Eldon Jurrens Obituary

Funeral services for Eldon Jurrens will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eldon George Jurrens was born June 7, 1928 at Tyndall, South Dakota, the son of Tim and Lena (Roll) Jurrens. He died Sunday March 7, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Eldon attained the age of 81 years and nine months.

Eldon served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Eldon married Carol Tjeerdsma on September 14, 1951 at Springfield, SD. He was a self employed mechanic and owner of Jurrens Repair from 1957 until he retired in 1990.

Eldon was a member of the Avon Lions Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce and was a city councilman for twelve years. He was also a member of Gideons, Bon Homme Co. Mens Chorus and was active in the First Baptist Church, serving as a trustee and a deacon for many years.

Eldon will be remembered for his love of singing, bowling and camping at Hart Ranch. He also enjoyed his four lovely granddaughters, who were the pride and joy of his life.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Carol Mae Jurrens of Avon; three children: Dennis and wife Dixie Jurrens of Avon, Jolene and husband Edd Conner of Norfolk, VA and Loren and wife Laurie Jurrens of Avon; four grandchildren: Nicole Jurrens, Henrietta Ratzlaff, Alexis Jurrens and Olivia Jurrens; one brother, Virgil and wife Maxine Jurrens of Madison, WI; and two sisters: Leatta and husband Palmer Schortzmann of Merced, CA and Erma Dykstra of Avon.

Eldon was preceded in death by his only grandson, Timothy Joseph Jurrens; three brothers: Chester, LeRoy and Raymond Jurrens; a sister, Viola Voigt; his parents; and a brother-in-law, David Dykstra.

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ZellaMae Fathke Jurrens Obituary

ZellaMae Jurrens, 87 of Avon ~ Funeral services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm, with the family present.

ZellaMae Jurrens, daughter of John and Mabel (Lorenz) Fathke, was born April 21, 1920 at Avon, SD. She died Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Avera St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall. ZellaMae attained the age of 87 years, nine months and 27 days.

ZellaMae attended Rueb Country School and graduated from Avon High School in 1937.

ZellaMae married LeRoy Edward Jurrens on February 23, 1940. Together they farmed in the Avon area. They retired in May of 1982 and moved into Avon in August of 1982. LeRoy died January 2, 1989. ZellaMae became a resident of the Springfield Assisted Living Center in October of 2005 and the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center in November of 2007.

ZellaMae was a member of the First Baptist Church in Avon and attended Bible Study. She also was a member of the Avon Senior Citizens. ZellaMae enjoyed fancy work, especially making quilts for her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her sense of humor.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children: Karen and husband, Arnie Lubbers of Rockport, TX, Sherryl and husband, Andy McComb of Altoona, IA, Bruce and wife, Peggy of Mason City, IA, and Charlene and husband, Richard Adams of Indianola, IA; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen Fathke of Tyndall GSC; and many relatives and friends.

ZellaMae was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; grandson, Chad Jurrens; parents; two brothers: Lawrence and Chester; and son-in-law, Bernie Colwill.

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Greeta Dungan Jurrens Obituary

Greeta Jurrens, 77, of Avon and recently of Yankton ~ Her service will be 10:00 am Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the Baptist Cemetery, rural Avon. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home of Avon is in charge of the arrangements.

Greeta Rose Jurrens, daughter of Sam and Ella (Brown) Dungan, was born April 8, 1930 at Lucedale, MS. She died unexpectedly Saturday, November 3 2007 at her home in Yankton. Greeta attained the age of 77 years, six months and 27 days.

Greeta graduated from Lucedale High School in 1947 and then worked in the Mobile, AL area.

Greeta married Russell R. Jurrens on January 6, 1952 at Lucedale, MS. They moved back to Avon in 1955 and farmed together for many years. Two sons were born to their union. Russell died October 20, 2003.

Greeta was a member of the First Baptist Church in Avon and a faithful reader of her Bible.

Greeta will be remembered for her love of her cats, especially Tommy Lee and Eddy. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, canning and music. She loved the serenity of farm life, the outdoors and animals.

Thankful for having shared her life are her sons: Chris and wife, Jeanne and Scott and wife, Marilyn, all of Yankton; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild on the way; and one sister, Lois DeWitt of Dothan, AL.

Greeta was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers: Martin and Bill; and one sister, Laura Jones.

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Carol Schulz Powers Obituary

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, April 25, 2009 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wagner, with burial in the St. John Catholic Cemetery, rural Wagner, SD. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner from 9 am to 5 pm Friday, followed by a 7 pm Rosary-Wake at the church.

Carol Maxine Powers, daughter of Ludwig Theodore and Margaret Ann (Deurmier) Schulz, was born November 3, 1931 at Hollingsworth Hospital in Avon, SD. She went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2009 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner after a lengthy battle with cancer. Carol attained the age of 77 years, five months and 19 days.

Carol attended rural Choteau Creek #9 School through the eighth grade. She graduated from Delmont High School in 1949. Carol attended Notre Dame Teaching Academy in Mitchell for two years and transferred to and graduated from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD in 1952. She was a teacher at rural Lakepoint School for two years, rural Choteau Creek School for one year and rural Rouse School for two years. Carol then quit teaching to be a full time mom and to own and operate a dairy farm with her husband Rook.

She married Clifford Claude (Rook) Powers on June 10, 1951. Together they farmed south of Dante, SD form 1951 to 1963. They moved to the Powers’ Homeplace in 1963 and continued farming until 2003.

Carol was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Dante. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7319 in Wagner and a member of the Assumption Altar Society.

Carol will be remembered for her love of gardening, bowling and her loving care of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Thankful for having shared her life her husband Rook; her six children: Jackie Peters and special friend Terry Andersh of Avon, Janet and husband Stan Nedved of Wagner, Jim and wife Jeanne of Sioux Falls, Angela and husband Bryan Nagel of Springfield, Jerome and wife Heidi of Wagner, and Lori and husband Michael Hollis of Brooklyn, NY; 20 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; six sisters: Margaret Heisinger of Parkston, Elaine Guthmiller of Tripp, Ione Fideler of Delmont, Marilyn Nelson of Piedmont, Wilma Elliott of Sanborn, IA and DeVeta Thury of Parkston; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; son Douglas on October 5, 1996 and his wife Jan; her grandmother Louisa (Bollinger) Deurmier who helped raise her; and three sisters: Mae Ferber, Charmaine Gremmert and Judy Walz.

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Elizabeth Kutsch Brandt Obituary

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 prayer service. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to Lutheran Hour Ministries, Zion Lutheran Church and the Yankton Homeless Shelter.

Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Brandt, daughter of George and Mary (Vest) Kutsch, was born June 20, 1916 at Kearney, NE. She died unexpectedly Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. Betty attained the age of 94 years, ten months and nine days.

Betty’s mother died when she was eight years old. Her father’s sister moved in with the family and devoted her life to raising the family. Betty grew up in the Sumner, NE area and received her elementary education there. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1937 and then attended Concordia College in Seward, NE, for four years, graduating with a B.A. in Education. Betty taught at parochial schools in Kankakee, Il for two years and in Avon for two years.

While teaching in Avon, she met Fred A. Brandt. They were married August 20, 1941 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner, NE. Fred and Betty returned to the family farm, where they farmed for 50 years. Betty was a homemaker and farming partner and always a teacher at heart. Three sons were blessed to their union. Fred died October 23, 1988. Due to failing eye sight, Betty became a resident of the Springfield Assisted Living Center on February 23, 2009. At the time of her death, she was in Kearney, NE, visiting her sisters.

Betty was confirmed at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner. After her marriage, she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church and LWML in Avon, where she actively served all of her life.

Betty will be remembered for her enjoyment of quilting for missions and making church banners with her church group. She especially had a heart for people to know the Lord as their Redeemer. Betty had a quiet, yet powerful, strength..... always a teacher.

Thankful for having shared her life are her sons: Daniel, David and wife Sandra, and Douglas and wife Sharon, all of Avon; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters: Inez Dittmar and Viola Sattler, both of Kearney, NE; and many relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

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Eleanor Lauer Brandt Obituary

Eleanor’s funeral service is 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation is at the church Monday from noon until 7 PM, followed by a 7 PM prayer service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor Edith Brandt was born October 28, 1928 in rural Delmont, SD to Elmer C. and Maria (Pullman) Lauer. She died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Wagner Community Hospital after complications of Myelofibrosis, a rare blood disease, which she battled courageously for eighteen months. Eleanor attained the age of 81 years, 10 months, and 17 days. Eleanor was baptized at her home in Delmont by Rev. Charles Weiting on November 18, 1928, and was confirmed in the Christian faith by Rev. Otto A. Pinnt at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, SD on March 29, 1942. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself in the Lord and He shall give the desires of thine heart.” She attended Belmont Country School in Douglas County near Delmont for six years. She then attended Avon Zion Lutheran Parochial School for two and a half years. She graduated from Avon High School in 1946. On June 3, 1948, she married Raymond Brandt at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon. Together, they had six children.

