Amy Marie (Somers) Flemmer

Amy FlemmerServices for Amy Marie Somers Flemmer, of Andover will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Andover with burial following in the Andover Cemetery. Visitation will take place Monday, May 25, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Home in Groton, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at 

Amy Marie Somers Flemmer died May 21, 2015, at Rosewood Court, Groton, SD, having lived one month longer than her mother who had also died at age 88. The fourth child of Harold A. (H.A.) and Amy (Amsden) Somers, she was born in her parents’ home in Verdon, S.D., on December 16, 1926. At age nine months she moved to Andover, riding in a horse-drawn wagon driven by her mother. Her mother, a former teacher, taught her to read before she began elementary school so in her first year she combined two grades, graduating from Andover High School in 1943. During her secondary years she served as a cheerleader, played basketball, excelled as a trumpet player in the band, and finished as the salutatorian of her class. She then entered Northern State in Aberdeen, graduating in 1945 as an elementary teacher. For the next two years she taught in Mobridge and while attending a dance there met Gordon Flemmer of Selby whom she married on July 6, 1947.

After the marriage she and Gordon settled in Andover where she taught at the school while Gordon farmed and worked with her father at the business which eventually became Somers and Flemmer Service. Amy and Gordon had three children during the early 1950’s – Candace, Kim, and Jon; then the day after turning 48 years old in 1974 she gave birth to their son Ross who she later taught as a fourth grade student.

Friends and social connections were vital to Amy’s happiness; many of her teaching colleagues became her lifelong friends. Earlier in her life she was a member of Eventide Study Club, Wednesday Club, a couples whist club, and a square-dancing group. Additionally she participated in bowling leagues and a golf league in Webster. She was an avid fan of both the Minnesota Twins and Vikings as well as her son’s Dell Rapids St. Mary’s football team. Before Gordon’s death in 1993, they served on the Andover All-School Reunion Committee and participated in couples bridge clubs and a dinner club.

Her faith centered her life. She was confirmed at the Andover Methodist Church where she was also married, but with Gordon she joined Zion Lutheran and remained a member there until her death. During that time she was an active member of the Zion Ladies Aid and related groups.

Amy is survived by her children: Candace (Daniel) Kauffman, Winona, MN; Judge Jon (Jill) Flemmer, Webster, SD; Ross (Cristy) Flemmer, Dell Rapids, SD; her grandchildren: Christopher Kauffman, Amy (Robert Kinyua) Kauffman, Beth (Kevin) DeRonne, Seth Flemmer, Lucas Flemmer, and Jacob Flemmer; her sister Lucille Pett, Whitewater, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, her son Kim, her parents, and her brothers Eugene and Richard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Storybook Land in Aberdeen, SD, Groton Transit in Groton, SD, or Zion Lutheran in Andover.

Pamela “Pam” (Ottoson) (Hansen) Dobyns

Pamela DobynsMemorial services were held on Mon., May 18, for Pamela Ann “Pam” Dobyns, 60, Cookeville, Tenn., who died on May 8, 2015, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The services will be held in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Chatman officiating.

Pamela Ottoson was born on April 3, 1955, at Dell Rapids to Edwin “Bud” and Anne (Fairhurst) Ottoson. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1985. She married Frank Dobyns on Nov. 24, 1990, and they lived in Anchorage before moving to Cookeville in 2010.

Survivors include her husband, Frank of Cookeville; a daughter, Monica Erickson of Cookeville; three grandchildren; two sisters, Janice (Leo) Dusterhoft of Madison, and Carol (Dick) Hoskinson of Longview, Wash.; two brothers, Larry (Linda) Ottoson of Brandon, and Darrel (Nancy) Ottoson of Arizona; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Larry Hansen; a son, Matthew Hansen; and a son-in-law, Johnny Erickson.

Memorials may be directed to Heart of the Cumberland, P.O. Box 2474, Cookeville, Tenn., 38503; or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 332 North Lauderdale, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.  Condolences may be sent to

Melvin Erickson

Melvin EricksonMelvin L. Erickson, 81, of Brandon, formerly of Trent, SD, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the start of the service.  Condolences may be left at

Melvin Lewis Erickson was born on July 2, 1933, the son of Harry and Francis Erickson in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Washington High School. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and served in Vietnam. Melvin married Sharleen Jenson on March 2, 1956 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church. They made their home in North Carolina while Melvin served in the military. After his discharge in 1968, they moved back to Dell Rapids. He graduated from Nettleton College in 1972. The couple made their home on an acreage and he worked at Lakeside Dairy, Campbell Supply, and Bowman Distributing in Sioux Falls. In 1987, Sharleen passed away. He moved to Redfield and went to work for the state hospital. He retired in 1999. In 2000, he moved back to the Trent area. In 2010, he moved to Helping Hands in Brandon.

He was a member of the Dell Rapids American Legion Post, and a longtime member of Willow Creek Lutheran Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his infant daughter and an infant sister.

Melvin is survived by his son, Dwane (Lori) of Trent; his daughters, Denise (Terry) Anderson of Trent, Darla (Duane) Halvorson of Trent and Dawn Erickson of Santa Fe, NM; his brothers, Edward (Kay) Erickson of Sioux Falls and Louis Erickson of Andallisia, AL; his sister, Harriet Parmely of Chancellor; his eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Charles Gregg

Charles GreggCharles M. Gregg, 80, of Dell Rapids passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, rural Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Hartford Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Baltic.  Condolences may be left at

Charles Melvin Gregg was born October 27, 1934 on a farm near Hartford, SD to parents Clark and Bernadine (Maxvold) Gregg. At the age of three, Charles was injured by a workhorse, which affected his development. At the age of 11, the family moved to Baltic and lived on the banks of the Big Sioux River where Charles attended Baltic school through 8th grade.

Clark passed away in 1950, leaving the family to be raised alone by Bernadine. Charles worked on the Gregg farm until he and his mother and step-dad, Cliff Ottum moved to Sioux Falls in the mid 1960’s. When his mother passed away in 1983, he continued to live with Cliff. After Cliff’s passing, Charles moved to the Navis and Melva Dybedahl farm to live with them. After an injury in 2004, he went to live at Terrace Manor Nursing Home, later named Dells Nursing & Rehab Center. He remained there until his passing on May 15, 2015 at the age of 80.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, Clark; mother, Bernadine; step-father, Cliff Ottum; brother and sister-in-law, Donny and Marian Gregg and sister, Melva Dybedahl.

Grateful for having shared his life are two sisters, Audrey (Elden) Hilmoe, Dell Rapids and LaVonne Leitheiser, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Navis Dybedahl, Dell Rapids; nieces and nephews, Rock, Gary, Gregg, Rick, Penny, Chris, Terry, Kim, Michelle, Shane, Craig, Kevin, Todd and Sandy and several cousins in California.

Dale Huewe

Dale HueweDale H. Huewe, 85, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 after a long illness. His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present at 5:00 p.m. and the Christian Wake Service will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Condolences may be left at

Dale Huewe was born on September 15, 1929 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Jake and Leona (Thill) Huewe. He grew up in the Dell Rapids area and attended country school and St. Mary School. He farmed with his family and helped other farmers until he entered the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge while he served. After his discharge in October of 1952, he happily returned to Dell Rapids. Dale married Kathleen Sittig on February 14, 1953 in Dell Rapids. They made their home on their farm east of Dell Rapids for 34 years. Dale retired in 1987 and moved to Sioux Falls in 1988.

Dale was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids for many years. He later became a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Dale was a member of the D.A.V. in Sioux Falls and the Dell Rapids American Legion Post.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy of Sioux Falls; his two daughters, Pam (Marlon) Mollet of Sioux Falls and Stacy (Darin) DeBoer of Brandon; his three sons, Randy (June) Huewe of Creston, IA, Gregg (Laurie) Huewe of Dell Rapids, and Cory Huewe of Sioux Falls; his twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother Gerald “Buzz” (Pat) Huewe of Dell Rapids; and his sister, Virginia Smith of Hayden, ID.

Alice Blackburn

Alice BlackburnAlice A. Blackburn, 90, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the start of the service. Interment will be in the Bellview Lutheran Cemetery, rural Howard, SD.  Condolences may be left at

Alice Siep was born on May 4, 1925 near Oldham, SD to Herman and Florence (Haskins) Siep. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school. After school she took care of her parents until she got married to Ludvig Bergseth on October 9, 1944 in Howard. The couple made their home in Howard. Ludvig died in 1980. Alice married Leonard Blackburn on May 29, 1981. They lived in Sioux Falls. Leonard died in 1994. She then moved to Dell Rapids in 1996 and lived there until moving to Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls in 2012.

