Edward Macy Biography

Edward C. Macy was born in 1821 at Hudson N. Y. He came to South Dakota in 1880, settling seven miles west of Springfield at what was known as Wanari. He was postmaster there for 10 years.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Aaron & Fannie Macy Biography

Aaron Joseph Macy was born on September 12, 1856, and grew to manhood in New York state. In early manhood he started west, stopping first in Wisconsin but found the climate did not agree with him and went further west to Dakota Territory. He came with a party of young men.

His parents were gravely alarmed at his coming to a wild country where the Indians were still hostile. But it was not long before he persuaded his parents to follow with a daughter and two sons. They homesteaded seven miles west of Springfield at what was then called Wanari.

In 1880, Aaron married Fannie Niles. They farmed for some years. Then under a Democratic President he was employed for four years as a railway mail clerk from Mitchell to Manilla, Ia., after which they went back to farming. Then for 35 years he was a grain buyer at Running Water then at Scalp Creek on the Missouri, ten miles from Fairfax, where there was no railroad.

They had eight children, Bina who died in infancy, Walter, Aaron, Mrs. Jane Dempster, Mrs. Elizabeth Burnett, Richard, Mrs. Olive Palmer and Mrs. Muriel Cain.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Elbert & Susie Lumm Biography

Elbert Monroe Lumm was born near Lexington, Ohio, April 28, 1868. When he was five years of age his parents moved to Henderson, Ia., where he grew to manhood. On December 23, 1862, he was married to Susie Martin and they continued to reside in Iowa until 1902, when they moved to Bon Homme County, which continued to be their home until 1925, when they moved to Arkansas. They were the parents of Eldah, Charles and Genevieve.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Kuipe & Martha Lukkes Biography

Kuipe Lukkes was born in Walvega, Netherlands, on September 25, 1890, and came to the United States with his sister and brother-in-law when he was seven years old and grew to manhood in the Springfield area. At the age of 25, he was united in marriage to Martha Morton. One child Hilda, was born to this union. In 1948, they moved near to Avon where they lived for a time.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Peter & Maggie Ludens Biography

Born in Holland in 1849 Peter Ludens came to America with his parents in 1853 at the age of four years, coming first to Wisconsin where he grew up, receiving only a meager education and as a young man spent a great amount of time chopping and clearing the timber from land to be farmed.

Mrs. Ludens (nee Maggie Scholten), born in Holland in 1860, came to Chicago, Ill., in 1871 at the age of 11 years. Many years later in reminiscing she would relate to her children how when in Chicago she had to cross the railroad tracks on the way to school and when the freight cars would make it necessary for her to wait too long she would get down and crawl under the cars and proceed on her way. As a young woman after the family had moved to Wisconsin she worked as a servant In a farm home for $1.25 a week and a pair of shoes cost $1.25 so it took a week's work to pay for a pair of shoes.

Peter Ludens and Maggie Scholten were married in October, 1881, at Gibbsville, Wis., and 17 years later came with their family (one daughter and seven sons) to Springfield by train.

Mr. Ludens engaged in farming and had to build up a home from "scratch". Their house was first built for a granary and later rebuilt for a house. The family always remembered when they lived in a granary.

In the Springfield community the Ludens' were the only family to own a three-seated buggy and it was the object of many pranksters especially on Halloween when one morning it was found perched on top of the barn and at another time on top of a hay stack.

Mr. and Mrs. Ludens both were members and faithful workers in the Reformed Church.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Mrs. M. E. Love Biography

Mrs. M. E. Love died in California March 13, 1895. The funeral was held at the Congregational church with Rev. Chas. Seccombe officiating. She was the mother of Mrs. E. A. Wood and was one of the pioneer settlers of the territory. She had owned the Springfield House.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Alfred & Lillian Locke Biography

Alfred John Locke was born at Davenport, Ia., on May 10, 1863, and was married to Lillian Van Compen on July 3, 1889, at Ashton, Ia. In October of that year the couple moved to Sioux Falls where they resided for four years. Then they moved to Missouri where they lived until 1897, when they came to Springfield. Here they purchased a farm on the Emmanuel Creek bottom, which was their home until 1934 when they moved to Springfield. In addition to farming, Mr. Locke was also employed as grain buyer at the Springfield elevator.

They had two daughters, Alice and Bernice.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Peter & Annie Byrne Biography

Annie E. Linley was a native of England, having been born in Derbyshire in 1856. She came with her parents to America in 1865, and with them lived at Albion, Wisc., for seven years. Her two half brothers had already come to Wisconsin from England and in 1867 they came to Bon Homme accompanied by Annie, her mother and sister who died the following winter.

On October 14, 1874, Miss Linley was united in marriage to Peter Byrne. Three children were born to this union, Frank, Alberta and Alice.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Alfred & Sarah Lee Biography

Alfred M. Lee was born October 26, 1827, at Frankfort, N. Y., and was married to Sarah Howard January 12, 1850. They lived for a time in Wisconsin and California and came to Bon Homme County in 1886. Sarah died in 1904 and Alfred in 1914.

*Springfield, South Dakota Centennial ~ July 1970

Edward Merkwan Obituary

Ed Merkwan, age 73, of Tabor passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Smit, Ryan Smit, Richard Merkwan, John Merkwan, Jim Merkwan and Edward Cahoy. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. today (Tuesday, January 8, 2002) at St. Wenceslaus Church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born Nov. 4, 1928, on the family farm to Anton and Anna (Cahoy) Merkwan. He attended country school. On Jan. 31, 1950, he married Adeline Carda. They farmed northwest of Tabor and remained on the farm. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, where he served as usher and on the parish council.

