Blanche Dora May Stubbe

Blanche Stubbe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanche Dora May Stubbe, 92, of De Smet died on February 14, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home.  A visitation will be held on Friday, February 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with Reverend James Truesdell officiating.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Blanche was born on January 13, 1923 at a farmhouse south of De Smet to Hershal and Jenny (Samuel) Trewatha.  Blanch moved to Forestburg as a small child.  When she was four or five years old they moved again to Oldham and then Lake Preston.  She attended school in Lake Preston and graduated from Lake Preston High School.  After graduation from high school she worked as a telephone operator for Ma Bell in Lake Preston.

On December 2, 1945 she married Clarence Stubbe.  After their marriage they lived on a farm north of De Smet until 2000 when they moved into De Smet.  After Clarence’s death in 2007, Blanche moved into the Good Samaritan Home.  She felt blessed there and loved the people and activities.

Blanche devoted over fifty years to the United Methodist Church.  She was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, Superintendent of the Sunday School, taught lab schools, and held many other offices within the church.  She also worked at the Lake Preston Manor as activity director, was a member of the extension club, and organized many short tours.

Blanche was a devoted homemaker who cherished her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She was a great baker, loved to garden, and was a self-taught artist who liked to paint with oils.

She is survived by her son, Marlyn (Rita) Stubbe of Brandon, SD; her daughter, Madonna (John) Riley of Mobridge, SD; five grandchildren: Jennie (Al) Whitten of Parkersburg, WV, Todd (Morgan) Stubbe of Parkersburg, WV, Kara and Alissa Riley of Moorehead, MN, and Leah Riley of Eden Prairie, MN; two great-granddaughters, Emma Stubbe and Olivia Whitten; two step-grandchildren, Grant Gauer of Lincoln, ND and Tessa Gauer of Minneapolis, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert, along with several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvey Dunn Society, PO Box 271, De Smet, SD  57231, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home or Compassionate Care Hospice at 411 Calumet Avenue North, De Smet, SD 57231

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Fanchon Rounseville Harper

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Fanchon Rounseville Harper, 84, formerly of De Smet and Custer, passed away at the Huron Regional Medical Center on February 13, 2015.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with burial at a later date.  There will also be a memorial service held at the Lutheran Church in Custer, SD on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fanchon Rounseville Harper was born in De Smet, SD on September 2, 1930 to Selmer and Grace (Crawford) Lee.  As a child she grew up in the De Smet area.  Her early schooldays were spent in a small country school near Lake Henry.  As a teenager she attended De Smet High School and graduated with the class of 1948.

On June 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to John (Jack) Rounsville in De Smet.  They lived and raised a family in De Smet for many years.  Fanchon worked for Merwin Hyink Furniture for several years before she began managing the Zimmel Furniture store in De Smet until 1976.  She then worked for Raven Industries until she retired.

After her retirement, Fanchon and Jack moved to Custer, SD.  Sadly, Jack passed away in 1994.  Fanchon married again in 1996 to Dale Blessing and they lived a happy life until he passed away in 1999.  Then in 2003 Fanchon married Albert (Hugh) Harper.

Fanchon is survived by her husband, Albert (Hugh) Harper of Custer, SD; her sons, James (Karla) Rounseville of Sioux Falls, SD and Jody Rounseville of Custer, SD; her daughters, Leann (Michael) Moeding of Huron, SD and Jacky Schamber-Bertram (Roger) of Brandon, SD; one brother, Roy (Verna) Lee of Mesa, AZ; one sister, Audrey (Jerry) Ikast of Brookings, SD; one sister-in-law, Jackie Lee of De Smet, SD; four step-children; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, her husband, Dale, and one brother, Milton.

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Betty Combs

Betty Combs, 82, from De Smet passed away on February 6, 2015.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Burial will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean (Macheel) Combs was born on March 11, 1932 to Erwin and Bertha (Gehm) Macheel on a farm near Delevan, WI.  She was the youngest of five children.  When she was three years old the family moved to a farm eight miles southwest of De Smet.  She grew up on the farm and attended a nearby country church and school.  For her first two years of high school she attended De Smet High School and for the last two years she attended Augustana Academy, a Lutheran high school in Canton, SD.  She graduated from there in May of 1950.

