Bonnie Hardy

Bonnie HardyBonnie M. Hardy, age 82, died peacefully at her home in Largo, Florida on Monday, November 17, 2014. Funeral services are 11:30 AM, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton. Condolences may be left at

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Duane; three beloved children: Barbara (Steven “Mac”) McInerney of Largo, FL, Crystal (Robin) Bailey of Dell Rapids, SD, and Mark (Lisa) Hardy of Yankton; nine precious grandchildren: Amy (Dave) Schmidt of Tampa, FL, Chad McInerney of Safety Harbor, FL, Brian (Suzanne) McInerney of Lithia, FL, Josh (Caroline) McInerney of Greenville, SC, Eric (Linda) Hardy of Sioux Falls, SD, Adam (Joni) Hardy of Sioux Falls, Stephanie Hardy of Sioux Falls, Shena (Justin) Shoemaker of Sioux Falls and Jonathan (Sheila) Hanson of Dell Rapids; 16 great grandchildren: Andrew, Lauren, Hannah, Matthew, Daniel and Michael Schmidt; Chase and Luke McInerney; William, Thomas and Noah McInerney, Ian Shoemaker, William and Garrett Hanson, Zander Hardy and Sloane Hardy; two sisters, Mary (LaVerne) Olson of Washburn, WI and Sharon Nelson of Minnetonka, MN; three beloved sisters-in-law: Margie Reinhold of St. Louis Park, MN, Joan Benson of Dassel, MN and Betty Freeman of Annandale, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Flora Reinhold; and her brother and friend, Curt Reinhold.

Richard Austin

Richard AustinRichard Lyle Austin, age 72, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Garretson, died on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson. Visitation with the family present will be from 2-4:00 PM Sunday, at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at

Richard was born on August 24, 1942, at Garretson, South Dakota, to Melvin and Vivian (Myre) Austin. He grew up in Garretson and attended school there. He served in the United State Army and was stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado as well as in Germany. Richard did automotive body work for 48 years. He owned and operated Dick’s Body Shop and Garretson Body Shop in Garretson, and later Dick’s West Side Motors in Sioux Falls.

Richard was a member of the Henry G. Fix Post No. 23 of the American Legion in Garretson. He enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, playing cards, and drag racing.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Ryan (Kristi) Austin, Dell Rapids; grandson, Jacob, Dell Rapids; step-son, Mike (Gretchen) Austin, Fargo, ND; step-granddaughter, Hayden, Fargo; brother, Steve (Gail) Austin, Garretson; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Austin, Sioux Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Jerry.

LaNita “Jo” Arndt

LaNita ArndtLaNita “Jo” Arndt, age 73, of Brookings, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday Nov 15th at 1pm at First Lutheran Church in Brookings, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitations will be Friday Nov 14th from 5-7pm at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings.  Condolences may be left at

LaNita “Jo” Faye (Sweany) Arndt was born April 30, 1941, in Brookings to Roy B. and Gladys L. (Baker) Sweany. She lived with her family in Brookings for four years, then lived in Onida for ten years. She graduated from Volga High School in 1959. She worked as a bookkeeper at Woolworth’s for a year then moved on to work for SDSU for 34 years.

Jo met Lyle Arndt at a singles dance and they proceeded to dance through life together by blending their families on August 20, 1977. They lived on their farm near Volga then later moved to Brookings. Besides loving her family deeply, Jo enjoyed sewing, camping, gardening, shopping, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Brookings, and the Red Hat Society. Jo was a very giving person who was constantly looking for ways to bring joy to others.

Survivors include her husband, Lyle, of Brookings; five daughters: Vicki (Ardean) Albers, Patti (Craig) Tolley, both of Brookings; Jodi Stykel (Dennis Engbrecht) of Dell Rapids, Melissa (Kurt) Lundebrek and Sheila (Frederick) Feldhake both of Alexandria, MN; 18 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and three sisters: Jacqueline Braun of Sioux Falls, Janet Mehlhaff of Abilene, TX, and Royette Sweany of Brookings. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lewis Benshoof

Lewis BenshoofLewis M. Benshoof, age 81, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at a care center in Arlington. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown. The Rev. Janet Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Goodwin Cemetery in Goodwin. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Friday by 10:30 a.m. for a prayer service.

Lewis was born on Dec. 14, 1932, in Deuel County, to George and Alice (Schafer) Benshoof. He attended school in Watertown. After school, Lewis entered the U.S. Army and later was honorably discharged.

On March 5, 1966, Lewis married Diane Hintz at Sioux Falls. He lived in Sioux Falls, Colorado and later in Kansas City, where he worked for Jack Cooper Transport Company. In 1997, after retiring from Jack Cooper Transport Company, he moved to Watertown, where he has continued to make his home.

