Gene Larson

larsonG picEugene “Gene” Larson, 80, of Crooks, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and a prayer service will begin at 7: 00 p.m. all at Miller Funeral Home West Chapel in Sioux Falls, SD.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Volga Lutheran Cemetery, Volga, SD. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Eugene “Gene” Larson was born on October 20, 1936 at Sioux Falls, SD the son of George and Nellie (Olson) Larson. He grew up in Sioux Falls spending the summer months in Lake Preston. He attended school in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1955. He managed a grocery store in Sioux Falls until he went to work for John Morrell. He worked for John Morrell for 54 years until retiring at age 77. He married Dorothy Sigfried and to this union, three children were born. He later married Janice Witt on March 21, 1975 at Madison, SD. To this union one son was born. The couple made their home on Lake Brandt and then moved to Baltic.  They later bought an acreage near Humboldt before moving into their home in Crooks in 1987. He remained there until the time of his death.

Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed writing songs and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clifford and his wife, Janice.

He is survived by his sons, Jerry (Donna) of Valley Springs and Chad (Carolyn) of Slayton, MN; his daughters, Kathy (Roy) Keiser of Arlington and Nancy Peterson of Harrisburg; his 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; his sisters, Darlene (Robert) Kennedy of Beresford, Bonnie (Richard) Shogren of Sioux Falls and Delores (Gordon) Hansen of Sioux Falls and his many nieces and nephews.

Bill Boyda

Bill BoydaWilliam “Bill” Boyda, 77, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage. A graveside service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in St. Williams Cemetery, Ramona, SD. His Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. following the graveside at Kahler Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

William “Bill” Earl Boyda was born on April 19, 1940, the son of Nicholas and Rosalyn “Mary” (DeCurtins) Boyda. He grew up in Ramona, SD where he attended country school. He then started working for area farmers and eventually moved to Dell Rapids where he worked for the Dell Rapids Elevator. He married Donna Haugse on June 1, 1963 in the Baltic Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids. Bill started working for the Minnehaha County Highway Department in 1969 and retired in 1999. He and Donna moved to Sioux Falls in 2006.

Bill was a member of Active Generations. He enjoyed model cars and trucks.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, John, Jim and Bob and his three sisters, Mary Lois, Martha and Pat.

Bill is survived by his wife, Donna of Sioux Falls; his two sons, Brian (Cindi) Boyda of Breezy Point, MN and their daughter, Betsy and Darrel (Beverly) Boyda of Lonsdale, MN and their children, Collin and Emily; his brothers, Ronald (Diane) Boyda of Tyler, TX and Christopher (Rolien) of Phoenix, AZ and his many nieces and nephews.

Vince Bunkers

Vince BunkersVincent “Vince” C. Bunkers, 95, of Brookings, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017. His Memorial Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home with the wake beginning at 4:00 p.m. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Vincent “Vince” Bunkers was born on September 14, 1921 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Emil and Leona (Full) Bunkers. He grew up on the family farm near Dell Rapids and attended school at St. Mary School. He graduated in 1940. He enlisted in the US Navy and served in WWII until he was honorably discharged. He returned to Dell Rapids and attended South Dakota State. He married Phyllis Wheeler on June 14, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple made their home on the family farm. In 1959 they moved to Alexandria, MN where they owned and operated a summer resort on Lake Miltona. Vince and Phyllis moved back to Dell Rapids in 1966. He was the building inspector for Minnehaha County until his retirement. In retirement, Vince and Phyllis spent their summers at their lake home on Lake Miltona.

