Mel Freese

Mel FreeseMel Freese, 87, former Madison area resident, died on March 14, 2015, in Texas.  Interment services will begin at 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 2, at The Lakes Golf Course Memorial Garden. A time of sharing and reception will follow at The Lakes Restaurant.

Freese was born on April 27, 1928, at Wellsburg, Iowa. His mother died when he was 7 days old and he was raised by his maternal grandparents.  He worked in the trucking industry most of his life, first as a driver, then as a salesman of trucking services and finally as a dispatcher.

He lived in Mission, Texas for many years. In 2003, he started coming to South Dakota for the summers. He worked in the clubhouse at The Lakes Golf Course.

Survivors include a son Kenneth (Jane) of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Char (Mark) Aloisio of Malta; four grandchidlren; two brothers and a sister from Waterloo, Grundy Center and Wellsburg, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; a brother; and a daughter.

The Kahler Funeral Home of Dell Rapids is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to

Marvin “Marv” Peterson

Marv PetersonMarvin L. “Marv” Peterson, age 76, died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at his home following a lengthy battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), a rare neurological disease. His funeral service will be 10:30 AM Monday, August 3 at Heritage Lutheran Church in Brandon. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Sunday, August 2 at the church, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Condolences may be left at

Marv was born on May 26, 1939 in Dell Rapids, SD, to Robert and Freida “Petie” (Gruening) Peterson. When Marv was three, his father passed away and Petie married Gene Marcher five years later. Marv was raised and received his education in Dell Rapids. After graduation from high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota with his degree in architecture class of 1962.

Marvin was united in marriage with Louise Taylor in Minneapolis and the couple was blessed with three children. On July 11, 1987, Marvin was united in marriage with Jolene “Jodi” Kruse-Peters and they made their home in Brandon, SD.

Marv began his career with Spitznagel architectural firm in Sioux Falls. Three of his designs were the Rapid City Convention Center, The HPER Center (Frost Arena) on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, SD and Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon. In 1976, Marv and two other partners started a new firm in Sioux Falls, Architecture Incorporated. In 1979, Marv was offered employment with Sioux Falls Construction Company in the commercial building area. While there, his main account was Avera McKennan Hospital, where he oversaw many new buildings and remodel projects. He retired in 2004 as a Vice President and co-owner of the company.

Grateful for sharing life with Marv are his wife, Jodi, Brandon, SD; three children: Pam Axelson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Tana Patel and her husband, Monish of Indianapolis, IN, Grant Peterson and his wife, Megan, Milwaukee, WI; four grandchildren, Talon Brown, Logan and Colin Peterson and Hayden Patel; his brother, Al Peterson and his wife, Jan, Goodyear, AZ; his sister, Micki Kennison and her husband, Larry, Rapid City, SD; Jodi’s siblings, Marty Kruse and his wife, Karen, Monument, CO, Lynell Bonnes and her husband, Ray, Puyallup, WA; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many great friends. Marv was preceded in death by his father, Robert Peterson; his mother, “Petie”; his step-father, Gene Marcher; and a son-in-law, Don Axelson.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Marvin’s name is preferred to Heritage Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dolores “Dody” Gulbranson

Delores GulbransonDolores Gulbranson, daughter of Fern and Loren Thomas, was born June 3, 1929 in Sioux City, Iowa. She met the love of her life, Merlyn “Merk” Gulbranson while in high school in Trent, SD where they were half of the graduating class of 1947. Merk and Dody were united in marriage on July 28, 1947. They became the proud parents of 5 children; four sons, Randy, Gary, Guy, Kevin, and a daughter Gay. Her children and their spouses blessed her with 15 Grandchildren and 19 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and a granddaughter. She is survived by her sister, Lorene Beatty.

Dody loved her family and loved her Lord. She was an excellent student of God’s Word and loved the opportunities she had over the years to teach others through Bible Study classes and programs. During their retirement years, she and her husband, Merk, enjoyed volunteering with Christian organizations in short-term mission projects. She loved sharing her life’s story and faith at Christian Women’ and Couple’s Clubs.

Dody had a love for music that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Some of the family’s favorite memories were formed either singing and playing together or performing for others. It seemed appropriate that she slipped from this life into eternity listening to her daughter sing one of her favorite hymns, In The Garden.

For most of her life she lived in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The last few years were spent near family in Des Moines, Iowa. Dolores died peacefully on the morning of July 28, a day that also represented her 68th wedding anniversary. She will be greatly missed by her family but they are assured that they will be reunited with her in heaven.