Eleanor was an active member in her church. She served on the church council and was a Sunday School teacher. Over the years Eleanor was employed by several businesses including S.B. Gelfand Grocery; F. Weidenbach Grocery; Ed Schuh Gamble Store; Gurney Seed & Nursery and the Avon Livestock Sale barn Cafe where she was well known for her homemade pies. Eleanor also worked on the family dairy farm while raising their children. She sold Avon Products and had her own Lawn Ornament business. Eleanor was an active 4-H leader for many years and served as the 4-H County Board Secretary. She was very proud of her 100 year farm in Delmont. Known for her green thumb, she raised beautiful gardens and enjoyed being a member of the Avon Flower Club. Eleanor had a special knack for cooking and baking pies. Eleanor loved spending time with her entire family and enjoyed attending their activities. She had love and total commitment to her family, friends, and God. She always said “I have the best family in the world.”

Eleanor’s memory will live forever in the hearts of her husband of 62 years, Raymond, and their sons Dennis Brandt and wife Lyla; Rodger Brandt and wife Sandy; Dwayne Brandt and wife Debbie all of Avon and daughter Norma Noller of Kearney, Ne, eleven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Theodore, infant sister Erna, infant son Luverne, daughter Judy Pullmann in 1976, son-in-law Art Pullmann in 1976, brother Paul in 1979, and son-in-law Pat Noller in 2008.

Casketbearers Grandchildren: Gina Reicks Teresa Brandt Ben Brandt Dustin Brandt Michelle Boyd Tiffany Dickey Sara Schoenhals Michael Noller Dwight Brandt Denise Leischner Darla Brandt

Honorary Casketbearers: Lee Lagendyk Lauren & Sylvia Meiers Marlin Villhauer Russell Pullman Tammy Johannsen

Remaining members of the AHS Class of 1946

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Bertha Brandt Timmens Obituary

Bertha Timmens, 100, of Avon died Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon. Burial is in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation is at the church on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Prayer Service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Louise Helene Timmens was born July 9, 1911 at Avon, South Dakota, the daughter of David and Caroline (Bredehoft) Brandt. She died Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Bertha attained the age of 100 years, 10 months and 19 days.

Bertha attended school through the eighth grade in Avon. She then worked as a maid in Sioux City, IA.

Bertha married Homer Timmens on June 6, 1945 at Avon. They lived in Montfort, WI until moving to Avon in 1946. Together they farmed until they retired. Homer died on June 19, 1986. Bertha entered the Good Samaritan Society in July of 2010.

Bertha was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she served as an organist, LWML member and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a 4H leader for several years.

Bertha will be remembered for her love of telling stories and talking on the phone.

Thankful for having shared her life are her sister-in-law, Dorothy Brandt of Avon; nieces and nephews: Kenneth and wife Florence Powers of Avon; Dale and wife Nancy Powers of Campbell, NY; Diane (Brandt) and husband John Boheman of Sioux Falls; Jean Marie (Powers) and husband Russell Borchers of Beaver Creek, MN; Arlen and wife Sharon Brandt of Emery; Betty Sherer of Sioux Falls; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer; sister, Rosella Powers; brother, Alvin Brandt; brother-in-law, Lester Powers and nephew, Ronald Brandt.

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Rawland Taplett Obituary

Rawland Floyd Taplett, was born in Tyndall, SD June 28, 1921, to Frank S. Taplett and Dorothy Schultz Taplett. He passed away July 29, 2008, with congestive heart failure. He and his twin brother were the youngest of ten children. He moved with his family to Wenatchee (Washington) in 1930, when the twins were in fourth grade. At nine years old, they sold apples from a wagon to the neighborhood and hawked Wenatchee Daily World newspapers on the street corners. As a teenager, Rawland delivered telegrams for Postal Telegraph. In 1942, he married Mary Louise Vaughn. Prior to serving in the Army in WWII, he worked for Safeway. He spent two years in the Philippines during the War and was discharged in 1946.

When he returned from the War, he bought his first apple orchard. Working seven days a week, from sun-up to sun-down, he was always known for his strong work ethic and endless energy. He soon began to pack and sell his own fruit from his garage on Fifth Street. For fun, he played checkers in Memorial Park and went on to win the Washington State Checker Championship in 1949 and 1952. (This week he took time to play a game of checkers with his grandson.) He was one of the few, cash fruit buyers in the Valley. In 1972, Rawley was the first shipper to open the apple markets in Hong Kong and Taiwan to "Washington Apples". Twenty-seven years after beginning his fruit business on "nine acres," he had grown to be one of the largest independent fruit growers in the State. He owned and operated orchards between Royal City and Oroville, WA. He packed his own, as well as other's fruit, in his modern packing warehouse, cold storage and CA storage on the Chelan Highway.

Rawley was a born entrepreneur. Following his success in the apple business, he entered into many business ventures. He developed several subdivisions throughout the Wenatchee area, also one in Kent, WA and another in Covington, in King County. He became interested in developing safe storage and disposal of toxic nuclear waste. He founded Chem Nuclear Inc. and became President and Chairman of the Board. He founded AirSensors, Inc. and has been Chairman of the Board, later named Imco. This company developed equipment for utilizing alternate fuel systems for the automotive industry. This company is known today as Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. He also founded Accor Technologies, Inc. and has served as Chairman of the Board of this company. Accor Technology, Inc. has developed a push-on plumbing valve for use in the construction industry. It is being manufactured locally at the Port District near Pangborn Airport. Rawley was always open to new ideas and had a positive outlook on life and its opportunities. He had the original pioneer spirit, eager to demonstrate how a country boy, with lots of determination, hard work and energy, and only a high school education, could fulfill the American Dream. He loved his family so very much. He was always there for each of them. He quietly provided for special needs as he became aware of them, but encouraged us to become self productive people.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; his three daughters, Norene Gibbs (recently deceased husband, Don) of East Wenatchee, Mandy Jo and husband, John Savoia of Mesa, AZ and Debbie and husband, David Jongeward of Vancouver, WA; son, Dean Taplett and wife, Roxanne of Ocean Shores, WA. He had 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all of us, more than words can express. The Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2008, at Telford's Chapel of the Valley, officiated by Rev. Hilton Jarvis and Dean Taplett. Interment will be at the Wenatchee Cemetery.

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Lillian Lang Shuput Obituary

Lillian D. Shuput, age 93, of Janesville, Wisconsin died on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Harbor House, Janesville. She was born in Tyndall, SD on Jan. 4, 1917, the daughter of Fredrick and Barbara (Bitterman) Lang. She married George Shuput on Jan. 23, 1949, in Omaha, NE. Lillian was an Omaha, NE resident most of her life and was a member of the Tavern League in Omaha. For the past few years she and her husband have been residents of Janesville.

She is survived by her husband, George Shuput of Janesville; daughter, Diane (William) Kennedy of Janesville; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a sister, Lenora McCann of Springfield, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Perry; grandson, Perry Ryan; and 9 brothers and sisters. A Private Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 30, 2010, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH with Rev. Randy Timmerman officiating. A private family grave side service will be held on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in Calvary Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Lasting Memorials may be made to HospiceCare, Inc., Janesville. Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Ann Dykstra Heidemann Obituary

Ann S. Heidemann, age 89, of Brandt, SD died Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center, Clear Lake, SD.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Highland Lutheran Church, Brandt, SD. Burial will be in Highland Lutheran Cemetery, Brandt, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012 at Houseman Funeral Home, Clear Lake, SD.

Annie “Ann” Susan Heidemann was born in Tyndall, SD on August 12, 1922 to Ida and Louis Dykstra. She was raised in the Avon area and graduated from Avon High School in 1939. After graduation, Ann stayed with her sister Henrietta in Litchfield, MN for a short time and then moved to Springfield, SD where she met Carl Heidemann.

Ann and Carl were married on New Year’s Eve, 1946. Soon they moved back to the farm on which he was raised near Brandt, SD where they farmed until 1969. They moved to Bushnell, SD in 1970. On December 18, 1974, Carl passed away. In 1987, Ann moved back to Brandt to enjoy her retirement years. Ann slipped peacefully away into the arms of Jesus at the Sanford Medical Center of Clear Lake, SD on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 7 days.

In addition to working with Carl on the farm, Ann’s employment included working in creameries in Springfield and Brandt, being postmistress in Bushnell and employment at the Brookings Community Hospital and South Dakota State University.

Ann always enjoyed keeping in touch with many life-long friends in the various communities where she lived and worked and was active in church and community activities. Her hobbies included traveling with family, gardening, crocheting and most especially, Ann enjoyed baking. She is well known for her chocolate chip cookies which she baked for any family in mourning and as treats for family and friends.

