Loren Schmidt

May 17, 2018

Memorial services for Loren Schmidt will be held Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt, South Dakota.

Francis Downing

May 9, 2018

Downing obit photoOct. 26, 1949 – May 5, 2018

Funeral service for Fran­cis “Fran” Downing, age 68 of Taunton, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Friday, 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Fu­neral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Taunton.
Francis Louis Downing was born Oct. 26, 1949 on the home farmsite near Taunton to Anton and Florence (Pawlak) Down­ing. Fran shared his birth­day, was the same age at passing as his father, and both were born, resided, and passed away at the same Downing Family Farm. Fran was baptized and confirmed at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton. Fran graduated from Minneota High School in 1967. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam from Jan. 11-Dec. 4, 1970, and was honorably discharged in 1971. Fran worked as a photographer for a couple years in the Pacific North­west. After his father’s death in 1975, Fran re­turned home to help on the family farm. He also worked for Dwire Con­struction and McLauglin Schulz. He achieved his As­sociate’s Degree in Land­scape Design from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont.
On July 10, 1982 he was united in marriage to Val­erie Voss at Hope Luther­an Church in Minneota. Fran owned and operated a landscape business and worked doing mainte­nance at Southwest Min­nesota State University. He retired from the Univer­sity in 1995 but continued farming and doing land­scape projects. Fran was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and ice fishing. He also enjoyed his family, es­pecially his children’s ac­tivities and time with his grandchildren. Fran was a hard worker, to provide a good life for his family.
Fran died Saturday, May 5 at his residence in Taun­ton under the care of Avera at Home Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Val of Taunton; chil­dren Ryan (Amy) Rand of Winona, Alyssa (Rhett) Lamoreaux of Minneton­ka, and Jaqlyn Downing (fiancé Jake Brauer) of Edina; grandchildren Kay­lee, Emily, Ryker, Tyson and Aubrielle; brother Merl (Josephine) Downing of Ivanhoe; sisters Marge (Dean) Hansen of Canby, Cathy (Stan) Paulsen of Canby, Bea (Tom) DeLa­Cruz of Lewisville, and Phyllis (Al) Pedersen of Ortonville; nieces, neph­ews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Matthew Rand, maternal grandparents Anton and Martha (Drietz) Pawlak, paternal grandparents R.B. (Rueben) and Helen (Kosmalski) Downing, in­fant sister Marian Down­ing and infant brother Del­no Downing, and nephew Johnathan Paulsen.
Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors, Minneota.

Ilene Jurrens

May 4, 2018

obit Ilene Jurrens Obit Photo (1)July 6, 1927 – April 25, 2018

Ilene Ione Jurrens has gone home to her Saviour. She died at the age of 90 on Wednesday, April 25 at the Brookings Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, South Dakota on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in White, South Dakota following the ser­vice at 3:15 p.m. Visita­tion was held the day of service, beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of ser­vice.
Ilene Ione Ramlo was born July 6, 1927 to Peter and Inga Ramlo; she was one of 11 children growing up in Hendricks. She mar­ried Johnnie Jurrens on May 12, 1945. Ilene was a housewife and mother of seven children, and also helped on the family farm north of White, South Da­kota. Many stories have been told of “thrasher dinners,” and cooking for a house full of nieces and nephews with no notice. Even in her later years, she would say, “I couldn’t sleep,” so she would get up at 3:00 in the morn­ing and make a couple of pies, or jelly, or her fa­mous Danish Apple Bars. Her friends always looked forward to Ilene coming down for coffee, because she always brought good­ies along. Not one to stay home, she was always busy delivering soup or a smile to a friend. Ilene loved quilting, baking, bingo, fixing puzzles, and of course, playing Rook. Ilene was a very giv­ing and selfless woman. While she will be missed, she will not be forgotten.
Ilene was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lu­theran Church. She was born again in 1945, and committed her life to Christ in 1976. She was part of a mission team to Costa Rica six times, and served as the American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain in Astoria, South Dakota for nine years.
Ilene is survived by her seven children—Janice (Neal) Nelson of Hen­dricks, DeWayne (Mary) Jurrens of Toronto, South Dakota, Daniel Jurrens of of Egan, South Dakota, Jolene (Tom) Koziatek of Winter Haven, Florida, David (Nyla) Jurrens of White, South Dakota, Judy Jurrens of South Bend, In­diana, and Janell Jurrens of Bradenton, Florida; 25 grandchildren and sever­al great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Ilene was blessed to achieve the happy life and peaceful death to which we all aspire. If the mea­sure of our lives is what we have done for others, she leaves behind a great legacy shared fully with friends and family. Ilene truly understood that it is in giving that we receive. We have the sure and cer­tain hope that Ilene is with God and her departed siblings and parents. We can’t ask anything more for her, or ourselves.

