Donna Marie Brese

May 17, 1955 ~ April 15, 2021

Donna Marie Brese, 65, Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with a terminal illness.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, April 23, 2021, at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.  A Celebration of Life with friends and family to follow later that day; additional details to come. Please check back at for updates.

Donna Marie Scheffelmaer was born on May 17, 1955, in Harlem, MT, to Otto and Lela (Nielsen) Scheffelmaer.

Donna will be deeply missed by her husband, Ken Brese, Sioux Falls; children, Chris Buckman and Jim (Keri) Buckman, Sioux Falls; special daughter in law, Heather (Adam) Hooper, Glasgow, MT; grandchildren, Jada Buckman, Julia Buckman, Zac Pittman, Ethan, Alayna and Haylie; great-grandchildren, Zoe, Avianna and Milo; three brothers, Mitch Scheffelmaer, Robert (Candus) Scheffelmaer and Otto (Martha) Scheffelmaer; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lee Cumber; and sister-in-law, Ruth.

Trace Arthur Smykle

November 20, 1995 ~ April 12, 2021

Trace A. Smykle, 25, Sioux Falls, formerly Brandon, died Monday, April 12, 2021, unexpectedly at his home.

Visitation with family will be 5-7pm, Friday, April 16, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 1:30pm, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Heartland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Trace’s name to Emily’s Hope or the Sioux Falls Humane Society.          

Trace Arthur Smykle was born November 20, 1995, as a twin brother to Ariel, to Troy and Diane (Mortrude) Smykle in Mitchell, SD. He grew up in Chamberlain, SD, until his family moved to Brandon where Trace attended Brandon Valley High School. He was most recently employed at Fry-N-Pan as a cook.

Trace was a free spirit. He loved his friends, family, hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed the mountains. He liked to cook and wanted to backpack across America. He loved books, movies (especially about History and the Vikings) and music. His cat, “Skade” was his best buddy.

Trace fought the disease of addiction since he was 14 years old. Treatment was difficult, but he recently celebrated 7 months of sobriety. Addiction does not discriminate. His family requests that if you need help – please get it. Addiction is not a joke.

Survived by his mother, Diane (Brian) Eide, Sioux Falls; siblings, Ariel Smykle (his twin-sister), Sioux Falls, Talynn Smykle, Sioux Falls, Beldaran Eide, Sioux Falls and Derrek Hamilton, Sioux Falls; grandparents, Delores Mortrude, Dell Rapids, and Gary and Lynne Eide, Clear Lake; aunts and uncles, Todd Mortrude, Brandon, Clay (Michelle) Smykle, Brandon, Wayne Mortrude, Dell Rapids, Debbie (Curt) Jasper, Oak Grove, MN, Linda (Joel) Hanson, Valley Springs, Mark (Mindy) Smykle, Akron, IA, Carmen (Matt) Schmatz, Clear Lake, and Yvonne Smykle, Sioux Falls; cousins, Zoe Mortrude, John Mortrude, Seth Mortrude, Camryn Mortrude, Cole Smykle, Maci Smykle, Matt Jasper, Teryn Smykle, Kylie Murray, Shauna Allmon, Caleb Schmalz, Jadyn Schmalz, Jay Schmalz, Kristopher Smykle, Trinity Bates, and Paula Smykle.

Trace was preceded in death by his father, Troy Smykle; grandparents, John Mortrude and Ken and Joyce Smykle; and uncle, Greg Smykle.

Maxine Rae Peterson

September 16, 1942 ~ April 11, 2021

Maxine R. Peterson, 78, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, following a stroke.

No Services are planned at this time.

Maxine Rae James was born September 16, 1942, in Brookings County, to Max and Bernice (Allstodt) James.  Maxine graduated from Brookings High School. She met Merle Peterson and the couple was married in March of 1960, in Brookings. Because Merle was in meat sales, the couple and their two children, traveled and lived in several locations around South Dakota. Eventually, Sioux Falls was home and Maxine went to work for the Sioux Falls VA as the director of the Canteen and assistant in Food Service.  In 1999, Maxine was flown to Dallas, TX, to be recognized by the United States VA Director for her Dedication to Service, for fifteen years at her position.

Maxine was first and foremost, a loving, caring, and devoted mother and wife to her family.  Holidays with her family were special times for everyone. Whether she was playing Tri-Dominos or watching sports on television, Maxine was enthusiastic.  She loved the Chicago Bears in football and Duke and Gonzaga college basketball and was glued to every game during March Madness. Maxine also had an immense love for her dog, Lucky.

