Richard Fehl

August 8, 2013

Jan. 11, 1954 – Aug. 4, 2013

Private family services will be held for Richard Fehl, age 59, of Brookings, S.D. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at
Richard Mark Fehl was born on Jan. 11, 1954 in Tyler to Morris and Irene (Wichern) Fehl. He was baptized at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Richard (Rick) attended Lake Benton Public School and graduated in 1972. While in high school, he enjoyed and took pride in his outstanding achievements on the wrestling squad. From 1972-1978 he worked for the Appleton Silo Co. and the Harvestor Silo Co. of Marshall as well as the Hansen Silo Co. of Luverne. He then attended college at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in finance. Richard returned to Minnesota and farmed with his father. He resided at 614 7th Ave. S. in Brookings, S.D. After months of illness, Richard entered The Neighborhoods at Brookview, where he lost his battle to cancer and died with family at his side on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the age of 59.
As an avid reader, he was well-read in matters of economics and finance. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a big fan and a faithful follower of the Minnesota Vikings. There was also a special place in his heart for the family dog Otto.
Richard is lovingly remembered by his parents Morris and Irene Fehl of Elkton, S.D.; six brothers—Steven (Billie) Fehl of Oviedo, Fla., Gary (Becky) Fehl of Greendale, Wisc., Randy (Lori) Fehl of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tom (Robin) Fehl of Omaha, Neb., Jerry Fehl of Omaha, Neb. and Jeffrey Fehl of Lake Benton; three sisters—Sherry Fehl of Lake Benton, Teresa (Bill) Bunkers of Lake Benton and Jeanette (Jayson) Kirmeier of Chanhassen, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Ida Fehl and John and Edna Wichern, a nephew Derek and a great-nephew William.

Kenneth Hall

August 8, 2013

Feb. 21, 1950 – Aug. 2, 2013

Funeral services for Kenneth Hall, age 63, of Tyler will be Friday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler.Visitation is 12-2 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Friday, Aug. 2, at his home in Tyler. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line condolences may be given at
Kenneth Clarence Hall was born Feb. 21, 1950 to Clarence and Leona (Zgoda) Hall in Marshall. He was united in marriage to Karen Grenz on June 27, 1970. Kenneth died unexpectedly at his home in Tyler on Friday, Aug. 2 at the age of 63.
Kenneth is lovingly remembered by his four children, Shannon (Brian) Lawrence of North Mankato, Eric (Heather) Hall of Estelline, S.D., Paula Hall of St. Louis, Mo., and Scot (Kelly) Hall of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; sisters Cheryl Hall of St. Louis Park and Nancy Hall of Marshall; brother Tom (JoAnn) Hall of Tyler, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Elsie Hagberg

August 8, 2013

Aug. 15, 1916 – Aug. 1, 2013

Funeral services for Elsie Hagberg, age 96, of Tyler were Monday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler and continued Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Memory Gardens at Slayton.
She died Thursday, Aug. 1 at her home in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at
Elsie Hagberg was born Aug. 15, 1916 to John and Elizabeth (Smook) Lingbeck on their farm near Adrian. On May 1, 1935 Elsie married Raymond Hagberg at the Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Elsie is survived by her children, Marlene Wajer of Slayton, Virgil (Carrie) Hagberg of Brookings, S.D., Duane (Marilyn) Hagberg of Sioux Falls, S.D., Judy (Gary) Herron of Lakeville and Linda Ribordy of Meredith, Mexico; son-in-law Milt Voss of Ruthton; 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 14 great great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, daughter Connie, son-in-law Johnny Wajer and 14 brothers and sisters.

Weldon Huska

August 1, 2013

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Dec. 20, 1924 – July 25, 2013

