Laura (Nebben) Knutson

Laura KnutsonLaura C. Knutson, 91, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Avera Dells Area Hospital. Laura was born on a farm southeast of Colman to John and Anna (Haugen) Nebben on August 10, 1923. She was baptized on October 28, 1923 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended eight grades at Gale Ridge Country School and graduated from Colman High School in 1941. She attended Nettleton Community College.

Laura was married to Morris Knutson at Colman Lutheran church on June 8, 1947. She was a long time member of Colman Lutheran Church, WELCA, and a former member of Circle Bible Study. Laura was a member of the Colman American Legion Auxiliary. She was financial secretary at the church for nine years. She was a secretary at the Van Buren and Vogt Law Firm. Laura was the executive secretary at Sioux Valley Energy Electric Association for over 36 years. Her husband preceded her on September 5, 2000. Laura was a quiet and gentle Christian lady. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, listening to good music, bowling, and golfing. Laura was hard to beat at scrabble and liked working on crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was being with her family.

Laura is survived by two daughters, Kathleen (Randy) Keppen, Sioux Falls, Cynthia Erickson (Keven McGuire), Brandon; five grandchildren, Eric, Angela, Paula, Sarah, and Emily; nine great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Erica, Morgen, Gustaf, Jack, Amya, Ella, Jace, and Xavier; two sisters, Hilda Johnson, Dell Rapids and Rosetta Croon, Colman; one brother, Palmer “Swede” Nebben, Colman; two sisters-in-law, Delores Nebben, Dell Rapids and Donna (Don) Broksieck, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Don Knutson, Dell Rapids and Richard (Arlys) Knutson, Custer, SD, and many nieces and nephews. Laura was preceded by her husband Sam, her parents, three sisters, Luella Knutson, Annette Steinborn, Dorothy Plummer, and two brothers, Olaf and Arthur.

Funeral Services will be 2pm Friday, September 19, 2014 at Colman Lutheran Church with burial at Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service. Condolences may be left at

Gladys DeVaney

Gladys DeVaneyGladys L. DeVaney, 95, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Center. Her Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the family present at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at

Gladys Lillian Sorenson was born on September 6, 1919 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Jens and Linda Sorenson. At the age of 4 years old, her father died and in 1926, Louis Flamo married Linda Sorenson and he became her caring and doting stepfather.

Gladys attended Dells Public School and graduated in 1937. She attended and graduated from Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, MN in 1942. She married Welford DeVaney on November 19, 1943. Their loving marriage would last 36 years before Welford’s death in 1979. Gladys was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church where she held many offices including Church Clerk for 16 years, President of ABW, both locally and Center Association, Christian Education Secretary, Diaconate, Release Time Teacher and taught Sunday School for many years.

God blessed Gladys with gifted hands-her crocheted doilies and afghans were made with much love and tender care and given to those who she loved in life. Her quilts were a work of art. She was a professional cake decorator, making anniversary cakes, wedding cakes and birthday cakes for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces and for many people in the community. Her cakes were not only beautiful but ever better to taste. Her hands also wrote poems throughout her life, often about her family. Her poems helped her to work through her grieve of her beloved husband’s death. She also wrote poems by sharing her wisdom and advice to her children and grandchildren.

Gladys broke her hip in July of 2014.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Linda Nickles of Yankton, SD and Marla (Bill) Hassler of Sioux Falls, SD; her two grandsons who were the light of her life, Paul (Theresa) Nickles of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Joe (Robin) Nickles of Cummings, GA, her seven beautiful great-grandchildren, Joey Nickles, Brianna Nickles, Haley Nickles, Hannah Nickles, Molly Nickles, Rachel Nickles and Jacob Nickles; her sister, Elizabeth Werner of Mesa, AZ; sister-in-law, Lois Williamson of Dell Rapids and many nieces, nephews and a dear friend, Dianne Crisp of Dell Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Welford, and siblings, Rudolph Williamson, Harold Williamson, Ruth Williamson, Robert Williamson and Ralph Williamson.


Gladys DeVaney

Gladys L. DeVaney, 95, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Center. Her Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the family present at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Elaine Solberg

Elaine SolbergElaine Solberg, 90, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Webster, died on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Marion Grimes will officiate. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery at Lily. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to services on Thursday. Condolences may be left at

She was born to Esther and Emer Nelson on Oct. 14, 1923. She lost her mother at the age of 7 and then helped raise her six brothers. She graduated from Lily High School in 1942. She was united in marriage to John Solberg on Nov. 8, 1941, but later divorced. She worked hard most of her life outside of the home in addition to raising eight children. She also sold her baked buns, bread, lefse and pickles. She spent the last 25 years with a special friend, Orren Bjerke.

Elaine loved to watch her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their school and sporting activities. She was their biggest fan and loved to cheer them on. Family gatherings were very special to Elaine. She was especially happy when family came back to South Dakota for these gatherings. Throughout the years all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren learned to love her famous potato dumplings. Everyone had a hand in the preparation of this Norwegian tradition and many laughs were shared.

Elaine Vienna Solberg passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, surrounded by family at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 25 days.

