Scott Eichenauer

scott-eichenauerScott J. Eichenauer, 59, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016. A private family viewing will be at Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, SD., followed by cremation. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Billings, Montana. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Billings, next to his wife, who passed away on October 11, 2016.

Marlo Eugene Opland

marlo-oplandMarlo Eugene Opland was born in Dell Rapids,SD on October 24, 1928. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 19, 2016. He was 87 years old. Funeral service will be held 10:00 am Monday, October, 24, 2016 at St. John American Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Sunday, October 23, 2016 6:00-8:00pm at the church with a prayer service at 7:00pm. On-line condolences may be left at the Heritage Funeral Home website.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Neva of 56 years and by his 5 children and 14 grandchildren. Monica (Kurt) Konold, Emma (Jake) Tupa, Claire and Benjamin Konold; Marcia (Tim), Katie, Rachel and Austin Odland; Wade (Suzanne), Aden, Tage, and Avery Opland: Mark (Gina), Ella, Andrew, and Ava Opland; Craig, Olivia and Sam Opland. His children and grandchildren were very precious to him and they each had a special place in his heart.

He is also survived by his sister Norma Stenberg, brothers Raymond Orlin (Linda) Opland and Rollin Dale (Amy) Opland along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Pearl (Sundal) Opland.

Marlo lived on several farms while growing up in Colton, Flandreau, Dell Rapids, and Brookings, SD. He attended country schools Rosehill School, Shady Lawn, Williamson, and Bell School. After graduating from Eagan High School in 1948, Marlo helped his dad on the farm until joining the Air Force in 1951. Marlo served from 1951-1955 at Lockland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, Shephard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, KS, Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and ended his military career at Travis Air Force Base in California. During these years he was a B-29 specialist and worked on C-97 cargo planes.

After leaving the Air Force, Marlo worked as a hired hand for his uncle Alec Sundal. He then began his career in auto mechanics in Brookings, SD. He also bought a gravel truck and began a gravel hauling business for 2 years. Marlo then moved to Sioux Falls, SD to work on the construction of the spillway and the Atomic Plant. He returned to auto mechanics and worked at 4th and Main and Phillips 66 Stations, Locke Auto Electric and International Harvester Truck as an electrical diesel mechanic. After retirement, Marlo worked at Hy-Vee where he loved talking to any customers that brought their little children with them. He could always make them smile, and that brought him great joy.

Marlo was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed years of singing in the choir. Music, singing, and dancing were an important part of him and his family’s lives.   Marlo will be remembered for his ability to fix almost anything and his willingness to help his family and friends whenever they needed him. He was always ready with a joke and a laugh and even strangers felt like friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to St. John American Lutheran Church.

Florence (Klein) Van Vooren

florence-van-voorenFlorence Van Vooren, 101, of Dell Rapids passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Wake service at 7:00 PM Monday, October 17, 2016 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. On-line condolences may be left at the Minnehaha Funeral Home website.

Florence Klein was born June 9, 1915 to Will and Gabrielle (Fisher) Klein in Dell Rapids, SD. She married Clyde Van Vooren on February 14, 1939. They moved to a farm near Garretson and farmed there until Clyde’s death July 26, 1976. Florence moved to Dell Rapids in 1977. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Survivors include her son, Darryl Van Vooren, Sioux Falls and numerous nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; brothers, Joe Klein and Walter Klein and daughter-in-law, Ardis Van Vooren.

Cristine Eichenauer

cristine-eichCristine Adeline (Sayler) Eichenauer of Dell Rapids, SD, passed away peacefully at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the age of 66, after courageously battling cancer since 2012. A private family viewing will be at Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, SD., followed by cremation. A memorial service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church in Billings, Montana followed by her inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Billings, MT. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cristine’s life. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Cristine is survived by her husband Scott of Dell Rapids SD; daughter, Penny Baker of Dell Rapids SD; son, Keith (Shannon) Frickel of Piedmont SD; sister, Judith (Dennis) Redden of Hardin MT; four grandchildren, Ashleigh, Alyssa, Zachary, and Amber Baker; mother, Mildred Sayler of Dell Rapids and brother, Mack Sayler, Billings MT. Cristine is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews from California to New York. She is preceded in death by her father, James Sayler, brother-in-law, Larry Flinn, Sr, father-in-law, George Eichenauer and nephews, Larry Flinn and Peter Gamby.

