Lester Hansen

Lester HansenLester L. Hansen, 82, of Faulkton, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Faulkton Senior Living.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at United Church of Faulkton, with Pastor Bill Hoffman presiding. Burial will follow in the Faulkton Cemetery with full military honors. A prayer service will be 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the church with visitation one hour prior. Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Lester’s arrangements. Condolences may be left at familyfuneralhome.net

Lester Louis Hansen was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Faulk County to John “Jack” and Malinda (Borcherding) Hansen. He attended school at the Hansen Country School through the sixth grade and finished his education graduating from Faulkton High School. Following high school, Lester joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1952, serving during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 23, 1954. Upon his return, Lester worked with his dad, drilling wells and farming.

On June 11, 1956, Lester was united in marriage to Patty Roseland at the Seneca Methodist Church. They made their home in Faulk County, where they raised their family and Lester lived his life working the land as a farmer and rancher.

Lester enjoyed spending time working in his shop, doing woodworking and watching football and high school wrestling. Above all, he gave his time freely to his wife, kids and grandkids. Lester spent as much time as he could watching their sports and school events. He was also a member of the United Church of Faulkton, the VFW and served as a director at the Faulkton Farmers Elevator.

Lester’s life will be cherished by his wife, Patty of Faulkton; his children: Lee (Diane) Hansen of Faulkton, Jay (Linda) Hansen of West Point, Neb., Holly (Ken) Veldkamp of Dell Rapids and Kip (Jeanne) Hansen of Watertown; his grandchildren: Rick (Ashley) Hansen, Trish (Cole) Cotton, Haeley (Trent) Petersen, Alex and Mattie Hansen, Keith (Jennifer) Veldkamp, Craig Veldkamp (fiance, Megan Johnson), Mandi Veldkamp and Colton, Alana and Lawson Hansen; great-grandchildren: Blake, Evan and Heidi Hansen and Raya Cotton; one sister, Loretta Ketterling of Faulkton; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Hansen of Faulkton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leslie Hansen; and grandson, Cody Hansen. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be directed to a charity of the family’s choice.

Ellen (Williams) Thompson

Ellen (Williams) ThompsonEllen Marie Thompson – born Ellen Marie Williams in 1921, “Spec” Thompson’s first 18 years, was spent in Dell Rapids, South Dakota where she met her husband, Bob Thompson.

After attending nursing school at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, Spec and Bob were married in Reno, NV, on their way to San Jose, CA where they made their first home in 1941. There, Joy, their first child, was born. When Bob was drafted in 1945, Marie and Joy moved back to South Dakota, living with sister-in- Law “Babe” in Huron and in Howard where Bob’s parents had settled.

Bob’s career in heavy construction succumbed to the family business- banking. Marie and Bob settled into a new home in Howard for the next 40 years until Bob’s death in 1984. Marie was small but mighty. She was a huntress, often accompanying Bob and his men friends hunting geese, ducks, pheasant, deer and elk. Bob, Spec, Joy and son Kent, were tent campers, fishers, water skiers, and snow mobile riders. Marie kept a garden and worked in the local bank for over 50 years, where Bob’s father Art, Bob and Kent all found their careers as well. Marie was active in Extension Club, Eastern Star, PEO, Eight and Forty, American Legion Auxiliary and Bethany Lutheran Church.

After Bob’s death, Marie traveled extensively, enjoying seeing the world with her daughter, Joy and friends made in the banking business. Joy’s home in California and frequent trips to Texas kept Marie in touch with “Snow Birding”. Marie was a singer, a pianist and a seamstress, and she loved to dance. She was proud of her Marine son Kent’s late in life higher education, fulfilling his medical aspirations in becoming an RN.

Those grateful for having shared in her life include her two younger sisters, Willajean and Jacquiline (Billie and Jackie) survive her along with a daughter Joy (Ralph) of Anaheim, CA; and son Kent (Sally) of Howard, SD; two grandsons, Orion and wife Darla and Keir (Art) and wife Kristen; and five great grandchildren, Ciara, Mya, Emma, Hudson, and Jens. Marie’s daughter-in- law, Sally was especially close as was her son-in-law, Ralph.