She was a member of the Senior Citizens Center Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls.  She is preceded in death by her two brothers.  She is survived by her son, Marty Joe Bergseth of Springfield, SD; five step-daughters, one step-son; two grandchildren; twelve step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

Leon Evans

Leon EvansLeon Evans, 87, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Southridge Healthcare Center in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation on Friday, May 15, 2015 will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A time of sharing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home.  Condolences may be left at

Leon S. Evans was born in Dell Rapids, SD on September 7, 1927 to Henry and Lena (Lukkason) Evans of rural Dell Rapids. He was baptized at South Highland Lutheran Church near Sherman, SD and confirmed at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. He grew up and received his elementary education in Minnehaha County and graduated from Dell Rapids Public High School.

After attending Augustana College for a year, he farmed with his father until he was inducted into the Army. After basic training at Fort Riley, KS, he served at a peace-keeping post in Schwabish Gumund, Germany where the highlight of his duty was carrying the American flag in an honor guard for General Eisenhower. After serving in the active reserves for five years, he was honorably discharged in December of 1957.

On November 11, 1950, he married Joyce Rave at the Trent Baptist Church with Rev. Chester Ploeger of Logan Reformed officiating. Leon and Joyce lived in Edison Township, Minnehaha County, until moving into Dell Rapids in 2009. After selling out of farming in 1985, Leon worked for the Minnehaha County Farm Services Agency as a field man and aerial photographer. He also planted trees for the Soil Conservation District.

He enjoyed hunting everything from wild boar in Georgia to moose in Alaska, and was also involved in commercial salmon fishing with his brothers Ruben and Tony in Alaska.

Leon was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Mary; his eight siblings, Lloyd, Tony, Stanley, Harry, Maurice, Ruben, Clifford and Elsie.

He is survived by his sons, Bill Evans and his wife, Gayla of Dell Rapids and Jim and his wife, Lynne of Wentworth, SD; his son-in-law, Mark Nuebel of Newport, MN; his grandchildren, Nick Evans of Cedar Rapids, IA, Justin (Jessica) Evans of Dell Rapids, and Billie (Ryan) Rothenberger of Sioux Falls; and his great-grandchildren, Ryler, Kale, Breck, Myelle and Jett Evans and Rylie and Alexa Rothenberger.

Lowell Ronning

Lowell RonningLowell (Orton) Ronning, 91, passed away on May 9th, 2015 at Elms Nursing Home, Ponca, NE. Lowell was born on June 10, 1923 to parents Olai and Frederica (Schwark) Ronning. He grew up on a farm in Sherman and attended Jasper High School.  Lowell married Florence Lovlie on February 15, 1964 at First Lutheran Church in Sherman, SD. After their marriage, they lived on a farm south of Dell Rapids.

Lowell was an accomplished farmer. He was active in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids having served as an usher, church council member and growing acorn squash for the annual fall bazaar. He was a former clerk magistrate and served on the board of the Dell Rapids Lumber Company. He was involved with the Cattleman and Soybean Associations.   Philanthropy was important to Lowell and Florence and they gave generously and quietly to many Dell Rapids entities and Lutheran educational and charitable organizations.

Lowell was a private man with a quick wit and a twinkle in his eye. He and Florence had an exemplary marriage and wonderful lifelong friends and neighbors. Lowell and Florence loved to dance and showed great pride in keeping their home and farm immaculate. Lowell was a man of great luck having hit two holes-in-ones in a single golf season. In his youth, he loved to bowl, hunt and boat and spent many hours on his four-wheeler. During the winter months, Lowell delved into WWII and South Dakota history books.

