Arvilla M. Fedt Carlson

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Arvilla M. Fedt Carlson, 98, Bryant, SD, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Parkview Care Center, Bryant, SD.  A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant, SD, with Reverend Bryan Taffe officiating.  Burial will follow at Garfield Lutheran Cemetery, rural Bryant, SD.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant.

Arvilla was born on June 19, 1918, to Henry and Alma (Thompson) Gilbertson at Bryant, SD.  She grew up in Bryant, graduating from Bryant High School in 1936.  She attended college at Austin, MN, becoming an operator and office worker for the telephone company.

She married Norman Fedt of Bryant on June 25, 1938.  They farmed their whole married life until Norman’s passing on January 2, 1977.  Arvilla later married Lloyd Carlson of Erwin on July 14, 2003.  Later, Arvilla entered the DeSmet Assisted Living and eventually returned to Bryant to the Parkview Assisted Living.  She entered the Parkview Care Center in September of 2010.

Arvilla was a member of the Garfield Lutheran Church, where she was organist for 32 years.  She is presently a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bryant.  She was active in church, Ladies’ Aid, Extension Club, Birthday Club, and Sons of Norway.  While raising a family and helping run the farm, Arvilla enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful roses.  Arvilla always greeted with a smile and loved visiting with anybody.

Grateful for having shared her life include her children, Eugene (Donna) Fedt, Bryant; Joyce (Ordell) Rovang, Brandon, SD; and Harold (Jeanette) Fedt, Big Stone City, SD; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; 3 step-daughters, Janice Tschetter, Eunice (Tom) Johanneson, and Alice (Jim) Jackson;  one step-son, William (Darlene) Carlson; 8 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Fedt; husband, Lloyd Carlson; brother, Myrvan Gilbertson; and sisters-in-law, Norma and Evelyn.

Osthus Funeral Chapel, Bryant, is in charge of arrangements.

Maynard Earl Gilbertson









Maynard Earl Gilbertson, age 91, died Saturday February 11, 2017 at Parkview Care Center in Bryant, SD. A funeral service will be held on Friday February 17, 2017 at the Erwin United Church of Christ, in Erwin, SD at 10:00 A.M., with Reverend Marjie Brewton officiating. Burial will be at a later date at West Bethany Cemetery, Erwin, SD.  A visitation will be held at Osthus Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5-7:00PM, De Smet, SD.

Maynard Gilbertson was born September 25, 1925, to Agnes Gilbertson (Gunderson). Maynard grew up on a farm west and south of Bryant by Cherry Lake. He attended school in Bryant and graduated from Bryant High School in 1943.

He was united in marriage to Ellen Truman on October 20, 1943. To this union, came two children,n Keath and Gloria. Maynard farmed in the Bryant and Erwin communities with his family for several years before going to work for Larry Stalheim of Stalheim Implement in De Smet, in the parts department. He then went to work for Anderson Implement until retirement. He continued to live in Erwin until entering Parkview Care Center on January 7, 2013.

Maynard was a member of the West Bethany Lutheran Church until it closed. He served on the West Bethany Cemetery Board for several years and after the church closed he became a member of the UCC Church in Erwin.

Maynard is survived by his wife Ellen, their two children Keath (Diana) Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Gloria (William) Virchow, Lake Preston, SD; 3 grandchildren, Dale Virchow (special friend, Crystal Morrell), Lake Preston, SD; Lisa Haas, Hartford, SD; and Jason Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD; 7 great-grandchildren Casey Virchow (special friend, Wade Nelson), Cheyenne, WY; Kyle (Jessica) Virchow, Lake Preston, SD; Ryan Schlisner , Madison, SD; and Andrew, Carter, Daniel and Jacob Haas, all of Sioux Falls, SD.

Maynard is preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Gilbertson.

Lorraine Widman

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Kathleen Lorraine Widman, 99 passed away on February 5, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD.  A funeral service will be held on Friday February 10, 2017 at 10:30AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in De Smet, with Father Richard Baumberger officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday evening from 5-7:00PM with the rosary at 6:30PM. Burial will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery at De Smet, SD. Memorials may be given to the De Smet City Library and or St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of De Smet.

Kathleen Lorraine Widman was born December 17, 1917 in Lambert MT. to Thomas and Marie (Sturgeon) Coughlin. When she was three weeks old, the family moved back to De Smet, SD. She was raised on a farm four miles north of town and attended rural school. She graduated from De Smet High School in 1935. In 1936, she married Warren Widman at the St. Thomas Aquinas rectory in De Smet.

