Ervin “Erv” Walters

erv-waltersErvin “Erv” Walters, 70, died Monday, December 5, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be 10:00 AM Friday December 9, 2016 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. His family will be present for visitation from 5:00-7:00 PM Thursday December 8 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the George Boom Funeral Home website.

Ervin Ray Walters was born April 20, 1946 in Luverne, MN to George and Grace (Groen) Walters. He grew up in Beaver Creek, MN. After his high school graduation, he served in the National Guard and was active duty in Luverne, MN.

Erv had various jobs in the Sioux Falls area. He settled in at Metz Old Home Bakery and retired after 28 years. In 1999 he purchased the Hi-Ho Tavern with his brother, George. Erv was there every day until ill health forced him to retire. He has fought cancer since 2009.

He married Kathy Gieselman on May 20, 2005 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Erv had the gift of gab and loved telling jokes and stories about his adventurous life. He was always there when someone needed a helping hand. He had a love for living life to the fullest. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and family.

Erv is survived by his wife, Kathy, Sioux Falls, SD; son, Aaron Walters, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Carrie (Jesse) Boysen, Larchwood, IA; his grandchildren, Tessa Boysen, Grady Boysen, Charles Binkerd and Dylan Boysen; sister, Aleida Kruger, Sheldon, IA; brothers, Dick (Doris) Walters, Sioux Falls, SD, Ed (Lavonne) Walters, Effie, MN, Glen (Norma) Walters, Sioux Falls, SD, George (Donna) Walters, Madison, SD, Joe Walters, Red Oak, TX, Darrel (Marge) Walters, Sioux Falls, SD, Alvin (Joy) Walters, Desoto, TX, Arvin (LaDonna Talenda) Walters, Zion, IL and Ron (Sandy) Walters, Hutchinson, MN; sister-in-law, Judy Walters, Dell Rapids, SD; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Gieselman; his parents, George and Grace; brothers, Henry and Leslie Walters; sisters-in-law, Daisy and Susan; and brother-in-law, Merle Kruger.

Following the memorial service, relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family at Walters Hi-Ho Tavern.

Alvin Story

alvin-storyAlvin J. Story, 80, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. John American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the George Boom Funeral Home website.

Alvin was born August 5, 1936 in Ihlen, MN to Irvin and Florence (Clark) Story. He met Audrey Johnson on a blind date and they were married in Naples, SD on October 27, 1962.

Alvin liked to stay busy. Over the years, he worked as a truck driver, drove mail trucks, farmed in the Madison, SD area and worked for Sioux Steel, Polar Storage and Nordica Warehouse. His home kept him busy as well, there was always something to fix or build. He was a handyman and Mr. Fix It and spent lots of time working on his cars. He enjoyed listening, often loudly, to the oldies on the radio or on vinyl.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Audrey, Sioux Falls, SD; his children, Stan (Julie) Story, Bridgewater, SD, Dawn (Kurt) Kruger, Sioux Falls, SD and Jeff Story, Sioux Falls, SD; his grandchildren, Kyle Kruger, Seth Story, Cody Story, Alicia Kruger, Zane Story and Tate Story; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim Story, Hartford, SD and John (Vicki) Story, Dell Rapids, SD; and his sister, Pam (Steve) Linnewebber, Sioux Falls, SD. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Story; his parents, Irvin and Florence Story; and his sister, Mary Dean Turner.

Gary Froslie

gary-froslieGary A. Froslie, 74, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Webster/Tea, SD, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016. Funeral services will be at 1 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Visitation will be 6-8 PM on Wednesday at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in the St. Pauli Cemetery, Wallace, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the Wight & Comes website.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Sioux Falls; two children, Beverly of Sioux Falls, and Sundra (Rycer) Lamer of Dell Rapids; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Max and Grady; two brothers, Michael (Kathy) Froslie of Monticello, MN and Rick Froslie of Webster; one sister, Gwen (Gary) Conklin of Sioux Falls; and his nieces and nephews.

Vonnie (Ney) Schneider

vonnie-schneiderYvonne “Vonnie” M. Schneider, 83, of Brandon, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Brandon. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Highland Lutheran Church, rural Sherman. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Kahler Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Yvonne “Vonnie” Marie Ney was born on February 8, 1933 in Sheldon, Iowa to Peter and Marie Ney. At the age of 11 months, Vonnie’s father passed away. Vonnie and her mother then moved to Dell Rapids, South Dakota where Vonnie attended St. Mary’s Catholic schools, graduating in 1951. During and after high school Vonnie worked at Voy’s Drug Store.

