Mildred Bares Becvar Herman Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred M. Herman of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall with Fr. Joe Forcelle as Celebrant. Organist will be Kathy Koenig. Interment will follow in St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall. Casketbearers are Bob Bares, Tom Bares, Andrew Becvar, John Cuka, Don Hauck and Todd Taggart.

Mildred Marie Herman was born Thursday, June 14, 1928 in Bon Homme County near Tyndall to Anton and Anna (Rezac) Bares. As a girl, she was active in 4-H and enjoyed raising calves. The family moved several times and she attended school in Springfield, Tyndall and Tabor. Mildred married Andrew Becvar on November 17, 1947 at Tabor. They farmed five miles southwest of Tyndall. Mildred was a devoted farm wife, helping with everything that needed to be done on the farm and raising her family. She always grew a large garden and tended her many chickens. For 16 years, Mildred took care of Andrew, who had Parkinson’s disease. She ran the farm, raised their boys, and kept everything going. In 1978, she moved into Tyndall and worked for C.R. Industries in Springfield for a few years. Mildred married Raymond “Ray” Herman on May 29, 1983 at Lake Andes. She was a member of St. Leo’s Altar Society, the Catholic Foresters and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall in August of 2012. Mildred passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera in Tyndall at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 13 days.

Grateful for having shared Mildred’s life are her three sons: Jim (Perri) Becvar of Omaha, Nebraska and Ken Becvar and Debbi Diede, who live on the family farm near Tyndall; a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Don) Hauck of rural Tyndall; a stepson, Richard (Phyllis) Herman of Vancouver, Washington; four grandchildren: Kris (Todd) Taggart of Yankton, Teresa (Matthew) Zatkoff, of Chicago, Illinois, Andrew Becvar and Meagan Becvar, both of Omaha, Nebraska; four great-grandchildren: Emma, Abby and Logan Taggart and Autumn Becvar; two step-grandchildren: Ben Herman and Natalie (Christopher) Wermus; two step-great-grandchildren: Oliver and Amelia Wermus; Debbi’s children and grandchildren: Matthew Diede of Sioux Falls and Stephanie (Jason) Tellinghuisen and Aidan, Tyler and Cole of Tea; a brother, Charles (Margaret) Bares and a sister, Mary Ann Cuka, all of Tyndall.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by both husbands, her son, Ron Becvar in 1994, a stepdaughter, Diane (Herman) Matthews, and a brother-in-law, Allen Cuka.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Suzette Bauder Honomichl Obituary

Suzette Kay Honomichl was born November 24, 1948 in Scotland, South Dakota the daughter of Ruben Edward Phillip Bauder and Dorothy Marie (Hieb) Bauder.

Suzette grew up on the family farm and was baptized there. As a girl, she enjoyed horse back riding and spent a lot of time with her grandparents, Ed and Bertha Hieb. On November 20, 1982 she was united in marriage to Richard Honomichl in Elk Point, South Dakota. In 1985 the couple moved to Hartford, Iowa and later to Pleasantville, Iowa. In her spare time, Suzette enjoyed gardening, talking to birds, fishing and baking. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Suzette passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Knoxville (Iowa) Hospital & Clinics at the age of 64 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard of Pleasantville; children: Brian Honomichl and wife Leesa of Thomasville, NC, Jason Verba and wife Leslie of Indianola and Whittney; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; her sister, Gwen Deurmier of Volin, South Dakota and many other family members and friends.

*Bertrand Funeral Homes

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.

Suzanne LeBarron Obituary

Suzanne J. LeBarron, 64, of Great Falls, a librarian, died of cancer Monday (January 18, 2010) at a local hospital. A celebration of her life is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rainbow Assisted Living third-floor atrium. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Suzanne was born May 29, 1945, one of twins, in Tyndall, S.D., to Ford and Eunice LeBarron. The family moved to Great Falls when she was entering the first grade. She attended St. Mary's School and Central Catholic High School. After graduation, she enrolled at the then-College of Great Falls, from which she received her bachelor's degree in drama. She moved to the San Francisco area and found a job in the library at Stanford University.

After moving back to Great Falls, she worked at the Great Falls Public Library, when she decided to get a degree in library science. She moved to Minneapolis and got her master's degree in library science, and worked at the Minneapolis Public Library for a time. She had an opportunity to write a grant for the State Library of New York. When the grant was approved, she moved to Albany and administered the grant for several years. She was then offered a job as head of library services for the State of Kentucky, which she accepted. She lived in Lexington, Ky., for several years. Her next move was to Hartford, Conn. where she was the assistant state librarian. From there, she accepted the position of state librarian for Wyoming, and came out west to live in Cheyenne. During these years, she was very active and influential in the American Library Association. While in Wyoming, she started having medical problems and had to resign.

She then moved back to Great Falls, where she continued battling ill health. Once she was better, she took a position with the Minnesota Public Library system and lived in Moorhead for two years. Her health was not up to working and she had to retire. She returned to Great Falls, where she had lived ever since.

