Jay Bogen

August 6, 2015

Bogen orig #2Nov. 27, 1948 – June 27, 2015

Jay P. Bogen, age 66, of Middleton, Wisc., formerly of Watertown, S.D., passed away Saturday, June 27 in Middleton. Memorial ser­vices were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the First Congregational Unit­ed Church of Christ in Wa­tertown with Rev. Steven Bailey officiating. Music was provided by A.J. Sher­rill as organist with Wendy Landmark Cline as soloist and Ed Cline as guitar­ist. Visitation was prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery in Hendricks with mili­tary honors. Urn bearers were Don Goldhorn, Larry Dockter, Roger Randall and Manuel Ramlo.
Jay Peder Bogen was born Nov. 27, 1948 in Min­neapolis to Doris Johnson. Shortly after birth, he was adopted by Clifford and Beatrice (Nelson) Bogen and spent the first several years of his life in Hen­dricks with his parents and a large extended family. He attended country school for part of his elementary years. The family moved to Mankato in 1960, where Jay acquired his first job at the Cliff Kyes Motel at the age of about 14. Jay graduated from Mankato High School in 1966 and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato (then Mankato State College), graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega ser­vice fraternity and chair of the first MSU-Mankato col­lege-wide book exchange.
While in college, Jay met Susan Graham and they were married on Sept. 26, 1970. Following gradu­ation, Jay worked for JC Penney Corporation at the Milwaukee Distribu­tion Center, Coast-to-Coast Stores at their Minneapo­lis and Kansas City dis­tribution centers, and for Arrowhead Seeds in Wa­tertown. Jay also worked for First Federal Bank as a financial representative. He opened his own insur­ance agency in 1985 and ran it until his retirement in 2011. Jay was the first person in South Dakota to be a certified Long Term Care Insurance specialist, an achievement of which he was very proud.
Jay was a member of the Army Reserves in Minne­sota and Wisconsin from 1970-76, and the South Dakota National Guard 1742nd Transportation Unit from 1989-1996. He served in the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and was a lifetime mem­ber of the VFW.
In 2012 he moved to Madison, Wisc. to be clos­er to family and was soon after diagnosed with a rare neurodegenerative disorder, Progressive Su­pranuclear Palsy (PSP), for which there is no treat­ment or cure.
Jay loved Watertown and South Dakota and was very active in the com­munity. He served on the Chamber of Commerce and on the finance com­mittee for many years and received their Volunteer of the Year award. He was a former member of Rotary, Kiwanis and the Elks. He was active in the First Con­gregational United Church of Christ, serving on many boards and as moderator. Jay also served on the Sal­vation Army board.
He loved riding his Hon­da Gold Wing, taking trips to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Las Vegas, listen­ing to big band music, vin­tage cars and car shows, watching action movies and Springer Spaniels (es­pecially his dog Addie and his daughter’s dog Olive). He had strong opinions about many things and never shied away from sharing them. He also en­joyed the simple things in life like fresh baked cook­ies, homemade casseroles and playing cards with his family. He loved to spend his weekends washing and waxing his cars, espe­cially his 1973 yellow VW Beetle convertible and his two Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams.
Jay is survived by his children—son David (Sar­ah) Bogen and daughter Amy Bogen; his grandchil­dren—Garrison and Dinah Bogen, both of Madison, Wisc.; his brother Paul (Pat) Bogen of Suwanee, Ga.; his former wife, Susan Bogen of Madison, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests me­morials be made to the Watertown Community Foundation.

Dean Wilkes

July 31, 2015

obit Dean WilkesSept. 23, 1930 – July 28, 2015

Memorial services for Dean Wilkes, age 84, of Rochester, formerly of Ty­ler, will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at 12 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler with Pastor Lyle Snyder officiating. Visita­tion will be one hour prior to services. Private family burial will be in Riceville, Iowa at a later time.
Dean passed away on Tuesday, July 28 at Seasons Hospice House in Roches­ter, losing his battle with prostate cancer.
Dean Joseph Wilkes was born Sept. 23, 1930 to Jo­seph and Wilda (Gooder) Wilkes in Riceville, Iowa. He was baptized in 1930 at Riceville Methodist Church. He grew up in Riceville and graduated from Riceville High School in 1948, after which he at­tended Austin Junior Col­lege, where he met his first wife Lavonne Paul­son. They were married April 1, 1951 at St. Olaf Lu­theran Church in Austin. He entered the Air Force in 1951 and was honor­ably discharged in 1955. He then attended college in Winona, graduating with a degree in Busi­ness Education in 1958 and began teaching busi­ness at Waterville High School in 1959. In 1972, he left the teaching field and began his career in accounting in Rochester. He retired in 1995 from Tuohy Manufacturing in Chatfield where he was the head comptroller. He and Lavonne made their home in Tyler in 1995 and their winter home in Bull­head City, Ariz. In 2001, Lavonne preceded him in death. In 2008, he and Lois Vogele were united in marriage and made their home in Tyler until they moved back to Rochester in 2010.
When Dean was a Tyler resident, he was an active member of First English Lutheran Church and Ty­ler Kiwanis Club, serving on their boards and com­mittees. He enjoyed orga­nizing the Kiwanis ditch cleaning project and the Kiwanis popcorn stand. He was also the book­keeper for the Buffalo Ridge Newspapers. He was a member of the Tyler Golf Club where he spent countless hours on the course with “the boys.” He was always involved and there to help out any com­mittee, enjoying every moment with a whistle and a quick step.
Upon their return to Rochester, they moved into Gramercy Coopera­tive Living and he joined Our Savior’s Lutheran, Rochester Golden K Ki­wanis Club, and re-joined Rochester ’76 Lions Club where he was the charter president in 1976. He was active on their boards and committees and was treasurer for the Kiwanis Club and Gramercy Coop­erative Living as well as continuing to be the book­keeper for Buffalo Ridge Newspapers until his re­tirement in April 2015. He was also a member of Sol­diers Field Golf Club and Hadley Golf Club, where he golfed on their men’s leagues weekly.
Dean will be lovingly re­membered by his wife Lois; sister, Dorothy Hardtke, Rochester; four children, Pam (Chuck) Hunt of Blue Earth; Wendy (Greg) Gro­ver of Fountain; Jim of Janesville; and Denise (Charlie) Karau of Roch­ester; three step-children, Eric (Shannon) Vogele and children Clayton, Anetha and Max of New Lisbon, Wisc.; Susan (Eric) Hov­ersten and daughter Sonja of Mound; Kari (Kevin) Cummings and daughters Destiny, Brianna and Jas­mine of Andover; nephew Gary (Mary Kay) Hardtke of Pine Island; grandchil­dren, Nate (Sue) Hunt and children Andrew and Lau­ren of Ripon, Calif.; Nick (Karmen) Hunt and chil­dren Brooklynn and Kam­ryn of Brandon, S.D.; Katy (Wade) Volk and children Jacob Sichmeller, Brady Schmit, Serena, Lucy and Trevor Volk of Manka­to; Jamie Clarey (Brian Carlsrud) and children Tony and Anna of Fargo, N.D.; Jenny Vogel of Minne­apolis; step-grandchildren Adam (Amy) Grover and Chloe of Chatfield; Aman­da Grover of Chatfield and son Tyler of Roches­ter; Kate Baer of Buckeye, Ariz.; Joe (Megan) Baer and children Rylee and Joseph of Buckeye, Ariz.; Eric Karau, Wayne Karau, Stephen (Kristy) Karau, of Rochester; numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Lavonne in 2001; his brother-in-law Milt Hardtke; eight sisters-in-law and their husbands; and one brother-in-law and his wife.
Memorials are preferred to Hadley Youth Golf Pro­gram, Tyler Youth Golf Program, Our Savior’s Lu­theran, First English Lu­theran, Arbor Day Foun­dation, Seasons Hospice or Ridgeview Hospice.

Nancy Bergjord

July 16, 2015

obit Nancy BergjordFeb. 23, 1938 – July 8, 2015

Astoria, S.D., passed away Wednesday, July 8 at the Hendricks Hospital, Hendricks. Funeral service was at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13 in the Leganger Lu­theran Church in Toronto, S.D. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Toronto Cemetery at a later date. The House­man Funeral Home in To­ronto, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Nancy Janice (DuBois) Bergjord was born to Daryl and Dorothy (We­ber) DuBois Feb. 23, 1938 in Miller, S.D. She attended country schools in the Tu­lare, Bonilla areas. In 1949 the family moved to ReeHeights, where her father taught school. Nancy also attended schools in Blunt and Agar, S.D. and gradu­ated high school from Agar in 1956. After graduation, she moved to Brookings, S.D. where she was a book­keeper for Gamble’s.
On Feb. 24, 1957 she married Norris Bergjord and they moved to Norris’s family farm near Toronto, S.D. They were blessed with four daughters and remained on the family farm until June 2015. Nor­ris and Nancy retired from farming and Nancy began employment for SDSU in 2000, where she continued to work until August 2013. In October 2010 Nancy was diagnosed with cancer and her health gradually de­clined. Nancy passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Hendricks Hospital at the age of 77 years, four months and 15 days.
She was a long-time member of Leganger Lu­theran Church, American Legion Auxiliary and To­ronto Community Club. She was a volunteer for taking care of 35 barrels of flowers for over 10 years on Toronto’s Main Street. Norris and Nancy spent many years mowing and trimming cemeter­ies, which she loved to do. Nancy loved spending time with family, working in the yard, flower gardens, crafts and doing things in the community.
Nancy is survived by her husband Norris Berg­jord of Toronto, S.D.; four daughters—Nikki Oien of Baltic, Nadine (Don) Niels­en of Brandt, Shelly (Tim) Murphy of White and Lonni (Dave) Potts of To­ronto; 15 grandchildren— Jamie (John) Covington, Jenna (Eric Nesheim) Oien, Clay (Pam) Nielsen, Tony (Danay) Nielsen, De­rick (Erin) Nielsen, Dylan (Bethann) Murphy, For­rest (Cierra) Murphy, Fa­lon (Kris) Paluch, Spencer (Shaina Mack) Murphy, Brooke (Dylan Schwartz) Murphy, Haley (Adam) Panka, Marty (Brandi) Pe­tersen, Quinn Petersen, Ryleigh Potts and Aman­da (Chris Rose) Potts; 16 great-grandchildren— Jaydin, Jaliyah and Jamari Covington, Peyton, Eliot, Sarah Beth and Presley Nielsen, Graclyn and Grif­fin Nielsen, Gabe VanDyke and Carter Nielsen, Fin­ley and Maverick Murphy and Crue Murphy, Gibsyn Rose and Taryn Panka; two brothers—Dallas DuBois and Doug DuBois; four sisters-in-law—Audrey Bergjord, Lois (DuBois) Poelvoorde, LeDonna Pot­ter and Carol Behrens; and special friends JoAnn (DuBois) Colbert and Mon­te and Jean Peterson.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Daryl and Dorothy DuBois, granddaughter Darcy Pe­tersen, great-grandson Cowan Murphy, son-in-law Ritchie Oien, sister Shyla Barron, brother Dwight DuBois, six brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Signe Strong

July 2, 2015

obit Signe Strong picJuly 11, 1921 – June 22, 2015

Signe Strong, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, June 22 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Thurs­day, June 25 at the Hen­dricks Hospital Chapel with Rev. Allen Molascon officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the ser­vice at the hospital chapel. Internment will take place at a later date in the Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Ind. Birk Funeral Home of Hen­dricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Signe May Strong was born July 11, 1921 on the family farm near Toronto, S.D. to Gustave Harold and Emma Pauline (Lar­sen) Anderson, one of eight children. In 1944 she was united in marriage to Claude Strong in Grif­fin, Ind. and to this union they were blessed with four children. They raised their family in Elkhart, Ind. Claude passed away on July 7, 1999 and Signe re­mained in Elkhart. In 2008 she became a resident of the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home until her death on June 22 at the age of 93 years, 11 months and 11days.
Signe lived a life of ser­vice and she cared for oth­ers. She enjoyed helping with whatever needed to be done whether it was folding church bulletins or laundry, she was al­ways willing to help. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, traveling with her husband and playing Pinochle with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared Signe’s life are her four children—Ronald, Gregory and Jeff Strong and Janice Muehe; one brother, Gordon (Erliss) Anderson of Hendricks, and one sister, Adeline Koester of Hammond, Ind.; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grand­children, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gustave and Emma Ander­son, her husband Claude, three sisters—Gladys Lenz, Esther (Wayne) Fites and Lillian (Randolph) Peterson, two brothers— Walter (Lena) Anderson and Verner (Esther) An­derson, and one brother-in-law, Harry Koester.
Blessed be her memory.

Phyllis Ligman

July 2, 2015

Aug. 3, 1945 – June 26, 2015

Private services are scheduled for Phyllis Lig­man, age 69. She died Fri­day, June 26 at her home in Victoria. Interment will be at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry and con­dolences may be found at www.harquistfuneral.com.
Phyllis Darlene Hersch­berger-Ligman was born in Hendricks to Ernest and Hilda Herschberger on Aug. 3, 1945. She married Roger Ligman, they lived in Eagan and had four chil­dren.
Phyllis is survived by her children Roger Ligman, Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Ryan Ligman (wife Cally) of Winona, Kristi Jean Madi­son (husband Mitchell) of Richfield and Rebekah Feist (husband Shawn) of Midland, Mich.; grand­children Anika and Kellan Feist and Mari Jolene Lig­man.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Phillip Her­schberger.

Harland D. Johnson

July 2, 2015

Harland D. Johnson, age 79 of Gary, S.D., passed away on Sunday, June 28 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6 at the Hen­dricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks with Pastor Al­len Molascon officiating. Interment will be at the East Highland Cemetery, rural Brandt, S.D.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Richard Hurlbut

June 25, 2015

Richard L. Hurlbut, age 77 of Hendricks, passed away on Friday, June 19 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Services are currently pending and will be an­nounced at a later date by the Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.

Gregory Kimmet

June 18, 2015

obit Kimmet, Gregory 2May 20, 1955 – June 10, 2015

Gregory R. Kimmet was called home to heaven on June 10 at the age of 60 years. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sat­urday, June 20 at Elim Lu­theran Church in Fargo, N.D. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. No flowers or plants please. Memorial gifts are pre­ferred to the family. A pri­vate interment will be held at East Side Cemetery in Hendricks at a later date.
Greg was born May 20, 1955 to Charles and Kath­erine (Hey) Kimmet. He grew up in Sunburst, Mont. with eight brothers and one sister. He graduated in 1973 from North Toole High School and later from Montana State University, Bozeman, with a degree in mathematics-statistics. From 1977 until 2010 he worked as a statistician, then Deputy Director in North Dakota with the USDA-National Agricul­ture Statistical Service (NASS). He often called himself a “bean-counter” and trained others to excel in agency positions.
In 1982 he married San­dra “Sandi” (Nelson) in Hendricks. They had two daughters—Amanda and Samantha—and their fam­ily was complete. Many adventures in life and relo­cations for work occurred. He worked in South Da­kota, the national office in Washington, DC, as well as Minnesota and North Dakota. “Home is where the USDA sends you” was a sign in his office. He en­joyed numbers, their life, working, riding bike, refer­eeing sports, trips to Mon­tana, the family farm in Minnesota, and hiking. He dearly loved his family and others. He had a Servant’s Heart and was always will­ing to help others.
Greg was diagnosed in 2009, the day before his 54th birthday, with Early Age Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. This changed life dramatically, but “Team Greg” (Sandi and Saman­tha) worked to keep him safe and happy. In the past three years, that had been 24 hours a day.
Greg is survived by his wife Sandi; daughters, Rev. Amanda (David) Simons and Samantha Kimmet; siblings, Michael (Con­stance), Daniel (Susan), Ronald (Margaret), Gary (Teresa), Lyle (Roxanna), Lynn, Dale (Lisa), There­sa (William) Dickey, and Nicholas (Penny); many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; in-laws Ber­nice Nelson, Carol and Bob Kreager and family; along with friends and family across the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kay and Charlie, one stillborn sister, aunts and uncles, and in-law and friend El­mer Nelson.
May God bless this man, his love for his girls, and the wonder he felt for this world.
Online condolences may be shared by visiting www. hansonrunsvold.com.

Warren L. Reeves

June 18, 2015

Oct. 26, 1924 – June 11, 2015

Warren L. “Tod” Reeves, age 90, died June 11 in Hendricks.
He was born in Volga, S.D. on Oct. 26, 1924 to George E. Reeves and Mattie M. Al­len Reeves. He was second youngest of six children— two sisters, Dorothy and Marjorie, and three broth­ers, Oliver, Donald and George, preceded him in death. He graduated from Brookings High School. He played three sports for the Brookings Bobcats and held a state record discus throw until 1964.
Tod married Dorrit Lou­ise Bjordal on Aug. 17, 1947 in Brookings, S.D.Warren was proud of his service to his country, par­ticularly in the transport of victims of the U.S.S Indi­anapolis. Too, he believed President Truman made the right decision. After service as a Marine in the Pacific Theater in WWII, he graduated from South Dakota State University on the G.I. Bill. Warren coached and taught at To­ronto and Howard, S.D. and in Teller, Alaska. Most­ly he was a claims adjuster and executive with Ameri­can Family Insurance in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, S.D. Tod’s favorite pastime was hunting and fishing with family and friends in South Dakota.
He is survived by his wife Dorrit L. Reeves of Brookings, S.D.; three chil­dren—Thomas (Janet) of Hendricks, Mary (Kevin) Coler of Morris, and An­thony of Madison, Wisc.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
According to his wishes, he was cremated and no services were held. Let his tribute be his family and many friends.
The Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks was entrust­ed with the arrangements.

Betty Jean Stetler

June 11, 2015

obit Stetler 001Dec. 7, 1921 – May 9, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Betty Jean Thompson Stetler, age 93. She passed away peacefully May 9 in a Care Haven Home (formerly Comfort Care Homes) in Overland Park, Kan. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on May 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 4805 W. 67th St., Prairie Village, Kan., 66208. Visitation was at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Cremation, inurnment in the church columbarium following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the church in Betty’s name.
Betty was born in Watertown, S.D. on Dec. 7, 1921, the first of five children to Alfred and Marie Bunn Thompson. She spent her childhood in the family home southwest of Hendricks. After high school graduation she went to Minneapolis and found work caring for the family of a doctor. After hearing from her Aunt Velma Bunn Larson that AT&T was hiring, Betty went to work as a telephone operator starting Jan. 24, 1942. While in Minneapolis she met handsome Robert Glenn Stetler of Ellis County, Kan., who was in flight training there. He became a Marine torpedo bomber pilot in World War II. On Feb. 26, 1944 Betty and Bob were married, then Bob was immediately shipped off to war.
In 1955 they moved to a beautiful new suburb, Prairie Village, Kan. Betty was able to transfer from AT&T in Minneapolis to their Kansas City, Mo. office, where she became a well-respected employee and had a series of promotions. On March 1, 1979, after 37 years of service, she retired as Supervisor of the Engineering Department. Betty and Bob lived in their home until Bob’s death, Jan. 5, 1997. They had been married 53 years. Betty remained in the home until 2005 when she moved to The Forum in Overland Park, Kan.
In 2007 Betty moved into a Comfort Care Home in Prairie Village, then to a newer one in Overland Park in 2009 where she remained until her death. She was the longest residing resident of all four Care Haven Homes.
Betty was a member of the Greatest Generation, a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church and Ruth Circle of the Lutheran Church Women. She enjoyed volunteering as a parish visitor, traveling, going on cruises with Bob and friends, playing Bridge, exercising, and for many years had season tickets to the New Theatre Restaurant. What gave Betty her greatest joy was visiting with family and the bonds she shared with her cherished friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her infant sister Beverly Thompson, her parents, her husband Bob, her sister Doris Anderson, and brothers Gordon and Maurice A. “Tommy” Thompson. She is survived by her dear aunt, Velma Larson, several nieces and nephews, other family members and dear friends.
The family would like to express its sincere thanks and deep gratitude to the amazing staff at Care Haven Homes for their unfailing compassion and dedication given to Betty. A special thanks goes to longtime caregivers Cindy and Jo, of Daughter & Co. We also extend our appreciation to the staff of Grace Hospice for their loving care and support of Betty in her final months.
Betty was loyal to her friends, generous with her time, gifts and money, cheerful, always lending a helping hand. Her sweet, gentle, loving nature will be missed by all who knew her. Betty’s strong faith guided and sustained her throughout her entire life. At the end, the formidable foe of dementia ended her lovely life. We’ll see you again, Betty.