He was a director on the B-Y Electric Board for 24 years. He was also a member of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society.

He is survived by his wife Adeline, Tabor; two sons: Garry (Laura), Sioux Falls; and Joe, Tabor; three daughters: Janice (Mark) Smit, Platte; Jeanine (Rodney) DeLange, Corsica; and Julie (David) Kriz, Tyndall, SD; two brothers: Laddie and Alvin Merkwan, both of Tyndall; and seven grandchilden.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Willard Matuska Obituary

Willard W. Matuska, age 87, of Tabor, passed away early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall, S.D.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Bruna, Mike Slama, Gary Kronaizl, Todd Williamson, Todd Matuska and Brad Matuska. Visitations will be 1-5 p.m. at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, with a Scripture service followed by a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor.

Willard was born Aug. 28, 1915, at Tabor, S.D., to Joe and Rose (Kotalik) Matuska. He was baptized at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor. He married Bernadine Becvar Sept. 10, 1940. He lived all of his live on a farm near Tabor. He was a baseball player for the Tabor Blue Birds; a part-time police officer for Czech Days and the Beseda Hall; president of the Catholic Sokal Social Club; a Beseda Hall director for many years; a bus driver for Bon Homme Schools; and an active participant in Tabor Czech Plays.

Willard's memory is cherished by his wife of 62 years, Bernadine of Tabor; one daughter, Connie Miller of Sturgis, S.D.; one son, Ron (Jeanette) of Red Wing, Minn.; one brother, Leonard (LaVelle) of Lake Andes, S.D.; three grandchildren: Todd (Jennifer) Matuska of Ham Lake, Minn.; Brad (Nicole) Matuska of Cold Spring, Minn.; and Melanie (Todd) Williamson of Newell, S.D.; nine great grandchildren: Tyler, Megan, Tara Jean and Mandie Sue of Newell, S.D.; Jack, Will and Charlie of Cold Spring, Minn.; and Mitchell and Sidney of Ham Lake, Minn.; and three sisters: Norma, Margaret and Marcella, all of Lake Andes, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Emil, Joe, Dean and James and one sister Viola.

Beatrice Hroza Lane Johnson Obituary

Beatrice T. “Bea” Johnson, age 89 of Yankton passed away Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with Rev. Ken Lulf officiating. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.  The burial of her cremated remains to take place in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Tabor, SD. Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton is in charge of the arrangements.

Bea grew up in Tabor and attended country school.  On June 19, 1940, she married Charles Lane and together they had a trucking business.  Charles passed away on December 1, 1963.  On February 17, 1967, she married Roger Johnson and together they farmed rural Volin until Roger passed away on October 13, 1989.  She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton.

Those who will cherish her memory are her daughter, LaLonnie (Dwain) Kline of Hancock, WI; five grandchildren: Dean (Jeri) Kline, Tod Kline, Sue Martin, Julie (Mike) Dinger and JoAnne (Dale) McPherson; nine great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; four sisters; a brother and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both of her husbands, her parents, one son, Chuck who was MIA in Vietnam, two sisters, and a brother.

Timothy Kostal Obituary

Timothy Lee “Tim” Kostal, age 44, of Sioux Falls, SD and formerly of Tyndall, SD, passed away unexpectedly from medical complications on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at his residence. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, SD with Rev. Dan Moris officiating.  Burial of the cremated remains will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Tabor, is assisting with the service details.

Timothy was born on June 5, 1969 in Paso Robles, California to Margret Daniels and Richard Sebbo. Later Tim and his mother moved to Tyndall, South Dakota where he grew up and graduated from Bon Homme high school continuing his education at Mitchell Vo-tech. where he graduated with a degree in culinary.

He was a compassionate person who just wanted one thing out of life and that was to be loved. His compassionate nature shined thru in the relationships with his family and friends. During his journey, life took him from Tyndall to Mitchell then to Rapid City then finally to Sioux Falls where along the way met and made numerous friends.

Timothy interests were softball, golfing, bowling and a true die hard Dallas Cowboy fan. Tim’s other interest are writing and traveling his recent traveling adventures with family and friends took him to many NFL games, professional wrestling events and to the ocean in Florida.

Tim is survived by his dad George Kostal of Tyndall, Brother Jim (Jolene) Kostal also of Tyndall, Two sisters Larinda Kostal (Lee Alder) of Mitchell and Jessie Fischer (Kevin Pike) of Sioux Falls and six nieces and nephews. He was proceed in death by his mom Margret (Daniels) Kostal and his biological father Richard Sebbo.

*Opsahl-Kostal Funeral Home

Donald Stewart Obituary

Funeral services for Donald J. Stewart, 79, of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29 at St. John Lutheran Church in Tyndall with Rev. Dean Schroeder officiating. Organist will be Melissa Bruna. Interment will follow in the Tyndall Cemetery. Casketbearers are Jason Herrboldt, Brad Herrboldt, Goeffrey Green, Karl Keuser, Adam Halseth and Mark Wagner. Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall.

Donald Jay Stewart was born on Wednesday, July 23, 1930 in Ravinia, South Dakota to Ralph and Lillian (Caldwell) Stewart. He attended school in the Ravinia area until the family moved to the Tyndall area when Don was in 6th grade. Don was united in marriage to Amanda Fischer on August 27, 1950 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, South Dakota. At that time, he joined the church and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in April of 1952 at Grace Lutheran by Rev. E.A. Bischoff. They began their married lives on a farm north of Tyndall where they farmed for 12 years. They later moved to a farm on Highway 46 near Scotland and Don farmed there until retiring in 1995. Don and Amanda remained on the farm until 2006 when they moved to Tyndall.

