Eugene Sik

November 16, 2017

obit Gene Sik picMarch 16, 1945 – Nov. 9, 2017

Eugene R. (Gene) Sik, age 72 of White, South Dakota, passed away Nov. 9 at The Neighborhoods in Brook­ings, South Dakota after a long and courageous bat­tle with a terminal brain disease.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at Birk Fu­neral Home in Ivanhoe.
Eugene Roman Sik was born March 16, 1945 in Hendricks to Roman and Anna (Summervold) Sik. He received all of his sac­raments at St. JohnCantiusChurch in Wilno. Gene farmed with his dad until his marriage to Julie Mc­Fadden on April 1, 1967, when the couple moved to a farm near Astoria, South Dakota, where he con­tinued farming and rais­ing cattle. They had four children—Michael, Lenny, Lisa, and Jason. They di­vorced in 1983.
In 2008 Gene left the farm and moved to White, South Dakota. He worked for Leading Edge, mowing, until he retired in 2013. He loved working outside.
Gene loved gardening, raising chickens, fishing, and anything to do with being outside. He loved showing his children and grandchildren how to grow the perfect garden. He also loved animals of all kinds. But most of all, Gene loved spending time with his children and grandchil­dren. He was a very kind and loving person who will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Alvin, Stanley, Irwin, Ger­ald, and Duane; an infant brother and an infant sis­ter, Alice; brother-in-law Eddie Vanderostyne and sister-in-law Arvilla Sik; and one infant grandson.
He is survived by his four children and 14 grandchildren—Michael (Angela) Sik of Coleman, South Dakota and their children Alissa (Sam), Kylie, Landon, Brynlee and Roman; Lenny Sik of Brookings, South Dakota and his children Dustin, Braydin and Cruz; Lisa (Alan) Brutty of Brook­ings, South Dakota and their children, Brennah, Devon and Anna; Jason (Nicole) Sik of Brookings, South Dakota and their children Kelsey, Alyssa and Brayden. He is also survived by three sisters— Dolores Vanderostyne of Canby, Phyllis (Ray) Po­powski of Ivanhoe, and Diane (Gary) Prescott of Redwood Falls, and many nieces and nephews.

Todd Kurth

November 16, 2017

obit Todd Kurth picMarch 13, 1969 – Nov. 9, 2017

Todd W. Kurth, age 48 of Lake Benton, died Thurs­day, Nov. 9 in Huron, South Dakota.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Grace United Method­ist Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks. Visitation will re­sume one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrange­ments.
Todd W. Kurth was born March 13, 1969 in Hen­dricks to David and Sylvia (Nielsen) Kurth. He gradu­ated from Hendricks High School and attended UND. Todd married Amy Chris­tianson on Sept. 4, 1993 in Marshall, and they were blessed with four children.
He worked at Midwest Aviation and was mentored by Norm Schnieder for get­ting his aviation mechanic license and his pilot license. Following employment in­cluded crew chief for the Red Baron air show circuit and curator of the RedBar­onMuseum. Other employ­ment included air mechanic for Morris Riggen and John Klatt air shows and West Metro Aviation for the Mi­chael Wiskus air show.
Todd’s interests were many that involved most outdoor actives of hunting, fishing, scuba diving and spending time on the family farm with his family. He also was handy at carpentry.
Todd passed away in his apartment in Huron, South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the age of 48 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Grateful for having shared Todd’s life is his wife Amy Kurth and their four children—Taylor (Ha­ley), Austin (Kelly) and son Decker, Jenna, and Beau; his parents David and Sylvia and his sister Karla (Tim) and his aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, brother Brett, and his uncles.