Lewis enjoyed playing bingo, cards and he also enjoyed attending auctions.

He is survived by his brother, Stewart (Mary) Benshoof of Dell Rapids; and five sisters, Lorretta Gascoigne of Brookings, Betty (Larry) Fiebelkorn of Watertown, Joan Vaughn of Blachley, Ore., Eva Regnier of Watertown and Delores (Leo) Rumpsca of Minneapolis. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diane; one brother, Edward; and one nephew, Jim Fjerstad.

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James Skyberg

James SkybergJames O. Skyberg, age 66, of Dell Rapids, SD; formerly of Luverne, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. James was born June 23, 1948 in Luverne to parents Oliver and Julia (Jensen) Skyberg. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Luverne and graduated from Luverne High School in 1966. He was united in marriage to Gayle Aleck in Luverne, MN on December 6, 1969. To this union a daughter Tracy was born. They made their home in Luverne and later moved to South St. Paul, MN; and he worked at St. Paul Dressed Beef packing plant. James then moved back to Luverne and did construction work and later moved to Dell Rapids and worked for John Morrell Company for several years until his recent retirement.

James enjoyed classic cars, woodworking, working on cars, electronics, exploring new ideas on the internet, and very much enjoyed his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter Tracy (Doug) Bondeson and his grandchildren Monica and Miranda Bondeson all of Rosemount, MN; his siblings, Eunice (Donald) Wynn, Blaine, MN; Edith (Clarence) Else, Alexandria, MN; David (Beverly) Skyberg, Fargo, ND; Steven (Deborah) Skyberg, Dilworth, MN; Dale Skyberg, Casper, WY; Donna (John) O’Donnell, Ellsworth, MN; Janis Otterson, Des Moines, IA; Greg (Debrah) Skyberg, Inver Grove Heights, MN; and Kent (Jennifer) Skyberg, Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Patricia Skyberg and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Donald and Robert, a sister, Delores and brother-in-law, Paul Otterson.

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Jean Feehan

Jean FeehanJean P. Feehan, 90, of Gaylord, MN, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at New Harmony Care Center in St. Paul, MN. Her memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2104 at Gaylord United Church of Christ. A family inurnment will be held in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Jean was was born on July 11, 1924. She married Chester Feehan on March 5, 1949 at Gaylord, MN.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Dolly) Feehan of Dell Rapids; Patricia Fredrickson of White Bear Lake, MN and Mike (Amy) Feehan of Germantown, TN; her seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter. Condolences may be left at

David A. Artko

David ArtkoDavid A. Artko, age 82, died a Doughtery Hospice House in Sioux Falls on November 10, 2014.

He was born on December 25, 1931 at Chicago, IL to Felix and Joanne (Zelinsky) Artko. He married Sue Anne Douglas at Glendale, CA on September 2, 1973.  He is survived by his wife – Sue Anne of Chester. Two daughters -Athena Garner and Phaedra Snow both of Gridley, CA four grandchildren Jasmine, Cassandra, Adrianna, Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a son – Joshua in 2003.

He was on the board of directors of the Dell Rapids Hospital, Sioux Valley Electric and DSU Foundation.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St Joseph the Workman Church, Huntimer Township. Burial with military honors will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

There will be a parish scripture service at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at St Joseph The Workman church. Weiland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a message of sympathy visit:

L. Donald Docken

Donald DockenL. Donald Docken, retired ELCA pastor, passed away November 5, 2014, at the age of 91, at Stonecrest Presbyterian Homes of Woodbury.

Donald was born September 6, 1923, to Minnie and Ben Docken, grew up in Minneapolis, and was confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mpls. He graduated from Central High School, Mpls, the Class of 1941. On December of 1942, during WWII, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, and studied in the Army Engineering Program ASTP, 1943, at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Donald served as a Browning Automatic Rifleman in Co. C, 275th Regt, 70th Infantry Divison. He was wounded in action on February of 1945, and awarded Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a proud member of the Hudson VFW.