Funeral service for Weldon Huska, age 88, of Lake Benton was Monday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry and condolences may be found at
Weldon Wilfred Huska was born to Ferdinand Wilfred and Phillis Hird (McKinney) Huska on Dec. 20, 1924 in Brookings, S.D. He was raised on the farmstead near Aurora in Brookings County, S.D. where he attended elementary school and later attended high school in Sioux Falls. In 1942 Weldon’s family moved to a farm in Drammen Township of Lincoln County. Upon completion of his education, he helped his father on the farm. On June 15, 1947 he was united in marriage to Madalyn Cyriacks at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Following their marriage they lived and farmed in Drammen Township. In 1970 Weldon began working as a federal crop insurance adjuster in addition to his farming. When he retired from farming in 1991, he and Madalyn moved into Lake Benton. He continued as a crop adjuster until 1995. Weldon resided the past two months at the Neighborhoods at Brookview in Brookings, S.D., where he died Thursday, July 25 at the age of 88.
Weldon was baptized and confirmed on April 4, 1947 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He served the congregation through his roles as both secretary and elder throughout his years there and was a member of the Men’s Club. He also served on the Lake Benton School Board. Besides his enjoyment for farming, he also liked to travel, including winter trips to Arizona, playing cards, playing softball and his family.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Madalyn Huska of Lake Benton; four children—James (Phyllis) Huska of Lake Mills, Wisc., Dale (Marcia) Huska of Yuma, Ariz., Dean (Gayle) Huska of Woodbury and Colette (George) Fish of Fosston; his daughter-in-law Barbara (Rev. Ronald) Raddatz of Shawano, Wisc.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Wanda (Bill) Mildice of Logandale, Nev., as well as many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Rev. Craig Huska, who died in 1979, and his parents.

Eloise Iler

July 25, 2013

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March 26, 1918 – July 19, 2013

Funeral service for Eloise Iler, age 95, of Pipestone was Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Verdi United Methodist Church in Verdi. Visitation was Monday from 5–8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel. Online registry and condolences at
Eloise Caroline Iler was born to Edelbert “Bert” and Annie (Melander) McCurdy on March 26, 1918 on Eagle Grove Farm in Spruce Valley Township, Marshall County, near Middle River where she was raised and attended school. In 1930 she moved with her family to the Melander Farm in Altona Township, north of Pipestone. After her graduation from Pipestone High School in 1935, she worked as a hired girl for various families in the area. On Sept. 7, 1938 she was united in marriage to Ronald Iler at her parents’ home. Following their marriage, they lived on the Iler Farm in Altona Township. In 1970 she began working as a cook in the Verdi School, where she worked for 15 years. Ronald preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2002.
Eloise left the farm in December 2005 and lived in Mankato for a short time with her daughter. In July 2006 she moved into Falls Landing in Pipestone. In April 2007 she moved into the Valley Manor in Lake Benton and was cared for by her daughter while she was there. On July 18, 2011 Eloise entered the Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone, where she lived until her death. Eloise died Friday, July 19 at Pipestone County Medical Center at the age of 95 years.
Eloise was a member of the Verdi Methodist Church in Verdi, where she taught Sunday school, was a member of the church and community choir and was the organist since 1972. She started playing the organ when she was 13 years old. She was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church for many years. She and Ronald sang at many funerals and church services. She was the president of the Altona Ladies’ Aid for 10 years and very active in the WSCS of the Verdi Church. She was a member of the Altona Extension, the Birthday Club and 4-H, where she was a junior 4H leader. She enjoyed music and gardening.
She is lovingly remembered by her three sons, Howard Wayne and his wife Darlene Iler of Verdi, Ronald Eugene “Gene” Iler of Sioux City, Iowa and Douglas Keith Iler of Marshall; two daughters, Audrey Beth Iler of Mankato and Vivian Gail Iler of Minnetonka; two granddaughters, Nickole Meierotto and great-grandson Christian of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. and Sandi Morales of Lewisville, Texas; one sister, Beverly and her husband Arlie Johnson of Minneapolis; one sister-in-law, Elaine McCurdy of Pipestone, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald, her son Richard Iler, her parents, her nephew Harold Dee, two sisters, Bertha Stueven and Alvina Granberg, and one brother, Philip McCurdy.