Vince was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and garden. He won a soil conservation award during his farming career for being the first farmer in South Dakota to contour farming. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Dell Rapids Sportsman Club and the Dell Rapids American Legion Post.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his four brothers, Harold, Melvin (Geneva), Otto and Yvo and his sister, Lois (George) Schwebach.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis of Brookings; his children, Sharon (Randy) Ostraat of Buckeye, AZ, Mary (Mike) Campbell of Brandon, Steve (Loreen) Bunkers of Brookings and Anne (Gary) Schwartz of Renner; his brother, Terry (Emily) Bunkers of Buckeye, AZ; his eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and his many friends and extended family.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Marjorie (Hodgson) Lemme

Marjorie LemmeMarjorie Alene Lemme, age 97, of Sioux Falls, SD died on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Alcester Care and Rehab Center in Alcester, SD.  On-line condolences may be left at the George Boom Funeral Home website.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at East Side Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM on Monday at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please direct any memorials to the East Side Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Marjorie Alene was born on December 7. 1919 in Wessington Springs, SD to Robert and Daisy (Gillette) Hodgson. Marjorie was raised and received her education in Wessington Springs graduating from Wessington Springs High School in 1936. Marjorie received her teaching degree at Dakota State and Augustana College.Marjorie moved with her family to Madison SD in 1937. She was united in marriage with Lester LeRoy Lemme on February 4, 1946 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Marjorie and Lester first lived in Madison where she taught country school until making their home in Sioux Falls, SD in 1960. Following 44 years of teaching Marjorie retired in 1982. Lester passed away on December 9, 2007.

Marjorie was a member of East Side Lutheran Church, Life Member of the South Dakota Teachers Association and the Sioux Falls Retired Teachers Association.

Marjorie enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, baking, gardening, reading and playing the card game UNO. Above all she loved spending time with her family and friends. Marjorie was a loving wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend who will be dearly missed.

Grateful for having shared her life are: two nieces, Corinne Severtson of Eden Prairie, MN and Julie Hodgson Hawkinson and her husband, Dan of Brookings, SD; nephew, Jim Hodgson of Dell Rapids, SD; many great nieces & nephews; sister-in-law, Donna Jorgensen of Sioux Falls, SD; many friends; and a host of Lester’s nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester; one sister, Hazel Cummings; and a brother, Harry Hodgson.

Yvo Bunkers

Yvo BunkersYvo A. Bunkers, 88, of Dell Rapids passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 surrounded by his family. His Memorial Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service will begin at 4:00 p.m.  On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website

Yvo Arthur Bunkers was born on December 11, 1928 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Emil and Leona (Full) Bunkers. He grew up on the family farm near Dell Rapids and attended St. Mary School. He graduated from St. Mary High School in 1947. After graduation he worked on the family farm until enlisting in the US Navy in 1951. Yvo married the love of his life, Stella Burkard, on January 14, 1952 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in November of 1954 and returned with Stella to take over the family farm. After five years of farming he worked for Schwebach Plumbing and Heating. In 1965 he went to work for L.G. Everist. He was the superintendent of the Brookings Quarry until his retirement in 1990. In retirement Yvo and Stella enjoyed spending their winters in Texas and their summers in Dell Rapids.

Yvo was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed his family, golfing, fishing, hunting, refurbishing furniture and woodworking.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, Harold, Melvin (Geneva) and Otto; his sister, Lois (George) Schwebach and his brothers-in-law, Ed (Helen) Burkard and Alfred (Arlene) Burkard.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Stella of Dell Rapids; his sons, Paul (Patty) Bunkers of Houston, TX and their children, Will, Meredith (Phillip) and Mattie; Tom (Vicki) Bunkers of Colton and their children Skye, her children (Cash and Katya) and Elise; Dave (Susi) Bunkers of Billings, MT; Greg (Susan) Bunkers of St. Louis, MO and their children, Johni and Luke; his daughter, Laura (Rick) Anderson of Dell Rapids; his brothers, Vincent (Phyllis) Bunkers of Brookings and Terry (Emily) Bunkers of Buckeye, AZ and his many friends and extended family.


Memorials may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Mary Schools, or the charity of your choice.

