Frances Loiseau

Francis LoiseauFrances Loiseau, 91, of Flandreau, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living, Flandreau. Frances was born January 19, 1924 at Flandreau, SD to Ray and Gladys (Raines) Valentine. She graduated from Egan High School in 1941 and then worked for the telephone company in Sioux Falls. She received her teaching certificate from Sioux Falls College and taught at Faris Country School for one term. Frances married James Michael Loiseau on June 30, 1947 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Colman, SD. They lived and farmed at Evergreen Stock Farm in Egan, SD. Her husband preceded her in death December 25, 1977.

Frances is survived by eight children, James (Mary Dell) Loiseau, Flandreau, Barb (Tom) Westover, Egan, Charles (Sandi) Loiseau, Frankfort, KS, Beverly (Bill) Kennedy, Vermillion, Mick (Cindy) Loiseau, Egan, Elisabeth (John) Hollmann, Hot Springs, Mary (Kem) Kjerstad, Rapid City, Val Loiseau, Hot Springs, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, Pete Valentine, Vancouver, WA, Dorothy Mousel, Flandreau, Mary Ann Loiseau, Egan, and brother-in-law Dave Gingerich, Des Moines, WA. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Dorothy Gingerich and brother Charles Valentine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Flandreau, with burial at Hillside Cemetery, Egan. Visitation will be 5 – 7 pm Friday with a 7 pm rosary and scripture service. Memorials to Wild Horse Ranch, Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747 and Hope Haven Living Memorial, Rock Valley, IA. Condolences may be left at

Allen Hanson

Allen HansonAllen I. Hanson, 80, of Volin, SD passed away at his home in rural Volin on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

Funeral services will be 1:00pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Trondhjem Lutheran Church, rural Volin. Burial will follow in the Trondhjem Cemetery.Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00pm, Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Condolences may be left at

Allen is survived by two sons Neal (Jenny) Hanson, grandchildren Brandon, Nick and Olivia, Viborg, SD, Larry Hanson and Renee, grandchildren Samantha and Thomas, Irene, SD, Daughter Emilie (Jeff) Traill, grandchildren Carter and Cate, Dell Rapids, SD, one brother Harlan Hanson, Irene, SD, sister-in-law Maxine Hanson, Volin, SD, niece Becky McManus, Volin, SD, nephew Brian Hanson, Billings, MT, other family and friends and his dog “Brownie” and numerous beloved cats.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Emma Hanson and brother Emerald Hanson.

Arthur Vortherms

Arthur VorthermsArthur W. Vortherms, 78, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, SD with interment to follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 28th at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids with the Christian Wake Service to follow at 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at

Arthur W. Vortherms was born on April 22, 1937 in Dell Rapids, SD the son of Bernard and Rosa (Ahlers) Vortherms. He graduated from Dell Rapids St. Mary High School in 1955. Following high school, he attended St. John’s University in St. Cloud in 1956 and then enlisted in the United States Army from 1957 – 1963. He married Judith Roti August 22, 1964 in Dell Rapids and they began their life together on the family farm. In addition to farming, Art drove truck for local freight companies Hyman Freightways and Roadway Express, retiring from Roadway in 2000. After retirement he worked part time at the Dell Rapids Elevator, Lodmell-Schaefer, and doing volunteer work for St. Mary Parish.

Art’s family was everything to him and many of his favorite times were spent hosting family suppers on Sunday nights with his grandchildren playing baseball in the backyard. As the grandchildren grew and began playing organized sports, he cherished going to all of their baseball, softball, football, basketball and volleyball games until poor health prohibited his attendance. He was a St. Mary Cardinal fan for life. Art also enjoyed camping with his family when the children were young, coaching his son’s baseball teams, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, playing cards and cribbage, letting his grandkids beat him at checkers, and upon retirement, building his own lawnmower which he took great pride in.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Tammy (Robert) Michel; son, John (Laura) Vortherms; daughter, Shelly (Jon) Kubly, all of Dell Rapids; his 10 grandchildren, Jodi (Josh) Spaans, Kari (Jared) Hettinger, Casey (Chelsey) Michel, Jason and Kelly Michel, Derrick and Kaitlyn Vortherms and Danielle, Austin and Brandon Kubly; great-grandchildren, Callie, Carter and Camden Spaans and Blake Hettinger. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Jackie Wold, Jim and Donna Roti, David and Carol Roti and Arlin and Suzan Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith; parents; sister, Rosemary Vortherms; brother, Bernard Vortherms (who died at birth) and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

David Grav

David GravDavid Grav, 53, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, MN. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Kahler Funeral Home. The family will be present at 6:00 p.m. with the Christian Wake beginning at 7:00 p.m. A Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary will be prayed following the Wake. Condolences may be left at

David Charles Grav was born on July 21, 1962 at Bellflower, CA, the son of Peter and Arlene (Johnson) Grav. He grew up in California and moved with his family to South Dakota in the middle of his Jr. year. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1981. He married Vickie Eulberg on May 11, 1984 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. The couple made their home in Dell Rapids. David worked for Perkins Restaurant, LG Everist Quarry, Linton in Sioux Falls, Reecy Farm Supply, Central States in Lyons and most recently Crimson in Brandon until poor health forced his retirement.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a lifetime member of the Dell Rapids Sportsman Club. He loved to farm, hunt and woodworking.

