Matthew Coad

MatthewCoadObitMatthew Graves Coad, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at home surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 17 at First Reformed Church in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  Family visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, July 16 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

Matthew Graves Coad was born in Minot, North Dakota on January 31, 1942. His parents Melvin and Ione Coad of Minot, North Dakota.  He married his beloved sweetheart Loretta Olson Coad on May 31, 1964.  They were happily married for 55 years.

Matthew was a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Masters in high school administration. He lived in Dell Rapids, South Dakota the last 40 years.  He owned and operated the Coast to Coast Hardware Store in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He also worked for Boy Scouts of America as a Scout executive.

Matthew loved gardening, fishing, woodworking and visiting his brother in Alaska. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and was always happiest surrounded by his children and grandchildren, whom he was so proud of everything they were involved in.  He enjoyed beating everyone at card games and winning “big” playing the Buffalo at the casino.

Surviving family members include his wife Loretta Coad, his brother Lynn (Renee) Coad and his children: Mark (Sheila) Coad, Amy (Ron) Conrad, Steven (Amy) Coad, and Jennifer (Jeremy) Amundson. Matthew was proud of his surviving grandchildren Mason (Maggie) Coad, Seth Conrad, Lucas Conrad, Anna Coad, Nicholas Coad, Christopher Coad, Benjamin Coad, and Johnathan Coad.  Matthew is preceded in death by his grandson Joseph Coad, Parents Melvin and Ione Coad, sisters Marjean Harold and Viola Watts.

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Robert Sorsen

sorsenb picRobert “Bob” Sorsen, 91, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service is at 7:00 p.m.

Robert (Bob) Raymond Sorsen was born on April 13, 1928, to George and Mae (Hey) Sorsen in Dell Rapids, SD. Eventually the family moved to White, where Bob graduated from high school in 1946. After graduation, Bob chose to serve his country by enlisting in the Army; he spent 18 months, including time in Japan, before receiving an honorable discharge. Upon his return home, he moved back to White and began a distinguished career as a truck driver. He soon landed in Sioux Falls and began driving truck for John Morrell; he retired after 30 years of dedicated service and too many miles to mention. Bob married the love of his life, Bonnie Lail, on October 10, 1970, at Little Flower Catholic Church; this union forged two families together into one, eventually totaling seven children. The couple remained in Sioux Falls until 1986, when then headed north to Dell Rapids. After his retirement from John Morrell, Bob filled his days by driving school bus for the Dell Rapids school system and mowing at both the Dells and Madison golf courses. Bob and Bonnie made their way to Baltic in 2008 and then to Sioux Falls, when both he and Bonnie would last reside prior to meeting Jesus some 70 days apart, together again.

Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, the Dell Rapids American Legion Post and the VFW. Sorespot, as was affectionately known to many, enjoyed playful banter with most everyone he met, and loved to cheer on his Minnesota Twins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, two grandchildren and his beloved wife, Bonnie.

He is survived by his children Jeff Sorsen, Aloma (Bob) Graham, Michone (Paul) Collins, Rick Lail, Vern (Dana) Lail, Jill Sorsen and Tabitha (Ryan) Merriam; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family requested those that attended the service Monday night, come dressed in Twins clothing in honor of Bob.


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Lois Burkhart

burkhartLois Burkhart, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Logan Reformed Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Lois K. Jeanette Mohrman was born on November 7, 1926 in Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Herman and Louise (Kenna) Mohrman. She grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids. She graduated from DRHS in 1944.  After high school she attended St. Luke’s Nursing School in Chicago, IL where she became a registered nurse. She moved back to Dell Rapids and married Wayne Burkhart on January 11, 1950. The couple farmed six miles east of Dell Rapids on the family farm. Wayne passed away in 2015. Lois continued to remain on the farm.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, the Dell Rapids Legion Auxiliary and was active in the SD Cattleman’s Association for many years. Wayne and Lois where blessed with 4 children, Barry Burkhart, Kay (Arny) Erickson, Brian Burkhart  (special friend Pattie Loosbrock), and Bruce (Julie) Burkhart; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Barry, husband, brother and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Gladys Mohrman and her nephews, Roy, Don and Paul Mohrman and Bill Burkhart.

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Kevin Kuper

Kuper, Kevin obit photo 2Kevin Kuper, 57, of Dell Rapids passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Kevin requests your presence at the Celebration of His Life by wearing tank tops, shorts and flip flops, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will be Military Honors at 12:00 pm. Followed by a party at Bluejay’s in Egan, one of Kup’s favorite spots to hang out.

