Shirley Pyper Petrik Obituary

Funeral services for Shirley L. Petrik, 77 of Tyndall will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall, with burial in the Tyndall Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to the time of service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home of Springfield is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley Lorraine Petrik, daughter of Lester and Lottie (Gotschall) Pyper was born September 13, 1928 at Yankton. She died Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Shirley attained the age of 77 years, six months and 16 days.

Shirley grew up in the Springfield area and was a Springfield High School graduate. She worked at the college in Springfield in the summer and at cafes during the school year. After marriage, she worked at Maus Market for over 20 years, Gene's GW and the Chostka Hotel in Tyndall. Shirley married Felix Petrik on December 31, 1948 at Springfield. Two sons were born to their union.

Shirley was a charter member of Ladies' V.F.W. Auxiliary in Tyndall and the Methodist Church. Shirley loved the outdoors and being able to go fishing, hunting and camping. She enjoyed cooking and having her family home so she could do things with them. Shirley loved animals and lead the Homecoming Parade for years with her horse.

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband, Felix of Tyndall; sons: Gary and wife, Rose of North Sioux City, SD, and Tom and wife, Carol of Watertown, SD; grandson, Raymond and wife, Michelle of Savannah, GA; granddaughter, Jeannie of North Sioux City, SD; brother, Lester Pyper of Vermillion; and many relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; two half brothers: ElRoy and William Pyper; and a half sister, Phyllis McMahon.

Felix Petrik Obituary

Funeral services for Felix Petrik, 79, of Tyndall will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2007 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery, rural Tyndall, with military honors. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the church in Tyndall. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner is in charge of arrangements.

Felix Roy Petrik was born June 2,1928 at Wagner, South Dakota, the son of Frank and Lydia (Bartunek) Petrik. He died Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Felix attained the age of 79 years and 10 days.

Felix enlisted in the US Army and received his basic training in June of 1946 at El Paso, TX. He then served in Japan.

Felix married Shirley Pyper on December 31, 1948 at Springfield, SD. Two sons were born to their union.

Felix worked on the Cooley Ranch, worked for General Repair for Skorpiks and drove the gas truck for the Co-op.

Felix was a member of the Methodist Church, the Tyndall Fire Department for 20 years and the Tyndall V.F.W.

Felix loved fishing, hunting and camping. His dog, Sam, loved to go hunting with him. Felix also loved to fix things at home in his garage. Felix also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Thankful for having shared his life are his two sons: Gary and wife, Rose of North Sioux City, SD and Tom and wife, Carol of Watertown, SD; grandson, Raymond and wife, Michelle of North Sioux City, SD (currently serving in Iraq); granddaughter, Jeannie Petrik of North Sioux City, SD; great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Rae Petrik; two sisters: Darlene and husband John Bride of San Angelo, TX and Alvina Lettau of Engelwood, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Felix was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley on March 29, 2006; parents; step father, Joe Petrik; brother, Raymond Petrik and a sister, Evelyn Behnke.

Ernest Nepodal, Jr. Obituary

Funeral services for Ernest R. Nepodal, Jr., 54 of Yankton, will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Springfield Community Bible Church in Springfield, with Pastor Jon Cooke of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the the Tyndall Cemetery, rural Tyndall. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield, with family present.

Ernest Richard Nepodal, Jr., son of Ernest W. and Virginia V. (Miller) Nepodal, was born August 26, 1957 in Tyndall. He died Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Ernest attained the age of 54 years and 14 days.

Ernest graduated from Springfield High School. After graduation, he pursued several occupations, such as farming and auctioneering, both of which he could not continue, due to physical limitations. Ernest was employed as a radio dispatcher directing the donation pickups for Good Will Industries in Houston, TX. When physical limitations once again thwarted this pursuit, he became a life-long friend and farmhand to David Ruppelt.

Ernest was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Railroad Club and Pastor Benny’s Baptist Church in Houston, TX. He was the student manager for the high school football and basketball teams, and was an over-all football fanatic. Ernest collected model railroading and John Deere model tractors. He also enjoyed bird watching and loved the country and farm life.

Thankful for having shared his life are his mother Virginia of Yankton; sisters: Cynthia (Carl) Pravecek of Yankton, Charlotte (Jim) Newkirk of Edmond, OK, Kathryn (Paul) Claus of Lincoln, NE, Lori (Jeff) DeForest of Oklahoma City, OK; brother Clark (Anita) Mola of Mesa, AZ, and their families; and many friends.

Ernest was preceded in death by his father on August 22, 1995.

Ernest was known for his ready smile and keen sense of humor. He was a constant inspiration to his family, friends and everyone who met him. Ernest will be greatly missed.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Marcella Lippert Voigt Obituary

Marcella “Marci” Christena Voigt, formerly of Miller, died on her 85th birthday, Tuesday, December 14 at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Visitation with the family present will be Friday, December 17 at the Rembold Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Miller with Rev. Mary Ann Sheldon officiating. Burial will be at the G.A.R. Cemetery. Friends and family may sign Marci’s online register at

Marcella Christena Lippert was born December 14, 1925, at Parkston, SD to Edward and Christene (Mudder) Lippert. Marci graduated from Avon High School and later Southern State College in Springfield, SD.

On October 7, 1943, Marcella married Newton D. Voigt. To this union two children were born.

Marci taught school in Parkston for 6 years and later in Miller for 30 years until her retirement in 1992. She had a passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoyed all her students. She was also known for being a beautiful seamstress. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to her and always made her smile.

Survivors include her daughter, LaDonna (Steve) Speirs of Yankton, SD; four grandchildren, Christena (Scott) Schultz of Emery, SD, Scott Voigt of Huron, SD, Brooks Speirs of Denver, CO, Sondra (David) Naber of Wessington, SD; 9 great grandchildren; 6 siblings, Leola Lukkes of Tyndall, SD, Darlene Baumiller-Zangle of Mitchell, SD, Elroy (Ruth) Lippert of Parkston, SD, Elwood (Janet) Lippert of Yankton, SD, Danelda (Francis) VanDuysen of Wagner, SD, and Eldean (Gloria) Lippert of Yankton, SD; Sisters-in-law, Amelia (Bill) Rattray of Centralia, WA and Shirley Voigt of Clearbrook, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Newton D. Voigt, son Lewyln Voigt, brothers-in-law, Lewis Baumiller, Harvey Zangle, Cornelius Lukkes, and Dwight Voigt.

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Marci’s arrangements.

*Rembold Funeral Home

Josephine Bartunek Misar Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Steve (Josephine) Misar, 65, of rural Scotland will be at 10:30 am Monday at the Tyndall Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Wolfer officiating. Friends may call the Petrik Funeral Home in Tyndall all day Sunday. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery.

She was born March 28, 1907 at Avon to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bartunek and died Nov. 24, 1972 at the Tyndall hospital. On Oct. 31, 1934 she married Steve Misar and they farmed north of Tyndall.

Survivors include her widower; two daughter, Miss Evelyn Sioux City, and Mrs. Orville (Josephine) Hauck, Menno; two sons, Elmer and Melvin, Scotland; two grandsons; a brother, Joe Bartunek, Tyndall, and four sisters, Mrs. Rose Ober and Mrs. Stanley Vellek, Tyndall; Mrs. Agnes Juran, Wagner, and Mrs. Hattie Nehonsky, Scotland.

Marvin Meyer Obituary

Marvin Henry Meyer, age 91, of Tyndall, South Dakota passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at The Good Samaritan Home in Tyndall.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tyndall with Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Pianist will be Rachael Starwalt with special music by Scott, John and Paul Meyer. Interment will follow in the Tyndall Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin’s granddaughters and active pallbearers will be Marvin’s grandsons.

Marvin was born on March 24, 1920 on the family farm near Elkton, SD to Arthur, Sr. and Ella (Sandkamp) Meyer. Marvin attended country school in Brookings County. He attended Elkton High School for 3 years before graduating from Watertown High School in 1937. After attending SDSU for one year, he moved to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft from 1940-1942. He returned to SD to work on the family farm near Watertown.