Lowell Hexum

April 26, 2018

obit Hexum Lowell EugeneJuly 30, 1925 – April 15, 2018

Lowell Eugene Hexum passed away April 15 at Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing in Longmont, Colo­rado.
Funeral service was 10 a.m. Friday, April 20 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, with burial at Ft. Logan National Cem­etery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily requests donations to Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing. Visit www.ahlbergfu­neralchapel.com to share condolences.
Lowell was born in Hen­dricks on July 30, 1925 to Clara (Nelson) and Ole J. Hexum in a home behind the Methodist church. He was baptized August 16, 1925 at Lutheran Free Church and confirmed on June 2, 1940. He was raised with two brothers and two sisters—Arlen, Orris, Joyce and Clarice. Lowell gradu­ated from Hendricks High School on June 3, 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 28, 1943 and was hon­orably discharged on May 2, 1946. Lowell was an Electrician’s Mate, Third Class on the USS LST 712 and fought in World War II. He was proud of his ser­vice.
He married Joyce B. Hexum on June 4, 1946 and they were married for 65 years. He went to SDSU for two years. He returned to Hendricks and worked as a carpenter; he then man­aged Swift & Co.’s produce station in Hendricks. Low­ell held multiple positions throughout his career in Hendricks, Windom, and Heron Lake. He started working in Hendricks for the U.S. Postal Service in 1956 and retired in 1982 as Postmaster.
Lowell was a jack of all trades and a perfectionist, like his father. He raised his family of five children— Cheryl, Michael, Jeanne, Wanda and Wendy—on an 80-acre farm southwest of Hendricks, raising crops and animals, and lived with Joyce there for 42 years. He enjoyed farming and no one was ever a stranger at their home. Every cous­in, child and grandchild has fond memories of fun times at the farm. Once retired they spent win­ters in Pharr, Texas for 17 years. In 2000, after living in Hendricks for 75 years and being a great member of the community, Lowell and Joyce moved to Long­mont, Colorado.
A true part of the Great­est Generation, Lowell led by example. He was a hard worker, a perfectionist with a great sense of hu­mor, a contagious giggle, always helpful, proud and compassionate. He was a wonderful son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He instilled in those around him a sense of purpose, commitment, loyalty, generosity and love.
Lowell is survived by his daughter Wendy Conder and a large extended fam­ily.

Marie Jensen

April 19, 2018

obit marie jensenSept. 1, 1941 – April 10, 2018

Marie K. Jensen, age 76 of Brookings, South Da­kota, formerly of Aurora, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, April 10 at the United Living Community in Brookings. Visitations will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Eidsness Funeral Home in Brook­ings. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at First English Lutheran Church in Auro­ra, South Dakota. Follow­ing lunch at the Little Hall in Aurora, burial will be in Pioneer Lutheran Cem­etery, northwest of White, South Dakota. Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First English Lutheran Church in Aurora, the American Heart Association, or the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Marie Kathryn (Hin­richsen) Jensen was born Sept. 1, 1941 in Hendricks to John and Gladys (Dear­born) Hinrichsen. She was baptized Dec. 7, 1941 and confirmed June 5, 1955 in the Lutheran church. Marie grew up on a farm in the valley east of White, South Dakota, along with her five siblings. Over the years, the nieces and nephews have loved listening to the siblings’ many childhood farm memories and sto­ries. She attended grade school and graduated from eighth grade at Brookings County Valley School Dis­trict 75 in 1957.
At about the age of 16 she began working as a caregiver for an elderly woman near Canby. On Sept. 6, 1959 she mar­ried Carol Paul Drietz of Ivanhoe, and they had one child, Diane Marie. Carol was killed in a car accident in 1963. Marie married Kresten (Kran) Jensen of Aurora, South Dakota on June 23, 1969. They were married for 22 years when Kresten passed away in 1991. Through the years, she was employed at Deu­brook High School, Holiday Inn, and Brookview Man­or. After suffering from a stroke and broken hip, she moved into Park Place As­sisted Living in 2003 and in 2004, the United Retire­ment Center (currently the United Living Community) in Brookings, South Dako­ta where she resided until the time of her death.
Marie enjoyed danc­ing, music, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards and board games, but her ultimate joys were being a homemaker and spending time with her family.
She is lovingly remem­bered and survived by one daughter, Diane (Kevin) Kane of Woodland Park, Colorado; two grandsons, Kyle (Liz) Kane of Centen­nial, Colorado and Troy (Hannah) Kane of Carle­ton, Nebraska; six great grandchildren—Dakota, David, Elaine, Kristian, Wyatt, and Ryker; one brother, Roy (Sharon) Hinrichsen of Wabash, In­diana; two sisters, Phyllis Coyle of Brookings, South Dakota and Karen Denison of Estelline, South Dakota; as well as numerous nieces and nephews
Marie was preceded in death by her husbands Carol Paul Drietz and Kresten (Kran) Jensen; her parents; two sisters, Helen Graslie and Betty Sko­gen; and one niece, Sheryl (Graslie) Brown.

