John Devlin

John DevlinJohn Benjamin Devlin, 89, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, SD. John Benjamin Devlin, son of John Francis Devlin and Mary (Tobin) Devlin, was born April 29, 1928 in Sioux Falls, SD. John was a lifelong resident of Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral High School. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Tim (Lynn), John (Mary), Dan (Jill), all of Sioux Falls, Mary Zakrzewski of O’Neill, NE, and Vince (Julie) of Dell Rapids; 12 grandchildren, Bridget, John, Beau, Ben, Dustin, Stacy, Sara, Jean, Paula, Jeff, Michelle, and Rachel; 16 great grandchildren, Bryn, Erin, Caelan, Cullen, Michael, Andrew, Ethan, Jymira, Quinton, Paxton, James, Claire, Oliver, Jack, Luke and Conor, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; three sisters, Mary, Jeanine, and Anne; great grandchildren, Boston and Jeff; and a son-in-law, Dave Zakrzewski.

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Milo Holt

Milo HoltMilo Henry Holt, 92, a long-time Jacksonville, FL resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 7 following several months of declining health. He will be buried in the family plot in rural South Dakota. On-line condolences may be left at the Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel website.

Milo was born in rural Dell Rapids, SD, in 1924 to Henry G. Holt and Gertie M. (Monger) Holt, the youngest of four children. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School and farmed in the area until he retired in 1980. He then relocated to Jacksonville because of family in the area and became a financial advisor for the American Classic Securities until 2008 when he once again retired.

Milo had been an active member of Toastmasters International, Sons of Norway Gateway to Florida Lodge 3-541 and Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church. He served meals on wheels and was a Sunday school teacher. He was very proud of his Lutheran faith and his Norwegian ancestry since his Mother was born in Norway.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters. Surviving family include varied nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Youth Ministry, 7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Sons of Norway, 4013 Moresburg Court, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

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Shirley Snoozy

snoozy picShirley Snoozy, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with Rev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Casketbearers were Shirley’s grandchildren. Visitation was on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at noon with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home.

Shirley Viola Nielsen was born on May 25, 1927 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Chris and Ana (Anderson) Nielsen. She grew up on two farms near Dell Rapids and one near Baltic. She attended Noyes Country School and graduated from Baltic High School in 1945. After high school she moved to Sioux Falls and attended Nettleton College. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Sioux Falls Gas Company. She married Ed Snoozy on May 23, 1948 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. After their marriage, the couple rented a farm seven miles west of Dell Rapids. In 1950, they bought a farm across the road and moved there in 1951. In 1966, Ed invented a tractor hitch and it was patented. For twenty-five years, Ed and Shirley sold tractor hitches at fairs and at their home. In 1973, they became a Dixon mower dealer. They continued to sell and repair mowers for many years. After Ed’s death in 1984, Shirley continued to sell and repair mowers. Since 1986, Shirley has spent winters with her daughters. She continued to live on the home place, garden, run the mower business and help her son with farming chores until her health declined. She became a resident of Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in July of 2017.

She is survived by her son, Gerald of Dell Rapids; her daughters, Beverly (Dennis) Dekam of Pipestone, MN, Sylvia (Hank) Vogt of Ruthton, MN, Darlene (David) Sparks of Laguna Woods, CA and Karen (Al) Lange of Pipestone, MN; her 17 grandchildren and her 21 great-grandchildren; her brother, Norman (Vera) Nielsen of Renner and her many extended family and friends.

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Mary (Hermanson) Odlund

Mary OdlundMary Margaret (Hermanson) Odland was born on April 13, 1926 to John and Alice (Paulson) Hermanson in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. She was baptized on June 27, 1926 and confirmed her faith on June 18, 1939 at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church. She spent her childhood years in Dell Rapids and graduated from Dell Rapids High School with the class of 1943. She then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she graduated in May of 1947 with a B.A. Degree in Sociology.

On August 1, 1948, Mary was united in marriage with her childhood sweetheart, Donald Mark Odland, at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church, with Don’s father officiating at the ceremony. The couple then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Don attended medical school for four years at Marquette University. They then moved to Minneapolis for Don to complete a two year residency. In 1954, the couple moved to Luverne, Minnesota, where they settled into small town life. Don worked hard building his medical practice and Mary worked hard caring for the needs of their family. She was a stay-at-home mother for their five children and loved it!

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 while surrounded by her family at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Mary went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 years, five months and one day. On-line condolences may be left at the Hartquist Funeral Home website.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her children, Mark (Pat) Odland of Alexandria, MN, David (Sharon) Odland of Alexandria, MN, Debra Odland of Woodbury, MN, Paul Odland of Alexandria, MN, and Steve Odland of Luverne; 10 grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, Tony, Kristoffer, Laura, Eric, Ryan, Will, Wade and Wyatt; 13 great-grandchildren (with a 14th and 15th expected), Brooke, Oliver, Charlotte, Maggie, Belle, Evie, Henry, Barron, Mason, Ella, Blake, Alba Joy, Alexis, and other family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; and her brother, Dr. John Hermanson.