Ann is survived by her daughter Betty of Brandt; son Benny (Lorraine) of Piedmont, SD; granddaughter Sandy (Pete) Gibbons of Bellevue, NE; grandson John Heidemann of Rapid City, SD; great-granddaughters Jocelyn Gibbons, Breanna, Monet and Victoria Heidemann; her sister Louise Van Gerpen of Avon, SD; three sisters-in-law: Ferne of Pierre, SD, Arlene and Erma of Avon, SD and numerous nieces and nephews by whom she was known as “Auntie Ann” or “Aunt Annie”. Ann was a special person and her memory will live on for her family and friends.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Dickie, John, Garrett, Dave and Louis “Buddy”; one sister Henrietta; brothers-in-law, Pete, Glenn, Arthur, Harold and Victor; sisters-in-law Minnie, Lizzie, Anna, Hannah, Vivian; nephews David V., Garry, Myron, Mike and niece Barbie.

*Houseman Family Funeral Home

Robert Taplett Obituary

Robert D. Taplett, 86, a heavily decorated Marine Colonel who led his 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in the grueling strategic retreat at Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, died December 17, 2004, of congestive heart failure at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Virginia.

A running battle during the winter months of 1950, in temperatures falling to 40 degrees below zero at night, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir lasted three weeks, as U.S. and allied forces fought their way back to the sea in the face of relentless assaults from Chinese forces, who outnumbered them by more than 5 to 1. About 15,000 Marines and 3,000 Army troops took part in the battle.

"From November 27 to December 10, we were in almost constant combat," Colonel Taplett told USA Today in 2000. "I don't think I slept two hours the whole time. You had to keep moving, or you'd freeze. I left Yudami-ni with roughly 1,300 men and got into Hagaru-ni (at the south end of the reservoir) with 326 effective Marines. Better than half our casualties were caused by weather."

The severe frostbite he suffered caused Colonel Taplett to have difficulties walking for the rest of his life.

A longtime Arlington resident, Robert Donald Taplett was born in Tyndall, South Dakota. He graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota in 1940. He was a member of the Army ROTC in college, but in 1940, the Marine Corps corralled Colonel Taplett and a number of honor graduates across the country. He resigned his Army commission and became a Marine Second Lieutenant in 1940. He went through basic training at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

He loved being a Marine, his wife, Patricia Taplett, recalled. Dark-haired, 6 feet 2 inches tall, in his dress blues he seemed made for the Corps. "Some people called him a poor man's Gregory Peck," Mrs. Taplett said. "I always said he was a cross between Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor."

On December 7, 1941, he was serving aboard the USS Salt Lake City at Pearl Harbor. The cruiser was escorting the carrier Enterprise, which had engine trouble and was just outside the harbor when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. Unscathed, the Salt Lake City headed off in pursuit of the Japanese fleet.

He was aboard the Salt Lake City for three years and participated in the major battles of the Pacific, including a decisive engagement in the Aleutian Islands in 1943, a battle that naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison called "the last heavy gunfire daylight action, with no interference by air power, submarines or torpedoes." In October 1944, the Salt Lake City provided fire support at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

After the war, Colonel Taplett served as commanding officer of the Navy supply barracks at Clearview, Utah, at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. He also served with the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, California. He was dispatched to Korea in 1950.

"From the time he came in with the brigade, from Pusan, up through Seoul, all the way to the Chosin Reservoir, just about every dirty job the 5th Marines had, he led the way," said fellow Marine Frank Metersky, a member of the Chosin Few, an organization of Marines who survived the Chosin retreat.

"He, to me, is one of the finest officers in the history of the Marine Corps," said Metersky, co-chairman of the Korean War POW-MIA committee.

Colonel Taplett was awarded the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.

After the Korean War, Colonel Taplett spent several months traveling the country lecturing to military audiences on the importance of close-air support, a Marine concept perfected during World War II, and then became academic director of the Basic School at Quantico in 1951 and 1952. He was at Marine Corps headquarters from 1953 to 1956. From 1957 to 1959, he was based in Hawaii, although he spent most of his time training troops in Okinawa and the Philippines.

He was sent back to Quantico in 1959, a member of the landing force development center. Unhappy that he wasn't working directly with troops, he retired in 1960 after 20 years of service.

In retirement, Colonel Taplett and his family moved to Arlington, where he worked for several professional associations and then for the U.S. Postal Service, where his duties included teaching management techniques to supervisors. He retired in 1993.

He made two trips back to South Korea, the last in 1985, and while there expressed sympathy for the North Korean people. He remembered how they sheltered Marines during that unimaginably hard winter years earlier and how they shared whatever food they could spare.

He received his master's degree in human resource development from George Washington University, attending class at night, and wrote a combat memoir, "Dark Horse Six" (2003), the title alluding to his battalion's radio call, "Dark Horse." In Iraq today, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines use the same call sign in his honor. He also collected donations for the Arlington charity SOME (So Others Might Eat), volunteered with the Women's National Symphony Decorators' Show House and was a monitor at the Kennedy Center Young People's Concerts.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, of Arlington; six children, Claire Taplett and Marty K. Taplett, both of Arlington, Christine McCarty of Charlottesville, Robert Howard Taplett of Purchase, New York, Martin Ross Taplett of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Margo Barbara Taplett of Park City, Utah; a brother; and nine grandchildren.

*Arlington National Cemetery

Edward Plihal Obituary

Edward Emanuel Plihal was born in Tyndall, South Dakota, on June 5, 1921. Edward, the youngest son of Joseph and Emma Plihal, was one of five children. He had a brother named Joe and three sisters: Ann, Lillian, and Ella. He lived in Tyndall, South Dakota, and graduated in 1939 from Tyndall High School. After high school he went on to Southern Normal School in Springfield for two years, and then on to South Dakota State College, Brookings, in September of 1941.

In February of 1942, while at college, he received a commission as second lieutenant, and in June of the same year he volunteered for service in the United States Army. Lt. Edward E. Plihal was first at Camp Walters for three months and then he was moved to Fort Benning, Georgia. Lt. Plihal was finally stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, as an instructor in the tank destroyer school.

On April 14, 1944, in Koleen, Texas, station hospital Lt. Edward Emanuel Plihal died after catching meningitis two days prior. His family was informed of his illness immediately but was told not to try to make a trip to Texas. After his death his mother received a letter that her son had been promoted to Captain and that he was a “fine, upstanding young officer, whose absence will be felt very keenly by his organization and former associates.” His body was returned to Tyndall, SD, where services were held. Edward Plihal is buried at the Bohemian National Cemetery northeast of Tyndall.

At the time of his death he was survived by his parents, Joseph and Emma Plihal, Tyndall, South Dakota; brother, Capt. Joe Plihal, England; and sisters, Ann, Hanford, Washington; Lillian, Edmonton, Canada; Ella Dvoracek, Tyndall, South Dakota.

*South Dakota World War II Memorial

Dr. Earle Young Biography

Dr. Earle Montgomery Young, a popular physician of Plankinton, has already gained high rank in his profession and has the confidence of his colleagues and the general public. He was born in Tyndall, South Dakota, on the 3d of February, 1887, a son of C. M. and Retta F. (Murray) Young. The father was an educator and for twenty-two years was associated with the State University of South Dakota at Vermillion. Previous to his connection with that institution he was a high-school teacher and was at one time the editor of a paper at Tyndall. At the time of his death he was dean of the college of arts and sciences of the university and as he was the first man to hold that position he was largely responsible for the organization of that college and the formulation of the policies that governed the various departments thereof in their relation to each other and to the university as a whole. He was the author of a number of educational works of merit and was well known and highly respected in the educational world.

Dr. Young attended the public and high schools of Vermillion and the State University: He was graduated from the latter institution with tile degrees of A. B. and M. A., in 1908 and shell entered Rush Medical College of Chicago for preparation for the medical profession. He was graduated in December, 1912, but did not consider that he was fully qualified for the independent practice of medicine and therefore spent a year and a half as interne, thus gaining practical experience. For six months he was connected with the Home for Destitute Children and for one year was interne in the Presbyterian Hospital under Dr. D. W. Graham. Upon returning to South Dakota he located at Mount Vernon, where he practiced for a short time, but on the 1st of August, 1914, he removed to Plankinton, where he has since resided. He is accurate in diagnosis and as he keeps thoroughly informed as to the latest improvements in medical practice and the discoveries of investigators he gives his patients the benefit of the advance that is constantly being made in medical science. He has gained a large and lucrative practice and is highly esteemed by his colleagues. He is now county physician and he belongs to the Mitchell District Medical Society and to the American Medical Association. Dr. Young is an adherent of the Baptist church and fraternally is identified with the Masons, the Odd Fellows and a number of college fraternities. He has great faith in the future of South Dakota and is making his life a factor in the development of his section of the state. A representative of one of the early and influential families of South Dakota, he is proud of the fact that his parents were among those who laid the foundation for the greatness of the commonwealth, and he believes the opportunities offered the ambitious young professional man here are equal to those found elsewhere.