Betty married Jim Combs on September 23, 1950 at Camp Carson, CO where he was serving in the US Army.  They lived in nearby Colorado Springs.  In October of 1951, they moved to a farm five miles southwest of De Smet.  In February 1955, they moved again to a farm four and a half miles southwest of De Smet.  Then in 2000 they moved into the town of De Smet.

Betty was a skilled homemaker during her life.  She remained active in the Lutheran Church and was also a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Jamie (Sandy) Combs of Prescott, AZ and Rodney (Deb) Combs of De Smet, SD; her daughter, Jeanne Combs of Lincoln, NE; her brother Armond Macheel of San Pablo, CA; her sister, Annetta Lindskog of Corvallis, OR; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, August, and one sister, Nora.

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Darlene Flindt Neises

Darlene Flindt Neises

 

 

 

Darlene Flindt Neises, 74, from De Smet passed away at home on January 20, 2015.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 24th at the United Church of Christ in De Smet.  Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene Lois Flindt was born on October 12, 1940 to Arthur and Edna (Anderson) Flindt in De Smet, SD.  During her childhood she attended grade school in De Smet and graduated with the class of 1958 from De Smet High School.  Darlene worked different jobs during her life including office work for Northwestern Bell Telephone where she worked until her retirement.

Darlene also loved to play cards, crochet, and spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her sister, Shirley Lenz of De Smet; her nieces, Linda Lenz and Karen (Jodi) Hansen; her nephew, Gary (Cindy) Lenz; several great-nieces; one great-nephew; and several more great-great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Arthur Flindt, Jr.

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Otto Sckerl

Otto Sckerl (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otto Sckerl, 99, of De Smet passed away on January 17, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet.  Visitation will held at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Wednesday, January 21 from 5-7 P.M.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 10:30 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with Pastor Randy Koeller officiating.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.

Otto was born on November 2, 1915 at Lake City, SD to Max and Mary (Fromberg) Sckerl.  He was one of thirteen children.  Otto grew up at Lake City and attended high school in Webster, SD.  He was a WWII veteran and after the war he attended South Dakota State University where he received a degree.  On March 22, 1947 Otto was united in marriage to Hazelle Larson in Groton, SD.  They made their home in De Smet, SD were Otto was the county extension agent for many years. 

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in De Smet and a founding member of the De Smet Kiwanis Club.  He also enjoyed traveling and had a strong interest in agriculture.

Otto is survived by his son, Kent Sckerl of De Smet; his sister, Adel Oien from Laverne, MN; his grandsons, Daron Sckerl, Rob Sckerl, and Derick Sckerl; one granddaughter, Lana Boetel; one great-granddaughter, Mallorie Rose Sckerl; a great-grandson, Easton Douglas Sckerl; two daughter-in-laws, Punky (Jim) Boetel and Marilyn Sckerl, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazelle; eleven brothers and sisters; one son, David; and one grandson, David.

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Sharon Falconer

Sharon Falconer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Falconer, 64, of De Smet passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD.  Visitation will be held at American Lutheran Church in De Smet on Friday, January 16th from 9:30 -11:00 A.M. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 A.M.  She will be buried at a later date in the De Smet Cemetery.

Sharon Kay Falconer was born on February 9, 1950 to Pete and Dorothy Norgaard in De Smet, SD.  She spent her childhood in De Smet but in 1966 moved to Iroquois, SD.  She graduated in 1968 from Iroquois High School.  Sharon was married on February 9, 1968 and after graduating moved to Key West, FL where her husband was stationed.  They lived in Charleston, SC, Lake Preston, SD, and in 1971 Sharon moved back to De Smet where she has resided ever since.

She worked at Lorraine’s Café, Cottage Inn Motel, and Kingsbury Manor.  In 1989 she began working at the De Smet Good Samaritan Society from which she received the CNA of the Year Award in 2011.  She worked there for twenty-four years.