Marie’s parents, Zeo and Lowell Williams and her husband, Robert Thompson as well as his parents, Etta and Art Thompson preceded her in death. Marie died on March 22nd at Avera Brady where she had lived in Mitchell, S.D. for several years. Her family thanks God for the time we shared with her!

Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Howard with burial to follow in Stordahl Cemetery, Dell Rapids, SD. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6pm at the Willoughby Funeral Home, Howard. Condolences may be left at www.willoughbyfh.com

Tom Herding

Tom HerdingThomas “Tom” P. Herding, 64, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at his home. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

Tom Herding was born on January 8, 1951, in Breckenridge, MN, to Catherine and Ben Herding. Tom grew up and attended school in Wahpeton, ND. He graduated in 1969 from Wahpeton High School. Tom attended college at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. Tom married Kathy Bruer in Wahpeton, ND on April 19, 1971. Tom and Kathy moved to Madison, SD in 1974 and owned the Madison Bakery, You and I Cafe, and Kathy’s Cake and Coffee Shop. Tom and Kathy had five children, Chad of Madison, Craig (Chris) of Brookings, Corey (Tammy) of Brandon, Christina (Aaron Litz) of Madison and Carrie (Mike Barnett) of Sioux Falls. Tom and Kathy divorced in April of 1987.

Tom moved to Sioux Falls and owned two Brenda’s Pastries in Sioux Falls, Clem’s Bar in Sioux Falls, Smokey’s Bar in Dell Rapids and later moved to Dell Rapids and owned the Old Dutch Inn.

In 2011 Tom married Jamie Nelson in Dell Rapids, SD. They lived in Dell Rapids and together owned the Old Dutch Inn. From this marriage Tom gained three step-sons, Christopher Nelson of Dell Rapids, Brendon Nelson of Dell Rapids and Dereck (Alaina) Nelson of Colman.

Tom is survived by his wife, his children, his 15 grandchildren, Brandy, Alex, Ben , Cassidy, Kaylee, Kenna, Koryn, Corey Jr., Carter, Carson, Alyssa, Dylan, Lyndsey, Makira, Tucker and Maggie; and his siblings, Donnie, Mary Jane, Lois and Roger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Shirley and Marjorie and his brother, Paul.

Tom had a passion for helping and feeding people. Tom always made sure everyone he met had a full stomach. Tom was loved by many. Tom loved summer and his time spent on Lake Brandt with his family.

Dolores Kangley

Dolores KangleyDolores Kangley died at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, SD, March 17, 2015, surrounded by family who sang her to Heaven.

Dolores Jeanette Leopard, daughter of Lee and Thelma (Barton) Leopard, was born July 15, 1929, in her maternal grandmother’s house in Waterloo, Iowa. Dolores is survived by three sons: Daniel (Jeanne) Kangley, Sioux Falls, SD; David (Rose) Kangley, Dell Rapids; Douglas (Jean) Kangley, Sioux Falls, SD; four daughters: Debra (Steven) Duncan, Monticello, Minn., Diana (Myron) Nohava, Baltic, SD; Doreen (Jay) Hardy, Sioux Falls, SD; Denise Charlton, Sioux Falls, SD; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Elizabeth Berger, Pennsylvania, and Kathy Geffre, Aberdeen, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, parents, and brother Donald Leopard.

Visitation with family present will be 5pm-7pm Friday, March 20, 2015, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD, with prayer service at 7pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, SD. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorials are suggested to the Dougherty Hospice House, 4509 S. Prince of Peace Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Funeral arrangements with Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic, SD. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com

Helmuth Papendick

Helmuth PapendickFuneral services will begin at 1 p.m. Mon., March 9, for Helmuth Papendick, 92, Aberdeen, former Madison resident, who died on March 5, 2015, at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen. The Rev. Warren Uecker will officiate in Our Savior Lutheran Church at Madison, and burial with military honors will be in Graceland Cemetery at Madison.