An Interment service will be in the Trent Cemetery at Trent, SD at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2015. Memorials may be made in Dody’s name to The Gideons International. Condolences may be left at

Anne “Tootsie” Lantsberger

Anne LantsbergerAnne M. “Tootsie” Lantsberger, age 62, of Madison, formerly of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at her residence. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown with Father John Lantsberger officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Condolences may be left at

Anne Marie Lantsberger was born on Sept. 9, 1952, to Richard and Helen (Mack) Lantsberger in Watertown. She grew up in Watertown and attended special education classes in the Watertown School System. She moved to Madison, where she has lived for over 30 years. She worked at the ECCO workshop and as a dietary aide at the Madison Hospital for 18 1/2 years.

Anne loved playing the guitar and keyboard and listening to country western music. She enjoyed going for walks and rides and going shopping. Summer was her favorite season. Anne had so much fun talking her family out of quarters and dollar bills. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Anne’s favorite saying was “It will be better tomorrow.”

Anne is survived by her brothers and sisters, Judy Fox (Paul) McCune of Springfield, Mo., Elaine Fox (Dave) Konechne of Pierre, Father John Lantsberger of Dell Rapids, Laura Lantsberger of Scottsdale, Ariz., Elizabeth Lantsberger of Watertown, Thomas (Melissa) Lantsberger of Columbia, Ill., and Kathryn Lantsberger of Chaska, Minn.; her aunts, Mary Ann Lane and Mary Mack; her uncle, Father James Lantsberger; four nephews; five nieces; four great-nieces; and eight great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Rita Louise Lantsberger and a great-nephew.

Donald “Donnie” Swenson

Donnie SwensonThe passing of Donald Wayne Swenson on Friday, July 17, has left a void in the hearts of his many cousins and friends. Donnie, as he was known to most people, enjoyed his time with family and friends. Whether getting together to eat and play cards with his extended family of cousins, or playing pool with friends, those were the times that he looked forward to and treasured. During the past couple of years, the building of his home added a new and exciting chapter to his life. From picking the perfect location on his farm, to the planning, building and furnishing of the home, Donnie enjoyed the experience and was rightfully proud of the results. While the time was too short, the happiness and satisfaction that he got from living in his new home was well deserved.

Donnie was born on August 3, 1953, and lived all of his life on the family farm northwest of Sherman. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1972. Donnie worked for several years for the John Morrell Company before making farming his life’s work.

Donnie lost his mom, Lois, in 1972, his brother, Steve, in 1985, and his dad, Orval (Steem), in 1988. His Swenson and Larson cousins, and his many friends, will forever miss his good nature and big heart.

Funeral services will begin at 1:30 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Burial will be in the Norway Cemetery, rural Garretson. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Tuesday, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson. In lieu of flowers, Donnie can be honored with memorials to Feeding South Dakota, 3511 N. 1st Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Lawrence Allen

Lawrence AllenLawrence J. Allen, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls from complications of vascular surgery. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 will begin at 3:00 p.m. The family will be present from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Christian Wake service will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Lawrence Joseph Allen was born on November 13, 1922 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Thomas and Regina (Biever) Allen. He grew up on a farm near Dell Rapids and attended Noyes Country School. He started working for various farmers in the area including Peter and Marie Weinacht. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of 1942 and served in WWII. He was honorably discharged in January 1946. He returned home to Dell Rapids. He married Clara Pepleau at St. Mary Catholic Church on November 25, 1947. The couple made their home near Colman until moving to a farm near Trent. He started farming with his brother LeRoy. He moved to the farm south of Dell Rapids in March of 1957. In 1987, the couple moved into Dell Rapids. Lawrence stayed active in farming his entire life. Clara passed away in 2011.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters and the Trent Legion Post. He loved to read, fish, garden and his grandchildren, “Grandpa the Great.”

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, David; brothers, Thomas, LeRoy, Alvin; his sisters, Jean, Imalda and Annette.

Lawrence is survived by his daughters, Lois (Wayne) Buus of Brookings and Janice (Kent) Johnson of El Cajon, CA; his son, Richard (Deb) Allen of Dell Rapids; his 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Leonard Allen of Dell Rapids and his sister, Anna Mae Miiller of Phoenix, AZ.

Jerome “Jerry” Gaspar

Jerry GasparJerome “Jerry” Gaspar, age 68, of Colton passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at Riverview Healthcare Community in Flandreau. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, Colton. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 5-7:00 PM, flowed by a prayer service at 7:00 PM at First Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 45 years, Carol, Colton; his daughters, Stacey (Chad) Knecht, Lincoln, NE; Nicole (Justin) Van Hal, Dell Rapids; four grandchildren; Katie, Conner, Lily, and Elise; four siblings, Patricia O’Loughlen, Sioux Falls; Carol (Robert) Mergen, Dell Rapids; Judy (Jerome) Baumberger, Dell Rapids, and Dennis (Kate) Gaspar, Sioux Falls; two brother and sister in laws and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Joshua Krempges

Joshua KrempgesJoshua John Krempges, 38, of Flandreau, died of injuries received in an automobile accident on Monday, July 13, 2015 near Flandreau. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Joshua John was born December 15, 1976 in Dell Rapids to parents John and Sherry (Stansell) Krempges. He lived in Dell Rapids until moving to Flandreau in 1989. Growing up he enjoyed camping with family, skateboarding, swimming, fishing, being outdoors and going to the annual South Dakota Style Dog Roast with family and friends. He attended school in Dell Rapids and Flandreau. After school, Josh worked various jobs before finding his true profession in Drywall.