*History of Dakota Territory, Volume V by George W. Kingsbury, 1915

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Anderson Biography

Andrew Anderson and Julia Fitch were married here March 30, 1903. To this union were born four children, Levi, Anna Moravec, Mae Pier and Lester, who died in infancy.

Julia was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fitch and was born near Springfield in 1874 and died here in 1950.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

William Allen Obituary

Died on Sunday, Feb. 22, 1874, at his residence on Emanuel Creek, William Allen, aged 70 years. Mr. Allen came to this county about 12 years earlier and was one of the first settlers. Burial was in Marsh cemetery. Elder Judd conducted the service.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Alfred Aldridge Biography

Alfred W. Aldridge was born in Wisconsin in 1850. He came to Bon Homme County in 1876 and worked on farms and rented in the Perkins area. After his first wife died he married Mrs. Kate Crosley. They moved to Springfield where Mr. Aldridge continued with his gardening and trucking.

*Springfield South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Raymond Renzema Obituary

Raymond Rudolph "Ray" Renzema, 86, of Albany (Oregon) died Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Mennonite Home.

Ray was born in Springfield, South Dakota on Oct. 12, 1924, the son of Dirk and Anna P. (Dykstra) Renzema. He served in the US Navy during World War II. Ray was a Christian Minister and Bible College Professor and Administrator. He performed and directed wonderful Christian concerts. He will be remembered as a loving and treasured father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by many.

On August 21, 1948, Ray married Irene Neal in Oregon City.

Ray is survived by his children, Dr. Ruby Ann Paulson and her husband John of Mounds View, Minnesota and Laura Concord and her husband Eric of Friday Harbor, Washington; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Grace Reedy of Moses Lake, Washington, Frances Van Zyl of Corvallis and Doris Laver of Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two grandchildren; and brothers John, Milton and Orville Renzema.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m.on August 20th at Turner Christian Church, 7871 Marion Rd., Turner, OR 97392.

Memorial contributions may be made to Turner Retirement Home and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.

*Fisher Funeral Home

Haley Putnam Obituary

Funeral services for Haley Jane Putnam will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Tyndall, South Dakota with Pastor Dean Schroeder officiating. Organist will be Donna Bohlmann and soloist will be Cheri Altenburg. Interment will follow in Tyndall Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, at the Goglin-Kelley Funeral Chapel in Tyndall. A memorial service will be held concurrently at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the church.

Honorary casketbearers will be Haley's 4th grade class and members of her 2004 softball team.

Active casketbearers will be Haley's cousins: Amy Hurley, Justin Johnson, Ally Johnson, Christen Spease, Tyler Spease, Andy Lee and Sam Putnam.

Haley Jane Putnam was born on March 2, 1995, in Yankton, South Dakota. She was a fourth grader at Tyndall Elementary School where she was an A honor student and had participated in Student Council. Haley had a love for sports, especially softball and soccer. She was a member of the 10-and-under softball league championship team in 2004. Haley was an avid animal lover and had a special place in her kind heart for horses, which she shared with many of her friends. She was baptized as a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Tyndall on April 16, 1995, and was active in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Haley's kindness, smile and free spirit touched the hearts of all who knew her. Her smallness in size was more than made up for by her huge heart. Haley's giving spirit lives on through others by her gift of organ donation. She was, is, and always will be a beautiful child of God.

Grateful for having shared her life are her parents, Don and Jill Putnam and sister and "best friend," Amanda Putnam, all of Tyndall; grandparents, Dorothy Clark of Yankton; Jim Putnam of Armour, South Dakota; Sue and Joe Hersman of Tyndall; great-grandparents, Dorothy and Alverno Scherschligt of Yankton; four aunts, three uncles, seven cousins; and many other family, friends and her "special buddies."

Haley passed away on November 1, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. She has joined her grandfather Hal Clark and great-grandparents Erna and Les Putnam with their Lord for all eternity.

*Yankton Press & Dakotan ~ November 4, 2004

Courtney Rothschadl Obituary

Courtney Rae Rothschadl, 19, died April 28, 2012. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Viborg School Gymnasium. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7 PM at the Viborg School Gymnasium. Burial will be Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall, SD.

Courtney Rae Rothschadl was born November 6, 1992 in Viborg to Craig Rothschadl and Darci (Duncan) Schreiner. She attended school and graduated from the Viborg High School in 2011. She was involved in FFA, Oral Interp, Chorus and Track. Courtney worked at Pump N Stuff, Evergreen Assisted Living, Kountry Kookin and Lewis Drug in Viborg and Schmidt’s Convenience Store in Tyndall. She enjoyed Harry Potter, Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Lion King, shopping, reading, listening to music, writing, putting puzzles together and the family dogs were an important part of her life.

Courtney was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Rothschadl.

Courtney is survived by her father Craig (Kathy) of Viborg; mother Darci (Nathan) Schreiner of Huron; sister Samantha of Viborg; brother Wolfgang of Viborg; grandparents Sue Rothschadl of Tyndall, and DeWayne & Glenda Duncan of Viborg; 4 step-brothers Dakota, Ashton & Trenton Schreiner of Kansas, Kaedon Maunu of Viborg; special friend Justin Johnson; step-grandparents Kelly Happeny (Mark Christensen) of Viborg, Don & Karen Engelke of Viborg; and many other relatives and friends.

*Viborg Funeral Home

Celia Kriz Rothschadl Obituary

Celia G. Rothschadl was born on Wednesday, November 16, 1910 to Joseph and Emma (Hamberger) Kriz in Blaha, South Dakota. She attended grade school at Blaha, and graduated from Scotland High School. Celia earned her teaching certificate at Southern Normal College and taught school at Clear Lake Country School near Blaha. She later worked at Gelfand’s Grocery Store in Tyndall. Celia was united in marriage to James F. Rothschadl on August 23, 1934 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Vodnany. They farmed north of Tyndall and Celia was a devoted farm wife, often helping milk the cows. She will be remembered for her baking and the rugs that she made. After James passed away in 1979, she remained on the farm with her oldest son, Leonard. She later moved to Tyndall, where she resided at the Lidi Apartments for 19 years. Celia was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and St. Leo Altar Society. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens where she served as Secretary for several years. Celia was a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society for 8½ years, and it is there that she passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the age of 98 years, 8 months and 9 days.

Celia’s memory will be cherished by her two sons: Duane (Joan) Rothschadl and Harvey (Delores) Rothschadl, all of Tyndall; six grandchildren: Keith (Julie) Rothschadl of Scotland, Janet (John) Pesek of Tyndall, Judy (Lawson) Coke of Frisco, Texas, Greg (Lauri) Rothschadl of Tabor, Edward Rothschadl of Fargo, North Dakota and Kathryn (Brent) Schoenrock of Plymouth, Minnesota; nine great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lillian Rehurek and Alice Cole of California; one sister-in-law, Florence Kriz, also of California; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Celia in death are her husband, James, her son, Leonard, her parents, Joseph and Emma, and two brothers, Joseph and William.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Richard Rothschadl Obituary

Richard Lynn Rothschadl was born July 20, 1950 in Tyndall to Joseph and Lillian (Cihak) Rothschadl.

He attended Nedved Country School and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1968. On his Senior Prom night, he asked Sue Marvin’s father for permission to marry his daughter. He left for military service in June 1968. Basic training was at Ft. Lewis, WA and afterwards, he was stationed at Ft. Monmouth in Newark, NJ. While he was in New Jersey, Rich took instructions and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Shortly before the wedding date, Rich got orders for overseas. He flew home late Friday night, the Court House was opened Saturday morning to obtain a marriage license and Rich and Sue were married on Sunday, July 20, 1969 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall. They spent 30 days together before he left for a one-year assignment in Ubon, Thailand. After returning to the states, he was stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, CO, then Mannheim, Germany and during this time their son Craig was born. They returned to the states in 1974 and he was once again stationed in Colorado Springs where he worked in Cheyenne Mountain with NORAD. While at Colorado, their twin daughters Chris and Cathy were born. His next assignment was Ft. Gordon, GA and before leaving the service of 11 years as a SSG(E6), he was a recruiter in Davenport, IA. They returned to Tyndall in 1979 where Rich worked at the Cenex Station in Tyndall, Hills Gas in Yankton and caretaker for the Tyndall City Pool. He attended 2 years at Springfield College until it closed. From 1984 to 1990, he was a gravedigger. In 1985 he started Rich’s Services; spraying lawns, mowing cemeteries, grounds keeper for B-Y Water and Bon Homme School and football complex and doing snow removal. He was a volunteer fireman with the Tyndall Volunteer Fire Department, Elliot Hose Company No. 1, for 10 years and served on the Tyndall City Council. He enjoyed playing baseball for the Tyndall Arrows, Lesterville Broncs and also for Avon and Menominee. He played slowpitch softball in later years and played slowpitch with the Old Timers. He also enjoyed dancing and taught line dance country western classes. Rich enjoyed the work he did by being able to be outside and be his own boss. The light of his life were his four grandchildren who will miss their Grandpa “Opa.”