Don was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. He was active as a 4H leader, both locally and in the county. Don served on the boards of the Scotland Creamery, B-Y Electric from 1983-2006, and East River Electric at Madison from 1989-2006. He had a long association with the Minnesota Valley Breeder’s Cooperative and was also a member of the Farmer’s Co-op of Scotland.

Don passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Don’s memory will live forever in the hearts of his family and friends, which include his wife Amanda Stewart of Tyndall; three daughters: Sharon (Bill) Green of Valley, Nebraska, Dianne (Lee) Herrboldt of Menno, South Dakota, and Carol (Jeff) Halseth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter-in-law Pam Stewart of rural Scotland; ten grandchildren: Goeffrey, Gina, Geri, Jason, Kimberly, Brad, Karl, Jymmi Jo, Ashley and Adam; four great-grandchildren: Keelianne, Isaac, Everett, and Jerzey; one sister, Margaret Brown of Winner, South Dakota; and one brother, Dale (Ruth) Stewart of Scotland; and many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by three sons: Allan in 1960, Jim in 2008 and infant son, Kenneth Jay; an infant daughter, Sharleen; and a son-in-law, Jerry Hasz.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

William Kotalik Obituary

William Joseph Kotalik, 80, of Tabor, died Tuesday (June 11, 2002) at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor with the Rev. William Osborn officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military graveside rites by the Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post No. 183. Visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Thursday at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Lunch will be held at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton immediately following the burial.

William Joseph was born on April 17, 1922, to Joseph and Hattie (Vanecek) Kotalik in rural Yankton County. He attended Elm Grove and Fairview Schools until the 8th grade. He married Frances Kubal on May 14, 1944, in Tabor. He served in the United States Army during WWII earning the Army of Occupation Medal in Japan, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service Award, the Victory Medal and a special citation for exemplary conduct. He developed mechanical proficiency in his upbringing later using those skills in the Army and throughout his life on his farm. He appreciated nature and never was one to use manufactured chemicals or sprays on his land. He was an accomplished craftsman in masonry, welding and woodworking. He was active in the restoration of Lakeport Church. His Czech ancestry and language was very important to him. He was a musician that played by ear and could play almost any instrument. He loved to collect and polish rocks, hunting, fishing and trapping. He and his brother operated a sawmill and also was employed at Morgen Manufacturing as a troubleshooter. He had a great love for his family and always loved to visit. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, School Board member, Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post No. 183 in Tabor and the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.

Survivors are his wife, Frances, Tabor; five sons and ten daughters: Bernard (Rose) Kotalik, Highlands, Texas; Joyce Kotalik, Yankton; Marvin Kotalik, Arcola, Mo.; Jerome Kotalik, Menno; Victoria Giedd, Tyndall; Rita (John) Breckenridge, Rapid City; Teresa (Bruce) Pieper, Yankton; Pamela (Rick) Stilwell, Weirton, W.V.; Mark (Fran) Kotalik, Loveland, Colo.; Holly (Tony) Schulz, Wall; Mary (Tony) Lonigro, San Antonio, Texas; Priscilla (Scott) Souhrada, Tabor; Christen (Nathan) Hamvas, Princeton, Minn.; Lisa (John) Brock, Bothell, Wash.; Kevin (Carol) Kotalik, Tripp; a brother Erwin (Grace) Kotalik, Yankton; five sisters: Hattie Walloch, Yankton; Delores Bohlman, Yankton; Viola (Pete) Petersen, Wash.; Dorothy (Joe) Drotzman, Wash.; Frances (Harold) Tacke, Yankton; 32 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a niece and a nephew.

Peter Kotalik Obituary

Peter Kotalik, age 93, of Tabor, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at Avera Sunset Manor in Irene, SD.

A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 2, 2009, at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil officiating. Burial of Peter’s cremated remains will be approximately at 1 p.m. in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Tabor, SD. Visitations will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, and continue until the time of the service at the funeral home. Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Peter Kotalik was born on September 19, 1915, to John J. and Mary (Nutil) Kotalik two miles east of Tabor, SD. He attended rural school through the eighth grade. On February 2, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 23 months in the South West Pacific in the operation and repair Unit 140. On November 14, 1944, he married Ann Becvar in Minneapolis, Minnesota where Peter was stationed. He was discharged on May 5, 1945. He returned to the farm where he was born and began his life long career of farming. He and his wife had three children: Daniel and his wife, Jeanette (Blaschke) Kotalik and their children, Mark and Lisa, all of Lesterville, daughter, Patricia Kotalik of Yankton, and Leonard Kotalik of rural Tabor. While in the Navy and on the farm, he was an avid carpenter very meticulous in his work. He enjoyed his family and his livestock namely raising cattle. He loved raising row crops, grain and hay.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Kotalik, his children, and one brother John (Dorothy) Kotalik of Coon Rapids, MN, and many many nieces and nephews.

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

Robert Rada Obituary

Robert W. Rada, age 89 of Tabor, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2009 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil officiating and Msgr. Carlton Hermann concelebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitations will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Tabor and visitations will continue at 6:00 PM at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with a 7:00 p.m. Scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers are Zach Rada, Adam Rada, Jake Herman, Jarrad Vant-Hul. Sterling Brunson, and Dennis Wallach. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sara Vant-Hul, Katie Brunson, Mandy Herman, Landon Frislie, Sophia Vant-Hul, and Ally Brunson.