Josh married Christina Rave September 1, 2001 in Dell Rapids. They made their home for their girls in Dell Rapids. He worked at Fox and Sands Drywall before starting his own company, Josh Krempges Drywall.

Throughout his life he enjoyed music, concerts, working on cars, driving ATVs, riding his Harley, but most of all spending time with his daughters. He loved taking them to the lake, hiking, exploring nature and teaching them about the world.

Grateful for having shared his life are his daughters, Mallory, twins, Madelyn and Mariana, his step father, Keith Dailey, Flandreau; brothers, John, Dell Rapids and Casey, Sioux Falls; sister Kristin (Keenan Baum) Dailey, Sioux Falls; grandfather, Ed Krempges, Yankton; nieces and nephew, Brooke, Avery and Jaxson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandmothers, Ramona Stansell and Phillis Krempges, grandfather, James Stansell, step grandparents, Lloyd and Doris Dailey; and uncles, Mike and Kelly. After showing tremendous strength and courage, Mariana is now in the comfort of her Dad.


Conway Lee

Conway LeeConway Lee, age 83, formerly of Flandreau, SD, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by his family. The family will greet friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, July 17, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave, Sioux Falls. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 18, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Flandreau, SD. Condolences may be left at

Conway John Lee was born August 14, 1931 to Charles and Helen (McMahon) Lee in Flandreau, SD. He graduated from Flandreau Public High School in 1949 and went on to farm the family farm until retirement in 1996.

Connie married Dawn Wynne Taylor in 1953. They had three children together, Cheryl, Bruce, and David. In 1976, he was united in marriage to Louise Halver in Denver, CO. Connie and Louise lived on the farm until they built their home on the edge of Flandreau in 1981, and they remained there for 33 years. In 2014, they moved to The Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; Son, David (Barbara Pratt) Lee, Minneapolis, MN; Step-children Jeffrey (Gail) Headrick, Maple Grove, MN, Tim Headrick, Medford, OR, and Christine (Scott) McNulty, Loveland, CO; Brother Quentin (JoAnn) Lee, Kent, WA; Grandchildren Jarrod (Heather) Lee, Waubay, SD, Jamie Lee, Sisseton, SD, Jessica Lee, Sisseton, SD, Abbey (Matt) Kitto, Dell Rapids, SD, Angela (TC) Fraser, Sioux Falls, SD, Mark (Kayleigh) Lee, Egan, SD, Scott (Lisa) Lee, Seattle, WA; Step-Grandchildren Aaron Headrick, Minneapolis, MN, Christopher Headrick, Medford, OR, Justin McNulty, Denver, CO, and Crystal McNulty, Loveland, CO; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Cheryl Lee, son Bruce Lee, step-son Robert Headrick and grand-daughter Stacy Lee.

Mariana Krempges

Mariana KrempgesMariana Krempges, 7, of Dell Rapids passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from the injuries she received in an automobile accident. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the start of the service in the church.

Mariana Paige Krempges was born on March 14, 2008 in Sioux Falls, SD, the twin daughter of Joshua and Christina Krempges. She lived with her family in Dell Rapids and had just finished kindergarten at Dell Rapids Elementary School.  She enjoyed playing softball, tap dancing, riding her bike and playing on her swing set.

She is survived by her mother, Christina Rave of Dell Rapids; her sisters, Mallory and her twin Madelyn, both of Dell Rapids; her grandparents, Roger (Teri) Rave of Crooks, Sherri (Jay) Linneman of Dell Rapids and Keith Dailey of Flandreau; her great-grandparents, Don and Shirley Ljunggren of Dell Rapids, Marcella Rave of Dell Rapids, Ed Krempges of Yankton, Jack and Norma Fernau, and Donna (Clinton) Nelson; her uncle, Joshua Rave, her aunt,  Jenelle Rave, her uncle, Levi (Ashley) Rave, her aunt, Kristen Dailey, her uncle, John Krempges and her uncle, Casey Krempges; and many great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Joshua; her grandparents, John Krempges and Sherry Dailey; great-grandpa, Bertus Rave and great-grandma, Phillis Krempges.