The family will be present on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the Weiland Funeral Chapel. To leave a message of sympathy, visit www.weilandfuneralchapel.com.

Papendick was born on April 25, 1922, at Freeman to Rudolph and Mary (Kasper) Papendick. He grew up in Freeman and Canistota, where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned to Bridgewater and farmed. He married Leona St. Clair on Nov. 6, 1949, at Hammond, Ind. They moved to Madison in 1978. His wife died in 1999.

He was a 68-year member of the American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, Ron of Minneapolis, and John (Janene) of Aberdeen; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bob of Pullman, Wash., Norm of Spencer, S.D, and Arnie (Linda) of Canistota; and a sister, Ella Koepp of Dell Rapids.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stan in 1997; two brothers; a sister; and a brother in infancy.

Emily Johnson

Emily JohnsonEmily Johnson, 92, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Riverview Healthcare Community.

She is survived by 2 children, Dale (Carolyn) Johnson, Flandreau, Debra (Max) Kamber, Dixon, CA, 5 grandchildren, Andrea (Scott) Hemmer, Dell Rapids, SD, Daron (Erika Albers) Johnson, Sioux Falls, Jared (Ronda Medlin) Johnson, Sioux Falls, DeAnna Kamber, Munich, Germany and DaNae Kamber, San Diego, CA.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband, grandchildren, baby girl (Da’Lyn) Johnson and Chad Johnson, parents, a brother Lawrence Haugen and a sister Lillian Thelen.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, March 16, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with burial in Union Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 – 4 pm Sunday with a 4 pm prayer service at Skroch Funeral ChapelCondolences may be left at: www.skrochfc.com

Anna Mae Seeley

Anna Mae SeeleyAnna Mae (Bauman) Seeley, 90, died in Sioux Falls on Friday, March 6, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Chester Area School at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be held beginning at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015 with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.  Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com

Mae Bauman was born December 4, 1924 in Chester, SD to Frank and Edna (Capps) Bauman. After her parent’s divorce, she spent her childhood years with her grandparents on their farm north of town. She met her husband Bill at a Halloween hayride in 1940. They were married on May 25, 1941 in Pipestone, MN. Together with their sons Roger and Jack they farmed and operated agriculture businesses until 1963 when they moved to Orange, California. Together they managed an apartment complex, Mae drove school bus, and throughout the 70’s operated Fertilizer Hauling Inc. with Bill’s brother Merlin and their son, Jack. Upon retirement they moved to Yucca Valley and began traveling together visiting family and friends, collecting and playing cards. In January, Mae moved to an apartment at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.

Mae is survived by her son, Jack, Orange, CA and daughter in-law, Karen Seeley, Chester; grandchildren, Dawn (Mark) Aspaas, Sioux Falls, Julie (Mark) Steffen, Tea, Darin (Andrea) Seeley, Piedmont, Tony Seeley, Orange, CA and Wendy Rich, Norco, CA; 9 great-grandchildren, Liza, Andrew, Doug, Desirae, Mahli, Bryce, Christine, Mara, and Will; 7 great-great- grandchildren: Autumn, Mason, William, Colton, Daxton, Theodore, and Reece; her sisters, Elaine Baca, Vequita, NM, Bonnie Schroeder, Victorville, CA and Jean Braa, Quartzite, AZ and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; brother, Bill Bauman; sister, Doris Schaefer; brother, Donald DeBuck; daughter in-law, Pat and her son, Roger, the day prior.