Dave is survived by his wife, Vickie of Dell Rapids; his sons, Brodie (Brianna) of Dell Rapids, Kyle of Austin, TX and Kaleb of Dell Rapids; his daughter, Missy (Clint) Schull of Dell Rapids; his grandchildren, Bryana, Jade, Ethan and Brecken; his parents, Peter and Arlene Grave of CA; his brother, Steve (Cindy) Grav of CA and his sister, Joan (Leo) Glabb of CA.

Thomas Fersdahl

Thomas FersdahlThomas O. Fersdahl, 71, of rural Renner died Saturday, August 22, 2015 at his home.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at West Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Crooks. Burial will be in the Pioneer Cemetery, Baltic. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic.  Condolences may be left at

Thomas Ordell Fersdahl was born March 3, 1944 in Sioux Falls to parents Gustav and Clara (Jensen) Fersdahl. He grew up on the family farm near Renner and graduated from Baltic High School in 1962.

Thomas served in the South Dakota Army National guard from 1964 to 1970. He also farmed with his brother, Gary until 1988. He was also known as a handyman, who could fix anything.

Thomas married Arlene Larson October 8, 2015 at Benton Lutheran Church, rural Crooks.

He was a lifelong member of West Nidaros Lutheran Church and served on the Baltic Elevator Board, Pioneer Cemetery Board and the Sverdrup Township Board.

Survivors include his children, Tammi Fockler, Baltic; Cathy (Jerry) Muston, Renner, and Jason (Erica) Fersdahl, Dell Rapids; six grandchildren, Haley Fockler, Joe, Sam, & Matt Muston, Braden & Lincoln Fersdahl; and a special friend Mary Bump, Renner; three nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary.

Leann Mary Klein

Leann KleinLeann Mary Klein, age 41, of Marshall, died peacefully and surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at her home in Marshall. Memorial services are 10:30 AM, Monday, August 24, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Private family interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. A rosary will be held at 4:00 PM and a prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM, on Monday again at the church. Condolences may be left at

Leann Mary Neisius was born on November 14, 1973, in Marshall, Minnesota to LeRoy and Diann (Reed) Neisius. Leann was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood, Minnesota. She grew up attending school in Clarkfield which later combined with Granite Falls. She graduated from GFC High School with the class of 1992. She furthered her education at South Dakota State University and became a Registered Nurse.

On November 29, 1996, Leann was united in marriage to Jason Klein at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley. The couple spent over 18 years together and raised three children, Rebecca, Nicholas, and Emma. Leann and Jason made their home in Sioux Falls where Leann worked for Select Specialty Hospital and Sioux Valley Hospital. They moved to Willmar in 1998, where she worked at Rice Memorial Hospital. In 2001, the family moved to Marshall and Leann worked as a nurse as well as a clinical instructor for Minnesota West Community College at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

Leann is survived by her husband, Jason Klein of Marshall, and their children, Rebecca (18), Nicholas (16), and Emma (12); parents, LeRoy and Diann Neisius of Marshall; Jason’s parents, Jerry and Judi Klein of Dell Rapids, SD; siblings, Paul (and Julie) Neisius of Hanley Falls, and their children Mitchell and Jack; Laura (and Jon) Scheer of South Haven, and their children Jessica, Noelle, Kara, and Rachel; Dan Neisius (and Jamie Benaquis) of Navarre, FL and her children Aiden and Ashlynn several brothers and sisters-in-law; Joe (and Nici) Klein of White, SD, and their children Evelyn, Jeanette, Catherine and Raymond; Jeff (and Sara) Klein of Wichita Falls, TX and their children Savannah, Lillian and Natalie; Josh (and Pam) Klein of Highlands Ranch, CO and their children Kolby, Jaden and Tanner; Jake (and Amber) Klein of Plymouth and their children Madelyn, Aaron and Hailey; Jeremy (and Clarissa) Klein, stationed at Ramstein AFB Germany; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Orrin and Mary Reed, and Ralph and Mary Neisius.

Mike Dibbern

Mike DibbernMike Dibbern, 56, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home in Trent, SD. Michael “Mike” Dibbern was born December 16, 1958 in Sioux Falls, SD to Richard and Alice (Anderson) Dibbern. He was raised in the Trent area and graduated from Flandreau High School in 1977. Mike moved to Rapid City and worked construction. He returned to Trent and worked for L.G. Everist in Dell Rapids and Viking Vans in Flandreau. Mike married Jan Birnbaum on April 26, 1986 in Flandreau, SD. He worked for Charlie Ryan Construction, Sioux Vocational in Sioux Falls, Dressen Trailers, Olsen Pest Control, and currently worked for Republic National Distribution. Mike was a member of the Trent Volunteer Fire Department and the Trent Town Council. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, golfing, gardening, old gospel and country music, and a good fire.

Mike is survived by his wife Jan, two sons, Caleb Dibbern, Trent, Tanner (Angelica) Dibbern, Egan, stepson Chad Hasvold, Sioux Falls, five grandchildren, Thomas Hasvold, Auston Erhmantraut, George Hasvold, Ella Dibbern, Xander Dibbern, his mother Alice, Sioux Falls, and two sisters, Kathleen Kennedy and Kimberlee (Mark) Olson, both of Sioux Falls. He was preceded in death by his father Richard.

Services will be 10:30 am Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Trent Baptist Church with burial in Riverview Cemetery, rural Trent. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

June Mailey

June Mailey

June A. Mailey, 83, of Dell Rapids passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Her memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 in the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the start of the service.  Condolences may be left at

June Artley Vaselaar was born on July 1, 1932 the twin daughter of David and Agnes Vaselaar. She grew up and attended school in White, SD. She graduated from White High School in 1950. She married Jack Mailey on August 24, 1951 at the YWCA in Seattle, WA while Jack was stationed at Sand Point Naval Base in Seattle. After Jack’s discharge, the couple moved to Dell Rapids, SD. June stayed at home and raised her children until they were in school. She then started working at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls. In 1972, she started working as the bookkeeper for Lodmell Ford in Dell Rapids. The couple owned and operated Car Quest Auto Store and Trustworthy Hardware and Clothing in Dell Rapids until their retirement.

June enjoyed her flowers and the birds. She was an avid quilter and seamstress. She loved going camping and especially fishing. June always had a pot of coffee on. She was a twin that gave birth to twins.

She is preceded in death by her daughters, Majorie Dawn Muhs and Marcie Ljunggren; her son, Mark; her grandsons, Jeremiah Jack Mailey and Tucker James Muhs; her twin brother, John, her brother, Robert and her sister, Beverly Barrett.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jack Mailey of Dell Rapids; her son, Marshall (Denise) Mailey of Dell Rapids; her son-in-law, Gale Ljunggren of Dell Rapids; her grandchildren, Jason (Tiffany) Ljunggren, Josh (Bobbi) Ljunggren, Ashley Pfeifer and Michael Mailey and her seven great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Jenny Vaselaar and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael Ellison

Michael EllisonOn July 30, 2015, we lost our son, our brother, our uncle, partner and best friend, Michael Ellison. His death was unexpected but so very quick and painless and for that we are eternally grateful.

A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City. Luncheon to follow. Michael would be pleased to see everyone in bright colors and bow ties. In lieu of flowers memorials are asked to benefit the Black Hills Children’s Home Society. Osheim & Schmidt of Rapid City is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at  (Please search Michael Ellison).

As a person of faith Michael believed that those called by their Creator join in the Communion of Saints and continue to pray for us and support us, even in death. He will always be there for those he loved and cared for. Thankful for his love and life are his parents, John and Annette Ellison, Rapid City; his partner of 29 years, Ben Humphrey, Los Angeles; brother Patrick Ellison and sister-in-law Angie, Dell Rapids; sister Kelli McDonald and brother-in-law Scott, Scarborough, ME; niece Jordan Faubion and her husband Chris, Rapid City; niece Lauren McDonald, Scarborough, ME; niece Hutton Ellison, Dell Rapids; and nephew Griffin Ellison, Dell Rapids; his best friend Diane (Petry) Rutstein, Rapid City; his canine companion, Ally, numerous cousins and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy James Ellison, paternal grandparents Leo and Luella Ellison, maternal grandparents Bernice and Slick Morrill, and his beloved dog Nikki.

Eddie Karst

Eddie KarstEddie Karst, 87, Selby, SD, died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at his home in Aberdeen, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Selby, with Father Thomas Clement, Celebrant. Interment follows at Selby Memorial Gardens. There will be a Wake Service at the Church 7:00 PM Monday with visitation beginning at 5:00 PM. Condolences may be left at

Edwin Nicholas Karst, son of Christine (Reuer) and Nick Karst, was born at the family farm in SE Walworth County on March 17, 1928. He attended the Irving Rural School near the farm through 7th grade. In 1942, the family relocated to the Sisseton, SD area where he completed his formal education. In the fall of 1945, the family purchased a farm ½ mile west of Lowry, SD. Eddie lived on the farm until his marriage to Sylvia Anderson at Pierre, SD on August 20, 1951.

Eddie is survived by Sylvia, his wife of nearly 64 years; three sons—Jack Karst and Mick (Kristi) Karst of Aberdeen and Patrick Karst of Palm Springs, CA; three daughters—Marcia (Doug) Sturma and Gina (Pat) Sommers of Aberdeen and Terri (Curt) Thelen of St. Peter, MN; one sister—Doris Ann Spear of Aurora, CO; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father on March 9, 1961, his mother on November 23, 1989, and two brothers (Jim and Roy).