He attended University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1945 – 1946. In 1948, he graduated with a B.A. from Luther College; Luther Theo. Seminary, B.Th, 1951; Princeton Theo. Sem, M, Th., 1956. In 1948, in Willmar, MN, Donald was united in marriage to Dolores Hanson. She was an active partner in the ministry for 39 years. They celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Donald served four parishes: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, PA, 1951 – 1957, Emmons and Lime Creek Lutheran Church, 1957 – 1962, St. John Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI, 1962 – 1974, and Bethel Lutheran Church, Hudson, WI, 1974 – 1989. He was involved in a successful building program in all four parishes. Donald also served many years as Chaplain to the 70th Infantry Division Association. Donald wrote four books, “Sermon Selections and Other Articles, I and II,” “Combat History of Co. C, 275th Regt.,” and “Thanks Be to God,” and autobiography, all privately published. He was tour host for 23 overseas tours, including 26 countries. His most important work was to bring the gracious unmerited good news of salvation, forgiveness and eternal life of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, which in thankfulness, leads to service and good works.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; three sons, James (Cindy) of Woodbury, MN, Mark (Lois) of Chatfield, MN, John (Cathy) of Moorhead, Mn; six grandchildren: Kirstin (Daron), Cara, Steffen, Kyle, Kevin and Soren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Adrian; and sister, Lorna.

Funeral Services will take place 10:30 AM Monday, November 10, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Church – Downtown Campus, 920 Third St., Hudson, WI. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.  Condolences may be left at

Darlene Bauer

Darlene BauerDarlene M. Bauer, age 73 of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Brookings Health System, Brookings, SD.

She was born November 7, 1940 at Flandreau, SD to Walt and Mathilda (Hinrichs) Otto. She went to school in Ward, SD. Darlene married Roger Bauer on January 2, 1961 at Flandreau. She worked as a housekeeper at Brookview Manor in Brookings for 29 years. Darlene loved baking, especially Christmas goodies and caramels, collecting salt and pepper shakers and cookbooks, and making crafts. She loved spending time with her family and dogs. Darlene was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Guild and the Thimble Club.

She is survived by her five children: Peg Houselog, Lake Benton, MN, Jim (Tammie) Bauer, Tim (Toni) Bauer, Kathy (Steve) Kopecky and David (Kristina) Bauer, all of Elkton; 11 grandchildren: Kim (Mike) Bloom, Heath (Brittany) Houselog, Marcus and Jonathon Kopecky, Dan Bauer, Amber (Mike) Kallemeyn, Trevor and Ashley Bauer, Mark, Jr., Joshua and Curtis Gould; seven great grandchildren: Merrick and Malahna Bloom, Khloe and Haylee Kallemeyn, Jacob, Adam and Benjamin Houselog; her sister: LaVonne Isreal, Redwing, MN; her brother: Bill (Shirley) Otto, Flandreau; two sisters-in-law: Betty Otto, Shakopee, MN and Mary (Bob) Tomes, Dell Rapids, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Darlene was preceded by her husband Roger on August 1, 1993, her infant daughter Joan on August 2, 1965, two brothers, Ron and Bob Otto and her parents and in-laws.

Mass of Christian Burial was held November 1, 2014 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Elkton, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Fern (Hansen) Nemmers

Fern NemmersFern Marie Nemmers, 87, of Dell Rapids passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Dells Nursing & Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday with a Wake Service at 7:00 PM followed by the Rosary at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.  Condolences may be left at

Fern Marie (Hansen) Nemmers was born May 6, 1927 to Leo and Ida (Bricher) Hansen in Dell Rapids. She was the seventh child in a family of 16 children and was caregiver for all her younger siblings. She attended St. Mary School and graduated in 1945. Following graduation she continued helping her parents on the farm.

She was united in marriage to John R. Nemmers at St. Mary Catholic Church on October 14, 1947. They continued farming near Dell Rapids until their retirement.

Throughout her life Fern was very active in community and church activities. She served many years on the Dell Rapids Township Election Board. She was designated a VIP Blood Donor by the community blood bank for her many years of blood donations. She served in the Altar Society of St. Mary Church and held many offices in this organization, Fern and her husband John were founding members of the Terrace Manor Nursing Home. She served several years as a Grandmother for the Presentation Sisters Youth leadership camps. She made several trips to the Presentation Sisters missions in Mexico and with the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids to Rosebud Reservation to deliver food and bicycles for the Native Americans.

For all of her life, Fern was an avid hunter. She enjoyed sharing her expertise with kids in the hunter’s safety courses at the Sportsman’s Club. She was also an avid bowler and sports fan, supporting local teams in all sports. Fern enjoyed gardening and always had beautiful flower gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her son, Donald; five brothers and a sister. Fern’s deep religious convictions and devotion and her love of the land have been an inspiration for her family and all that knew her. Those remaining to continue the celebration of life that Fern so encouraged are her children, Theresa, Tom and his wife, Kristi, Marty and his fiancé, Angel and Jeremy; her grandchildren, John and his wife, Jacqueline, Kim and Aaron, Brad, Beth and her husband, Garrett, Leigh and Erin; her great grandchildren, Isabella, Ava, John