Duane Larson

larsond picDuane Larson, 94 of Brandon, formerly of Chester, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017. His funeral service is at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the Chester United Methodist Church. Visitation is two hours prior to the start of the service in the church. Interment with military honors is in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids.

Duane A. Larson was born May 9, 1923 in Bridgewater, SD.  He was the eldest of August and Gwendolyn (McMartin) Larson’s eight children.  He married Vivian Jenson, June 20, 1944.  On October 29, 2017, he passed peacefully into Glory.

On January 18, 1945, Duane enlisted in the US Army.  He achieved the rank of Sargent and served as the assistant to a general on Guam and Saipan.  Duane was extraordinarily proud of his service during World War II.

After returning from the Army, Duane farmed in the Chester area and was a custodian at the Chester School.  In 1963, Duane was named Postmaster in Chester.  In 1986, Duane became the Supervisor, Bulk Mail at the Sioux Falls Regional Post Office until his retirement in 1990.

Duane was a servant for his community.  He was a member of the American Legion Arthur Peterson Post 136 for 57 years serving as Adjutant for many of those.  He served on the board of directors for Interlakes Telecommunications Cooperative, Lake County Zoning Board, and Chester Sanitary District.  He was a long-time volunteer fireman in Chester.  He was a long-time Chester Booster Club member and recipient of Booster of the Year.  Duane was a Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church, speaking and leading services across the region, as well as Sunday School teacher and custodian for the church in Chester.

Grateful for having shared in his life are a daughter Kathleen, siblings Eileen Keese, Fay (Shirley), Russell (Evelyn), Carl (Dixie), and Martha Nelson, and many nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Vivian, brother David, and sister Elizabeth.
Duane was an unassuming man, happy to serve others in ways that brought little fanfare to himself.  He had friends far and wide with no one remaining a stranger.  He served God and Jesus Christ by serving others as son, husband, father, and friend.

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Gerry Bunkers

Gerry BunkersGerald “Gerry” A. Bunkers, 78, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls, SD. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.  On-line condolences may be left at the Zinzley Funeral Home website.

A longtime resident of Sioux Falls and fixture in the brokerage community, Gerry was born May 12, 1939, to Andrew and Agnes (Dresch) Bunkers in Dell Rapids, SD. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids, and he went on to earn a business degree at the University of South Dakota. During college, he served in the Army ROTC program.

On June 21, 1963, he married Donna Warn at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. The couple moved to Omaha, NE, where Gerry worked several years in construction management. They later moved to Salem, SD, where they owned and operated the Chess Lounge and Pleasant Acres Restaurant. Gerry later earned his brokerage license and worked for A.G. Edwards in Sioux Falls, earning several corporate awards during his decades-long career with the firm.

Gerry was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kiwanis Club. Gerry was an avid hunter, fisherman, boater and skier, but he truly loved spending time with relatives and friends at the family’s cabin on Lake Madison, SD.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Donna of Sioux Falls; children, John (Jill) of Golden Valley, MN, Kelly (Scott) Thien of Indianapolis, IN, Mike of Burnsville, MN, and Jeremy (Kelsey) of Bozeman, MT; siblings, Jen (Jack) Donovan, Bob (Cecelia), Ken (Glenda), Jean (Ray) Pederson, Mary Sue, Diane (Bob) Reiff, and George (Gwen); eleven grandchildren, Jacob, Josephine, Jessica and Thomas Bunkers, Andrew, Joshua and Katie Thien, Cameron and Caleigh Bunkers, Logan and Taylor Bunkers; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Earl; sister-in-law Ellen; and grandson Daniel Thien.

Burial will be private. The Bunkers and Thien families would like to thank all the family, friends and caregivers who helped Gerry through his recent illnesses. In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana, 435 Limestone Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, or online at www.rmhccin.org.

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Eric M. Petty

petty picEric M. Petty, 35, of Dell Rapids, formerly of Omaha, NE passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from injuries received in an automobile accident. His Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Eric is survived by his mother and step-father, Donna and Conrad Bartolome of Omaha, NE; his sister, Sarah (Justin) Hinrichs; his father, Robert David Petty of Council Bluffs, IA and his extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins.



