Dean McDonald

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Harold Eugene Gronewold

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Harold Eugene Gronewold, age 86, of Lake Norden and formerly of De Smet passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  A visitation will be held on Friday, May 29th from 5-7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with burial to follow in the De Smet Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold was born on March 23, 1929 to Henry J. and Anna (Fichens) Gronewold near Willow Lake, SD.  He spent his childhood growing up near Willow Lake and attending the Spirit Lake country school and Willow Lake High School.  Harold would later meet and marry Audrey Dykstra on October 14, 1956 in Huron, SD.  Together they raised three sons and two daughters.

Harold farmed with his father until 1962 and continued working for other farmers until 1969 when he bought his own backhoe with which he went into the excavation business in De Smet and the surrounding communities.  From 1973 until 2005 he dug graves in the De Smet Cemetery and other cemeteries in the surrounding area.  He and his family were also the caretakers of the De Smet Cemetery during that time period.

He is survived by his three sons, Guy (Darlene) Gronewold of Erwin, SD, Lyle (Janet) Gronewold of Sioux Falls, SD, and Charles Gronewold of San Antonio, TX; his two daughters Debra (Randal) Nielsen of Howard, SD and Nyla Menzel of Citra, FL; one brother, Elwood (Vickie) Gronewold of Bryant, SD; his special friend, Doris Jorgensen of Lake Preston, SD; thirteen grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Audrey.

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Louis Le Vere Coughlin

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Louis Le Vere Coughlin, 92, of De Smet passed away on May 15, 2015 at Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital.  A visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 18 from 5-7 P.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet with a scriptural service at 7:00 P.M.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with burial to follow in the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Le Vere Coughlin was born on May 4, 1923 on a farm in Spirit Lake Township north of De Smet.  He is the son of Leo J. and Hazel Lillian (McCaskell) Coughlin.  He attended country school through eighth grade then went on to De Smet High School where he played basketball and ran track.  He graduated in 1941.

Le Vere attended machinist school in Mitchell, SD.  He later worked in Seattle, WA in 1942.  On January 16, 1943, he was sworn into the U.S. Navy.  He attended bootcamp in Farragut, ID before he was transferred to airplane machinist school in Norman, OK.  From there he was transferred to Navy gunner training in Whidbey Island, WA and later to Photo Squadron II in San Diego, CA.  He went overseas in September of 1943 where he served in Guam, Samar, Philippines, and Okinawa, Japan before being discharged in February 1946.  A couple years later he married Pearl Margie Smith on May 28, 1948 and they farmed together for fifty-two years southwest of De Smet.

He was active in the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and National Farmers Organization.  He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet.  He loved working with Hereford cattle, quarter horses, and enjoyed his favorite Border collie dog, Puppie.  He enjoyed farming with his wife and children and owning his own farm.

He was grateful for his family.  He is survived by his wife, Pearl; his daughter, Susanne (Brad) Albrecht of Arlington, SD, his son, Jim (Debby) Coughlin of Iroquois, SD, his son, John (Ralene) Coughlin of De Smet, SD, his daughter, Sheila (Monte) Gummer of Brookings, SD, and his daughter, Shelly Soukup of Reno, NV; one brother, Dale (Beverly) Coughlin of Brandon, SD; one sister, Elaine Kazmerzak of Erwin, SD; one former daughter-in-law, Susan (Jim) Schmidt of Huron, SD; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Le Vere was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jean Nieman; his son, Joseph Le Vere Coughlin; and one brother-in-law, Hurbert Kazmerzak.

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