Calvin Smith

October 27, 2017

obit Calvin SmithAug. 22, 1954 – Oct. 19, 2017

Calvin Smith, age 63 of White, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Brookings Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. at United Meth­odist Church in White, fol­lowed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in White. Visita­tion was Monday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m., as well as one hour prior to services on Tuesday.
Calvin Smith was born Aug. 22, 1954 to Norman and Katie (Bruns) Smith in Hendricks. Much of Calvin’s youth was spent growing up on the farm near White, South Dakota. Calvin graduated from Deubrook Schools in May 1972. Other than a few years spent in Omaha, Nebraska, Calvin called Brookings County home for a majority of his life.
Calvin greatly enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and holding turtle feeds. He treasured time spent with his family and grandchildren. During his lifetime, Calvin was able to see both coasts of the Unit­ed States. He once dreamed of putting his hands in the Pacific Ocean—a dream he realized only a few years ago. Throughout his life, Calvin held many jobs, most recently including several years spent at 3M and Falcon Plastics, until career forced retirement.
Calvin is survived by his children— Nadine (Joe) Campbell of Volga, South Dakota, Christina (Jus­tin) Thomas of Oklahoma, Cory Smith of Arlington, South Dakota, Heather (Bill) Landmark of Toron­to, South Dakota, and Ran­dy (Christine) Weischedal of Lennox, South Dakota; grandchildren Levi (An­drea) Weischedel, Austin Weischedel, Wesley Weis­chedel, Whitney Weis­chedel, Heaven Thomas, Katelyn Thomas, Addison Thomas, Bridget Land­mark, Christopher Land­mark, Devon Landmark, Hayden Landmark, Kylie Campbell, Kody Camp­bell, and Maddilyn Camp­bell; great-grandchildren Kennedy Landmark and Otto Weischedel; broth­ers Virgil Smith of Howey Hill, Florida, Steven (Judy) Smith of White, South Da­kota, Arven (Carol) Smith of Elkton, South Dakota, and Vernon (Nancy) Smith of Gettysburg, South Dako­ta; sisters Norma Krogman of Elkton, South Dakota, Shirley Leisinger of Leba­non, Oregon, Arlene (Rich­ard) Robbins of Wheat­land, Wyoming, and Nancy Johnson of Hawley, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents Nor­man and Katie Smith; brothers-in-law Don Krog­man, Alvin Leisinger and Kermith Johnson; sister-in-law Betty Maynard Smith; and a nephew, Brad Smith.

Gaella Pederson

October 27, 2017

obit Gaella Pederson IMG_3983Aug. 15, 1921 – Oct. 10, 2017

Gaella Pederson, age 96 of Bloomington, died on Oct. 10.
She was born Aug. 15, 1921 in Hendricks to Julius and Sophie Johnson. She had three brothers—Burg­es, Arnie and Marcus—and one sister, Mavis. She mar­ried Athos Louvaine Ped­erson on Aug. 25, 1946. They had three children— Judy, Sonya and Tom. They moved to Bloomington in 1955.
She lived in her house on Garfield Avenue in Bloom­ington until she was 95½ years old—the house we grew up in, filled with love. Gaella worked at the Ben Franklin store on 98th and Lyndale in Bloomington for many years and loved it. She didn’t drive at that time so she usually rode the bus down Lyndale to get to work.
At Mom’s house the cof­fee was always on. She loved having people drop by for coffee and cookies (or cake or donuts) and always told them to help themselves. And she’d be tickled when they would make themselves at home.
Gaella also loved to sing and play the piano. She was very talented. She loved sewing, anything and ev­erything—dresses, pants, blouses, nightgowns, swimsuits, men’s ties. She made and sold hundreds of hand-decorated sweat­shirts over the years. She made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, crocheted, and she loved to quilt! The last quilts were her favorite— hankerchief quilts. Her friends and family would find and bring her beauti­ful, special hankies for her to lovingly stitch into a quilt for someone dear to her. Due to macular degen­eration, it became too dif­ficult for her to continue her handicrafts.
In February of this year she moved to Founders Ridge in Bloomington, where everyone gently and lovingly took great care of her until she died on Oct. 10.
Gaella was a humble per­son and a great role model. We love her so much and will all miss her dearly. We rejoice that she is in Heav­en reunited with Dad and we are so happy that she can see clearly.

Delores Huber

October 20, 2017

Nov. 14, 1926 – Oct. 13, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial for Delores Huber, age 90 of Marshall, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Thursday, 4-8 p.m., with CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.Visitation will continue 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Delores died Friday, Oct. 13 at Boulder Creek Assisted Memory Care in Marshall. Arrangements are with Rehkamp Hor­vath Funeral Directors, Marshall,
Delores Jean (Zgoda) Huber was born Nov. 14, 1926 on the family farm near Arco to John and Hedwig (Dastych) Zgoda. In 1948 she married Rus­sell Huber at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe.
She is survived by her children Richard (Doris) Huber of Ghent, Jeanne (Milo) Serreyn of Las Ve­gas, Nevada, and Randall (Janis) Huber of Alexan­dria; daughter-in-law Mary Huber of Mahnomen; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rus­sell, son Roger, sisters Do­ris Schreurs, Lucy Fligge, and Rose Frank and broth­ers Basil, Lawrence and Jo­seph Zgoda.