On September 10, 1944 he married Avis R. A. Mork (Morky) in Granite Falls, MN. From that day on, you rarely heard one name without the other — “Marv & Morky” were a team like no other. Marvin began his lifelong career with George A. Hormel & Company working in Austin, MN and Mitchell, SD. He opened the first hog buying station in Tyndall in August 1949, which he operated for 37 years until his retirement in 1985. During these years he enjoyed many friendships with local farmers. Marvin and Morky moved to Brookings in 2004 and returned to Tyndall to live in the North Point apartments in the summer of 2011.

Marv and Morky celebrated a wonderful partnership of 67 years of marriage. For their first anniversary they went camping in a tent and that was the beginning of over 60 years of camping and traveling throughout the US. Dancing, fishing and gardening were times enjoyed together. Marv was an avid hunter and collector of antique Red Wing stoneware.

Marvin served in many ways to support his church and community. He was a 50 year member of the Tyndall Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, Tyndall City Council member and president of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he also served as treasurer for 25 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Avis Meyer, Tyndall, SD, his sons Roger (Van), Yankton, SD; Larry (Anne) Yankton, SD; David (Patricia), Brookings, SD and his daughter Julie (Michael) Heyl, Lincoln, NE.

Marvin’s legacy of faith and love will continue in his grandchildren, Rachael (Chris) Olmstead, Michael Meyer (Laura) and Colleen Meyer; Jennifer (Jeremy) Nolan and Amy Meyer (Larry Barker); Andrea (Brian) Schmidt, Scott Meyer (Taylor), John and Paul Meyer; Eric, Alex and Emily Heyl, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Remembering a life well lived will be his siblings Delwin (Eloise) Meyer, Huntsville, AL; Lon (Miriam) Meyer, Phoenix, AZ; and two sisters-in-law Ruth Elshere, Watertown, SD and Eunice Meyer, South Shore, SD.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and four brothers.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church and The Good Samaritan Society.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Bernice Curl Mann Obituary

Bernice E. Mann, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998.

Memorial services will be at 6:30 today in Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel in Canyon, Texas, with the Rev. Richard Bales, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Funeral service will be at 1:30 Friday in United Church of Christ in Springfield with the Rev. Howard Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Tyndall Cemetery.

Mrs. Mann was born in Tyndall, where she graduated from high school. She was raised in Bon Homme County and had spent her life in that area.

She married Frank V. Mann in 1928 at Sioux Falls. He died in 1981. She also was preceded in death by a son, Bill Mann, in 1947.

Survivors include a son, Buzz Mann of New Braunfels, Texas; a daughter, Kay Stahlecker of Canyon; two brothers, Stuart Curl of Avon and Don Curl of Charles City, Iowa; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family requests memorials be to United Church of Christ.

William Kreeger Obituary

Funeral services for William Kreeger, 66, will be held at the Tyndall Methodist Church Thursday at 1:30 pm with the Rev. Levi Louderback officiating. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery with the Petrik Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kreeger died of a heart attack at his home Monday night.

He was born in Russia June 26, 1895 and came to the United States in 1916.

Deceased was married to Anna Bame at Yankton in 1929. They farmed near Tyndall until seven years ago, then moved to Tyndall.

Survivors are his widow, two sons, Roy of Bridgewater and Willie of Tyndall, two daughters, Mrs. Marion O'Grady of Freeport, Ill, and Mrs. Shirley Einrem of Springfield and 13 grandchildren.

*Daily Republic ~ January 30, 1962

Brianna Knoll Obituary

Brianna Marie Knoll, age 25, of Yankton, South Dakota died Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Funeral services are 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with her aunt, Delight Paulson officiating. Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service, video tribute and time of sharing at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Sam Knoll, Dan Knoll, Tim Paulson, Matt Evans, Spencer Bose and Jake Stanage. Honorary pallbearers are everyone who loved and cared for her.

Brianna was born August 22, 1985, on her mother’s 30th birthday, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota to Jeff and Bonnie (Janda) Knoll. She attended Webster School, Yankton Middle School and graduated from Yankton High School in 2003. While attending school, Brianna also worked at Yesterday’s Café and then later the Lighthouse Café. She always enjoyed talking to “the regular” coffee drinkers. Brianna moved to Vermillion and after the Lighthouse closed, she became a waitress at Raziel’s in Vermillion. She attended National American University in Sioux Falls and online. She graduated as a Pharmacy Tech and received her certification a few months later. In November of 2009, Brianna started working at Roger’s Pharmacy in Yankton which was a wonderful and challenging job for her. In August of 2010, she bought her own house in Yankton. She was so proud of that house and spent many hours painting and cleaning to make it as nice as she could. She felt that all of her hard work was finally paying off. In 2009, Brianna and her dad went to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and saw Devil’s Tower. After that experience, Brianna wanted to take motorcycle safety training class, so someday she could have her own Harley and go to Sturgis with her parents. Brianna loved shopping with her mom and one or two of her friends. She was mechanically savvy and told her dad many times what was wrong with her car. He always disagreed, but Brianna was usually right. He encouraged her to be a mechanic, but she didn’t want to get so dirty! She also loved her dogs, Indie and Buddy. Brianna was a beautiful, intelligent, ambitious girl and she will be dearly, dearly missed.

Brianna is survived by her parents, Jeff and Bonnie Knoll of Yankton; sister, Carly Margaret Knoll of Sioux Falls; uncles, Curtis Knoll of Yankton and Aaron Janda of Yankton; aunts: Delight Paulson of Yankton, Crystal (Charles) Archer of San Diego, CA, Amber (Mark) Johnson of Menominee, NE and Kimberly Dingman of Scotland; and many cousins and her dogs, Indie and Buddy.

Brianna was preceded in death by her grandparents: Emil and Leona Janda and Peter and Murl Knoll; and an uncle, Eldean Paulson.

Memorials will be used for the education and support of domestic violence victims.


Hines Gets 100 Years
Yankton Man Sentenced For Shooting Death Of Brianna Knoll
By Nathan Johnson

A Yankton man who pleaded guilty in March to killing his girlfriend in 2011 received a 200-year sentence to a state penitentiary Thursday with 100 years suspended.

Nicholas Stewart Hines, 30, had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the April 9, 2011, shooting death of 25-year-old Brianna Marie Knoll.

First-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony punishable by up to life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. According to South Dakota state statute, a homicide is classified as manslaughter if it was done without any design to cause death.

When issuing the sentence, Circuit Judge Glen Eng said that if Hines complies with the rules of the penitentiary, he will be eligible for parole in 50 years from the time he went to jail.

The judge noted that the defendant would be 78 years old at that time. Suggesting it was essentially a sentence to life in prison, Eng added that the current average lifespan of American males is the late 70s.

During an emotional sentencing that lasted more than four hours, Hines was alternately described as a gentle, generous man who suffers from bipolar disorder and alcoholism; and as a selfish, manipulative and jealous boyfriend who killed the woman who cared for him. Hines also testified in his own defense.

Witnesses for the prosecution and defense did agree on one thing: Knoll was a kind, compassionate and generous woman who died before her time.

Her presence loomed over the proceedings at the Yankton County Courthouse and Safety Center. A poster-size black-and-white photograph of Knoll hung near the prosecution, facing the man who had admitted to killing her.

Two slideshows containing photos of Knoll during various stages of her life were shown during the sentencing.

However, it was a third slideshow that opened the prosecution’s testimony that drew the most audible response. It featured photos from the crime scene. Images included the door of Knoll’s home that Hines kicked in the morning of April 9 after a night of heavy drinking, the SKS Chinese assault rifle that was used to commit the crime and Knoll’s car crashed into an apartment building after the fatal shooting. Sobs could be heard when photos showing Knoll lying dead inside the car were projected on the large screen.

Much of the hearing consisted of witnesses testifying to the characters of both Hines and Knoll, who by all accounts had a stormy relationship for more than five years prior to the shooting.

