Robert DeRoos Obituary

Robert DeRoos, 88, of Springfield died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Funeral services are 2 PM, Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 PM until 7 PM and Thursday from 9 AM until noon at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Robert Charles DeRoos, son of Frank and Lena (Oorlog) DeRoos, was born May 10, 1922 at Running Water, SD. He was the youngest of 13 children. He died Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Robert attained the age of 88years and eight months.

Robert attended grade school at Running Water and graduated from Springfield High School in 1940.

Robert enlisted in the US Army and served from December 16, 1942 to December 7, 1945. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal. Robert was proud to have served his country.

Robert married Lorraine Halsey on June 12, 1947 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield.

Robert built and owned his own business, the DeRoos Garage. He owned and operated the garage for 25 years. He sold his business and started teaching diesel mechanics at the USDS college. Through night classes and summer school he received his Bachelor’s Degree from USDS and his Master’s from USD at Vermillion. He taught at the college for eleven years before it closed. He then worked as a crop adjuster until he retired.

Robert was a member of the United Church of Christ in Springfield, the Elk Lodge, the Masonic Lodge and the Dwight Wood American Legion Post.

Robert enjoyed teaching at USDS, golfing, bowling, boating and traveling.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Lorraine “Rusty” DeRoos of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters: Cora, Hattie, Jennie, Grace, Pearl and Frances; and six brothers: John, Nick, George, Frank Jr., Clarence and Oscar.

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Donald Dvorak Obituary

Donald David Dvorak was born on April 7, 1930 to Joseph Leo and Sophia (Blaha) Dvorak at Lake Andes, South Dakota. The family moved to Tyndall in 1937. In 1945, Donnie began setting pins for the Tyndall Bowling Alley. Over the years, he worked for Alvin Winckler at Al’s Bar, Millie Humpal at Roy’s Bar, Ken Liveris at Chico’s, and for Ray Bambas at the V.F.W. Post. Donnie loved Czech polka music and enjoyed listening to his tapes. He also enjoyed watching television, especially “The Guiding Light,” “As The World Turns” and re-runs of old comedies. In later years, he greatly enjoyed being a part of the Senior Citizen’s Center. Donnie had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall since August of 2004, and it is there that he died on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Donnie is survived by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Dvorak of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a niece, Tammy (Doug) Houle and their children, Hannah, Jordan and Gabrielle, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota; a nephew, Jay Dvorak and his son, Shandy of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Sophie Dvorak, his brother, Alvin on October 26, 2001, and a twin sister who died at birth.

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Edward Kocmich Obituary

Edward J. Kocmich was born to John and Caroline (Binder) Kocmich on February 28, 1915 near Avon, South Dakota. He died November 16, 2008 at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls after a brief illness.

Ed graduated from Lone Tree No.1 in Charles Mix County near Dante, South Dakota. He worked on the family farm in the 1930’s and was in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in Custer, South Dakota. Ed worked different jobs in Sioux City, Iowa from 1939 until 1943. On April 26, 1943, he married Esther M. Pollock. He served in the United States Navy as a gunner’s mate on the Stvank Wellington, a gasoline tanker in the Pacific Theater, from 1943 until December 1945. Ed started farming in 1948 and farmed near Hurley, Yankton, and Lesterville until retirement in 1982. Ed and Esther moved to Scotland, South Dakota, where he was a substitute mail carrier for Scotland and Lesterville for 20 years. He served on the Scotland City Council. He was a member of St. George Catholic Church. Ed was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus of Tyndall, South Dakota. Ed loved playing cards, watching the local baseball team and being with his family.

Ed is survived by his three sons: Eugene (Gene) and wife Jeanine of Hampton, Virginia, Gerald (Jerry) and wife Fran of Omaha, Nebraska, Charles (Chuck) and Lisa Lavoie of Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter, Margaret (Peg) and husband Dick Behl of Scotland, South Dakota; five granddaughters, four grandsons, and six great-grandchildren; his sisters: Alvina Krcil, Hattie Pudwill, Dorothy Pudwill, and Mildred Roth; and three sisters-in-law: Leona Kocmich, Ella O’Hara, and Josephine Kluemper.

He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, his parents, two brothers, two sisters, ten brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

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Donald Grohs Obituary

Donald J. Grohs was born Sunday, October 22, 1944 at Redfield, South Dakota to John and Bertha (Zens) Grohs. He attended the Catholic grade school in Zell and graduated from Doland High School. He attended college in Omaha, Nebraska for two years. On March 30, 1985 he married Cindy Conway of Yankton. Family, trucking and motorcycles were important in his life.

Throughout his life, Don held numerous jobs: he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber, drove the Roberts Dairy truck in Omaha, worked for Vigortone of Fremont, Nebraska as a feed truck driver and, in Yankton, he worked for Marquardt Transportation driving trucks coast to coast as well as working as a dispatcher. He also drove long haul for Wild Cat Manufacturing of Freeman. Until his illness, Don was employed by Allied Exhaust of Sioux Falls and Vanderhule's of Yankton as a truck driver.

Don was an active volunteer for numerous organizations, volunteering for Yankton’s Riverboat Days for 12 years. Until his death, he was a member of the Scotland Rodeo Club and Scotland Saddle Club. He loved animals and was a foster parent for abused animals.

Don died on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland at the age of 64 years and 14 days.

Don is survived by his wife, Cindy of rural Scotland; children Tjjohn "TJ" (Tim) Shannon and son Daniel of Santa Clarita, California; Sondra Goldman and daughter Kylie of Clearwater, Florida; and Ashley (Lauren) Grohs of Louisville, Kentucky; and step-children Scot Conway and Michele Conway and Michele’s son Devon and daughter Alexis of Yankton. Don is also survived by sisters Eunice (Ally) O’Connor of Redfield, Katherine Dillon of Omaha, Nebraska, Joan (Richard) Mueller of Redfield and Mary (Gene) Socha of Omaha, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.

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Muriel Davis Jonas Obituary

Muriel Vivian Jonas was born Tuesday, November 5, 1918 to Wilbur and Cathryn (Baker) Davis. She went to Cass Country School and graduated from Scotland High School. She married Victor Jonas on November 5, 1941. They lived on the family farm for 58 years and enjoyed many good years farming together. Muriel enjoyed gardening, raising ducks, geese and chickens as well as milking her cows for fresh milk and cream.

In September of 1999, Muriel and Victor moved east of Menno to live on the same farm as their son and daughter-in-law. Muriel enjoyed spending more time with her grandchildren and great-great-grandson during these three years. Victor passed away in March of 2002. Muriel remained in her home until October 2002 when she moved into the Salem Home for the Aged. She enjoyed painting towels, pillowslips, woodcrafts and quilting blocks. Muriel moved to Oak View Terrace where she lived for the remainder of her life. She passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at the Freeman Medical Center at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her son Duane Jonas and his wife Karon of Freeman; two grandchildren: Lynette Hauck and her husband Terry of Freeman and Steven Jonas and his wife Janel of Scotland; three great-grand children, Jordan and Mackenzie Hauck and Katelyn Jonas; one sister, Loraine Heckenlaible; and a host of friends and family.

Preceding her in death were her husband, infant son Lyle Wayne, and her parents.

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Myrtle Beecher McCann Obituary

Myrtle Eleanor Beecher was born on April 5, 1924 to Roy and Ida (Spurrel) Beecher at their rural farm north of Springfield, South Dakota. She attended Armstrong rural school and Springfield High School, graduating in 1942. She was active in 4H club in county and state activities as well as being state Vice President and won a scholarship to SDSU. She graduated from Southern State in 1944 with a teacher’s certificate.

