Arlyn Petersen

October 3, 2019

obit Petersen ArlynOct. 12, 1934 – Sept. 18, 2019

Arlyn K. Petersen, age 84 of Lake Benton, died Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pipestone.
A visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Grace Luther­an Church in Lake Benton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service was Monday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Inter­ment was in Diamond Lake Cemetery in rural Lake Benton.
Arrangements were with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To sign an online registry and view Arlyn’s life his­tory, please go to
Arlyn Knute Petersen was born Oct. 12, 1934 to Knute and Carrie (Hans­en) Petersen on the family farm in Shaokatan Town­ship in Lincoln County. Ar­lyn was baptized in 1939 at Diamond Lake Church in rural Lake Benton, and was confirmed on April 10, 1949. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1953.
Arlyn was united in marriage to Garnet Jensen on June 30, 1957 at Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler. The young couple moved to a farm in Dram­men Township, north of Lake Benton. During their time on the farm, the couple was blessed with the births of their four children. The family con­tinued to live on the farm until 1977, when they moved to Lake Benton. Ar­lyn worked for Andy Heg­gestad, then became a self-employed construction worker, starting Petersen Gravel in 1983. He contin­ued to work construction until 1999, when he began working for Bituminous Paving, Inc. In 2017, Ar­lyn semi-retired, but con­tinued to stay busy at his shop and moved snow for the City of Lake Benton. Arlyn continued to live at home with Garnet until his failing health brought him to the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pip­estone on Sunday, Sept. 15. Arlyn died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the age of 84 years, 11 months and seven days.
Arlyn was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. In his free-time, Arlyn was a “profes­sional collector” of vari­ous items including coins, tractors, toy tractors and trucks. Above all else, Ar­lyn loved to spend time with his children, grand­children, and great-grand­children.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Garnet; children— Terry (Joann) Petersen of New Ulm, Karen Petersen of Lake Benton, Greg Mensen of Albany, and Susan (Gary) Haupert of Pipestone; 14 grandchildren—Heidi (Craig) Sondag, Aaron (Tarah) Petersen, Kacie Petersen, Tanner (Becca) Petersen, Kristin (Tim) Miller, Ashley (Reid) Hef­fele, Garrett (Caitlin) Pe­tersen, Laura (John) Rigge, Rachael (Matt) Krueger, Katie (Alex) Bakker, Court­ney (Andrew) Vroman, Amber (Devin) Gorter, Amanda Haupert, and April Haupert; 26 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other loving friends and family members.
He was preceded in death by his children Randy Petersen and Carol Mensen; his sisters Rose Elaine Rydell, Irene La­hey, Berniece Johannsen and Mera Luceil Johnson; and his parents, Knute and Carrie.

Michelle Myers-Stephens

October 3, 2019

obit MYERS-STEPHENS MichelleSept. 24, 1973 – Sept. 22, 2019

Michelle R. Myers-Ste­phens, age 45 of Elkton, South Dakota, passed away Sept. 22 at her home in Elkton after a long illness.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at United Parish of Elkton with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkton, South Dakota. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Elkton.­
Michelle was born Sept. 24, 1973 in Brookings, South Dakota to Steven and Vikkie (Moser) Myers. She received her educa­tion in Elkton, graduating from Elkton High School in 1991. She attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Da­kota, then the University of North Dakota in Fargo, North Dakota.
Michelle married Owen Kelsch in 1994 and later divorced. She lived in Brookings, South Dakota, and worked at Advance. She moved to Kyle, Texas, where she worked at Fe­care in Seguin, Texas. Mi­chelle found her soul mate Shayne Stephens in 2005 and they moved to Elkton in 2009. She worked at the Elkton Municipal un­til 2011, when she retired due to ill health. Michelle enjoyed arts and crafts, and painting with her kids. She had a big heart, a big smile and loved her family, friends and community.
Michelle is survived by her soul mate Shayne Ste­phens; three children— Siana Jolie Myers of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bre­sha Shonique Stephens of Brookings, South Da­kota, and Savion Shakur Stephens of Elkton, South Dakota; her parents Steve and Vikkie Myers of Elk­ton; two siblings— Kris (Bob) Haarsma of London, Kentucky, and Nicholas (Melissa) Myers of Elkton.
Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents Howard and Helen My­ers and Julius and Lillian Moser; and three cousins, Tina and Matt Biggar and Josh Myers.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, Sep­tember 26, 2019 at United Parish of Elkton with buri­al at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkton. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Wednes­day with a 7:00 pm prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton.­