Bob was born on April 30, 1920 to Bessie (Udlinek) and Jacob Rada on the family farm near Lesterville, SD. He attended grade school through the eighth grade. He married Marie Carda, his wife of 34 years, on October 10, 1950. Marie passed away on July 29, 1984. He later married Viola Blachnik who passed away suddenly after several years of marriage.

After farming his entire life, Bob moved off the farm into Tabor in 1997. He was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and the Catholic Workman. His hobbies included attending auctions, collecting antique tractors, and loved listening to Czech Polka music.

Bob is survived by his daughter Joanne and her husband Jerry of Tabor, SD, his son Bob and his wife Janice of Scotland, SD, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and special friend DeOn Stredde.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Marie, his second wife; Viola, his grandson Mathew Rada, and sister Eleanor Adam.

The family of Bob would like to thank the Staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. A special thanks to the staff at Avera Sister James Care Center where he spent the last four months of his life.

Joseph Hejna Obituary

Joseph George Hejna, age 89, of Yankton, SD passed away early Sunday morning, July 21, 2013, at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center, Tyndall, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, SD with Rev. Daniel Moris and Rev. Joe Forcelle con-celebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitations will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Tabor, with a Wake service at 7:00 p.m. with the Yankton 4th Degree Knights of Columbus standing Honor Guard. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the memorial chapel.

Joseph was born in Yankton, SD on August 17, 1923 to George and Lillian (Fuks) Hejna. Joseph’s grade school years were completed at the Peterka School and graduated high school in 1944 in Lesterville, SD. He married Albina Kutilek on May 22, 1945 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, SD. To this union four children were born: Carol , Joyce, Jim, and one deceased son, Johnny.

Joe farmed on the home place until age 50, when he semi-retired and moved to Yankton, SD. There, Joe hauled fuel for the Farmer Coop for thirteen years, worked at the ASCS office, and did numerous other jobs. Joe belonged to the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus. Joe’s pride and joy was his family and his many vehicles.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Albina of Tyndall, SD; daughters, Carol (Rodger) Rueb of Yankton, SD, Joyce (Duane) Sedlacek of Johnstown, NE, one son, Jim of Yankton, SD, as well as eight grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his beloved son, Johnny, his parents, George and Lillian, and one daughter-in-law, Nancy.

*Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home

Roger "Louie" Rothschadl Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Roger L. Rothschadl, Tyndall, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2007, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Tyndall, South Dakota, with the Fr. Gerald Thury officiating. Music will be provided by organist Kathy Koenig and the St. Leo Choir. Casketbearers will be Joseph Rothschadl Jr., Larry Schnabel, Leland Schnabel, Dennis Ded, Kenny Rothschadl and Harvey Rothschadl. Interment is in St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall, South Dakota.

Roger Lyle Rothschadl was born in Tyndall on Wednesday, August 5, 1953, to Joe and Lillian (Cihak) Rothschadl. Roger attended Nedved #47 Country School and educational classes in Tyndall. Roger was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church where he chose his confirmation name to be Louis. This led to his nickname, "Louie." After school, he farmed with his father and brothers, Joe and Robert (Bob) northeast of Tyndall. In 1994, Roger and his brother, Joe Jr., moved into Tyndall. He worked at the Senior Citizens Center as a volunteer. In 2001, Roger took residence under the compassionate loving care of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

After a lengthy and courageous battle with diabetes, Roger died on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at the age of 54 years, 2 months and 4 days.

Roger is survived by his three older brothers: Joe Jr. of Tyndall, Robert (Nancy) of Scotland and Richard (Sue) of Tyndall; his younger sister, Rose (Leonard) Gebhart of Elkton, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lillian Rothschadl.

Lillian Cihak Rothschadl Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Lillian Mae Rothschadl is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2005, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Tyndall, South Dakota. Celebrant is Rev. Fr. Gerald Thury. Organist is Kathy Koenig, with othe music by the St. Leo Choir. Casketbearers are Dennis Ded, Leonard Gebhart, Duane Rothschadl, Kenneth Rothschadl, Larry Schnabel and Leland Schnabel. Interment is in St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall, South Dakota.

Lillian Mae (Cihak) Rothschadl was born on March 21, 1921 to Vaclav and Bozena (Ded) Cihak of Tripp, South Dakota. Lillian married Joseph Rothschadl on November 20, 1945 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at Vodnany. They farmed five miles northeast of Tyndall until 1983, when they retired and moved into Tyndall. She was a member of the Catholic Foresters. Two of the things that Lillian will be remembered for are the eggs she provided to local residents and the baking that was done every Saturday. She was the right arm of Rich's Services until 1994, when she suffered a stroke and became a resident of the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center until her death on September 12, 2005 at the age of 84 years.

Surviving are her four sons: Joseph Rothschadl, Jr. of Tyndall; Robert (Nancy) Rothschadl of Scotland, South Dakota; Richard (Sue) Rothschadl of Tyndall; and Roger Rothschadl of Tyndall; one daughter, Rose (Leonard) Gebhart of Elkton, South Dakota; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Charles (Kathy) Cihak of Fort Worth, Texas and Wesley Cihak of Arlington, Texas.

Her parents, two brothers, Julius and Steven, and four sisters, Ester, Frances, Marie and Dorothy, preceded Lillian in death.

Frank Plavec Obituary

Frank Louis Plavec, 87, Tyndall, died Monday (Dec. 16, 2002) at St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall.