As a librarian, Suzanne devoted her life to better libraries, giving people the best possible access to books. She felt that uncensored libraries were the foundation of a working democracy, that anyone could learn anything as long as that person could read and had access to knowledge. She traveled widely throughout the United States, giving many people the benefit of her expertise and enthusiasm for libraries.

Cats were her constant companions until the last few years, when her health did not allow her the luxury of having a pet. Once, she even got a second cat so her older cat would have a friend when she was traveling.

Survivors include her mother, Eunice LeBarron of Great Falls; brother Sam LeBarron of Markleeville, Calif.; and sisters Vonnie McLain, Marie Walsh and twin Suzette LeBarron, all of Great Falls.

She was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Kay Maloney.

Memorials are suggested to the Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Ave. N., Great Falls, MT 59401; or a library of the donor's choice.

Samuel LeBarron Obituary

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. - Samuel O. LeBarron, 69, of Markleeville, California, a former Great Falls resident, died of cancer April 13, 2010 at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

His memorial service is 1 p.m., May 8, at the Starlight Lodge in Markleeville. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California, and burial of ashes will take place at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls.

Sam was born Dec. 14, 1940 in Springfield, South Dakota, the son of Ford and Eunice (Venne) LeBarron. He was educated in parochial schools in Great Falls. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the then-College of Great Falls, and his master's in chemistry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

In his early years, he was a chemist with the Pillsbury Co., helping to develop cake mix recipes; then worked for the government at a munitions plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1980, he moved to Seattle, where he was employed as an analytical chemist with Northwest Laboratories. He moved to Belmont, California in 1998, and was a chemist for Biosource until his retirement in 2003.

He married his first wife, Linda, in July 1964, in Springfield, Ilinois; they divorced in August 1966. In 2001, he married Yvonne Chen in Belmont, California.

Sam was an avid hiker and traveler, a talented photographer and gourmet cook, and truly relished the friends who shared his passions. He was an active member of the Friends of Hope Valley, the Carson Valley Trail Association, Carson Valley Hikers, the Gentlemen's Autoch-tonous Book Society and the Cloud Appreciation Society. He enjoyed the sport of dock-jumping with his faithful dog, Starbuck, who graced her human with many competition trophies.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Yvonne Chen; a daughter, Elise LeBarron, and her husband, Mike, of Gig Harbor, Washington; his stepdaughter, Shawn, and her fiancé, Mark, of Seattle; his stepson, J. Abernathy, his wife Sabahat, and their children Jasmine and Jaan, all of Walpole, Massachusetts; his mother, Eunice Venne LeBarron, of Great Falls; sisters, Vonnie McLain, Marie Walsh and Suzette LeBarron, all of Great Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ford; and sisters, Kay Maloney and Suzanne LeBarron.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Friends of Hope Valley, P.O. Box 431, Markleeville, CA 96120.

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

Meta Finck Hisek Obituary

Funeral services for Meta V. Hisek are at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007 at United Methodist Church, Tyndall, South Dakota. Clergy is Rev. Mary-Lee Lint. Organist is Diane Bryan; congregational hymns will be sung. Interment is in Tyndall Cemetery, Tyndall, South Dakota. Casketbearers are Bob Schmidt, Charlotte Cihak, Kevin Hisek, Eric Butler, Terry Robinson, Christopher Haefner. Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at Goglin Funeral Chapel, Tyndall, South Dakota.

Meta Viola Hisek was born on Sunday, February 22, 1920 in Tripp, South Dakota to Fred and Lydia (Vilhauer) Finck. When Meta was young, she went to California where she worked in the Douglas Aircraft plant from 1944 to 1946. Meta was united in marriage to Leo Hisek on September 17, 1946 in Tripp. She worked in Tyndall at the Rivins Grocery Store and the Tyndall Bowling Alley. She later worked at M-Tron in Yankton for 10 years. Meta was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tyndall and the Simek-Ptak V.F.W. Auxiliary. Her enjoyments in life included crocheting, playing cards, going fishing with Leo and playing with their grandchildren. Meta died on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 3 days.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband Leo Hisek of Tyndall; three children: Ron (Betty) Hisek of Blaine, Minnesota, Dennis (Jeannette) Hisek of Lawson, Missouri; Jeanne Hisek of Crooks, South Dakota; five grandchildren: Kristina, Kelly, Kimberly, RosMery, and Jennifer; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Schmidt of Mesa, Arizona; and five brothers: Ruben Finck, of Los Angeles, California, Edward Finck of Phoenix, Arizona, Leo Finck of Washougal, Washington, Leonard Finck of Tyndall and Neal Finck of Avon, South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Paul Finck and Herbert Finck.

Lillian Yates Hauge Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian May Hauge, 91, Avon, will be 2pm Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon with the Rev. Gary Wolfer officiating. The body will lie in state at the Montgomery Funeral Home in Alexandria Monday evening and at the church Tuesday from noon until time of service. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery.

She was born April 28, 1881 at Joliet, Ill. to Mr. and Mrs. William Yates and died Aug 5, 1972 at Bridgewater nursing home.

Survivors include four sons, Kenneth, Alexandria; George, Torrance, Calif.; Ernest, Ft. Peck, Mont.; and Charles, Peoria, Ill.; two daughters, Christine Eisenbraum, Vancouver, Wash.; and Maxine McDonald, Toms, Peoria, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Henry Halla Obituary

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Wednesday morning for Henry Halla, 67, who died of a heart attack at the Tyndall hospital Sept. 19, 1954. The Rev. J. H. Kirks officiated and burial was in the Tyndall cemetery with the Kostel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Members of the Rotary Club were pallbearers.

Mr. Halla, an attorney and abstractor, was a past president of the South Dakota Abstractors Association. He was a member of the Masonic Bon Homme Lodge and of the Tyndall Rotary Club.

He was born at Yankton March 1, 1887, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Halla. He was married to Mabel Coulson at Erwin Aug. 5, 1914.

A graduate of Yankton College, he taught for some time and was superintendent of Avon schools.

In 1926 he purchased the Aadappel abstract business which he had operated since that time.

He was a weather observer for the federal airways reports for 3 and one-half years. His hobby was Indian antiques and old relics, of which he had a number.

Besides his widow, the deceased is survived by two sons, Robert of Los Angeles and Louis of Ft. Dodge, IA.; six grandchildren; two brothers and one sister.

Lois Luebke Grimme Obituary

Lois Grimme, age 72 of Belvidere, South Dakota, died March 8, 2010, at her home in Belvidere.

Lois Lucille Luebke was born on February 20, 1938 in rural Emery, at her grandfather’s home, to Martin and Emma Luebke. She grew up in rural Parkston by Milltown and graduated from Parkston High School and Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota.

On July 28, 1961, she married Larry Rae Grimme at St. Peter Lutheran Church at rural Clayton. They lived in Scotland, South Dakota for three years before moving to Tyndall area where they farmed for twenty-one years and raised their three children.

Lois and Larry moved to Wanblee, South Dakota and later to Belvidere. During this time she taught at Sunshine Bible Academy and Belvidere Christian School.

She enjoyed working at 1880 Town where she made many friends and had fun helping people dress up in period costumes every summer. In addition, in the summer, she cooked at Victory Bible Camp. She loved organic gardening, cooking, country living, teaching and tutoring students. She had a home business called Salt of the Earth selling herbs and spices. She was involved in many church and community activities.

Lois lived her life in the service of others by loving and showing kindness to all. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and she will be missed by her community of friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband, Larry, of Belvidere and their three sons: Michael (Kim), Steven (Nancy) and Marty (Stacey) and five grandchildren all of Yankton. Siblings: Paul Luebke (Marlene), Parkston; Henry Luebke (Carol), Sioux Falls; Martin Luebke Jr. (Karen), Garretson; Eunice Wermers, Spillville, Iowa; Lorna Peterson (Ed) and Marie Peterson (Delbert), Mitchell; Myrna Gammon (Ron), Betty Brown (David) and Lavonne Black (David), Memphis, Tennessee.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfect in us. (John 4: 11-12).

Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Monday. Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 15, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Tyndall Cemetery. A memorial is established.

*Rush Funeral Home

Adrian Fish Biography

Adrian L. Fish, the able and popular clerk of the courts of Bon Homme county, was born in Adel, Dallas county, Iowa, on the 15th of November, 1867, being a son of Abner K. and Margaret E. (Wallace) Fish, of whose five children he is the eldest of the four surviving, the others being as follows: Oliver, who is a resident of Good Springs, Nevada ; Lillian, who is the wife of James Farran, of Sioux City, Iowa; and Alice, who remains at the parental home.

Adrian L. Fish, whose name initiates this sketch, secured his preliminary education in the public schools of his native county, and he then entered the normal school at LeMars, Iowa, where he was graduated as a member of the class of 1889. He later attended the university at Vermillion, South Dakota, for two years, and in 1890 he took a business course in the University of the Northwest at Sioux City. Iowa. As early as his nineteenth year he inaugurated his efforts as a teacher in the public schools, and through his efforts in the pedagogic profession he earned the funds which enabled him to complete his collegiate work. In 1891 he entered the law office of Carter & Brown, of Sioux City, and under their preceptorship continued the technical reading of the law about two years, becoming well grounded in the principles of the science of jurisprudence.

