Kevin Kuper

Kuper, Kevin obit photo 2Kevin Kuper, 57, of Dell Rapids passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Kevin requests your presence at the Celebration of His Life by wearing tank tops, shorts and flip flops, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will be Military Honors at 12:00 pm. Followed by a party at Bluejay’s in Egan, one of Kup’s favorite spots to hang out.

Kevin “Kup” was born June 19, 1962 in Dell Rapids, SD. He attended Grade School and High School at Dell Rapids St. Mary’s. Kevin joined the Air Force right after high school and continued to serve in the Air National Guard for 20 years 9 months and 14 days. His greatest accomplishment was when stationed in Las Vegas at Nellis Airforce Base during Desert Storm; he got to work on the Stealth Bombers.

Kevin married Cheryl Turner on August 15, 1998, in Baltic, SD. Together they had two children Brittany and Kollin.

Kevin lived life to its fullest enjoying music, playing keyboards for multiple bands, including Kuper Family Band and Battle Creek Station Band. Kevin never learned how to read music he played by ear. Kevin was notorious for his quick wit humor, sarcasm, pink tank tops, and black shorts (rain, snow or shine.) Kevin loved entertaining friends and family, hosting many patio parties and watching NASCAR.


Kevin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cheryl; daughter, Brittany (Cody); son, Kollin; mother, Bette; sisters, Lynne and Tami (Steve) Clark; brothers, Steve (Lola), Dan (Jane), Jim (Jill), Jeff (Ann) and Rod (Kim).

He is preceded in death by his father, Lowell Kuper; uncles, Hank Bunkers and Lee Bunkers and his best friend, Troy Anderson.

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James Brown

brown picJames “Jim” Brown, 84, of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home in Dell Rapids.  Visitation is on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home and will resume at 5:00 p.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church.  The Christian Wake Service is at 7:00 p.m. with a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary after. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Greg Tschakert as the Celebrant.  Interment with military rites is in the St. Mary Cemetery.

James Kenneth Brown was born on November 26, 1934 in Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Eugene and Gertrude (Krier) Brown. He grew up on the family farm west of Dell Rapids. He attended school at St. Mary Academy and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1952. He was drafted into the United States Army in April of 1954. He started basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. While on leave, he married Betty Eich at St. Peter Catholic Church in Colman on August 5, 1954. James served in Korea, Hokuto, Japan, and Guam during the Korean War. After his discharge in April of 1956, he and Betty moved to their farm west of Dell Rapids where they raised their six children. They milked cows, raised chickens, and farmed for over 40 years. In 1993, Jim and Betty moved to their home in the town of Dell Rapids. Their home was always open to guests, family or friends, over a good meal and plenty of laughter. Jim worked for Hoffman Sanitation for seven years and continued to help on the farm until the time of his death.

James was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a charter member of the Adult Choir and the Men’s Choir, the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Dell Rapids American Legion and Legion Firing Squad, and was an active member of the National Farmers Organization since 1961. One of his proudest moments was singing the National Anthem on the stage with John Conlee. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s athletic events, sitting front row hollering suggestions at the referees. He was honored to receive the St. Mary “Friend of Basketball” Award in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Loretta Busch.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Betty; his children, Veronica Madetzke of Sioux Falls, Kenny Brown of Dell Rapids, Denise (Mark) Merrigan of Watertown, Kevin (Renee) Brown of Dell Rapids, Diane (Mike) Bunkers of Dell Rapids, and Mike (Angie) Brown of Dell Rapids; his 18 grandchildren and soon-to-be 26 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Earl Brown of Dell Rapids, Ted Brown of Seattle, WA, Ray (Lois) Brown of Dell Rapids, Bill (Diane) Brown of Dell Rapids, and his sister Linda (Lee) McInroy of Dell Rapids; and his many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Jim fought cancer for over 24 years and is now in no more pain.

Memorials can be directed to St. Mary School.


