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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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