Delores (Schildhauer) Wood

Delores WoodDelores Wood departed from this earth to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 21, 2017. Her Memorial Service was held on July 26, 2017.  On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Delores Ann Schildhauer was born on March 1, 1955 at Dell Rapids, SD, the third child to Chris and Donna (Martinson) Schildhauer. She grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids graduating from Dell Rapids High School in 1973. She attended Barber School. She married David Wood in 1978 in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple moved to Texas for seventeen years where she worked for Farmers Insurance Group. In 1995 she moved back to South Dakota where she worked for CSD Relay from 1999-2013 and then for HOV until declining health forced her retirement. She was living in Trent at the time of her death.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in the Sunday Bible Study. She enjoyed reading, movies and tv series. She loved to work.

Delores is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her brother, Ron (Linda) Schildhauer of Renner; her sisters, Marie (Gus) Kruger of Dell Rapids, Linda (Mason) Neville of Colton, Marlene “Beck” (John) Hauglid of Colman and JoAnn “Etta” (Mike) Borns of Dell Rapids; her many nieces and nephews; David Wood of Trent and her favorite dog, Ella.

Virgil Fiegen

Virgil FiegenMass of Christian Burial for Virgil Fiegen will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Family will be present to greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the Christian Wake Service followed by a Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m.  On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Virgil Cornelius Fiegen was born on December 7, 1934 in Colman, South Dakota, the youngest child of John and Jennie Fiegen. Virgil’s family moved to the Devaney farm in 1936 and later to what is known as the Fiegen farm in 1945. As a teenager he was an active member of 4H/FFA and in March of 1950 won first place in a swine judging contest receiving a trophy and $50. Virgil joined the Army in January, 1954 and served in Korea. A few months later in March of 1954 during his two week leave, he asked Shirley Goodale to marry him.   Virgil was discharged from the military in October of 1955. While in the service his citations included: National Defense, Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Virgil returned home to Dell Rapids and on May 1, 1956 he married Shirley Goodale. Virgil and Shirley continued to live and farm in the Dell Rapids area until 1966. During that time they had four children, two boys and two girls. They moved to California in 1966 and they had their 5th child, a son. Virgil worked as an insurance agent for National Life Insurance. In 1986 after 20 years as an insurance agent in Los Angeles County he decided to change careers and went to work for the Los Alamitos School District as a custodian.   During his time in California he made frequent trips to South Dakota with his family to visit friends and relatives. He enjoyed his years in California, but always thought of his home as South Dakota. Virgil retired in 1997 and moved back to Dell Rapids. In May of this year he celebrated 61 years of marriage to the love of his live. They were together through thick and thin and never left each other’s sides.

Virgil was an active member of St Dominic Savio Catholic Church in Bellflower, California and St Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Virgil enjoyed many hobbies. He had a great love of fishing and camping which he shared with his children and grandchildren. He also loved pheasant hunting, playing cards, shuffleboard and visiting friends, but dancing with the love of his life brought joy to his heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 65 where he served on the firing squad, chaplain and legion commander. Through his whole life the thing that made him most proud was his family. He was a wonderful husband, great father and a caring grandfather. The little ones always brought a smile to his face.

During the last five years Virgil had many health struggles, but never complained. He spent a short time in the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls and Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls. On July 12, 2017 he suffered a severe head trauma. On July 18, 2017 he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed and was never alone.

Those lucky to have shared his life include his wife, Shirley; three sons, Jeffrey (fiancé Kathy) Dell Rapids, SD; Steven (Stacy) Brandon, SD; Scott (Teri), Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters; Kristi Cabral, Ontario, Ca, Lisa (Jerry) Rush, Dell Rapids, SD; His 12 grandchildren; Brian Compton, Kristin Compton, Jerrice Taplett, Jessalee Fiegen, Jeremiah Fiegen, Patrick Fiegen, Kirra Fiegen, Gerard Rush, Kylie Rush, Julia Rush, Todd Fiegen and Katherine Fiegen; 9 great grandchildren and his sister Dorothy Baumberger. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jennie; brother, Melvin; sisters; Joyce Richter and Helen Liester; brother’s-in –law Terry Baumberger, Earl Richter; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Fiegen.