The prosecution called more than a dozen witnesses to the stand. They included Knoll’s parents, sister and various other family members and friends.

Jeff Knoll, Brianna’s father, recalled that the last words he heard from his daughter came during a phone call just moments before her death: “Dad, I really need your help.”

“Those are the 12 words that ring in my head every day, over and over,” Jeff said. “... My life has no normal anymore.”

Bonnie Knoll, Brianna’s mother, recalled how her daughter had helped care for her grandmother in her final days. Bonnie said she had hoped Brianna would be able to do the same for her in her old age.

Hines had been a pallbearer at the funeral of Bonnie’s mother.

“We feel so betrayed by him,” she said.

Bonnie said Brianna cared for Hines emotionally and, at times, financially as he struggled with his mental illness and alcoholism.

After Hines kicked in Brianna’s bedroom door in February 2011, she ordered him out of the house she had bought but they both shared, according to Bonnie. However, he was soon allowed to live in the basement, and eventually the two resumed their relationship. Bonnie said Brianna was worried about what Hines would do to himself if she left him.

Bonnie recalled the voice messages Hines left on Brianna’s phone the night he shot her, wherein he threatened to drive his van into her home and said he wasn’t sure if she would “make it.”

Right up until the end, Bonnie said her daughter looked after Hines.

“He shot her, and she still wouldn’t call the police,” she stated. “She called (her father and I).

“Nick has no idea what he has done to us,” Bonnie continued. “He has ruined everything.”

Many of the witnesses for the prosecution asked that Eng sentence Hines to life in prison.

“I think the only justice would be to have Nick Hines spend the rest of his life behind bars,” said Carly Knoll, Brianna’s older sister, adding that she thought Hines would kill another girl if released from prison.

Contrasting with the dark picture painted of Hines by many of the prosecution’s witnesses were the descriptions of his character by his family members and a friend.

Although largely motionless and staring at the floor during the first round of testimony on Knoll’s behalf, Hines began to cry as his father, Stewart Hines, took the stand.

Stewart acknowledged the suffering of those who loved Knoll. He said his family has suffered, too.

“This tragedy was the biggest tragedy that hit the Hines family, too,” he said. “Brianna was so pretty, bright, dependable and motivated.”

Stewart said his son began acting up as a young teen shortly before his mother died. They didn’t know then that their son had a bipolar disorder.

Nicholas would join the U.S. Navy, but the service eventually put him in a mental hospital and dismissed him, according to Stewart.

His son began to self-medicate his illness with alcohol. When Nicholas got a job, he would go from telling the boss how to run his or her company one day to not being able to get out of bed the next day, Stewart said.

Shortly before the shooting, Stewart said his son was doing well. He had a job at L&M Radiator and planned to pay off the money he owed Brianna with a paycheck he was about to receive that Friday.

However, Nicholas joined his co-workers in drinking alcohol at the end of his shift, and it continued until the bars closed. It was on that Saturday morning that he shot Brianna before he turned the gun on himself, doing permanent damage to his face.

Stewart said that, since being in the Yankton County jail, his son has shown remorse for his crime, become more mentally stable than he has been in 15 years and has turned to religion for solace.

“Nick has had an incredible spiritual rebirth,” Stewart said.

Roberta Hines, Nicholas’s younger sister, recited portions of letters she had received from her brother where he wrote of missing Brianna.

“His heart is so broken,” she said. “Nick would do anything to get her back.”

Roberta asked that her brother be given a sentence that would allow him some time with her and her father.

During closing arguments, Yankton County State’s Attorney Rob Klimisch asked that Hines be given a life sentence.

Klimisch said Hines lacks remorse for his crime, evidenced in part by his claim that the gun had discharged accidentally. Klimisch said Hines had not been truthful with the court about the incidents that occurred April 9. Hines told investigators that he had grabbed the gun only to “psychologically intimidate” Brianna after she refused to leave him in peace.

Finally, Klimisch stated that Hines had killed Brianna in cold blood. The evidence showed that Hines would have had to circle around the vehicle after Brianna backed away in order to shoot into the driver’s side window and pierce the upper left corner of her back. Bullet fragments then hit her heart, and she died instantly, Klimisch said.

Defense attorney Dan Fox saw the events differently.

“I really do not believe that Nick had any intention of harming Brianna that day,” he said.

Although Hines and Knoll had a “stormy relationship,” Fox said the pre-sentence investigation found no evidence that Hines had ever been physically abusive to Knoll. Despite his verbal threats the night of the crime, the autopsy showed no marks or bruises.

When Knoll did not back down from arguing with Hines, it was evidence that she was not scared of him, according to Fox.

Backing up the assertion that Hines grabbed the gun only to scare Knoll, Fox said, “If he wanted to harm her, he didn’t have to grab a weapon.”

When Hines underwent a blood test after the shooting, he had a blood-alcohol level three times above the legal limit.

Fox said neither he nor Hines knows how the gun went off accidentally, but it did.

At that point, the car kept driving away and Hines would have had no reason to believe that Knoll was dead, he continued.

Still, Fox said Hines believed he would lose Knoll and his job, and face criminal charges, so he turned the gun on himself.

When Hines told authorities he had killed Knoll later that night, it was the result of his drunkenness, head trauma and overhearing people talk about Knoll being dead, Fox argued.

Since that time, Fox said he believes Hines has changed considerably. He has realized the only way to honor Knoll’s memory is to become the person she always knew he could be.

Fox requested that Eng suspend a large enough portion of Hines’ sentence so that he could make a positive contribution to society.

While giving his testimony to the court, Hines said he would gladly change places with Knoll. He stated that he is truly sorry and ashamed of his actions.

“I am so far beyond sorry, I don’t know what to say,” Hines said. “This was an accident. No matter what, I claim all the responsibility and consequences. I will always live with this. It will always be fresh.”

Having expressed his feelings of remorse, Hines said he was ready for his sentence.

Before handing down his sentence, Eng acknowledged Hines’ bipolar disorder and alcoholism. He said some people might say that he is not fully responsible for his actions because of those factors.

“It may be a reason why a person is led to a certain point in their life, but it cannot be an excuse for the behavior,” the judge stated. “If we excuse the behavior, it means that we let people go and hold them to no account. I don’t think anyone in this room truly believes that Mr. Hines will not be held to account at some level. The question is, what level?”

Along with the 100-year sentence, Eng agreed to credit Hines for 408 days spent in the county jail.

“If you do what is required while you are in the penitentiary ... it means that in 50 years (from the time you entered the county jail), you would be eligible for parole. This court takes notice that the average lifespan of a man at this point is in the late 70s.”

Hines was transported to the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls following the sentencing, according to Klimisch.

*Yankton Press & Dakotan ~ June 8, 2012

Mildred Roll Sietsma Obituary

Funeral services for Mildred L. Sietsma, 92, formerly of Springfield, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 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 Thursday from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Mildred L. Sietsma, daughter of Henry and Edna (Crosmer) Roll, was born May 20, 1920 at Avon. She died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall. Millie attained the age of 92 years, seven months and six days.

Millie grew up on a farm north of Avon and attended Daisy Country School through the eighth grade. Millie was one of ten children and she helped raise her youngest brother and sister after their mother’s death. She worked for Professor and Mrs. Glen Ruby in Springfield until her marriage. She married Harry Sietsma on February 14, 1940 at the Sietsma home. They lived on a farm south of Avon for three years and then moved tot he Sietsma farm southwest of Springfield. Two children were blessed to their union. In 1976, Harry and MIllie retired and moved into Springfield. Harry died on March 23, 1993. Millie moved into the North Point Apartments in Tyndall in 2003 and entered the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall in 2008, where she lived until her death.

Millie was baptized and joined the Methodist Church in Avon as a young girl. After her marriage, she transferred her membership to the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield where she taught catechism and Sunday School. Millie also was a member of Willing Workers.