Ruth Johnson

October 3, 2019

Ruth E. Johnson, age 75 of Ivanhoe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, at her home. A private family in­terment will be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Cha­pel. To read Ruth’s full life history and sign an online registry, please visit

Beverly Schwing

September 25, 2019

obit SCHWING BeverlyAug. 29, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2019

Beverly Anne Schwing, age 89 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away Mon­day, Sept. 16 at United Liv­ing Community in Brook­ings. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Fri­day, Sept. 20 at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Brookings. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Ceme­tery in Elkton, South Dako­ta. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at St. Thomas More Catho­lic Parish. Skroch Funeral Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Beverly Anne (Daniels) Schwing died peacefully surrounded by her lov­ing family. She was born Aug. 29, 1930, near Sher­burn in Martin County to Joseph Harold and Elsie (Ott) Daniels. The oldest of 12 children, Beverly at­tended Jay Center rural school and Sherburn El­ementary School until the family moved to a farm near Arco in March 1942. She completed her educa­tion at Arco and Ivanhoe schools. Beverly worked at First National Bank in Ivanhoe for eight years as a bookkeeper, teller and auditor. She later worked for 16 years in the Lincoln County ASCS Office.
On Nov. 9, 1974, Beverly was united in holy matri­mony to Sebastian Schwing at Sts. Peter and Paul Cath­olic Church in Ivanhoe. Sebastian was a widower with seven children, all of whom became the joy and focus of her life. Beverly cherished being a mom, as it allowed her to share her passions by teaching her children to knit, crochet, and sew 4-H projects. Bev­erly was passionate about building community; she thoroughly enjoyed host­ing events, holidays and family reunions, and never missed a family birthday. She greeted others with a warm smile and cheerful spirit, making sure that everyone attending was welcomed and well-fed. Events were not complete without Beverly taking a commemorative photo to document the time togeth­er. A natural historian at heart, Beverly spent count­less hours researching and learning family genealogy. Additionally, she dedicat­ed a lot of her time to the Elkton Museum, edited the Lincoln County Cen­tennial Book in 1973, and was co-editor of the par­ish centennial history for Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church in Elkton, South Dakota in 1979.
Beverly liked reading a good book, organizing a good Easter egg hunt, tending to her garden, playing a game of Scrab­ble, and cooking and bak­ing. Beverly’s greatest joy in life came from her fam­ily. She especially loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beverly will be remembered fond­ly for her generous love of family, and for keeping history alive in the hearts of many.
Beverly is survived by her loving husband Sebas­tian of Brookings, South Dakota; six children— Cecilia (Ron) Cheney of Brookings, South Dakota, Dorothy (Joe) Popowski and Ann (Joe) Pavek, all of Ivanhoe, Laura Schwing of Shakopee, Edwin Schwing of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Elsie Schwing (Chris McCree) of Brookings, South Dakota; son-in-law Ron VanDenBroeke of Custer, South Dakota; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; five siblings—David (Karen) Daniels of Rochester, Tom Daniels of Arco, Laurel (Houston) Meriwether of Nazareth, Pennsylva­nia, Steve (Dana) Daniels of Maplewood, and Daryl Daniels of San Francisco, California; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Gloria Van­DenBroeke, granddaugh­ter Allison VanDenBroeke, grandson Anthony Van­DenBroeke, her parents; brothers Richard, Robert, James, Donald and Joseph; and one sister, Jeanne.
Blessed be her memory.

Arlyn Petersen

September 25, 2019

Arlyn K. Petersen, age 84 of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pipestone.
A visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Grace Luther­an Church in Lake Benton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service was Monday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Inter­ment was in Diamond Lake Cemetery in rural Lake Benton.
Arrangements were with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To sign an online registry and view Arlyn’s life his­tory, please go to

Gail Newell

September 25, 2019

July 14, 1954 – Sept. 18, 2019

Gail Newell, age 65 of Tyler, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18 at her home. A memorial visita­tion was held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m., with memory sharing at 3:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. To sign an online registry, please visit
Gail Lynn Newell was born July 14, 1954 to Ralph and Ruth (Jensen) Hansen in Tyler, where she lived all her life.
Gail is survived by her beloved, Neil Enderson of Tyler; her children— Shawna (Matt) Smith of Breezy Point, Amie (Timo­thy) Lingen of Lake Ben­ton, and Justin (Melissa) Newell of Holland; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sis­ters Elizabeth (William) Baxter of Phoenix, Arizona, Karma (Richard) Dingman of Littleton, Colorado, and Ruthann (Darwin) Dorn of West Bend, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Megan Dupre.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

Colin Trautman

September 19, 2019

May 16, 1960 – Sept. 2, 2019

Colin Conrad Trautman was born May 16, 1960 in Brookings, South Dakota to Virgil and Eleanor (Palmer) Trautman. He was raised in Lake Benton, was baptized and confirmed in the local Lutheran church, and grad­uated from Lake Benton High School in 1978. After his graduation, Colin moved to Greybull, Wyoming and worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, where he made several life­long friends. While in Grey­bull, he met his future wife, Doris Bueckers of Freeport, Minnesota. They married on Nov. 27, 1982, shared three children, and later divorced. Colin lived in Wyoming for the remainder of his life, in the shade of the majestic Big Horn Mountains. He kept his permanent residence in Shell, Wyoming, and built invaluable friendships with the Shell community mem­bers.
Colin was an avid ball player and fostered a life­long passion for sports. He was a devoted University of Wyoming Cowboys fan and had a great knack for sports trivia and statistics. Colin enjoyed the outdoors and spent countless hours hunt­ing, fishing, and camping with friends and family. He was also a hobby photog­rapher and enjoyed photo­graphing the world around him; his perspective was truly unique.
Colin was refreshingly honest and enjoyed a good joke. He was curious, intui­tive, and oftentimes wiser than his years. Colin had a big heart and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. He loved his dogs, horses, and collecting old Dodge cars—but most of all he loved his family. His grandchildren (twins!) were his pride and joy. Colin also had great faith, even if he may not have understood God’s plan for him.
Colin passed away unex­pectedly in Basin, Wyoming on Sept. 2. He was 59 years old.
Colin is lovingly remem­bered by his children, Nicole (David) Haynes and Chad (Kaylee) Trautman; his grandchildren, Ayden and Aspen Trautman; his sib­lings, Pam (Richard) Hans­en of Horace, North Dakota, Wanda (Gary) Hansen of Greybull, Wyoming, Gloria (Chuck) Gackstetter of Ty­ler, Dean (Karla) Trautman of Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Thea (Randy) Keifer of Tyler; his sister-in-law Ellie (Mark) Trautman of Lake Benton; his nieces and nephews; and many other friends and family members who will miss him dearly.
Colin was preceded in death by his daughter Paula Jo Trautman, his parents, and his brother Mark Traut­man. He is rejoicing with the Lord, and he is at peace.
Colin’s Wyoming commu­nity celebrated his memory on Sept. 13 in Shell, Wyo­ming. His funeral and inter­ment will be at St. John’s Im­manuel Cemetery in Verdi on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, well-wishers may make a dona­tion to the Colin Trautman Memorial Fund c/o Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, 33 N. 6th Street, Greybull, Wyoming 82426.

Gladys Southward

September 12, 2019

obit Gladys Southward photo 001May 29, 1936 – Aug. 28, 2019

Gladys J. Southward, age 83 of St. Paul, died unexpectedly at home on Aug. 28. A remembrance service and celebration of her life was held at United Methodist Church in St. Paul on Sept. 7. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Gladys was born May 29, 1936 at home on the farm near Lake Benton, to William and Mary Prosch. She graduated from Lake Benton High School and the nursing school at Mankato State College. She worked at Fairview Hospital in the Adult Mental Health Unit.
She met Bruce Southward and they were married June 22, 1963 in Osseo.
Gladys is survived by her husband Bruce; daughter Lori Southward Matson (Scott Kobasick) of Colorado; son Daniel Southward of St. Paul; sister Lavonne Bressler of Idaho; grandchildren— Dustin (Tawnee) Southward, Morgan Matson of Colorado, Paige Matson of Colorado, Tatyanna Southward of St. Paul, and Taylor Southward of St. Paul; and great-grandson Kingston Southward. She is also remembered by her former roommate and now sister-in-law, Barb Southward, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary Grubich Prosch and eight of her nine siblings.
Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church, 1523 Fairmount Ave., St. Paul.

Dale Krog

September 5, 2019

obit Dale KrogSept. 26, 1933 – Aug. 28, 2019

Dale Slater Krog of Tra­cy, age 85, received his angel wings on Aug. 28 at Prairie View Senior Liv­ing. Services are at Tracy Lutheran Church begin­ning with visitation on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 4:30-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Wednes­day, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Ben­ton, where he will be join­ing many generations of Krogs. Online condolences may be sent at www.ste­ Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dale was born Sept. 26, 1933 to Jorgen and Selma (Jensen) Krog on the fam­ily farm in Diamond Lake Township of rural Lake Benton. Born two months premature, his life course was determined by under­developed lungs, which prevented him from tra­ditional sports, farming with his father, or entry into the military. There­fore, after being baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church and graduating from Lake Ben­ton High School in 1952, he attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa and followed the path of a “city” job, where he spent his life work­ing as an insurance agent and was the president of the “Big I” (Independent Insurance Agents of Min­nesota). His specialty was helping farmers with their crop insurance needs, and he very much enjoyed making relationships with local farmers. On Aug. 16, 1958 Dale was united in marriage to Karen Kragh at New Grove Church of rural Hendricks.Together they had two children, Lance and Carla. As a family, they enjoyed many vacations around the country, camp­ing in their pop-up camp­er. In Dale’s later years, he continued camping with Karen in Florida and Texas. Dale was a very soft spoken, kindhearted and caring person and was proud of his 100% Danish heritage.
He was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church where he served on the church board for many years. He was also a mem­ber of the Tracy City Coun­cil and served as a volun­teer driver for the Tracy Ambulance Service. Dale enjoyed golfing, working on documenting an exten­sive family genealogy, and playing bridge with Karen and many friends, as well as games of cribbage with his brother Glenn. He was a very proud grandfather to both Madelyn and Mason, going to as many of their events as possible, despite pushing through his physi­cal struggles. Although he fought many medical adversities, especially later in life, he enjoyed a blessed 85 years.
A big highlight of Dale’s life was the years he spent racing cars through SCCA (Sports Car Club of Amer­ica), where he drove the road tracks at Brainerd In­ternational Raceway, Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and Black­hawk Farms, Illinois. After his racing days, he spent several years around the country flagging competi­tive races from the podium bridge. Dale was passion­ate about all forms of rac­ing, especially NASCAR, as well as specialty vehicles such as Audi and Corvette, and he was a member of the Audi Club of North America.
Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karen; daughter Carla (Steve) Thein of Owatonna; and grandchildren Madelyn and Mason. He was greet­ed in Heaven by his son Lance, his parents, and his brother Glenn.

Robert Briffett

August 22, 2019

Aug. 2, 1930 – Aug. 15, 2019

Robert Briffett, age 89 of Lake Benton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are currently pending with Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel.