Derek Wellnitz

July 19, 2017

Aug. 6, 1973 – July 12, 2017

Derek Wellnitz, age 43 of Pipestone, died Wednes­day, July 12 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. In­terment will take place at a later date. Visitation was Sunday, July 16, 5-9 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 8:30 p.m.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Herb Vinson

July 13, 2017

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Herb Vinson, age 80 of Tyler, died Monday, July 3 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funer­al service was 11 a.m. Sat­urday, July 8 at Peace Lu­theran Church in Ruthton. Visitation was Friday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. In­terment will be at a later date at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthton. Ar­rangements were provid­ed by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line de­tails may be found at www.
Herbert Clyde Vin­son was born March 12, 1937 to Dewey and Cora (French) Vinson in Dante, South Dakota. He grew up there, attending school in Avon. Later the fam­ily moved to Minneapolis, where in 1955 Herb grad­uated from Minneapolis Central High School. In 1956, following his educa­tion, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Herb was stationed first in Germany and worked as a military policeman. In 1959, he was deployed to Vietnam and served in the infantry and as a small firearms instructor to the South Vietnamese. While in Viet­nam, Herb was injured in combat. In 1965 he was honorably discharged and returned home to Minne­apolis.
Herb met Doretta Engler in Minneapolis and the couple was united in mar­riage Dec. 10, 1966 in Ca­manche, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children and 50 years of marriage together. The couple moved to Clinton, Iowa for one year then made their home in Tracy, where Herb served in law enforcement. In 1975 they moved to Ruthton, where he served as deputy sher­iff in Pipestone County. In 1980 Herb retired, then worked in Tyler as a meat cutter at the Tyler Locker. Following the big storm in 2011, the couple moved from Ruthton to Danebod Village in Tyler.
On June 13 Herb en­dured a heart attack and entered Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. Herb’s care continued at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, where on Monday, July 3 he died peacefully with his family at the age of 80 years.
Herb was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton and had served as a past council president. He was a member of the Ruthton Lion’s Club, and served as Post Command­er for 20 years with Wood­row Wilson American Le­gion Post 506. Herb loved working with children and mentored as Scout Master for Troop 28 in Ruthton for 40 years. Herb shared his knowledge of firearms and was a firearms safety instructor for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fish­ing, camping, and especial­ly enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.
Herb is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Doretta Vinson of Tyler; sons Arthur (Diane) Vinson of Brandon and George (Danielle) Vinson of Har­wood, North Dakota; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher; a sister, Alice (Verlyn) Betz of Leb­anon, Oregon; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Herb was preceded in death by his daughter Mar­ion; parents Dewey and Cora; eight sisters—Wilma Terpening, Vivian Koehn, Violet Grimme, Mary Petrick, Lucille Montgom­ery, Margaret Haas, Nancy Jenkins, and Della Vinson; and a brother, Baby Boy Vinson.
Blessed and eternal be the memory of Herbert Clyde Vinson.

Irma Dreckman

July 13, 2017

March 28, 1923 – July 2, 2017

Irma Pottebaum Dreck­man, age 94 of Pipestone, died Sunday, July 2 at the Good Samaritan Commu­nities of Pipestone. Visita­tion was Wednesday, July 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial followed at St. Mar­tin Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock. To view obitu­ary or sign an online reg­istry, please visit www.
Irma Theresa Pottebaum Dreckman was born March 28, 1923 to John and Susan (Mousel) Pottebaum. and grew up in Alton, Iowa. On Feb. 5, 1945 she and Adrian Henry Dreckman were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.
Irma is survived by her eight children—Mary Lynn (Lyle) Portz of Pipestone, Joyce (Lauren) Meyer of Lucan, Shirley (Loren) Fick of Luverne, John (Bo­nita) Dreckman of Balaton, Stanley (Donna) Dreck­man of West Fargo, North Dakota, Bonnie Dreckman of Post Falls, Idaho, Roger (Lisa) Dreckman of Post Falls, Idaho and Richard Dreckman (Arlene Hinsch) of Luverne; 18 grand­children and 34 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers and four sisters; and great-granddaughter Parker Dreckman.

