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.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

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

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

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.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

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.

*Interwoven Family
*Telford's Chapel of the Valley

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.

*Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider 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

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

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