Lowell was survived by niece, Darnelle (Paul) Nelson, Whitewood, SK; a nephew, Dan Ronning, (fiancé Carol), Loveland, CO , great niece and nephews, Darin (Moree) Ronning, St. Louis, MO; Andrea (Jason) Johansen, Ponca, NE; Chad Ronning, Fort Collins, CO; Travis (Kathryn) Victoria, BC; Trent (Melanie) Field, Burstall, SK; and children of his deceased cousin, Opal Gunderson: Dwayne (Cherry) Ferrie, Le Mars, IA; Terrill (Denise) Ferrie, Robert (Lynn) Ferrie, Kevin Ferrie and Geoffry Gunderson, all of Sioux Falls, SD.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, his parents, Olai and Frederica, his brother Carroll, and a niece, Vera Ronning.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids with the family present from 5-7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the East Nidaros Cemetery, rural Baltic.  Condolences may be left at

Erma Goodale

Erma Goodale

Erma L. Goodale, 92, of Dell Rapids passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM Tuesday with the family present at 5:00 PM and a Wake Service at 7:00 PM at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at

Erma was born on January 4th, 1923 to Harry and Katherine Reppert in Pine City, MN. She married Francis (Bucky) Goodale on August 14th, 1939.

Grateful for having shared her life are a daughter, Sharon (Bert) Cain, Colman SD; son, Richard (Kris) Goodale, Pahrump, NV; daughter, Barbara (Richard) Roemen, Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren and 6 great- great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; daughter, Connie Gednalsk and son, Ronald.

Dorothy “Pud” Gosmire

Dorothy GosmireDorothy “Pud” M. Gosmire, 84, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015, surrounded by family at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. A graveside prayer service will be held for the family on Saturday, May 16th, at Riverview Cemetery north of Dell Rapids, SD.  Condolences may be left at

Dorothy Marilyn (Oleson) Gosmire, the daughter of Calvin and Irene (Bishop) Oleson, was born on October 9, 1930, in Richmond Heights, MO. She graduated from Brookings (SD) High School in 1948, and in 1951 earned an Associate’s Degree (Home Ec Department) from South Dakota State University where she met her future husband, Edgar D. Gosmire. Pud and Ed were married in Brookings in 1951, where Ed began his long career with State Farm Insurance. This career eventually took them from Brookings to Hopkins, MN, then to Huron, SD, and finally to Algona, IA. Pud was first and foremost a wonderful homemaker for her husband and 6 children, but she also enjoyed gardening, reading, and baking, and was active in the Presbyterian Church. Her prolific crocheting eventually became her favorite hobby.

Following the death of her husband, Pud retired to Sun City West, AZ, in 1991, where she volunteered at the local library and took up a new hobby: leather-crafting. She became an active member (and officer) of the local Leather Carver’s Club, creating beautiful leather pictures, belts, wallets, and other items for family and friends.

In 2011 Pud returned to South Dakota to be closer to family as she battled COPD/Emphysema. During her stay at Dow Rummel Village, she volunteered weekly at Dow Rummel’s library and continued her crocheting hobby in the Hooks and Needles Club. Pud’s humor and sharp wit was infectious, and the caring and devoted staff at Dow Rummel (supplemented later by AseraCare Hospice) became like a second family for her, helping to brighten each and every day.

Pud’s friends and family will always remember her competitive spirit and love for games. They will also remember her love of all things sweet, whether it was a fresh Krispy Kreme Doughnut, a batch of brownies, a handful of Sour Patch Kids, or a chocolate cordial cherry.

Pud was preceded in death by her parents and husband. 

She is survived by her sister Lois Nelson (Hills, MN), her brother Robert (Bonnie) Oleson (Waconia, MN); her children Terry Gosmire (Omaha, NE), Ron Gosmire (Faribault, MN), Nancy (Dan) Anderson (Dell Rapids, SD), Steve Gosmire (Algona, IA), David (Susan) Gosmire (Wood Lake, MN), and Michael Gosmire (Sioux Falls, SD); grandchildren Reid (Maeghen) Gosmire (Hanson, MA), Kelsie Gosmire (Excelsior, MN), Sara (Matthew) Brinkman (Tea, SD), Bethany (Gabe) Gassman (Yellowstone National Park, WY), Laura (Ronald) Analuisa-Estevez (Austin, TX), Amanda (Joel) Friedrich, Bobby (Jenna) Shipler, and Suzie (Steve) Pedersen (all of Algona, IA), and Adam, Bradley, Nicole, Kierra, and Lindsey Gosmire (Wood Lake, MN); great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces/nephews.