Funeral mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Tyndall, with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial is in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Tabor. Pallbearers are Dan Varilek, Kevin Plavec, Keith Plavec and Resa Doty. Wake services are 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

He was born on July 15, 1915, to Vaclav and Anastasia (Blaha) Plavec at Tyndall. He married Anna B. Kronaizl Feb. 22, 1943, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor. They farmed six and one-half miles northeast of Tyndall until they retired in 1989 and moved into Tyndall.

He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tyndall, Catholic Workmen Branch No. 93 and served as director of the Bohemian Farm Mutual Insurance Company for 56 years.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons: James (Mary Ann) Plavec, Yankton, and Joseph (Maria) Plavec, Peer, Belgium; four daughters: Frances (Roger) Bohlmann, Green River, Wyo.; Anastasia (Kenny) Jenkens, Blue Springs, Mo.; Marlene (Bob) Doty, Wilmington, N.C.; and Christina (Ed) Becker, Denver; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Tillie Varilek, Tyndall, and Rose Teply, Tabor; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and two sisters.

Lillian Rehurek Obituary

Lillian Rehurek, 96, Tyndall, died Monday (Aug. 27, 2001) at St. Michael's Hospital Nursing Home, Tyndall.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at United Methodist Church, Tyndall, with the Rev. David Reck officiating. Burial will be in Country Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tabor. Pallbearers are Lisa Rehurek, Lesli Pintor, George Nohava, Oscar Pintor, Leonard Hisek and Kenneth Wittmeier. Petrik-Kelley Funeral Home, Tyndall, is handling arrangements.

Ludmilla Rundus was born March 28, 1905, near Blue Rapids, Kan., to Joseph and Pauline (Smercheck) Rundus. She graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1924. She attended summer school at Kansas State College in Manhattan and taught in rural elementary schools for six years. She married Frank J. Rehurek Oct. 20, 1931. They began the task of farming about seven miles east of Tyndall just off of U.S. Highway 50. They retired from farming in 1969 and moved into Tyndall.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Good Smaritan Guild, Circle II and the Order of the Eastern Star. Over the years she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir.

She is survived by her son, Dan (Yvette) Rehurek, Portal, Ariz.; granddaughters: Lesli (Oscar) Pintor, Tucson, Ariz.; and Lisa Rehurek, Phoenix, Ariz.; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Emma Vavruska Travnicek Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Emma) Travnicek, 76, will be Monday at Tyndall Presbyterian Church, Rev. H. C. Ivens officiating. Body will lie in state Sunday at Petrik Funeral Home, burial in Country Presbyterian cemetery. She died of apparent heart attack while visiting neighbors. She and husband John farmed in Scotland area until moving to Tyndall 1947. Her husband died in 1965. Survivors include 2 sons, 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and brothers Joseph and Adolph Vavruska.

*Mitchell Republic ~ 1969

Charles Vellek Obituary

Funeral services for Charles W. Vellek are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2005, at Tyndall Presbyterian Church, Tyndall, South Dakota. Clergy is Rev. Marilyn Stone. Organist is Becky Tycz, and vocalists are Joyce Svanda and Bob Rueb. Honorary Casketbearers are Courtney Drenth, Stephanie Brock, Daniel Vellek, Caitlin Drenth and Paige Drenth. Casketbearers are Benjamin Vellek, Joseph Brock, Steven Vellek, Dennis Vellek, Roger Kostel and Terry Vellek. Interment is in Country Presbyterian Cemetery, Tabor, South Dakota with Military Rites by Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post #183.

Charles Wilmer Vellek was born on May 14, 1928, on a farm near Tyndall, South Dakota to William and Bessie (Bambas) Vellek. In 1930, his parents bought a farm near Springfield, South Dakota. He attended Highland Grade School and then helped his father farm. Charles served in the Air Force from January 6, 1951 to January 5, 1955. He then returned and farmed with his father until 1958, when William and Bessie retired to Tyndall and Charles took over the farming. Charles and Ruth Rehurek were married on April 22, 1958 in Tyndall. Charles and Ruth farmed together and raised many hogs. Charles and son David farmed together until 1990, when Charles retired. He continued to live on the farm until 1997 when he entered the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center due to his struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Charles was a 50-year member of the Kortan-Hatwan Legion Post of Tabor, South Dakota. He was a member of the Tyndall Presbyterian Church and served in several offices. He was also a member of the Farmer's Union and the Co-op. Charles died on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Center at the age of 77 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Vellek of Tyndall; one son, David (Denise) Vellek of Springfield; two daughters: Lisa (Layne) Drenth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Monica (John) Brock of Huron, South Dakota; eight grandchildren: Benjamin, Steven and Daniel Vellek, Courtney, Caitlin and Paige Drenth, and Joseph and Stephanie Brock; two brothers: Emil Vellek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Robert Vellek of Scotland, South Dakota; one sister, Della Kostel of Yankton; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, three brothers, Edward, Raymond and Leo, and a sister, Helen Bame, preceded Charles in death.

Margaret Daniels Kostal Obituary

Margaret Jean Kostal, 55, Tyndall, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

A Mass of Christian Burial is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, South Dakota, with the Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Visitation is from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2004, at the Goglin-Kelley Funeral Chapel, Tyndall, South Dakota, and one hour prior to the wake service at the church. Visitation will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the church until the time of service. Wake Service is 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2004, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, South Dakota. Casketbearers are Chris Fitch, Richard Fitch, Jason Silvernail, Kevin Cuka, Brian Cuka and Gary Cuka. Interment is in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Tabor, South Dakota.

