Agnes Tastad

Agnes TastadAgnes Tastad, of Rapid City and formerly of Plankinton, God’s good and faithful servant, went home to be with her Lord on December 11, 2014 at the age of 92. Her final days were spent at the Hospice House of the Black Hills.

Agnes was born on November 15, 1922 on her family’s farm near Corsica, SD. Her parents were William G. and Otillia (Wreczorek) Gerlach. She was raised in a Christian home and maintained a lifelong walk with Christ. She shared her home with three brothers and two sisters and she remained on the farm in Corsica until young adulthood.

On November 12, 1941 Agnes was joined in marriage to her beloved husband Wayne Tastad. Shortly after their marriage, Wayne was drafted into the Air Force and served his country during WWII. Upon being discharged from the service, Agnes and Wayne moved to a farm near Storla, SD and remained there for 30 years. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters. Agnes worked side by side with her husband on the farm, was a devoted mother, and was actively involved in her church and community. She also maintained a part time job at the Storla Store.

In 1972, Agnes and Wayne purchased the I-90 Motel and relocated to Plankinton, SD. They operated the business for 19 years. The couple remained in Plankinton upon retirement. During Agnes’ retirement years, she continued to be active and involved. She volunteered at Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD and at the Plankinton School. Agnes also enjoyed lending a helping hand at her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, and spending time with friends at the Senior Center. Agnes moved to Rapid City, SD in 2007 and remained there until her death. She became an Honorary Member of Zion Lutheran Church of Rapid City and was blessed to be involved in the Bible Study group and the quilting group. She made her home at Somerset Court, an assisted-living facility in Rapid City and enjoyed the friendship of both residents and staff.

Agnes is survived by her daughters, Carol Rost (Lowell) of Deadwood, SD; Barbara Schetnan (Doug) of Northfield, MN; and Shirley Andrews (Russell) of Rapid City, SD and by seven grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Wilma Bogenhagen (Ray) of Dell Rapids, SD. Preceding her in death are her husband, parents, four brothers, (infant brother, Lawrence, Leonard, and Ludwig Gerlach) and a sister, Gladys Jorgensen (Delbert). Agnes will be remembered for being a woman who loved and served her Lord. Her favorite saying was, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”

Agnes will be commended into the arms of Christ in a memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church of Rapid City on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 AM. There will be a memorial service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plankinton at a later date in January. Memorials may be sent to Shirley Andrews, 2601 Merlot Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701. Family and friends may sign Agnes guestbook at

Donna Seiler

Donna Jean Seiler, age 85, of Marshall, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Memorial services are Thursday, December 18, 2014, 1:00 PM, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. Private family interment will be in the Marshall City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from Noon – 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Donna Jean Burckhardt was born on June 12, 1929, in Watertown, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Joe and Edna (Ristow) Burckhardt. She moved to Russell at an early age to help her mother care for her grandmother, Emilia. Donna graduated from the Russell High School, class of 1947. She went on to further her education at the Minneapolis Business School and then after raising her children attended the Pipestone Vo-Tec to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

On May 26, 1951, Donna was united in marriage to Alvin Carl Seiler in Marshall. The couple made their home Camp Rucker in Alabama while Alvin was stationed there during the Korean Conflict. When Alvin was discharged, the couple settled on a farm near Arco and then in 1959 moved to a farm near Russell. Then in 1995, after retiring from farming they moved to Marshall. In 2013 Donna moved to Morningside Heights were she enjoyed the company and care of the staff. In addition to being a homemaker and farmer’s wife, Donna was a loving mother to four children: Colleen, Leland, Lorna, and Connie. After retiring, Donna worked as a home health aide and served in Hospice care programs.

Donna was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Russell and Albright United Methodist Church in Marshall. She was an active member of the Rachel’s circle in Russell and enjoyed Bible study at Morningside Heights. Her other enjoyments in life included music, playing the piano, bingo, sewing and crafting. Donna enjoyed interacting and helping with others in need.