She is survived by her eight children, Darrell (Sandy), Sioux Falls, Norman (Leslee), Talkneetna, Alaska, Dennis (Kay), Watertown, David (Brenda), Watertown, Marcia, Sioux Falls, Marilyn Hanson (Lynn), Fargo, N.D., Marcella Whyte (George), Oakdale, Minn., and Dale, Dell Rapids; 16 grandchildren, Shannon (Molly), Heather (Kent), Holly (Tim), Matthew (Alanna), Mark (Heather), Billy (Michele), Gene (Doreen), Laura (Joel), Andrea (Jeff), Leah (Dave), Ashley (Kelsey), Jared (Brittany), Eric, Jordan, Tanner and Chloe; and 18 great-grandchildren, Fisher (Shannon), Onnika (Heather), Bennett and Vaughn (Holly), Brooke, Breanna, Wesley, Carter, Branden (Matthew), Mackenzie and Kurtis (Billy), Wrigley and Wilder (Gene), Mannix, Vander and Jenacy (Laura), Ryan and Aaron (Andrea). She is also survived by brother, Wendell Nelson of California, sisters-in-law, Mona (Vernon) Nelson, Webster, Lillian (Duley) Nelson of Idaho, Mae (Landis) Nelson, Webster and Delores (Jeff) Nelson, Webster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Richard, brothers, Duley, Jeff, Landis, Vernon and Boyd and special friend, Orren Bjerke who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Washington.

Kenneth Currier

Kenneth CurrierKenneth Arthur Currier, 80, of Brancroft passed away on September 5, 2014 at the De Smet Good Samaritan Center. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 7th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 8th at Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet with burial at LeSeuer Cemetery. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Kenneth was born on a farm near Bancroft, SD on March 16, 1934 to Val and Margie Currier. He spent his childhood growing up in the Bancroft community. On October 20, 1957 Kenneth was united in marriage to Pauline Dashner in El Paso, TX. He lived his entire life in the Bancroft area until he moved into the Good Samaritan Center.

During his life Kenneth had several careers. He was a farmer in the Bancroft area. Then he worked at Armours in Huron until it closed down. Then he worked on John Tisdel’s farm. Kenneth also was employed by Weerts Inc. until he retired.

Kenneth enjoyed the outdoors – especially fishing, hunting, and trapping.

Kenneth is survived by one son, Dale (Wendy) Currier of De Smet; two daughters, Gayle (Mark) Larson of Iroquois and Lori (Mike) Baye of Dell Rapids; one brother, Merlin (Joan) Currier of Huron; one sister, Donna Dirksen of Faulkton; one daughter-in-law, Marilee (Ron) Rounds of Cavour; fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Val and Margie; his wife, Pauline; one son, Daniel; one grandson, Trent Rounds; and one brother-in-law, Delbert Dirksen.


Raymond Jensen

Raymond JensenRaymond Jensen, 73, of Dell Rapids passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. His funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation on Sunday, September 14, 2014 will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the family present from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Raymond Darrell Jensen was born on November 14, 1941 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Neil and Helen (Kasten) Jensen. He grew up on a farm near Dell Rapids and attended school in Dell Rapids. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1958. He attended SDSU for two years. He married Darla Partridge on January 14, 1961 in Sioux Falls. They made their home on a farm northeast of Dell Rapids. Ray farmed with his father. He started a trucking business in 1969. He trucked until 1982. He has farmed since that time.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, served on the Dell Rapids Cemetery Board since 1998 and was active in several farming organizations. Raymond was known for his love of animals.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Darla of Dell Rapids; his sons, Scott (Lisa) Jensen of Dell Rapids and Jim (Tracy) Jensen of Trent; his daughter, Julie (Ken) Packard of Dell Rapids; his 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; his sister, Darlene (Wayne) Kluth of Seattle, WA and his special cousin, Brian (Char) Hamilton of Warwick, NY and 8 nieces and nephews.

Kari Stroschein

Kari StroscheinKari M. Stroschein, 41, of Dell Rapids, SD, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids, SD. Visitation on Thursday, September 11, 2014 will be from noon-5:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home and will resume at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. The Christian Wake Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to follow. Condolences may be left at

Kari Marie Duhaime was born on August 12, 1973, the daughter of Jerry and Sandy (Pace) Duhaime at Sioux City, IA. She grew up on a farm near Elk Point, SD and attended school in Elk Point. She graduated from Elk Point High School in 1991. After high school she attended SDSU in Brookings, SD where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications in 1994. She then completed her Masters Degree in Speech Language and Pathology from USD in 1996. She married Chad Stroschein on April 20, 1996 at Elk Point, SD. The couple made their home in Atwood, KS, Green Bay, WI and Center Point, IA until settling in Dell Rapids, SD in 2003.

Kari worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for Select Hospital in Sioux Falls for the past several years.