Cristine was born on February 5th, 1950 in Billings, Montana to James and Mildred (Timmons) Sayler. Cris graduated from Billings West High School in 1968. She married Dennis Frickel and to that union was born a beautiful daughter, Penny and a handsome son, Keith. In 1987 Cristine married her husband Scott and they had 29 wonderful years of happiness. They complimented each other well and shared many special times over the years.

Cristine worked many jobs during her lifetime. She was employed in different positions at various restaurants, housekeeping at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, receiving clerk at a sporting goods store and a postal clerk for the USPS.

Cristine was a woman of deep solid faith and was grateful for every day the Lord gave her. Cris found immeasurable joy from helping her family, whether it was the making of Penny’s wedding dress, laying sod with Keith and Shannon, or creating family heirloom quilts. Cristine’s heart would burst with joy at the sounds or sight of the grandchildren. Some of Cristine’s fondest memories were time spent with Ashleigh, Alyssa, Zachary and Amber. She also always enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins play, reading, taking walks, crocheting and working on home improvement projects. Cristine had a wonderful green thumb and found great pleasure in gardening. She had very beautiful flower gardens and enjoyed watching the birds, squirrels and the occasional hummingbird make a visit to the sweet blooms and blossoms. She also had a special love for animals, especially dogs. When her beloved Dalmatians, Happy and Bingo, crossed the Rainbow Bridge they took a piece of her heart with them.

While Cristine’s passing has left us deeply saddened, we are comforted in knowing she is at home with our Lord and we all look forward to the day we are each reunited with her.

The family would like to thank the entire Avera Home Hospice staff in Flandreau, South Dakota as well the wonderful staff at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House for their unwavering care and support throughout this journey.

Any donations can be made to the Sioux Falls Humane Society of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in Cristine’s name.

Milton Eide


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30AM, Saturday, October 15th, at West Nidaros Lutheran Church, 25403 471st Ave, Crooks, SD. Visitation hours will be Friday, October 14th, from 5 to 7 PM, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home at 104 East 4th St., Dell Rapids SD.  On-line condolences may be left at the Minnehaha Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Willow Creek Lutheran Church, 24795 470th Street, Dell Rapids, SD 57022, note “Building Fund” in memo.

Milton Eide was born April 17th, 1930 in Lyons, SD to Ingvald and Pearl (Hanson) Eide, baptized at West Nidaros Lutheran Church in Crooks, SD and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD. After spending several years in Lyons, the family moved to Canton, SD where they lived for several years, followed by a short time living on an acreage in Fairview, SD, before finally settling on a farm northeast of Colton, SD. On March 7th, 1964 Milton married Maureen Smart of Sioux Falls and continued farming on the family farm in Colton until they retired in 2001. Milton and Maureen moved off the Colton farm in 2007 and settled in Dell Rapids, SD.

Milton held various positions on the Willow Creek Lutheran Church council, served as Sunday School Superintendent, sang in the choir and enjoyed spending time with his extend church family.

Milton was a kind, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. His patience and generosity was given to all those who stayed on the farm to “experience” country life. He loved sharing his passion and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a farmer. After graduating from high school in 1949 from the Augustana Academy in Canton, SD, he returned home to help on the farm until being drafted into the Korean War in 1951. The morning he was set to deploy for Korea, his orders were changed to hold a post in Austria where he would serve two years of active duty before returning home. Milton was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army in 1959 after serving six years in the reserves. Milton enrolled at SDSU after his active duty tour, and graduated with a BS in Agriculture with honors in 1957.