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Denise Christensen

christensen picDenise Christensen, 52, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her Celebration of Life Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Miller Funeral Home Southside Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the start of the service. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Denise Lea Winegarden was born on February 9, 1967, the daughter of Dennis and Diane (Chrisman) Winegarden. She grew up in Sharon Center, IA and graduated from Mid-Prairie High School in 1985. She then attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1989. She married Dave Christensen on December 23, 1988 at Sharon Center United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Iowa, Vermont and Illinois before settling in Sioux Falls, SD in 2005. She was dedicated to raising her children and volunteering. Denise’s volunteer work led her to complete a degree in Nursing from the University of South Dakota in 2008. She worked at Sanford Hospital until joining the Avera Heart Hospital family in 2009 where she worked until the time of her death.

Hot air ballooning shaped Denise’s life from a young age. She learned to fly from her Dad and received her pilot certificate in 1985. While flying for her Dad’s ride business, she met her future husband Dave, another pilot flying for Dennis. Denise took pride in watching her daughter become a third generation balloon pilot, and she shared many adventures with an extended ballooning family. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing and volunteering at Lifescape.

Denise was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Winegarden.

She is survived by her husband, Dave of Sioux Falls; her twin children, Anne (Alex) Susko of Spirit Lake, IA and John Christensen of Cincinnati, OH; her mother, Diane Winegarden of North Liberty, IA; her sisters, Debra (Bill) Horning of Coralville, IA and Danita Capps of Denver, CO; her in-laws, Merlyn and Janet Christensen of Dell Rapids, SD; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Stu) Dix of Baldwin, WI and Linda Nelson of Clear Lake, IA and her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Denise Christensen Memorial Fund intended to continue sharing Denise’s support of and compassion for others.


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Richard Fitzgerald

fitzgerald picRichard “Dick” Fitzgerald, 75, of Spot O’ Green farm in Dell Rapids went home to the Lord due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease and Prostate cancer surrounded by those who loved him on 2 June 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His Memorial Mass is at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake is at 3:00 p.m.

Dick was born in Dell Rapids to Leo Fitzgerald and Naomi (Lowder) Fitzgerald in 1944. He met his wife of 53 years, Mary Reecy in the first grade, but it was not love at first sight. Mary remembers him having cooties at that age. Evidently, he was cured of his case of the cooties as Dick and Mary were married in Dell Rapids in January of 1966. She remained his best friend and was at his side to his last breath.

By the time he reached his sophomore year, he was asked by the choir director to consider taking study hall instead of choir because of his unique singing voice. In his senior year, track and field arrived at St Mary’s High School. As he, Harry Evans and Jerry Klein sat stretching to prepare for practice, they looked at each other and asked each other what in the world they were doing there. That was the end of their track career. After graduating from St Mary’s High School, he attended South Dakota State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s of Science.

He was active in 4-H as a young man, showing particular interest in showing cattle, hogs and sheep where he earned champion showman honors. He put the skills he learned to use years later as an adult 4-H leader when his children were able to participate.

Dick farmed his family homestead for several years but was better known for selling the best Christmas trees in the area for 35 years. He worked at Park’s Meat Locker and drove the bus for the Dell Rapids School District for many years and was a fixture at wrestling matches where everyone could hear him yelling for the wrestlers to “SQUEEZE!”. He eventually moved on from the locker and started working in the plant nursery industry. He loved this job because it gave him the chance to do two of his favorite things…talk with people and talk about plants and trees.

He loved being a thespian with the Old Opera House Players and was well known for his still unique singing voice, and his characterization of the villain in melodramas, perhaps because he was a little bit of a rebel himself when he was off stage. He was a fixture in the group of men who met every morning to solve the world’s problems and have some coffee together.