Kari was very committed to her family, especially her children and all of their activities. You would see her many times at a rodeo cheerleading her children on. She was, is, and always will be their biggest fan. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Chad Stroschein of Dell Rapids; her children, daughter, Hannah, sons, Drew and Chace all at home; her parents, Jerry and Sandy Duhaime of Elk Point; her brothers, Brent (Melanie) Duhaime of Frisco, TX, Reid (KrisAnne) Duhaime of North Liberty, IA and Ryan (Lynne) Duhaime of Dakota Dunes; her in-laws, Gregg and Gayle Stroschein of Elk Point; her brothers-in-law, Jason (Candace) Stroschein of Altoona, WI and Corey Stroschein of Worthing; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her many friends.

A Memorial Fund has been established at First National Bank for the children’s college funds.

Sherrie Meyer

Sherrie MeyerSherrie (Hill) Meyer of Sioux Falls died peacefully on Sept. 7 after a swift battle with a rare blood disorder.

Born in 1945 in Willow Lake to Orville and Grace (Johnson) Hill, she married Ron Meyer in 1967. Sherrie earned her BS in Early Childhood Ed from SDSU and taught at the Flandreau Indian School. Later she established a preschool in Dell Rapids, and served numerous terms on the School Board.

After nearly twenty years, she retired and became the Barnes & Noble Story Lady. Children young and old recognized her wherever she went.

Above all, Sherrie believed in Jesus Christ as her Savior, and shared her faith with passion and joy. She was a member of Sioux Falls First Assembly of God, led prayer and Bible study groups, and prayed at Destiny’s free clinic.

She is survived by beloved husband Ron, daughters Amy (Eric) Schilder of Grafton, WI, Mindy (Jason) Morgan of Fayetteville, NC, grandsons Tristan and Duncan; sister Ramona (Arlan) Warwick of Watertown; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Miller West Funeral Chapel, with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 am Thursday at Crosswalk Community Church, 6101 S. Mogen Ave. Condolences may be left at

The family requests that memorials be directed to Christian Center Elementary School in Sioux Falls or to the Watertown Christian School.

Marie Visser

Marie VisserMarie Visser, 95, of Dell Rapids passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Carole. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at United Methodist Church in Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM with the family present from 5:00 to 7:30 PM Tuesday at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at

Marie was born February 8, 1919 to Henry and Julia (Delaney) Bertram at Bowman County, North Dakota. She lived the first year of her life in a sod house. The family moved to the Lyons/Colton area in 1920. She attended Grand Meadow country school and graduated from Lyons High School in 1938.

On March 17, 1945 Marie married Walt Visser in Mankato, Minnesota. They moved to a farm in rural Dell Rapids that they rented and later purchased. Since Marie was an only child, she was especially grateful for the warm welcome into the Visser family by all of Walt’s brothers and sisters.

Marie was well known for her expertise with plants and flowers. She ran a plant business from the farm for many years. She loved to raise ducks, guinea hens, exotic chickens and a large flock of turkeys. Marie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dell Rapids where she enjoyed helping with the many functions and activities there.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Carole Quiram, Sioux Falls; son, Marlin (Jeanine) Visser, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Ron Quiram, Sioux Falls, Jessica (Alan) Schneider, Otley, IA, Christopher Visser, Glenwood, IA and Lyndsey (Ryan) Hanson, Garretson.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Walt in 1986; parents; as well as many cousins and friends.

Thomas Wickert

Thomas WickertThomas R. Wickert, 80, of Baltic died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center.

Memorial services will begin at 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Southeastern Church of Christ, Sioux Falls. Memorial visitation will begin at 5:00 P.M. Monday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at

Thomas R. Wickert was born on September 8, 1933 to Leona and Harry Wickert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended elementary and high school in Milwaukee. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for two years. After his honorable discharge, he attended college to become a Master Machinist. After graduating from college, he worked for Allis Chalmers as a machinist until they closed. He then traveled the world setting up ink press machines for various companies.

In 2000, he moved to an acreage outside of Baltic, South Dakota where he resided until his death. On November 13, 2004 he married Carolyn Bailey at Southeastern Church of Christ in Sioux Falls surrounded by family and friends. They spent their years together traveling, raising animals, and enjoying time with family and friends. They loved and enjoyed every day that they had together. Tom enjoyed going to auctions, spending time with his best buddy “Jim” working on cars and farm equipment, spending time with his church “family”, hunting, fishing, and building and flying model airplanes with the Sod Busters model airplane group.

Tom fought a courageous battle against cancer and never complained. In the last hours of his life, he was surrounded by his wife, step-children, and step-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kindness, gentle soul, his love of life and animals, and his wonderful stories.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Carolyn (Bailey) Wickert of Baltic. His children: Bryan (Melissa) Bailey, of Dell Rapids; Paul Bailey of Dell Rapids; Kathy (Randy) Reiners of Baltic; and Desiree (Kyle) Dammer of Dell Rapids. His grandchildren: Maggie Richter, Lance Richter, Jennifer Bailey, Kirsten Bailey, Kylee Bailey, Shelby Bailey, Michael Bailey, Jakob Bailey, Lizzie Bailey, Paislee Dammer, Anistyn Dammer, and one great grandchild, Madison Bailey. He is also survived by a son, John (Karen) Wickert and two grandchildren, Dustin and Miranda Wickert.