Robert LeRoy Brown









Robert L. Brown, age 73, of De Smet died on October 14, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD. Memorial services have been set for Friday at 2 :00 PM , October 21 at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Visitation will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Thursday from 5-7 PM. Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements for the family.

Robert LeRoy Brown was born on February 17, 1943 to his parents, Earl and Irena (Jacob) Brown.  He grew up in De Smet where he attended school.  He graduated from De Smet High School in 1961.  In 1962, he joined the US Army and was discharged on March 27, 1963.  He married Jackie Hanson on December 28, 1973 in De Smet, where they have lived their entire married life together.

Robert worked for various construction companies until 1970 when he started trucking on his own until 2000.  He worked for McLaughlin & Schultz Construction until 2014 when he retired due to his health.

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the American Legion in De Smet.

Robert is survived by his wife Jackie of De Smet; one son Terry Brown of Brookings, SD; three daughters, Amy (Michael) Scofield, Brenda Brown and Cathy (Andy) Alderman all of De Smet; two brothers, Dennis (Melanie) Brown of Sioux Falls, SD, Earl (Karen) Brown and Rondo Brown both of De Smet; two half-brothers, Ronald (Judy) Brown of Lake Preston and Roger (Linda) Brown of Madison, SD; two sisters, Deb (Rod) Combs of De Smet and Cheri Brown of Sioux Falls; one half- sister, Robyn Brown of Denver, CO;  a sister-in-law, Marsha Brown of De Smet; and six grandchildren, Courtney and Sara Scofield, Kayden and Dominic Hanson and Alexis and Callan Alderman

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Terrill and Donald Brown; a half-brother Robert L. Brown; and one sister Barb Schinderling.

James Robert Fox









James Fox, age 91, of Bancroft, SD died Friday October 7, 2016 at De Smet Good Samaritan Society. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, SD at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 5-7 PM at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD. Burial will be at LeSueur Cemetery in Bancroft, SD.

James Robert Fox was born December 22, 1924 to John Daniel and Mollie (Grote) Fox in Sibley, Iowa. He moved to a farm with his family at the age of two, north of Lake Benton, MN. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1942. After graduation he joined the Merchant Marines during WWII. By the time he was discharged in 1947 he had earned a diesel engineering license.

Jim and his father bought land near Bancroft, SD in 1946. Jim said that the land had a good crop of wild sunflowers when they had looked at it. Jim, his dad, and four brothers started to farm in 1946. In the winter he would sail from New York to Venezuela on an oil ship. Jim served as chairman of the Le Sueur township board for several years. Jim was a lifetime member of the American Legion of Iroquois.

Jim met his wife Donna Petschow at a dance in Elkton, SD in 1948. They were married September 3, 1950 and shared 62 years together. In 1951 he moved his wife to the farm, where they had 3 children, Deborah, Douglas, and the late Jeffrey Fox. In 2013 Jim moved to De Smet, SD.

He is survived by his daughter Deborah (Dennis) Ranschau and his son Douglas (Carol) Fox all of Bancroft, SD, One daughter-in-law Valerie Fox of Sioux Falls, SD, 10 grandchildren Denise (Brian) Pekron, Donna (Shane) Johnsen, Dawn (Scott) Whitten, Jason (Dr. Alese) Fox, Julie (Dan) Meylor, Jonathan (Molly) Fox, Jeremy (Sarita Waldner) Fox, Londa (Josh) Grotting, Lexi (Ryan) Wood, and Devon Fox. 17 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Ilona Hellbusch, Ca., two brothers Darwin (Clara Mae) Fox and John (Jean) Fox of De Smet, SD, along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife (2013), son Jeffrey (2007), his in-laws Robert and Bernice Petschow, two sisters and their husband Barbara (Mic) McKowen  and Luella (Jack) Broding, two brothers Clifford (Judy) Fox, Robert (MaryLou) Fox, one brother-in-law Leonard Hellbusch, and sister-in-law Patricia Petschow. Two great-grandchildren Deegan Meylor (2008) and Arizona Johnsen (2015), once niece and two nephews

James T. Larson









James T. Larson, age 89, of De Smet died on Thursday October 6, 2016 at Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, SD at 10:30 AM. Visitation will be on Monday October 10, 2016 from 5-7 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in De Smet with a prayer service at 7 PM. Burial will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in De Smet. Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

James was born on May 31, 1927 to Andrew and Helen (Kazmerzak) Larson in Bryant, SD. He grew up in the Erwin, SD community where he graduated from high school in 1945 as valedictorian of his class. He farmed in the Erwin community until 1958 when he began working at the alfalfa plant in De Smet, where he would work until the age of 85. He was united in marriage to Elaine Doyle on November 21, 1949, she passed away in 2012.