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Mary Dressen

Dressen, Mary obit photoMary Catherine Dressen, 84, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.

Memorial visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th, at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Private interment will be at a later date.

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Sharon Koens

Koens, Sharon-Obit Photo 3Sharon Kay Koens, age 82, of Garretson, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Avera Dells Area Hospital in Dell Rapids. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson.

Sharon was born on December 13, 1934, in Lake Wilson, Minnesota, to Dr. Everil Dwain and Mildred Lorrain (Rhodes) Merkley. She attended grade school in Jasper, Minnesota, and high school in Mexico City, Mexico, and Mankato, Minnesota, graduating from Mankato High School. She completed nurses training at the Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. On July 30, 1955, she married Frank Koens Jr. at Highland Lutheran Church north of Sherman. Sharon was a nurse at a doctor’s office in Garretson, and at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. She later worked as a legal secretary at the Theodosen Law Office in Garretson, and for the WIC Program in Sioux Falls. She was also a finance officer for the City of Garretson from 1968-1976.

Sharon was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson, Zion Lutheran Church Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as President in 1963. She also served for 9 years on the board of the Palisade Manor Nursing Home.

A beautifully intelligent woman and voracious reader, Sharon would spend hours a day reading and solving crossword puzzles. She was very disciplined, organized, and service orientated. She was a loyal friend to those fortunate enough to have her in their lives. She enjoyed plants and flowers, taking great care in tending to them. A devoted family woman, Sharon took tremendous joy in visiting her children. She was a constant supporter of her grandchildren, attending numerous recitals and sporting events. She hosted many family meals over the years and was loving and generous. Her husband Frank was her constant companion.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Koens Jr., Garretson; children: Catherine Sena (Charlie) Frager, Dell Rapids, David Dwain Koens, Yankton, Roger Alan (Debra) Koens, Dell Rapids, and Mary Kay (Robert) Vavala, Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren: Cindy (David) Porter, Alyssa Koens, Erin (Michael) Rinehart, Nathan Koens, Dominic Vavala, Adrian Vavala; great-grandchildren, Emily Porter and the anticipated arrival of Baby Rinehart; sisters: Nancy Rangel, Mexico D.F., and Barbara Edmundson, Garretson; and a brother, Randy (Laurie) Megard, Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Everil Merkley and Mildred Merkley Megard, and her step-father, Ben Megard.

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Rosemary Hauglid

hauglid picRosemary Hauglid, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. John Lantsberger as the celebrant. Casketbearers are Tom Hauglid, Josh Hauglid, Wade Hauglid, Brett Hauglid, Michael Hauglid, Brady Hauglid, Dan Hauglid and Brian Cordell. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The family will be present at 5:00 p.m. with Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemary Eulberg was born on June 3, 1925, the daughter of Matt and Elizabeth (Majeres) Eulberg. Rosemary graduated from high school with her future husband, Norman Hauglid in 1943. Three years later on September 19, 1946 they were married.  Their first home was on a farm 2 miles north of Dell Rapids. In 1957 they moved to the home Rosemary’s father built 7 miles NW of Dell Rapids where they raised their 7 children.  In 1984 they built a new home 7 miles south of Colman, SD and lived there until they moved to Orchard Hills Retirement Center in 2013.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish and Altar Society and a past St. Mary School Board member. She and Norman enjoyed winters in AZ for twenty-five years. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling and dune bugging in AZ with friends.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Mel and Jerry Eulberg, her sister, Doris Mousel, her son, Steve and three infant grandchildren, Jennifer, Jesse and Jordon.

She is survived by her husband, Norman of Dell Rapids; her children, Greg (Jo) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, Alice Cordell of Atlanta, GA, Don (Mary Ann) Hauglid of Tulsa, OK, Nancy Hauglid of Sioux Falls, Larry (Tena) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, John (Beck) Hauglid of Colman and Mark (Joni) Hauglid of Colman; her 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Roger Eulberg of Salt Lake City, UT and her many friends and extended family.


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C. Joan Hilts

JoanHiltsC. Joan Hilts, 76, of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th, Omaha, NE 68154. Visitation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Roeder Mortuary 108th Chapel, 2727 N. 108, Omaha, NE 68164.

Carol Joan Lewis was born on February 25, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Charles A. and Meredith M.(Anderson) Lewis.  She was the first of four children with siblings, Kay and Kenneth (twins) and brother, Robert (Bob) Lewis. She was raised in Sioux City, married to Terry Hilts and raised her family there. In 1983, she moved to Omaha, NE, and worked for thirty-two years at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Health System, and at Nebraska Methodist College. She retired in February of 2014, but went back to the college to work on occasion and as needed, until the summer of 2015.