In the spring of 1892 he came to Tyndall, South Dakota, and here was associated for one year with P. W. Smith, in the abstract business. At the expiration of this time he was appointed deputy register of deeds for Bon Homme county, in which capacity herendered most efficient service for the ensuing four years, and in 1897 he was elected to his present responsible and exacting office of clerk of the courts, in which he has since served consecutively, which fact indicates the appreciative estimate placed upon his services. He was elected for a fourth term in the autumn election of 1902. In politics he accords an unfaltering allegiance to the Republican party, taking an active interest in the cause and contributing to the furtherance of the same in a local way. His religious faith is that of the Congregational church, of which his wife likewise is a devoted member, and fraternally he is identified with Tyndall Lodge, No. 95, Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; Istaska Tribe, No. 32, Improved Order of Red Men : and Tyndall Camp, No. 2463, Modern Woodmen of America.

On the 31st of October, 1892, Mr. Fish was united in marriage to Miss Alice Benbow, of Sheldon, Iowa, and of their four children two are living, Warren D. and Francis F.

Lynne Gaudreau Obituary

A memorial service for Lynne S. Gaudreau, 54, of rural Springfield will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27 at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. There will be visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Lynne died on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Springfield.

Lynne Susan Gaudreau was born on Sunday, September 21, 1958 at Putnam, Connecticut to Valmore and Dorothy (Bromley) Gaudreau. She graduated from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California in 1976. She was a flight attendant for PSA and USAir for over ten years. Lynne loved animals and had worked for the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the Helen Woodward Animal Hospital in San Diego. She especially loved her dog, Bear Dog. After moving to South Dakota, she worked at Casey’s in Springfield, Frank’s Trading Post in Tyndall and the Sportsman’s in Tyndall. Lynne died on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Springfield, South Dakota at the age of 54 years, 3 months and 1 day.

Lynne is survived by one brother, John Gaudreau of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; three sisters: Leslie Richter of Carlsbad, California, Valerie Millsom of Yuma, Arizona,, and Karen (Mike) Winn of San Diego, California; and her beloved friend, Rick Kreber of Springfield.

Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, Valmore and Dorothy Gaudreau.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

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

Betty Bush Obituary

Betty Jane Bush, age 79, of Miami, Arizona passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at her residence in Miami, AZ She was born in Scotland, South Dakota on August 14, 1931. Daughter of Harry and Flossie Bush She had worked as a registered nurse. Betty is survived by her brother Charles Bush of Dixon, Missouri and her niece Lisa Bush of Redondo Beach, CA.

Funeral Services will be in private.

Daniel June Cass Biography

World War I cost Daniel June Cass his shot to play in the Major Leagues.

Born in Scotland, South Dakota June 25, 1894, Cass hit .336 in 28 games for the Des Moines Boosters in the Western League in 1916. After hitting .284 the following season with Des Moines Cass was purchased by the Washington Senator.

Cass joined the Senators in Augusta, Georgia for Spring Training and according to the Associated Press was set to make the Clark Griffith’s team, but for his draft status:

“Based on the fact that he is in class 1 of the draft and his number in the order of liability is so low, being in the first 400, that there is no assurance he would be able to remain with the Griffmen more than a month or two…if retained the Washington club would have to pay $3000 for Cass under the agreement with Des Moines, and the pilot (Griffith) figures it would be poor business policy.”

Although the article went on to say Cass would probably not be able to displace any of the starters, his speed alone would have benefitted Washington’s aging outfield. (No stolen base records survive for his Western League tenure, but Cass was always mentioned as one of the best base stealers in the league in contemporaneous newspaper accounts)

Cass was returned to Des Moines and hit .327 in 24 games before reporting to Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois on June 6. Cass served the remainder of the year.

Cass returned to Des Moines for 1919 season, and got off to a good start hitting .308 and leading the league in stolen bases through 80 games. It was also reported by the Associated Press that the Senators again had an interest in purchasing Cass.

In late July 0f 1919 Cass developed a case on tonsillitis, developed quinsy and died on July 28.

*Baseball History Daily

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.

Delores Leetch Earl Obituary

Delores (Dee) Earl died peacefully Monday May 23, 2011 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Scotland, South Dakota on December 1, 1922 to Clifford and Marie Leetch. Dee was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Joseph (Joe) Earl. Dee was married to Joe in Plankinton, SD in 1946 and they relocated to Los Alamos in 1953. She was active in Los Alamos life until she moved to Bellevue, WA in 2004.

She is survived by her brother, Donald Leetch (Maxine) of Santee, CA and her children, Mary Jo Palmer of Alta Loma, CA, Laurie Bush of Atlantic Beach, FL, and Shelly Wageman (Steve) of Bellevue, WA. “Granny Dee” will be missed by her grandchildren Jessica Welch, Megan and Brian Bush, and Daniel and Yvonne (Missy) Wageman.

Dee was a top-ranked high school cornet player performing solos for various services and programs. She became an RN and fondly remembered her time nursing with the U.S. Indian Service in Fort Thompson, SD. She also enjoyed her years working in retail customer service at Sears in Los Alamos as well as her time spent at the Senior Center.