On January 24, 1954 Vonnie was united in marriage to Edward J. Schneider at First Lutheran Church in Sherman, South Dakota. Following their marriage, Ed and Vonnie lived on the Schneider family farm, rural Sherman. To this union, four children were born, Gretchen, Brian, Elizabeth and David. Along with all of the duties that come along with being a mother of four, Vonnie was very involved in helping Ed with the daily farm activities. This included milking, tending to the animals, and preparing meals for those helping with the labor on the farm. Vonnie especially enjoyed the dairy cows, baby calves, and cattle.   After Ed’s passing in 1990, Vonnie continued to live on the farm enjoying the outdoors, her little dog Ralph, and her family, friends, and grandchildren. She was also a member of Highland Lutheran Church and the ladies’ aide there. In 2002 Vonnie moved to Orchard Hills in Dell Rapids, South Dakota until 2009 when she moved to the Inn on Westport, SiouxFalls, South Dakota. In August of 2011, Vonnie moved to The Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota, residing there until the time of her death on December 4, 2016.   Vonnie reached the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 26 days. She was preceded in death by her father Peter Ney, her mother Marie Olson, her step-father Russell Olson, and her husband Edward Schneider.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Gretchen (Michael) Dickes of Mesa, AZ, Brian (Dawn) Schneider of Pipestone, MN, Liz (Jason) Hiemstra of Sioux Falls, SD and David (LeAnn) Schneider of Sioux Falls, SD. Grandchildren, Sara (John) Rout of Gilbert, AZ, Andrew (Kelly) Bauman of Ottawa, IL., Nicholas (Stephanie) Schneider of Greeley, CO, Samuel Schneider of Sherman, SD, Jacob Schneider of St. Paul, MN, Libby Schneider of Vermillion, SD, Marie (Nathan) Vanderlaan of Minneapolis, MN, Matthew (Kristina) Hiemstra of Key West, FL, Thomas Schneider of Brookings, SD and Michael Schneider of Sioux Falls, SD. Great grandchildren, Emma, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Kaylee, and Landon. Her sister in law, Emily Schneider, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Highland Lutheran Church.

Heather (Graves) (Feuerhelm) Klein

heather-kleinHeather Klein, 43, of Colton, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at her home after a battle with cancer. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016 in the Trent Baptist Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Kahler Funeral Home. A prayer service will begin at 4:00 p.m.  On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Heather Marie Graves was born on January 9, 1973 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Doug and Susan (Halvorson) Graves. Her father passed away at a young age and her mother remarried Rodney Feuerhelm. Rodney adopted and helped raise her. She grew up in Trent and attended school in Flandreau, graduating from Flandreau High School in 1991. After high school Heather worked for Hutchinson Technology. She started dating Chris Klein in 1998 and the couple married in 1999. They made their home in Colton where the couple was blessed with two daughters, Gillian in 2001 and Elizabeth in 2004. While raising her children and working full time, Heather went back to college and received her degree in accounting. She helped her sister, Dulcy with raising Dulcy’s three children for a couple years. She then went to work for Duluth Trading Company in Sioux Falls.

Heather liked working on her garden and flower beds, doing puzzles, loved music and her hockey teams, the Pittsburg Penguins and Sioux Falls Stampede. She had a special place in her heart for her dog, Cooper.

She is survived by her husband, Chris of Colton; her daughters, Gillian and Elizabeth both at home; her mother, Susan Feuerhelm of Trent; her sister, Dulcy (Scott) Poppenga of Worthing; her brother, Kelly (Amber) Feuerhelm of Baltic; her nieces and nephews, Caden, Connor, Kaylee, Reese and Ryder; her in-laws, Don and Cheryl Klein of Dell Rapids; her brother-in-law, Jeff Sorensen of Melvin, IA and many other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her fathers; her sister-in-law, Stacey Sorensen; and both sets of paternal grandparents and her maternal grandparents.

Brayden Otto

brayden-ottoBrayden Otto, was taken from us unexpectedly on November 20, 2016, in Sioux Falls, SD. Brayden was born on March 26, 2009, in Sioux Falls, SD. He went to school at Dell Rapids Elementary. Brayden touched anyone’s life who came into contact with his beautiful smile and infectious laugh.

Brayden will be missed by his mother Cassie and his father Michael, Sioux Falls, SD; grandparents Darren Otto, Sparta, WI, Kim and Jerry Fry, Colman, SD, Guy Marcucci, Sioux Falls, SD; his aunt Aleesha and her husband DJ, Salem, SD; and many other relatives and friends.

Brayden was joined in heaven with his grandmother Carol Simon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family can be accepted at any First Premier Bank in Sioux Falls for Carol Simon and Grandson.

Visitation with the family present will be from 3 to 5 pm with a prayer service beginning at 4:30 pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Quarry Rock Church, 47381 246th Street, Dell Rapids, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Carol (Otto) Simon

carol-simonCarol Lynn Simon went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at the age of 48 in Sioux Falls. Carol Lynn Simon was born in Faulkton, SD, on March 2, 1968, to Emil S. Simon and Ruth Wegner of Lovalton, SD. She attended school in the Ipswich Public School District and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1986.

She married Darren Otto at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich in 1988, they had three children, Aleesha, Cassandra, and Heath. Carol and Darren lived in Aberdeen, SD, for a time. Darren was deployed to serving in the Gulf War, Desert Storm, and Carol and the children lived with her parents on the family farm. Carol enrolled in the nursing program at Presentation College in Aberdeen and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1992. They divorced in 1994.

Carol LOVED nursing! She started her career at the Ipswich and Faulkton Hospitals and then in Sioux Falls. She joined a travelling nursing organization that took her to many communities. Tulsa, OK, and Tucumcari, NM. She took a position for a time with Centura Health in Holy Oak, CO, in 1998.

She returned to live in Ipswich and work in Aberdeen before moving to Sioux Falls. She began her lengthy career with the South Dakota Department of Corrections in 2002, and worked at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls until the time of her death.

Carol LOVED to learn. In March 2006, Carol attended the PSI Basic Seminar in Denver, CO. She went on to attend the Advanced Leadership Course (PSI 7 Class 443) in October of 2006 at High Valley Ranch in California and returned to the High Valley Ranch to participate in the Women’s Leadership Seminar C-95 in June 2007. She met many new friends. Carol also traveled to Denver to attend a Women of Faith Conference.

Carol LOVED her family and friends. She could always make people laugh! She met her significant other, Todd Mitzel in 2010, and he was the love of her life! Carol’s grandchildren: Ashtyn, Ella, Deacon, Zeke, and Brayden were her pride and joy. She enjoyed spoiling them and showering them with love.

Carol enjoyed working out at Pharrell’s and working with her Mary Kay associates. She was a member of the Quarry Rock Church in Dell Rapids, SD.

Carol was joined in heaven with her parents Emil J. and Ruth L. Simon, paternal grandparents Charles J. and Anna (Hamak) Simon and maternal grandparents Albert C. and Emma (Heil) Wegner, brother David Allen Simon and brother Richard Dean Simon, and her grandson Brayden.

Carol is survived by her three children Aleesha (DJ) DeKnikker, Salem, SD, Cassandra Otto, Sioux Falls, SD, and Heath Otto; four beloved grandchildren, Ashtyn, Ella, Deacon, and Zeke; eleven brothers and sisters, Mary (Ryc) Casati, Minneapolis, MN, Edward (Sue) Simon, Great Falls, MT, Jeanie (George) Zenanko, Maple Plain, MN, Roger (Julie) Simon, Congress, AZ, Deborah Simon, Phoenix, AZ, Shirley (John) Miller, Sun City West, AZ, Tony (Cindy) Simon, Ipswich, SD, Charlene (Arnie) Malsom, Thornton, CO, Tim (Jeanne) Simon, Black Hawk, SD, Denise (Chris) Chiavuzzi, Punta Gorda, FL, Ruth (Michael) Gibbons, Boise, ID; Wegner Aunts and Uncles; and many nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family can be accepted online at this You Caring link.

Visitation with the family present will be from 3 to 5 pm with a prayer service beginning at 4:30 pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Quarry Rock Church, 47381 246th Street, Dell Rapids, SD. Interment will be at 1 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Ipswich, SD.  On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Barbara (Wolf) Scholten

barbara-wolf-scholtenBarbara Jean Scholten, age 83, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2016.