Evelyn Johnson

October 12, 2017

obit evelyn johnson PicSept. 27 1928 – Oct. 2, 2017

Evelyn Johnson, age 89 of Ivanhoe, passed away Monday, Oct. 2 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Burial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Ivan­hoe. Visitation was held one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church on Fri­day. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel- Ivan­hoe was entrusted with the arrangements.
Evelyn Ann (Rogge) Johnson passed away peacefully in the Hendricks Nursing Home on Oct. 2, a few days after her 89th birthday. Known to most by her nicknames Evie or Effie, she was born to Gas­ton and Florence Rogge on Sept. 27, 1928 and grew up on a farm outside of Ivanhoe. She married Je­rome Kusnierek on June 14, 1949 and they farmed for a time before moving into Ivanhoe, where she worked for many years in Glen Dorn’s Ivanhoe Pharmacy. In 1968, with her good friend Darlene Herzog, she built and ran the Daree Drive-In in Ivan­hoe. Along with Mayor H.E. Frisby and other Ivanhoe business leaders, she was instrumental in starting the Ivanhoe Polish Days celebration in 1972.
She lost her husband Jerome due to an illness, but found happiness again when she married Vernon Johnson on Dec. 1, 1973. She continued her passion for the restaurant and ca­tering business, owning and operating both the Copper Penny in Ivanhoe and the Astoria Village Inn in Astoria, South Da­kota. Through the Meals-on-Wheels program she received a state certificate recognizing her for serv­ing 79,000 meals between 1988 and 1998. She also catered countless wed­dings and functions in the local area in the course of 40 years of service. Lastly, before retiring she was the manager of Dino’s Diner outside of Ivanhoe.
She is survived by her two sons, John (Inma) and Scott (Beth); three grand­children—John, Chris and Tim; sister Phyllis Bohm; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.
She was preceded in death by both husbands, Jerome and Vernon; both parents; brothers Bob and Ronnie, and sister Marge.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity.

Andreas Mudder

October 12, 2017

Oct. 8, 1924 – Oct. 8, 2017

Andreas “Andrew” Mud­der of Hendricks passed away on the morning of Oct. 8, his 93rd birthday. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Houseman Funer­al Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks. There will be a short program at 1:30 p.m. Afterward, Andrew’s fam­ily invites to you visit and enjoy light refreshments at the funeral home. The service will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
Born Oct. 8, 1924 near George, Iowa, to Dirk Jans­sen and Ettje (Stapelmoor) Mudder, Andrew was the first child of his German immigrant parents to be born in America. While his father and mother worked as farm laborers, Andrew attended a country school through the 8th grade. In 1940, the family moved to a farm they purchased by Hendricks.
Andrew lived at home until he was called be­fore the draft board near the end of World War II. When he went to get on the bus to Minneapolis, Andrew found only two seats remained. He chose the seat next to a young man from Ivanhoe who he didn’t really know. Dur­ing the trip, the other man convinced Andrew that they should ask the draft board for permission to sign up for the Merchant Marines rather than enter­ing another branch of the service. Their request was approved.
Andrew enjoyed his time in the Merchant Marines tremendously, serving five years and circumnavigat­ing the world multiple times. When he was in port, Andrew learned to fly a seaplane. He described earning his seaplane li­cense as easy because you didn’t have to fly into the wind to take off. He later learned to fly a land-based plane, and flew whenever he had leave in the United States.
After leaving the Mer­chant Marines in 1950, An­drew returned to Minne­sota. He was only home a short period before he was called to active duty again, this time in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After he was discharged in 1952, Andrew went to an auto repair school in California. Now that he was back in the U.S. per­manently, Andrew became homesick and decided to fly to Minnesota to visit his family. He ended up sell­ing his plane and staying. Andrew continued to live on the farm for the next 60 years before moving into an apartment in Hen­dricks.
In the late 1950s, An­drew and his brothers at­tended a stock car race in Estelline, South Dakota. While there were probably only five or six cars on the track that night, Andrew was instantly a fan and attended races whenever one of his brothers was willing to go. In Andrew’s later years, his nephew Layn became his racing companion. For 30 years, the two of them attended races in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Andrew rediscovered a passion during a racing trip. As a youngster, his father bought Andrew a used bike. He rode it con­stantly. When Andrew and Layn stopped to visit fam­ily members camping near Husets Speedway, they learned the family had a couple of bikes along. They took the bikes for a spin, and Andrew’s inter­est in riding was renewed. In his 70s and 80s, he reg­ularly rode 40 miles a day from the farm to White, South Dakota, and back. He slowed a bit in his 90s, only 10 miles a day. Dur­ing these years, Andrew logged almost 200,000 miles on a bike.
Andrew is survived by his brothers, John (Mae) of Watertown, South Da­kota and Harold (Lanora) of Mandan, North Dakota; his sisters-in-law Melva Prochel of Apache Junc­tion, Arizona, and Lynda Mudder of Brookings, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Henry, Vert and Dick; his sister-in-law Kathleen; and nephew David.