Anyone who knew Dick knows he loved the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In fact, there were few days when he didn’t have on a Notre Dame hat, shirt, jacket, shoes or some combination of all three. This fact led to his grandchildren believing he was a leprechaun. No one ever provided any proof to the contrary. He had the opportunity to watch his beloved Fighting Irish in person on several occasions, most recently when Notre Dame beat LSU with a miraculous ending in the 2018 Citrus Bowl.

He was a man who didn’t let convention keep him from doing what he wanted to do. Rules were made to be bent, if not broken given the proper circumstances. If he wanted to do something, he did it; damn the rules, for good or bad.

Dick is survived by his wife Mary, son Bret and wife Ashleigh and their children Tristan, Keira, Gwenevere and Quinn-Killian of Triangle, VA; son Scot and wife Rachel of Canton, SD; son Dean and wife Jen and their children Kellen and Erin of Melbourne, FL; daughter Kathleen and husband Roscoe Taylor of Houston, TX and daughter Bridget of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by his brother Jerry and wife Nettie Fitzgerald, Gehring, NE, and his sister-in-law Gail Fitzgerald, Colombia, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for people who are so inclined to donate to The National Parkinson’s Foundation.

The family requested that people wear Notre Dame attire for the visitation and service.


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Leonard Allen

allen picLeonard Allen, 89, a farmer from Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service began at 8:00 p.m.

Leonard was born on the home place north of Dell Rapids on April 12, 1930, the son of Thomas and Regina (Biever) Allen. He grew up on the family farm where he lived on and farmed his entire life. He cared for his mother until she entered Terrace Manor. He was most generous with his time and helping others in need.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, farming and buying “green stuff.” Leonard is preceded in death by his sisters, Imelda Eulberg, Jean Weelborg, Annette Allen; brothers, infant Alvin, LeRoy, Lawrence and Thomas.

He is survived by his sister, Anna Mae Miiller of Phoenix, AZ and his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

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Ardis Munk

munk picArdis Munk, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her Memorial Service was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Ignite Life Church, Dell Rapids (5th and State Ave). Inurnment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Ardis Lorraine Nyhus was born to Halvor and Anna Otava (Hammer) Nyhus on September 14, 1928 at Dell Rapids, SD. Her family lived in the Baltic area before moving to Dell Rapids. She attended school in both Baltic and Dell Rapids.  Ardis married John William “Jack” Munk on May 10, 1949 in Luverne, MN. They were married for 64 years and resided in Dell Rapids all that time. Jack passed away on March 3, 2013. They had four children, Roger, Jacqueline, David and Lisa. Ardis began working as a waitress at the Dells Cafe and later worked at Rickeman’s Variety, Grandma’s Cafe and The Huddle Cafe.

Ardis enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed many family reunions and family gatherings. She enjoyed going places with her family and friends, going to state fairs or to see relatives in distant places. She enjoyed make krub or lutefisk for her family and friends. She did craftwork and loved bowling, playing cards and going to bingo night at the American Legion. She lived life to the fullest.

She served many years as treasurer for the Legion Auxiliary and the Baptist Women’s Group (ABW). She was in charge of the kitchen group at the church for many years. Ardis loved to join Jack on the front porch of their home and visit with passing neighbors and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Roger (Linda) Munk of Dell Rapids and David (Lori) Munk of Sioux Falls; her daughter, Lisa (Cari Conine) Munk of Atlanta, GA; her nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Joyce Geraets of Dell Rapids and her sister-in-law, Beryl Masters of Ambler, PA and her many friends and extended family.

Ardis is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack; daughter, Jackie; two grandsons, David and Donald Munk; great-granddaughter, Emeilia Patricia Munk; her sister Berniece Oien and her husband, Otto; her brother-in-law, George Geraets Sr; her sister-in-law and spouse, Mildred and Karl Knoche and her sister-in-law’s husband, Wright Masters.