Dee was a consummate cook, avid reader, and talented seamstress. She sang alto in the Catholic Church choir for many years. She welcomed the company of young and old alike and was the neighborhood nurse and confidant. Dee was a crossword puzzle aficionado and will be remembered for her quick wit and sharp sense of humor.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Memorial services will be held at a later date in New Mexico and her ashes will be placed in the Santa Fe National Cemetery with her husband Joe.

Carl Bangert Obituary

Carl W. Bangert, long-time Rapid City resident died on Dec. 19, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital at the age of 89.

Carl was born on Oct. 17, 1919, on a farm near Avon, S.D., to Walter C. and Nora (Hughes) Bangert. He was the oldest of five children. After he graduated from Avon High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1941 and served with the 147th Field Artillery in the South Pacific during World War II.

Shortly after returning home from his tour of duty, Carl took the position of County Veterans Service Officer for Bon Homme County, Tyndall, S.D. On Oct. 24, 1944, Carl married the love of his life, Leona Mae Jurrens, also of Avon. He began his career in banking as Assistant Cashier at the Security State Bank in Tyndall on Jan. 1, 1949. In July 1951, Carl and Leona moved to Rapid City where he joined the Rapid City National Bank (now US Bank). In June of 1969 they moved to Blue Earth where Carl was elected Executive Vice President of the First National Bank of Blue Earth and shortly after that President of the bank, a position he held until his retirement in March 1983. Following his retirement, Carol and Leona returned to Rapid City. Shortly after the death of Leona, his wife of 63 years on Dec. 24, 2007, Carl moved into Westhills Village where he renewed many old friendships and gained many new ones. One of his final comments was "I've had a good life."

Carl was an active member of the community and served numerous positions with the Red Cross, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, United Fund and Kiwanis Club. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Rapid City, he had served as treasurer and chair of the board and financial chair of the building fund at the time the current church was erected.

Carl is survived by three children and their families Byron (Hayden) of Bloomington, Ind., with sons Andrew and Nathan; Lila (Daniel) Paschke of Rapid City, with son David (Julie) Munstedt and their daughter Keira; Charles (Michele) of Richardson, Texas, with daughter Kelly. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, his two brothers, Warren and Walter Jr. (Bud), and his two sisters, Vera Grasso and Voreta Reinhold.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Rapid City on Dec. 23, 2008. Dr. Gregg Hemmen and Dr. Byron Bangert officiated. A committal service and burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City with military honors.

Margery Harding Fennema Obituary

Margery Blanche Fennema was born in rural Platte, SD on January 9, 1916, the daughter of LeRoy and Helen (Rosencrance) Harding. She died Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner, SD. Margery attained the age of 93 years, eight months and 24 days.

An Open House Memorial Gathering will be held from 2 p to 4 pm at the Meadow View Manor in Avon, SD on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home of Avon is in charge of the arrangements.

Margery attended rural school south of Platte and graduated from Platte High School in 1934. She graduated from Southern Normal Teachers’ College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Margery also received her Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota. She taught school in White, SD, Steckman Rural School in Charles Mix County, and later in the Tyndall school system.

During World War II, Margery worked as a welder in the ship yards in Tacoma, WA. After retiring from teaching, she read for books on tapes for the South Dakota State Library, a service for the blind.

Margery married Ted Fennema on March 10, 1947 in Lake Andes. Three children were blessed to their union. They lived in the Avon/Dante area, where they farmed and ranched. Margery became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall in 2005. Ted died February 10, 2005.

Margery was a 4-H leader, a member of the Nova Neighbors, the South Dakota Education Association, National Education Association, and the Retired Teachers Organization.

Margery will be remembered for her enjoyment of reading, doing crossword puzzles, cryptaquotes and jumbles, taking family pictures and growing flowers.

Thankful for sharing her life are her daughter Lu Ellen Heibel and husband Vennie of Pierre; her two sons: Gary and wife Pam of Avon and Gale of Dante; seven grandchildren: Brett and Scott Heibel; Lee, Keith and Katie Fennema; and Ted and Marie Fennema; and one sister, Mabel Duba of Platte.

Margery was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; parents; two brothers: Leslie and Chester Harding; and three sisters: LeRue Henthorne, Doris Knight and Helen Schroeder.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Pete Fennema Obituary

Pete Fennema, 81, Dante, died Friday (Nov. 9, 2001) at Community Memorial Hospital, Wagner.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, Avon. The Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel, Avon, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Nov. 22, 1919, near Dante to Garret and Gertie (Knoll) Fennema. He attended Steckman School in Charles Mix County and graduated from Avon High School in 1937. He spent his entire life farming and raising cattle on the farmstead where he was born. He worked with his father and brothers and was a dedicated farmer and cattleman.

