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.

James Alvin Klinkel









James Alvin Klinkel passed away on April 23, 2016. Jim was born on March 17th, 1932 to Alvin and Irene Klinkel in Osceola, SD and moved to De Smet when he was a year old.  Jim grew up in De Smet and spent the majority of his life here.  Jim served in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War Veteran.  He spent a short time in Watertown, SD but De Smet was always the place Jim called home.

The family will be hosting a visitation for Jim on Wednesday April 27, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at the Osthus Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service will be held at the American Lutheran Church Thursday April 28, 2016 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery.

Jim married Phyllis Denman June 26, 1960. They lived in De Smet, SD and Watertown, SD and had two daughters.  Phyllis passed away on November 7, 1969.  Jim made his living with his trucking company and hauling livestock for many farmers in our community. Jim would probably tell you that driving the De Smet School Bus was the best job he ever had.  Jim so enjoyed taking his kids to school and to extracurricular activities.

Jim married Ruth Purrington on January 4th 1973 and with the addition of Ruth’s five children his family grew to seven.  They were married for 36 years before Ruth passed away on May 15th, 2009.

Jim is survived by six children. Bill (Linda) Purrington, Brookings, SD; Jan (Dale Knorr), Palm Desert, CA; Marnie (Doug Anderson), Lake Stevens, WA; Bonnie Purrington, Mesa, AZ; Joni Klinkel, Stuart, FL; and Dawn Klinkel, Aurora, CO.  The nine grandchildren are made up of; Ann, Paul, Danny, Collin, Courtney, Michael, Lindsey, Jennifer and Megan.  The nine great grandchildren Bennett, Sydney, Mathew, Drew, Alec, Abigail, Jude, Campbell and Henry complete this large and loving family.  Jim is survived by a sister, Alice Siver, De Smet, SD and a brother, Earl Klinkel, Nashville, TN.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Cathy (Steven Swartos), Volga, SD; his parents; his two wives, Phyllis and Ruth, and a sister, Helen Mahoney.

Jim was a jokester, bigger than life and full of love for De Smet, South Dakota, the Minnesota Vikings, the De Smet Bulldogs, pumpkin pie ,and most of all his family. We will miss you.

Ronald Lee Anderson

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Ronald Lee Anderson, 67, of Lake Preston, SD died Wednesday, April 13th after a courageous battle with cancer.  His funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 AM at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston.  Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Friday evening, April 15th at the church.  Vicar Brad Sanderson will be officiating.  Burial will be at East Bethania Cemetery, rural Erwin.

Ron was born in Lake Preston on April 24, 1948 to Albert and Evelyn (Severson) Anderson. He attended the Lake Preston Lutheran Church where he was also baptized and confirmed. He graduated from Lake Preston High School and attended college in Brookings. On August 4, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Koch and they had four daughters. They had 43 wonderful years together.

Ron worked as a printer from high school until his retirement in 2009 for the Lake Preston Times, DeSmet News, Creative Printing in Huron and Harold’s Printing in Brookings.  Ron was very involved in the Lake Preston community being a member of the Lutheran Church, Volunteer Fire Department, School Board, and Kiwanis Club. He had a heart for fishing, dancing and riding his motorcycle.

Ron is survived by his four daughters; Kari Stevens and Gregg Lees of Aurora, Vikki and Steve Hasche of Lake Preston, Tami and Patrick Steffensen of Pierre, Jeani and Jesse Vincent of Arlington; his nine grandchildren; John, Billi, Jack, Kaden, Claire, Campbell, Ellisyn, Emarie, and Easton; and his wife Eleanor (Bunny) Paschke of Side Lake, MN. He was preceded in death by wife; Kay Anderson, his parents, and his sister Margie.

Lisa Stevens Truesdell

Lisa Stevens Truesdell of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Good Friday, March 25 ,  2016. The beauty of her light shown for 62 years. Memorial services will be conducted by her loving husband Jim, retired pastor of the U.C.C. Services will be held at the De Smet Community Church on Saturday, April 2 , 2016 at 11AM.  A private committal service will be held at 10AM at the De Smet Cemetery.   Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lisa was born in Waco, Texas on August 20, 1953 to Colonel Harry Stevens and Connie Stevens. Lisa graduated from Cape Cod High School in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1970. In high school Lisa played field hockey and served as Homecoming Queen in 1969. She attended college in Long Beach, California where she was a member of, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mensa. During her freshman year of college is when she married Jim Truesdell, a marriage that lasted 38 years.

Lisa enjoyed traveling and study programs in various universities. She studied at Oxford, England; Cambridge, England; Heidlberg, Germany; Athens, Greece; and Florence, Italy. It was during this that she earned her Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

Lisa loved to read. When she passed she left a collection of over 4,000 books among which were numerous first editions.