Donna died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 2 days. Donna is survived by her children, Colleen Wohlman of Sioux Falls, SD, Leland Seiler of Tyler, MN, Lorna Seiler of Oakdale, MN, Connie Seiler of Burnsville, MN; 3 grandchildren, Rebecca Fritz and her husband, Patrick, of Dell Rapids, SD, Bobbie Hager and her husband, Daniel, of Medford, MN, Bradley Wohlman of Sioux Falls, SD; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Monna Buesing of Russell; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Donna is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Seiler; parents, Joe and Edna Burckhardt; nephew, Paul Buesing; brother-in-law, Arnold Buesing, sister-in-law and brother-in law Helen and Marvin Maronde.

Eugene Crosby

Eugene Crosby, 68, Madison, died on Dec. 13, 2014, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Inurnment will be held at a later date. To send a message of sympathy, visit

Eugene Crosby was born on Aug. 10, 1946, at Madison to Galen and Eunice (Mehlum) Crosby. He grew up in Madison, where he graduated from Madison High School and attended General Beadle State College. He married Ruth Geraets on Nov. 7, 1970, at Sioux Falls. He worked for the city of Madison in the Electric Department for 35 years, retiring in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Madison; a son, Cam (Shelli) of Dell Rapids; a daughter, Carrie (Tony) Callies of Madison; six grandchildren; his father, Galen of Madison; and two sisters, Karen (Ken) Becker and Patricia (Jerry) Kreul, both of Madison.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Cheryl.

Leonard Kohlmeyer

Leonard KohlmeyerLeonard Fredrick Kohlmeyer, age 85, of Huron, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron, with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Huron, and Military Honors by the Huron Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at Welter Funeral Home with a prayer service to begin at 6:30 p.m.; or one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Condolences may be left at

Leonard Fredrick Kohlmeyer, the son of Carl and Elsie (Whitthoeft) Kohlmeyer, was born on July 17, 1929, on the family farm near Wolsey, SD. Leonard met the love of his life, Beverly Schmaal one Sunday after church at her parent’s gas station. Beverly later moved to Salem, Ore. The couple was married on Sept. 1, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salem. Beverly joined her new husband, as they started their life together in Huron. The couple has lived in Huron ever since. To their happy home, they added five children: Leonard Jr., Douglas, Cheryl, Marcel, and Karla. They were saddened by the death of their daughter, Karla on Feb. 22, 1993.

Most blessed and grateful for sharing Leonard’s life are his wife Beverly of Huron; son Leonard Jr. (Addy) Kohlmeyer and stepgrandchildren: Joe Bartelle, Andy Bartelle of Tuscon, Ariz., and Jennifer (Steve) Lujan their children, Julio, Athena, and Stasia of LA. Son, Douglas (Jean) Kohlmeyer of Green Bay, Wis., and their children: Kelsie, Kaleb, and Riley and stepgrandchildren Summer (RJ) Tilleman, and stepgreat-grandchildren: Aryan, Peyton, and Toby, step-grandchild Samara (Andy) Frelick and stepgreat-grandchildren: Harley, Lily and Charlotte all of Green Bay, Wis. His daughter Cheryl (Rich) Schriever of Dell Rapids, SD and grandchildren: Cody Breck and Karla Breck of Sioux Falls, and Emily Breck of Dell Repids. His son, the Rev. Marcel (Deborah) Kohlmeyer of Orchard, Neb., and grandchildren: Gabrielle, Madalyn, and Andrew. Leonard’s brothers: Nathaniel (Corinne) Kohlmeyer of Huron, and Max (Phyllis) Kohlmeyer of Wolsey; sister Amanda Noack of Huron; brother-in-law, Donald Schmaal, LaPine, Ore.; two sisters-in-law: Phyllis Kohlmeyer, Huron, and Marlys McPherson, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karla; infant brother, Marcel; brother Marcus; sister, Doris; daughter-in-law, Bee Kohlmeyer; mother and father-in-law, Art and Elda Schmaal; brothers-in-law: Arnold Noack and Larry Schmaal; and sister-in-law, Susan Schmaal.

Stephen Van Dam

Stephen Van DamStephen Van Dam, 65, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Salem, SD. Stephen will be buried in a private ceremony on December 22, 2014. A celebration of Stephen’s life will take place on December 22, at 11:00 a.m. at The American Legion in Dell Rapids, SD.  Stephen Henry Van Dam Sr. born February 27th 1949 in Flandreau, SD passed away peacefully December 13th 2014 at Salem, South Dakota. To leave condolences please visit

Stephen was a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. He served his country proudly in the Army from November 6th 1968 to October 20th 1970. Stephen fought in the Vietnam War from November 13th 1969 to October 19th 1970. On October 20th 1970 he was honorably discharged.