She was married to Marlo McCann on November 21, 1943 at St. Leo Catholic Church. They lived in Beatrice, Nebraska until 1946 when they moved to their farm near Tabor, South Dakota where they raised five children. In 1963, Myrtle started teaching rural school. In 1966, the family moved to Tyndall where she taught until Multiple Sclerosis caused the end of her teaching career. She also worked as the first activity director at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall. She worked as a teacher’s aide at the Tyndall School from 1970 to 1978, when she retired. After Marlo's death in 1991, Myrtle moved to Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. Myrtle was very active in the Good Samaritan Village as a patient advocate, leading prayer service, rosary time, and bell choir. She died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

Happy to have shared her life are three sons: Dr. Joe (Nila) McCann of Williston, North Dakota, Jim McCann of Phoenix, Arizona and Carla McCann of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ron (Conni) McCann of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a daughter, Mary (Bruce) Mathis of Spokane, Washington; a son-in-law, Don Hinzman of Pueblo, Colorado; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis Turner of Springfield, South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marlo, her daughter Cathy Hinzman of Pueblo, Colorado and her parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Shirley Krieger Obituary

Shirley C. Krieger was born on Saturday, September 28, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Edwin and Viola (Sunderman) Krieger. In August of 1944, the family moved to Scotland, South Dakota. Over the years, Shirley cared for many children in the Scotland area and will be remembered as a kind and loving babysitter. She filled her home with the fruits of her many talents and her handiwork included countless knitted and crocheted items, centerpieces and doilies. Shirley made all of her own clothes and sewed many matching outfits for herself and her mother. She was also a wonderful cook and baker. Shirley was a faithful daughter and companion to her mother and they spent many happy hours together. Due to failing health, Shirley became a resident of the Avera Yankton Care Center in November of 2007, and it was there that she passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Shirley is survived by her beloved mother, Viola Auch of Scotland; two nephews: Michael (Paula) Krieger and family of Columbus, Nebraska and Chad (Tonia) Krieger and family of Yankton, South Dakota; a sister-in-law, Velma (Gary) Kuchta and family of Yankton, South Dakota; and other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her father, Edwin Krieger, her stepfather, Allo Auch, a brother, Allen Krieger, an infant sister, Eileen Krieger, and an infant brother, Dennis Krieger.

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Doris Kline Gemar Obituary

Doris M. Gemar, 88, died September 14, 2008 at Sanford/Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Doris M. Kline, daughter of Harry and Clara M. (Sequin) Kline, was born on November 22, 1919 in Elk Point, South Dakota. She grew up on the farm and attended the country school her grandfather, Isaac Kline, established. Later, her parents moved to the Scotland area where she graduated from high school in 1937. Wherever she lived, she did work as a clerk, secretary, and nurse’s aide. She married Elmer E. Gemar at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma on August 19, 1943. She was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Altar Society, and other civic clubs. She was involved in choir, Eucharistic ministry, and taught CCD for many years. Doris worked with the 4-H for a year, was a Cub Scout leader for several years, and a supporter of the Boy Scouts.

She is survived by one daughter, Sister Marie “Meg” of Waterloo, Iowa; three sons: Greg and wife Amy of Shelley, Idaho, Keith and wife Shelley of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jeff and wife Mary of Chatham, Illinois; and twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers: Donald and wife Dorothy of Novato, California, Bernard and wife Geraine of Yankton, South Dakota, and Lawrence and wife Frieda of Lesterville, South Dakota; one sister, Jeanette Donley of Omaha, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in October of 1973, her parents, one brother, Melvin, two sisters-in-law, Lillian Kline and Lou Ann Kline, one brother-in-law, Jack Donley, a niece, Donna, and a nephew, Mike.

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Elmer Bohlmann Obituary

Elmer R. Bohlmann, 83, of Wakonda, died Thursday, September 28, 2006 near Viborg, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born June 8, 1923 to Magdelina Catherina (Zeeb) and Richard Hermann Bohlmann at Scotland, SD. He was baptized in Martinus Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 1, 1923. He grew up on a farm near Lesterville, SD and attended school at Odessa #41 in Yankton County. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan until his discharge on November 27, 1946. His unit was Co. B 306th NF. Elmer married Beverly Yvonne Hatch on September 14, 1947 at her parents' home in Wakonda. They began farming east of Wakonda where they raised their two daughters, Marjorie Lee and Cynthia Ann. Beverly passed away on February 15, 1983. He and Phyllis Engman were united in marriage on September 4, 1984 at the Norwegian Stave Church in Rapid City, SD. Phyllis passed away on October 3, 2001. Elmer continued living and farming on Frog Creed Road in Wakonda with the help of family, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed raising cattle, which were always an important part of his life.

He will be lovingly missed by his daughters, Marj (Randal) Oaks of Augusta, MO and Cindy (Rick) Keese of Sinton, TX; 4 grandchildren: Trisha Radack Perkins (Gino) of Ridgeland, MS, Amy Lynn Radack Cutright (Kevin) of West Point, NY Stacy Keese (Jack Murray) of Austin, TX and Marty Keese (Meg) of San Antonio, TX; 4 great-grandchildren: Jaden, Kara and Laya Perkins and Caleb Cutright; 3 brothers: Leo, Rudy, and Danny; four sisters: Lucille Musil, Bernice Slupe, Mildred Ruman, and Janice Cahoy, along with many nieces and nephews; stepson Bruce (Kathy) Knutson and stepdaughter Janice (Richard) Olsen, 5 step-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild and countless friends.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife (of 35 yrs) Beverly, wife (of 17 yrs) Phyllis and four brothers; Oscar, Bobbie, Melvin and Leslie.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 3, at the United Church of Christ in Wakonda. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 2, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Donald Seiner Obituary

Don F. Seiner, 69, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at Avera McKennan Hospice Unit.

Funeral Services have been set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2006 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Visitation will begin 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2006 with family present from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Miller West Funeral Chapel, 41st & Valley View Rd., Sioux falls.

Don F. Seiner was born July 8, 1936 in Avon, SD to John and Katherine (Jurczewsky) Seiner. He grew up and attended school in Avon graduating from Avon High School.

Don was employed in the Food Services Department at the Human Services Center in Yankton, SD from 1956 to 1986.

Don married Pat A. Bostrom on April 20, 1974 in Yankton, SD.

Don was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

His wife, Pat of Sioux Falls and one brother, Robert of Avon, SD, survive Don.

Don loved to fish and call in to radio station call-in contests.

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Ella Renschler Severson Obituary

Ella E. Severson, 87, of Vermillion, SD died Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Ella Renschler was born September 8, 1919 near Avon, SD to George and Rosina (Schmidt) Renschler. She grew up on the farm with four brothers, and two sisters in the Avon area, and graduated from Myrtle School in Avon. Ella worked in Vermillion after graduation and married Lowell Severson on April 6, 1940, and they farmed in Vermillion and Elk Point, SD until 1962 when they moved to an acreage near Sioux City, IA. She took a job with Gerkin's Window Company and also attended Stewart's Beautician School, and received her Beauticians license from Iowa. She worked in the Beauty shop in Riverside, IA and eventually retired and moved to a farm near Westfield, IA and they returned to farming, and she worked part time at the beauty shop in Westfield. They moved back to Vermillion in 1987, and Lowell died in 2002.

Ella was active in the Myrtle School Alumni, the Vermillion Saddle Club for many years, loved to trail ride, Bowling until age 85, and enjoyed taking things to the Farmers Market and the County Fair. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, the County Extension Club for 50+ years, and the Rebekahs and the Eagles. She was very proud of being a Sunday School teacher and a 4H leader.

She is survived by her two sons; Larry (Loretta) of Vermillion, Dennis (Pam) of Louisiana, MO, and a daughter Rosalie (Don) Merrill of Troutdale, OR. Two brothers; Alvin Renschler of Meckling, SD and Hugo Renschler of Vermillion. Two sisters Leah Laferriere of Shelton, WA, and Linda Klave of Vermillion, 15 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Rienhold and Richard, a daughter-in-law Rosemary and two grandchildren Jeff and Amanda.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 11 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion with burial to follow in the Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Noah Boese Obituary

Noah Norman Boese, son of Jacob and Anna Boese, was born, July 12, 1921, on a farm near Avon, SD. He died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Avera McKennan Hospice. Noah served in the 96th Infantry Division in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was united in marriage to Anna "Peg" McElhaney on January 10, 1948, in Saginaw, MI. They shared their life together for 57 years. Norman was an accomplished diesel mechanic for International Harvester for many years.

His favorite pastimes included growing roses, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards; but he especially loved fishing and hunting. Norman also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Grateful for having shared his life for 57 years are his wife, Peg of Sioux Falls; 5 sons: Marty and his wife, Rita of Geddes, SD, Robert and his wife Marla of Sioux Falls, David and his wife Jean of Gillette, WY, Andy and his wife Brenda of Sioux Falls and Barry and his wife Kay of Windsor, CO; two sisters: Martha Tschetter of Freeman, SD and Marie Zikan of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2005, at Heritage Funeral Home with burial in Hills of Rest Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home with the family present from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Rose Krcil Bartunek Obituary

Rose Bartunek, 83, Tyndall died Sunday (May 12, 2002) at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Leo's Catholic Church with Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. wake service at the Goglin-Kelley Funeral Chapel, Tyndall.

She was born on Aug. 4, 1918, in Dante, to Anton and Mary (Bame) Krcil. She married Joe Bartunek on May 4, 1937, in Dante. They farmed northwest of Avon until 1964, when they retired to Tyndall. She worked for several years at the Good Samaritan Center, at the Springfield Academy as a cook for several years and also cared for elderly couples in their homes.