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Sheryl Livermont

livermont picSherri’s funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. MST on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the Martin Activities Center in Martin, SD. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. MST in the Martin Activities Center on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Sheryl “Sherri” Ann Kuxhaus was born on January 23rd 1958 in Gordon, NE to Willard and Dorothy (Nelson) Kuxhaus.  She grew up on a farmstead then resided in Swett west of Martin, SD. She attended Central Elementary School in the western part of Bennett County until the 8th grade when she attended Bennett County High School. She graduated from BCHS in 1976.  She married Larry Livermont on May 29, 1976. The couple made their home near Vetal. Larry worked at his family ranch and the couple owned and operated the Dustbuster Taven from 1981-1994.

Growing up, Sherri developed a passion for the outdoors and a genuine love for all of God’s creatures.  She enjoyed horses and working alongside her father on their farm/ranch.  She was a hard headed, free spirit who found purpose in hard work and caring for others.  She met her husband to-be at age 16, in the parking lot of the Bennett County high school and thus began a 45 year journey.  The couple was blessed with a love and dedication that could not be matched.  They raised two children who became the center of their world and raised them to understand the meaning of true love, dedication, and God’s presence.  After she and Larry settled in on their acreage north of Vetal, Sherri was able to focus on her God given talents which included cooking, photography, crafting, woodworking, gardening, canning, and a host of many other gifts which are too many to be named.  Her sense of purpose was sowing the land and sharing her fruits with those she adored. She was a woman who hated a crowd but loved the company of people, which was demonstrated best in her commitment to her friends, family, and neighbors.  She loved a good get together and was a ‘master organizer’. She appreciated simplicity, efficiency, and common sense.  Those who knew her well appreciated her listening ear and her sound advice.  Her happy place was chasing storms, studying the weather, and snuggling up by a cozy fire with Larry.  Sherri would eventually be blessed with five grandchildren who were the new light of her life.  A close second were the animals she raised and loved.  There are no words to describe the mold of life this lady broke and the mark she left on her family and friends.

Sherri passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 under hospice after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and her very special sister, Konnie. She was 61 and preceded in death by her parents, sister, Lorri Phillips, her sister-in-law, Tammy Novotny and mother-in-law, Micki Livermont.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Larry Livermont of Martin; son, Chris (Sarah) Livermont of Brookings; daughter, Tiffany (Ross) Brende of Dell Rapids; her five grandchildren, Tyler and Hannah Livermont, Jace, Brooks and Jax Brende; her siblings, Monty (Cathy) Kuxhaus of Roscoe, IL, William (Barb) Kuxhaus of Martin, David (Roxanne) Kuxhaus of Rapid City and sister, Konnie (Kenny) Boomer of Martin; her father-in-law, Wayne Livermont of Martin, brothers-in-law, Steve (Paula) LIvermont of Martin, Dean Livermont of Martin, Tom Livermont of Rapid City, and Stuart (Tracee) Livermont of Martin and her many nieces, nephews, friends and extended relatives.

The family request that memorials be directed to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of her grandson, Jace.

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Betty Nemmers

nemmers picBetty M. Nemmers, 79, of Vernon, CT, died peacefully on Friday April 26th 2019. She was born July 30,1939 in Hinsdale Illinois one of three children of Roman J and Veronica (Rogers) Nemmers.

Prior to her retirement Betty was a school teacher at Vernon Center Middle School. She taught Special Education and Social Studies for over 20 years. Betty enjoyed gardening and was an avid and gifted artist.

Betty is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Lavonne Nemmers and Stephen Pivacek of Ft Myers FL, two nieces Krista Sabbatis and Beth McDonald, three nephews, Robert Pivacek, Roman Pivacek, and John R. Nemmers and all of their families. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her brother, John E Nemmers.