Millie loved her flowers, gardening, needle point and making quilts for all of her family members.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children: Arlis Tjeerdsma and husband Harold of Springfield and Roger and wife Lois (Phillips) of Custer; three grandchildren: Cindy (Tjeerdsma) Jochims and husband John, Gregory Tjeerdsma, and Rodney Tjeerdsma and friend Cindy Knutson; three great grandchildren: Kristofer Tjeerdsma, Daniel and Kayla Jochims; two great-great grandchildren: Jace and Bently Tjeerdsma; brother James Roll and wife Doris of Napa Valley, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband; parents; parents-in-law; and her siblings and their spouses: Larry and wife Lee; Bill and wife Ollie; Blanch and husband Harrison McKelvie, Jack and wife Vilva, Leo and wife Rae, Hazel and husband Leonard Yallaly, Carol and husband Don Schyler, and infant brother Charles.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Carl Klima Obituary

Carl Frank Klima was born on November 1, 1922 and deceased on July 10, 2012 at 90 years Young.

He was born in Tyndall South Dakota to Dr. Herm Klima and Libusa Klima. He had a Brother, Milo Klima and a Sister, Olga Kolbeck. All of the above listed preceded him in death.

Carl attended one through twelfth grade in Tyndall, attending college at The University of Iowa at Ames graduating with a Double "E" degree and a Minor in Geology. He also pledged Kappi Phi there.

Immediately after graduation Carl joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps and taught Radar School at Jupiter Island in Florida and Ft. Mammoth in New Jersey.

At the end of WW2, he worked for Brown and Root, he was responsible for planning the heating and cooling systems at The New Primate House in the Houston, Texas City Zoo. He then worked for Schlumber Well Services as a Field Representative in Oklahoma, Texas and the Louisiana Gulf Coast. He was invited to transfer to the Home office and there he design instruments for oil field testing. After 22 years with Schlumberger and retired once, he went to work for Dresser-Atlas to design and build an environmental lab where many prototype oil field instrument were designed and built. After retiring from Dresser, he was a certified Professional Engineer operating his own Engineering firm for 5 years. He attended the school of hotel and restaurant management at the University of Houston. He owned and operated the Le Petite Apartments and Ferris Wheel Restaurant.

Carl met and married Nancy Klima his wife of 58 years in New Orleans Louisiana. They had one daughter, the late Sally Byrne of Roswell, New Mexico. He is survived by one son, Warren Klima of California, a Son-In-Law, George Byrne of Roswell, and a Granddaughter, Kimberly Byrne of Roswell. His wife still lives in the family home in Roswell.

Carl was a member of the V.F.W and a member of the Restaurant Association of Houston. They were members of the Orchid Society after retiring to Roswell in 2000.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodges {Hondo #74} of Roswell and The Ballut Abyad Shrine Temple in Albuquerque. He enjoyed riding his "Little Red Fire truck" in local Shrine parades in New Mexico. He was a hunter, a fisherman, and enjoyed camping with his family.

There will be no formal services as per his wishes, he will be cremated and a Masonic Ritual will be conducted at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his name to The Shriners Hospitals at Shriners Hospitals for Children {L.A.}, 3160 Geneva, Los Angeles. California 90020.

*LaGrone Funeral Chapel

John Senn Obituary

John J. Senn, age 86, of Wyckoff died Monday, October 19, 2009. Born in Scotland, South Dakota he lived in Wyckoff for 56 years. John was a WW II Navy veteran. He was a self-employed Civil Engineer before his retirement in 1993. Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Katharine (nee Hoffman) Senn, his children, John and his wife Debra Senn of Las Vegas, NV, Fae and her husband Wayne Korteweg of Glen Ridge, Raymond Senn of Wyckoff, Elena and her husband Raul Asencio of Glen Ridge and Fred and his wife Mary Senn of Hampton, NJ and two grandsons. Also surviving is his sister, Lucile Senn of Los Angeles, CA and his brother, George Senn of Piemont, SD.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7-9 pm at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ. Funeral Mass Thursday 11 am at St. Elizabeth's R.C. Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave, Wyckoff, NJ. Private Cremation will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corp. PO Box 21, Wyckoff, NJ 07481 would be appreciated.

Lucille Fees Sattler Obituary

Lucille Sattler, 90, Avon, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Center, Tripp.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Avon. Burial is in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation is from 9 a.m.-noon today at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel, Avon.

She was born April 18, 1912, in Lynchburg, Va., to O.D. and Emma T. (Hill) Fees. She was raised on a farm near Avon. Following the early death of her mother, she tended to most of the household duties at a very young age. Her father remarried Marian Oliver. She married Henry "Hank" Sattler Dec. 1, 1937, at the Baptist Church parsonage, Avon. She was a country school teacher for more than 25 years. She attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield and completed her bachelor's degree in education in 1975 -- two years before her retirement. Her husband died June 8, 1986. She entered the Good Samaritan Center in Tripp in August 2001.

She served youth in many capacities from volunteering as a Sunday School teacher to being "adopted" as a grandparent by children in the community. She was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Avon, for many years.

She will be remembered for her passion for baking. On many mornings she could be found making deliveries of baked goods to her friends and relatives.

She is survived by two daughters: Mary Jane Heinrich, Tripp, and Sandra K. (Dennis) Meiers, Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four siblings: Robert of New York, Virgil and Virginia of California, Clayton of Idaho and Arliss Johnson of Canton; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and one brother.

Annette Lampton Turner Obituary

Annette LaVern Turner, 66, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Sanford Vermillion Hospital.

She was born June 1, 1942, in Twin Valley, MN, to Lloyd and Luella (Armstrong) Lampton. She attended Twin Valley County School in rural Twin Valley, MN. She was a nurse’s aid at Dakota Hospital and Dakota Nursing Home, Vermillion, for 14 years, and retired in 1992.

She married Arthur Dean Turner on August 28, 1960. He died August 2, 1995. They came to Vermillion in 1965. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and crafts. She especially enjoyed the visits from Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies and Pastor Shelley Aakre.

She is survived by her daughters, Naomi Lindstrom of Centerville, S.D., and Lois (Tim) Steffen of Wakonda, S.D.; sons, Bryon (Terrie) Turner of Tyndall, S.D., Glen (Cassy) Turner of Sioux Falls, and Dean Turner of Knob Noster, MO; brother, Roland (Jackie) Lampton of Lake Park, MN; special cousins, Dale (Renee) Armstrong of Twin Valley, MN, and David (Deb) Armstrong of Erskin, MN; sister-in-law Phyliss Turner of Springfield, S.D.; three half-brothers; two step-sisters; one step-brother; nieces, nephews, cousins and 11 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, with Pastor Shelley Aakre officiating. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, S.D.

Burial will be at Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, S.D., at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009, at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, with family present from 6 to 7 p.m., and Video Tribute at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Arthur Turner.

Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of arrangements.

*Kober Funeral Home

James Sherman Death Notice

James Sherman drowned while catfishing on the Missouri River near their home in Springfield, SD. He was twenty-seven years old. A news article in the Springfield Herald newspaper on Sept. 5, 1895 tells what happened that day as reported by F.B. Riggs who was on the boat when the accident happened.