She was an active member of the Senior Citizen's Center and enjoyed playing cards there.

She is survived by her children: Josephine (Vern) Pope, Rapid City; Clarence (Lillian) Bartunek, Avon; Joey (Carol) Bartunek, Wagner; and Leona (Larry) Vellek, Scotland; three sisters: Mary Sternhagen, Tabor; Jossie Honomichl, Wagner; and Leona Miller, Glenco, Minn.; one brother, John P. Krcil, Wagner; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Albina Kozel Sykora Obituary

Albina L. Sykora, age 82, of Yankton, S.D., passed away July 19, 2002, at the El Centro Regional Medical Center, El Centro, Calif.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2002, at St. George's Catholic Church, Scotland, S.D., with the Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in St. George's Catholic Cemetery, Scotland. Pallbearers will be Thomas Sykora III, Bill Jensen, Alex Sykora, Timothy Jensen, Thomas Huether, Gregory Douglas, Howard Bresaw and Thomas Jensen. Visitations will be 4-9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a 7:30 p.m. scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Albina was born Nov. 18, 1919, to Louis and Anna (Kostel) Kozel in Scotland, S.D. She married Thomas J. Sykora in August 1941 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, S.D. After their marriage, they lived on a farm near Tabor. From 1956 to 1959, Albina lived in Scotland, S.D. Albina moved to Yankton in 1959 and lived there until 2002. She worked at Kochi Restaurant and Avera Sacred Heart where she did food preparation. She also was a homemaker. On July 5, 1998, her daughter, Sandra passed away. Before Albina's death, she lived with her granddaughter, Tina Jensen in Sioux Falls and her son Terry in El Centro, Calif., until the time of her death. Albina enjoyed her family and grandchildren, gardening and she was known for her kolaches.

Her memory is cherished by two sons: Terry (Esperanza) Sykora, El Centro, Calif.; and Thomas (Donna) Sykora, Eagan, Minn.; seven grandchildren: Jackie Sykora, Tom (Kari) Sykora, Michael (Beth) Sykora, Sacha Sykora, Alex Sykora, Tina (Tim) Jensen, and Bill (Candy) Jensen; and six great-grandchildren: Craig Jensen, Dillion Logue, Justin Logue, Kassandra Jensen, Isabella Jensen and Diamond Aragon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sandra Jensen and a great-granddaughter, Dominque Miranda.

Adella Erps Wold Obituary

Adella Wilhelmina Nickelena (Erps) Wold was born on a farm in Hutchinson County north of Scotland, South Dakota on Sunday, September 24, 1911. She was the youngest of six children born to August and Lena (Dockweiler) Erps. In 1915, the family moved from the farm into Kaylor. Adella attended the Kaylor Public School through the 10th grade. In March of 1928, they moved to Scotland. She worked in various homes in Scotland for several years. Adella was united in marriage to Albert Wold on January 21, 1931 and they raised a family of three children. She worked for Wold’s Grocery Store for nine years. She worked at the Scotland High School for seven years, first in the school lunchroom and later with her husband, “Ep,” as a janitor, retiring in 1964. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Scotland and the Scotland VFW Auxiliary. Adella passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland, having achieved the age of 100 years and 10 months.

Adella is survived by her three children: daughter Mina Treick of Ohio, son Gary Wold of South Dakota, and son Gale Wold of Texas; and three grandchildren: grandsons Scott Treick of Ohio and Tim Wold of Montana, and granddaughter Rhiannon (Wold) Gonzalez of Texas.

In addition to her parents, August and Lena Erps, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert “Ep” Wold in 1993; a grandson, Steven Treick; a son-in-law, Ronald Treick; four brothers: Bill, Emil, Ben and Edward; and a sister, Malinda (Erps) Lerssen.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland or the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland.

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Adolf Krcil Obituary

Adolf Krcil, age 80, of Yankton,and formerly of Avon, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 at his daughter’s home in Kearney, NE.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton with the Rev. Mark Lichter officiating. Burial will be in St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall, SD, at approximately 12:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Visitations will be 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers will be Collin Petri, Luke Krcil, Don Krcil, Terry Krcil, Tim Krcil and Lawrence Furney.

Adolf Rudolf Krcil was born August 5, 1931 near Dante, SD to Adolph and Pauline (Cahoy) Krcil. Adolf attended school through the 8th grade and then worked on the family farm. On November 14, 1950 he married the love of his life, Phyllis Raabe. They lived by Dante, SD for 2 years until purchasing a farm near Avon, SD. Adolf and Phyllis farmed from 1950 to 1984. In addition Adolf worked part time doing construction work in Wagner, SD and the night shift at C.R. Industries, Springfield, SD running a forklift. In 1984 they moved to Yankton, SD where they managed the Village Green Apartments. In addition he worked delivering donuts for Jim Putz (1985); cleaned at Alumax (1985) and in 1987 starting working at the State Hospital in Yankton as a painter. He retired from there in 2004. Also, in 1990 Adolf and Phyllis began managing the Carriage House Apartments where he remained until his death.

Adolf greatly valued his family friends and faith in God. His love and concern for his family and his tenants was evident in everything he did. He loved being a “Grandpa” and spent time with his grandchildren attending their events, playing games (especially cards), fishing and giving them that special “Grandpa love” that only he could give. Adolf and Phyllis attended many Polka dances and festivals and loved traveling throughout the country. He was also a skilled handyman who enjoyed fixing things.

Those grateful for having shared his life include his son, Al of Yankton; daughter Kathy (Rick) Petri of Kearney, NE and Grandchildren Kaitlin and Collin Petri; Dani, Mikayla and Alex Krcil.

Adolf was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brothers, Henry and Joe; and daughter-in-law Dorothy (Slama) Krcil.

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Eldon DeJong Obituary

Eldon Lewis DeJong died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall. Eldon attained the age of 79 years, 10 months and 17 days.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2010 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the church cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the church, followed by a 6 p.m. prayer service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Eldon Lewis DeJong was born February 13, 1930 in rural Springfield, SD, the son of William and Fannie (Hobma) DeJong.

Eldon went to country school through he eighth grade. He worked on the farm until he served in the US Army in Germany.

Eldon married Elizabeth Alberta Ludens in Springfield on January 17, 1956. Together they farmed on the family farm west of Springfield until they moved into Springfield in 1985. They raised crops, hogs and milked cows. He then worked as a school custodian, bus driver, and at the Mike Durfee State Prison. Eldon also mowed lawns and scooped snow for many people. He also enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen at nutrition center.

Eldon was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield and a former member of the NFO, Bon Homme County Men’s Chorus and the Bon Homme Community Cantata.

Eldon will be remembered for his love of playing games with his family and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Alberta of Springfield; five children and 12 grandchildren: Ellen (Dave) Logterman of Rockford, IL and their children, Stephanie Jenkins, Jeremy Logterman and Kelli Logterman; Marlin (Tracy) DeJong of Colton, SD and their children, Jennifer DeJong, Cassandra DeJong and Randi Talsma; Myrna (John) Voigt of Avon, SD and their children, Sara Klaasen, Terry Voigt and Katie Voigt; Christine (Lee) Diers of Cedar Rapids, IA and their children, Ashley and Alex Diers; Cynthia (Richard) Orduno of Avondale, AZ and their daughter, Mia Orduno; five great grandchildren; three brothers: Willis (Marge) DeJong of Avon; Merrill (Bonnie) DeJong of Derian, WI; and Raymond DeJong of Denver, CO; one sister, Irene (Lloyd) Olivier of Corsica; a sister-in-law, Lorraine DeJong of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: George, Gerald, Wayne and LeRoy, who died in infancy; and a sister-in-law, Shirley DeJong.

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Herbert DeJong Obituary

Herbert DeJong, 79, of Springfield died Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, SD.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, SD. Burial is in the Emanuel Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Herbert George DeJong was born to Jerry and Dennie (Wieten) DeJong near Corsica, SD, on August 24, 1927. He died Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, SD. Herbert attained the age of 79 years, nine months and 23 days.

Herb attended elementary school and one year of high school at Corsica. His parents moved to Springfield in 1942, where he graduated from Springfield High School in 1945.

Herb married Jessie Vanderlei on February 28,1947, and to this union seven children were born. They farmed near Springfield until his retirement in 2002, when they moved into Springfield.