Kevin “Kup” was born June 19, 1962 in Dell Rapids, SD. He attended Grade School and High School at Dell Rapids St. Mary’s. Kevin joined the Air Force right after high school and continued to serve in the Air National Guard for 20 years 9 months and 14 days. His greatest accomplishment was when stationed in Las Vegas at Nellis Airforce Base during Desert Storm; he got to work on the Stealth Bombers.

Kevin married Cheryl Turner on August 15, 1998, in Baltic, SD. Together they had two children Brittany and Kollin.

Kevin lived life to its fullest enjoying music, playing keyboards for multiple bands, including Kuper Family Band and Battle Creek Station Band. Kevin never learned how to read music he played by ear. Kevin was notorious for his quick wit humor, sarcasm, pink tank tops, and black shorts (rain, snow or shine.) Kevin loved entertaining friends and family, hosting many patio parties and watching NASCAR.


Kevin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cheryl; daughter, Brittany (Cody); son, Kollin; mother, Bette; sisters, Lynne and Tami (Steve) Clark; brothers, Steve (Lola), Dan (Jane), Jim (Jill), Jeff (Ann) and Rod (Kim).

He is preceded in death by his father, Lowell Kuper; uncles, Hank Bunkers and Lee Bunkers and his best friend, Troy Anderson.

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James Brown

brown picJames “Jim” Brown, 84, of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home in Dell Rapids.  Visitation is on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home and will resume at 5:00 p.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church.  The Christian Wake Service is at 7:00 p.m. with a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary after. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Greg Tschakert as the Celebrant.  Interment with military rites is in the St. Mary Cemetery.

James Kenneth Brown was born on November 26, 1934 in Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Eugene and Gertrude (Krier) Brown. He grew up on the family farm west of Dell Rapids. He attended school at St. Mary Academy and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1952. He was drafted into the United States Army in April of 1954. He started basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. While on leave, he married Betty Eich at St. Peter Catholic Church in Colman on August 5, 1954. James served in Korea, Hokuto, Japan, and Guam during the Korean War. After his discharge in April of 1956, he and Betty moved to their farm west of Dell Rapids where they raised their six children. They milked cows, raised chickens, and farmed for over 40 years. In 1993, Jim and Betty moved to their home in the town of Dell Rapids. Their home was always open to guests, family or friends, over a good meal and plenty of laughter. Jim worked for Hoffman Sanitation for seven years and continued to help on the farm until the time of his death.

James was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a charter member of the Adult Choir and the Men’s Choir, the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Dell Rapids American Legion and Legion Firing Squad, and was an active member of the National Farmers Organization since 1961. One of his proudest moments was singing the National Anthem on the stage with John Conlee. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s athletic events, sitting front row hollering suggestions at the referees. He was honored to receive the St. Mary “Friend of Basketball” Award in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Loretta Busch.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Betty; his children, Veronica Madetzke of Sioux Falls, Kenny Brown of Dell Rapids, Denise (Mark) Merrigan of Watertown, Kevin (Renee) Brown of Dell Rapids, Diane (Mike) Bunkers of Dell Rapids, and Mike (Angie) Brown of Dell Rapids; his 18 grandchildren and soon-to-be 26 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Earl Brown of Dell Rapids, Ted Brown of Seattle, WA, Ray (Lois) Brown of Dell Rapids, Bill (Diane) Brown of Dell Rapids, and his sister Linda (Lee) McInroy of Dell Rapids; and his many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Jim fought cancer for over 24 years and is now in no more pain.

Memorials can be directed to St. Mary School.


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Denise Christensen

christensen picDenise Christensen, 52, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her Celebration of Life Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Miller Funeral Home Southside Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Denise Lea Winegarden was born on February 9, 1967, the daughter of Dennis and Diane (Chrisman) Winegarden. She grew up in Sharon Center, IA and graduated from Mid-Prairie High School in 1985. She then attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1989. She married Dave Christensen on December 23, 1988 at Sharon Center United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Iowa, Vermont and Illinois before settling in Sioux Falls, SD in 2005. She was dedicated to raising her children and volunteering. Denise’s volunteer work led her to complete a degree in Nursing from the University of South Dakota in 2008. She worked at Sanford Hospital until joining the Avera Heart Hospital family in 2009 where she worked until the time of her death.

Hot air ballooning shaped Denise’s life from a young age. She learned to fly from her Dad and received her pilot certificate in 1985. While flying for her Dad’s ride business, she met her future husband Dave, another pilot flying for Dennis. Denise took pride in watching her daughter become a third generation balloon pilot, and she shared many adventures with an extended ballooning family. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing and volunteering at Lifescape.

Denise was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Winegarden.