"At about 12:30 Thursday noon I rode down to the Springfield ferry landing, and then a few rods below to Mr. Sherman's house. He was just coming from dinner. We walked back to the boat laughing and chatting together, as those who have been acquainted with Mr. Sherman's kindly and genial nature always do. As we stepped onto the boat I noticed that the skiff was not attached and remarked about it. 'Oh, yes', said Mr. Sherman, 'Some fellows stole it Saturday night.' As soon as the boat was started off I lay flat down on my back for a rest on the seat across the bow of the boat with my hat over my eyes. A strong south wind soon pushed us into shore. Mr. Sherman ran forward and with the boat hook pole shoved the boat out as far as he could throw it remarking as he did so, 'I guess I will get her off this time.' He ran back to his pilot wheel and I pulled my hat over my eyes. Soon I heard Mr. Sherman run across the deck and, turning my head, I saw him throw down the gangplank door, because it caught too much wind. Then he went back to his pilot wheel. Pretty soon I heard Mr. Sherman jump down, look about the cabin a little and then run to the large oar at the side. I was still lying stretched out on the bowseat and giving very little attention to what was going on. Mr. Sherman must have made about two or three strokes with the long steering oar when his foot slipped off the edge of the boat. He had the oar in his left hand and his right hand on the railing of the boat. I was lying with my head turned slightly sideways and saw this only indistinctly. But I caught a glance of his hold slipping from the railing and at the same time heard a scramble. I quickly raised up. It never entered my thought that Sherman could actually have fallen from the boat. He is one of the very last men of whom I would expect such a mishap. He was always so cool-headed and certain in everything about a boat. As I raised up Sherman had disappeared below the edge of the boat. I sprang to my feet and saw him in the water with his left hand on (unreadable) and caught again at about the middle of the oar. But before I could reach him he again let go and almost instantly slipped back to the tip of the oar, way to the rear of the paddle wheel. I grasped at a rope, but it was fast to the railing post and too short to reach to the rear of the boat. Mr. Sherman seemed to have his hand clear over the end of the oar which is roughened there with some bolt heads and other irons. I was amazed when I saw him let go. The current seemed to carry him to the rear of the boat like a shot. I sprang to the top of the cabin. Mr. Sherman was facing toward the boat and swimming high out of the water and up stream. He shouted something that, above the noise of the machinery sounded to me like 'Shut her off.' I sprang to the lever back of the wheel and threw it hard over to the other side. I had never touched the thing before, but that instantly responded with the desired effect. The paddle wheel stopped and the boat drifted. I supose that it was Mr. Sherman's intuition to have it do so and as it (drifted downstream) he would swim up til it came to him. The boat had been running at full speed against the current and when I shut off the engine it seemed to fall back very slowly. By that time Mr. Sherman was a long ways down stream and swimming well toward the shore. I instantly thought that big boat could never overtake Mr. Sherman by just letting it drift. So I turned on the engine at full force and tried my very best to turn the boat around. But the pilot wheel had no effect on it at all and right there had been the trouble but I didn't know it. The rudder was out of order. I jumped from the wheel to the big steering oar but could make no headway at all against the wind. Then I happened to think that I was trying to do just what Mr. Sherman had fallen on. Then I was in despair. I jumped up on the cabin again and grabbed the wheel. I looked down stream for Mr. Sherman and at the same time I saw Mr. McAllister on the Nebraska shore. He motioned to me and shouted what sounded to me like 'run ashore and go for Hutton'. I could think of nothing better to do. Of course, if the skiff had been attached I could have cut that loose and reached Mr. Sherman almost instantly. I turned the wheel hard down for the shore, and it took enough effect so that by the help of the wind I soon ran the boat into the bank. I threw the rope over the only stake within reach so loose a thing that I scarcely expected to see the boat again. Without stopping to try to shut off the engine I ran up the hill for Mr. Hutton. Just about then Mr. McAllister who was watching Sherman from the other shore heard him shout and saw him sink. Mr. Sherman shouted to me within five or six rods of shore when I saw him last. He was swimming so well that I had scarcely a doubt but that he would land safely a little below. Finding no one in Mr. Hutton's dwelling I immediatlely ran for town. Very soon a large company of men was at the landing. We turned the disabled boat down stream and searched as best we could till about half past four o'clock., but to no avail. The boat was unmanageable and the high wind made the work very difficult"

Twenty-eight days later his body was found, by Charles Melick, about a mile below the point where he sank. Mr. Melick had gone to the river to get a barrel of water according to the account in the Oct. 4, 1895 Springfield Times.

Marvin Schelske Obituary

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2009, at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Springfield, with Pastor Ken Johnson of Our Savior Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield on Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Marvin Dale “Spike” Schelske, son of Arthur and Edna (Herr) Schelske, was born February 9, 1935, in Tripp, SD. He died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Marvin attained the age of 73 years, ten months and 30 days.

Marvin attended country schools and graduated from Scotland High School. He served in the U. S. Army from 1952 to 1955. Marvin received a degree in motel management in 1972 and graduated from the University of South Dakota/Springfield in 1977 with a degree in business management. He worked as a lineman and electrical inspector for transmission lines for 40 years with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers out of Local 426 in Sioux Falls, retiring in 1999.

Marvin married Fern Kramer on June 6, 1970 at St. Paul, MN. Together they owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Inn in Springfield since 1981.

Marvin was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and its board, the Dwight Wood American Legion Post #132, VFW and a retired member of the IBEW.

Marvin considered everyone his neighbor. He will be remembered for his enjoyment of listening to “Paul Harvey” and his comment, “fair to midland”.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Fern of Springfield; 5 children: Rebecca (Norman) Nyland of Sabin, MN, Daniel (Toni) of Post Falls, ID, Gwen (Donald) Thomson of Madison, Darren (Connie) of Brookings, and David of Nashville, TN; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Eldora Baumiller of Scotland and Kathleen (David) Mudloff of Olathe, KS; brother, Norman and wife, DiAnn of Springfield; in-laws: Beatrice Schelske, Jane Schelske, Carol Thomson, Betty and Michael Daulton, Joan Baker, Joan Bloomer and Louella Abblitner; many nieces, nephews and friends; and his beloved pet dogs; Kirby, Crash and Millie.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leola Kizer; and four brothers: Wilbur who died in infancy, Eldon, Willard and Donald.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Thomas Ruppelt Obituary

Thomas W. Ruppelt, 81, Springfield, died Thursday (Nov. 13, 2003) at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

His funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Emmanuel Reformed Church, Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation is 10 a.m.-7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home, Springfield.

Tom was born July 20, 1922, at home near Springfield to Thomas A. and Helen (Dreesmen) Ruppelt. He was baptized at the Baptist church, Omaha, Neb., in 1938. He received his first eight years of education at Quinn School in rural Springfield. He attended the first two years of high school in Omaha and graduated from Springfield High School in 1941. He joined the Army in 1942. While in the military he attended Kansas State until he was sent overseas when the Battle of the Bulge started. While there he received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After recovering from his wounds, he was sent to Japan. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he came home and started farming near Springfield. Tom married Violet E. Boese Feb. 27, 1947. Besides farming, he also had a dairy, a feedlot operation and did carpentry work for Alfred Stockholm. He retired from farming in 1985 and moved into Springfield.

Tom was a member of the Baptist church in Tyndall. He will be remembered for his interest in American history, woodworking, coin hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and visiting with his many friends. In later years he enjoyed helping his wife make quilts for individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Survivors include his wife, Violet, Springfield; three daughters: Shirley (Dennis) Miles, Sioux Falls; Catherine (Keith) Mercer, Blunt; and Ruth (Patrick) Hemen, Huron; one son, Daniel (Nancy) Ruppelt, Springfield; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Helen Salanitro, St. Louis; one brother, George Ruppelt, Springfield; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.

Trapper Magee Obituary

We are sad to tell you that our son, Trapper Douglas Magee (1 pound, 3 ounces and 12 inches long), was born and died Oct. 31, 2012, at 12:34 a.m.

Trapper is survived by his parents, Doug and Lisa (Ellis) Magee; his sister, Isabella and twin sister, Katlyn Magee, all of Springfield; grandparents: Leonard and Dorthy Magee of Springfield and Rose LaRoche of Springfield; great grandparents: Lorraine Kappenman of Montrose; Glayds Ost of Seward, NE; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home, Springfield.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

JoAnn Vesely Obituary

JoAnn Marie Vesely, age 68, of Denver, CO, formerly of Tabor, SD passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at her residence.

Private family memorial services are pending. Burial of JoAnn’s cremated remains will be in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery. Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Tabor is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn Marie Vesely was born on May 19, 1944 to Arthur and Florence (Hale) Vesely in Yankton, SD. She graduated from Tabor High School in 1962 and sometime later moved to Denver, CO and resided there until the time of her death.

She is survived by her mother, Florence Vesely of Tabor, SD; brother, Dennis Vesely of Tabor, SD; sister, Jeani (Steve) Zavadil of Fordyce, NE; three nieces, one nephew, and one great niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur, her brother, Donald, and her grandparents.