Herb was a faithful member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield and served as a deacon and an elder there.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Jessie of Springfield, SD; children: Harlan and wife Frances DeJong of Springfield, SD; Donald and wife Cheryl DeJong of Forney, TX; Diann and husband Dave Habicht of Rapid City, SD; Keith and wife Denise DeJong of Yankton, SD; Karen and husband Brent Reissig of Manhattan, MT; Robert and wife Betty DeJong of Wiesbaden, Germany; Kevin and wife Tonia DeJong of Yankton, SD; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Louis DeJong of Grand Rapids, Ml; Jerry DeJong of Sand Lake, Ml; and one sister, Pearl Schultz of Springfield, SD.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Elizabeth Vlasman, Dora Namminga, Henrietta Vlasman and Minnie Rose Hubregtse; and five brothers: John, Bill, Gerrit, Marion and Lambert DeJong.

Outside the Kirwan Home

O'Connor, Kirwan,  McGregor

Joe Ford

Last Man's Club

Kiestra, Boon, Peterson, Flamming, Eads, Weiser, Schmidt, Briehan,
 Kirwan, Auzman, Mulligan, Puckett, Bambas, Ferguson, 
Thompson, Dennis, Schanel, Osmond

*Tyndall Tribune & Register ~ July 5, 1979

1930 Five Generation Photo

Hattie Hovorka, Marjorie Sternhagen, Barbara Stverak, Anna Bouska, Anna Sedlacek

Wilbur Svanda Obituary

Wilbur Svanda died Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at home following a nine-month illness. He was 79 years, 1 month and 10 days old. He died as he lived, with peace and dignity.

Visitation is 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2007, at Goglin Funeral Chapel, Tyndall, South Dakota. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2007, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Tyndall, South Dakota, with the Rev. Marilyn Stone, Lorney VanGerpen and Fr. Gerald Thury officiating. Music will be provided by organist Lois Tjeerdsma with special music by Joyce Svanda and Robert Bueb. Casketbearers are Christopher Svanda, Cory Svanda, Ed Berka, Jim Sip, Cal Tjeerdsma andd Joe Plihal. Interment is in the Country Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tyndall, South Dakota, with Military Graveside Rites by Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2.

Wilbur E. Svanda was born on Wednesday, August 1, 1928, on the Svanda homestead north of Tyndall. He was the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Anna (Vavruska) Svanda. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1946 and worked at the local bakery until he started farming with his dad and brother in 1947. Wilbur joined the U.S. Army in March of 1951 and served in Ft. Lewis, Washington as a cook for the 231st Combat Engineers, Headquarters Co. He also went to training in California to be a code breaker and observed the atomic testings in the flats of Nevada before being honorably discharged in March 1953. While on leave, Wilbur married Arlene Nedved of Wagner on January 3, 1952. She later joined him on base in Washington. After his service to his country, they returned to the home place and began farming. Wilbur raised and bred Grade A Holstein dairy cattle from 1954 until the early 1990s. He was very proud of his herd. He became involved in?4-H with his son, Roger, showing the dairy cattle. He remained an active crop and cattle farmer until January of 2007.

Wilbur was active in the Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder and holding various offices. He also served as Secretary of the Bon Homme County 4-H Club Association. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He was also a past member of the Dairy Improvement Testing Association.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, residing in the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center; his two sons: Warren Svanda and Roger (Connie) Svanda, all of Tyndall; his brother, Elmer (Annabelle) Svanda and sister, Irene Herman, all of Tyndall. He will also be dearly missed by his three grandchildren: Christopher, Cory and Carly, who filled him up with joy.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Emil Herman.

Wilbur will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity, so much more than can be said in a few words.

Emma Hakl Svanda Obituary

Funeral service for Emma Harriet Svanda will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2006 at Tyndall Presbyterian Church, Tyndall, South Dakota. Clergy will be Pastor John McNeill, Organist will be Becky Tycz, soloist will be Lisa Knoll and accompanist will be Barbara Van Gerpen. Music will include "On Eagle's Wings" and "How Great Thou Art." Casketbearers will be Doug Wynia, Lowell Tjeerdsma, Don Enders, Dustin Tjeerdsma, Jason Tjeerdsma and Megan Tjeerdsma. Interment will be in Country Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tabor, South Dakota. Visitation will be Thursday, August 10, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with family present to greet visitors from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Goglin-Kelley Funeral Chapel, Tyndall, South Dakota.

Emma H. (Hakl) Svanda was born on September 25, 1911 to Joseph and Mary (Hachecky) Hakl at Tabor, South Dakota. She attended grade school through the 8th grade. Emma helped her dad and brother with farming until she married Frank Svanda on September 16, 1930. Together they farmed near Tyndall for 34 years before retiring to Tyndall in 1964. To this union two children were born, Irma and Doran. Emma worked at various jobs in Tyndall, but retired to take care of Frank when he became ill. Emma will be remembered for her love of crocheting, cooking and baking kolaches, playing cards and watching television. She liked to help her friends and enjoyed traveling in her younger years. She was a member of the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and was a helpful volunteer in church work as well as other volunteer work she did at the Good Samaritan Home. She lived at the Lidi Apartments for 18 years until her health began to decline and she moved to the Springfield Assisted Living Center. She was a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Home for the past three years, until her passing on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at the age of 94 years.

Thankful for sharing Emma's life are her two children: Irma Wynia of Springfield, South Dakota and Doran Svanda of Pontiac, Michigan; six grandchildren: Douglas (Cheryl) Wynia of Tyndall, South Dakota, Lori (Don) Enders of San Antonio, Texas, Lois (Lowell) Tjeerdsma of Springfield, South Dakota; Toni (Rick) Cox of Lapeer, Michigan, Vicki (Jim) Barnett of Pontiac, Michigan and Curtis (Sarah) Svanda of Pontiac, Michigan; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Marie (Joe) Sortino of Omaha, Nebraska and Dorothy Dvoracek of Tabor, South Dakota; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her are her husband; a son-in-law, Duane Wynia; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia Svanda; an infant Wynia grandson; one brother, Ed; and four sisters: Lillian, Blanche, Eleanor and Elsie.

Evelyn Hubregtse Tjeerdsma Obituary

Funeral services for Evelyn Tjeerdsma, 80, of Springfield, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, with burial in the Emanuel Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Evelyn Stella Tjeerdsma, daughter of Peter and Mary (TenDolle) Hubregtse, was born on the family farm west of Springfield on October 4, 1925. She died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at her apartment in the Springfield Assisted Living Center. Evelyn attained the age of 80 years, six months and 29 days.

Evelyn attended country school in the Springfield area and graduated from Avon High School.

Evelyn married Clarence "Speed" Tjeerdsma on June 21, 1945, at her parents' home. Six children were born to their union. Together they farmed and Evelyn served in the roles of wife, mother and homemaker. She and Clarence became residents of the Springfield Assisted Living Center on July 20, 2004.

Evelyn was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church, where she had served as a Sunday School teacher to three year olds and belonged to God's Garden Circle. She also was a member of the Dwight Wood American Legion Auxiliary.

Evelyn was well known for her poems and sayings that she included in the cards and letters she sent to friends and family. She loved her family and her grandchildren will lovingly remember their "Bingo trips to Avon" with Grandma. Evelyn and Clarence enjoyed attending Avon High School sports activities.

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband of 60 years, Clarence of Springfield; children: Norma Sue Adema and husband, Mel of Sioux City, IA, Dwight and wife, Sue of Springfield, Wendell and wife, Marsha of Salem, and Lowell and wife, Lois of Springfield; son-in-law, George Heisinger of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Duane and wife, Minnie Rose Hubregtse of Springfield; two sisters: Agnes Eckert and husband, Ed of Pennsylvania, and Joyce Bowen and husband, Bobby of Macon, GA; and a host of relatives and friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by two daughters: Rita Sue and Clarice Joan Heisinger; her parents; and a brother, Clarence.

Anita Eringa Tjeerdsma Obituary

Anita Marcia (Eringa) Tjeerdsma was born March 3, 1943. She passed away on December 17, 2010, at the Hospice Unit of Arizona, in Sun City West, AZ.

She was the daughter of Pierre and Lillian (Walking) Eringa. Her childhood days were spent living with her parents on a farm southwest of Springfield, SD. Anita’s elementary education was attending several rural schools followed by graduation from Springfield High School in 1961. Her spiritual life began with baptism on July 7, 1943, in the Emmanuel Reformed Church of Springfield, SD, attended catechism and made confession of faith on November 18, 1959. The Emmanuel Reformed Church was also the setting for her wedding to Robert J. Tjeerdsma of Avon, SD, on July 18, 1961. Anita participated in the various programs of the Church; was a longtime member of Willing Workers Circle and Guild; and was organist in the Church for many years.