Roger Seeley

Roger SeeleyRoger Seeley, 72, of Chester died at his home Thursday, March 5, 2015. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Chester Area High School. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Chester. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, March 13, 2015 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com

Roger was born May 20, 1942 to Bill and Anna Mae Seeley in Chester, SD where he spent his life serving customers and community. He grew up working with his parents and brother farming, harvesting, and trucking across the region. Roger married Karen Berven on September 13, 1961. He continued a trucking business until joining Lidel Construction in 1963. In 1968, he was a founding partner in the Chester Farm Service. In 1978, he started his 30 year service to hundreds of customers delivering fuel and oil with the familiar red F&M truck. Not one for retirement, Roger started hauling loads with pick-up and trailer across the country after his cancer diagnosis in 2007. At 70 years old he received a patent for a trailer design.

For more than 45 years, Roger was a volunteer fireman serving as chief and president of the Chester Fire Protection District. He was a member of the Madison Elks Lodge for 40 years and a lifelong member of the Chester United Methodist Church.

Roger is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karen; two daughters, Dawn (Mark) Aspaas, Sioux Falls and Julie (Mark) Steffen, Tea; son, Darin (Andrea) Seeley of Piedmont, eight grandchildren, Liza Gaspar, Sioux Falls, Doug (Heather) Gaspar, Garretson, Desirae (Nick) Adams, Shawnee, KS, Bryce Steffen, Tea, Mara and Will Seeley, Piedmont, Andy (Lyndsey) Aspaas, Centerville,MN and Mahli Aspaas, Sioux Falls; seven great-grandchildren, Autumn, Mason, Will, Colton, Daxton, Theodore and Reece; brother, Jack, Orange, CA and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. His mother, Mae passed away Friday, March 6, 2015. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Bill.

Roger never met a stranger, was quick with a smile, and had friends spread far and wide.

Donald Ahlers

Donald AhlersDonald Ahlers, 92, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Riverview Healthcare Community, Flandreau. Don was born December 2, 1922 on the family farm in Dell Rapids, SD to Joseph and Pauline (Bricher) Ahlers. He attended Johanson Country School and then Dell Rapids St. Mary’s. He farmed with his father and then his brother-in-law for several years after leaving school in 1936. On March 31, 1945 he entered the US Navy and served on the USS Besboro merchant ship during WWII and was stationed in the waters around the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Don was honorably discharged on June 8, 1946. After his naval service he continued farming with his father and during the winter months, he and several friends traveled around the Western U.S. doing various jobs and seeing the country. It was on one of these trips to Portland, OR that he met his future wife, Elaine Seitz, the love of his life. They were married on October 1, 1949 in Vancouver, WA. Don and Elaine moved to a farm one mile north of Flandreau where they remained until last year when they moved into town. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October 2014. He was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, National Farmers Organization and the American Legion.

Don is survived by his wife Elaine, six children, Jean (James) Foster, of Mountain Home, TX; Sharon Nelson, of Rapid City, SD; Richard (Mary), of Marshall, MN; Carol (Stuart) Kitayama, of LaSelva Beach, CA; Darrell (Edith) of Conifer, CO; Susan Ahlers, of Burnsville, MN; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Sylvester and Jerome.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Friday, March 6, 2015 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday with a 7:00 pm prayer service followed by a rosary at Skroch Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left at www.skrochfc.com

Robert William “Bob” Apland

Bob AplandRobert William “Bob” Apland, 63, died peacefully in his beloved St. Ignatius, MT home on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, after a courageous battle against cancer. Born on April 17th, 1951 to Ralph and Joyce (Blando) Apland in Spearfish, SD. He was one of six children.

After high school Bobby set out on his own and spent years driving truck over the road, but soon found his forever home in Montana.  Here, he met the love of his life and best friend, Mary Jo Dunham.

He is survived by his life-partner, Mary Jo Dunham; son, Zachary (Heather) Apland; his daughters, Shanna Von Holtum, Kelci Apland, and Katie Dunham; sisters Toni (Ken) Henderson, and Karen (Michael) Case, and Carol Ann (Joe) Duvall; brothers Steve (Fran) and John (Gail) Apland; and six beautiful grandchildren – Cody, Dawson, Shelby, Mackenzie, Landon, and Lauden, as well as many other beloved family members and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by his eldest son, Christopher Apland; and his parents, Ralph and Dorothy.