Thomas Bartling

Thomas BartlingThomas Bartling, 62, of Canton passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls after a long and courageous battle with end stage liver disease and liver cancer. Funeral mass will begin at 10:30 am on Monday, September 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will begin at 2 pm on Sunday with a 3 pm rosary and a 7 pm rosary and prayer service all at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem. Condolences may be left at

Tom is survived by: his mother, Ethel Bartling of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Tammy (Matt) Konz of Dell Rapids, Joni (Cam) Scheier of Salem; grandchildren, Jordan, Parker and Kaden; siblings, Carol (Richard) Steinmetz of Spencer, Richard Bartling of Sioux Falls, Marsha (Leon) Anderson of Wentworth, and Dave (Karen) Bartling of Black Hawk; special friend, Sandy Morrison; and several nieces and nephews.

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Don Quincey

Don QuinceyDonald “Don” Ralph Quincey was born on November 16, 1930 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He grew up near White, South Dakota with his parents Ralph and Esther (Filholm) Quincey. He attended grade school in White and graduated from Brookings High School with the class of 1949. Following high school he enlisted into the United States Navy, spending time in Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and was on the USS Frontier during the Korean War. On April 24, 1955 he was united in marriage to LaVon Olson in Brookings, South Dakota and to this union two children were born, Rick and Kathy. In 1967, Don was united in marriage to Karen Sutherland and to this union one son was born, Scott. On September 15, 1994, Don was united in marriage to Blanche Watson at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone.

Throughout his life Don held several jobs including at Morrell’s Meat Packing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a welder for a construction company out of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and as the Postmaster in Trosky, Minnesota. From 1972 to 2008 he resided in Trosky, then moved to Pipestone for two years, and finally to Dell Rapids, where he was currently living. On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Don died at the Avera Dells Area Hospital in Dell Rapids at the age of 84 years, nine months, and 20 days.

Don was a member of Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. He loved playing the accordion and was the South Dakota State Champion. He enjoyed playing with his band, The Crazy Mountaineers, and with the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers. In 2013, he was inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. Don donated a large portion of his time driving around to many nursing homes to play accordion for the residents. His joyful playing will surely be missed!

Don is lovingly remembered by his wife, Blanche of Dell Rapids; two children, Kathy (Mike) Essem of Sioux Falls, and Scott (Lorie) Quincey of Pipestone; one daughter-in-law, Carla Quincey of Branson, Missouri; Blanche’s children, JoAnn (David) Stockland of Vermillion, South Dakota, Barb (Tom) Zorr of Dell Rapids, Richard (Barb) Chancellor of Hermosa, South Dakota, Jerry (Lori) Chancellor of Ralston, Nebraska, and Janell (Loren) Smith of Rochester, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sherri (Del) Sailer of Roseville, Minnesota. Don was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rick; a sister, Betty; and a brother, Danny.

Visitation will be Friday, September 11, from 10:00am-11:00am at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church, 804 8th Ave NE, Pipestone, MN. Don’s funeral service will be held at 11:00am. Condolences maybe left at

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Janice Ann Leuning

Janice LeuningJanice Ann Leuning of Mitchell SD entered her heavenly home on Sept 5, 2015 at the age of 76. Visitation will be at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 10 at 11:00am at The Reformed Church in Dell Rapids.  Condolences may be left at

Jan was born in Dell Rapids, SD on November 30, 1938 to Edwin and Ethel (Holmvik Jacobson) Leuning.  She received her elementary education in Juve Country School and graduated from Flandreau High School in 1957. She went to Nettleton College in Sioux Falls and IBM school in Omaha. Jan married Dean Bollinger in 1964. She worked in Sioux Falls at various jobs. Jan married Roger Olivier in Mitchell in 1990. She worked in construction as a carpenter, painter, wallpaper hanger and installed ceramic tile for 35 years, retiring at the age of 75. Her work can be seen in a 100 mile radius of Mitchell and also in Texas, Alabama and California.