Margaret Jean Kostal was born on December 24, 1948, in Glenwood, Minnesota, to Clifford Daniels and Rosalyn Souhrada. She graduated from Gayville High School and attended Mitchell Vo-Tech. Margaret married George B. Kostal on August 19, 1978, and they lived on a farm northeast of Tyndall. They had just celebrated 25 years of marriage this past August. Margaret was a housewife and homemaker, and for the last six years was employed at the First Bank Card Center in Yankton. Throughout her life, Margaret enjoyed shopping. She loved taking care of her children and grandchildren, and she always put other's needs first. She was involved in foster care and took care of many children.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, George B. Kostal of Tyndall; her two sons: Timothy Kostal of Sioux Falls; and Jim (Jolene) Kostal of Tyndall; her daughter: Larinda Kostal and fiancé Mike Garrett; and her daughter, Jessie Fischer of Volin; six grandchildren: Cameron, Carson, Krishana, Brianna, Kelsey and Brody; her parents, Rosalyn and David Souhrada of Lesterville; and Clifford and Gwen Daniels of Mission, Texas; two brothers: Dean (Donna) Daniels of Yankton; and Mike Daniels of Lesterville; three sisters: June (David) Fitch of Mission Hill; and Lauri (David) Leyden and Susan (Doug) Sherman, all of Yankton.

The memories we shared will never be forgotten. We love you!

John Kortan Obituary

John Frank Kortan, age 54, of Tyndall passed away Thursday (Jan. 24, 2002) at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. William Osborn and Deacon David Kostel officiating. Private family interment of the cremated remains will be held at a later date. Pallbearers will be Bruce Kortan, Jack Kortan, Doug Kortan, Danny Kortan, Mark Kortan, and Roger Kortan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ed Humpar, Jerry Herman, Dennis Herman, Ed Sykora, Joe Boska, and Ron Herman. Visitations will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and will resume with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

John was born May 11, 1947, in Tabor, to John M. and Rose (Mudloff) Kortan. He attended rural grade school and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1965. He drove truck all his life for various trucking companies and farmed northeast of Tyndall. He loved animals, especially cattle and enjoyed taking care of them. John married Kathy Davenport on Nov. 9, 1968.

Those who cherish his memories are his daughters Michelle and Joanna both of Sioux Falls; three brothers: Robert (Loretta) Kortan, Tabor; Edward, Wichita, Kan., and Emanuel (Gail), Tabor; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Kortan, Yankton.

John was preceded in death by his parents John and Rose Kortan.

John Kocmich Obituary

John C. Kocmich, 80, Avon, died Saturday (Aug. 23, 2003) at the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital, Wagner.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Dante. Burial is in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, rural Dante, with military honors. Visitation is noon-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel, Avon. Rosary/wake services are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church in Dante.

He was born Oct. 30, 1922, on a farm near Dante to John and Caroline (Binder) Kocmich. He attended Lone Tree No. 1 Country School and Dante High School through ninth grade. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Leona Caldwell at the Assumption Catholic Church, Dante, on Sept. 12, 1949. They farmed in the Dante area until moving into Avon in 1989.

He was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, Farmers Union in Dante, and a life member of Wagner VFW Post 7319. He will be remembered for his love of his children, grandchildren and the farm
Survivors include his wife, Leona, Avon; his children: Kathleen (Ronnie) Woodward, Pisgah, Iowa; Mark (Tanya), Spearfish; Kevin, Tecumseh, Neb.; John G. (Lori), Dante; Lisa (Brent) Vaccaro, Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; one brother: Edward J., Scotland; six sisters: Laura Streeter, McCook Lake; Adeline Garcia, San Francisco; Hattie Pudwill, Avon; Alvina Krcil, Dante; and Dorothy Pudwill and Mildred Roth, both of Avon; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and five brothers-in-law.

Dorothy Kocmich Pudwill Obituary

The funeral service for Dorothy D. Pudwill, 87 of Avon will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, with burial in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 at the church, with the family present. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel of Avon is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Dorothy’s honor to a charity of your choice.

Dorothy Delores Pudwill, daughter of John J. and Caroline (Binder) Kocmich, was born December 30, 1925 on a farm near Dante, SD. She died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Wagner Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner, SD. Dorothy attained the age of 87 years, six months and 19 days.

Dorothy attended school for 10 years. She worked for Gelfand’s Store and the Newberry Dime Store before her marriage to Allan Albert Pudwill. They were married November 26, 1946 at the Assumption Catholic Church parsonage in Dante. Four children were blessed to their union. They farmed north of Avon until the summer of 1978, at which time they moved south of Avon and farmed until retiring in 1988. Dorothy also worked for the Avon Livestock, Avon Enterprize and Mensch’s Greenhouse.

Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Church before her marriage. She joined the First Presbyterian Church in April of 1952, where she remained a faithful member. Dorothy served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, World Service chairman of Ladies Aid and Church Trustee. She and Allan were janitors for the church for five years. Dorothy also was a member of the Avon Flower Club and the Avon Senior Citizens.

Dorothy enjoyed embroidering quilt blocks and putting them together for her children, grandchildren and other organizations. She made numerous pieced quilts for The Banquet and St. Francis Home in Sioux Falls and the Women’s Shelter and Homeless Shelter in Yankton. Dorothy will also be remembered for her flower gardens, her delicious poppy seed rolls, dumplings and kuchen. She enjoyed polka dancing with her husband and playing pinochle.