Maxine will be deeply missed by her husband of over sixty years, Merle; two children, Rick (Michelle) Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Kristi (Ryan Putnam) Bassett, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Dalton, Taylor, Drake, McKenzie, Caden, Tara, Jeff, Jaris, and Jordan; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob James; and many nieces, and nephews.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Bernice (Allstodt) James; one son (at birth), Randall; one grandchild, Eric Boyd; and two brothers, Richard and Raymond.

James E. Stout

April 11, 1938 ~ April 5, 2021

James E. Stout, 82, Sioux Falls, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, from recent health issues.      

James E. Stout was born April 11, 1938, to Gene and Letha (Ewen) Stout in Lewistown IL.  The family moved to Denver, CO, where he graduated from Cherry Creek High School. Following graduation from high school, he was drafted into the Navy where he served on the USS Bon Homme Richard.  Following discharge from the Navy in December of 1959, he attended Northern State in Aberdeen, SD, where he played football and wrestled.  Jim graduated from Northern in 1963 and was hired to teach high school and coach football and wrestling in Yankton, SD.

Jim married Sheila Smith of Aberdeen, SD, in 1964, and they had two children; Nancy (Matt) Kiesow, from Brandon, SD, and Jenni (Tony) Taylor, from Boise, ID.  He also had three grandchildren, Riley Kiesow, Sioux Falls, SD, Delaney Kiesow, Brandon, SD, and Tucker Stout, Portland, OR.

Jim left teaching and worked an assortment of jobs until he found his passion in environmental consulting.  In 1984, Jim and Sheila moved from Yankton, SD, to Sioux Falls, SD.  During this time, he continued to be active as an official, for football and wrestling, for the high school and college ranks.  He would often come home with many humorous stories from the games on the field or matches on the mat and even the shenanigans with his officiating crew. In 1990, Jim was inducted into the Northern State Hall of Fame for Wrestling and Football. In 1994, Jim and Sheila moved to Golden, CO. where he eventually started his own environmental consulting firm.  Jim sold his business and retired in 2016.  He and Sheila then moved back to Sioux Falls, SD, after 23 years in Golden, CO.

Jim will be deeply missed by his immediate family as well as his sister, Janet (Fred) Daley, Idaho, and so many extended family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Isabel (Duane) Riedel, Aberdeen, SD; and two brothers, Bill (Gloria) Stout, and Bob (Charlene) Stout, Colorado.

Jim has requested no funeral or memorial services, but instead, he wanted everyone to go out for dinner in his honor and have a toast for him!  GO BRONCO’S!!

Lori-Ann Therese Forrester

October 2, 1958 ~April 5, 2021

Lori-Ann Therese Forrester 62, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully, in her home April 5, 2021, with her loving family beside her.

Lori wanted her ashes to be placed next to her late husband in Greer, SC.  Her daughters and grandchildren will be honoring her wishes with a private service in Greer, SC.

Lori-Ann Therese Tombaga was born October 2, 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Janet Masano Mori and Pedro Castro Tombaga Sr.  Lori was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to California, where she graduated high school. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD, and worked at Electric Rainbow Arcade and had 2 daughters, Nicole Leilani Lampkin and Theresa Marie Masano Pacheco. Lori-Ann then met and married her late husband, Buck Forrester and had her youngest daughter, Melissa Ann Yaeko Forrester. While living in Greer, SC, she worked at Winn- Dixie and Walmart, as a cake decorator, and was an active PTA mother. She was known as everyone’s mother and grandmother; accepting everyone as family. In 2003, she met her life companion, Travis Joseph Buehner, whom she lived with the remainder of her life, raising her granddaughter, Keanah Lori Yukiko Lampkin.

She enjoyed various hobbies such as: gardening, cooking and traveling.

Grateful for having shared her life was Travis Beuhner; daughters, Nicole Lampkin, Theresa (Michael) Pacheco, Melissa Forrester; grandchildren, Keanah (Steven) Diaconu, Kyle Nagel, and Nicholas Pacheco; brothers, Robert “Bobby” Del Rosario, Randy (Cheryl) Del Rosario, Pedro (Julie) Tombaga, Darryl Tombaga and Derek Engelbrecht; and many nieces and nephews.

Lori-Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Janet and Bob Engelbrecht; late husband, Buck Forrester; and one niece, Brandy Del Rosario.