Jan lived on farms near Dell Rapids and Flandreau, Madison WI, Omaha, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Texas and Mitchell, SD. Jan has been a member of Logan Reformed Church, Dell Rapids, St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, Nazarene Church, Mitchell and United Church of Christ – Congregational, Mitchell.

Jan is remembered by friends as a very giving person. She was always there with a helping hand to anyone who needed help.

Left to fondly remember Jan are her son, Scott (Candy) Bollinger, Frisco TX; grandchildren: John Miller, Bryant, Amanda, Hannah, Noah and Rebekah Bollinger; great-grandchildren: Kharter and Hazel Faith; stepsons: Greg (Carolyn) Olivier and Stewart (Julie) Olivier; step-grandchildren: Ben, Wendy, Clinton, Josh and Stacy Olivier, Steven (Margaret) and Brenden Elbaz and step-great-grandchild, Victoria. She is also survived by her sisters, Brenda May, Tucson, AZ and Jeanne (Stuart) Benson, Flandreau and numerous nieces and nephews and her first husband, Dean Bollinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Roger Olivier, her brother, Ken Leuning and stepson and daughter-in-law, Randy and Sara Olivier.

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Mike Baumberger

Mike BaumbergerMark “Mike” Baumberger, loving husband, father, and grandfather, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Mike was born on his parent’s rural farm home in Colton, South Dakota on February 17, 1938. He was the eldest of ten children (six boys and four girls). He attended Saint Mary’s Catholic School in Dell Rapids, SD. Mike worked with his father and siblings on the family farm until he was 17-years-old when he joined the United States Air Force and worked as a jet mechanic from 1955 to 1959. After this time, he was well on his way to becoming a Jack-of-all-trades.

In July of 1960, he met Bea Barck – the love of his life, his rock, his everything, at Cooty Days in Dell Rapids, SD. On June 23, 1961, they were wed at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. One of Mike’s proudest moments was serving the community for five-and-a-half years on the Sioux Falls Fire Department beginning in 1964. Mike then became a trucker and an owner/operator for the following 30 years, which provided a wonderful life for his family. In 2005, Mike retired and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren whenever possible.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Catherine (Geraets) Baumberger and Marcus Baumberger; his sister, Virginia (Baumberger) Zimmer; son-in-law, Greg Filipek; and brother-in-law, Bob Deiss.

Survivors include his loving wife, Bea (Barck) Baumberger; his daughters, Brenda Baumberger and Michaelee “Mikki” (Baumberger) Shapard (Gilbert Silva); his son, Bart (Cathy Baker) Baumberger; his grandchildren, Kayla Baumberger, Chelsea Baumberger, Cristian Shapard, Olivia Shapard, and Eric Wilson; his siblings, Gene (Vonnie Berger) Baumberger, David (Marcia Warne) Baumberger, Rosee (Baumberger) Deiss, LaLa (Baumberger) Felton (Verne), Dan Baumberger (Brenda Rademacher), Tim (Pat Kris) Baumberger, Roger (Janet Hoemann) Baumberger, Ceedy (Baumberger) Johnson (Steve), as well as his many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm Friday, September 11, 2015, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue. A prayer service will follow at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:00am, Saturday, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to the VFW Post 628, for local Veterans care. Condolences may be left at


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Wayne Burkhart

Wayne BurkhartWayne Burkhart, 91, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday and the family will be present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at

Wayne Elwert Burkhart was born on July 19th 1924 to John and Myrtie (Greiff) Burkhart in Dell Rapids, SD where he grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1942. He then served in the United States Navy. Wayne married Lois Mohrman on January 11th, 1950 and they farmed 6 miles east of Dell Rapids on the family farm.

Wayne was a member of the Dell Rapids Legion Post and Firing Squad. He belonged to the Minnehaha County and SD State Livestock Association. In 1982, he was awarded the SD Livestock Feeder of the Year. Wayne served many years as president of the Dell Rapids Co-op Grain board. He was a member of the Dell Rapids Lutheran church.

Wayne and Lois where blessed with 4 children, Barry Burkhart, Kay (Arny) Erickson, Brian Burkhart (special friend Pattie Loosbrock), and Bruce (Julie) Burkhart; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Barry, brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Betty Burkhart, sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Jim Wiarda, nephew, Bill Burkhart, and nephew, Don Mohrman.

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Kenneth “Sarge” Anderson

Ken AndersonKenneth D. “Sarge” Anderson, 88, of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in Dell Rapids. His funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015 with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

Kenneth Dale “Sarge” Anderson was born on March 14, 1927 in the family farm house northwest of Dell Rapids. He was the son of Louie and Florence (Relf) Anderson. He attended grade school at the Johanson Country School near the farm. He would often tell about how he walked or rode a pony to school. Occasionally, it was up hill both ways. He then attended Dell Rapids Public High School, graduating in 1945. He started farming with his father, a partnership that continued until his father passed away in 1961. Ken met Gracia Carlson at a dance at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls. They married on November 15, 1952 at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The couple made their home in a little house they built on the Anderson Farm. When his mother moved into town, they moved into the original house on the home place. Gracia died on February 7, 2008. Sarge remained on the farm until April, 2011, when he moved into Orchard Hills in Dell Rapids. In June of 2014, he became a resident of the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Ken was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and served on the Bethany Board. He loved farming, and enjoyed farm living, attending farm sales, and traveling to farm shows because he could always find someone to talk about farming. He enjoyed visiting over a cup of coffee. His life was all about raising cattle, hogs, and crops. He liked to utilize new practices such as an automated feed mill and a new crop called soybeans. He always had something to tinker on or fix. He was appreciative of his hired hands, Les and Judy Walters, Pastor Earl Johnson, and others. Les, his helper and friend for 40 plus years, also passed away just hours earlier than Ken.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sisters, Reva Finch and Irene Anderson and his brother-in-law, Fred Finch.

He is survived by his sons, Dale (Lana) Anderson of Pierre and Dean (Jo-Ann Graziano) of New York, NY; his daughter, Sharlene (Troy) Swier of Sioux Falls; his 10 grandchildren, Shandra (Matthew) Carr, Cody Swier, Corbin Swier, Kaylee Swier, Kellie Swier, Davis Anderson, Jared Anderson, Thomas Swier, Kenton Swier, Alyssa Swier, and his two great-grandchildren Liam and Landon Carr.

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Les Walters

Les WaltersLeslie “Les” R. Walters, 81, of Dell Rapids lost his battle to cancer Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Dougherty House Hospice. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery, rural Baltic, SD. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at

Les was born June 27, 1934 to parents George and Grace (Groen) Walters in Kanarazi, MN. He attended school through the 8th grade and then enjoyed helping his uncle on the farm during his teenage years. Les enjoyed working road construction and farming through the years. He continued his love of farming by assisting Kenny Anderson with various duties on the farm for over 40 years.

Les married Judy Skatvold on April 15, 1959 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids where they continue to be members. They lived around the Dell Rapids area through the years. Les always put his family and friends first; always willing to lend a helping hand. He especially enjoyed “social time” with his family and many friends.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Judy; daughters, Kim (Pat) Lindholm, Cheryl (Tim) Bauman, Carol (Joel) Bunkers and Julie Sharp (Kris Snieve); grandchildren, Jeremy (Lori), Angie (Jim), Brent, Joshua, Amy (Matt), Brett (Samantha), Michelle (Garrett), Brittnie (Zach), Dylan (Stacia), Nikki, Miriah (J.D.) and Brodie; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Aleida Kruger; brothers, Dick (Doris), Glen (Norma), Ed (LaVonne), George (Donna), Joe, Darrel (Marge), Alvin (Joy), Ervin (Kathy), Arvin and Ronnie (Sandy); brother-in-laws, LeRoy (Diane), Dean (Karen) and Keith Skatvold; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Les was preceded in death by 2 children, Gary and Teresa; his parents; mother and father-in-law and brother.

We will miss his sense of humor and smile, but will never forget him!

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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

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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.

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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.

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