He served on the Rouse Township Election Board and was a board member for the Farmers Union Oil Company in Tyndall for many years. He was an avid pinochle player, enjoyed bowling, family gatherings, dancing and especially enjoyed attending cattle sales. He enjoyed his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by one sister, Grace Fennema, Avon; one brother, Ted Fennema, Avon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Theodore Fennema Obituary

Theodore "Ted" Fennema, 88, of Avon died Thursday, February 10, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, SD.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, February 13, 2005, from 2-4 p.m. at the Avon American Legion Hall in Avon. Interment will be held at the Tyndall Cemetery in Tyndall, SD, at a later date. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore "Ted" Fennema was born in rural Dante, South Dakota on May 23, 1916, the son of Garret and Gertie (Knoll) Fennema. He died Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, SD. Ted had attained the age of 88 years, eight months and 18 days.

Ted attended rural school in Charles Mix County and graduated from Avon High School in 1934. He graduated from Southern Normal Teachers College in Springfield with a BS in Education.

Ted served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II.

Ted married Margery Harding on March 10, 1947, in Lake Andes, SD. Ted taught school for a couple of years and then spent the rest of his life farming and raising cattle on the farmstead in the Avon/Dante area. He was very proud of his cattle.

Ted was a member of the Farmers Union, American Hereford Association and served on the board of the Avon Farmers Elevator and as Secretary of the Ft. Randall Hereford Association for many years.

Ted will be remembered for his enjoyment of playing ball in his younger years, bowling, playing pinochle, dancing, enjoying coffee with friends, family gatherings, writing, rhyming and attending cattle sales.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, Margery Fennema, of Avon; daughter, LuEllen and husband, Vennie Heibel, of Pierre; two sons: Gary and wife, Pam Fennema, of Avon and Gale Fennema, of Dante; seven grandchildren: Brett, Scott, Lee, Keith, Katie, Teddy and Marie; one sister, Grace Fennema of Dante; special friend, Louise Troll of Dante; and many friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Don and Pete.

Grace Fennema Obituary

Grace A. Fennema, 91, of Avon, died Monday, November 24, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall, SD.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Meadow View Manor in Avon, SD, on Saturday, November 29, 2008, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Private family burial will be at a later date. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Alberta Fennema was born in rural Dante, South Dakota, on June 11, 1917, the daughter of Garret and Gertie (Knoll) Fennema. She died Monday, November 24, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall, SD. Grace attained the age of 91 years, five months and 13 days.

Grace attended Steckman School in rural Charles Mix County and graduated from Avon High School in 1935. She graduated from Southern Normal Teachers College in Springfield, SD, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Grace taught school in rural Bon Homme County; White, SD; Richland, WA; Sedro Woolley, WA, and Tacoma, WA, as an Elementary school teacher. She retired from teaching in 1976 and returned to South Dakota to be close to family and friends.

Grace was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Washington State Teachers Union, Washington State Retired Teachers Organization, Washington State Mountaineers and the Avon Senior Center.

Grace will be remembered for her enjoyment of pinochle with friends at center, people stopping by for coffee, traveling, and her love of children and family.

Thankful for having shared her life are her sister-in-law, Margery Fennema of Tyndall; niece, Lu Ellen and husband Vennie Hiebel, of Pierre; two nephews: Gary and wife Pam Fennema of Avon and Gale Fennema of Dante; seven great nieces and nephews: Brett, Scott, Lee, Keith, Katie, Ted and Marie, and a special friend, Louise Troll of Platte.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Ted, Pete and Don Fennema.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Chester Fees Obituary

Chester Fees, 84, of Sioux Falls, died on Friday (March 15, 2002) at Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments after the memorial service at the American Legion Hall in Avon at 4 p.m. Saturday. The George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, is in charge of arrangements.

He was married to Lillian May Hale on May 10, 1942, in Babylon, Long Island, N.Y. They farmed south of Avon for 22 years. In 1969, they moved into Avon and purchased Avon Enterprises, a leather goods factory. After selling the factory, he continued to work there until it closed in July of 2001. As a World War II veteran serving in the Philippines, he was a member of American Legion Arthur Wissman Post No. 150, where he was Sergeant-At-Arms for several decades. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Avon Trinity Presbyterian Church and a Mason. Chester served as a Bon Homme County Commissioner for many years.

Survivors include two daughters: Diane (Jim) Borin, Midland, Mich., and Nancy Fees, Sioux Falls; one son, Allen (Lorie) Fees, Wildomar, Calif.; two granddaughters; one foster granddaughter; three sisters: Lucille Sattler, Tripp; Virginia Fees, Long Beach, Calif; and Arliss Johnson, Yankton; three brothers: Robert Fees, Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; Virgil Fees, Corona, Calif.; and Clayton Fees, Wendell, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Avon Legion Post, Box 315, Avon, SD 57315.

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.

Wallace Curl Obituary

Wallace “Wally” Bertice Curl, 82, died June 28, 2012 at the Care Center in Louisville, CO. A memorial will take place at The First United Methodist Church 117 North Central Ave. Pierre, SD Friday, July 6 at 2 p.m.

