Adrian Schmahl

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Adrian Schmahl, 67, of Erwin, SD died on August 20, 2016 at his home near Erwin.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 26 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bryan Taffe officiating.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 5-7 PM at the church. Military rites will be held by the De Smet American Legion Post 138. Osthus Funeral Chapel of Bryant is in charge of arrangements.

Adrian was born on March 20, 1949 at Waseca, MN to parents Paul and Eleonor Hansen Schmahl. He moved to Hazel, SD with his parents during his childhood. He graduated from high school at Hazel in 1969.  He enlisted in the Army in April of 1968 and was discharged from the Army in May of 1971.  He then attended Vo Tech School in Watertown, SD to study building construction.  Adrian worked for several construction companies in the Watertown area before working for Campbell County as a road grader operator.  He worked for Kingsbury County Highway Dept. from 1999 until retiring in 2013.

Adrian was married to Donna Ottenbacher on April 9, 1972.  To this union, two children were born.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching football and making knives in his retirement.  He loved to garden and spending time with his dog, Spookie.

He is survived by his wife Donna of Erwin; one son Andy (Janet) Schmahl of Oneida, SD; one daughter Dawn (Chad) Preszler of Hosmer, SD; one grandson Aidan Preszler ; five brothers Paul (Imogene) Schmahl of Watertown, SD, Gary (Sammye) Schmahl of Anchorage, Alaska, Brian (Sharon) Schmahl of Webster. SD, Norman (Anna) Schmahl of Clark, SD and Don (Tammy) Schmahl of Henry, SD; two sisters Sandy (Keith) Miller of Dalhart, TX, Deb (Scott) Schindler of Austin, TX; a mother- in -law, Alma Ottenbacher of Crooks, SD; a special cousin, Lynette (John) Spitzer of St. Charles, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his father- in- law.

Betty Grace (Thue) Utesch Hart

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Betty Grace Hart of Watertown South Dakota, died on August 6th 2016. Funeral services will be held Tuesday August 9th at 11AM, at the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Watertown South Dakota. A visitation will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday until service time. Family will be present from 9am until service time. Burial will follow at Garfield Cemetery rural Bryant South Dakota. Reverend Iver Possehl will officiate. Funeral arrangement are by Osthus Funeral Home of Bryant.

Betty Grace Hart was born on July 10, 1923 to Peter & Emma (Shepherd) Thue at Bryant, SD.  She attended Cleveland #3 Grade School and graduated from Bryant High School in 1941.  She was baptized, confirmed, and taught Bible School at Garfield Lutheran Church, rural Bryant.

Betty attended Augustana College, Sioux Falls, for two years in 1941-1943 after which she taught grade school in Lake Norden for one year.  She did office work in San Francisco, CA from 1944-1947 and returned to Bryant and taught grade school for another two years.

In 1948, Betty married Harold (Hod) Utesch on Nov. 20, 1948 and she worked at the Bryant Medical Clinic.  Together, they purchased the Bryant Theatre in 1953 and she returned to teaching for another nine years until 1967 when they moved to Bloomington, MN, where she taught 4th grade for 17 years.  Hod died in September, 1983.  Betty married Stan Hart in Hayti, SD on August 18, 1984 and they made their home in St. George, UT.  Stan passed away in July 1990.

While living in St. George, she did volunteer work and took many trips.  She especially enjoyed the 3 week cruise across the Atlantic and visiting Australia and New Zealand.  With her sister and brother-in-law, she was thankful to visit relatives and ancestral places in Denmark & Norway.  Always on her “bucket list” was to visit St. Petersburg, Russia which she got the opportunity to do in August, 2014.  One could always find Aunt Betty enjoying her reading, politics, sports especially the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, doing puzzles, or handiwork especially counted cross-stitch and crochetting.  Betty returned to Watertown, SD in December 1995 to be near family.  She was an active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church along with its “Young At Heart” group, weekly Bible Study and LWML.

Aunt Betty is survived by nieces and nephews:  Ken (Jane) Thue, Waunakee, WI, Lon (Denise) Arneson, Chippewa Falls, WI, Ned (Joanie) Arneson, Hayti, Chris Thue, Dell Rapids, Mary (Peter) Manley, Wisconsin Rapids, WI & Mona (Frank) Cifaldi, Cumberland, WI, William Pedder, Oakland, CA & Jim Pedder, Orinda, CA.  Also surviving her are her brothers-in-law: Charles (Marilyn) Arneson, Watertown, and Charles Utesch, Charlotte, NC.  Her aunt, Evelyn Thue, Bryant. She is, also, survived by many cousins, special friends (which are many) and her special caretaker, Debbie Vetter.