Anna Mae Kruse

July 11, 2013

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March 31, 1923 – July 1, 2013

Anna Mae Kruse, age 90 of Marshall, formerly of Verdi, passed away Monday, July 1 at Avera Hospital in Marshall. Memorial services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred to Services for the Blind. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Anna Mae (Troubaugh) Kruse was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on March 31, 1923 to Neal and Frances (Suechting) Troubaugh.Her father died in January 1927. Her mother held a variety of jobs to support Anna Mae and her younger sister Miriam. Ann was baptized and later confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church and was an active member of Luther League for several years, serving as district president. After graduating from Ottumwa High School in 1941, Anna Mae had her eye on being a teacher. Six weeks at Cedar Falls Teacher College supplemented her teacher’s training in high school. Working at an egg processing plant and John Deere provided summer income to her country school earnings (beginning in 1941) until going to Boyden, Iowa in 1944 to teach at St. John’s Lutheran School.
In 1946 Ann taught one school year at a Lutheran school in Inglewood, Calif.Returning to Boyden, she married Rudolph Kruse on June 20, 1947. Ann taught country school off and on until the family moved to the Verdi area in December 1957. While employed by Verdi Public Schools, she taught Spring Primary, Headstart and worked as a playground aide and teachers’ aide, leading to her retirement in 1988.During those years she was also a partner on the farm, helping with chores, milking cows, fieldwork and tending her perennial flowerbeds.
In November 2009 Ann moved to Hill Street Place in Marshall after recovering from a broken hip. She enjoyed the companionship of the residents and developed many friendships. She always raved about the good food and won many games of Bingo. While at Hill Street, Ann indulged in her passion for reading. Aided by an electronic magnifier, she was grateful for the many books delivered by friends and the Marshall-Lyon County Library. In addition to historical fiction and novels, Ann read her Bible every day.
She passed to her heavenly home on July 1. Her Christian faith was unwavering and she exemplified the Fruits of the Spirit. She is survived by her sons Allen (Linda), Paul and Neil (friend Jeanine); daughter Susan Honken (Ronald) and granddaughters Amanda Sisco-Kruse, Kristina and Emily Honken. She was preceded in death by her husband Rudy in 2008, her parents and sister Miriam.

John Enke

June 27, 2013

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Nov. 4, 1986 – June 18, 2013

A Mass of Christian burial was held for John Enke on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Platte, S.D. with Father Jesudas Thaliyan as celebrant. A rosary service was held Friday evening at the church. Internment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Gregory, S.D. with Father Godfrey Muwanga, officiant.
John David Enke was born in Canton, S.D. on Nov. 4, 1986 to David and Darla (Hermsen) Enke. Shortly after John was born, the family moved to Union County State Park near Beresford, S.D. where John started school. In 1996 the family moved to Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte, S.D. where John graduated from high school in 2005.
As a boy, John loved many things. He would use his imagination and play with his Legos for hours. He would race his sister from the bus after school to see who would play Nintendo first, with Mario Bros. being one of his early favorites. He was also a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, collecting a vast assortment of action characters, books and movies. John enjoyed fishing and swimming with his cousins and grandfather at Swan Lake. He continued this passion at Snake Creek. In high school, John excelled in academics, sports and music. He participated in baseball, basketball, football and track. He was co-captain of the football team his senior year. John also loved music and was a member of the high school choir. After graduation from Platte High School in 2005, John attended SDSU and earned a biology degree in 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude. John was then accepted into the Sanford School of Medicine at USD, earning his Doctorate of Medicine in May 2013. This was a proud time for Darla and Dave, as he did part of his interning at Avera Gregory Hospital.
John was a sensitive, caring young man who kept his emotions to himself. He would do anything he could for those he cared about. John was a frugal man when it came to his own needs but generous to a fault when it came to others. He had a special place in his heart for his sister and his nieces.
John died on June 18 and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
John is survived by his parents David Enke of Platte and Darla (Jeff) Thomas of Gregory; his sister Lyndsi Hermsen of Carroll, Iowa; his three nieces, Rhianna Thomas, Madison Hermsen Moulton and Haley Thomas; grandmothers Naomi Enke of Lake Benton and Marcella Hermsen of Canton, S.D., along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and special friend Paige.
John was preceded in death by his grandfathers Vernon Enke of Lake Benton and Wayne Hermsen of Canton, S.D., along with cousins Melissa Enke of Appleton and Eric Redlinger of Lake Benton.