Carl Burk

October 12, 2017

obit Burk Carl PhotosquareBEVELMarch 26, 1942- Aug. 28, 2017

Memorial services for Carl Burk, age 75 of Mah­tomedi, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Memorial visita­tion is Friday, Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be private. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Carl Alvin Burk was born March 26, 1942 to Julius and Alvina (Oerter) Burk in Tyler. He was baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church of rural Lake Benton. He grew up in Tyler, Arco, Ivanhoe, Madison, Lake Benton, and Pipestone, graduat­ing from Pipestone High School in 1960. Carl en­listed and was very proud to have served in the U.S. Navy in 1960 and was hon­orably discharged June 15, 1966. He returned to Pipe­stone and went to Winona State College, graduating with distinction in 1967. While at Winona State he met JoAn Whorton. The couple was united in mar­riage on Sept. 2, 1967 at the Cathedral of the Sa­cred Heart in Winona. Their union was blessed with two sons, James and Paul, and 49 years of life together. The couple moved to Madison, Wis­consin where Carl taught social studies at Gompers-Blackhawk Middle School. While teaching in Madi­son, Carl was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by the DAR. After 30 years of teaching he retired in 1997 and they moved to Lake Benton. Carl and JoAn restored the old Brif­fet House to establish Ben­ton House Bed and Break­fast. In 2004, Carl restored the old Firehouse into the Buffalo Ridge Coffee and Trading Company. They re­tired from that business in 2011 and from operating a bed and breakfast in 2013. Carl and JoAn had recently moved to Mahtomedi to be closer to their family and his doctors. Carl died Monday, Aug. 28 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 75.
Carl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He served in the life of the congrega­tion on the church council, as treasurer, sang in the Men of Grace, ushered, and taught Sunday School. Carl was a member of Henry Sollie American Le­gion Post 10 of Lake Ben­ton and the Lions Club. He served the community of Lake Benton on the City Council, Library Board, a liaison for the Police De­partment, Chamber of Commerce, Lake Benton Opera House Board, and Visions in Progress (VIP), and had been Citizen of the Year. He was the pioneer of the Benton-Fremont/Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous. Carl enjoyed collecting and restoring Studebakers, collecting inverted feather Near Cut glass, stamps, and pin cushion dolls. He liked to travel to historic sites in the United States and Europe, and had visit­ed New Orleans numerous times for the Mardi Gras celebration. He enjoyed discussing current events and how they related to history. Carl especially en­joyed the time spent with family.
Carl is lovingly remem­bered by his wife JoAn of Mahtomedi; sons James (Kimberly) of Montrose and Paul (Heike) of New Glarus, Wisconsin; grand­children Anna, Abby and Christopher; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings— baby boy Burk, Joyce McColm and Jack Burk; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Evelyn Johnson

October 4, 2017

Evelyn Johnson, age 89 of Ivanhoe, passed away Monday, Oct. 2 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivan­hoe. Burial will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Ivanhoe. Visita­tion will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. House­man Funeral Home, Birk Chapel – Ivanhoe is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.

Connie Olson

September 20, 2017

Nov. 8, 1953 – Aug. 10, 2017

Connie Jean Olson, age 63, passed away Aug. 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Connie was born Nov. 8, 1953 in Tyler to Glenn and June (Hoberg) Trautman. She grew up on the fam­ily farm in the Lake Ben­ton-Verdi area. Her fam­ily moved to Hendricks in 1965, where she attended Hendricks Public School and graduated in 1972. Connie then earned her medical imaging degree from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. This is also where she met Rich Olson, the man who captured her heart. Con­nie and Rich were married Oct. 5, 1974 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they made their home and lived their life since 1975.
Connie loved the life she shared with Rich. Her special cats Henry and Snuggie gave her smiles and warmed her heart. She enjoyed camping and traveling with Rich. Their trip to Kenya was a lifelong dream for them both and they were thrilled to expe­rience it. She was an avid follower of the Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Suns.
Connie also had a strong interest in politics and what was best for the peo­ple in our country and the protection of the beauti­ful lands this country has. People needed to sit back and fasten their seatbelts when she began her cur­rent political oration.
Connie cherished their friends and so enjoyed the Monday night and Wednes­day gatherings. They were all such a special part of Connie’s (Bubble’s) life. It is noted that “Bubbles” enjoyed a glass or so of Al­mond Champagne on oc­casion.
One of Connie’s great­est abilities was how to be a good friend to so many people who came into her life. She was a kind and car­ing person with a warm, loving smile. She was able to give the invaluable gifts of heart and humor.
Greatful for having shared her life are her husband Rich; her mother June; her sisters, Kathy (Bob) Buchholz, Sandi (Craig) Johnson, and Glenyce (Chuck) Som­mervold; sister-in-law Ginny and brother-in-law Jeff; and many nieces and nephews, whom she cher­ished.
Connie was preceded in death by her father Glenn Trautman, father-in-law Verner, and mother-in-law Edna Olson.
Her final resting place will be beside her father, Glenn, at Immanuel Lu­theran Cementary near Verdi.
Any memorials may be given to the AZ Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041