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John Devlin

John DevlinJohn Benjamin Devlin, 89, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, SD. John Benjamin Devlin, son of John Francis Devlin and Mary (Tobin) Devlin, was born April 29, 1928 in Sioux Falls, SD. John was a lifelong resident of Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral High School. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Tim (Lynn), John (Mary), Dan (Jill), all of Sioux Falls, Mary Zakrzewski of O’Neill, NE, and Vince (Julie) of Dell Rapids; 12 grandchildren, Bridget, John, Beau, Ben, Dustin, Stacy, Sara, Jean, Paula, Jeff, Michelle, and Rachel; 16 great grandchildren, Bryn, Erin, Caelan, Cullen, Michael, Andrew, Ethan, Jymira, Quinton, Paxton, James, Claire, Oliver, Jack, Luke and Conor, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; three sisters, Mary, Jeanine, and Anne; great grandchildren, Boston and Jeff; and a son-in-law, Dave Zakrzewski.

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Milo Holt

Milo HoltMilo Henry Holt, 92, a long-time Jacksonville, FL resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 7 following several months of declining health. He will be buried in the family plot in rural South Dakota. On-line condolences may be left at the Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel website.

Milo was born in rural Dell Rapids, SD, in 1924 to Henry G. Holt and Gertie M. (Monger) Holt, the youngest of four children. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School and farmed in the area until he retired in 1980. He then relocated to Jacksonville because of family in the area and became a financial advisor for the American Classic Securities until 2008 when he once again retired.

Milo had been an active member of Toastmasters International, Sons of Norway Gateway to Florida Lodge 3-541 and Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church. He served meals on wheels and was a Sunday school teacher. He was very proud of his Lutheran faith and his Norwegian ancestry since his Mother was born in Norway.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters. Surviving family include varied nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Youth Ministry, 7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Sons of Norway, 4013 Moresburg Court, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

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Shirley Snoozy

snoozy picShirley Snoozy, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with Rev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Casketbearers were Shirley’s grandchildren. Visitation was on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at noon with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com

Shirley Viola Nielsen was born on May 25, 1927 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Chris and Ana (Anderson) Nielsen. She grew up on two farms near Dell Rapids and one near Baltic. She attended Noyes Country School and graduated from Baltic High School in 1945. After high school she moved to Sioux Falls and attended Nettleton College. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Sioux Falls Gas Company. She married Ed Snoozy on May 23, 1948 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. After their marriage, the couple rented a farm seven miles west of Dell Rapids. In 1950, they bought a farm across the road and moved there in 1951. In 1966, Ed invented a tractor hitch and it was patented. For twenty-five years, Ed and Shirley sold tractor hitches at fairs and at their home. In 1973, they became a Dixon mower dealer. They continued to sell and repair mowers for many years. After Ed’s death in 1984, Shirley continued to sell and repair mowers. Since 1986, Shirley has spent winters with her daughters. She continued to live on the home place, garden, run the mower business and help her son with farming chores until her health declined. She became a resident of Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in July of 2017.

She is survived by her son, Gerald of Dell Rapids; her daughters, Beverly (Dennis) Dekam of Pipestone, MN, Sylvia (Hank) Vogt of Ruthton, MN, Darlene (David) Sparks of Laguna Woods, CA and Karen (Al) Lange of Pipestone, MN; her 17 grandchildren and her 21 great-grandchildren; her brother, Norman (Vera) Nielsen of Renner and her many extended family and friends.

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Mary (Hermanson) Odlund

Mary OdlundMary Margaret (Hermanson) Odland was born on April 13, 1926 to John and Alice (Paulson) Hermanson in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. She was baptized on June 27, 1926 and confirmed her faith on June 18, 1939 at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church. She spent her childhood years in Dell Rapids and graduated from Dell Rapids High School with the class of 1943. She then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she graduated in May of 1947 with a B.A. Degree in Sociology.

On August 1, 1948, Mary was united in marriage with her childhood sweetheart, Donald Mark Odland, at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church, with Don’s father officiating at the ceremony. The couple then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Don attended medical school for four years at Marquette University. They then moved to Minneapolis for Don to complete a two year residency. In 1954, the couple moved to Luverne, Minnesota, where they settled into small town life. Don worked hard building his medical practice and Mary worked hard caring for the needs of their family. She was a stay-at-home mother for their five children and loved it!