It was his love of learning and curiosity that kept him busy on the farm. Milton loved designing and building “things” that could aid in farming and he truly loved tending to the many animals on the farm. He was a great mechanic, could fix and maintain any piece of equipment to insure its longevity, and had a lifelong appetite for reading and learning. Milton was a man of few words but impacted so many by instilling into his entire family his work ethic, his spiritual life, and his ability to influence and bring out the good in people. Milton was well known for his dry sense of humor and wit; when his eyes twinkled, you knew he was about to share something interesting with you. Milton will be truly missed by many, but his legacy will live on with all who knew and met him.

Milton is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maureen; daughter Laurel Mader (Chris) Medina, OH; son Paul (Angie) Stratham, NH; grandchildren Cameron, Lauren, Samantha, Alyson; sister Eunice Hovland (Howard) Sioux Falls, SD; brothers Earl (Margie) Lake Arrowhead, CA, Joel (Dianne) Clarksdale, AZ; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Milton was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Allen.

Gerald Kock

gerald-kockGerald Harry Kock, 73, of Cowiche, died at Cottage in the Meadow with his family at his side, Wednesday, October 5, 2016. He had complications of Aplastic Anemia.  On-line condolences may be left at the Brookside Funeral Home.

Gerald was born June 10, 1943 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Harry William and Dena Fern (Nielsen) Kock. He graduated from Chester High School in 1961. He was Honorably Discharged after serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam Era. He married Jean Ann Eilertson on May 15, 1970 in Madison, SD. They moved to Washington and spent their married life in the Yakima Valley. Gerald was a ranch foreman in the Yakima Valley for 27 years and also worked at Yakima Elks Golf Course for ten years in grounds keeping and maintenance.

Gerald was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for thirty years, the Wenas Valley Muzzleloader Club, American Legion and Christ Lutheran Church. Gerald was a unique man in many ways, including his alien hand as a result from his strokes six years ago and a special eye surgery to correct his bottom eye lashes that turned inward. Gerald had a special bond with animals and especially his rescue dog Mocha and their three cats, Kelly, Sparky and Susie. He enjoyed his home and did an awesome job designing their rock gardens and other landscaping. Gerald had a special love for Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jean Kock of Cowiche, brothers and sisters, Joanne Limmer Gagnon & husband Virgil of Madison, SD, Lyvonne Yeigh of Sioux Falls, SD, Judy & Don Finnell of Lennox, SD, Gloria & Warren Bidwell of New Ulm, MN, Richard Kock of Madison, SD, Merlin & Judy Kock of Sioux Falls, SD, step brothers, Irvin & Connie Merry and Keith & Susie Merry of Dell Rapids, SD and step sisters, Lou Ann Johnson of Phillip, SD and Phyllis & Tim Bettles of Herrington, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers-in-law, Darwin Limmer and Harry Yeigh, sister-in-law Janet Kock, and step brother-in-law, Ron Johnson.

Memorial Service celebrating Gerald’s Life will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5606 W. Lincoln., Yakima, WA.

Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or the Yakima Humane Society, c/o Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936.

Bob Hinricher

bob-hinricherRobert “Bob” Hinricher, 95, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 in St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation on Sunday, October 16, 2016 will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Christian Wake Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a rosary to follow in Kahler Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

On November 11, 1920 Robert (Bob) was born into the family of Frank and Helen (Reistoffer) Hinricher near Granville, Iowa. He was the oldest of 6 children. The family moved to the Colman area in South Dakota where he finished 8th grade at the Colman Country School. At age twelve, his mother passed away. For a short time, he lived with his grandma Mary Reistoffer. His help was needed on the farm and the neighbor’s farm which kept him from going to high school. He worked for many businesses and farmers in the area. As a teenager, Bob traveled from South Dakota to Texas, through Colorado by boxcar with other hobos, while trying to reach his Uncle Joe in California. But he ended up in Wyoming where he picked corn by hand, broke horses, branded cattle, sheared sheep, cut timber and built log cabins. He changed teams of 16 horses for the Wyoming Mail Express.

He served in the 10th Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1946 attached to the 1st Combat Cargo Squadron and the 326th Troop Carrier Squadron. His Squadron received “Presidential Unit Citation” distinguished service on January 29, 1944 as part of the India-China Wing.