Julie Nesson







Julie Ann Nesson, 60, of DeSmet passed away suddenly on Sunday July 31, 2016 at the De Smet Good Samaritan Center.  Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 PM  followed by a Prayer Service.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet at 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 6, 2016, followed by burial at St. Thomas Cemetery in De Smet.

Julie Ann Nesson was born February 14, 1956 in Lake Preston to Clifton Atwood Nesson and Patricia Ann (Garry) Nesson.  Julie attended De Smet Public Schools and participated in the Special Education Program.  Julie also worked in the Lunchroom at De Smet High School.  In 1976 Julie was enrolled  into the Huron Area  Adult Training Center Day Program where she enjoyed socializing and working with others.  She lived in the family home until 1980 when she moved into a Group Home operated by  the Huron Area Center for Independence.  She continued living in this setting until 1989, when she moved into a Supervised Apartment.  She enjoyed her independence, living in a couple different apartments until 2009 when she was no longer able to live independently due to health reasons.   While in Huron, Julie worked in the packaging department at Prairie Trends and in the Training Center in Production II and in the kitchen.   She moved to the De Smet Good Samaritan Center in 2010 where she enjoyed living with people she knew and receiving the best of care.

Julie enjoyed watching TV, listening and singing to music, putting together puzzles and word finds, visiting friends, going to concerts, movies and dances.  She especially enjoyed her cat and dog pets when she was growing up.  Julie also loved being an Aunt to her 3 nieces and 5 nephews.  She enjoyed taking care of them when they were little and was very proud to be an Aunt.

Julie was preceded in death by her Mother, Patricia Ann (Garry) Coughlin, Father, Clifton Atwood Nesson, Step Father George W. Coughlin.  She is survived by brothers, Bill Coughlin (Trudee) of Evergreen, CO, Tony Coughlin (Julie) of De Smet and Tom Coughlin (Kathy) of Brookings, Nieces and Nephews, Taylor, Patrick, Dillon, Lauren, Dane, Devin, Kara and Nolan Coughlin.

Eileen Goreham

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Eileen Goreham, age 83, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on July 29, 2016.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 3, 2016, at 10 AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, De Smet, SD.  Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Langford, SD at 3 PM Wednesday August 3, 2016.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening August 2, 2016, from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, De Smet, SD.

Eileen Frances (Schalz) Goreham, daughter of Peter and Mary (Ertz) Schalz, was born in Andover, SD on June 9, 1933. Eileen married the love of her life, Dale Goreham, in Biloxi, MS, on April 19, 1952.

Eileen graduated from Andover High School, Andover, SD in 1951 and from Dakota State University in May 1972, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School, De Smet, SD until her retirement in 1990.  Eileen and Dale then owned and operated Prairie Antiquers antique shop until 1999.

Eileen is survived by Dale Goreham, her husband of 64 years.  Blessed to call Eileen and Dale “mom” and “dad” are Gary (Jonna) Goreham, Detroit Lakes, MN; Dennis (Shellie) Goreham, Salt Lake City, Utah; Marcia (Gary) Borgstadt, River Falls, WI; and Sandy (Max) Ellefson, Mitchell, SD.

Eileen and Dale were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her proud and grown grandchildren include Jessica (Curt) Goreham-Voss, Julie (Jonathan) Oney, Mathias Goreham, McKinley Goreham, Mickell Goreham, Jennifer Borgstadt, Angela (Benjamin) Branum, Serina Lesnar, Chet Ellefson, Miranda (Kyle) Irby, Tera (Michael) Koupal, Katie Ellefson, and Ryan Ellefson.

Her great-grandchildren are Anna, Cora, and Audrey (Jessica and Curt Goreham-Voss); Absalom and Theodrich (Julie and Jonathan Oney); Katelynn (Angela and Benjamin Branum); Scout, Sawyer, and Stratton (Miranda and Kyle Irby); and Macy, Ashlyn, Cruise, and Riggs (Tera and Michael Koupal).

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Cletus, her infant sister, Margaret, her sister, Lorraine, and her twin sister, Elaine.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital.