Rollie Lund

July 5, 2017

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Funeral services for Ro­land Lund of Houston, Tex­as were Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. at Hosanna Lu­theran Church in Houston. He passed away Saturday, June 17.
Roland (Rollie) Clark Lund was born in Tyler on March 19, 1934 to Olive and Edward Lund. He met Marlene Johnson at Macal­ester College and married her on July 16, 1960. Over the last 57 years they lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Houston, Texas.
Rollie enjoyed a long and successful career in recruiting, having a positive impact on many companies in a variety of industries, from food pro­duction to oil and gas. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a beloved hus­band, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Rollie is survived by his beloved wife Marlene Johnson Lund of Houston, Texas; son Mark of Hous­ton, Texas; daughter Amy, her husband Ken and their sons Grant and Alec of The Woodlands; brother Roger of Oakdale; sister Alice and her husband Duane of Tyler; sister Ruth and her husband Larry of Burns­ville; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, con­tributions can be made to Hosanna Lutheran Church or MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Marilyn Grenz

June 29, 2017

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Funeral services for Marilyn Ann Grenz, age 86 of Tyler, were Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. at Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial was in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery, rural Verdi.
She died peacefully on Thursday, June 22 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Marilyn Ann Grenz was born Jan. 8, 1931 to Albert and Edna (Gust) Schaffer in Elkton, South Dakota. She was baptized and con­firmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkton. She grew up in Elkton where her father was a John Deere implement dealer, and she attended school there, graduating from Elkton High School in 1948. She was active in Glee Club and school plays, and also worked for a short time doing waitress work, and as a checkout girl at the local grocery store. After graduation she worked at the Tyler Hospital for two years.
On June 9, 1950 Marilyn and Lloyd Grenz of Lake Benton were married at Trinity Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with two sons and 60 years of life together. They resided on the Grenz farm until 1962, and in this time she was active in the Ladies Aid at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Verdi Township and also in Ex­tension clubs. In 1962 they moved to Lake Benton, and in 1964 moved to Tyler. After moving to Tyler she worked at the Tyler Hos­pital doing many things, but her most loved duties were doing floor work and working in surgery. She retired in January 1996 af­ter devoting over 30 years to the hospital. Lloyd died in 2010. She continued to live at home and enter­tain family and friends. In 2012 she moved into Danebod Village and really enjoyed her time there. In April 2015 Marilyn moved into Sunrise Manor Nurs­ing Home in Tyler, where she passed away peace­fully on Thursday, June 22 at the age of 86 years, five months and 14 days.
Marilyn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. She en­joyed traveling, fishing, knitting, card playing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Marilyn is lovingly re­membered by her sons, James Grenz of Mankato and Laurel (Wendy) Grenz of Sparta, Tennessee; five grandchildren—Kyle (Jen­nifer), Jason (Meg), Kelsey (Brock), Aaron (Nicole), and Micah (Gretchen); 11 great-grandchildren; a sis­ter, Ruth (Wayne) Peterson of Waitsburg, Washington; and many other relatives and friends. She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Lloyd, and a sister, Lois Willert.

Harlan Elving

June 22, 2017

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Harlan Andrew Elving was born Feb. 8 1931 and called home by his heav­enly father on June 4.
The celebration of his life was held Monday, June 12, 11 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hugh­son, California.
Harlan grew up on a ru­ral farm in Tyler. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he drove a tank in the Korean War and reached the rank of Sergeant. He received his Bachelors De­gree in Science at Mankato University. Barbara and Harlan were married in 1955 and drove west to to start their adventure in life. Harlan accepted a position at Modesto High School, Modesto, Califor­nia, where he taught for 38 years starting with wood­shop and drafting, with the last 10 years teaching computers and Auto Cad. During the early years of his teaching career he ob­tained his Masters Degree in Education from Chico State in California.
When celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary they incorporated many of the things he loved when they took the whole fam­ily to Hawaii. They spent time in the ocean and golfed but mostly Barbara and Harlan enjoyed being with their whole family in one place at one time for a whole week. Harlan enjoyed bowling, fishing, and traveling, including a trip to the Holy Land. He was an active Sunday School teacher and a coun­selor for the High School Christian Youth Club.
He is survived by his lov­ing wife of 62 years, Bar­bara; sons Ken (Stacey) and Jon; daughters Kay Cummins (Todd) and Ka­rie Wendt (Ken). Barbara and Harlan were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents David and Clara, sister Elvira and brother Bob.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreci­ate sending donations to the Dementia Society or a favorite charity of your choice.