Carol Olsen

April 5, 2018

obit carol olsen DOC032818-03282018075805-0001July 12, 1940 – March 27, 2018

Carol Olsen, age 77 of Ivanhoe, passed away peacefully at the Hen­dricks Hospital on Tues­day, March 27. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Fri­day, March 30, at Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Bethany Elim Lu­theran Church. Burial was in Marble Lutheran Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Ivan­hoe was entrusted with the arrangements.
Carol Ann Bendickson was born July 12, 1940 in Canby to Harold and Lillian (Jeseritz) Bendickson. She went to school and gradu­ated in 1958 from Canby High School. Carol was baptized at St. Stephan Lutheran Church in Canby. She was confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Canby.
Carol was united in marriage to Donald Olsen on April 18, 1959 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. They were members of the Marble Lutheran Church and Bethany Elim.
After high school she attended the Minneapolis School of Business, worked at the Canby Vocational Technical Institute, went back to college at South­west Minnesota State Uni­versity, and was a graduat­ing member of the Charter Class of 1971 with a teach­ing degree. She taught ele­mentary school in Astoria, South Dakota, and Tyler, Ivanhoe and Hendricks. During those years she also helped on the farm, baling hay, milking cows, and feeding calves.
Carol enjoyed playing games, visiting friends, reading, and squaredanc­ing. She was very active in the community as a member Marble Marvels Extension Club, Treasurer of DPHC Auxiliary, Book Club, Two-Cylinder Club, Teacher Contract Negotia­tions Committee, and Auc­tion House Clerk.
Carol is survived by her husband Donald of Ivanhoe; son Sheldon of Stillman Valley, Illinois; daughter Sherri (Roger) Wisniewski of Ivanhoe; two cherished grandchil­dren, Jason Wisniewski of Fargo, North Dakota, and Kelsey Wisniewski of Ma­ple Grove; sister Barbara (Norris) Oerter of Hen­dricks; mother-in-law Inez Olsen; brothers and sis­ters-in-law Marlin (Mar­cia), Alden (Janet), Larry (Judy), Curtis (Karen), and Lois (Roger) Lensing; and many nieces and neph­ews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles and Les­lie (Mae), sister Donna Stull, and father-in-law Al­vin J. Olsen.
Please feel free to wear purple, Carol’s favorite color.

Deane Sagmoe

March 22, 2018

obit Sagmoe 2018_03_15_15_10_400001Oct. 16, 1941- March 14, 2018

Deane “Bucky” Sag­moe, age 76 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, March 14 at the Hendricks Hospital. Funeral service was 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Faith Lu­theran Brethren Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cem­etery. Visitation was Sun­day, one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Deane “Bucky” Sagmoe was born Oct. 16, 1941 to Kenneth and Fern (Chris­tensen) Sagmoe in Brook­ings County, South Dakota. He was baptized and con­firmed in the Lutheran faith. He was raised in the Hendricks area and gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1959, where he was active in baseball, football, basketball and track. After working at Hendricks Farmers Lum­ber Company he enrolled in college at Mankato State, where he played baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965.
Bucky was united in marriage to Beatta Olson on Sept. 14, 1968. To this union, three daughters were born—Heidi, Jodi and Melissa. From 1965 to 1973, he taught Health and Physical Education in Red­woodFalls. He was elected Lincoln County Auditor in 1973, where he served for over 25 years.
After retiring, he served two terms as County Com­missioner from 2000 to 2008.
Bucky suffered from multiple heart problems since the age of 29 and passed away on March 14 at Hendricks Hospital at the age of 76.
Bucky enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and taking care of his lawns.
He is survived by his wife Beatta Sagmoe of Hendricks; three daugh­ters— Heidi (Darren) Sw­enson and Jodi Sagmoe of Hendricks and Missy Sag­moe of Brookings, South Dakota; one grandson, Henry Dean; and one sis­ter, Donna (Jerry) Kluess of Brookings, South Da­kota.
Bucky was preceded in death by parents Ken­neth and Fern Sagmoe and one brother, Duane“Pike” (Jean) Sagmoe.
A Sinner Saved by Grace! Blessed be his memory.