Larry Holt

Larry HoltLarry G. Holt, 72, of Brandon, formerly of Jasper, MN, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Bethany Home in Brandon. His funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Messiah Lutheran Church, rural Flandreau. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the funeral service. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Larry Gene Holt was born on March 18, 1945 at Flandreau, SD, the son of Orvan and Darlene (Nelsen) Holt. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethania Lutheran Church in rural Flandreau. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1965. He served in the Army National Guard from 1965 until 1971. Larry farmed with his father until his father’s death in 1981. Larry then farmed his parent’s farm until 1993 when he decided to quit farming. He decided to change his career and he enrolled at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, SD to become a long distance truck driver. He was very proud to say he traveled three million miles through 49 states accident free with a total of 29 years on the road. Larry had a stroke four years ago, and he spent the last years in Bethany Meadows Nursing Home in Brandon, SD. Through all his health issues he was able to share his humor and he enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger Holt.

He is survived by his sister, Linda Kay (Ronald Sr.) Brochu of Forest Lake, MN; his brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Holt of Carson City, NV and Richard (Shari) Holt of Trent, SD; his nieces and nephews, Ron Brochu Jr, Michael Brochu, Sandra Brochu, Sydney Holt, Isaac Holt, Keith Holt, Brian Holt, and his many friends and extended family.

Dennis Hood

Dennis HoodDennis R. Hood, 75, Sioux Falls, formerly from Dell Rapids, passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House on July 9, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia. On-line condolences may be left at the Heritage Funeral Home website.

Dennis was born on 11/26/1941 to Dr. Thomas Robin and Philomene Hood in Lawrence, KS. He attended the University of Kansas and remained proud to be a ‘Jayhawk.’ He later joined the Air Force, serving as a Russian communications specialist. After his discharge he worked for the state of New York, transferring to South Dakota in 1971, where he served in the South Dakota State government. He later moved to the USGS’ EROS Data Center as a senior scientist. In his 30 years at the Center he was instrumental in helping scientists appreciate and apply technical information to real world issues. He retired in 2006.  

He was married to Margot Stephen in 1964. In 1986 he married Joy (Sward) Peterson, Dell Rapids. In his life he loved family, friends, sailing, projects, good food, and motorcycling. He is survived by his mother, Philomene Hood (Williamsburg Landing, VA), wife, Joy Hood (Sioux Falls, SD), daughters, Brittany (Gary) Schmidt (Renner, SD), Kari (Jeremy) Schmidt (Saline, MI), a son, Aaron (Dayna) Peterson (Howard Lake, MN), two brothers, Dana Hood (Whitehall, MD), Doug (Diana) Hood (Cockeysville, MD), and 7 grandchildren, Kelly, Maggie, Erin, Alex, Carter, Kate, Elly, several nieces and nephews and a host of great friends.  

A celebration of his life and our love of this good man will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to Avera McKennan foundation attention Dennis Hood Honorarium. Contributions will be used to support the Parkinson’s physical therapy program.

Avera McKennan
Avera McKennan Foundation
1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

John Den Boer

John Den BoerJohn A. Den Boer, 75, of Dell Rapids passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday, July 10, 2017. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Friday, July 14, 2017 at Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in Logan Reformed Church Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Prayer service at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. John was preceded in death by his wife, Eldine; parents and a brother-in-law, Loren Wiese. He is survived by his daughter, Barb (Terry) Kriens of Dell Rapids; daughter, Laura (John) Vortherms of Dell Rapids; son, Kevin (Helene) Den Boer of Hendersonville, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, Janilyn Klein, Macey Kriens, Derrick Vortherms, Kaitlyn Vortherms and Vega Den Boer; great-grandchildren, Terryn and Korbin Klein. He is also survived by brothers, Willis (Kathy) Den Boer, Darold (Joanne) Den Boer and Peter (Arlyce) Den Boer; sisters, Judy Wiese and Jean (Randy) Zomer and brothers and sisters-in-law Roger (Hilaine) Kempema and Norman (Deb) Kempema.