Beverly Lytle

June 20, 2013

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April 29, 1940 – June 10, 2013

Beverly Ann Lytle, 73, passed away Monday, June 10 at her home in Elkton, S.D. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14 at United Parish of Elkton with burial in the Elkton City Cemetery. Visitation was 5–7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, S.D.
Beverly was born April 29, 1940 in Montevideo to Arthur and Florence (Funk) Nyvold. Beverly attended kindergarten in Montevideo. The family moved to Conde, S.D. where she attended grades one through 12, graduating from high school in 1958. Following graduation from Aberdeen School of Commerce in 1959, Beverly worked for Flasco Body and Equipment in Aberdeen, S.D. until 1961. Beverly met and married John (Jack) Lytle on April 16, 1961 in Aberdeen, S.D. Jack and Bev were blessed with six children during their marriage. Jack and Bev lived for a short time in both Britton, S.D. and Kadoka, S.D. before settling down in Elkton, S.D. in 1969. In 1973 Beverly went to work at what is now known as Cenex as a bookkeeper and remained there until 1981. In 1982 she went through the Midwest Coast truck-driving school and drove team with Jack until 1983. In 1984 she joined the team at Pamida in Brookings, S.D. and also worked part-time as a bookkeeper for Elkton Lumber. Eventually her job at Elkton Lumber transitioned into full-time. At that time she also partnered with Linda Louder in the purchase and operation of Ivy Lane Quilts & Stuff in Elkton. Beverly retired from Elkton Lumber on her 69th birthday in 2009 and in January 2010 Bev and Linda decided to close the quilt shop. Beverly was a member of the Elkton Women’s Club for several years. She was also a member of the United Parish of Elkton, where she served as organist for many years. She was an elected member of the Elkton City Council for four years.
Beverly loved playing piano, reading, dancing, spending time with her grandchildren and wouldn’t give up until she had as many family members as possible enjoying quilting as much as she did!
Bev is survived by her husband Jack Lytle; three daughters, Rene Lytle (Linda) of Elkton, S.D., Ronda Hurd (Patrick) of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Rochelle Lytle of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three sons, John Lytle (Pamela) of Forest, Va., Don Lytle of Blair, Neb. and Steve Lytle (Josenda) of Prior Lake; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Dale Kahla, her sister Patricia Jensen (Doug), nieces, nephews and cousins.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Kathryn (Kay) Kahla.

Louise Mortland

June 20, 2013

Dec, 24, 1922 – June 12, 2013

Funeral services for Louise Mortland, age 90 of Arco, were Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Visitation was Friday, 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in Arco City Cemetery.
She died Wednesday, June 12 at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences at
Louise Elsie Mortland was born to William M. and Hazel (Minor) Nihart on Dec. 24, 1922 in Verdi. She married Neal Mortland of Slayton on Nov. 13, 1939.
Louise is lovingly remembered by her children, Larry (Darlene) Mortland (Darlene), Jeanne (Leonard) Popowski, Gerald Mortland, Nick (Nancy) Mortland and Gail (Murray) Richardsen; son-in-law Jerome Wonsewicz; sisters Lucille Strom and Marilyn Wittrock; brother Marlin Nihart; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Neal; daughter Joyce Mae Wonsewicz; her parents; brothers Earl, True and Stacy Nihart and sisters Irene Hind and Hazel Prinsen.

Leah Wipf

June 13, 2013

Oct. 2, 1944 – June 2, 2013

Leah Wipf, age 68 of the Heartland Colony in Lake Benton, died at her home on Sunday, June 2. Funeral service was Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at the Heartland Colony with burial in the Heartland Colony Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday evening, June 4 at the Heartland Colony. Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Leah was born Oct. 2, 1944 in Olivet, S.D. to Samuel and Susanna (Tschetter) Wipf. She married Joseph Wipf on Nov. 16, 1986 at the Plainview Colony in Ipswich, S.D., moving to the Heartland Colony in Lake Benton in 1991.
She is survived by her children Joseph (Helen) Wipf, Alvin (Pauline) Wipf, Marcus (Marian) Wipf, Kathy (David) Waldner, Linda (Bob) Hofer, Marion Wipf, Jerry (Marlene) Wipf and Dalia (Ted) Wipf; 39 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Samuel (Alma) Wipf, Maria (Joseph) Wipf, Susanna (Johnny) Waldner, Judith Wipf, MIchael (Rachael) Wipf, Betty (Sammy) Waldner, Esther (Ernie) Tschetter and David (Lori) Wipf.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Wipf and her parents.