LeRoy M. Noem







LeRoy Melvin Noem was born September 13, 1931 to Oscar & Mattie (Christensen) Noem in rural Erwin, SD.  He calmly passed from this earth on July 4, 2016 while under the care of family and staff of the Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at Our Redeemer Lutheran church at 11:00 AM, Bryant, SD with Pastor Bryan Taffe officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Burial will follow at Garfield Cemetery, rural Bryant, SD.

LeRoy was baptized into the Lutheran faith at East Bethany Lutheran Church.  He attended country schools in Kingsbury and Hamlin counties until his freshman year.

After leaving school, LeRoy worked at Parkers Gas Station in Bryant.  While in Bryant, he set up a date with a high school girl that caught his eye.  LeRoy purchased a couple cane poles and took Rozella fishing on their first date.  That event set a path for much of their time together.  In the spring of 1950, LeRoy started his farming career that was interrupted by a severe hail storm.  In October of 1950 he volunteered to join in the US Army, served in the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in September 1952, he then resumed his life-long passion of farming.  LeRoy farmed in Cleveland Township, retired in 2000, and continued to help on the farm until 2012.

On June 7, 1953 he married Rozella Fedt at Garfield Lutheran church.  They resided in Cleveland Township until June of 1992, when they moved to Bryant. In January of 2015 they moved to Watertown and resided until the time of his death.

LeRoy served on various Township, city council, church and school boards.  He was very proud of his service in the US Army and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was past commander of Bryant Post 37 and named District Legionnaire of the year in 2006. While serving on the Bryant city council he was very instrumental in the construction of the “Welcome to Bryant” flower planter at the Bryant City Park.

LeRoy’s hobbies included his beautiful flower gardens, hunting and fishing.  The place he loved the most was the Missouri river.  He & Rozella used a camper for many years at South Whitlock Resort until 2000 when they purchased their first trailer. Countless trips with friends, kids and grandkids were made throughout the years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Rozella of 61 years, son Douglas (Kathy) Noem of Bryant, Gene (Jennifer) Noem of Ames, IA, Wayne (Laurie) Noem of Bryant and Cindy (David) Larson of Erwin, SD, 11 Grand children and 18 great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his Parents Oscar and Mattie Noem, Mother and Father in law Elva and Marvin Fedt, bothers Clifford & his wife Betty and Orville Noem, Bother in law Dale Rasmussen and a Grandson Shaune Noem.

The family would like to suggest memorials be directed to our redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant as an alternative to other memorials.

James H. Penney

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James “Jim” Penney, De Smet, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016.  A funeral service with military rites is scheduled for 10:30 AM Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, De Smet, with Reverend Kris Larsen officiating.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, July 1, 2016, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.  Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery, De Smet, SD.

Jim Penney was born May 6, 1926, at De Smet, SD, to Bernard and Etta (Williams) Penney.  He attend rural schools in the Kingsbury County area.  He started farming and continued until he was drafted into military service in 1951.  He served his country from 1951 to 1953, spending nearly a year in Korea near the 38th Parallel.  He was proud to be a U.S. Marine, and was a recipient of both the Ambassador Peace Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.  Upon his discharge in 1953, he entered into business with a cousin, Kenneth Mears, operating 206 Service.

He married Audrey Jibben on November 12, 1954, at Davis, SD.  They lived in the De Smet area, and in 1959, the couple moved to the farm owned by his grandparents.  He continued to farm, as well as clerk at the Coast to Coast Store until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the VFW, in De Smet.

He especially enjoyed his eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, dancing, Korean Marine reunions, and watching DHS Bulldog athletics.  He and his wife proudly received the DHS “Booster of the Year” Award.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Penney, De Smet; two sons, Ron (Jeanne) Penney, De Smet; and Jeff (Diana) Penney, Torrington, WY; one daughter, Mary Ann (Brian) Brandmeyer, Germantown, IL; one sister, Bernadine (Jim) Koehnstopp, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Johnny, Leonard, LeeRoy, and Alvin “Butch”; and two sisters: Mary and Bernetta.

Joyce Borgstadt

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Joyce Borgstadt, age 87, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Avera Queen of Peace Health Services, Mitchell, SD.  Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:30AM at the United Methodist Church, De Smet, SD.  Burial will follow at De Smet Cemetery, DeSmet, SD.  Visitation will be held Sunday evening, June 26, 2016, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.