Thankful for having shared her life are her children: Sandra (Dave) Brandt and Carol (Dave) Eggers, all of Avon; Rick (Mary Beth) of Brand; and Jean (Keith) Janssen of Yankton; 11 grandchildren: Kelly (Lisa) Brandt, Scott (Vanessa) Brandt, Matthew Eggers, Carrie (Pat) Mikkonen, Andrew Pudwill, Allan (Andrea) Pudwill, Elizabeth (Jeff) Frerichs, Emily (Aaron) Karroll, and Stephanie, Travis and Tyler Janssen; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters: Harriett Pudwill of Yankton and Mildred Roth of Avon; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband on March 14, 1995; one grandson, Nicholas Eggers; parents; two brothers: Edward (Esther) and John (Leona); three sisters: Laura (Charles) Streeter, Adeline (Al) Garcia,and Alvina (George) Krcil; and two brothers-in-law: Elmer Pudwill and Albert Roth.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Homes

Addie McCarty Kortan Obituary

Addie Emeline Kortan, 95, a 21-year resident of Gardnerville, died in Carson City on Dec. 27, 2008. Born Jan. 4, 1913, in Meridian, Miss., she married Mikel Kortan in 1945, and they eventually moved to California in 1955. Mrs. Kortan was a homemaker and worked at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento. She and her husband became residents of Gardnerville in 1988. She loved cooking, sewing, gardening, keeping up with current events and learning new things until she died. She was preceded in death by her husband Mikel in 2006; a brother, a daughter and a son.

Noel Kollars Obituary

Noel Kollars, age 77 of Tabor, SD, passed away at his residence early Tuesday, October 26, 2004.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 29, 2004, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Visitations will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Tabor, with a Scripture service followed by a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Noel was born July 18, 1927, at Crofton, NE to Martin and Anna (Kleinschimdt) Kollars. He attended country schools and attended St. Rose until the 8th grade and then graduated from Crofton High School in 1944. He farmed with his family until January of 1945. He entered the Army in 1946 where he worked in a dental clinic. After his discharge he farmed for a short time before moving to Lincoln, NE where he worked in appliance service and auto parts for three years. . He married Helen Estes on December 1, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, SD. He moved to California in July of 1955 and found work at Con Vair Aircraft until 1958. He then moved back to Yankton in 1958 and worked as a carpenter until farming again in 1964 until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, and the Moose Lodge in Yankton, SD.

His memory is cherished by his wife Helen of Tabor, three sons Michael (Kathy) of McCook Lake, SD, Gregory of Bonesteel, SD, and John (Linda) of Bronson, IA; one daughter Mary Jo (Rockey) Waggoner of Yankton, SD. Ten grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Two brothers Glenn Kollars of Lincoln, NE and Aaron (Cathy) Kollars of Alamogordo, NM. Three sisters Marcella Eisenhauer of Hartington, NE, Cynthia Krzywicki of Chicago, IL, and Antoinette (Dick) Smith of Big Bear Lake, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one infant daughter, one sister-in-law, and two brother-in-laws.

Memorials are directed to ALS Association Foundation; 27001 Agoura Rd.; Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Robert Hajek Obituary

Funeral Mass for Bob Hajek of Tyndall will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall with Fr. Joe Forcelle as Celebrant. Organist is Marcene Kniffen with special music by Kathy Koenig and Eleanor Mikolash. Interment will follow in St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Tyndall, with military graveside rites by Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2 and Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895, both of Tyndall, and the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honor Guard. Pallbearers and casketbearers will be Bob's grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Goglin Funeral Home in Tyndall. There will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church. The family requests that memorials be directed to Good Samaritan North Point/Hospice.

Robert Edward “Bob” Hajek was born on November 18, 1922 to Frank and Vlasta Hajek. He attended country schools through the 8th grade and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1939. He attended Southern State Normal at Springfield, and taught rural schools for three years. In 1944, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air program, and served until his honorable discharge in 1946. He married Lucille Marek on October 6, 1947 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Tyndall. They farmed south of Tyndall until 1957, when he accepted employment at Security State Bank in Tyndall. He greatly enjoyed his career at the bank, and the close relationships he had with his colleagues and many customers. He retired from the bank in 1996, and remained on the board until 2011.

Bob served his community in many ways. He served as City Treasurer for nearly 40 years, as Commander of Pike-Wagner Post of the American Legion, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Tyndall Rotary Club, and for 60 years, as President of the WFLA (ZCBJ) Lodge. He served as Treasurer of Tyndall Community Pool, Bon Homme Country Club, the Tyndall Veteran’s Memorial, and many other community organizations. Bob delighted in music and sang in St. Leo’s Choir from 1947 forward. He loved to play his trombone, was a member of many polka bands over the years, and performed regularly until a few weeks before his death. In his earlier years, Bob also loved playing amateur baseball as a third baseman for the Tyndall Arrows, later managed the team, and announced games for several years.

Bob was deeply grateful for the service of veterans. He was also a devoted fan of the Minnesota Twins. So it was a joyful moment in his life when on April 28, with 38 of his family members standing beside him, he raised the U.S. Flag in front of a capacity crowd at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Bob passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Survivors are sons Don (Michele) and Doug (Anne) of Sioux Falls; daughters Cynthia (Mike) Gorman of Yankton, Karen (Jim) Kirk of rural Springfield, and Margaret (Todd) Kniffen of Williamsburg, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Arlene (Don) Nelles of Scotland and Carol (Duane) Grimme of Yankton; and sisters-in-law Patsy Hajek and Audrey Hajek, both of Tyndall. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lucille in 1991, his sister Mariana (Frank) DenOuden, and brothers Gordon and Leonard Hajek.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

Todd Schwering Obituary

Memorial services for Todd Schwering, 48, of Avon will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Avon Public School Gym. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Todd Thomas Schwering (affectionately known as Todd, Toddly, Toddrica, Scrappy or Toad) was born March 12, 1965 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, the son of Tom and Phyllis (Halligan) Schwering, joining older sisters Julie and Lisa. His mom says he was the sweetest baby, bringing lots of love and was accused of being spoiled by his older sisters.

Todd died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 west of Tyndall, the result of an accident. He attained the age of 48 years, three months and 21 days.

Todd married Melissa Johnson in Sedalia, MO. Two children were born to their union: Lucas Wayne and Morgan Ciara. He later married Lisa (Erdman) Halvorson on July 16, 2005 in Avon. They lived in Avon.

Todd loved trucking and got started with his Uncle Bert and Uncle Don, getting a job even before he had a license. He went to truck school in Ft. Dodge, IA and worked at Smithway Motor Express. Todd later worked for HBT out of Exeter, NE from October of 2001 until June of 2008, when he started driving a grain truck for Avon Farmers Coop. In September of 2012, he began his current career with Push, Inc. working with fiber optics.

Todd will be remembered for his love of the wild and crazy, motorcycles, drinking beer, shooting pool, horseback riding, fishing with his Uncle Bert and visiting. Todd could be loud and sometimes rude, belligerent and mouthy but was loved by so many for just those very reasons. His smiles, laughs, quirks, jokes and love will be missed by many who knew him.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Lisa of Avon; son Luke and daughter Morgan of Russellville, MO; daughter Lexi of Avon; mother, Phyllis Schwering of Moorland, IA; father, Tom (Ann) of Versailles, MO; two sisters: Julie Schwering of Moorland, IA and Lisa (Ron) Dove of St. Joseph, MO; nephew Troy and special friend Tori of Des Moines, IA; niece Katie of Norfolk, NE; many aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and extended family to numerous to mention. If we have left out names please know it was not intentional and that Todd loved you all.

Todd was preceded in death by his grandma Della.

*Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home

Accident near Tyndall kills motorcyclist

A motorcyclist from Avon was killed in a three-vehicle accident late Wednesday near Tyndall in southeastern South Dakota.

Todd Schwering, 48, of Avon was riding a Harley-Davidson west on Highway 50, five miles west of Tyndall, 36 miles west of Yankton, when he tried to pass a tractor, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Schwering's motorcycle hit part of the tractor, a three-point mounted sprayer, and was thrown to the pavement. An eastbound car then struck Schwering as he lay in the roadway.

The accident occurred at 11 p.m.

No injuries were sustained by Anthony Eben, 66, of Avon, who was driving the 1978 John Deere tractor, or by the driver and passenger of the 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis that struck Schwering, the Highway Patrol said. The driver of that vehicle was Duane Rothschadl, 76, of Tyndall. His passenger was his wife, Joan, Rothschadl, 75.

The Highway Patrol is investigating.

*Sioux Falls Argus Leader ~ Jul. 4, 2013 

Donald Paul Obituary

Graveside services for Donald L. Paul, 80, of Tyndall will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 in the Czech National Cemetery, rural Tyndall, with Fr. Gerald Thury officiating. The graveside services will be preceded by live music beginning at 9:30 a.m. Military gravesides rites will be performed by the Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2 and the Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895 of Tyndall and the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honor Guard. Don died on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall.

Don Paul was born to Steve and Elsie (Uherka) Paul on January 12, 1933, a day so cold that the water on their kitchen stove froze in the kettle. His growing-up years on his family farm near Tyndall were filled with hard work, but the long winter nights gave Don plenty of time to perfect his snooker skills with his brothers. During the especially snowy winter of ‘48-’49, Don moved to town so that he was able to regularly attend high school. It was that winter, spent with his Grandpa Uherka, a fine musician, that he discovered the clarinet and his love of music. Don graduated from Tyndall High School in 1950. He joined the Army in 1952, studied at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C., and spent the next 3 years as a member of the Fifth Army Band.

After graduating from the University of South Dakota, Don taught instrumental music in Sitka, Alaska, where he met his future wife Susan Holmes. They were married in Tyndall in 1963 and Don continued to teach for about another decade. He was a devoted, inspiring educator and many of his students went on to become accomplished, professional musicians; many more gained a lifetime love of music and learning.

As he turned his focus from teaching to farming, the same hands that had nimbly played “Flight of the Bumble Bee” in college began picking rocks, mending fences, and repairing machinery. The adventuresome spirit that had taken him to Europe during his dance band years took him to Australia one winter to combine wheat during their harvest season.

In later years, health issues limited Don’s activities but never diminished his fun-loving, optimistic spirit. He continued to appreciate local music performances, to mentor young musicians, to be interested in the activities of neighboring farmers. Don was always an important part of the daily lives of his children and grandchildren, delighting in their activities and antics and administering advice only when asked, which turned out to be often because what he said invariably was sage and right and true.

Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan; daughters Fern, Natalie, Grace, Stephanie; son-in-law John; grandchildren Stefan, Raquel, Reese, Quintin, Grace, Elise, and Cooper; and brother Ken. He was preceded in death by brothers Vern and Steve and sons-in-law John Frerichs and Christian Aviles.

In his memory, the Don Paul Memorial Fund has been established at the Tyndall Security State Bank. The fund will support music in the community and encouragement of aspiring musicians.

*Goglin Funeral Homes