William Kost

June 14, 2017

06-14-17 William KostMarch 15, 1935 – June 8, 2017

William Kost of Sioux Falls, South Dakota died June 8 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls. He was 82.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday June 14 at First Lutheran Church, 327 Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visita­tion will be held one hour prior the service at the church. Online tribute at
William Otto Kost was born March 15, 1935 to Er­vin and Frieda (Bruntsch) Kost at his parents’ farm north of Ree Heights, South Dakota. He was baptized by his maternal grandfa­ther, Rev. Otto Bruntsch. He was confirmed at Trin­ity Lutheran church in Miller, South Dakota.
Bill attended Riverside School in Hand County through the eighth grade, then attended Ree Heights High School, graduating in 1953. He attended Hu­ron College for one year, worked on the farm for a year, then completed his BS in business administra­tion at Augustana College in 1958.
During his senior year at Augie he met and dated Janice Mickelsen. In De­cember 1958 they were engaged and married on Sept. 6, 1959 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler.They moved to the family farm north of Ree Heights where Bill farmed with his father and brother for nine years.
In 1969 Bill changed ca­reers; he received his BA in Elementary Education from Huron College and his MA in Elementary Admin­istration from Northern State. He taught in Cedar Township, Gregory, Wess­ington, Ree Heights and Miller in South Dakota.
Bill’s love of plants drew him to his main career. He and his friend Orville Kleinsasser became co-owners of K&K Greenery and he worked there until his retirement in 2012.
One of Bill’s loves was the singing groups, The Dakota Drifters and the Dakota Dreamers, which he and his wife Janice or­ganized and he directed. Bill’s other involvements were serving on Trinity Lutheran’s Church Council, senior choir, and directing the junior choir. Bill’s other interests included garden­ing, music and traveling; plus serving on the church council, Miller council, and being a Lion for 40 years.
Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in Jan­uary 2006 and had been fighting it ever since. Bill and Janice moved to Sioux Falls in 2014 to be closer to doctors. Since 2015 he has resided at the Good Samaritan Village.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Janice; brother and sister-in-law Lothar and Shirley; nieces Karen, Lynn, Cindy and Marie; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert Williams

June 14, 2017

A memorial service for Robert Williams will be Sunday, June 25 at Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler, beginning with a potluck lunch 12-1:45 p.m. in the pavillion. Service will begin at 2 p.m. in the church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery.
All are welcome.

Eldon Jensen

June 9, 2017

Eldon Ronald Jensen, age 88 of Oakdale, passed away May 24 at home.
Funeral service was at American Lutheran Church in Worthington on Friday, June 2, 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m.
Funeral arrangements by Wulff Funeral Home in Woodbury
He was born Nov. 25, 1928 near Bryant, South Dakota to harry and An na Katrina ( Gronkjaer) Jensen. He married Joanne Paulson in Hayti, South Dakota on Nov. 8, 1957.
They lived inTyler 1961-71, where he managed the Tyler Co-op.
He is survived by his wife Joanne; children Janell (Glenn) Giesler, Tracy Jensen and Jason (Heidi) Jensen.

Vicki Skuya

June 9, 2017

Vicki L. Skuya, age 61 of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, formerly of Marshall and Tyler, died Wednes­day, May 31 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House.
Her funeral service was 10 a.m. Monday, June 5 at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at Miller Fu­neral Home Westside Cha­pel in Sioux Falls. George Boom Funeral Home and Crematory handled ar­rangements.
Survivors include her husband Craig; her daugh­ter Ashley (Brad) Ryp­kema of Rock Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Tay­lor and Mason Rypkema; her mother Phyllis Karbo of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota; siblings Larry (Gail) Karbo, Dan (Linda) Karbo and Roberta Karbo, all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, David (Rhonda) Karbo of Russell and Sandi (Neal) Nelson of Barrett; and her parents-in-law Tony and Edna Skuya of Marshall,
Obit and online guest­book at