She is survived by her husband, Dave of Sioux Falls; her twin children, Anne (Alex) Susko of Spirit Lake, IA and John Christensen of Cincinnati, OH; her mother, Diane Winegarden of North Liberty, IA; her sisters, Debra (Bill) Horning of Coralville, IA and Danita Capps of Denver, CO; her in-laws, Merlyn and Janet Christensen of Dell Rapids, SD; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Stu) Dix of Baldwin, WI and Linda Nelson of Clear Lake, IA and her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Denise Christensen Memorial Fund intended to continue sharing Denise’s support of and compassion for others.


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Richard Fitzgerald

fitzgerald picRichard “Dick” Fitzgerald, 75, of Spot O’ Green farm in Dell Rapids went home to the Lord due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease and Prostate cancer surrounded by those who loved him on 2 June 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His Memorial Mass is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake is at 3:00 p.m.

Dick was born in Dell Rapids to Leo Fitzgerald and Naomi (Lowder) Fitzgerald in 1944. He met his wife of 53 years, Mary Reecy in the first grade, but it was not love at first sight. Mary remembers him having cooties at that age. Evidently, he was cured of his case of the cooties as Dick and Mary were married in Dell Rapids in January of 1966. She remained his best friend and was at his side to his last breath.

By the time he reached his sophomore year, he was asked by the choir director to consider taking study hall instead of choir because of his unique singing voice. In his senior year, track and field arrived at St Mary’s High School. As he, Harry Evans and Jerry Klein sat stretching to prepare for practice, they looked at each other and asked each other what in the world they were doing there. That was the end of their track career. After graduating from St Mary’s High School, he attended South Dakota State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s of Science.

He was active in 4-H as a young man, showing particular interest in showing cattle, hogs and sheep where he earned champion showman honors. He put the skills he learned to use years later as an adult 4-H leader when his children were able to participate.

Dick farmed his family homestead for several years but was better known for selling the best Christmas trees in the area for 35 years. He worked at Park’s Meat Locker and drove the bus for the Dell Rapids School District for many years and was a fixture at wrestling matches where everyone could hear him yelling for the wrestlers to “SQUEEZE!”. He eventually moved on from the locker and started working in the plant nursery industry. He loved this job because it gave him the chance to do two of his favorite things…talk with people and talk about plants and trees.

He loved being a thespian with the Old Opera House Players and was well known for his still unique singing voice, and his characterization of the villain in melodramas, perhaps because he was a little bit of a rebel himself when he was off stage. He was a fixture in the group of men who met every morning to solve the world’s problems and have some coffee together.

Anyone who knew Dick knows he loved the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In fact, there were few days when he didn’t have on a Notre Dame hat, shirt, jacket, shoes or some combination of all three. This fact led to his grandchildren believing he was a leprechaun. No one ever provided any proof to the contrary. He had the opportunity to watch his beloved Fighting Irish in person on several occasions, most recently when Notre Dame beat LSU with a miraculous ending in the 2018 Citrus Bowl.

He was a man who didn’t let convention keep him from doing what he wanted to do. Rules were made to be bent, if not broken given the proper circumstances. If he wanted to do something, he did it; damn the rules, for good or bad.

Dick is survived by his wife Mary, son Bret and wife Ashleigh and their children Tristan, Keira, Gwenevere and Quinn-Killian of Triangle, VA; son Scot and wife Rachel of Canton, SD; son Dean and wife Jen and their children Kellen and Erin of Melbourne, FL; daughter Kathleen and husband Roscoe Taylor of Houston, TX and daughter Bridget of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by his brother Jerry and wife Nettie Fitzgerald, Gehring, NE, and his sister-in-law Gail Fitzgerald, Colombia, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for people who are so inclined to donate to The National Parkinson’s Foundation.

The family requested that people wear Notre Dame attire for the visitation and service.


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Leonard Allen

allen picLeonard Allen, 89, a farmer from Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service began at 8:00 p.m.

Leonard was born on the home place north of Dell Rapids on April 12, 1930, the son of Thomas and Regina (Biever) Allen. He grew up on the family farm where he lived on and farmed his entire life. He cared for his mother until she entered Terrace Manor. He was most generous with his time and helping others in need.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, farming and buying “green stuff.” Leonard is preceded in death by his sisters, Imelda Eulberg, Jean Weelborg, Annette Allen; brothers, infant Alvin, LeRoy, Lawrence and Thomas.

He is survived by his sister, Anna Mae Miiller of Phoenix, AZ and his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

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Ardis Munk

munk picArdis Munk, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Memorial Service was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Ignite Life Church, Dell Rapids (5th and State Ave). Inurnment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Ardis Lorraine Nyhus was born to Halvor and Anna Otava (Hammer) Nyhus on September 14, 1928 at Dell Rapids, SD. Her family lived in the Baltic area before moving to Dell Rapids. She attended school in both Baltic and Dell Rapids.  Ardis married John William “Jack” Munk on May 10, 1949 in Luverne, MN. They were married for 64 years and resided in Dell Rapids all that time. Jack passed away on March 3, 2013. They had four children, Roger, Jacqueline, David and Lisa. Ardis began working as a waitress at the Dells Cafe and later worked at Rickeman’s Variety, Grandma’s Cafe and The Huddle Cafe.