Robert’s 21st birthday was one month before Pearl Harbor was bombed and United States entered World War II. Robert immediately enlisted in the Army and was assigned first as an observer/radio operator on the West Coast where they were guarding against an invasion by Japan, and then to Karachi, India, as a C-47 cargo plane navigator/radio operator. He flew 30 missions over the Himalayas, delivering gasoline and other materials to resupply the Chinese war effort against Japan and for the U.S. Army Air Corps based in India. Flying over “The Hump,” as airmen called the Eastern Himalayas, was extremely dangerous and was made more difficult by the lack of reliable charts, an absence of radio navigation aids and a dearth of information about the weather. More than 1,000 men and 600 planes were lost by the end of the airlift. Bob told his family about the many near-misses he experienced and the friends he lost in the campaign.

After the war, Robert returned to Dell Rapids. He met Charlotte Nemmers at a wedding dance and married her one year later on September 5, 1949. They rented the first of three farms and started a family. The family moved to Dell Rapids in 1960 where Robert worked as a carpenter, feed salesman and mechanic. At one time, he operated gas stations in Sioux Falls. He loved to read books, playing cards and going fishing. He is a long time member of Dell Rapids American Legion and St Mary Catholic Church of Dell Rapids. He was honored by St Mary School by giving him an honorary diploma. In his retirement, Bob loved to work on his sons’ farms and his daughters’ melon and pumpkin patch and enjoyed selling the produce to ladies who were amazed at his mental calculations at the age of 80. He provided daycare with his wife Charlotte for his two grandsons. He loved gardening and growing grapes to provide produce for Charlotte to can and freeze.

Robert will be remembered for his life’s values: any work (no matter how hard) is good work, always be honest, keep your word even if it’s to your disadvantage, give to charity, and don’t take advantage of people by charging interest or raising prices.

Robert died on October 3, 2016 at Dell Rapids Rehab and Nursing Center. He died from complications of old age. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, Dell Rapids, SD; his daughter Kathy (Lon) Tonneson, Glyndon, MN; his sons Terry, Thousand Oaks, CA; Ron, Woonsocket, SD; Earl (Melanie), Forestburg, SD; Joe (Edie), Dell Rapids, SD; Mike, Hendersonville, TN; Tim (Lisa), New Prague, MN; and 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; his sister Evelyn Weinacht, Dell Rapids, SD; his brothers Elmer (Betty), Flandreau, SD; Omer, Aurora, CO. Sister-in-law Eva, Knoxville, IA and his brother-in-law Quintin Nemmers, Dell Rapids, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Frank, brothers Andrew and Norbert, sisters-in-law Bernice Hinricher, Florence Ginsbach, Mary Page, Sr. Gertrude Nemmers, Sr. Helen Nemmers, Fern Nemmers and brothers-in-law Mike Weinacht, Roman Nemmers, Fr. Charles Nemmers, Fr. Leonard Nemmers, John Nemmers, Arnold Nemmers.

He is grateful in spending his life with his wife and his extended family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family invites you for coffee-lunch-refreshments following the committal rites at the cemetery.

Loren Toennies

loren-toenniesLoren Toennies, 89, of Cresbard, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Faulkton Senior Living, where he has resided since January of 2014. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the United Methodist Church, Cresbard, with Pastor David Birkeland presiding. Burial followed in the Cresbard Cemetery. On-condolences may be left at the Luce Funeral Home website

Loren Elmer Toennies was born at home on August 8, 1927 to Walter and Lillian (Bowers) Toennies. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Cresbard, graduating in 1945.

On June 11, 1950, Loren was united in marriage to Lucille Spanier. They made their home one mile south of the “home place”; raising kids, crops and livestock.

He was a longtime member of the Cresbard United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men, served as a Sunday school teacher, was a 60+ year member of the AF & AM Masonic Lodge, was past master and noble grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Cresbard and Faulkton, belonged to the National Farmers Organization, and served on the Township board, the FHA Board and the Wecota Cenex Board.

Loren will be dearly held in the hearts of his family and friends for his love of farm life, tilling the earth, bringing in the harvest, and tending to his herds and flocks. He had a God-given gift of conversation, and particularly enjoyed talking about farming.