Barbara was born on Sept. 15, 1933, in Ramona to Martin and Lillian Wolf. She graduated from St. Agatha High School in Howard in 1951 and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Mitchell in 1954. She married Darrell Scholten in 1956 and lived in New Jersey until 1977. She moved with her family to San Diego, Calif., where she continued her nursing career. She moved to Denver in 1989 to be with her children and grandchildren.

She spent her entire working career caring for the sick and elderly. She loved to dance and was an accomplished artist.

Survivors include her four children, William Scholten, Vikki Rieves, Patricia Fritts and Sandra Alson, all of Denver; seven siblings, Mary Poncelet and Leo (Delda) Wolf of Sioux Falls, Ron (Donna) Wolf of Dell Rapids, Tom (Grace) Wolf of Madison, Gary (Bonnie) Wolf of Howard, Lefty (Darlene) Wolf and Shirleen Berkelo of Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203

Robert Schoepp

robert-schoeppRobert K. Schoepp, age 87, Watertown, died peacefully in the Jenkins Living Center at Watertown, after a brief illness. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Burial with full military honors will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watertown. On-line condolences may be left at the Furness Funeral Home website.

He was born Robert Keith Schoepp on September 16, 1929 in Henry, the son of Charles and Catherine “Nellie” (Redmond) Schoepp. Keith or Bob as he became known to many, attended school in Henry, graduating from Henry High School. He then attended and graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen. Following high school, Bob served his country honorably from 1951 until 1955 in the United States Navy. After his discharge, he returned to the Henry/Watertown area.

On August 24, 1957 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Tessier at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Following their marriage, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company in Omaha, NE, Lincoln, NE and then in Huron, SD. In 1974, he purchased an oil jobbership in Redfield, which he operated for several years. In 1988, he retired and the couple moved to Watertown.

Bob was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Watertown. Faith was a very important part of his daily life, spending many hours reading scripture, praying the rosary, volunteering for church activities and practicing a faith-filled life. In the communities he lived in over the years, he had been involved as a Scout leader, the South Dakota Oilmen’s Assn., a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion and was a member of the VFW. He also enjoyed traveling.

Some of the activities he enjoyed in his free time were woodworking, fishing and hunting, being a regular daily patron at the library and socializing with his coffee buddies. He always enjoyed a challenge, whether it was playing cards, Sudoku or cribbage with his children and grandchildren.  

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Donald (Marguerite) and sister-in-law, Lois Schoepp.

Grateful for being a part of his life was his wife Dorothy of Watertown, children, Tim (Sharon) Schoepp of Dell Rapids, Scott (Melanie) Schoepp of Ellsworth, WI and Lori (Dennis) Klinkhammer of Albany, MN, 6 grandchildren, Brittany (Jon) Schoepp-Wong, Tanner and Trapper Schoepp, Nick and Courtney Klinkhammer, and Jared Schoepp. He also leaves brothers, Calvin “Bud” Schoepp of Henry and Herbert “Herb” Schoepp of Clark. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Donald (Marguerite) and sister-in-law, Lois Schoepp.

Jonathan (Jon) Puttmann

jon-puttmannJonathan E Puttmann, 39, of Dell Rapids passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Burial will be in Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the church. On-line condolences may be left at the Minnehaha Funeral Home website.

Jon enjoyed life. His dedication to his children, family and friends was of utmost importance without question. He had a special compassion, patience and total commitment to his children. He gave all to them and was guiding them down God’s pathway.

Jon was born in Sioux City, Iowa on June 24, 1977 to Stephen and Dianna ( Bottjen) Puttmann. At the age of 2 ½ the family moved to a farm near Estelline, SD followed by a move at the age of 9 to the Dell Rapids area where he attended Dell Rapids Public School through high school graduation. He attended STI for a year studying horticulture.

Jon married Jaime Bunkers in December of 2006, making their home in Dell Rapids. They had two children, Addison and Harrison with the joy of having a step-daughter, Lani Bunkers.

Jon and his children attended church faithfully where he was active as a Sunday school teacher. He loved our Lord. He also enjoyed singing, being with friends and family and telling stories of his missteps, successes and life in general.

Along with his children, Lani, Addison and Harrison, surviving family members include his parents, Stephen and Dianna Puttmann of Dell Rapids; brother, Brandon (Kathleen) Puttmann of Colton, SD and their children, KaSandra, Kimberly and Braedon; grandmother, Marlyss Bottjen of Kingsley, IA and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Bottjen and Earl and Betty Puttmann.