Robert “Bob” Merle Hoyer

September 20, 1949 – April 2, 2021

Robert M. Hoyer, 71, Sioux Falls, died Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Sandford USD Medical Center, from a cardiac arrest. 

Memorial Service visitation will be held at Noon, Friday, April 23, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, with an informal service at 1:30 pm, and Full Military Honors following. Please join us for refreshments at the Military Heritage Alliance Center, 1700 West Russell St., Sioux Falls, SD, immediately following the Military Honors.


Bob was born on September 20, 1949, in Sundance, WY, to Merle and Tillie (Rohebach) Hoyer. He served in the Army and fought in the Vietnam War. Bob met the love of his life, Anne, in 1979, and the two were married on April 23, 1994. Bob was a loving father and husband. He enjoyed fishing and camping, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing cards or dice, or some kind of board game.

Bob is survived by his children, Adrian (Shawna) Honomichl, Charity (Donny) Koory, and Michelle Hoyer; ten grandchildren, Tyson Viessman, Sean Schlueter, Lexey Enstad, Mariah Hoyer, Kaitlyn Koory, Kayle Koory, Hayden Hupertz, Tristen Koory, Elijah Hoyer and Savannah Dove; and great-grandchildren, Zyon Hoyer, Oaklynn Viessman, Declan Viessman and, soon to be born, Zayvion Hoyer; siblings, June Thomas, Charlotte (William) Nelson, Glenn Hoyer, Patty (Charlie) Bell; as well as many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Anne Hoyer; parents, Merle and Tillie (Rohebach) Hoyer; and siblings, Laura Lea Hoyer and Michael Hoyer.

Steven Clay “Korwegian” Johnson

March 11, 1971 ~ March 27, 2021

Steven C. Johnson, 50, Brandon, died Friday, March 27, 2021, at his home.

A Memorial Celebration of Steve’s life will be held 5-8pm, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the Double D Saloon in Brandon, SD.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Steve “Korwegian” Clay Johnson was born in Flandreau, South Dakota to Kenneth and Yong (Kim) Johnson. They moved around before settling in Brandon when Steve was in 2nd grade. Steve graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1989. He worked at Westward Ho in food service, worked in home construction as a carpenter and also for Gerry’s Concrete.

He enjoyed fishing, working on his house, kayaking, bike riding, gun collecting, video games, drawing, and painting. Steve loved to travel for work, working on home projects, helping other people with projects and enjoyed being with his friends.

Steve will be deeply missed by his sister, Ada Johnson, Sioux Falls; nephew, Shane (Jenifer) Hoxsie, Brandon; two great-nephews, Carter and Traeson; girlfriend, Shanna Klingbile, Golden Valley, MN; and their fur baby, Frito.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Yong (Kim) Johnson.

Julie Ann Buskol

January 26, 1966 ~ March 25, 2021

Julie Buskol, 55, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Visitation for both Julie and her husband, Carlyle, will begin at 10am, Wednesday, March, 31, 2021, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls, with a Memorial Service at Noon. A link to live stream the service is below. The live stream will begin at 11:55 AM. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Julie Ann Vogler was born January 26, 1966, in Eu Claire, WI, to Terrance Vogler and Lorraine Anderson. They moved to Sioux Falls when she was a toddler and she attended school in Sioux Falls. She married Tom Rinder in July 1981 and this union was blessed with four children. Julie married Carlyle Buskol on January 26, 1990, and blended their family to add two more children. Julie worked as an over-the-road truck driver for over 20 years. She was a singer in a local band, Almost Tradition, and recorded a CD with them. She lived all over the country. She loved music, playing guitar, writing music, antiquing, and had several dogs over the years.

Julie is survived by her six children, Samantha Vogler, Hartford, Adam (Ashley) Rinder, Goodyear, AZ, Andrea Rinder, Sioux Falls, Zach (Shayla) Rinder, Sioux Falls, Jesse Buskol, Sioux Falls, and Angie Buskol, Texas; four sisters, Kim (Doyle) Bluhm, Sioux Falls, Carla (Rob) Kruger, Sioux Falls, Deniese (Mike) Engelstad, Hudson, SD, and Melissa Joachim, Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many members of her late husband’s family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Terry Vogler and Lorraine Egan; her husband, Carlyle Buskol; in-laws, Pete and Olga Buskol; and brother-in-law, Gary Buskol.