Lisa is survived by her beloved husband Jim and on sister Christine of Frankfort, Germany.

Betty Wiseman Lebert

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Betty Wiseman Lebert, age 87, died in her own home in De Smet, SD on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2 PM at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Burial will follow in the De Smet Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 5-7 PM.

Betty Marie Albrecht was born on October 11, 1928 at DeSmet, SD to parents Henry Sr. and Sylvia (Wagner) Albrecht.  She grew up at De Smet and attended Mathews Country School.  She graduated from De Smet High School in 1946 and attended college at Madison where she received her teaching degree.  She taught school in country schools until her marriage.

Betty was united in marriage to Robert Wiseman on June 5, 1949 at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet. They farmed near De Smet until 1955 when they moved to a farm near Bryant.  Robert died in 1970.  She moved to Watertown and attended Watertown Technical School where she received her LPN degree in nursing.  She worked in Rochester MN at St. Mary’s Hospital for one year before returning to Watertown where she worked at Memorial Hospital

Betty was married to Howard Lebert on September 22, 1973.  They lived in Watertown for a few years before moving to De Smet.  Howard died in 2004.  She continued to live in her own home in DeSmet until the time of her death.

She was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant and American Lutheran Church in De Smet. She loved playing cards with her friends and gardening.

Survivors include one daughter, Myrna (Randy) Knadle of DeSmet; one son, Gary (Martha) Wiseman of Bryant; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four step great grandsons; one brother Henry (Sandy) Albrecht of De Smet; one sister Lorene Heller of De Smet; one step brother-in-law, Brad (Kathy) Lebert of Willits; CA, two sister-in-laws Delda Gilberson of De Smet and Lafoy Lebert of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.

Rodney Perry

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Rodney Leonard Perry, 76, of Bancroft, SD, passed away on March 23, 2016 at the DeSmet Good Samaritan Center, surrounded by his family.

The funeral service will be held at the American Lutheran Church in DeSmet, SD on Saturday, March 26 , 2016 at 1:00 PM. Pastor Matt Pribyl will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 25 ,2016 at the Osthus Funeral Home, DeSmet, SD,  from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Burial will follow the funeral at the LeSeuer Cemetery of rural Bancroft. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Osthus Funeral Home.

Rodney was born March 23, 1940. He graduated from Bancroft High School in 1958. Following graduation he attended Aggie High School, currently known as South Dakota State University, and graduated in 1960. He served in the SD National Guard for eight years. Rodney was a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Bancroft, SD, where he served as a Deacon and Elder. He served for many years as a Leader of the Redstone Valley 4-H Club, member of the 4-H Leaders Association, Kingsbury County Fair Board, and on the Manchester Township Board.

Rodney married Linda Siebelts on March 15, 1968. From this union they welcomed three children.

He is survived by his wife Linda; daughter Leslie (Jason) Richie; sons Vin (Melody) Perry, Alan (Jessica) Perry; five grandsons Nolan and Logan Richie, Wyatt and Tate Perry, and Micah Perry; four granddaughters Abby and Emily Richie, and Kyrsten and Adah Perry; brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Dianne Perry; brother-in-law, Marv Claassen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Joanne Jensen; one aunt, Bernice Muilenburg and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Gail (Perry) Claassen.


Donovan G. Twite









Donovan G Twite, age 78, died on March 7, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, SD. A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 13 from 5-7 PM at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, SD. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 14 at 10:30 AM at American Lutheran Church in De Smet with Reverend Randy Koeller officiating. Burial will follow in the De Smet Cemetery.

Donovan was born on July 25, 1937 in Roberts County South Dakota to Lewis and Ida Twite.  He attended country school in Roberts County and graduated from Veblen High School.  He graduated from Augustana College, obtained a Masters degree from Northern State University, and a Specialist degree at the University of South Dakota.  He served in the National Guard from 1960-1966.   Donovan married Evelyn Ulmer on August 21, 1960.  They lived in several places before making their home in De Smet in 1978 with their 5 children.  Throughout his career he was a band director, a guidance counselor and a principal. For thirty years, he served as a Superintendent, 21 of those years in De Smet. He retired in 1999 and they remained living in De Smet.

Donovan and Evelyn spent a lot of time side by side building and remodeling houses and working in their yard.  Donovan enjoyed camping with his family and building and fixing things for his grandkids.    He also enjoyed building muzzle loader rifles and shooting them in state and national competitions.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Evelyn of De Smet; sons, Steve (Stacy) of White River, SD; Stuart of De Smet, SD; Jeff (Sheila) of Summerset, SD; Jay (Joyce) of Tea, SD; daughter Leah (Nolan) of Alexandria, MN; 12 grandchildren; and one brother, Lyle Twite and his wife Alda of Cloquet, MN; and many other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, father and mother-in-law, one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law.

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Donald Rydbom 79, of Alexandria, South Dakota formerly of Erwin South Dakota, died March 2nd, 2016 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital of Mitchell, South Dakota. Funeral Services will be held on Monday March 7th at 1:30pm at the United Church of Christ in Erwin, South Dakota. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Osthus Funeral of De Smet is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on July 28, 1936 to Arthur and Kate (Boss) Rydbom. He grew up and attend school in Erwin. After his schooling he worked for Hans Sorenson Potato Company. He was also worked as a carpenter with his brother and also worked for several years De Smet Community Electric Company.

He was united in marriage to Marian Parkhurst on September 11, 1957. They moved Lead, SD where he worked for Home State Mining Company and then returning to Erwin in 1959 and worked at a foreman of Central Bi-Products of De Smet.

Grateful for sharing in his life is his wife Marian, two daughters: Betty (Donald) Prouty of Alexandria, SD, and Lynda (Mike Grunendike) Wollmann of Sioux Falls, SD, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, two sisters: Anna Hayes of Marshallltown IA and RoseAnn (Gerald) Knouse of Rockford, MN, two brothers; Vernon Rydbom of Lacresant, MN and Arthus Rydbom of De Smet, SD.

Leonard Doll

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Leonard Doll, 74, of De Smet, SD formely of Linton, ND died Friday February 19, 2016. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday February 27th at 10:30am at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet. A visitation will be held Friday Februray 26th from 5-7pm at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with a prayer service at 6:30 P.M.

Leonard was born to Roy and Anna (Schaner) Doll in Morton County, ND. He grew up on the family farm with this two brothers and six sisters.

On July 19, 1962, he married Janice Wehri in Haymarsh, ND. They eventually moved to Linton, ND where he worked as an Auto Body Repairman and Farmer. He was a jack of all trades and especially loved fixing up classic cars. He enjoyed working with and training his horses. He also enjoyed gardening and raising the biggest vegetables.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janice:  two sons, Randy (Nezie) Doll of Fargo, ND and Ron (Deborah) Doll of Bedford, NH, two daughters, Brenda (Loryn) Gehm of De Smet, SD and Melissa (Tom) Framstad of De Smet, SD; five grandchildren, two-step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and one infant sister.

Henrietta “Henri” Truh

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Henrietta “Henri” Truh, age 95 of Carthage, died at her own home on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Her funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Huron on Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30 PM.  Visitation will be at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

Henrietta May (Reese) Truh was born on October 30, 1920 to parents Charles and Rachel (Walden) Reese on the Canadian prairie, 100 miles south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on land her father homesteaded. At the age of 5, the family moved to Wisconsin where her father was born and raised and  where they farmed and raised livestock.  Henri finished eighth grade at the age of 12.  The family moved to Minnesota in 1938 and she went back to school and graduated from Mora High School in Mora, Mn, the oldest in her class.

She married Adolph Truh in 1945 in Minnesota. Together they farmed and raised four children until Adolph became ill and died of cancer in 1977.  She left the farm after 31 years and moved to Braham, MN until 1986 while raising her children and working the farm.  In 1989 she became a resident of Carthage, SD.

She worked part time for 35 years gathering facts on farm operations for South Dakota Agricultural Statistics Department.  She also embroidered tea towel for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet.  She is mostly and lovingly known by everyone who knew her as the “Pickle lady”.  She learned the art of cooking, baking and canning from her raising and developed her own commercial kitchen where she canned anything that grew in gardens.  She sold her goods and famous doughnuts at Farmers Markets at Salem and De Smet in the fall.  She loved the outings and the visiting with her many friends and customers.  She will always be remembered by those who knew her for her keen wit and dry humor.

Those grateful for having shared their life with her are her three daughters, Janice, (John) McLean of Fargo, ND, Dr. Lois Truh of Huron and Melanie (David) Hamilton of Carthage; a son, Charles Truh of Carthage; one brother, Leonard (Joanne)  Reese of Farmington, NM; one sister, Carol Reese of Howard; grandchildren , Major J Michael (RaeAnn) McLean II, Mera Colling, Heather (Bob) Rodgers, Lisa (Steve) Snow, Kari Truh, Kenneth Truh; step- grandchildren, Todd Hamilton, Carla Jones, Denise Maznio, and Troy(Dawn) Hamilton ; great grandchildren, Truman and Aubrey McLean, Evan,Rowen and Rachel Colling, Reese, Julia and Daniel Rodgers; Ryan and Alex Sabrowsky, Charles P. Truh, and Ashton, Johnathan and Kaitlyn Snow; and numerous step- great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Adolph; brothers, Charles, Fredrick and Glen; and one grandson, Jay.