The couple farmed Southwest of De Smet for twenty years before moving to town and buying the Coast to Coast store which they operated for 16 years before retiring in 1972. After Warren had passed in year 2000 she was able to live in her own home until 2014. Throughout her life she was a very avid reader, loved to travel, garden, and go camping. She was baptized, confirmed, married and a lifelong member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, one daughter, Julie, and a granddaughter, Diane.

Survivors include 3 sons, Paul (Betty) Widman of Mitchell, SD, Dennis (Pat) Widman of Broomfield, CO, and George (Gail) Widman of Sioux Falls, SD; four daughters, Jeanne (Marlon) Kruse of Tulsa, OK, Margaret Mogck of Silver Lake, WI, Pat (Rudy) Douthit of Loveland CO, and Connie (Bill) Halverson of De Smet, SD; twenty-two grandchildren, forty-seven great- grandchildren, and five great- great –grandchildren;  one sister, Audrey Rodney of De Smet, SD; and one brother, Dick Coughlin of Rochester NY.

Evelyn Laurayne Frankfurth

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Evelyn “Laurayne” Frankfurth, 79, of Iroquois South Dakota, passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at her residence. A funeral service is scheduled at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Iroquois, SD, with Reverend Kris Larson officiating.  A committal service will follow at 3:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Central, at Faith Cemetery, Faith SD.   Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Osthus Funeral Home, DeSmet.

Evelyn “Laurayne” Fairbanks, daughter of Evelyn “Lucille” Fairbanks and Laurence William Fairbanks, was born on November 13, 1937, at Faith SD.  Laurayne was raised at Faith and Dupree, SD.  She graduated in 1955 in Dupree, S.Dak.

Laurayne married Oscar Konrad Frankfurth at Faith, SD, on August 19th, 1956, and then moved to Deadwood. In 1958, they moved to Dupree, then Landry in 1959, and back to Dupree in 1960.  In 1965, they moved to Kulm, ND.  They lived in many rural areas of North Dakota through the years, including Ashley, Kulm, and Forbes. In 1969, they moved to Faulkton, Seneca, and then to Bowdle, where Laurayne began working at the Cargill elevator as the bookkeeper. In 1977 they moved to Aberdeen and she continued to work at Cargill. After 5 years in Aberdeen, they moved to Casper, Wyoming. In 1988 they ended their traveling journey and resided in Iroquois, SD, where she worked in the Cafe / Grocery Store. She retired in May 2015.

Laurayne loved flowers and enjoyed tending to her garden and her yard ornaments. She enjoyed cooking for all her friends and family at the Cafe. Everyone will always remember her famous “Carmel Rolls”. She loved having her grandkids stop by, especially so she could play with her great-grandchildren.  She always looked forward to family get-togethers. She enjoyed playing card games, marbles, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, reading books, and most of all, her “Westerns”.

Laurayne is survived by four children, Roger Frankfurth, California; Deborah (Wayne) Sayler, Texas;  Ronald Frankfurth, Iroquois; and Darlene Frankfurth, Bowdle; one brother, Larry (Cindy) Fairbanks, Belle Fourche; and one sister, Iverne (Jim) Holloway, Faith; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Laurence, in 1975; her mother, Lucille, in Dec 1999; her husband, Oscar, in Dec 2003; her son, Rodney, in May 2004; her daughter, Dianna, in June 2015; her brother, Roger, in 1950; and one grandson, Brian, in 1983.


John De Figh

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John Francis De Figh, 70, De Smet, died January 25, 2017, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.  A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Christian Missionary Alliance Church, De Smet, SD, with Reverend Martin Reynhout officiating.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet.

John Francis De Figh was born seven minutes after his identical twin, Ron, to parents John and Betty (Owens) De Figh on June 21, 1946, at San Jose, California.  He grew up in various town across California, Oregon, and Washington, following his father’s teaching career.  Eventually, they landed in Santa Cruz, CA, during his high school years and young adulthood.  He attended trade school, learning the art of upholstery and established De Figh’s Imagination Custom Upholstery in 1968, and spent his life mastering the art.  Life eventually brought him to Washington State, where he met his beloved wife, Vikki, in 1998.  The couple returned to South Dakota to marry, though continued to live in Washington until 2001, when they moved back to De Smet, SD.  John had NO appreciation of SD winters and missed his ocean views, but found great pleasure in spending daily time at Lake Thompson State Park walking the nature trail, enjoying the water view, and visiting with friends managing the park.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Vikki, and her family, De Smet; his twin brother, Ron De Figh, and wife Jackie, North Hampton, NH; a niece, Gioia; younger brother, Philip De Figh, Seattle, WA; and numerous friends in South Dakota, California, and Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, and his mother and father-in-law.

Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Riley

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Hazel E. Riley, age 99, died on January 26, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in De Smet, SD.  A visitation with a prayer service will be held at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet on Monday evening, January 30, from 5-7 PM.  A prayer service will begin at 6:30PM with Fr. Richard Baumberger officiating.  Burial will be in Dow City Cemetery in Dow, Iowa on Tuesday January 31st 2017 at 2P.M.  Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Elisabeth Riley was born on July 26, 1917 in Dow City, Iowa to parents Mark and Rose (Mitchell) Riley.  She was raised on a farm there, the youngest of six children.  She attended school and graduated from high school in Dow City.  After reaching adulthood, she moved to Denison, Iowa where she cared for her mother for a time.  She later moved to Omaha, Nebraska and worked as a telephone operator before working for Tip Top Hair Products until her retirement.  She continued living in Omaha until 2011 before moving to De Smet to be close to her nieces and nephews, entering the Good Samaritan Care Center where she lived until her death.

Those grateful for having her in their lives are two nieces, Carol (Doug) Kazmerzak of Erwin, SD and Charlene (Richard) Goehl of Macomb, Ill; one nephew, Wendell (Lou) Riley of Spirit Lak, IA; and many special friends and care givers at the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

The family requests memorials be given to the Good Samaritan Care Center in lieu of flowers.

Steve Haines







Steve Haines, age 70, of De Smet, SD passed away at his own home on Monday, January 23, 2017. His services will be held on Friday, January 27, at 2 PM at the American Lutheran Church in De Smet.  Burial will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.  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.

Steve Craig Haines was born August 21, 1946 in Huron, S.D. to parents Eileen Faye (Fischer) and Carrell Harding Haines.  He attended school in Wessington Springs, SD.  In his junior year, his family moved to Port Orchard, Washington where he graduated from high school in 1965.  He joined the Navy on August 31, 1965 and served in Vietnam from December 19, 1967 until March 19, 1969 when he was discharged.

He married Glenda Skyberg on June 20, 1970 in De Smet, SD.  They lived most of their married life in De Smet.

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and past Commander of the VFW.

His favorite hobbies were wood carving, genealogy and fishing.

Those grateful for sharing in his life are his wife, Glenda of De Smet; two daughters, Leslie Beck of Summerset, SD and Jennifer Humphrey of Pierre, SD; one son, Christopher (Cammy) Haines of White, SD; thirteen grandchildren, Noka, Cody, James, Paul, Steven, Kyle and Angeline Beck, Ashley, Chace and Bristol Humphrey and Hailey, Chloe and Kylen Haines.  In May, a new grandchild will arrive; one great granddaughter, Isabella (Bella); one sister, Lois (Dave) Markwardt of Douglas WY; one brother, Bruce (Pat) Haines of Hot Springs, SD; an aunt, Donna Johnston; one uncle, Keith Haines; and several special cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Aunt Lillian Pederson and Uncle Leonard Fischer.


Alona Scotting









Alona Marie Scotting, age 61 of De Smet, passed away peacefully at her home on December 7, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous one year battle with cancer.  The memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th at 10:30 AM at the De Smet Event Center in De Smet with Pastor Randy Eisenbeisz officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.  A visitation will be held at the Event Center on Tuesday, December 13th from 5-7 PM.  Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet is in charge of arrangements for the family.

Alona Marie Squires was born on October 13, 1955 in Hendricks, MN to Ralph and Stella Squires.  She grew up on a farm near Brandt, SD and attended country school, Astoria High School and graduated from Clear Lake High School.

On April 20, 1974 she married Kevin Scotting in Brandt, SD.  From their marriage three children were born, Tabitha, Timothy and Toby.  Alona worked 12 years at the Hamlin County Register of Deeds office in Hayti, SD.  After moving to De Smet, she worked for 20 years at the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office as a secretary and dispatcher with the past 12 years working with her husband. Alona enjoyed camping, riding motorcycle and gardening.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband Kevin; her daughter Tabitha Ohman (Jim Behm) of De Smet; two sons, Timothy (Sandra) Scotting of Erwin, SD and Toby (Angie) Scotting of Estelline, SD; 7 grandchildren Dashia Ohman, Ayden Behm, Chase Behm, Drake Rust, Kelsey Scotting, Allie Scotting, and Alaina Scotting; 1 great grandson, Bennett Ohman; a sister, Sandra (David) Solem of Clear Lake, SD; and three brothers, Roger (Helen) Squires of Hayti, SD, Ronold (Cheryl) Squires of Estelline and Randall Squires of De Smet.