Anita also enjoyed doing community activities and was a member of the Contemporary Civic Club; was instrumental in helping with work connected with formation and charter member of the Springfield Golf Club; and was an active member of the Springfield Historical Musuem. One of Anita’s priority’s was helping her husband, Robert, with the many activities on the farm, esp. during harvest time. She was employed a number of years doing restaurant work, working at the USD/Springfield Vocational College, and managing the Club House at the Golf Course. For relaxation, Anita took time out for bowling, golfing, fishing and watching NE football games. Many of her friends and relatives appreciated the talent she had in writing poetry for them. The past 10 years, Anita and Robert have enjoyed their retirement wintering in Sun City West, AZ.

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband, Robert, of Springfield; children: Natalie (Tom) Vollmer, Yankton, SD, Ross (Jodi) Tjeerdsma, Sioux Falls, SD, and Paul Tjeerdsma, Arizona; grandchildren: Trevor Tjeerdsma, Sioux Falls, SD, John Vollmer, Yankton, SD; one great grandchild; and many relatives and friends.

Anita was preceded in death by an infant son, Mark Allen; brother, Urwin Eringa; and her father and mother, Pierre and Lillian Eringa.

A memorial service will be held in the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 30, 2010, 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Linda J. Bailey, officiating.

Gravesite rites will be held later in the Spring back in Springfield, SD.

Cards and memorials may be sent to: The Robert Tjeerdsma Family, 14421 Gunsight Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375.

Clarence Tjeerdsma Obituary

Funeral services for Clarence Tjeerdsma, 90 of Springfield will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial will be in the church cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield Monday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7.

Clarence “Speed” Tjeerdsma, son of Oscar and Susie (DeVries) Tjeerdsma, was born on a farm near Springfield on September 21, 1919. He died Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Clarence attained the age of 90 years, one month and 11 days.

Clarence was a lifetime resident of Bon Homme County. He attended Hitt Country School through the eighth grade. Clarence served in the US Navy during World War II and was a member of the Dwight Wood American Legion Post #132.

Clarence married Evelyn S. Hubregtse on June 21, 1945 at her parents’ home. Six children were born to their union. Together they farmed and raised livestock on a farm near Perkins. They became residents of the Springfield Assisted Living Center on July 20, 2004. Evelyn died May 3, 2006. Clarence became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall on October 30, 2009.

Clarence made confession of faith on November 18, 1940 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield and remained a faithful member all of his life. He served two terms as deacon and also served as Sunday School Superintendent.

Clarence served as a Bon Homme County Commissioner from 1978 to 1986. He also served as secretary for Farm Bureau, was a member of Farm Mutual of Bon Homme County, and a member of Resource, Conservation and Development.

Clarence enjoyed bowling, wood working, gas engines of all types, restoring old tractors and being in the Friday Night Domino Club.

Thankful for having shared his life are his children: Norma and husband Mel Adema of Sioux City, IA; Dwight and wife Sue of Springfield; the late Clarice and husband George Heisinger of Springfield; Wendell and wife Marsha of Salem; and Lowell and wife Lois of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; special friend Lorraine DeJong of Springfield; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years; two daughters: Rita Sue in infancy and Clarice Joan Heisinger on January 31, 2003; parents; and seven brothers: George, who died as an infant, Peter, Gerrit, Jess, George, John and Oscar.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

James Tjeerdsma Obituary

Services were held for James Edwin Tjeerdsma, 69, of Avon June 11 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield with Pastor Dave Reck officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Tjeerdsma, Gary Romkema, Ivan Jelsma, Greg Svanda, Ryan Tjeerdsma, Gary Boltjes and Grant Boltjes. Honorary pallbearers were Jim's grandchildren and past and present drivers of Randel Tjeerdsma Trucking. Burial was in the Emanuel Cemetery, Springfield.

James Edwin Tjeerdsma, son of Jess and Johanna (Odens) Tjeerdsma, was born October 23, 1935, on a farm south of Kingsburg, SD. Jim's parents moved to various farms in the Springfield and Avon areas. He attended Hitt and Drake Country Schools through the eighth grade. Jim farmed with his Dad until 1952, then continued to farm with his brothers, Orvan and Les. Jim joined the U.S. Army in June of 1955, serving for two years in Ft. Chaffee, AR and Ft. Sill, OK. After his honorable discharge in June of 1957, he returned to farming. In the fall of 1957, Jim worked at Academy where he helped build an elevator on the Pete Olson farm. Jim married Cornelia Boltjes March 14, 1958 at Platte. They made their home and farmed southeast of Avon. Four children were born to their union. Along with his love for farming, Jim also was a truck driver for Tjeerdsma Trucking for many years. Jim joined the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield March 1, 1953. He served as an Elder, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and remained a faithful member all of his life. He died June 8, 2005 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls from complications from aspergillus and pneumonia.

Survivors are his wife, Cornelia of Avon; children, Kevin (Charlene) of Avon, Susan (Randy) Cahoy and Shelly (Alan) Miller, all of Mitchell and Joel (Deb) of Rogers, Minn.; ten grandchildren; one brother, Cal (Vicki) of Tyndall; three sisters, Phyllis Romkema and Shirley Jelsma, both of Springfield and Joyce (Larry) Svanda of Tyndall; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Tjeerdsma of Springfield and Jerralynne Tjeerdsma of Sioux Falls and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Orvan and Leslie and two brothers-in-law, Ray Romkema and Don Jelsma.

Orvan Tjeerdsma Obituary

Orvan V. Tjeerdsma, 76, of Springfield, died from complications of pneumonia Thursday, February 3, 2005, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. Orvan attained the age of 76 years, five months and four days. His funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2005, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, with burial in the Emanuel Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday followed by a prayer service.

Orvan Verle Tjeerdsma, son of Jess and Johanna (Odens) Tjeerdsma, was born August 30, 1928, on a farm near Springfield, SD. Orvan received his education at the Drake, Kingsburg and Hitt Country Schools. Orvan made his Confession of Faith on September 24, 1946, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church of Springfield and remained a faithful member, where he served as a deacon and elder.

Orvan married Gertrude Boersma on March 22, 1949, at the rural Emmanuel Reformed Church. Seven children were born to their union.

Orvan farmed south of Avon all of his working years. He also had a trucking business for 34 years, hauling livestock, grain and feed. Orvan sold the trucking business to his son, Randel in 1988. He and Gertrude moved to Springfield on December 7, 1996.

Orvan will be remembered as a hard worker and as someone who was always on time. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Gertrude of Springfield; children Randal and wife, Barb of Yankton, Jean Brown and husband, Wayne of Akron, IA, Keith and wife, Jill of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Marilyn Feekes and husband, Duane of Orange City, IA, Wayne and wife, Shari of Avon, Larry and wife, Dwan of Avon, and Lois Siewert and husband, Greg of Sioux Falls; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Jim and wife, Cornelia of Avon and Cal and wife, Vicki of Tyndall; three sisters: Phyllis Romkema and Shirley Jelsma, both of Springfield and Joyce Svanda and husband, Larry of Tyndall; and many relatives and friends.

Orvan was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Tjeerdsma; his parents, one brother, Leslie; and two brothers-in-law: Donald Jelsma and Ray Romkema.

Gertrude Boersma Tjeerdsma Obituary

Funeral services for Gertrude Tjeerdsma, 86, of Springfield, are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the Emanuel Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7, followed by a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Tjeerdsma was born January 7, 1925 in rural Springfield, the daughter of Bakke and Tryntje (Westra) Boersma. She died Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion. Gertrude attained the age of 86 years, nine months and a day.

She received her education at the rural Perkins School.

Gertrude made confession of faith on October 9, 1943 in the Emmanuel Reformed Church. Her favorite scripture was Chapter 55 of Isaiah.

Before her marriage, Gertrude worked at the rural Perkins Store.

She married Orvan Tjeerdsma on March 22, 1949 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in the country. Together they farmed south of Avon until December of 1996, when they moved into Springfield.

She is survived by her four sons: Randel (Barb) of Yankton; Keith (Jill) of Sergeant Bluff, IA; Wayne (Shari) of Avon; and Larry (Dwan) of Elkton; three daughters: Jean Brown of Vermillion; Marilyn (Duane) Feekes of Orange City, IA; and Lois (Greg) Siewert of Sioux Falls; 19 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Jessie (Glenn) Heusinkveld of Springfield; sister-in-law Jessie Boersma of Springfield; and sister-in-law Luree Boersma of Yankton.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Wayne Brown; one grandson, Nathan Tjeerdsma; and two brothers: Case and Renze Boersma.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Harvey Rokusek Obituary

Harvey Donald Rokusek was born on Monday, December 10, 1923 to Albert T. and Catherine (Bouska) Rokusek on the family farm near Tripp, South Dakota. He was raised on the farm and attended Sharon District #18 Country School through the 8th grade. Harvey was united in marriage to Shirley Dangel on June 1, 1948 at St. George Catholic Church in Scotland. They made their home on the farm Northwest of Scotland. Harvey farmed nearly all of his life and even after retirement he enjoyed checking on the crops and following their progress. He enjoyed hunting and will be remembered for the adventures he had with his children hunting jackrabbits while waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. Harvey was a long-standing and devoted member of St. George Catholic Church and served on the committee to fund the building of the new church. The light of his life and his pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harvey died on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 on his farm near Scotland at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Harvey's memory will be cherished by his wife of 60 years, Shirley, of rural Scotland; four children: Richard Rokusek of Norfolk, Nebraska, Dr. James (Jane) Rokusek of Watertown, South Dakota, Paul (Barb) Rokusek of rural Tripp, South Dakota, and Susan (Kevin) Beehler of Delmont, South Dakota; eight grandchildren: Anna (Tim) Olson of Alexandria, Minnesota, Dan Rokusek of Rapid City, South Dakota, Katie Rokusek of Alexandria, Minnesota, Allison Rokusek of Watertown, South Dakota, Andy (Katie) Rokusek of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mark Rokusek of Brooklyn, New York, and Scott Beehler and Amanda Beehler, both of Delmont, South Dakota; three great-grandchildren: Ayla and Macy Rokusek and Emily Olson; and one sister-in-law, Margaret Rokusek of Parkston, South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert T. and Catherine, brothers Albert R. and Arnold, and sisters Dorothy, Valestine and Alice.

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Nancy Hovorka Stulc Obituary

Nancy Jane Stulc was born on January 1, 1933 in Tyndall, South Dakota to Anthony and Hattie (Bouska) Hovorka. She worked for many years as a certified nurse assistant in area nursing homes. Nancy died on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the Yankton Care Center at the age of 75 years, 7 months, and 20 days.

Nancy’s memory will be cherished by her seven children and thirteen grandchildren: David Giedd of Tyndall, Vicki Giedd of Yankton and Satana and Shawn; Barbara (Joey) Fendrick of Bloomfield, Nebraska, and Renae, Alicia and Andrea; Colleen (Ernest) Vavruska of Watertown, South Dakota, and Carisa, Carie and Curtis (Jessi) of Wallace, South Dakota; Jeffrey Giedd of Arlington, Texas, and Sarah; Kimberlee Giedd of Waco, Texas and Kristina; Kelly Giedd of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kim Giedd of Wichita, Kansas and Corey; and Todd (Kobi) Giedd of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Thadeus and Alyssa, Lauren and Jaime fourteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Hovorka, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; and three sisters: Delores Kortan of Billings, Montana, Margie Sternhagen of Yankton, South Dakota and Judy (Dick) Kornder of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Giedd in 1977 and her second husband, Leonard Stulc in 1985, her parents, brothers Anthony “Butch” Hovorka, John Hovorka, and Jim Hovorka; and a sister, Norma Hovorka.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Nettie Mehlhaff Lippert Obituary

Nettie Lippert died on Sunday, August 17, 2008, at the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, South Dakota, at the age of 90 years, 3 months, and 3 days.

Nettie was born on May 14, 1918, on a farm northeast of Tripp, South Dakota, to Frederich and Emilie (Koth) Mehlhaff. Nettie married Raymond Lippert on March 22, 1938, in Parkston, South Dakota. They farmed northwest of Tripp until 1983, when they moved into town. She was originally a member of Tripp Baptist Church until 1967, when she joined Danzig Baptist Church.

Survivors include four children, Myron Lippert and his friend, Pattie Reif, of Mitchell; Dennis Lippert and his wife, Joyce, of Flower Mound, Texas; Janet Jucht, and her husband, Roger, of Bridgewater, South Dakota; LaRae Odland and her husband, Mark, of Stevensville, Michigan; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter Mehlhaff and his wife, Delma, of Hot Springs, South Dakota; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Mehlhaff of Pheasant, California.

Nettie was preceded in death by Raymond, her husband of sixty years, her parents, five brothers, and two sisters.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Alta Weber Diede Obituary

Alta Idella Diede was born on Monday, February 20, 1911 in Yankton County near Lesterville, South Dakota. Her parents were John P. and Elizabeth (Gall) Weber. Alta was baptized and confirmed in the Petersburg Congregational Church. She was raised on the family farm and attended the Northstar Country School through the 8th grade. Alta was united in marriage to Albert Diede on May 23, 1931, also at the Petersburg Congregational Church. They farmed northeast of Menno for a few years during the Depression, then move to Washington State in 1938. Albert was working on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam when he was killed in an accident at work in 1941. Following Albert’s death, Alta brought her children back to Scotland to be near her and Albert’s families. She worked hard to support her family, washing dishes and other various jobs in Scotland, and she worked for over 20 years at the Anderson Bakery. Her main focus, however, was always making a good home for her family and raising her children. Alta was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Scotland where she was active with the First Presbyterian Woman and also served as an Elder. She was also a member of the Rebecca Lodge. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting, and she will be remembered for her baking, especially her homemade cookies. The highlight of Alta’s life was always visits from her family. Over the years, she loved to take photographs of her family and friends and wore out many cameras. Alta became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland in November of 2003, and it was there that she passed away on Monday, July 28, 2008 at the age of 97 years, 5 months and 17 days.

Alta’s memory will be cherished by her three children: Dale Diede of Bryl, Utah, Harvey (Donna) Diede of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and Donna Olson of Cumberland, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ray (Helen) Weber of Scotland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her parents, a sister, Olive Becker, a brother, Alvin Weber, a daughter-in-law, Pat Diede, and a son-in-law, Richard Olson.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Viola Rehurek Kostlan Obituary

Viola Adeline Kostlan was born on Thursday, December 27, 1923 at Tabor, South Dakota to Joseph R. and Anna (Dvoracek) Rehurek. She attended Koupal District 24 Elementary School, and was a member of the 1941 graduating class of Tyndall High School. She worked in the Tyndall AAA office from 1941 to 1943. Vi was united in marriage to Edward S. Kostlan on February 6, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked in the County Auditor’s office from 1944 to 1946 as 2nd Deputy. Vi farmed alongside Edward until his death in 1995, and there wasn’t anything on the farm that he did that she couldn’t do as well. Vi was a devoted mother and passed along her strong values to her family. In 1998, she moved from the family farm to her home at 1710 Fir St. in Tyndall. Vi was a member of the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and a charter member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #2966 Auxiliary of Scotland. She was also a member of the Scotland Saddle Club and the Red Hat Society. Vi was always willing to help, and her community service included work at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society and the Senior Nutrition Center in Tyndall. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and she especially enjoyed collecting Fenton Glass and knick-knacks. She had a large collection of Boyd’s Bears, and wanted to be able to see them from any room in her house. Vi became a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society in April of this year. She passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall, having attained the age of 84 years, 6 months and 18 days.

Vi’s memory will be cherished by her son, Keith and wife Teresa Kostlan of Artesia, New Mexico; a granddaughter, Kristin Kostlan and husband Ernest Rowland of Olathe, Kansas; two grandsons: Kent, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Mark, along with his friend Jenny Emmons, of Wichita, Kansas; four sisters: Irene Kreber and Marcella Kortan, both of Springfield, South Dakota, Ruth Vellek of Tyndall and Dorothy Sattler of Mitchell, South Dakota; two brothers: LeRoy Rehurek of Escondido, California and Lawrence (Joyce) Rehurek of Sparks, Nevada; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1995; her parents, Joseph and Anna Rehurek; three brothers: Alvin, Calvin and Raymond Rehurek; four brothers-in-law: Wallace Kreber, Dorance Kortan, Charles W. Vellek, and Wesley Sattler; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy (Rehurek) Sanders.

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James Stewart Obituary

James Allan Stewart was born on Monday, January 2, 1961 in Tyndall, South Dakota to Don and Amanda (Fischer) Stewart. He was baptized on February 5, 1961 by Pastor Feller and confirmed on May 18, 1975 by Pastor Gray, all at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall. He was raised on a farm near Scotland and graduated from Scotland High School in 1979.

Following high school, Jim joined the Army National Guard. In January of 1982, he joined the U.S. Army and served until February of 1985. He was stationed in Germany and later served in the Army Reserve following his honorable discharge. Jim was a lifetime member of the Paul Grossheusch V.F.W. Post #2966 of Scotland.

Jim was united in marriage to Pam Namanny on November 9, 1991 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall. They made their home on the farm where he was raised.

For most of his working years, he was a truck driver. Jim began his business, Stewart Trucking, in 2000, hauling grain and cattle. Previously, he drove truck for various companies, including K&J Trucking, Cimpl’s and Mehlhaff Trucking.

Jim’s passion was for horses. He was a longtime member of the Scotland Saddle Club and the Scotland Rodeo Club and most recently held the office of President. He was also an MRP and SDRA Team Penner for many years.

“Stewart” had a gift for making friends of all ages. He had a generous heart and never hesitated to help people, friend or stranger alike. He was a loyal friend whose memory lives through countless moments of shared jokes, stories and laughter. He also enjoyed many hours of playing board games and pinochle with family and friends.

After a valiant battle with cancer, Jim died on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall at the age of 47 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Jim’s memory will be cherished by his wife and children, Pam, Karl “Peadoodle” and Jymmi Jo “Grasshopper”, all of rural Scotland; his parents, Don and Amanda Stewart of Tyndall; three sisters: Sharon (Bill) Green of Valley, Nebraska, Dianne (Lee) Herrboldt of Menno, South Dakota, and Carol (Jeff) Halseth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; mother-in-law Sandy Namanny of Valley Springs, South Dakota; father-in-law Bob (Carol) Namanny of Brandon, South Dakota; brother-in-law Troy Namanny of Brandon, South Dakota; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Jim was preceded in death by two brothers: Allan Stewart, and Kenneth Stewart in infancy; a sister in infancy, Sharleen Stewart; his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Lillian Stewart, and his maternal grandparents, Ed and Adelheid Fischer; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Hasz.

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Laverna Stoebner Vogt Obituary

Laverna Vogt was born on Thursday, March 14, 1935 to Daniel and Bertha Stoebner. She was born and raised on their farm near Tripp, South Dakota, where she spent her early years in the sodhouse on the farmstead. Growing up, Laverna and MaeDora helped with the housework while Gladys helped with the farmwork. Laverna attended grade school with her sister, MaeDora, and graduated from Tripp High School. She attended college for two years and became a schoolteacher. Laverna married Clarence Vogt on June 6, 1956. She was a homemaker, and later worked outside the home as a prep cook. Laverna took pleasure in all of God’s creations, from the blooming of flowers in the spring to the turning of leaves in the fall, and her special love was for all animals. German food and fresh garden produce were two of her favorite things. She had an appreciation for words and music and will be remembered for the thought she put into selecting just the right greeting card for her friends and family’s occasions. Laverna valued education and supported her children and grandchildren in all of their endeavors. Laverna died on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at the Sherman County Good Samaritan Society in Goodland, Kansas, having attained the age of 73 years, 3 months, and 26 days.

Laverna was a devoted mother and grandmother to her two daughters and their families: Cheryl and Rob Cotter, and their children Tom, Katrina, and Jay, all of Goodland, Kansas and Darcy and John Kleinschmit, and their children Jessica, Darek, and Karissa, all of Norfolk, Nebraska. She is also survived by two sisters: Gladys Buechler of Scotland, South Dakota and Mae Dora and Norman Larson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and her former husband, Clarence Vogt of Yankton, South Dakota.

Her two sons, Lyle Vogt and David Vogt, and her parents preceded Laverna in death.

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Lila Johnson Gillette Obituary

Lila Eileen Johnson was born on Sunday, June 24, 1917 in Yankton County to Einer and Linnie (Roach) Johnson. She attended grade school in Yankton County and in Olivet, South Dakota. In 1935, she graduated from Olivet High School. After graduation, Lila married Alvin Gillette at Howard, South Dakota. Two children were born to Lila and Alvin: a daughter, Marilyn, and a son, Terry. During her lifetime, Lila worked as a farmwife, operated a café with her sister-in-law, and was a psychiatric aide at the State Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota for 25 years. Lila passed away on Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Menno-Olivet Care Center at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 17 days.

Lila leaves her son, Terry and wife Charlene of Menno, South Dakota; three grandchildren: Kristi Gillette of Wakonda, South Dakota, and Kathy Gillette and Todd Gillette, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two sisters: Norma Janzen of Grass Valley, California and Myla Mae Ostrem of Cayucos, California; and several nieces as well as many extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1982; her daughter, Marilyn, in infancy; her parents, Einer and Linnie Johnson; and a sister, Marguerite.

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Glenn Duncan Obituary

Glenn E. Duncan, 94, of Tyndall passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall with Fr. Joe Forcelle as Celebrant.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until a 7:30 p.m. wake service on Tuesday, November 15 at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall and online condolences may be sent at

Memorials may be directed to either the Glenn and Kathryn Duncan Scholarship Fund, which benefits a Bon Homme High School wrestler, or the Duncan Scholarship at the University of South Dakota.

Glenn Ellsworth Duncan was born on March 28, 1917 in Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was the sixth of ten children born to Edward E. and Lettie E. (Spears) Duncan. Glenn attended school and graduated from Cheyenne County High School in 1935. Glenn attended Kansas State University from which he graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1941.

World War II found Glenn in South Dakota testing cattle for the United States Government. He enlisted in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Major. Upon his discharge from the Army, Glenn established his veterinary practice in Tyndall, South Dakota where he practiced for over 35 years. He married Kathryn Sully of Gregory, South Dakota in 1942 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Glenn and his brothers participated in wrestling while in high school and Glenn followed his brothers, Clifford and Dale, as standout wrestlers at Kansas State University. He was named one of the 40 top athletes in Kansas State University history. This love for the sport of wrestling was a large part of Glenn’s life and he was instrumental in the birth of the wrestling program at Tyndall High School and also assisted several other southeastern South Dakota communities start their programs. Some of his fondest memories were working with the wrestling team and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in sports.. Glenn was named to the South Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame and was recognized by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association and the National High School Coaches Association with a Distinguished Service Award for his work in establishing high school wrestling in South Dakota.

Glenn served his community as mayor and on the Bon Homme School District School Board. He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus. He was president of both the South Dakota State Veterinary Association and the South Dakota Board of Veterinary Examiners. In 1967, he was recognized as the South Dakota State Veterinarian of the Year.

He was the proud parent of twins Marjorie (James) Stoebner and Mary (Edward) Kreber, both of Tyndall; son Dennis (Marie) Duncan of Parker; and daughter Kelly Duncan (Lee Clark) of Vermillion. Grandchildren thankful for having had Glenn in their lives include Paul, Mark, Tricia, Tom, Greg, Jane, Drew, Amber, Kelsey, Hillary and Kaitlyn. He was a great-grandfather to 19. Glenn joins his beloved Kathryn, who passed away February 4, 2008 and seven siblings.

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Kathryn Sully Duncan Obituary

Kathryn was born Sunday, September 19, 1920 to John and Mary (McKenna) Sully in rural Tripp County, South Dakota. She attended school in Gregory and graduated from Gregory High School. Kathryn married the love of her life, Glenn Duncan, on August 15, 1941 in Ft. Worth, Texas where Glenn was stationed with the Army during WWII. They moved to Tyndall in 1946 where they established Glenn's veterinary practice. Kathryn was involved in St. Leo's Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and served for many years on the Tyndall Library Board of Directors. She was an avid sports fan and followed the Bon Homme Cavaliers, especially the wrestling team, until her death. Watching her children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren participate was a great joy. Kathryn died on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 13 days. She passed away in Tyndall, surrounded by her family.

Left to share memories of time spent with her are her husband Glenn and twin daughters Marjorie (Jim) Stoebner and Mary (Ed) Kreber of Tyndall; son Dennis (Marie) Duncan of Parker; and daughter Kelly Duncan (Lee) Clark of Dakota Dunes. Kathryn was a wonderful grandmother and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were blessed to have her as a part of their lives. They include Paul (Pamela) Kreber and children Haleigh and Kendyl, Sioux Falls; Mark (Lisa) Stoebner, Dylan, Lincoln, Duncan, and Daryan, Tyndall; Tricia (Chris) Amen, Ava, Gabrielle, and Sophia, San Diego, California; Tom (Kim) Kreber, Joshua and Jacqueline, Canton; Greg (Beth), Jordan, Tyson, and Riley of Lennox; Jane Hamilton, daughters Taylor and Allyson and finance Brad Elle and son Skylar of Avon; Drew (Carrie) Duncan and Olivia, Sioux Falls; and Amber, Hillary, and Kaitlyn Stern, Dakota Dunes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Howard, Clayton and John, and sisters Vera and Cecelia and grandson Andrew Stoebner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Glenn and Kathryn Duncan Scholarship, which will benefit a senior wrestler from Bon Homme High School who is entering a South Dakota post-secondary institution.

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Leighton Gemar Obituary

Leighton Gemar died peacefully on Monday, February 11th at his home in Scotland, South Dakota. Leighton was born in Scotland, SD to Emil and Ida (Schenkenberger) Gemar on May 21st, 1922. He was educated in rural Scotland and attended Scotland High School and Southern Normal School where he received his teaching degree. After teaching in rural Yankton County, Leighton served in the Army. After his discharge, he returned to teaching in rural Hutchinson County. He also worked for a short time at the Scotland Creamery and Rivin Brothers Grocery.

On June 26th, 1945 Leighton married Beatrice (Manas). To this union, seven children were born.

In 1949 Leighton purchased the old Scotland Grocery, which later became Gemar’s Market. Leighton owned and managed Gemar’s Market for over 30 years.

Leighton worked tirelessly for the community of Scotland, which he called home for 85 years. He often commented that he could not imagine living anywhere else. His dedication to his family and his community was evident in his many volunteer activities. Leighton was involved as a Boy Scout leader and active in the American Legion baseball program. He was a member of the Scotland School Board for over 17 years. Leighton was a member of the American Legion for over 55 years-serving as Post Commander on several occasions. He was a charter member of the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital Governing Board and remained active for 37 years.

An active fund-raiser for community development projects, Leighton was chairman of the initial fund-raising drive for the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in 1967, and was an active member of the steering committee for the current hospital renovation project. He served as chairman of the fund-raising drive for the Scotland Good Samaritan Center dining room expansion project, and also on the fund-raising committee to build the new library addition to the high school.

Leighton was a charter member of the Scotland Development Corporation and a 50-year member of the Scotland Chamber of Commerce. He was also a long-time member of the Scotland Rotary Club, and was recognized as a “Paul Harris Fellow,” one of Rotary’s highest honors.

Leighton served the business community as an active member of the South Dakota Board of Retailers—serving as President from 1976-1977. He also served on the Affiliated Foods Board of Directors.

After retirement, his attention was directed toward various community service projects. He volunteered to plant and care for trees in the city park and Scotland Cemetery. He was often seen collecting tickets at the Legion baseball games, and he frequently manned the city rubble site. And who hasn’t been approached by Leighton to purchase chances at “cow patty bingo!”

Leighton was an avid golfer and enjoyed his matches with friends and family. A charter member of the Dawson Creek Golf Club, he donated countless hours toward the development of the golf course and its improvements over the years.

Leighton was most devoted to his family, and enjoyed times with his children, grandkids, and great grandkids. You could always find him at their ball games, track meets, school plays, band concerts, and other activities. There was always a knee to bounce on, a whisker burn, or a joke to share. Those that knew Leighton recognized his love of life, good spirits, and positive attitude. He was a walking joke book, and was happy to share with anyone who would listen.

A man of faith, Leighton was a dedicated member of St. George’s Catholic Church and active on the Parish Council.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beatrice (Bea) of Scotland; children, Diane (Len Hofer) of Beresford, SD; Greg (JoAnn) Gemar of Scotland, SD; Roger (Jean) Gemar of Papillion, NE; James (Karen) Gemar of Moorhead, MN; Charles (Char) Gemar of Benton, KS; Dwight (Claudia) Gemar of Walnut Creek, CA; Dr. Sheila Gemar (Wayne Dahlen) of Spicer, MN; and sisters Belinda (Clough) of Alpine, CA; and Elsie (Magstadt) of Scotland, SD; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Leighton was preceded in his death by his parents Emil and Ida Gemar, four siblings, Art, Lea (Gall), Viola (Nelson), and Violet (Wright).

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Alma Klink Kremer Obituary

Alma Johanna (Klink) Kremer was born on Monday, January 18, 1915 to Daniel and Christina (Magstadt) Klink. She was raised in the Scotland area and schooled in the rural community of Plum. She enjoyed reading books while herding cattle and loved farm life. Alma was united in marriage to Lloyd Lawrence Kremer in 1935 at the Petersburg Church in Yankton County near Lesterville. They moved to Lesterville where they raised their family of three children. She was very active in the Word Congregational Church and Ladies’ Aid. Alma was a very family-oriented person who lived for her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was noted for her wit and sense of humor. Alma wrote news articles for the Scotland and Yankton newspapers for many years. Later in life, she enjoyed playing cards and camping. She moved to the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland in 1999 where she made many friends and lived life to the fullest. Alma died on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 1 day.

Alma is survived by a son, Don (Shirley) Kremer of Emery, South Dakota; two daughters: Twila Fowler of Fountain, Colorado and Marcene (Patrick) Campbell of Jerome, Idaho; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd in 2000, her parents, Daniel and Christina Klink, a sister, two brothers and a grandchild.

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Albina Stluka Crha Obituary

Albina M. Crha was born Monday, June 10, 1907 near Tyndall to Frank and Mary (Podzimek) Stluka. She married James Crha at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at Vodnany. They farmed six miles north of Avon. Albina will be remembered for her crocheting and her baking, especially her pecan rolls and kolaches. She enjoyed playing bingo and taking an occasional trip to Ft. Randall Casino. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and Altar Society, and was a 76-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Tyndall. Albina died on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall at the age of 100 years, 8 months and 24 days.

Albina is survived by her son, Tom (Dot) Crha of Cottage Grove, Oregon; a daughter, Yvonne Adam of Lesterville, South Dakota; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on May 20, 1975; a daughter, Dorothy Walloch; her parents, Frank and Mary Stluka; two brothers and a sister in infancy; and two sons-in-law, Emil Adam and Arnold Walloch.

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Debra McFarland Kougl Schmeling Obituary

Debra Denice (McFarland) Kougl Schmeling was born Friday, September 7, 1956 to LaVern and Marcie (Nepodal) McFarland. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1973. She graduated from USD and touched many lives with her chosen career paths. She married John Kougl and they had a daughter, Jessica. Debra always put the needs and wellbeing of her daughter first. She married William Schmeling in 2000 and began a new chapter in her life. Debra gained a strong spirituality though her numerous years in AA. She always had a kind heart to guide others though their difficult times. Due to her caring soul, she was a mother to more children than her biological child. Debra passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 55 years, 10 months and 10 days.

Debra is survived by her husband, William Schmeling of Brandon; three daughters and their families: Jessica (Dave) Murphy of Valley Springs and grandsons J.D. and Connor, Hilary (Roger) Iverson of St. Paul, Minnesota and Connor and Cody, and Rachel (Neil) Zigerman of Chisago City, Minnesota and Nathan and Max; her mother, Marcie McFarland of Tyndall; two brothers and a sister: Marlan McFarland, Bryan McFarland and Tami McFarland, all of Sioux Falls; and all the people that were blessed to meet and love her.

She is preceded in death by her father, LaVern McFarland, an uncle, Karl Winckler, and numerous other aunts, uncles and loved ones.

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Lloyd Schweinforth Obituary

Lloyd L. Schweinforth, age 86, formerly of Tyndall and more recently of Scotland, SD passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Scotland Good Samaritan Center, Scotland, SD.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Peace Christian Reformed Church, Menno, SD with Rev. Dan Flyger and Rev. Joe Brinks officiating. Burial will be in the Our Saviors (West) Cemetery, rural Menno, SD at approximately 12:30 p.m..

Friend & family visitations will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Friday evening, July 20, 2012 at the Aisenbrey-Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Menno, SD and then one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday, July 21.

Pallbearers are Joshua Schaeffer, Joseph Schaeffer, Jeremiah Schaeffer, Matthew Bosworth, Benjamin Bosworth, Chris Buchmann, Clint Starwalt and Gregory Krech.

Lloyd was born January 2, 1926 on the family farm near Tyndall, SD to Albert and Johanna (Bauder) Schweinforth. He was baptized on February 28, 1926 at Newberg Congregational Church, Scotland, SD and confirmed in the same church by Rev. Boumann. He married Esther Lillian Hagge on February 26, 1954. Lloyd could be heard saying that “Esther was the best thing that ever happened to me”. Esther passed away on December 24, 2003.

Lloyd farmed all his life on the same farm on which he was born. He was known for his ability to fix farm equipment, farm buildings, and making or repairing bikes and toys for his children and grandchildren. He was also a recycler of old things, making them into something new. In his later years he made toys for his great-grandchildren, bird houses, and made wagons for his great-grandchildren.

Lloyd is survived by one son, David Allen Schweinforth of Tyndall, SD; three daughters, Linda Marie (Doug) Schaeffer of Lesterville, SD, Marlene Kay (Mike) Bosworth of Sabeth, KS, and Julie Ann Hartmann of Woodbury, MN; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elnora (Willard) Zander of Scotland, SD, and Dorothy (Lonn) Sweet of Sun City, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther and parents, Albert and Johanna.

Memorials can be directed to Gideons International, P.O. Box 334, Yankton, SD 57078.

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