Joan has been a devoted member of Christ Community Church since September of 2001, and made a conscious decision to profess her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and asked for forgiveness of sin by being re-baptized on September 28, 2003. She has loved praising our Lord as a member of the Christ Community Church choir. She was a former member of the Omaha Chapter of Sweet Adelines, currently, Acappella Omaha,and she has also participated in the Omaha Music Circle. Traveling has also been a joy. She especially loved Siesta Key Beach, FL, and the Gulf Coast of Florida, where she vacationed many times with family and friends. She has enjoyed scrapbooking photos and other memories for family and friends, and researching her family genealogy. On one very special trip,  she joined her cousin, Tom Bloxham and his wife, Betsy, along with her brother, Ken, his wife, Pam Lewis, as they traveled to Denmark to see where their great-grandfather and great-grandmother Anderson were born and lived before they came to the United States in the 1800s. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob.

Joan is survived by her loving family, her son, Mark (Teresa) Hilts of Sioux City, IA; her daughters, Diane (Richard) Nyalka of Rotonda West, FL; and Susan (Mike) Kahler of Dell Rapids, SD; her grandchildren, Matt (Britni) Hilts; Eric (Jen) Hilts; Allison (Vince)  Mathis; Jared (Ashley) Brown; Amanda Kahler; Nic Kahler; step-grandchildren, Dan (Nichole) Nyalka; and Renee (Brian) McVey; great-grandchildren, Philip Hilts; Madison Hilts; Ethan Hilts; Aiden Mathis; Simon Hilts; Samuel Hilts; Morgan Nyalka; Jocelyn McVey; Grady Nyalka; Aria Mathis; Jayce Brown; and Colin McVey; her sister, Kay Tabscott of St. Louis, MO; her brother, Ken (Pam) Lewis of Cedar Rapids, IA; and her many special cousins, nieces and nephews and extended special friends and Sisters and Brothers in Christ.

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Douglas John Sittig

Sittig, Doug new obit photoDouglas John Sittig passed away on September 11, 2017, after a 10 year battle with colon cancer.

Memorial services will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, September 15, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Doug was born November 12, 1954, to Wesley and Evelyn (Odde) Sittig in Dell Rapids, SD. Doug began his education in a country school and at the age of seven attended school in Dell Rapids where he was an all-around athlete participating in football, basketball and track. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1973. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army, serving his time in Germany. Doug was employed for over 31 years at Sanford Hospital as a power plant operator.

Doug enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. He built and customized several motorcycles. In 1995 Doug met Deb (Spielmann) Bossman and for over 22 years they built a life together. They enjoyed many trips to the Sturgis Rally meeting up with their Sturgis Family. Doug and Deb were married on January 20, 2017. Doug also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always liked to go where there weren’t any game wardens! Trips to hunt deer, duck and pheasant were always good times with good friends. During the last years, Doug really enjoyed his fishing trips with his brother, Steve and several friends. Doug was rumored to be the best bobber fisherman ever—a rumor he probably started!

Doug is survived by his wife, Deb; brother, Steve, Sioux Falls, mother-in-law, Lorna Spielmann, Hartford; brother and sister-in-laws, Gregg and Marsha Schneider, Sioux Falls, Darrell and Carolyn Spielmann, Hartford; aunt, Helen Stansell, Dell Rapids and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; lifelong friend, Kevin Park, Dell Rapids and his Sturgis Family.

Doug was preceded in death by his infant sister, Nyla; parents, Wesley and Evelyn; grandparents, John and Minnie Odde, Ed and Naomi Sittig; father-in-law, Delbert Spielmann; several aunts, uncles and cousin.

During Doug’s battle with cancer, he and Deb were supported by their family, friends, neighbors, power plant crew and co-workers. Deb and Doug would like you to know how much it was appreciated and to thank you for the prayers, care and sacrifices.

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Vernon H. Bokker

bokker picVernon H. Bokker, 95, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Vernon Bokker was born to Will Bokker and Tillie (Haak) Bokker in Dell Rapids, South Dakota on March 27, 1922.  Vernon was a lifelong farmer, working and participating in farm work nearly his entire life.  Even his hobbies connected to his farm life, as he loved to collect toy tractors.  He was married to Elaine Carlson Bokker on December 1, 1945, and together they were blessed with three children, Ray, Roberta, and Sharon.

Vernon had three great loves in his life: his wife of 71 years, Elaine; his family; and farming.  Vernon was happy to talk to anyone about these topics, and he was in fact known for his gift of telling stories and making friends everywhere he went.  His kind spirit and helpful nature shown through to everyone he met, and he is remembered fondly for his good will. Vernon also loved to have fun, and he and Elaine were often the life of the party.  They loved to host reunions and parties for friends, and they loved to dance as well.  In his later years Vernon often joked that he and Elaine were “wild ones.”  His humor and light spirit will be dearly missed.

Vernon is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Elaine Bokker; his son, Ray (Marlys) Bokker of Gregory, SD; his daughters, Roberta Geraets of Dell Rapids, SD and Sharon Chontos of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Delores Shiveley of Crane, MO; grandchildren, Paula, Troy, John, Sara, Cheyenne, Mark, and Jack; and five great grandchildren.  Vernon is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Calvin and Merle.

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the caring staff at Dow Rummel Village.

Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Building Fund or the Dow Rummel Capital Campaign Fund.

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