Loren’s memory will be cherished by his wife of 66 years, Lucille of Cresbard; sons: Gerald (Judy) and Gene (Sylvia Salwei) of Cresbard and Mark (Kelly) of Faulkton; daughter, Lorie (David) Miller of Sioux Falls; 19 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Gjernes of Chelsea; sisters-in-law, Judy Toennies of Cresbard and Arlene (Leon) Smith of Northville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was welcomed into his eternal home by his parents; mother and father-in-law: Henry and Gladys Spanier; son, Dean Toennies; granddaughter, Amy Toennies; great grandson, Everett Kallas; brother, Merlvin Toennies; and brother-in-law, Joie Gjernes.

Rod Beckman

rod-beckmanRodney “Rod” Beckman, 73, of Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a rosary prayed at 7:00 p.m. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Rod was born on October 24, 1942 at Duluth, MN, the son of Arnold and Wilma (Deckert) Beckman. He moved to Canistota, SD with his family as a child. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school before graduating from Canistota High School in 1958. Rod worked on farms, did custom combining, and worked with traveling carnivals. On July 7, 1979 he married Helen Eulberg in Dell Rapids. They made their home in Sioux Falls and Rod worked as a truck driver. They moved to Hartford in 1999. He quit truck driving in 2010. He has been driving a pilot car since that time.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Sioux Falls since 1988. His hobbies included having coffee with other truck drivers and Facebook.

He is survived by his wife, Helen of Hartford; his two brothers, Calvin (Sandra) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Eugene of Sioux Falls; his two sisters, Carol (Michael) Freese of Rapid City and Diane Walter of Traverse City, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be directed to the charity of your choice in Rod’s name.

Neal Jacobson

neal-jacobsonNeal L. Jacobson, 95, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Bryant, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society Village in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Miller Funeral Home West Chapel. Visitation with family present will be from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Miller Funeral Home West Chapel. On-line condolences may be left at the Kahler Funeral Home website.

Neal Loren Jacobson was born on October 1, 1920 to Lawrence (L.A.) and Grace (Spilde) Jacobson in Bryant, SD. Neal grew up in Bryant, SD. He attended school and graduated in 1938 from Bryant High School. He continued his education and graduated with a business degree in 1942 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.

After receiving his education, Neal was drafted into the United States Air Force in September of 1942 to serve during WWII. He was stationed in England with the 335th Bombardment Squadron for two and a half years until the end of the war in Europe. He was honorably discharged in September 1945. Following his military service, he returned to Bryant where he joined the Bryant State Bank and met Norma Thompson. They were married 58 years from July 27, 1947 until Norma’s death in 2005. Together they raised their three children Lee, David and Nancy in Bryant.

Neal worked 50 plus years for the Bryant State Bank until his retirement. He served for many years as President and Chairman of the board and continued his service to the Bank as Chairman, Emeritus.

Neal was a lifetime member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant, SD and an associate member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He was a member of the American Legion Post #37 and the Masonic Lodge. He served on many boards and committees as a member of the Bryant community. These included Chairman of the bank board, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church building board, Parkview Care Center board, Bryant Development Corporation board, Bryant Clinic board, and Bryant School board. Neal was a member of the South Dakota Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association of America (IBAA). He served on the Executive Council of the IBAA.

Neal and Norma enjoyed their retirement years during the winter months in Sun City, AZ. Since 2004, Neal has made his home in Sioux Falls, SD.

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, Neal died at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. He was 95 years old.

Neal was deeply devoted to his family. His family, grateful for having shared in his life, included his two sons, Lee and his wife, Jan Jacobson of Sioux Falls and David and his wife, Carol Jacobson of Dakota Dunes, SD; his daughter, Nancy Jacobson of Sioux Falls; his five grandchildren, Bret and his wife, Shauna, Brad and his wife, Shannon, Paul, Philip and Nicole; his four great grandchildren, Logan, Sam, Reese, and Riley and a host of relatives and friends.

Preceding Neal in death are his wife, parents, and sister, Delores Woldt. Blessed be his loving memory.