Besides working at the Good Samaritan Center she enjoyed playing cards, bingo, watching soap operas, football, car racing, reading mystery novels, and spending time with her grandkids and family.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her two sons, Carl (Heather) Falconer of Jacksonville, FL, and Bill Falconer from Delano, MN; one daughter, Kimberly (Scott) Vearrier from Mitchell, SD; two sisters, Carol (Ronnie) Hein from De Smet, SD and Charlynne (Mark) Whisehardt of Le Grange, GA; one brother, Randy (Marty) Norgaard of Sioux City, IA; and four grandkids, Jay and Hannah Falconer from Jacksonville, FL and Mikala and Cortney Wendel from De Smet, SD.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Dorothy Norgaard, and one brother, Larry Norgaard.

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Bernice Kucker

Bernice Kucker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernice Della Kucker, 96, of Mitchell passed away on January 10, 2015 at the Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD.  Visitation will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD on January 15 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. with funeral services to follow at 1:30 P.M.  She will be buried at a later date in New Hope Cemetery near Hayti, SD.  Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice was born on October 11, 1918 to Selmer and Emma (Stormo) Larson in South Shore, SD.  She grew up in Hayti.  There she attended grade school and graduated from high school.  Bernice then worked at the Hamlin County Courthouse in Hayti for a few years until her marriage to Lloyd Kucker on February 2, 1946.  They lived in Watertown and Sioux Falls until 1952 when they moved to Mitchell.

Bernice was a housewife who loved to sew, cook, quilt, and hardanger.  She belonged to the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell where she was an active member of the ELCW and Extension Club.

Bernice is survived by her husband, Lloyd; two sons, LaMont (Sheryl) Kucker of Brandon, SD and Neil (Rachel) Kucker of Lakeville, MN; one daughter, Carol (Larry) Mahoney of Springfield, MO; two sisters, Oral Svarvari of Bryant and Elaine (Clifton) Corey of Bryant; two brothers, Clayton (Charlotte) Larson of Hayti and Robert (Pat) Larson of Hayti; six grandchildren:  Lori, Chad, Ryan, Rebecca, Sarah, and Meredith; and ten great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mildred; her brothers Hans Christ and Sherman; one infant brother; and one infant sister.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be sent to the First Lutheran Church of Mitchell quilting committee.

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Phyllis Kott

Phyllis Kott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phyllis Kott, 80, from De Smet, passed away on January 8, 2015 at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.  Visitation will be held from 10-12 on the morning of Tuesday, January 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet with funeral services to follow at 1 P.M. with Father Paul Josten presiding.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Kott was born on June 6, 1934 to her parents, Sheldon and Elsie (Potter) Munger.  She grew up and attended school in Pukwana where she graduated high school.  She was united in marriage to James Kott on November 18, 1953 at Kimball, SD. The couple moved to De Smet in 1962 and went into partnership at De Smet Lumber. To this union, four children were born. Phyllis worked as a secretary at De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Co from February of 1971 and retired from there in 2005.

Phyllis was as active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and altar society in De Smet.   She also loved to travel, attend polka festivals, and spend time with her family.

Phyllis is survived by three daughters: Diane (Scott) Grafing of Holabird, SD, Kathy Kott of Ft Pierre, SD, and Nancy (Jim) Rodney of Colorado Springs, CO; one son, Jerry (Star) Kott of De Smet; eleven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, a son-in-law Wally Grafing.

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Donald Eugene Martin

Donald Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Eugene Martin

March 19, 1932 – January 3, 2015

Donald Martin, 82, of Erwin, SD died January 2, 2015.  Donald, the youngest son of Joseph and Hannah (Munger) Martin and loving husband to Mary (Goldsmith) Martin, passed away in his Erwin home, the same farm he moved to as a child in 1946 and where he lived and worked his entire life except for his service tour.

“Marty” learned his three “Rs” at Hartland 36, “a very fine country school,” before attending Erwin High School until his sophomore year.  Donald worked at the Missouri River Dam and then John Morrell’s in Sioux Falls before entering the Army.  Starting in February 1954, Donald completed a 20 month tour of duty in Korea and his GED.  After his return, he studied farming at SDSU for a semester.  In August 1956, Donald married Mary Goldsmith who was “sure lucky to meet (him)”.

