eldest child or Olai Cornelius Johnson and Dorothy Denton Harrison, who had two other children:  Phyllis Margaret and Ivon Ralph.  In high school, Lyle won a scholarship through 4-H Club work to South Dakota State University and while working part-time at the SD Experiment Station, completed three academic years.  A year after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the army air corps.  As part of the Air Weather Service, he was schooled in meteorology and radar and assigned to a research project in the South Pacific.  After discharge, he did graduate work at the University of Chicago, but was recalled during the Korean engagement to coordinate the installation of a pioneering Univac computer in the Pentagon.

Lyle worked as a computer specialist at Ford Motor and in software development at Sperry Rand.  After joining IBM in 1958, he served in various technical roles and participated in the rapid growth of the computer industry.  Lyle capped his career by co-authoring two volumes that document IBM’s technical contributions to the mainframe computer industry:  IBM’s Early Computers and IBM’s 360 and Early 370 Systems.

Lyle had wide-ranging interests and continued to write articles, memoirs, and poems up until his death.  No matter where he lived, he was always a South Dakotan at heart.  In 2013, he published “Decade of Drought:  A Year-By-Year Account of Weather-related Changes in 1930’s Kingsbury County” in South Dakota History.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Emily; his sister, Phyllis Taschner; and his brother, Ivon Johnson.  He is survived by his children:  Eric Johnson of Ocala, Florida and Connie Lewis of Montgomery, Alabama; his grandchildren:  Robin Lewis of Washington, DC and Jennifer Lewis of Montgomery, Alabama; and precious nieces and nephews:  Carol Joyce Hurlbert, Joanne Groves, Ardis Taschner, Judy Thiesse, Randy Johnson, Roberta Peterson, Rick Johnson and Jolynn Kuhn.

A celebration of life service will be held on June 14, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, prior to the interment of ashes in the De Smet Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 103 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD  57231.

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