 Stephen enjoyed being a member of the local shooting club, hunting, fishing, cooking & being an EMT. He loved taking his beloved dog “soup bone” for rides on his scooter.

Stephen is survived by his son Stephen Jr. and daughter-in-law Desi Van Dam of Black Hawk, SD; his daughter Amy and son-in-law Matt Oppedhal of Helena, MT; daughter Lindsay Van Dam of Gilbert, Arizona; and son Brandon and daughter-in-law Cassandra Van Dam of Mesa, Arizona. Sisters: Bobbie (Dick) Christensen, Jeanette (Gene) Arnold, Kathy (Jerry) Benning, Laurie (Bill) Arbes, Shelly Buhr, Kristi (Dean) Madison, Monica (Dale) VanDeWiele , Marilyn (Rick) Williams, Marsha (David) Schlueter, Diane Van Dam (Willis), Tracy Van Dam (John). Brothers: Doug (Nerda) Van Dam & Robert Jr (Kristine) Van Dam. Four Grandsons and four Granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Sr. & Goldie Van Dam, brother Rodney & sister Valerie.

Steven Van Dam

Steven Van Dam, 65, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Salem, SD. A private family serivce will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids.

Richard Mengenhauser

Richard MengenhauserRichard E. Mengenhauser, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Richard was born on April 15, 1941 to Edward and Florence (Schroeder) Mengenhauser in Sioux Falls, SD. The family moved from Mitchell, SD to rural Moody County where he received his education at Bell School and graduated from Egan High School in 1959. Richard joined the National Guard Battery, 2nd Battalion, 147th Artillery and his unit was called up during the Berlin Crises. He married LaVonne Krogmann in September of 1964 in Flandreau, SD. Richard worked for Ahlers, Dale’s Firestone, Dale’s Alignment, Julson Motors and Ramsdell F & M. Richard married Becky Litka on December 3, 1992 in Flandreau. After retiring he worked for several area farmers. Richard was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, enjoyed restoring his tractor, NASCAR and his grandkids.

Richard is survived by his wife Becky, children, Stephen (Peggy Johnson), Mengenhauser, Brookings, Paula (Willie Turner) Mengenhauser, Sioux Falls, Seth (Katie Gagnon) Litka, Dell Rapids, four grandkids, Kaitlin, Kaden, Brennan, Finleigh, his mother Florence, Flandreau, brother Roger (Glenda) Mengenhauser, Boerne, TX, two sisters Jean (Jerry) Berger, Cedar Rapids, IA, Jayne (Kim) Verhey, Madison, sister-in-law Elena Mengenhauser, Madison and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his father and brother Garland.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Egan. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. scripture service at Skroch Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left at

Russell Dring

Russell DringRussell G. Dring, 76, of Redfield died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Redfield. Father Christopher Hughes will celebrate the mass.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield. Condolences may be left at

Russell was born July 30, 1938, in Minneapolis, Minn. to Carroll and Frances (Brula) Dring. The family moved to Rockham when Russ was 5 years old. Russ attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Zell and graduated from Redfield High School in 1956. He worked for the railroad for a few years.  On Aug. 29, 1959, Russ married Marion Newman in Zell. He worked for NWPS as a lineman for 39 years.

Russ enjoyed all sports and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in Kearney, Neb., participate in soccer, track and football. He was an avid trapper and fisherman and loved to hunt with Jeff, Jay and the Newmans at the Newman Farm. Russ fully enjoyed his retirement, planting a big garden, spending time with his buddies and the dog “Blue” at Redfield Body Shop.

Russ leaves wonderful memories to his wife of 55 years, Marion; his sons: Jeff (Lisa Knoff) Dring of Dell Rapids and Jay (Julie) Dring of Columbus, Neb.; his grandchildren: Kelli (Chad) Fleek, Rustin Dring and Lucas Knoff; his aunt Geraldine Dring; brothers-in-law: Milt (Devonna) Newman, Merlin (Judy) Newman, Maurice Newman, Marvin (Dorinne) Newman; his sisters-in-law: Marlis Freeburg and Melva Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

His son’s dogs, Bella, Harley and Ace will also miss Russ. He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Jim Freeburg; and aunts and uncles. Russ’s sense of humor and his love of jokes will be missed.