Doris Mae (Heuer) St. John

April 22, 1941 ~ March 18, 2021

Doris St. John 79, Harrold, SD, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 12:20 am with her family at her side.

Funeral Mass will be held on April 10, 2021, 10:00 am, at the St Catherine’s Catholic Church in West Bend, SD. Inurnment will be followed at a later date in the St John Cemetery, in West Bend SD.

Doris Mae Heuer was born April 22, 1941, to Odessa and Raymond Heuer in Oneida, SD.  She was the only girl with 4 brothers.  Her family has been traced back to some of the first pioneers to reside in SD. She lived her life on a family ranch and farm, rich with Amish teachings. She participated in FFA while raising cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens.  She went to school at the Stephan Immaculate Conception, where she met Miles [Pete] St. John. They were married November 27, 1957, in Pierre, SD. In that union they had 7 children. After 15 years of marriage, they decided to go their separate ways however, they always kept in touch with each other and continued to participate together as a family.  Doris was a stay-at-home mother who lovingly took care of her seven children when they were young.  She has worked as a cook in a boarding school, truck stops, VFW, and others.  She retired from the Belle Fourche Nursing Home as the Head Cook.  However, her real love was history, art and music.  She was a natural born musician who played the piano, organ, guitar, steel guitar, accordion, and harmonica.  She loved keeping the family entertained with her accordion music, singing and playful dancing.  She was a finely tuned musician and artist.  She mastered the art in the carving of beautiful wood pieces such as dragons to horses. She loved to design and make beadwork, quillwork, crocheting, knitting, quilting, and breadmaking.  All through her life she, was always making things for her family.  She was the family historian for both the Heuer and St. John families.  She has traced and documented the family tree by dating it back to the 1500’s. She enjoyed playing bingo as a past time.

Doris was an avid gardener, who canned, smoked, butchered, and dried all of the natural bounties.  She picked berries and made jelly, jams, and wine.  She was a naturalist who loved being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gathering, and picking wild flowers, herbs and berries.

Doris leaves behind loving cherished memories for her children, Bernice (Kent) Walz, of Harrisburg, SD, Arlene Black Bird, of Rural Swift Bird, SD, Dawn (Jim) Palmer, of Belle Fourche, SD, Crystal St John, of Harrold, SD, and Duane St John, of Sioux Falls, SD; one brother, Bruce Long Fox, Rapid City, SD, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Doris was proceeded in death by her parents, Raymond Heuer Sr and Odessa Rieger Mitchell; four brothers, Virgil, Gary, Jim and Gail; one daughter, Debra Jo St John; Miles Pete (Tek) St John Jr; Grandson Jerad Quilt; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Urn Bearers will be all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Honorary Urn Bearers will be Carol Harrison, Sharon Zeller, Carol Shomeburg, Cynthia (Sadie) Kirschemann, Gloria Goddard, Don & Jackie Goddard, Cecelia Marshall, Sheila Foster and the Avera Home Hospice Staff of Pierre SD. Please forgive us if we have forgotten anyone.

Merle Robert Brenden

November 20, 2020 ~ November 23, 1929

Merle R. Brenden, 90, was received into the embrace of our Lord on Friday, November 20, 2020.  He was a resident of Dell Rapids Nursing at the time of his death.

Merle’s cremains will reside in the columbarium at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona. Memorial services are pending.   

Merle Robert Brenden was born in Vienna, South Dakota, on November 23, 1929, to Olaf and Agnes Brenden.  He was one of 12 children.  He spent his early years helping his parents and siblings on the farm. 

Merle married Anna Marie Siebrands on November 5, 1949.  After farming in the area for several years, the couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1956.  Merle worked for Sunshine Foods until 1975, when they moved to Lake Poinsett, SD, where they owned and operated a car crushing business. 

After retirement, they divided their time between South Dakota, Nebraska, and Mesa, Arizona.  They moved to Mesa full-time in 2000.  In 2017, they moved to Rapid City, SD, and eventually back home to Sioux Falls, SD. 

Merle will be remembered for his love and dedication to his wife and family, (this included nieces and nephews as well,) an incredible work ethic, and his quiet unassuming presence.

Merle is survived by three children, Nyla (Terry) Hostin, of Mesa, AZ, Merlin (Bonnie) Brenden, of Valley Springs, SD, and Connie (Marv) Harmsen, of Gilbert, AZ; 7 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Alyce Siebrands, and a brother Lloyd (Dorothy) Brenden.

Merle was preceded in death by his wife, and his parents.

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