A graveside service will be held in St Mary Cemetery in Dell Rapids, SD on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

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Teresa Boyum

Teresa Boyum Obituary photoTeresa Ann Boyum, 91, of Sioux Falls peacefully passed away Friday evening at her home at Prince of Peace.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, April 26th at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls.  Inurnment will take place at a later date as Teresa has generously donated her body to the University of South Dakota’s Body Donation Program.  Teresa recognized the value of this gift toward the education of our future healthcare professional and she would encourage all to consider such a gift.  Visitation with family present is at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 25th at St.Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids with a prayer service and rosary at 7:00pm.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home

Teresa was born on the family farm in Dell Rapids, SD to Albert T. and Anna Mae (Keefer) Bowen on December 23rd, 1927.  Teresa was the youngest of three children, growing up with her sister Bernadine and brother Bill.  Teresa attended St. Mary Catholic School in Dell Rapids, Class of 1945.

Teresa was united in marriage to Norvald James “Jim” Boyum on September 26, 1946. Jim and Teresa welcomed six children into their family, Kathleen, James, Thomas, Mark, Susan and Daniel and last fall celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Teresa was a strong, gentle, kind-hearted woman who together with Jim, raised their six children.  In addition to raising four often rambunctious boys and two adorable girls, Teresa helped with the family enterprise on the 7D7 Mink Ranch at Renner.  Later in life, Teresa was side-by-side with Jim when they launched their “retirement” endeavor when they founded I-90 White GMC in 1985.  Together, they operated I-90 until 1993 when they retired for good.  Teresa and Jim spent the next 12 years wintering in Mesa, AZ, surrounded by family and friends.  In 2005 Teresa and Jim returned full-time to South Dakota, moving to Dell Rapids where they resided for 12 years. In 2017 they moved to Sioux Falls, residing at Laurel Oaks Apartments at Prince of Peace.

Teresa was a quiet, faith-filled woman and for 91 years she provided roots and wings for her family.  How appropriate that she passed away on Good Friday — a wonderful day to return to the Lord.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Those grateful to have shared her life are husband Jim (d), daughters Kathleen and Sue (Brian Rainey).  Sons Jim (d) (Kathy), Tom (Janet), Mark (Lora Cady) and Dan (Pam). Grandchildren Gia (d), BJ (Carla), Shane, April (Ryan), Cody (Christy), Jessie (James), Jeremiah, Tressa, Zach (Christine), Dulcie, Annie, Dylan, Bowen, Max, Olivia, Eva, eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many treasured nieces and nephews.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Bernadine; brother, Bill; son, Jim; and granddaughter, Gia.

Teresa respectfully requested no flowers.  Instead, she and her family request any memorials to be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic School System for the benefit of tuition assistance to families of the community.  Memorials can be directed online.  Visit this link  and select MEMORIAL GIFTS.



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Bonnie Sorsen

Sorsen picBonnie Sorsen, 83, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Her Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids.  Visitation was on Monday, April 22, 2019 in the St. Mary Church Hall.  The Christian Wake Service was at 7:00 p.m. in the church followed by the Rosary.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Bonnie was born on April 19, 1935, to Frank and Ella (Lewis) Walker in Junius, SD. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Madison, SD, and graduated from high school there. After high school, she worked in Madison, where she met Herman O’Neal Lail. Together they had three children: Aloma, Rick and Vern.

Following their breakup, Bonnie moved to Sioux Falls and, in 1970, married Robert Sorsen. This union produced a daughter, Tabitha, born in 1973. Bonnie also lovingly embraced Robert’s three children: Jeff, Michone and Jill.

Bonnie was known as a caregiver, devoted most of all to her husband, Robert. She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her talents included playing the organ, sewing, macramé and baking. She also made original, intricately designed gingerbread houses from scratch.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; children Jeff Sorsen, Aloma (Bob) Graham, Michone (Paul) Collins, Rick Lail, Vern (Dana) Lail, Jill Sorsen and Tabitha (Ryan) Merriam; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, all three of her siblings and two grandchildren.

Tributes and gifts can be directed to the family, which will be distributed to various charities.


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