He belonged to St. Thomas Catholic Church in De Smet, SD and loved the time he was able to spend with is grandchildren. He had a passion for softball, playing and umpiring. He loved gardening, playing the harmonica and accordion, along with ice cream and flannel shirts.

He is survived by his children Mike (Carol) Larson of Missoula, MT, Julie (Tom) Cossette of Maple Grove, MN, Jill (Roger) Teague of Phoenix, AZ, Jane (Bill) Barnett of Sioux Falls, SD, Jan Larson of De Smet, SD, Andrew (Kathy) Larson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Ryan (Marie) Larson of De Smet, SD,  9 grandchildren Tessa, Nathan, Betsy, Wally, Kelsey, Ashley, Aaron, Savannah, and Vincent and 1 great-grandchild, Madeline.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, Brothers George, Vincent, Lawrence, Bernard and Stanley, Sisters Gertrude and Margaret and one grandson Matthew.

Clifton Corey









Clifton Corey, 93, of Bryant, SD died on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Parkview Care Center in Bryant. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant. Visitation will be the church on Tuesday, September 27 from 5-7pm.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery at Bryant. Osthus Funeral Chapel of Bryant is in charge of arrangements.

Clifton was born on June24, 1923 to John and Elizabeth Corey at his farm home where he lived for 93 years. He attended grade school at Garfield #4, a short distance from the farm.  He graduated from Bryant High School in 1940. On December 14, 1947 he was married to Elaine Larson at New Hope Lutheran Church near Hayti. He farmed with his dad until 1952. He continued to farm with Elaine until his retirement in 2015. While farming together, they milked 28 cows for 25 years.  After that, one cow was milked by hand for 16 years supplying their own milk and several neighbors.  After selling the cows, they purchased black and white beef cattle and continued to farm his 400 acres planting wheat, oats and barley. He then rented out his farm land and continued to put up his hay land until 2015.

Clifton served on the Hamlin County Weed board and the FFA board for several years and was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant. Clifton lived to work and dance.

He is survived by his wife Elaine of Bryant; one son John (Judy) Corey of Burnsville, MN; two sisters, Fern Junso of Sun City, AZ and Alice Peterson of Sioux City, IA; one nephew Gary (Deanna) Junso; and a special friend Eugene Martin of Erwin.

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

Arthur Rydbom







Arthur E. Rydbom, age 87, of De Smet, SD died at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet on September 12, 2016.  His services will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the De Smet Community Church at 10:30 AM with visitation on Friday evening from 5-7 PM at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.  Inurnment will be prior to services on Saturday morning at the De Smet Cemetery.

Arthur Ed Rydbom Jr., the son of Arthur and Kate (Boss) Rydbom, was born January 24, 1929 in the De Smet – Ewrin area where he was raised on a farm.  He attended Erwin Public School.  After his schooling, Art joined the Army and fought in the Korean War. He was later honorably discharged. He then went back to the family farm to help his parents. In 1976 he began working at Central By-Products in De Smet.  Art was united in marriage to Venus Tiggelaar and they continued to live on the farm until 1979 when they moved to De Smet. They raised three children, William, Darla and Sonja, and after moving to DeSmet, Art continued to help out at the farm and work at Central By-Products until retiring.

Art loved collecting John Deere tractors, going to antique tractor shows and watching polka on Saturday nights.

He is survived by his three children, William, Darla and Sonja Doyle, all of De Smet; six grandchildren, Jaime Rydbom, Bradley, Teshia, Brandon and Tayla Doyle and Riley Myers; one great-grandchild; Katlynn Rydbom; one brother Vernon Rydbom of LaCrescent, MN; one sister Rose Ann Krause of Rockford, MN; and two sisters-in law, Vivian Rydbom of Lacy, WA and Marian Rydbom of Alexandria, SD; and many more relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Venus; four sisters, Lottie, Dorothy, Ruby and Anna; and four brothers, John, Barney, Albert and Donald.