Joyce Mavis (Garrey) Borgstadt, daughter of Thomas and Nadine (Noah) Garrey, was born in Rapid City, SD on March 29, 1929. Joyce spent almost her whole life in DeSmet, SD, Graduating from DeSmet High School in 1947.  Joyce died on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 87 at Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joyce worked at the K&K Store in DeSmet as a cashier and later at the Bank in DeSmet when she met the love of her life. Maurice was a lineman for the contractor building the REA grid for Kingsbury County. Joyce was married to Maurice Borgstadt on March 15, 1949 in the DeSmet United Methodist Church and they lived in DeSmet for their entire married life. Joyce attended SDSU for training and certification as Nutritionist and Food Service professional and worked at the Good Samaritan nursing home and 12 years as the Head Cook for the DeSmet school system. She was active in the Legion Auxiliary, and church activities; as well as working with the elections and voting duties.

Joyce enjoyed her participation in church activities and socializing at the assisted living center and nursing home in DeSmet. Some may remember her from assisting with “Bingo” at the nursing home!

Honored to share his life with her, Maurice died on October 28, 2002 at the age of 77. The couple is survived by three sons, James, Mitchell, SD, Brian (Mary), Covington, WA, and Gary (Marcia), River Falls, WI. Joyce enjoyed and was blessed with eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her proud and grown grandchildren include John, Christa, Sara and Amanda (Jim & Joan); Christopher and Mary Beth (Brian & Mary); and Jennifer and Angela (Gary & Marcia).

Her Great-Grandchildren are Jacob, Jason, Rachael, Riley (Christa and Dean); Jordan, Dylan Mya and Max (Sara & Lance); Ethan, Christian and Holly (John & Heather) Gabriella and Ryker (Amanda & Rob); and Katelynn (Katelynn & Ben).

Joyce is survived by two sisters, Shirley Larson (Madison, SD) and Marilyn Pomerleau (Fridley, MN). She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice; and her brother Donald Garrey.

Judy K. Johnson

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Funeral Services for Judy K. Johnson, age 79, of De Smet, will be held on  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 P.M. at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet. Private burial will be held prior to services.

Judith Kaye (Nelson) Johnson was born on January 1, 1937 to Homer and Faye (Sleeper) Nelson. Judy lived her whole life in De Smet. In 1954 Judy graduated from De Smet High School, going on to earn her RN degree at St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron, SD in 1957. On July 31, 1957 she married Richard A. Johnson in Wheaton, Minnesota. After their marriage, they moved to a farm outside of De Smet. Judy worked in the health profession for over 40 years as an RN at the De Smet Hospital, Webster Hospital, Lake Preston Clinic, and for Dr. Louis Karlen. She and Richard then bought and sold antiques for some years. Her interest was dishes. Upon Richard’s failing health they sold their antiques and moved from the country into town, where Judy resided until she entered the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD, due to her illness.

Judy was a member of the American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD. She was a Girl Scout leader, sister of Chapter R PEO, and was a board member of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Advisory Board of De Smet.

She loved to read, play the piano, play cards with her lady friends and play games with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She had a great love for her family. She enjoyed doing crafts, baking, painting, and fixing up her home. She also enjoyed Genealogy and the history of De Smet.

Judy is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and grandparents, and a brother-in-law Larry Johnson.

Grateful for sharing her life are daughters Dawn (Roger) Larsen of Lake Preston, SD, Glenda (Randy) Odegaard of Lake Preston, SD, Theresa (Glenn) Jung of Roscoe, SD; sons Craig Johnson and friend Gayle of White, SD, Douglas (Stacy) Johnson of Mesa, AZ, Charles (Brooke) Johnson of De Smet, SD; 15 grandchildren, Tracy Drafton, Richie Gates, Brandon (Laura) Gates, Jarrett Johnson, Michelle Malone, Jason (Mandy) Odegaard, Tyler Jung, Jessica Jung and Fiancée Kyle Virchow , Taylor Maciejewski, Hailey Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Emma Johnson, Olivia Johnson; 17 great grandchildren; one brother David (Kay) Nelson of Oskaloosa, IA and one sister Glennis (Barry) Lundberg of Portland, OR; one step-brother William (Roxanne) Poppen of De Smet, SD; one step-sister Mary (Walt) Ricker of Piedmont, SD; two brothers-in-law Steve (Diane) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jay Jensen of  Omaha, NE; one sister-in-law Charlotte (Robert) Berg of Seattle, WA; and several nieces and nephews.