Beyond his 58 year marriage, Donald was surely fortunate to enjoy farming as well as many interests and hobbies.  As a young man, his father-in-law frequently called him “the barefooted-ball-player from the House of David” for his shoeless softball performances.  Donald enjoyed hunting and playing cards with friends, children, and grandchildren, yet he particularly adored fishing, especially with his grandkids and friends.  One of his happiest accomplishments was winning a rifle in a fishing contest on Lake Madison.  He also prized opportunities for refinishing furniture, collecting and fixing clocks, and finding bargains with, and for, his family and friends – who will treasure the times spent together.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 7 from 5-7 P.M. with a prayer service at 6:30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, SD.  A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 8 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Bryant.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery and lunch to follow.  Arrangements by Osthus Funeral Chapel in Bryant, SD.

Donald is survived by his wife, Mary, and six children:  Joseph and Michelle Martin of Watford City, ND; Patrick and Kay Martin of Bryant, SD; Amy (Martin) and Scott McGovern of Menomonie, WI; Jackie (Martin) and Mark Jensen of Badger, SD; Lora Martin and Brian Hemr of Blaine, MN; and Lisa Martin and Bill Sylvester of Pepperell, MA.  He is also survived by his brother, Lyle Martin of Gregory, SD, seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Hannah; his sister, Lila (Martin) Larson; and son, John.

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Loren Moore

Loren Moore Pix 9-17-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loren Moore, 76, of De Smet, South Dakota, passed away the morning of December 31st, 2014.  A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, January 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in De Smet with funeral services set for 1:30 PM on Monday, January 5th.  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery at a later date.  He had long dealt with COPD and received an advanced cancer diagnosis a few weeks prior to his death.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Loren, one of three children of Floyd and Olive (Wallum) Moore, was born February 23rd, 1938, on a farm south of Manchester.  The family later moved to a farm/ranch about a mile west of town.  In 1975, the Moore family moved to De Smet.  Loren was a graduate of the Manchester Town School and De Smet High School and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings.

His first marriage, with Roma, brought him his beloved daughter Jackie and grandchildren, Kristin, Jessica, Alyssa and great-grandson Ryder.  Jackie, who lives in Colorado, was with her dad during the final weeks of his life.  His second marriage, with Diane, brought his cherished step-children: Laurie, Steve, Sue, Nancy, Kevin, Cara, and their children and grandchildren.

As proprietor of Moore Realty in De Smet, he and his father before him had helped friends and neighbors buy and sell thousands of acres of agricultural land and hundreds of homes.  Among their many creations were the Prairie View Heights Housing Development just west of De Smet and the Railroad (Moore) Apartments.

Loren had legions of friends and relatives who looked to him for his wisdom and counsel.  He had a deep sense of community and was a champion in supporting efforts to enhance economic growth and quality of life.  Loren was a founding member of the Harvey Dunn Society and served as its treasurer, occasionally taking up a brush and canvas during the annual Plein Aire Art Event.  He was also a founding member of the Manchester Monument Advisory Council whose nationwide community efforts led to a monument in that town, which had been destroyed by a tornado.  For several years after its dedication, he hoisted new U.S. flags when they were needed.

A longtime inventor, he worked with his dad in developing what was then a massive tractor that could out pull anything in the region.  His most recent invention was a jeans stretcher, which he personally marketed on the Internet.  When the family started an aerial spraying business, Loren became a pilot and was able to maneuver his aircraft among power lines and around approaching clouds.  Deeply concerned about the impact of laws, policies, and behaviors on his fellow human beings, he was constantly in touch with current events, liked to talk about the big picture, and was involved in Democratic politics.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Olive Moore, who passed away in 2004 and 1990 respectively, his sister, Sharon (Moore) Massa, and his brother, Rodney Moore.

Survivors include daughter Jackie and his grandchildren, an uncle, Joy Wallum of Iroquois, many cousins, and hundreds of friends and neighbors who join in mourning his loss and celebrating his life.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Manchester Memorial Fund, the Harvey Dunn Society, and the De Smet Community Foundation.

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