Thomas Krier

May 7, 2015

obit Tom KrierJuly 4, 1932 – April 29, 2015

Tommy Krier, age 82 of Hendricks, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 29.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at Grace United Methodist Church in Hen­dricks with Pastor Cindy Hopp officiating. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cem­etery with military honors from the Rueben-Hansen American Legion, Post 195 of Hendricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Thomas Duane Krier was born July 4, 1932 on the family farm south of Hendricks to parents Clar­ence and Lottie (Warner) Krier. He attended coun­try school at District 39 through the eighth grade then attended Hendricks High School. Tommy proudly served his coun­try while enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and he was stationed in It­aly during the Korean War.
Tommy was united in marriage to Joan Kjelden on Oct. 29, 1952 at Sing­saas Lutheran Church near Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with three children. Together Tommy and Joan raised their family on a farm south of Hendricks.
Tommy enjoyed farming and raising cattle, espe­cially when calving season rolled around. Helping neighbors work cattle was also an enjoyment for him. Hunting deer, fishing, play­ing pool and cards were things he enjoyed through­out his life. Building cabi­nets and woodworking was an enjoyable hobby for a number of years for Tommy. Being a proud member of the Hendricks community was important to him. Socializing with people in the surrounding area was entertaining to him, but time spent with family and friends was very important, especially time spent with his grand­children.
Tommy was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Brookings VFW.
Grateful for having shared Tommy’s life is his wife of 62 years, Joan Kri­er of Hendricks; his three children—Lisa (David) Axelsen of Brookings, S.D., Lori (Paul) Engesmoe of Madison and Scott (Deann) Krier of Hendricks; ten grandchildren—Andy (Andray) Knutson, Tom­my Knutson, Dalton and Derek Axelsen, Kristopher and Tyler Engesmoe and Brittany (Taylor) Johnson, Tanner and Cody Krier and Shelby (Mark) Otto; one great-granddaughter, Julia Rose Knutson; one sister, Beverly (Elton) Budahl of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one sister-in-law, Pat Krier of Arizona; one very special cousin and Godchild, Sheri (Steve) Olson of Baltic, S.D., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clar­ence and Lottie Krier; one sister, Yvonne Schneider, and two brothers, Merl and David Krier; two brothers-in-law, Chesley Schneider and Donald Kjelden.
Blessed be his memory.

Helen F. Olson

May 7, 2015

Helen F. Olson, age 100 of Arco, passed away Mon­day, May 4 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with Pastor Ste­phen Rasmusson officiat­ing. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with a prayer ser­vice at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Arco City Cemetery.
Birk Funeral Home is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.

Emily Nielsen

May 7, 2015

Nov. 24, 1942 – May 2, 2015

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Emily Niels­en, age 72 of Tyler, will be Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion with viewing will be Thursday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in St. John Cantius Cemetery at Wilno. Em­ily died Saturday, May 2 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Online condolences may be sent at
Emily Nielsen was born Nov. 24, 1942 to John and Magdaline (Gawarecki) Ratajczak in Royal Town­ship near Ivanhoe. She was united in marriage to Victor Nielsen on June 14, 1987 at New Life Rest Cha­pel in Arco.
Emily is survived by her husband Victor Niels­en of Tyler; sons, Kevin VanDerostyne of Lake Preston, S.D. and Brian VanDerostyne of Tyler; daughter Linda (Tom) Sutherland and grandsons John and Gary of Lake Ben­ton; step-daughter Victoria Nielsen of Portland, Ore.; siblings, Deloris Citterman of Mundelein, Ill., JoAnn Leitz of Ivanhoe, Roseann Popowski of South Bar­rington, Ill., Joseph Ratajc­zak of Ivanhoe, Emil Rata­jczak of Ivanhoe, Helen Sik of Benson, and Harry Rata­jczak of Ivanhoe; She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Dale Van­Derostyne, brothers Frank and Stanley Ratajczak, and step-daughter Christina Nielsen.

Donald Oerter

May 1, 2015

May 11, 1931 – April 25, 2015

Funeral service for Don­ald Oerter, age 83 of Tyler, will be Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Visitation was Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Bethany Lutheran Church. Inter­ment will be at the Arco City Cemetery. Arrange­ments are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry and condolences may be found at
Donald Eugene Oerter was born May 11, 1931 to Martin and Anna (Ped­ersen) Oerter in Hen­dricks. He married Delores Schmidt Sept, 1, 1951 at the Balaton United Meth­odist Church parsonage. He died at the Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. on April 25.
Donald is survived by his wife Delores Oerter of Ty­ler; three children—Diane (Todd) Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Susan (Pat) Wil­liams of Chanhassen and Darrell (Bernice) Oerter of Tyler; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchil­dren; and his sister Althea Smith of Big Stone City, S.D. Donald was preceded in death by his son Michael, parents Martin and Anna, brother Ervin Oerter and a sister, Gladys Oerter.

Linda Janes

April 24, 2015

obit janes, lindaJuly 22, 1948 – April 12, 2015

Linda Janes, age 66 of rural Astoria, S.D., passed away on Sunday, April 12 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Singsaas Free Church, rural Hendricks, with Pas­tor Carlene Rhody offici­ating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Singsaas Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Linda R. Janes was born July 22, 1948 in Highmore, S.D. to James and Beryl (Shepard) Bailey. On Oct. 18, 1968 Linda was united in marriage to the love of her life, David Janes. Linda gave birth to five amaz­ing children. She enjoyed bowling, flower gardens, feeding and watching the birds, her trips to the mountains and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared Linda’s life is her husband of 47 years, David Janes of Astoria, S.D.; three daughters—Tammy Janes of Clear Lake, S.D., Sherri Janes of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Kristi (Steven) Goolsby of Centerville, Texas; two sons—Chad (Jess) Janes and Chris (An­gie) Janes, all of Colton, SD; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Blessed be her memory.

Ceil VanCamp

April 24, 2015

obit Ceil VanCamp pic11April 3, 1939 – April 13, 2015

Ceil VanCamp, age 76 of Ivanhoe, passed away Monday, April 13 at the Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Sat­urday, April 18 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as the Cel­ebrant. Visitation was one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome. com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe.
Cecilia Rose Skorczews­ki was born April 3, 1939 in Canby to Anton and Ve­ronica (Chlopkowiak) Sko­rczewski. She was raised on a farm six miles north of Ivanhoe and had two brothers, Donald and Mar­cellus. She was baptized, received First Holy Com­munion and Confirmation at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Growing up, she played a little pia­no and accordion for her own entertainment and her family would dance along; in high school, Ceil played the cornet. In 1957 Ceil graduated from Ivan­hoe High School. After high school she moved to Omaha, Neb. and worked at Kellogg’s Cereal Co. for 19 years. Ceil was very ac­tive in many things such as playing on the ladies league baseball for Kel­logg’s Co., teaching CCD at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, serving as room mother at school for her children Brian and Cheryl Groves, on the funeral committee, Kellogg Com­mittee for retirees and she donated blood every 56 days at Kellogg’s. Ceil loved to go polka dancing and her cookbook hobby. She was a member of the Eagles, VFW and Legion Auxiliary.
In 1995 she moved back to Ivanhoe after 38 years. Since her return she had been very active with church and helping with various committees, was President and Vice-Presi­dent of CCW, worked with a circle of different church members for different fundraisers and activities, making her cookbooks, and as amember of Catho­lic Aid. Other community involvements were com­mittee for the old and new Ivanhoe Jail and framing of the blueprints which are hung in the courthouse, Centennial committee, painting murals which are placed in the sitting park today, President and Vice- President of the Sr. Citi­zens, member of Library Board, coordinator for Community Blood Drive, worked with MCCL-Pro Life breakfast at Lincoln Co. Fair, volunteering at Ivanhoe nursing home and VFW, Relay For Life and chaperone for school ac­tivities.
In her spare time, she enjoyed going to grand­children’s school activi­ties, crafts, yard work, flowers, collecting cook­books, shopping, traveling, playing cards, baking and cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Ceil is survived by her son Brian (Peggy) Groves of Scotland, S.D.; grand­children—Cynthia (Evan) Faulds of Lennox, S.D., Greg (Charis) Stuefen of Tyler, Cole Lundberg of Ivanhoe, Caley Lundberg of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jes­sica Allen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and David (Sarah) Groves of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandchildren— Camden, Chase and Jalyn Faulds of Lennox, S.D., Tat­um and Aubryn Stuefen of Tyler, and Haley and Kayla Allen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four stepgrandchil­dren—Amanda Larsen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Am­ber (Ralph) Butterbaugh of Lorton, Neb., Joshua Larsen of Kerrville, Texas, and Rebecca (Curtis) Betts of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six stepgreat-grandchil­dren—D’Wayne Mord and Serenite Mord of Casper, Wyo., Hope Butterbaugh of Lorton, Neb., and Ryan, Mark and Trevor Betts of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many nieces and neph­ews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, husband Lorne VanCamp, daughter Cheryl Lundberg and son Kenneth Lee Groves.
Blessed be her memory.

Vernard VanErdewyk

April 24, 2015

obit Vernard VanErdewyk pic11July 12, 1935 – April 16, 2015

Vernard VanErdewyk, age 79 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, April 16 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20 at ChristLutheranChurch in Hendricks with Pastor Cin­dy Hopp officiating. Visita­tion was one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Online guestbook is avail­able at www.birkfuneral­
Vernard was born July 12, 1935 on a farm near Ashton, Iowa to Frederick and Tina (Eidem) VanErd­ewyk. He attended a num­ber of elementary schools, some in Iowa and some in South Dakota. He graduat­ed from BrandtHigh School then attended UniversalTrade School in Omaha, Neb. for refrigeration. Ver­nard farmed a few years then moved to Glencoe and worked for the Green Giant Canning Co. in the freezer department. While living in Glencoe, he worked for an HVAC company in Mankato and later he and a friend started the Northern Com­fort Heating and Air Con­ditioning business. After a number of years he sold his share to his friend and started Van’s HVAC in Lake Crystal. He worked in his field for over 45 years.
In 1999 he moved to Hendricks and semi-re­tired. Then he worked for Lutheran Social Services for six years delivering Meals on Wheels in Ivan­hoe until his rapidly failing health prevented him from continuing.
Vernard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen of Hendricks; children— Karen Gronewald of Hen­dricks, Keith of Amboy, Kathy (Brian) Severns of Good Thunder, Karri Schul­er of Hendricks and Ko­rey (Kate) of Pemberton; 12 grandchildren—Mike Gronewald, Rex Hammer­schmidt, Jacob VanErdew­yk, Nicolas VanErdewyk, Brandon Severns, Emma Severns, Dillon VanErd­ewyk, Lane VanErdewyk, Victoria Mell-VanErdewyk, Abigale Mell-VanErdewyk, Conner VanErdewyk and Ella VanErdewyk; one sis­ter, Sylvia; two brothers, Zeno and LeRoi “Bill,” and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin, and his parents.
Blessed be his memory.

John Thomsen

April 24, 2015

The family of John Thomsen welcomes you to join them in the memo­rial celebration for John on Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hendricks Senior Center.
John had passed away on Nov. 28, 2014. One of John’s last gifts to this great earth was to help with research and to find cures for illnesses that he encountered throughout his lifetime, so he donated his remains to the Univer­sity of Minnesota for re­search.
Blessed be his memory.

Barbara Morris

April 24, 2015

obit MORRIS, BARBARASept. 30, 1963 – April 15, 2015

Barbara Morris, age 51 of Granite Falls, passed away Wednesday, April 15 at her home in Granite Falls. Fu­neral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls. Burial will take place at Bethany Cem­etery in Astoria, S.D. at a later date. Visitation was one hour prior to the ser­vice at the Wing-Bain Fu­neral home. Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.
Barbara Sue Morris was born Sept. 30, 1963 in Camden, N.J. to Robert and Janet (Weilenman) Morris. She was baptized in New Jersey and as a child moved with her family to Omaha, Neb., where she grew up and attended school. Bar­bara lived in South Dakota and Hendricks before mov­ing to Montevideo, where she worked as a baker at County Market until 2004. She had lived at Henry Hill apartment in Granite Falls since 2011.
She enjoyed fishing, vis­iting with friends, watch­ing criminal shows and scary movies, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and above all else she loved caring and spending time with her grandchildren.
Barbara is survived by her three daughters— Amie (Justin O’Malley) Brockmoller of Montevi­deo, Anna (Christopher) Nichols of Hanley Falls and Alisha (Jeremy Lien) Mor­ris of Maynard; five grand­children—Alexis, Jayson, Sylas, Seth and Ayla; moth­er Janet Dinsmore of Oma­ha, Neb.; sisters Elizabeth Bruna and Melissa Malik of Omaha, Neb.; brothers Wilbur Reynolds of Oregon and Nick Morris of Idaho; special niece Jenny Vizecky of Montevideo; and special friends Kim Petznick of Omaha, Neb. and Deb John­son of Granite Falls.
She was preceded in death by her infant son Mi­chael David Fuller in 1988, her father James Dinsmore and her grandparents.

Michael Hexum

April 17, 2015

obit Hexum IMG_2905Dec. 31, 1953 – April 10, 2015

Michael Wayne Hexum, age 60 of Ft. Yates, N.D., passed away April 10 from esophageal cancer.
He was born in Hen­dricks to Lowell and Joyce (Dorn) Hexum on Dec. 31, 1953. He grew up in Hen­dricks and after graduat­ing, joined the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and San Diego, Calif. Mike was honorably discharged in 1978. He lived in Hendricks after the service and moved to Colorado in 1982. In 1990 he moved to Interior, S.D. after the death of his sis­ter Wanda and helped her husband raise their three children. Mike moved to North Dakota, working on rural water, in 1994. He married Winona Two Crow on Dec. 23, 1996 and lived in Ft. Yates, N.D.
Mike spent most of his life working in construc­tion. He was very handy, enjoyed fixing small mo­tors, fishing, and cross­word puzzles. He was currently the manager of Jensen’s Laundromat.
We will remember Mike for his infectious laugh, positive attitude and living life in the moment. Mike was always there to help anyone who needed it in any way.
Mike is survived by his wife Winona Two Crow Hexum, five stepchildren and 16 grandchildren, his father Lowell Hexum, sis­ters Jeanne (David) Niels­en and Wendy (Steve) Conder, brother-in-law Charles Johnston, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and two great-aunts.
He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce (Dorn) Hexum and sisters Wanda Johnston and Cher­yl Rogers.
Michael will be interred with military honors at Fort Logan National Cem­etery, Denver, Colo..