Judy left this world on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant… Enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

Matthew 25:21

Lois Christina Penn

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Lois Christina Penn, age 89, of Erwin, SD died Monday, June 13, 2016 in Pierre, SD after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant with burial at the Erwin Cemetery. Rev. Keith Garness will be officiating.   Visitation will be held at the church on Friday evening from 5-7 PM.  Osthus Funeral Chapel in Bryant is in charge of arrangements.

Lois C. Schlender was born August 30, 1926 at the home farm northeast of Bancroft, SD to William and Christina (Dirksen) Schlender.  She grew up in the Bancroft community, graduating from high school in 1944. She received her teacher’s certificate from Eastern State Normal School. She taught grades 1-3 in Erwin from 1945-1948.  This is where she met Lural “Bud” Penn.  She and Bud were married on June 20, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft.  They lived in Erwin and raised four children there.  In 1969, Lois became Post Master of the Erwin Post Office. She retired in 1992.  In 2014 she moved to Pierre to live closer to her daughters.

Lois was a member of the Erwin American Legion Auxiliary where she served as president and secretary, several card clubs, the Red Hat Society, and the Erwin Chit and Chat.  She was a member of West Bethany Lutheran and Our Redeemer Lutheran Churches and taught Sunday School, confirmation and held several offices.

Lois is survived by her children Jim (Patty) Penn of Cudahy, WI; Jerry (Holly) Penn of Erwin; Christine (Eugene) Tetzlaff and Andrea  (Bill) Meyers both of Pierre; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren with one more on the way; brother –in-law Jim (Vada) Penn of Odessa, TX; sister –in-law Faye Penn of Austin, TX; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special cousin Ruth Leidholt of Pierre.

She is preceded death by her husband, parents and sister Lorita.

John “Jack” Jensen









John “Jack” Dwight Jensen, 91, of De Smet, passed away surrounded by family on April 29, 2016 at the St. Therese Care Center at Hopkins, MN. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 7, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet at 10 AM.  Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM.  In lieu of flowers the family requests direct memorials to the De Smet St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, De Smet, SD  57231. Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is taking care of arrangements.

    Jack Jensen was born March 29, 1925 to parents Christopher and Bernadette (O’Connell) Jensen. Jack and his nine siblings were raised in Lake Preston, SD. A 1943 graduate of Lake Preston High School, he married Mary Margaret Braun on June 6, 1947. The couple began their new lives farming in the area and later on their farm/beef cattle ranch in rural De Smet, SD. His love of the land and commitment to soil conservation made him a longstanding supporter of ethanol and soy bean processing and an avid advocate of local farm co-ops. Additionally, he was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Kingbrook Rural Water Board, Spirit Lake Township and St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery Board.

As a couple, the Jensens raised four children — Vicki (Steve) Kattke, Rick (Cheryl) Jensen, Jill (Rich) Carroll, and Jon (Marion) Jensen.  Jack and Mary enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing and particularly loved the music of Lawrence Welk and Mitch Miller. Through the years, the couple also enjoyed bowling, golfing and bridge playing. Jack enjoyed hunting pheasant, waterfowl and deer.

The 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were frequent, and well enjoyed visitors during his final years at St. Therese Care Center. They are Gretchen (Philip) Baker and their children Graham, Charles and Henry; Jon (Jocelyn) Kattke and their daughter Hunter; Matthew (Michelle) Jensen and their daughter Michaela; Jesse Jensen; Sarah (Tim) Anderson; Ross (Kari) Johnson and children Erik and Kaia; Adam (Michelle) Johnson and children Eli and Corbin; Jaime Jensen; Austin Carroll; and Andrew (Emily) Frelich and children Vera and Beau.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; four children;  grandchildren; great- grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Kermit) Folsland, Kay (the late Francis) Hendricks, and Shirley (Lowell) Wilde; brothers Robert (Ruth) and Jerome Jensen; sisters-in-law Bonnie Jensen and Jackie Ward; and brother-in-law David Braun.

Four siblings preceded him in death: Donna Nelson, Marguerite Farnsworth, Daniel  Jensen and James Jensen.

Special thanks to James Keane, MD, the staffs at St. Therese of Hopkins and Interim Hospice for their very special care.