Wally was born to Alpha Bertice Curl and Caroline (Merkel) Curl in Gettysburg,SD on May 9, 1930, He graduating Gettysburg High and attended Northern State College. He taught country school around the Onida area before receiving his degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD. He taught at the Pierre Junior High and worked at Century Manufacturing. He was a Charter member of the Pierre Questers Club. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and “Die Deutsche Glieder” Club.

He belonged to the descendants of the Mayflower and served as state Commodore.

Wally is survived by his nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Martha Wager, Alta Colton, Irene Morgan and Myrna Curl, his brothers Allen, Lawrence, Louis, Dean, and Albert.

As per his pre-arranged request Memorials may be directed to the South Dakota Historical Society.

Burial will take place at a later date at his family plot in Tyndall, SD.

Myrna Curl Death Notice

Myrna Gladys Curl, 90, Pierre and formerly of Lincoln, Neb., died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Health Care Center in Pierre.

Survivors include one brother, Wallace "Wally" Curl, Pierre.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Wednesday, Dec. 21, with a 7:15 p.m. prayer service, at Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home in Pierre.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at United Methodist Church in Pierre. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Tyndall Cemetery.

*Rapid City Journal ~ Dec. 21 2005

June Lumm Clark Obituary

June Lumm Clark, 88, passed away at Westhills Village on Sunday, May 31, 2009.

She was born on December, 28, 1920, in rural Tyndall, to Charles Wesley and Melissa M (Curl) Lumm. The life of June Lumm Clark was dedicated to education and teaching. Her diaries indicate that education was a family value dating back to 1856. Many of her ancestors cite membership in literary groups and memberships in “Friends of the Library.” In her teaching resume, created for the Rapid City school district in 1944, she cites her heritage as being Irish Canadian. Resumes of that period also included ones height and weight which indicated she was a woman of small statue, but her references were tall and weighty. Her many teaching evaluations reveal her Irish heritage as she was noted as conducting her classrooms with a quiet strength. One superintendent noted she was “A teacher with a calming, but not boring effect.” Her lesson planning book from 1960 was evaluated as “Correct and very nicely done. It is a pleasure to check it.” She was a woman of dignity, organization and diligence. She was primarily an English teacher and coached the speech team as an additional activity.

June graduated from Tyndall High School (now known as Bon Homme High School) with near perfect attendance in 1938. She completed her teaching certificate at Springfield College in 1940 followed by a bachelor’s from the University of South Dakota. Always respecting the value of education she completed a Master’s in Education from USD in may of 1955. Her initial teaching positions were in the communities of Gregory, Lennox and Yankton. Her favorite color was Red as a result of attending the University of South Dakota. Her last USD stadium jacket will go to another USD graduate. She spent 39 years teaching at the former Rapid City High School.

On October 5, 1959 June paid the amount of $63.00 for a lifetime membership in the South Dakota Education Association. She also records her teaching salaries ranging from $450.00 in 1940 to $5,610 in 1959.

Her class notes also indicate that she dealt with censorship of the day with the writings of Eldridge Cleaver and Norman Mailer.

June Lumm Clark was noted in 1976 as “Teacher of the year for Rapid City.” On March 20, 1978, at the 27th Annual Honors Convocation at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, she was awarded the “Certificate of Meritorious Achievement” The following was taken from the program of that day “June Clark has dedicated her life to the teaching of English. And because of her faith in their ability, her students are inspired to do their best. Besides giving her classes a good background in grammar and American literature, she gives of herself — her quiet dignity and charm.

June Clark, an English instructor at Rapid City Central High School since 1955, was voted Rapid City teacher of the Year in 1976 and named Leader of American Secondary Education in 1971.

For the past nine years, she has been Chairman of the English Department at Central High School, has served as Secretary of the Rapid City Education Association, and served on numerous committees.

June Clark, for your dedication to excellence in teaching, we are pleased to present you with this Certificate of Meritorious Achievement in Education.”

Survivors include her sister, Erma Mikkelsen, Rapid City and cousins, Wallace Curl, Pierre and Fay Shields, Spearfish.

A graveside service will be held at the Tyndall Community Cemetery on Friday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Burton F. Blair, friend of the family, officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Trust Department of BankWest, 709 Main Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

*Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home

Leslie Bohlmann Obituary

Leslie E. Bohlmann died on Monday, August 30, 2004 at the Morningside Care Center in Alcester, South Dakota, at the age of 74 years.

Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Tyndall, South Dakota. Clergy is Pastor Dean Schroeder. Organist is Melissa Bruna and soloist is LeRoy Sorenson. Casketbearers are Carson Bohlmann, Alex Bohlmann, Noah Bohlmann, Michael Bohlmann, Ronald Bohlmann and Michael Grimme. Honorary casketbearers are all of Les' nieces and nephews. Interment is in Tyndall Cemetery, Tyndall, South Dakota, with Military Rites by Simek-Ptak V.F.W. Post No. 6895. Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at Goglin-Kelley Funeral Chapel, Tyndall, South Dakota. A Prayer Service is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Tyndall, South Dakota.