Violet Boese Ruppelt Obituary

Funeral services for Violet Ruppelt, 84 of Springfield are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, with burial in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 7 to 8 at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Violet Esther Ruppelt, daughter of Gustav and Katy (Ries) Boese, was born October 22, 1926 at Dolton, SD. She died unexpectedly Sunday, May 8, 2011 at St. Mary’s Healthcare Center in Pierre, SD. Vi attained the age of 84 years, six months and 17 days.

Vi attended grade school at various country schools and then graduated from Freeman High School. She went to Freeman Junior College for one year and then taught school until her marriage to Thomas W. Ruppelt on February 27, 1947.

Vi and her husband farmed west of Springfield where she was a hardworking farmwife and mother. They retired and moved into Springfield in 1985. Tom died November 13, 2003.

Vi was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Worship and Service Circle at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield.

Vi loved flowers and gardening. She will be remembered for her many quilts she made for the needy.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children: Shirley Miles and husband Dennis of Sioux Falls, Catherine Mercer and husband Keith of Blunt, Ruth Hemen and husband Patrick of Huron, and Daniel and wife Nancy of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Glen and wife Phyllis of Springfield; and many relatives and friends.

Vi was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother Robert.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Gary Ruppelt Obituary

Funeral services for Gary Ruppelt, 58, of Springfield, will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Prayer Service at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Gary Dean Ruppelt was born February 17, 1953 at Tyndall, SD, the son of George and Leona (DeGroot) Ruppelt. He died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at his home in Springfield after a year long battle with cancer. Gary attained the age of 58 years, eight months and 19 days.

Gary graduated from Springfield High School in 1971. He served in the National Guard for six years in Springfield.

Gary married June Simek on August 31, 1979 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. He worked for the City of Springfield for several years and then drove the mail truck.

Gary was a member of the Springfield Community Bible Church.

Gary will be remembered for his love of going to his children’s sporting events, being a proud supporter of Jackrabbit volleyball, traveling, coin collecting, riding roller coasters, dates with his girlfriend, playing softball and being a Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife June, of Springfield; five children: Amanda (Brandon) Souhrada of Tyndall; Katie (Ryan) Love of Bennington, NB; Jason of Brookings; Elizabeth and boyfriend Pat DeBoer of Brookings and Michael of Brookings; two grandchildren: Nicholas and Kenzley Souhrada of Tyndall; special friend of the family, Jeff Wu of Seattle, WA; parents, George and Leona Ruppelt of Springfield; six brothers: Jim (Julie) Ruppelt of Lincoln, NB; Bob (Deb) Ruppelt of Tyndall; David Ruppelt of Tyndall; Bill (Laura Ann) Ruppelt of CO; Phil (Janie) Ruppelt of TX and Jay Ruppelt of Yankton; two sisters: Sandra (Rich) Gamradt of Brookings and Mary (Jim) Bradshaw of Canton; mother-in-law, Vi Simek of Scotland; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Woodrow Simek.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Donald Poelstra Obituary

Funeral services for Donald Poelstra, 81, of Yankton, formerly of Springfield, will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Don Poelstra, of Yankton, SD, died on March 6, 2011, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born on March 2, 1930, to Margaret (Harwood) Poelstra and William Poelstra Sr. Don was born in Yankton and grew up in Springfield. He married Joyce Hubreqtse in 1948, and three children blessed their lives.

Don operated the Poelstra Food Market, a locker plant which had been a family operation for 50 years, with his father and brother. The business was sold in 1965 when he entered the insurance field. He served on the Springfield ambulance and emergency service, 20 years on the Fire Department, served on the city council, was a senior deacon at the Congregational Church, Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. In 1970 he moved to Warner Robins, GA and worked for the Houston County Hospital for the ambulance service.

In 1984, Don married Carolyn Mackey Garrison of Oklahoma City. Don went back into insurance and worked in that field for 10 years in the Guaranteed Student Loan Program.

Don was preceded in death by his father, the Honorable William Poelstra Sr., his mother, Margaret, and his brother William Jr.

Don is survived by his loving family: wife, Carolyn Mackey Poelstra of Luther, OK; daughter Wanda Andre and husband Bob of Mapleton, IA; Donna Krietlow and husband Bob of Stickney, SD; son Terry Poelstra and wife Elaine of Yankton, SD; step daughter Jill Michalewicz and husband James of Gurnee, IL; step son Kermit Garrison of Norman, OK; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; two cousins; one sister-in-law, Mildred Armentrout of Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces and one nephew.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Karen Mack Pierce Nelson Obituary

Funeral services for Karen Ann Nelson of Scotland will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Scotland with Rev. Mark Werner officiating. Organist is Emily Deutscher. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Scotland. Casketbearers are Andy Berg, Tom Bainbridge, Mark Keeton, John Larson, Scot Larson and Mike Smidt. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with family present to greet visitors from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Goglin Funeral Home in Scotland. Online condolences may be sent at In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in Karen’s name to benefit the Scotland Library.

Karen Ann (Mack) Nelson was born on Saturday, October 29, 1947 at Watertown, South Dakota to Ralph T. and Eileen (Alcorn) Mack. She spent her early years in Watertown, attended school in Clark through 2nd grade, Webster through the 10th grade and graduated from Yankton High School in 1965. During high school, she spent her summers at the family cottage at Blue Dog Lake and enjoyed fishing and swimming. As a girl, she enjoyed painting paint-by-number pictures and was an avid reader.

Karen attended Northern State College in Aberdeen and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in administration. She attended college during the summer with her mother, who was a teacher. Having grown up with this role model, Karen always wanted to be a teacher as well. She lived in Andover while going to Northern State College and was a certified teacher’s aide for first grade in Milbank. Her first teaching job was in Yankton. She lived in Rapid City during the flood. She was later principal at Carthage and taught fifth and sixth grades at Scotland and Lesterville schools. Karen taught school for 29 years in Scotland, retiring in 2008, and enjoyed the time spent with her students over her many years as a teacher, reading specialist and administrator. Karen married Rick Pierce in December of 1970 in Huron and they had two children: Jeffrey Lee and Julie Ann. She was united in marriage with David Nelson on August 19, 1977 at Carthage and they had a son, Matthew David.

Karen had a deep love of family, especially children. She loved spending time with family and loved every moment spent with her grandchildren. Karen also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and their children, who will always remember her as “Gram-Gram.” Karen enjoyed reading, spending time with friends, bowling on Thursday evenings and watching movies. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Scotland and also the VFW Post #791 Auxiliary in Yankton.

Especially dear to her were her pets and her horses. She loved raising and watching her horses, going to horse sales and caring for her pets.

Left to cherish Karen’s memory are her three children: Jeffrey Pierce of Rapid City, Julie Pierce and fiancé Mike Erickson of Brookings and Matthew (Jenny) Nelson of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren: Jacob, Jacie, Justin, Matthew, Meredith and Evelyn (Evy); a sister, Donna (Don) Larson of Milbank; her mother-in-law, Kathleen Nelson of Scotland; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Mary) Nelson of Scotland; three sisters-in-law: Jeanette (John) Lisbeth of Viera, Florida, Marlys (Don) Wasmund of Worthington, Minnesota, and Mary (Rick) Lingberg of Sioux Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Eileen Mack, and her husband, David Nelson in 2003.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Alvin Patocka Obituary

Services for Alvin Patocka, 76, of Springfield will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2006 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield. Burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Alvin Patocka, son of James and Agnes (Pazourek) Patocka, was born March 13,1930 near Lake Andes, SD. He died Friday, December 1, 2006 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington, NE. Alvin attained the age of 76 years, eight months and 18 days.

Alvin enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1948, serving a tour in the Korean War. While in the army, he received the Purple Heart in addition to numerous other distinguished medals. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1952, he farmed near Lake Andes.