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 while surrounded by her family at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Mary went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 years, five months and one day. On-line condolences may be left at the Hartquist Funeral Home website.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her children, Mark (Pat) Odland of Alexandria, MN, David (Sharon) Odland of Alexandria, MN, Debra Odland of Woodbury, MN, Paul Odland of Alexandria, MN, and Steve Odland of Luverne; 10 grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, Tony, Kristoffer, Laura, Eric, Ryan, Will, Wade and Wyatt; 13 great-grandchildren (with a 14th and 15th expected), Brooke, Oliver, Charlotte, Maggie, Belle, Evie, Henry, Barron, Mason, Ella, Blake, Alba Joy, Alexis, and other family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; and her brother, Dr. John Hermanson.

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Mary Dressen

Dressen, Mary obit photoMary Catherine Dressen, 84, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.

Memorial visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 6th, at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Private interment will be at a later date.

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Sharon Koens

Koens, Sharon-Obit Photo 3Sharon Kay Koens, age 82, of Garretson, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Avera Dells Area Hospital in Dell Rapids. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson.

Sharon was born on December 13, 1934, in Lake Wilson, Minnesota, to Dr. Everil Dwain and Mildred Lorrain (Rhodes) Merkley. She attended grade school in Jasper, Minnesota, and high school in Mexico City, Mexico, and Mankato, Minnesota, graduating from Mankato High School. She completed nurses training at the Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. On July 30, 1955, she married Frank Koens Jr. at Highland Lutheran Church north of Sherman. Sharon was a nurse at a doctor’s office in Garretson, and at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. She later worked as a legal secretary at the Theodosen Law Office in Garretson, and for the WIC Program in Sioux Falls. She was also a finance officer for the City of Garretson from 1968-1976.

Sharon was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson, Zion Lutheran Church Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as President in 1963. She also served for 9 years on the board of the Palisade Manor Nursing Home.

A beautifully intelligent woman and voracious reader, Sharon would spend hours a day reading and solving crossword puzzles. She was very disciplined, organized, and service orientated. She was a loyal friend to those fortunate enough to have her in their lives. She enjoyed plants and flowers, taking great care in tending to them. A devoted family woman, Sharon took tremendous joy in visiting her children. She was a constant supporter of her grandchildren, attending numerous recitals and sporting events. She hosted many family meals over the years and was loving and generous. Her husband Frank was her constant companion.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Koens Jr., Garretson; children: Catherine Sena (Charlie) Frager, Dell Rapids, David Dwain Koens, Yankton, Roger Alan (Debra) Koens, Dell Rapids, and Mary Kay (Robert) Vavala, Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren: Cindy (David) Porter, Alyssa Koens, Erin (Michael) Rinehart, Nathan Koens, Dominic Vavala, Adrian Vavala; great-grandchildren, Emily Porter and the anticipated arrival of Baby Rinehart; sisters: Nancy Rangel, Mexico D.F., and Barbara Edmundson, Garretson; and a brother, Randy (Laurie) Megard, Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Everil Merkley and Mildred Merkley Megard, and her step-father, Ben Megard.

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Rosemary Hauglid

hauglid picRosemary Hauglid, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. John Lantsberger as the celebrant. Casketbearers are Tom Hauglid, Josh Hauglid, Wade Hauglid, Brett Hauglid, Michael Hauglid, Brady Hauglid, Dan Hauglid and Brian Cordell. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The family will be present at 5:00 p.m. with Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemary Eulberg was born on June 3, 1925, the daughter of Matt and Elizabeth (Majeres) Eulberg. Rosemary graduated from high school with her future husband, Norman Hauglid in 1943. Three years later on September 19, 1946 they were married.  Their first home was on a farm 2 miles north of Dell Rapids. In 1957 they moved to the home Rosemary’s father built 7 miles NW of Dell Rapids where they raised their 7 children.  In 1984 they built a new home 7 miles south of Colman, SD and lived there until they moved to Orchard Hills Retirement Center in 2013.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish and Altar Society and a past St. Mary School Board member. She and Norman enjoyed winters in AZ for twenty-five years. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling and dune bugging in AZ with friends.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Mel and Jerry Eulberg, her sister, Doris Mousel, her son, Steve and three infant grandchildren, Jennifer, Jesse and Jordon.

She is survived by her husband, Norman of Dell Rapids; her children, Greg (Jo) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, Alice Cordell of Atlanta, GA, Don (Mary Ann) Hauglid of Tulsa, OK, Nancy Hauglid of Sioux Falls, Larry (Tena) Hauglid of Dell Rapids, John (Beck) Hauglid of Colman and Mark (Joni) Hauglid of Colman; her 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Roger Eulberg of Salt Lake City, UT and her many friends and extended family.


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