Leslie Emil Bohlmann was born on March 13, 1930, at Scotland Hospital to Richard and Magdalena (Zeeb) Bohlmann. He was baptized at Martinus Lutheran Church in Utica and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Menno. He attended Odeyssa Grade School. Leslie was in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War from February of 1952 through February of 1954 and was honorably discharged as a corporal. He married Donna Grimme on November 25, 1955, at Tyndall. They farmed near Tyndall until 1998. He was an active member of the community, serving on many boards: Farmer's Union, Bon Homme School Board, FHA Board, Farm Credit Board, Farm Credit Advisory Board, 4-H Leader, St. Michael's Hospital Board, Bon Homme Irrigation Board, Rural Fire Board, Livestock Feeders and Pork Producers. He was also a DeKalb dealer and a member of the VFW. Les was also an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving on various boards and as a delegate to the Synodical Convention in St. Louis. He entered the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center in December of 1998. In May of 2000, he became a resident of the Morningside Care Center in Alcester, South Dakota.

Les will be remembered for his love for his family, church and community.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; three children: Jerry (Linda) Bohlmann of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mary (Ben) Ambler of Bradenton, Florida; and Peg Bohlmann (and special friend, William George) of Chester, South Dakota; three grandsons: Carson, Alex and Noah Bohlmann of Lincoln, Nebraska; four brothers: Elmer Bohlmann of Wakonda, Rudy (Gloria) Bohlmann of Menno, Leo (Pat) Bohlmann of Menno, and Danny Bohlmann of Rapid City; four sisters: Lucille (Don) Musil of Mission Hill, Bernice Slupe of Brainerd, Minnesota, Mildred (Louie) Ruman of Tabor and Janice (Steve) Cahoy of Tabor; two sisters-in-law: Delores Bohlmann and Marcene Bohlmann, both of Yankton; and his mother-in-law, Marie Grimme of Tyndall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Magdalena Bohlmann; two brothers: Bobby Bohlmann and Melvin Bohlmann; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; and his father-in-law, Art Grimme.

Ruby Beard Bartikowsky Obituary

Funeral services for Ruby V. Bartikowsky of Tyndall will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19 at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. Burial will follow in the Tyndall Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

Ruby Viola Bartikowsky was born Friday, April 23, 1920 at Redfield, South Dakota to Harry H. and Bertha (Orth) Beard. Ruby was united in marriage to Emil Bartikowsky on June 20, 1936 at Yankton. They farmed north of Tyndall for many years. They moved into Tyndall and Ruby did painting, cleaning, and worked at the Corner Bar. Always good with her hands, Ruby was handy at fixing things, made beautiful crepe paper rose bouquets for Memorial Day, did wallpapering, gave haircuts and permanents, and sewed and crocheted. Her enjoyments in life included reading and music, and she was self-taught on the piano, organ and accordion. She became a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center in 2007. She passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011, having attained the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 23 days.

Grateful for sharing Ruby’s life are her children: a son, Ron (Norma) Bartikowsky of Yankton; five daughters: Arline (Robert) Sedlacek of Tyndall, Ruth Langley of Tyndall, Rita Bourret of Tyndall, Carol Reining of Denver, Colorado and Dorothy (John) Honomichl of Yankton; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman Frank of Tucson, Arizona; and three sisters: Mildred Branaugh of Yankton, Eleanor Schuur of Sioux City, Iowa and Irene Nohava of Huron.

In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Emil, three brothers, a grandson, and four great-grandchildren.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Barber Tavern at Tyndall

Two paramount essentials the traveling public demands in a hotel. These are cleanliness and comfort. Both of these are specialties of Barber Tavern at Tyndall, operated by L F Barber, who is the son of a pioneer, the late D W Barber, and for years a practicing veterinary surgeon here in partnership with his brother, Dr J L Barber, who continues ths practice. Mr and Mrs Barber took over the ownership and mangement of the hotel April 1, 1928 and it has flourished under their careful direction. L F Barber was born and reared in Tyndall.

Barber Tavern affords 28 guest rooms, each airy and well lighted and each supplied with hot and cold water. Walls are tastefully decorated and hung with restful pictures that add to the atmosphere of homelikenes. Linoleums and rugs cover the floors and nothing is lacking that might complete the guests comfort.

Barber Tavern's main lobby is spacious and well appointed with every facility for writing and lounging and from this lobby to the furthermost room it is a delightfully clean and sanitary place. Its beds are spread with spotlessly white linen and are invitingly soft and comfortable."

Barber Tavern is indeed a valuable asset to the city of Tyndall.

*Evening Republican ~ November 18, 1929

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.