Alvin married Mary Kmoch of Ravinia, SD on March 20,1954. Two daughters were born to their union. In 1963, the family moved to Springfield, SD. Alvin joined the staff at USD/Springfield in 1963 as a custodian, working there until the college closed in 1984. Afterward, he was employed at CR Industries in Springfield until his retirement in 1995.

Alvin enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with family and his cats. He also enjoyed visiting with friends at the Dakota Senior Meals.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Mary of Springfield; two daughters: Cheryl and husband, Doug Wynia of Tyndall and Janice and husband, Gene Wilson of Irene; five grandchildren: Dalon and wife, Kristin Wynia, Kristin and husband, David Hoff, Eric Wilson, Roger and wife, Alysia Wilson, and Carly Jo Wilson; nephew and nieces, Darrel Barber, LeAnn Barber and Shirley Gregoire; and many friends.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Irene Barber.

John Monfore Obituary

John Gordon Monfore, 92, Tyndall, died Sunday (Jan. 28, 2001) at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.

He was born Sept. 6, 1908, at Springfield to Frank and Anna (Bouska) Monfore. He moved to a farm northwest of Springfield when he was two years old. In 1927, he graduated from Springfield Normal High School and continued to farm with his father.

He married Florence Kerr July 15, 1934, at the American Legion Lake, Custer. Two years later they moved to an acreage north of Tyndall where he built and operated a repair shop and filling station. He operated this station until World War II. He closed the shop and the family moved to Portland, Ore. He worked in the Kaiser Shipyard until the close of the War. The family returned to Tyndall and John worked for Franzen and Soukup as a mechanic for many years. He then opened his own repair shop and retired in 1989.

He was a member of the Tyndall Methodist Church, a 52-year member of the Bon Homme Masonic Lodge and a 52-year member of the Keystone Order of Eastern Star Lodge, Yankton.

He will be remembered for his love of flowers, doing carpentry work, and simply working and making things work.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, Springfield; daughter, Karyn (Frank) Konfrst, Avon; son, John D. (Linda) Monfore, Klamath Falls, Ore.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Florence Kerr Monfore Obituary

Funeral service for Florence E. Monfore, 96, of Springfield, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008, at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home, Springfield, with John McNeill officiating. Order of Eastern Star services will be conducted by Keystone Chapter #33. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Florence (Kerr) Monfore, daughter of John F. and Clara (Van Alien) Kerr, was born October 22, 1911, at Fairfax, SD. She died Friday, February 29, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall, SD. Florence attained the age of 96 years, four months and eight days.

Florence attended a rural school in Gregory County, SD and graduated from high school in Spencer, NE in 1927. After graduation from high school, she attended college at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield for two years.

Florence was baptized and confirmed at the Baker Messiah Lutheran Church in 1924. She taught Sunday School classes in that church and also played the organ for Sunday School and church services.

In 1934, Florence married John Monfore of Springfield at Legion Lake in the Black Hills. Two children were born to their union: Karyn Jo and John D.

Florence was a member of the Tyndall United Methodist Church for 59 years and served in various offices of that church. She was a past president of the U.M.W., a past Matron of O.E.S., past president of Chapter AZ P.E.O., a charter member of the Good Samaritan Guild, and a member of the Rachel Circle of the United Methodist Church.

Thankful for having shared her life are her daughter, Karyn Konfrst and husband, Frank of Avon; son, John D. Monfore and wife, Linda of Ft. Klamath, OR; six grandchildren: Karla (Duane) Tucker of Yankton, Gene Konfrst of Avon, Eryn (Donnie) Stadler of Kimball, F. J. (Shelley) Konfrst of Parkston, Shareen (Nathan) Webb of Klamath Falls, OR, John E. (Courtenay) of Klamath Falls, OR; and 11 great grandchildren.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Monfore on January 28, 2001; parents; two brothers: Clark G. and John R. Kerr; and sister, Leila Kerr.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Diana Howland Monfore Obituary

Our city was shocked to learn Friday morning last, of the death of Mrs. Monfore, widow of the late Peter Monfore. Mrs. Monfore had returned from Minnesota the previous week with her daughter, Mrs. Whiting, not feeling well, but none of her friends suspected that she was so near the end of her earthly sojourn. Her death came very suddenly Friday morning (Aug. 31, 1906) about seven o'clock of heart failure. None but Mr. and Mrs. Whiting were with her during her last moments, her death being so unlooked for that her children in town could not be summoned in time to reach her side before she had passed away.

Mrs. Monfore was buried in the Springfield cemetery beside her husband on Sunday morning. The funeral services were held at the Episcopal church, the Revs. Williams and Wicks officiating. A very large number of old friends of the Monfore family were present. Mrs. Monfore's sons Elmer W. and Peter G. and her daughters Mrs. Macbeth, Mrs. Whiting, and Mrs. Burkholder were present with their families. The Monfore family is one of our oldest and most esteemed. They have the deepest sympathy of all in this city in their sudden bereavement.

Diana A. Howland was born at Centre Lisle, Broome Co., N.Y., May 26, 1830. She was the oldest in a family of nine children. At the age of sixteen she was called upon to go through a most extraordinary bereavement. The cholera scourge swept through N.Y. state and in a few days her mother and eight brothers and sisters were carried off by the scourge, leaving only the father and oldest daughter of the large and happy family. Thus early, the care of a home was laid upon her shoulders.

In 1847 she was married to Mr. Peter Monfore. They lived in Broome county until 1866, and then moved to Putnam county, Ill., and three years later to Warren county, Iowa. In 1872 they came to Bon Homme county, settling about four miles north of town, but in a short time building a home in this city and living here until the death of Mr. Monfore in 1894. Since then Mrs. Monfore had lived with her children, chiefly with Mrs. Macbeth in Mankato, Minn. She was the mother of seven living sons and daughters, namely: Mr. Emerson J. Monfore, now living in Indian Territory, Mr. Elmer W. Monfore, Mr. Peter G. Monfore, and Mrs. J. W. Whiting of this city, Mrs. Clark S. Rowe, of Boston, Mass., Mrs. C. J. Macbeth, of Mankato, Minn., and Mrs. Alfred Burkholder, of Sioux Falls. One son died in childhood.

Mrs. Monfore was one whose religion worked itself out in the active service of others. From the time when the care of her father's house was thrust upon her at the age of sixteen years, until called away to "the rest that remaineth for the people of God" she was ever full of labors for those she loved. Her children rise up and call her blessed, and she had won the respect of all who knew her by a life of self sacrifice and devotion to those about her. She was a devout communicant of the Episcopal church, having been confirmed therein 28 years ago by Bishop Hare. "Sorrow and toil may come, but at last the Father giveth his beloved sleep." And while all hearts are made sad by a sudden calling away of loved ones, yet in such a case as this the sorrow is drowned in a sense of joy of the loved one called so quickly and with so little pain and weakness from the toils of earth to the rest and peace of Paradise.

John Mitchell Obituary

John "Mitch" Mitchell was born June 19, 1919 at Wood, South Dakota to Elmo and Katie (Krieger) Mitchell. He married Edna Kappelman on October 21, 1945 at Gregory, South Dakota. Together they raised two children.

Mitch served in the US Army during World War II. Following the war he worked for Schramm Brothers in Winner, South Dakota hauling mail between Winner and White River. In 1950, they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where he worked for Sullivan Furniture Movers.

Mitch and Edna moved to Springfield, South Dakota in 1964, where he built the Corral Lanes Bowling Alley with his brother-in-law Adolph Hauf. At the same time he started his garbage route in Springfield. He was an avid bowler for many years.

He was baptized in the Lutheran faith and was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Springfield. He was also a member of the Dwight Wood Post 132 American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Edna; his son, Bobby Gene; his daughter, Dee; his mother Katie Mitchell; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Tony (Margaret) Lebada; and three brothers, Louis, William and Charles.

He was preceded in death by his father and two infant sisters.