Lorraine Bau









Lorraine Bau, age 92 of De Smet, SD, died Saturday September 10th at the Good Samaritan Home of De Smet, SD. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Sept 14th at 11AM at the American Lutheran Church of De Smet with burial at De Smet Cemetery. Officiating will be Reverend Randy Koeller. A visitation will be on Tuesday September 13th at 5-7pm at the Osthus Funeral Home of De Smet. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine Hegdahl was born January 8th, 1924 to Albert and Alida (Devik) Hegdahl of Madison, SD, where she attended and graduated from high school. She graduated with a teaching certificate from Eastern Normal College of Madison, SD. She taught in rural schools in several areas around Madison.

On June 2nd, 1951 she married Leo Bau at Pipestone Minnesota. They lived and tended to a farm southwest of De Smet. In 1965 Lorraine earned her Bachelors of Teaching degree at Northern State College of Aberdeen, SD. She started teaching in De Smet until 1976 when she took a teaching position at the Huron Adjustment Training Center of Huron, SD. After a few years she came back to teach Special Education at De Smet until her retirement.

Lorriane was active in her community. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church & ELCW. She was a Sunday School Supt; was active in Study Club, Red Hatters and in Cerebral Palsey Organization

She has enjoyed life with her son Joel (Cindy) Bau of De Smet, SD, two daughters, Pam (Adrian) Adelman of Brookings, SD; Kim (Mark) Strickler of Cavour, SD. Also seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She is proceeded in death by both parents, her husband Leo, one son Rick, one grandchild Tyler Bau, and three brothers.

Larry Dean Forbes









Larry Dean Forbes, 69, De Smet, and a lifelong resident of Spirit Lake Township, passed away August 26, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family after a short, but courageous battle with leukemia.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Presbyterian Reformed Church, Willow Lake, SD, with a burial at a later date.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church, rural De Smet, followed by a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the church.  Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born on March 17, 1947, in Willow Lake, South Dakota and was the oldest child of Virgil and Mabel (Tschetter) Forbes.  He attended country school at Shady Lawn #8 through the eighth grade.  He then attended and graduated from Willow Lake High School, where according to him, he spent too much time in the Ag Shop.

He married “the good lookin’ girl from Bancroft”, Cindy Jencks, on December 30, 1967 in Bancroft, SD.

Larry started farming and raising cattle after high school.  He took great pride in his cow herd and enjoyed checking the cows with his dogs.   During his younger years, Larry did custom hay hauling and also owned one of the first big round balers in the area.  Larry was very mechanical and was an excellent welder.  His dad, brother, and kids depended on him to keep things around the farm running.  Larry was known for his love of candy and was affectionately known as “the Candy Man” to many of his nieces and nephews.  He enjoyed attending his grandkids’ events, watching NASCAR, talking politics, watching Westerns, reading, and had developed an eye for photography.

He served on the Willow Lake School Board for 8 years.  Larry was also a proud member of the Kingsbury Cattlemen’s Association and served on the Grace Lutheran Church Council in Willow Lake.

Larry is survived by his two dogs, Pete and Poco; his four children, Troy (Pam) Forbes, De Smet; Stephanie Forbes (Paul Panning), Hamburg, MN; Jill (Jason) Sommer, Parkston, SD; Jeremy (Jamie) Forbes, De Smet; grandchildren Wyatt, Cody, Jaycie, Abby, Carter, Claire, Cooper, and Tabor; his mother, Mabel Forbes, De Smet; brother, Lyle (Cheryl) Forbes, Bancroft; sister, Linda (Darrel) Mandernach, De Smet; brothers-in-law, Terry Jencks, Shakopee, MN; and Randy (Karen) Jencks, Arlington, SD; Tim Reuter, Dell Rapids, SD; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy Forbes, on May 8, 1991; his father, Virgil Forbes; sisters, Sharri Zell and Darlene Reuter; and his father and mother-in-law, Hollis and Corlyss Jencks.

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.