Alona is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Roddy (Rod) Lane Vincent









Rod Lane Vincent, 56, of Badger, SD passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 after a 6-year battle with Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer.  A funeral service with military rites is scheduled for 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington, SD, with Pastor David Patterson officiating.  Burial will follow at Erwin Cemetery, Erwin, SD.  Visitation hours are 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, December 5, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington.  Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet, is in charge of arrangements.

Rod Lane Vincent was born on August 22,1960 in De Smet, SD to Roland (Red) and Jean (Steever) Vincent.  He grew up in Erwin, SD and attended school there until the school closed; they later moved to Lake Preston.  In his younger years, Rod made many memories livin’ it up with his brothers and buddies from the De Smet, Erwin, and Lake Preston area.  Rod was a member of the 153rd Engineer Battalion out of De Smet from May of 1978 to May of 1984.

Rod married Ruth (Doescher) Vincent on May 23rd, 1980 in Arlington.  She then began trying to tame some of the “Vincent” out of him. They made their forever home in Badger, SD where Rod was a member of the Badger Volunteer Fire Department. From their marriage, three children were born: Jesse, Jamie, and Haley.  Rod loved watching his children grow up and especially enjoyed following their sporting events. They specifically remember hearing his voice from the crowd with his opinion on how they were playing.

Rod and Ruth spent a lot of their time continuing to be devoted Arlington Cardinal fans and rarely missed a sporting event. Rod also enjoyed riding his Harley and just hopping in the car for long road trips with Ruthie.

Rod was a hard worker and had many various jobs throughout his life, most of them being mechanic work.  For the past 26 years, Rod was employed at Arlington Community Oil/Arlington Farmers Elevator/Prairie Ag Partners, starting out as a shop hand, then moving on to bulk fuel driver, and eventually becoming manager.  Several of his greatest friendships were built there with the employees, patrons, and farmers.

Rod was also an avid dirt track racing fan and pit crew member for his favorite driver, #37 Scott Ward. He spent most weekends in the spring and summer enjoying the races and even made trips to Texas and Arizona with his racing buddies.

In Rod’s 6-year battle with NETS, he did many different treatments to ward off his cancer including an 18-month clinical trial out of Iowa City with Dr. O’dorisio, one of the top NETS specialists in the US.  He also traveled to Denver to see Dr. Liu another specialist and was currently under the care of Dr. Addo in Watertown. He fought a long, courageous battle.  We are all proud.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 36 years, Ruth Vincent, his son Jesse (Jeani) Vincent of Arlington and their children Ellisyn, Emarie, and Easton; son Jamie (Darcy)Vincent of Brookings and their sons Hudson and Hunter; daughter Haley (Taylor Kurth) of Hendricks, MN; brother and sisters, Jake Vincent of DeSmet, Coleen Vincent of Park River, ND, Dianne Mulder (Troy Damm) of Badger, SD, Tonya (John) Kukowski of Jamestown, ND, Carson (Loretta) Aaneson of Laramie, WY, Chip (Lynn) Aaneson of Laramie, WY, Susan Dieckman of Sioux Falls, SD and Tim(Christie) Aaneson of Farenam, NE and several nieces and nephews.

Rod is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother Mark, sister Vonnya, step-brother Stewart Aaneson, and many aunts and uncles.

In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials and donations to Brookings Health System, Hospice Care in Rod Vincent’s honor.

Larry Allen Hagemann






Larry Hagemann, age 72 of Howe, TX died on November 25, 2016 at his home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet at 2 PM.  There will be  visitation one hour prior to services .  Burial will be in the De Smet Cemetery following services.

He was born to Kurt and Eva (Hahn) Hagemann on November 15, 1944 in Ramona, SD.  He married Ginger Klinkel on September 5, 1971 in South Dakota.  He retired after 36 years with Zodiac (formerly Weber) in Gainesville, TX.  He served in the United States Air Force from February 1, 1968 until an honorable discharge December 9, 1971.  He was an elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church at Whitesboro, TX.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger of Howe, TX; a daughter, Jennifer (Larry) Pritchett, Howe, TX; one son, Lallen (Ashlie) Hagemann, Denton, TX; two granddaughters; one grandson;  one great grandson; one brother, Kurtus Hagemann; and three sisters, LaVayne Hutchinson, Val Rankin and Bea Wadsworth.

In  Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, Whitesboro, TX.