Vlasta "Lassie" Ruman Henderson Miller Obituary

Funeral services for Vlasta “Lassie” Miller of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall with the Revs. Duane Coates and Donna McLaird officiating. Organist will be Kathy Koenig and soloist is Lisa Knoll. Interment will follow in the Czech National Cemetery, Tyndall, with auxiliary rites by presented by the Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895 Auxiliary of Tyndall. Honorary casketbearers are members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society. Active casketbearers are Bradley Miller, Ronald Miller, David Ruman, Todd Woods, Trevor Woods and Richard Wurts. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. Online condolences may be sent at

Vlasta “Lassie” (Ruman) Miller was born on Friday, April 27, 1923 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Alois and Alice (Hladky) Ruman, Sr. She graduated from Tabor High School in 1940. She received her teaching certificate from Southern State Normal School in Springfield, then taught school for four months. She was a civil service clerk for the War Dept. for one year in Washington, D.C. and three years in Detroit, Michigan. She married Orville Henderson in December of 1945 and they had a son, Roger. After returning to South Dakota, Lassie worked for the ASCS for 31 years, retiring in 1981. Lassie married Gerald “Jerry” Miller on August 6, 1960 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall. She was an active member of the Methodist Church and was treasurer for 17 years. She was a member of the WFLA for over 50 years and was a nominee for “Fraternalist of the Year.” She served as secretary for 39 years and also 2 years for the state chapter. She was a member of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and was secretary for that organization for 32 years. She was a member of the Tyndall VFW Auxiliary and was secretary for 31 years. She enjoyed bowling and was secretary of the Women’s Bowling League in Tyndall for 20 years and president for 4 years. Lassie passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 12 days.

Grateful for having shared Lassie’s life are her husband Jerry Miller of Tyndall; her son, Roger (Marci) Henderson of Bloomington, Minnesota; two grandchildren: Sean (Andrea) Henderson and Jodi (Dustin) Lotz; one great-grandson, Zachary Parker Lotz; two brothers: Lumir (Marcy) Ruman of Tyndall and Alois Ruman, Jr. of Tabor; a sister-in-law, Esther Ruman of Marquette, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Alois and Alice Ruman, Sr., she was preceded in death by two brothers: Edward Ruman and Robert Ruman; and two sisters-in-law, Irene (Mrs. Robert) Ruman and Mildred (Mrs. Alois) Ruman.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Helen Pishek Ripple Obituary

Helen, Ripple, age 92 of Yankton passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Lesterville with Rev. Joe Forcelle officiating. Burial will be in the Polish Cemetery, rural Lesterville. Visitations will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Scripture service at 8:00 PM. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers are: David Walloch, Kenny Sayler, Joe Walloch, Steve Fryda, Jared Stark and Aaron Pietz.

Helen was born on August 27, 1920 in Yankton County to William and Mary (Nedved) Pishek. She attended Country School near Tabor and graduated from Tabor High School in 1939. After high school, she cleaned and did housework for many people in the surrounding area then in 1949, she went to work at the Pioneer Bakery in Yankton. On February 16, 1949, she was united in marriage to Edwin Ripple at the Congregational Church in Yankton. Helen and Edwin farmed for many years in Yankton County until they both retired. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lesterville, SD. Helen loved traveling, gardening, tending to her flower gardens, but especially enjoyed playing the accordion. Helen and Edwin did not have children but enjoyed always meeting friendly people and smiling faces.

Helen is survived by two nieces, Gladys McCoy of Clermont, FL and Ruth (Paul) Ehmcke of Woodbury, MN; a nephew, Richard Hubacek of Sandy, OR; six great nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Clara Johnson, and five brothers: Louis, Edward, Ernest, Henry and William Pishek.

*Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home

Deanne Clough Kayser Maruska Obituary

Deanne Carol (Clough) Maruska was born Friday, December 24, 1943 to Glenn and Maxine (Lutz) Clough in Scotland, South Dakota. She attended Scotland schools and graduated from Scotland High School in 1961. During her senior year, Deanne was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Dee attended college in Springfield until her marriage to Raymond Kay Kayser on February 14, 1963. To this marriage, five children were born.

During her lifetime, she had many jobs: M-Tron, Dakota Poultry, operating two cafes, and others. When not working, Dee loved her sports – bowling, golf, and fishing.

On May 22, 1993, she married Gerald (Jerry) Maruska in Scotland. In 1995, she and Jerry started to spend winters in Texas and moved there permanently in 2002. Dee passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McAllen, Texas at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jerry, of Mission, Texas; five children: Kurtis (JoAnn) Kayser of Huron, Wayne (Chris) Kayser of Aberdeen, Sherrie Wagner of Tripp, Carrie (Jim) Gunn of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Steven (Kristi) Kayser of Mitchell; four stepsons: Jeff (Micheale) Maruska of Indiana, David (Carmen) Maruska of Texas, Klaus Maruska of Wisconsin and Brian (Selena) Maruska of Colorado; 12 grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren; and two brothers: Bob (Pam) Clough of Rapid City and Dwight Clough of Scotland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Maxine Clough, one sister, Rita, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Clark Thomas Obituary

Clark S. Thomas, 94, of Springfield died Monday, December 3, 2012 at Avera St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the United Church of Christ in Springfield. Burial is in the Springfield Cemetery, rural Springfield, with military honors. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield.

Clark Sampson Thomas was born December 8, 1917 at the farm 4 miles west of Springfield. He was the second son born to Sampson C. and Ladie (Boyd) Thomas. He attended Nile country school and Springfield High School, and South Dakota College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts in Brookings, SD. He graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.

He enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air Corps in September 1941. He trained to be an aerial navigator at Kelly Field, Texas. On the day of his graduation and commissioning as a 2nd Lt., he married Neva Guptill at Travis Park Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Clark’s first assignment was to Guatemala where he navigated B-17 airplanes on patrol duty around the Panama Canal.

In July 1943 Clark’s squadron was returned to the U.S. and trained with the new B-29’s. In the spring of 1944 the 20th Bomber Command was moved to bases in India. From there and advanced bases in China, the B-29s conducted raids on Japanese held installations. In March of 1945 Clark was returned to California to help train new B-29 crews. In September 1945 Clark was discharged from the Air Corps with the rank of Major. He returned to his hometown.

Clark had always wanted to be a farmer. In October 1945 he and Neva bought the Ira Smith farm 4 miles north and 1 mile west of Springfield. This was their home for 36 years and “Cedar Farm” prospered under his care and attention during those years Clark was a proponent of life long learning and took courses in home construction at the college in Springfield. He built a new ranch style house on Cedar Farm in 1971. In 1980 Clark retired from farming and they moved to the Armstrong School House which he had renovated to create their retirement home. Clark made all the woodwork in that home, dubbed “Hobby House” from walnut and oak he harvested himself from local trees. In 1991 they moved to a new home they had constructed in Springfield at 512 W. 8th St.

Clark was active in many civic organizations including secretary for Armstrong School Board, director of Yankton Production Credit Association, Curator of the Springfield Historical Society Museum, and various offices in Farm Bureau, American Legion, and 4-H Club. He loved his home town and it showed in his many volunteer hours constructing the “old time town” and horse drawn farm machinery exhibits in Springfield museum. He received an award from the State Historical Society in recognition of his work.

On July 21, 1918 Clark was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Springfield. When that church disbanded, he joined the Springfield Congregational (now United Church of Christ). He held many offices in this church including Sunday School Superintendent for 15 year, chairman of the building committee when the Educational wing was built and chief repairman for the Stained Glass windows.

Clark’s hobbies included woodworking, stained glass, clock repair, and other crafts. He made 18 grandfather clocks and at least 30 cedar chests for various relatives and customers. He owned a sawmill and often processed the wood from cutting the tree to the finished furniture.

Clark was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, David. He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife, Neva; three children Marilyn (Nelson) Stone, of Springfield; Donald (Willene) Thomas of Friendswood, TX; and Carol Teal (David Joyce) of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada; brother Neil (Doris) Thomas, and sister, Eleanor (Merle) Toyne both of Springfield, and sister, Alicia Thomas (Judy O’Donough) of Mesa, Arizona; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes