Orville Skorseth

December 14, 2017

obit orville skorseth 9C449169-4BE7-49F3-A36A-D2AC03AC3531Jan. 27, 1919 – Dec. 5, 2017

Orville Skorseth, age 98 of Astoria, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the church and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at East Highland Cemetery, rural Astoria. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Dakota was en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Orville Kenneth Skorseth was born on a farm near Park Rapids on Jan. 27, 1919. He was the first son and fourth child of six chil­dren born to Norwegian immigrants Oluf and Kris­tina (Bakken) Skorseth. He attended country schools near Stony Lake and later at Dorsett east of Park Rap­ids. Orville did not have the opportunity to go to high school, but went to work for farmers at age 15 in 1934 in the midst of the Great De­pression and Dust Bowl. In 1940 he moved near Porter and continued farm work. Orville was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1941 and served until discharge on Dec. 7, 1945.
During the war, Orville met Lucy Marie Kimber­ling while on furlough in Kansas City, Missouri. Or­ville and Marie were mar­ried at her parents’ home near Jamesport, Missouri on March 21, 1946. Orville continued farm work after the war in the Canby area. In 1948 he began farming on his own, in partnership with his brother Harry, in the Lake Cochrane commu­nity. Orville and Marie were blessed with three chil­dren—Kenneth, Jean and Lyle. He was very active in the community, serving on the Norden Twp. Board, the Spring Dell School Board, the Deuel County Zoning Commission, and the East Highland Church Board.
In September 1983, Or­ville and Marie retired and moved to their home in As­toria, South Dakota. Orville continued doing part-time work for local farmers and also worked on the Win­chester Place Thorough­bred horse farm. He simply could not stand boredom and was always busy. Working and doing things well were his greatest plea­sure in life. Orville received his last paycheck for work when he was 95 years old. He continued community service and was once hon­ored as the Volunteer of the Year by the Astoria Commu­nity Club. He also did vol­unteer work at Deubrook Elementary School and was active in the Bakken-Engen American Legion Post 103. A highlight for Orville was an Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC for WWII veterans in 2014.
Orville moved to Hen­dricks in March, then to the Hendricks Nursing Home on Nov. 10, and he passed away there on Dec. 5.
Orville is survived by his children—Ken (Dianne) Skorseth, Jr. of Gary, South Dakota, Jean Skorseth and Lyle Skorseth (Kris) of Hen­dricks; his sister Edna Dom­holt of Park Rapids; grand­children—Paul (Kristie) of New Underwood, South Dakota, Kendra Branden­burg (Chuck) of Lane, South Dakota, and Glenda Milton (John) of Volga, South Da­kota; and six great-grand­children. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marie, sis­ters Alvilde, Clara and Olva, and his brother Harry.
Orville’s wish is for me­morials to be given to the East Highland Cemetery Association.

Gary Stegner

December 14, 2017

obit Gary Stegner IMG_5360May 29, 1948 – Dec. 1, 2017

Funeral services for Gary J. Stegner were held in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 4. He passed away Dec. 1 after a brief stay in an Omaha hospital.
Gary John Stegner was born May 29, 1948 in Hendricks to Milton and Marie (Wagner) Stegner. After graduating from Hendricks High School and Canby Vo-Tech, Gary spent his years around Omaha, Nebraska, once owning an auto parts store and working in sales for various businesses in the Omaha area.
He passed away Dec. 1 in Omaha at the age of 69 years, six months and two days.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Mil­ton and Marie Stegner and infant brother Dale. He is survived by his wife Janita, children Rhonda, Renee (Armon), Michelle and Brett; grandchildren R.J., Ashley, Caleb and Teeyona; brother Wayne (Carol) Stegner; and step­mother Marietta.
Blessed be his memory.

Lucille Anderson

December 7, 2017

obit Lucille Anderson picApril 28, 1928 – Nov. 28, 2017

Lucille M. Anderson, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Hendricks Commu­nity Hospital. Funeral ser­vice was 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visi­tation was 5-7 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 3 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hendricks. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Hansonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lucille Marjorie Ander­son was born April 28, 1928 on the family farm in Omoro Township, Yel­low Medicine County, to Carl and Anna (Footh) Tesch. She attended coun­try school, then worked as a nanny for a couple of years.
Lucille was united in marriage to Glenn Ander­son on Dec. 15, 1946 and to this union they were blessed with two children. After their marriage she farmed alongside her hus­band and raised her chil­dren. Later she worked as a waitress, then worked at the bakery for 32 years, then in the kitchen at the Hendricks Hospital for nu­merous years.
Lucille enjoyed garden­ing and canning and she was known for her corn relish. She also enjoyed baking and was known for her lefse and cooking for friends and family was a treat. She loved people and was always willing to help anyone in need.
She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church until the fire and had cur­rently been a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she was involved with Ladies Aide.
Grateful for having shared Lucille’s life are her two children, Neva (special friend Lon Huber) Vizecky of White, South Dakota, and Dale (Robin) Anderson of Hendricks; four grandchil­dren—Christian (special friend Kris Christiansen) Vizecky of Toronto, South Dakota, Faith (Chad) Olsen of Canby, Melissa Spicer of Pipestone, and Wanda (Mike) Hohler of Alexan­dria; nine great-grandchil­dren and two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three broth­ers—Vernon, LeRoy and Marvin Tesch.

Kaye Lokken

December 7, 2017

Dec. 8, 1953 – Nov. 17, 2017

Kaye Marie Lokken, age 63 of Bonduel, Wisconsin, died Nov. 17 at her home following a decline in health. Memorial service will be Friday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line at www.hartquist­funeral.com.
Kaye Marie Lokken was born Dec. 8, 1953 to Carl and Eloise (Blegen) Hauschild in Hendricks. She was married to Garry Lokken in 1974 and Paul Hausken in 1994.
She is survived by her mother Eloise Hauschild of Minneota; sister Joy (Clyde) Bruns of Marshall; step-daughter Latasha Hausken of Brainerd; niec­es, nephews, other fam­ily and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Hauschild, and her grandparents.

Menter Mathison

December 1, 2017

Sept. 25, 1927 – Nov. 20, 2017

In our Dad’s final prayer on Friday, he thanked God for His love and sal­vation, for his dear fam­ily, friends and that he is blessed, blessed, blessed, blessed, blessed.
Menter “Matt” Harvard Mathison joined his Lord and Savior on the 20th of November. He enjoyed 90 years of life. Matt was born Sept. 25, 1927 in Hendricks. He gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1945, then joined the U.S. Army, serving on the USS Hope Medical Ship. He was a graduate of South Dakota State University in 1951. He married the love of his life and best friend, Stena Marie (Hansen) Mathi­son. They were married for 68 years, spending the majority of their married life in Mankato and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Matt loved and en­joyed people; he always had wise words of coun­sel to all who sought his guidance. He began his working career as a phar­maceutical salesman, but spent the majority of his career working as Presi­dent of Brown Drug Com­pany, Sioux Falls, only to retire, then work another 10 years for Sullivan Im­ports. Though he was a good businessman, he was most respected for his sense of integrity.
Matt lived a life devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ and served Him by serv­ing in his church. Over the years, Matt taught youth and adult Sunday School classes; he was a board member, a church elder, a good and giving friend to many—at both Grace Baptist Church in Mankato and Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He and Stena welcomed peo­ple of all ages into their home and gave of them­selves to care for others. Above all, he was a friend to everyone because he loved people.
Matt was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Ida Ma­thison, daughter-in-law Lona Burnett Mathison, and several aunts and un­cles. He is survived by his wife Stena and their chil­dren—Dr. Gregory Mathi­son and his wife Patricia of Orlando, Florida, LTC Mark Mathison (Retired) and his wife Patricia of Huntsville, Alabama, Cin­dy Mathison Hendrix and husband Dr. Paul Hendrix of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lt ­Col. Jeffery Mathison (Re­tired) and wife Yissel of Warner Robbins, Georgia, and Brett Mathison and wife Ann of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Matt loved to spend time with his 13 grandchildren— Jennifer, Jessica, Greg Jr., Julio, Ka­tie, Kelsey, Joey, Nicolle, Stena, Jeffery Jr., Matthew, Nicholas and Sarah, and with his 14 great-grand­children—Connor, Kyle, Marissa, Grace, Christian, Jack, Lexi, Mikaela, Riley, Ellie, Kensington, Kade, Lucy and Amos. He always welcomed them into his home and made every ef­fort to visit them in their homes. He is a Husband, Dad, and a “Papa” and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Central Church in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. at the church.Heritage Fu­neral Home was in charge of arrangements. www. heritagesfsd.com.

Joseph Rybinski

November 24, 2017

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Joseph A. Rybinski, age 82 of Ivanhoe, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Hendricks Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at St. John Cantius Cath­olic Church, Wilno. Burial was in the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery. Visita­tion was 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at St. John Can­tius Catholic Church. The Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Joseph A. Rybinski was born Dec. 7, 1934 on the family farm in Royal Town­ship near Ivanhoe. He was the sixth child of Joseph F. and Leokadia (Pruszyn­ski) Rybinski. He attended parochial school in Wilno through the 8th grade then graduated from Ivan­hoe High School in 1952. Following graduation, he worked on the family farm. Joe entered the U.S. Army and served from January 1958 to October 1959. He was united in marriage to Rosella Kockelman on Aug. 29, 1961 at St. John Can­tius Church in Wilno. He was recalled to the Army and served from October 1961 to July 1962. They lived and farmed near Ivanhoe, where they raised their family. In 2007 they moved into their home in Ivanhoe. Rosella passed away on May 11, 2008. Joe remained in their home where he continued to be active in the Ivanhoe community. He entered the Hendricks Hospital where he passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the age of 82 years, 11 months and eight days.
He was a member of St. John Cantius Church where he served as a church usher, trustee, server and a lector. Joe also served on the First State Bank Board of Directors, 1981-1999. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing. He was a fan of Minnesota sports, enjoyed going to casinos, and was a card player throughout his life.
Joe is survived by his children—Michael Rybin­ski of Ivanhoe, Patty (Bill) LeBrun of Reading, Ron Rybinski of Hendricks, and Joe Jr. (Shelly) Rybinski of Ivanhoe; grandchildren— Lauren, Miranda and Mor­gan LeBrun, Megan and Ryan Rybinski, and Emily, Joseph, Anthony and Lu­cas Rybinski; siblings—Hedwig (Norbert) Citter­man, Mary Pavek, Agnes Rybinski, Regina Rybin­ski, Richard (Kaleen) Ry­binski, and Gene (Kathy) Rybinski; sisters-in-law— Pauline (Marion) Oellien, Audrey (Emil) Citterman, Elaine (Lee) Dritz and Karen Kockelman; numer­ous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rosella, and siblings Su­sanne Rybinski, Irene Ry­binski, Anton Rybinski, Bernard Rybinski and Ray­mond Rybinski.

Iona Midtovne

November 24, 2017

obit midtovne ionaApril 21, 1928 – Nov. 14, 2017

Iona M. Midtovne, age 89 of Rochester, formerly of Winona, died Tuesday, Nov. 14 at St. Mary’s Hos­pital in Rochester.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 120 Pleasant Hill Drive, Winona. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home in Winona.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory of Winona and Fountain City, Wisconsin. Words of sym­pathy or remembrance may be left at www.faw­cett-junkerfuneralhome.com.
Iona Marie was born April 21, 1928 in Winona to Walter and Ivo (Marsh) Renspie. In September 1947 she married Willie Midtovne. They lived in White, South Dakota on the Midtovne family farm, where she became a farm wife and raised their six children in a house with­out electricity or indoor plumbing. She was a very hard worker and loved gardening.
Iona is survived by three daughters— Edith (John “Pete”) Peterson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Krys­tal Marie Sunshine of Wa­tertown, South Dakota, and Virginia (Don) Zuraff of Tyler; one son, Clifford (Joy) Midtovne of Red Wing; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchil­dren; a sister, Evelyn Ney­ers of Bradley, Illinois; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sons William and Lyle Mid­tovne, grandchild Matthew Midtovne, great-grandchil­dren Wyatt Midtovne and Hattie Wang, and a sister, Dolores.

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.