Ardis enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed many family reunions and family gatherings. She enjoyed going places with her family and friends, going to state fairs or to see relatives in distant places. She enjoyed make krub or lutefisk for her family and friends. She did craftwork and loved bowling, playing cards and going to bingo night at the American Legion. She lived life to the fullest.

She served many years as treasurer for the Legion Auxiliary and the Baptist Women’s Group (ABW). She was in charge of the kitchen group at the church for many years. Ardis loved to join Jack on the front porch of their home and visit with passing neighbors and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Roger (Linda) Munk of Dell Rapids and David (Lori) Munk of Sioux Falls; her daughter, Lisa (Cari Conine) Munk of Atlanta, GA; her nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Joyce Geraets of Dell Rapids and her sister-in-law, Beryl Masters of Ambler, PA and her many friends and extended family.

Ardis is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack; daughter, Jackie; two grandsons, David and Donald Munk; great-granddaughter, Emeilia Patricia Munk; her sister Berniece Oien and her husband, Otto; her brother-in-law, George Geraets Sr; her sister-in-law and spouse, Mildred and Karl Knoche and her sister-in-law’s husband, Wright Masters.


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Jon Kayser

Jon H. Kayser obituary image, copyright Mark KayserJon H. Kayser, 80, passed away on May 16, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz., after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. At his side was his loving wife Sharon who shared his life in marriage for 57 years. Jon, formerly of Dell Rapids, S.D., was born in Kaylor, S.D., to Hugo and Eugenia (Vetter) Kayser. He spent his early years attending country school and enjoying farm life in Hutchinson County before graduating from Parkston High School. Jon attended South Dakota State University for two years and while there he joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. After his college experience Jon was hired at International Harvester Truck in Sioux Falls, S.D., in the parts department. This experience prompted him to open his own dealership in Dell Rapids in 1966 with an emphasis on farm machinery that was close to his heart from his rural upbringing. He would continue managing Kayser Implement until retiring in 1995.

Jon was proud of his service in the National Guard and was called to active duty in 1961 where he served during the Berlin Crisis. As Jon’s trusting, fair and humorous nature spread throughout the local farming community his dealership, and customer base surged. Farmers knew that they would be treated as a partner and it was commonplace for Jon to meet farmers in the evening and after Sunday worship to help them with implement repairs to keep them in the field when weather was good. Customers soon became friends and Jon was invited to many graduations, and weddings over the course of his career.

In addition to operating an implement dealership Jon started collecting toy tractors and eventually full-sized, restored tractors of yesteryear. At the height of his collecting years Jon had a collection of more than 400 toy tractors, many on display in his office. He also had nearly 40 antique tractors, many of which he took to local parades and celebrations to showcase a proud agricultural history. Of course everything he collected was red to reflect his International Harvester background that dated back to his childhood farm days. He even located, purchased and refurbished his father’s H Farmall. One of Jon’s running jokes was that his home address in Dell Rapids was 1206 and the last four digits of his home phone were 3788. Both of these were popular model numbers of International Harvester tractors, but an uncanny coincidence to say the least.

Jon also enjoyed the great outdoors. Sharon and he were avid campers with their family when time allowed. In 1976 they purchased a cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota where they spent many of their summer days. The mountain cabin would serve as their retirement base until selling it in 2014 to eventually settle full-time in Mesa. Nearly every evening Jon would hike to the top of their mountain meadow to watch whitetail deer feed in the opening and he would listen for the far-off whistle of the Newcastle, Wyo., coal trains. Jon was also fortunate to win several vacations due to his successful salesmanship. This prompted Jon and Sharon to begin a lifetime of travel that took them around the world. Some of their most memorable adventures included stops at the Great Wall of China, a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, an excursion to the Australian Outback, looking out from atop the world’s tallest building in Dubai, spending a month in the Ukraine for volunteer work, a somber visit to the landing locations at Normandy, a solemn day at Auschwitz, numerous cruises and far too many more destinations to list here. Jon kept his love of tractors even while spending his last days in a care facility.

Jon is survived by his wife Sharon, his sons Mike of Sheridan, Wyo.; Mark (Sharon) of Sheridan; Mitch (Jen) of Belgrade, Mont.; and four grandchildren: Cole, Katelyn, Spencer and Bailey. With no regrets, Jon spent a full life and shared many good times with his friends, keeping the old ones and making new ones. A private, military service and interment will take place at the Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Research, 4304 S. Technology Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57106;

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