Omey Olson

March 16, 2018

obit Omey Olson picAug. 19, 1929 – March 8, 2018

Omey Olson, age 88 of Hendricks, passed away on Thursday, March 8 at San­ford Canby Medical Center in Canby. Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Singsaas Lu­theran Church, rural Hen­dricks. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cemetery with Military Honors. Visi­tation was 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hendricks.
Omey James Olson was born Aug. 19, 1929 in Hendricks to Benjamin and Ida (Ness) Olson. He attended rural country school and worked on the family farm. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from Sept. 29, 1951 until his honor­able discharge on June 25, 1953.
Omey was united in mar­riage to Margaret Yack­ley on June 25, 1955 and to this union they were blessed with five children. Together they raised their family on the farm. Farming was a lifelong passion for Omey, along with buying and selling farm machinery for countless years. Omey enjoyed picnics at the Hen­dricks Park and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of Singsaas Lutheran Church and the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hendricks.
Grateful for having shared Omey’s life is his bride of 62 years, Margaret Olson of Hendricks; his chil­dren— Cheryl (Mike)Boldt of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta, Lesa (Tom) Franken of Watertown, South Dakota, John (Denise) Olson of Hendricks, Betty (Michael) Walter of Freeman, South Dakota, and Cris (Jeff) En­gen of Brookings, South Da­kota; 12 grandchildren— Alexis Ricci, Shane Boldt, AJ (Liz) Franken, Heidi (Tom) Pettit, Roshal (Nick) Ross­man, Jamie (JJ) Arens, Greg (Brittany) Olson, Brianna (Tyler) Veurink, Shelby Bauer and Scott, Jacob and Davis Engen; eight great-grandchildren—Mya Ricci, Henry, James and Maggie Pettit, Asher Rossman, Vera Franken and Josephine and Alexander Arens; and two great-great-granddaugh­ters due any day now; sib­lings David (Gaylyne) Olson and Bevelyn Olson, both of Hendricks; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bennie and Ida Olson, brother-in-law Alton Olson, and infant niece Tammy Joy Olson.

Dolores Dunlap

March 16, 2018

obit SAL014256+pdfDec. 26, 1925 – March 6, 2018

Dolores Dunlap died peacefully at the age of 92 on March 6 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
She was born in St. Paul on Dec. 26, 1925 and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She at­tended Cathedral grade and high school. Dolores married Richard (Dick) Dunlap on Sept. 25, 1945, in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. Richard passed away 1984.
Dolores was an outgo­ing person and liked by whomever she met. She was an avid sports fan with a special interest in the Boston Celtics and New York Yankees.
She is survived by her brother Bernie and his wife Nita of Concord, Cal­ifornia; four children— Ken (Sandy), Nancy (Scott), Mike (Karen), and Rick (Julie); 10 grandchil­dren and 15 great-grand­children.
Dolores received a nursing certificate in 1975 and worked at San­ford until retirement. Be­cause of her love of the health field, she donated her body to the Univer­sity Medical School.
Special thanks to the Hendricks Nursing Home for the outstanding care and compassion during her stay there.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cards and well-wishes can be sent to Ken and Rick Dunlap, Key Real Estate, 4101 S. Westport Ave. Ste. B, Sioux Falls, SD57106.

Caryl Jeppesen

March 8, 2018

obit jeppesen DOC030518-03052018083814-0001Nov. 6, 1928 – March 2, 2018

Caryl Jeppesen, age 89 of Canby, passed away Friday, March 2 at Sunset Assisted Living in Canby. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Satur­day, March 10 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Can­by. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby. A prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary to follow. Visitation will resume Saturday at the fu­neral home from 9-10 a.m. followed by a procession to the church.
Caryl Catherine Kloster­man was born Nov. 6, 1928 in Woodstock to George and Catherine (George) Klosterman. She went to school for kindergarten through the 8th grade in Woodstock and 9th through 12th in Pipestone. After graduation she went to Normal Training for one year in Canby.
She taught school for one year in Lincoln County and was also a substitute teacher for Marble School. During this time she met her husband Arvin Jeppes­en. They were united in marriage July 12, 1950 and were blessed with eight children. Caryl then began the role of a domes­tic engineer.
Caryl was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed card club with neighbors and friends and was a member of the Marble Marbles Extension Club for 50 years.
She is survived by her children—Mary Jo Knut­son of Fargo, North Da­kota, Connie (Bill) Otto of Canby, Gregg Jeppesen of Hendricks, Bruce (Avis) Jeppesen of Brookings, South Dakota, Lori (Chris) Husby of Canby, Barb Jeppesen of Canby, Karin (Jim) Beer of Hendricks, and Brad Jeppesen of Can­by; 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; siblings— Jean (Virgil) Voss of Canby, Lois Gaskin of San Diego, California, and Kathy (Dan) Block of Coon Rapids.
Caryl was preceded in death by her husband Arvin Jeppesen; parents George and Catherine Klosterman; sister Barb (Chris) Christmas; broth­ers-in-law Jerry Gaskin and Jim (Phyllis) Kloster­man; and son-in-law Allen Reiners.