Rich is survived by his wife Sue of Tyndall; his son Craig and children Courtney, Samantha and Wolfgang of Viborg; two daughters: Chris Lynn (Tyler) Lehmann and daughter Ruzena Lynn of Grand Junction, CO and Cathy (Mike) Cuka of Omaha, NE; two brothers: Bob (Nancy) of Scotland and Joe, Jr. of Tyndall; one sister, Rose (Leonard) Gebhart of Elkton; two brothers-in-law: Gene Marvin of Tyndall and Carl (Arlene) Marvin of Cheyenne, WY; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Roger, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Calina Marvin, and his grandparents.

*Goglin Funeral Home

Audrey Kreber Schuurmans Obituary

Audrey Mae Schuurmans was born on Wednesday, December 10, 1930 in Tyndall, South Dakota to Louis and Lydia (Jilek) Kreber. She attended Country School through the eighth grade, and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1948. She later earned her Teaching Certificate from Southern State Teacher’s College. Prior to her marriage, she taught country school in Bon Homme County. Audrey was united in marriage to Darrel Schuurmans on Saturday, February 20, 1954 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Wilmington, Ohio. While Darrel was stationed in Ohio, Audrey continued her teaching career as a 1st grade teacher in Clinton, Ohio. Following their return to the area, she resumed teaching country school and later taught 5th grade in Tyndall. In later years, she became a teaching aide with special needs children in Tyndall. She especially enjoyed teaching at the Bon Homme Colony and teaching art. In her spare time, Audrey loved gardening, painting and calligraphy, genealogy studies, and cards, especially pinochle. She was a 4-H leader and was a member of the Jolly Neighbors, St. Leo’s Altar Society, and Catholic Order of Foresters. Audrey passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Tyndall, South Dakota, having attained the age of 80 years, 9 months, and 17 days.

Audrey is survived by her children: Gary (Connie) Schuurmans of Norfolk, Nebraska, Judi Schuurmans-Peyton of West Point, Nebraska, Patti (Randy) Hagedorn of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Lynda (Brett) Gross of Baxter, Minnesota; twelve grandchildren: two great-grandchildren: a brother, Ed (Mary) Kreber of Springfield; and two sisters: Mary Ellen (Mike) Penessa of Green Valley, Arizona and Sharon (Nick) Mansour, of Tucson, Arizona.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Darrel Schuurmans in 2008, her daughter, Susan Schuurmans in 1990, her parents, Louis and Lydia Kreber, two brothers, Harold Kreber and William Kreber, and one sister, Lois Kreber.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Darrel Schuurmans Obituary

Darrel Dwight Schuurmans was born on Friday, August 15, 1930 in Bon Homme County near Tyndall, South Dakota. His parents were Gerrit, Jr. and Hattie (Hasek) Schuurmans. He attended Cottonwood School and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1948. Darrel served in the U.S. Air Force from February of 1951 until February of 1955, having achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Darrel was united in marriage to Audrey Kreber on February 20, 1954 in Wilmington, Ohio, where Darrel was stationed. Upon their return to Tyndall, he returned to farming and they made their home on the farm for over 53 years. Darrel was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church and served on many committees and boards over the years. He was active throughout the community, in both the Tyndall V.F.W. and American Legion, serving as a long-time 4-H leader, a member and president of the Tyndall Cemetery Board, and was a volunteer and board member for the Bon Homme Museum. He enjoyed painting, drawing, woodworking and bowling. He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his grandchildren, and also spent many hours in the garden and caring for his animals. Darrel died on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 on his farm near Tyndall at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 28 days.

Darrel’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Audrey, of rural Tyndall; four children: Gary (Connie) Schuurmans of Norfolk, Nebraska, Judi Schuurmans-Peyton of West Point, Nebraska, Patti (Randy) Hagedorn of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Lynda (Brett) Gross of Baxter, Minnesota; twelve grandchildren: Erin (Richard) Bohacek, Sonjia Schuurmans, Gerrit (Mary) Schuurmans, Jared Schuurmans, Bailey, Kylie and Skylar Peyton, Breanna, Tyler and Matthew Hagedorn, and Bruce and Dylan Gross; and two great-grandchildren, Calloway and Aubree Bohacek; a brother, Eugene Schuurmans of Tyndall; a sister, Carol (Grant) Arment of Norfolk, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews. Darrel is also missed by his faithful companion, Buster.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Schuurmans in 1990, his parents, and a sister-in-law, Betty Schuurmans.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Ruby Hahn Kriz Obituary

Ruby Joan Kriz was born on June 3, 1932 near Tripp, SD to Henry and Helena (Winckler) Hahn. She was baptized on June 26, 1932 & confirmed on June 9, 1946. She graduated from Tripp High School in 1950. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Tripp Mercantile. Ruby married Donald A. Kriz on June 26, 1952. They farmed north of Tyndall until 1985, when she and Don moved to Tyndall. She worked at the L&R Café in Tyndall. Two of her greatest joys in life were her faith in the Lord and the time she spent in her yard, caring for His creations. Ruby will be most remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her love of family. Ruby enjoyed bowling, gardening, reading, quilting, baking, dancing, and most important spending time with her family. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and served on the boards of the Czech National Cemetery and the Czech Heritage Society. She passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at St. Michael’s Hospital, having attained the age of 79 years.

Grateful for having shared Ruby’s life are her son, Gary (Diane) Kriz of Tyndall and their children Ryan, Jay and Jody; her daughter, Debra (Calvin) Buchholz of Springfield and their children Hannah and Jared; one sister, Helen (Roy) Kriz of Sioux Falls; two nieces: Cynthia (Rick) Johnson and their children, Sarah, Tyler and Alex, and Karen (Mike) Beyer and their children, Keaton and Karson; and a nephew, Roger (Leanne) Kriz and their children, Nick and Stacey.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Don, on March 26, 2005, her parents, a great-nephew, Cody, and many aunts & uncles.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Lori Sorenson Kloucek Obituary

Funeral Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2008, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tyndall, South Dakota, with the Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Music will be provided by organist Donna Bohlman. Honorary Casketbearers will be all of Lori’s Family. Casketbearers are Scott Kloucek, Andrew Kloucek, Eric Sorenson, Pete Sorenson, Carol Kloucek and Chantel Kloucek. Interment will be in the Tyndall Cemetery. Goglin Funeral Home, Tyndall, is in charge of arrangements.

Lori Chyrl (Sorenson) Kloucek was born on Saturday, March 21, 1959, in Brookings, South Dakota to LeRoy and Rita (Bushnell) Sorenson. She graduated from Tyndall High School in 1977 and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings for one year. Lori married Jim Kloucek on February 4, 1978. They moved to Sibley, Iowa in 1980.

Lori gave freely of her time and talents and spent much of her life helping other people. Lori attended Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota and graduated in 1990 with an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Lori provided occupational therapy services to many challenged people in facilities across southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa. She worked for many years at Village Northwest Unlimited, a rehabilitation facility in Sheldon, Iowa.

Lori’s passion in life was her music. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, played the flute and loved to sing. For many years, Lori gave private piano lessons. She had been organist at several churches during her life, and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, where she was a member. For several years, she sang with “Miss Musicale,” a women’s vocal group in Sibley. Lori will always be remembered for her beautiful music.

Most important to Lori was her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Growing up, Lori was always present at her boys’ athletic and extracurricular activities and encouraged them in all they did. Her grandson and granddaughter, Tanner and Taylor, were the light of her life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt.

Lori died on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 49 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Lori’s memory will be cherished by her two sons: Scott (Chantel) Kloucek of Estherville, Iowa and grandchildren, Tanner and Taylor, and Andrew Kloucek of Yankton, South Dakota; her father, LeRoy Sorenson and special friend, Donna Bohlmann, of Tyndall; three siblings: brother, Eric (Tracy) Sorenson of Atlanta, Georgia and their children, Brian, Megan and Brittany, sister, Amy McKenna of San Diego, California and her son, Austin, and brother, Pete (Lorraine) Sorenson of Tabor, South Dakota and their children, Ethan and Claire; her grandfather, Laurence Sorenson of Tyndall; and her friend and former husband, Jim Kloucek of Tabor.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rita Sorenson on June 12, 2003; her paternal grandmother, Signe Sorenson; and her maternal grandparents, Roy and Chyrl Bushnell.

*Goglin Funeral Home

Alice Klemme Obituary

Alice was born Saturday, December 27, 1924 to Arthur and Ida (Treick) Klemme. She was baptized on April 1, 1925 at Bethany Reformed Church and was confirmed on July 2, 1939. She grew up on the family farm by Scotland and attended Nellis Country School. She graduated from Scotland High School and Brown Beauty School. Alice owned and operated her own hair salon on Main Street in Scotland for 50 years. She was an avid sports fan, attending nearly all home basketball games. She enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league for many years. Her gardens were simply beautiful, featuring red roses and her yard was nominated as yard of the month. She enjoyed the holidays, being one of the first homes to elaborately decorate her yard for Christmas. She loved her pets. She played a big part in planning and organizing the Scotland All School Reunion. Alice passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland, having attained the age of 87 years, 4 months and 20 days.

Alice is survived by one brother, Paul Pete Klemme: several nieces: Phyllis (Don) Jerke, Vera (Allen) Bierle, Paula (George) Bauder, GayLynn (Ken) Konrad, and Wilma Estes.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, special friend Frank Tuffs, brother Elmer (Ella) Klemme, sisters Ruth Klemme and Lola (Otto) Jenner, sister-in-law Esther Klemme, and nephew Allen Klemme.

*Goglin Funeral Home

James Fryda Obituary

Funeral services for James Fryda of Tyndall will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at St. John Lutheran Church in Tyndall, with Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Organist will be Donna Bohlmann. Interment will follow in Springfield Cemetery. Active casketbearers will be Jim’s 13 grandsons and honorary casketbearers will be Jim’s 10 granddaughters.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. Online condolences may be sent at www.goglinfh.com.

James Lawrence Fryda, Jr. was born Thursday, September 8, 1927 at Kennebec, South Dakota. He was the fifth of six children born to James and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Wagner) Fryda, Sr. They later moved to the Tyndall area, where he attended country school and later Tyndall High School through his sophomore year. Jim was united in marriage to Maxine Lange on January 29, 1947 at the Lutheran minister’s home in Vermillion. They farmed in the Avon area for several years and later moved to a Tyndall area farm. From there, they moved into Tyndall where he purchased and drove a bulk fuel truck for Cenex. Jim was among the first guards hired at the newly opened Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield. During his time there, he was honored both as Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year. He worked at the prison until his retirement. Jim loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He also enjoyed a sight-seeing trip to Mexico with family. He will be remembered for his green thumb, homemade wine and smoked fish. Jim passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Grateful for having shared Jim’s life are his wife of 65 years, Maxine Fryda of Tyndall; nine children: Linda (Alvin) Jonkers of Avon, Larry (Judy) Fryda of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Connie (Vernon) Ishmael of Springfield, Janet (Ronald) Wagner of Tyndall, Richard (Valerie) Fryda of Scotland, Barbara (Michael) Layton of Hot Springs, Tommy (Ann) Fryda of Omaha, Nebraska, Patti (Keith) Auch of Harrisburg, and Lorri (Larry) Dietsch of Springfield; 13 grandsons: Michael Jonkers, Bradley Fryda, Steven Fryda, Kenny Wilson, James Ishmael, Christopher Fryda, Jason Dietsch, Justin Wagner, Aaron Dietsch, Ryan Dietsch, Connor Auch, Austin Auch and Scott Fryda; 10 granddaughters: Karen Jonkers Lang, Karla Jonkers Kocer, Kelly Wilson Graham, Becki Jonkers Sigl, Jill Fryda Aarstad, Jennifer Wagner, Amber Ishmael Morvant, Kayleen Wagner, Emma Fryda and Molly Fryda; 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Hazel Kaufman of Yankton and Evelyn (Bob) Coleman of Springfield; and two sisters-in-law: Leona (Mrs. Lewis) Fryda of Tyndall and Doris (Mrs. Don) Fryda of Oxford, Nebraska.

In addition to his parents, Jim and Minnie Fryda, Jim was preceded in death by three brothers: Lewis, Dale and Don; a brother-in-law, Charles Kaufman; and a sister-in-law, Elaine (Mrs. Dale) Fryda.

*Goglin Funeral Home

Beverly Schmoll Ranek Obituary

Beverly Jean Ranek was born on Thursday, August 21, 1930 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Karl and Freda (Rueb) Schmoll. She attended Tyndall High School. She began working as a waitress at the Ranek Café, where she met Basil Ranek. They were united in marriage on February 13, 1950 in Tyndall. They owned and operated the café until 1959. She provided childcare in her home for many years. Beverly was a devoted homemaker, and spent her time caring for her husband and children. She was a life-long member of St. Leo Catholic Church and served in the St. Leo Altar Society. Beverly passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 81 years, 6 months, and 21 days.

Grateful for having shared Beverly’s life are her three children: Timothy (Dawn) Ranek of Conroe, Texas, Julie Ranek (Roger) Schmidt of Yankton, and Joanie (William) Crews of Tyndall; nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Ariel Hood, Samantha Crews, Abigail Crews, Justin Zoburg, Ashley Crespo, Amaris Crespo, Samara Crespo, Brianna Crespo, and Jonathan Kroger; and one great-grandson, Anthony Lopez; a brother, Elmer Schmoll of California; and one sister, Leona (Laddie) Becvar of Tyndall.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Ranek, in October of 1995, her father, Karl Schmoll, her mother, Freda (Rueb) Schmoll Bren, her step-father, Ed Bren, and three sisters: Marcella Younger, Viola Stemper and Leona Irene Schmoll, in infancy.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Tillie Plavec Varilek Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Tillie M. Varilek of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall with Fr. Joseph Forcelle as Celebrant. Organist is Marcene Kniffen. Interment will follow in St. Leo Cemetery, Tyndall.

Casketbearers will be Tillie’s sons, and honorary casketbearers will be Tillie’s daughters and the members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. There will be a rosary at 7:00 p.m. and a wake service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.goglinfh.com.

Tillie Mary Varilek was born on Sunday, December 2, 1917 in Bon Homme County near Tyndall, South Dakota to Vaclav and Anastasia (Blaha) Plavec. She attended the Steckly School through the 8th grade. Tillie was united in marriage to Frank H. Varilek on June 21, 1938 at Tabor, South Dakota. They farmed until 1964 when they moved to Tyndall. Tillie worked at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center for one year as a cook, then worked at various jobs at St. Michael’s Hospital for 8 1/2 years. She worked in the cafeteria at the Tyndall School for 9 years and also part-time at the Tyndall Bakery. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the St. Leo Altar Society, the National Catholic Society of Foresters, the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and the Tyndall Senior Citizens. Tillie was devoted to her faith and participated in the St. John Bosco Study Group and the de Colores Cursillo group. She was also a member of the T.O.P.S. Club (later named “Yes, Yes I Can”), St. Michael’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Good Samaritan Guild, and served on the Site Council for the local senior nutrition program. She loved to play cards and enjoyed playing Pinochle with her card club. In her retirement, she was an active senior citizen and loved to take trips and visit family. She had been recognized during Older Americans Month as an “Outstanding Senior Achiever” by the South Dakota Department of Adult Services and Aging.

Tillie passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera at the age of 94 years, 3 months and 8 days. She will live on in the hearts of her six sons and two daughters: Francis Varilek and Sally Boyd of Mission Hill, Daniel Varilek of Tyndall, JoAnn (John) Jonas of Yankton, Irene Koranda of Tabor, Thomas (Dina) Varilek of Ankeny, Iowa, David Varilek of Tabor, Charles (Julie) Varilek of Estes Park, Colorado, and Kenneth (Jeanne) Varilek of Springfield; 20 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; and 3 great- great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, Vaclav and Anastasia Plavec, Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in August of 1985; a daughter, Henrietta, in 1942; a son-in-law, Donald Koranda, in 2008; a brother and sister-in -law, Frank (Anna) Plavec; and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Lillian (Joseph) Varilek, Rose (Henry) Teply, and Helen (Roy) Bower.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Evelyn Bower Mach Obituary

Evelyn Anna Mach was born Sunday, January 23, 1921 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Clarence and Anna (Hack) Bower. She was raised on a farm northeast of Tyndall and attended country school. On January 3, 1945, she was united in marriage to Thomas Mach at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall. They began their married lives on a farm southwest of Scotland, and devoted the next 33 years to farming and raising their family. Evelyn was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning all the fruits and vegetables they raised on the farm. She loved living on the farm, but after Tom passed away in 1978, she moved into Scotland and began working as a dietary aide at the Good Samaritan Center. She enjoyed her work there and made many life-long friends. After working there for 16 years, she retired in 1994.

Evelyn enjoyed sewing, quilting and baking. She was well-known for her homemade bread and doughnuts. She was an excellent cook, and especially enjoyed preparing large meals for anyone who came to visit her. Evelyn loved to sew and made many of her own clothes, as well as clothes for her children as they were growing up. After her retirement, she began making patchwork quilts. A lot of people will remember her as the lady who sold eggs in Scotland. She never passed up an opportunity to go shopping, as that was one of her favorite hobbies. She was a very generous and hard-working person who was always willing to help. Evelyn was a life-long member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a member of St. George Catholic Church.

In September of 2007, she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Center in Scotland. She passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the age of 91 years, 1 month, and 5 days.

Grateful for having shared her life are her two sons: Don Mach of Katy, Texas and Ken (Diana) Mach of Scotland; and her daughter, Eileen (Warren) Johnson of Spearfish. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Chris (Lauren) Mach, Kelly Mach, Patrick Mach, Darin (Jennifer) Johnson and Nathan (Aimee) Johnson; and two great-grandchildren: Joe and Lucy Johnson.

In addition to her parents, Clarence and Anna Bower, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, one brother, Roy Bower, and two sisters: Marian Bower and Laura Fuchs Tycz.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Howard Hebner Obituary

Services were held for Howard Hebner, 90, of Avon September 22 at the Danzig Baptist church in rural Avon. Burial was in the Danzig Baptist Cemetery, rural Avon.

Howard Hebner, son of Fred and Emma (Schmidt) Hebner, was born November 5, 1913 in rural Avon. Howard attended Giedd Country School and graduated from Avon High School in 1931. He married Delores Jurrens September 7, 1945 at her parents' home in rural Avon. Two daughters were born to their union. Howard was a lifetime farmer, farming for over 59 years. He and Delores moved into Avon in 1984, but he continued to go out to the farm and help out wherever possible. Howard was baptized at the Tyndall Baptist Church May 9, 1926. He later transferred his membership to the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon, where he had served as a deacon and remained a faithful member. Howard died September 20, 2004 at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall.

Survivors are his wife, Delores of Avon; two daughters, Sandra (Elwood) Schuldt of Faulkton and Jonna (Terry) Kaul of Avon; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Mildred (Charles) Voigt of Avon and many relatives and friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sidney and Albert.

*Tyndall Tribune & Register ~ Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004

Delores Jurrens Hebner Obituary

Services for Delores J. Hebner, 88 of Avon, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon, with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the family present.

Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Delores Jeanette Hebner, daughter of Richard and Johanna (Roll) Jurrens, was born December 2, 1922 on a farm north of Avon. She died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Delores attained the age of 88 years, eight months and 26 days.

Delores attended country school and graduated from Avon High School. She then attended Southern State Normal School at Springfield for one year and earned her teaching certificate. Delores taught for three years before her marriage to Howard Hebner. They were married September 7, 1945 at the bride’s home in rural Avon. Two daughters were blessed to their union. They farmed together and moved into Avon in 1984. Howard died September 20, 2004.

Delores was a homemaker and farm wife all of her life. She loved doing farm chores, her flower gardens and rose garden, baking and cooking. Delores also enjoyed music and listening to her children and grandchildren play. She especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Delores was baptized at the Avon Baptist Church on April 12, 1936 by Rev. Bartel. After her marriage, she transferred her membership to the Danzig Baptist Church in rural Avon. Delores was a faithful member there until she became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall on March 14, 2005.

Thankful for having shared her life are her daughters: Sandra Schuldt and husband Elwood of Faulkton and Jonna Kaul and husband Terry of Avon; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother Russell Jurrens; and sister Myrtle Hebner.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Marian Pritzkau Hebner Obituary

Marian Hebner, 93 of Avon - Her funeral service will be 1:30 am Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 1 pm to 7pm on Sunday, followed by a prayer service.

Marian Hebner, daughter of Jacob and Mathilda (Buchholz) Pritzkau, was born August 16, 1915, on a farm near Avon, SD. She died January 22, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Marian attained the age of 93 years, five months and six days.

Marian was baptized by Rev. A.W. Lang at the Tyndall Baptist Church and was later received into membership of the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon. On April 12, 1938, Marian was united in marriage to Jean W. Hebner by Rev. A.W. Lang at the Danzig Baptist Church. Jean died May 3, 2008. Marian remained a faithful member of the Danzig Baptist Church and was active in Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Fellowship, choir, and served as pianist and organist.

Marian was employed as a cashier at Montgomery Ward in Mitchell for seven years and at the Avon community Bank as a bookkeeper for nearly 20 year, retiring in 1981. Her active interest included her organ playing at home and church and also being a member of the Avon Flower Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are a niece, Marlene Peterson of Granite Falls, MN; a nephew, Darrell Mattis of Rockford, IL; sister-in-law, Amelia Hebner of Vancouver, WA and her family; and many great nieces and nephews and friends.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters: Lilly Mattis and Ruth Van Gerpen; and one brother, Elmer Pritzkau. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, all of whom died in infancy.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Jean Hebner Obituary

Jean William Hebner, 96 of Avon - His funeral service will be 10:30 am Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Tuesday from 3 pm to 7 pm, followed by a prayer service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean William Hebner, son of William P. and Gertrude (Wright) Hebner, was born February 2, 1912 on a farm near Avon, SD. He died Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Jean attained the age of 96years, one month and 2 days.

Jean graduated from Avon High School in 1930. On April 12, 1938, he married Marian Pritzkau and together they farmed until 1940. In May of 1940, they purchased the Fair City Cleaners in Tripp, SD. In 1943, they moved to Mitchell where Jean found employment at Montgomery Wards and later at Piggot Cleaners. In 1949, they moved back to the family farm near Avon. They farmed until 1970, when they moved into Avon. Jean worked for Cashway Building Supply and Hubner Ranch Supply. He became a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society on August 14, 2007.

Jean was active in the Avon community having served on the city council, Avon Community Education Council and was a member of the Lions Club.

Jean accepted the Lord as Savior and was baptized by Rev. A.W. Lang on March 19, 1939, and became a member of the Danzig Baptist Church, rural Avon. Here he served on many church boards, taught Sunday School and sang in a male quartet. Jean will be remembered for his enjoyment of fishing and wood working. He was always happy, concerned about others, and known for his gentleness and kindness.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Marian of Tyndall; niece, Janice Harmon of Nampa, ID; two nephews: Arlen Hebner of Caldwell, ID and Dean Hebner of Vancouver, WA; and one sister-in-law, Amelia Hebner of Vancouver, WA.

Jean was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen Hebner; and two brothers: Lee and infant brother, Kermit.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Rose Horky Cudley Obituary

Services were held for Rose Cudley, 96, of Tyndall, formerly of Wagner April 29 at the United Methodist Church in Wagner with burial in the ZCBJ Cemetery, Wagner.

Rose Mary Cudley was born December 26, 1911 at Ipswich, the daughter of Henry and Rosa (Srajhans) Horky. Rose received her education in rural school near Ipswich and Friend, Nebr. She studied creative sewing and pattern making, which led to a lifetime love of sewing and crafts. Rose married Adolph Cudley August 7, 1934 at Wilber, Nebr. Together they farmed in the Ravinia and Wagner area until 1958. At that time they started the Cudley Grocery Store in Dante. They owned and operated the store for ten years, retiring in Dante in 1968. Rose then worked for the Wagner Good Samaritan Society for several years. Adolph died May 25, 1989. Rose retired and moved to Tyndall in 1990. Rose was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wagner and Tyndall. She was active in the Ladies Aid group and was a 75 year member of the WFLA, (formerly the ZCBJ). She was also involved in the Senior Nutrition Center in Dante and Tyndall. She died April 25, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall.

Survivors are her sons, Marvin (Lois) Cudley of Blair, Nebr. and Alvin (Karen) Cudley of Papillion, Nebr.; two daughters, Merna Cudley and Thelma Koupal, both of Tyndall; six grandchildren, Lisa Cudley, Sandra (Mike) Slama, Keith (Tammy) Koupal, Michael (Teri) Cudley, Gregory Cudley and Rebecca (Ricky) Shell; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Gertrude Jarolimek of Burley, Id. and Grace Odvody of Pleasant Dale, Nebr.; one sister-in-law, Albie Anderson of Lincoln, Nebr. and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Adolph; son-in-law, Fred Koupal; brother, Arthur Horky and two sisters, Libbie Nerud and Blanche Rischling.

Memorials will be directed to the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society Hospice Center, 2304 Laurel St. Tyndall, SD 57066.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Glen Boese Obituary

Glen L. Boese of Springfield SD left this world to be with his heavenly father on May 18, 2012. Born November 28, 1928 to Gustav and Katy (Ries) Boese, he was raised in Turner County, SD. The family moved to Springfield in 1945, where he met Phyllis Thomas; they married August 18, 1951. Glen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, farmer, teacher, mentor and missionary.

A graduate of Freeman Academy, Freeman Jr. College and Sioux Falls College, he received a Master’s degree from Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Chicago) in 1956. A year teaching at the Bon Homme Hutterite Colony between college years started a love for teaching he would later return to. In 1958 he moved the family back from Chicago to the farm his parents owned 6 miles northwest of Springfield, where he farmed and later taught school until 1984. Glen taught industrial arts at Freeman Academy and Jr. College, Springfield High School and Bon Homme High School. In 1982 he was recognized as the Outstanding SD Industrial Arts Instructor of the year. He loved learning and continued to take various postgraduate courses, seminars and workshops from 11 different schools of higher learning throughout his life.

Glen believed in the brotherhood of mankind and lived the principle of “live simply so that others may simply live.” His life-long desire for justice and equality for the less fortunate is evidenced by his work for the Salvation Army, and Voluntary Service in Gulfport MS with disadvantaged youth. He was active with Mennonite Disaster Service serving as the SD vice president for many years. After a career of farming and teaching, he served in missions: 8 1/2 years in Zaire, Africa and 4 1/2 years at the Hopi Mission School, Kykotsmovi, AZ.

Glen was an active long time member of Friedensberg Bible (Mennonite) Church, rural Avon SD, holding numerous positions including Sunday School teacher and church elder. His life-long hobbies were raising horses and carpentry including helping his parents and neighbors with their building projects. He enjoyed recycling machinery and building materials to “create something new out of the old.”

Glen passed away peacefully after a short stay at the North Central Heart Hospital (Sioux Falls). His last moments were spent surrounded by his wife, all of his children, and many of his grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Boese and sister Violet (Boese) Ruppelt. He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis, five children: Theodore (Cindy) Boese — Freeman, Thomas (Doreen) Boese — Rockford IL, Dorothy Regier — Imperial NE, Vincent Boese — Springfield SD, Steven (Jan) Boese — Ottawa KS, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

The family is planning a memorial service 2:00 PM June 2nd at the Friedensberg Bible Church; in lieu of flowers the family requests any memorials be sent to: Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, P.O. Box 744, Goshen, IN 46527-0744.

John Stekly, Sr. Obituary

Funeral services were held for John A. Stekly Sr. of Wagner on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Crosby Funeral Chapel at 10:00 am with Rev. Bruce Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Czech National Cemetery, Tyndall.

John A. Stekly Sr. was born Aug. 30, 1913 near Tyndall to John H. and Josephine Stekly. He was married to Helen Billars May 11, 1941 at Vodnany. They resided a short time in Tyndall, then moved to Wagner where he operated Stekly's Service Station from 1945 to the present time. He was a 50 year member of the Z.C.B.J. Lodge Provada No. 80 and an ardent supporter and past volunteer leader of the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce from 1945 until the time of his death in addition to being a member of the Yankton Antique Auto Association.

He is survived by: his son, Dr. John F. Stekly and wife Karen; one grandson, Johnnie, all of Platte; a brother, Emil of Wagner; two sisters, Rose Kloucek of Scotland and Mildred Slama of Wagner. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister and his wife in 1949.

Music for the service was by Julie Jaeger. Honorary pallbearers were: Bill Billars, Paul Stogsdill, Bob Kafka, Emil Kalda, and Rudy Plihal. Active pallbearers were Dr. M.A. Schuurmans, Leo Teply, Adolph Peterka, Alvin Stekly, Richard Kloucek, and Joe Zacharias.

*Scotland Journal ~ Wednesday, January 26, 1983

Lawrence Ishmael Obituary

Funeral Mass for Lawrence Ishmael, 83, of Springfield will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Springfield, SD. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will be held 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Monday at Crosby Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield, followed by a 7:30 p.m. Rosary/Wake Service at the church.

Lawrence P. Ishmael, son of Otto and Eve (Snodgrass) Ishmael, was born March 18, 1925 at May, OK. He died Friday, July 11, 2008 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD, from complications after a fall from a ladder. Lawrence attained the age of 83 years, three months and 25 days.

Lawrence moved with his family to South Dakota in 1927, when he was two years old. He attended country school in the Marty/Greenwood area through the eighth grade.

Lawrence served during WW II in the US Navy as a Seaman 1st Class.

Lawrence married Mildred Fuchs at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Tyndall on February 12, 1952. A son, Michael, was born to their union. They farmed west of Springfield. In 1963, Lawrence started his own plumbing business and also began building a new home in Springfield. In 1971, they moved into Springfield where he continued his plumbing business and later was joined in the business with his son.

Lawrence was a member of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, the Dwight Wood American Legion Post and a 31 year member of the Springfield Fire Department, where he served as past chief.

Lawrence will be remembered for his enjoyment of fishing in his younger years and simply working.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Mildred; son, Mike, both of Springfield; two grandchildren: Jessica of Omaha, NE and Duane of Yankton; two great grandchildren (and one on the way); two brothers: Louie of Pierre, Lotis and wife, Marjorie of Canadian, TX; two sisters: Coeta Cournoyer of Pierre, and Gwen Canfield and husband, Bob of Snowflake, AZ; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth and wife, Geraldine; sister, Jaunita Ishmael; and half sister, Alberta Ishmael.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Emil Hlavac Obituary

Emil A. Hlavac, age 80, of Scotland, SD, died on Friday, March 26, 2010 at Scotland Good Samaritan Center, Scotland. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, SD with Rev. Mark Lichter and Rev. Matthew Vazhappily concelebrating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton, with military honors by Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post 791, Yankton and Joseph Verm American Legion Post 155, Scotland. Visitation will be 5 to 8 PM, Monday, March 29, 2010 at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, with a scripture service at 7:30 PM. Pallbearers will be Melvin Pibal, Bob Stransky, Gary Cwach, Terry Manas, Dennis Hacecky and Roger Hejl. Honorary pallbearers will be Emil's grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Emil Anton was born on June 23, 1929 near Utica, SD to Emil and Albina (Hanzel) Hlavac. He attended grades 1-6 at Wilson Country School, grades 7-8 at Dewey Country School, 1 year at Lesterville, 1 year at Scotland and then 2 years at Tabor where he graduated in 1946. In 1946 and 1948, he built a model car that won second place and first place in South Dakota for the National General Motors Contest. Emil won a flying scholarship at the Yankton Airport in 1947.

Emil married JoAnn Pesicka at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, SD on September 12, 1950. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and spent 18 months aboard the aircraft carrier Essex during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and came home so both he and JoAnn entered farming. To this marriage, Emil and JoAnn were blessed with a son, Tom, in 1967. On June 22, 1982, JoAnn passed away. Emil continued to farm with Tom until 1987 when Emil married Betty G (Hacecky) Hunhoff. Together they moved to Ashland, OH, where he worked repairing small engines for Rogers Tractor and Sales. They then moved out to a farm and he helped the owner with the dairy business.

In 1991, Emil and Betty returned to Yankton and lived by the lake before moving to an acreage west of Yankton. Emil worked repairing small engines for Agland Fertilizer at this time. In 1998, they moved to Scotland, SD, where he worked for Leonard Hamburger at his shop before Emil opened and ran his own business at his residence until 2006.

He volunteered to teach a small engine class at the Menno and Scotland High Schools. He loved to read, play Cvick, Scrabble and Upwords. Emil also enjoyed framing puzzles and pictures, making small furniture for Betty and the family and he collected model tractors and train sets to add to his huge setup at home. He especially loved being with his grandchildren, step children, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and belonged to the Crop Improvement Association and Pork Producers. Emil and Betty celebrated 22 years of married life.

Emil is survived by wife, Betty; son, Tom and wife Michelle (Bauder) Hlavac and their children James and Kristina of Scotland, SD; step children: Beth and David Leaneagh of Minneapolis, MN, Tim and Susan Hunhoff of Enid, OK, Tony and Christine Hunhoff of Clayton, CA, Lori Hunhoff of Harrisburg, SD; step grandchildren: Laci and Jon Gettings of Denver, CO, Channy and Alexei Casselle of Minneapolis, MN, Jesse Leaneaugh of Minneapolis, MN, Lariss and Ryan Weisgerber of Windsor, CO, Amber and Chris Edmison of Enid, OK, Larissa and Chris Blosser of Enid, OK, Josh and Lindy Hunhoff of Brea, CA, Ashley Hunhoff of Cathederal City, CA, Ryan Stickney of Clayton, CA, BJ Hunhoff of Harrisburg, SD and Andy Hunhoff of Harrisburg, SD. He is also survived by step great-grandchildren: Asher Gettings, Myla Gettings, Pelagia Casselle, Kiersten Edmison, Blake Edmison, Cason Blosser, Kylee Blosser and Blake Hunhoff; brother in law, Ed Cwach, sisters in law: JoAnn (Hacecky) Stransky and her husband Bob, Virginia Hacecky and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, JoAnn, his sisters: Emily Manas, Violet Cwach and Lillian Pibal, many brother and sisters in law and step son John Hunhoff.

*Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home