Jamie Fox

Jamie FoxWe were blessed to have Jamie Con join our family on January 8, 1987 in Lewisville, TX. This beautiful blonde, bundle of joy was the first of two children born to Judy and Juden Peterson. Early in their childhood, Jamie and her brother Joshua were adopted by Anthony (Tony) Fox as the four of them built a life together.

During Jamie’s youth, she lived in Sioux Falls, SD but she enjoyed trips to Grandma and Grandpa Opland’s farm almost every weekend. Jamie was such a Tomboy! She loved to wrestle with her cousins and enjoyed the great outdoors. Jamie loved sports playing softball and volleyball, soccer with two traveling teams, Dakota Gold and Great Plains, and loved playing basketball on her school team and for SFABA. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2005. Jamie grew to be an independent fun loving young lady. She had a passion for caring for animals especially dogs and would rescue any that came her way whether it be MinPin or Pit Bull, Chihuahua or English Bull Dog, she would take it in and shower it with love. Jamie met and made a life together with Joseph Sorum. They have a wonderful and much loved son, David. David was the JOY of her life and she always put his care and security first in her thoughts and actions. They loved spending time together as a family outside fishing, boating, or just hanging out.

Jamie brought smiles to a multitude of elderly people and coworkers as she cared for them as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in several nursing homes. She began that career at the age of 16 and continued on for the past 11 years. She always brightened days by sharing her smile, spark for life, caring spirit, and sense of humor with the residents. She also kept the staff on their toes because they never knew when she would pull a prank on them. Never lacking in ambition and drive, Jamie was also only two weeks away from completing her Marketing degree.

Blessed with sharing her life, laughter and love were her mother and father: Judy and Tony, brother: Joshua, significant other: Joseph, much loved son: David, and grandmother: Connie Opland. She will also be lovingly remembered by a multitude of others including aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

At the age of 27, in Pelican Rapids MN, Jamie ended her journey in this life and reached her forever home. She is surrounded by those that preceded her in their journey home, her cousins: Aaron and Heath Opland, beloved Grandpa Bennett Opland, and Grandma Helen Fox.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 3-6:00 PM Sunday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Ruth Zweifel

Ruth ZweifelFuneral services for Ruth Zweifel, 84, of Scotland, South Dakota passed away on Saturday, November 22 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland. Her funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Scotland. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery, Scotland. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at the Goglin Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. until a 7:30 p.m. prayer service there, family will be present from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Goglin Funeral Home of Scotland. Online condolences may be sent at

Ruth Alice Zweifel was born April 15, 1930 to William and Martha (Schneider) Retzer. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1948 and married Don Zweifel in Sioux City, Iowa on June 19, 1948. She worked at the Bon Homme County courthouse for a short time. Ruth and Don worked together in the trucking and corn shelling business. She did the accounting and drove a truck.

Ruth loved to dance to the music of the 40’s and 50’s. She was a competitive bowler on the Scotland Transfer team. Her talents included baking, sewing, and crocheting. She enjoyed playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. Ruth loved her family and always thought of others first.

She was a member of the Scotland United Methodist Church and served as the financial secretary.

Grateful for having shared her life are a daughter, Theresa (Terry) and her husband LaVerne (Joe) Hoff of Olivet; a son Greg and his wife Cindy (Cannon) Zweifel of Scotland; five grandchildren and their families: Troy and Teresa (Green) Hoff and their children Tiana and Tyler of Covington, Georgia; David and Kristin (Wynia) Hoff and their daughters Audrey and Madeline of Sioux Falls; Stacie (Zweifel) and Seth Peterson and their children Cohen and Vivien of Sioux Falls; Paul and Alyssa (Slykhuis) Zweifel and their children Parker, Aspen, and Raegan of Dell Rapids; and Jared and Jenny (Hamberger) Zweifel and their son Henry of Scotland; a sister Alvera Weinke of Yankton and a brother Ron Retzer of Santa Maria, California. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, and brother-in-law Robert Weinke.