James Fred Wehde

June 2, 1933 ~ October 24, 2020

James Wehde, 87, Garretson, died Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Centerville Care and Rehab Center from Covid-19.

Visitation will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home. Social Distancing and masks are requested. Funeral services will begin at 1pm Wednesday, October 28, also at Heartland.  Due to Covid restrictions, only 75 persons will be allowed to attend the service. Burial will be at Swedona Covenant Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Swedona Covenant Church in James’ memory. 

James Fred Wehde was born June 2, 1933, to Herbert and Myrtle (Eggers) Wehde, on the farm where he still resided. He attended Eggers Country School and graduated from Brandon High School in 1951. James purchased the Eggers School and in 1993 donated it to the Heritage Park at Augustana University.

James married Violet Nordstrom on September 12, 1953, at Swedona Covenant Church.  The couple had two sons, Jon Fred and James Dean.  James was employed as a hired farm hand and at Swenson’s Plumbing and Heating. He later operated a corn sheller within the region for many years.  James started his dairy with two cows and ended it with seventy.  Eventually he changed over to crop farming with his son, Jim. James was very mechanical and could easily repair or modify the machinery.  He loved to help by driving the combine or the grain semi when he could. He was an inventor with several patents.  James also was a realtor/broker with Northfield Realty.

James found time around his farming and realty business to serve in many boards including: Swedona Church as Chairman, the Swedona Cemetery, Mapleton Township, Brandon Valley School, Union Gospel Mission, Eggers School Guild, Nordland Heritage Foundation, and the SD American Agriculture Movement.  James also loved to read as a pastime, was a licensed pilot for a 172 Cessna, and was an avid collector of old tractors.

James will be deeply missed by his wife of 67 years, Vi; two sons, Jon (Lisa), Eagle River, AK, and Jim (Deb), Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, Carolyn (Arie) Koster, Carman, Manitoba, Canada, Barbara (Nathan) Swenson, Afton, MN, Emily (Dallas) Harder, Sioux Falls, Brendan (Julia) Wehde, Goldsboro, NC, Cecilia Wehde, Anchorage, AK, and Dawn Wehde, Nome, AK; and one sister, Bonnie Bly, Garretson and also special friends Mavis and Laura Moret, and Kathy (K.C) Wehde. 

James is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Myrtle (Eggers) Wehde; one brother and his wife, Harlan and (Dorothy) Wehde; and one brother-in-law, Jerry Bly.

We gratefully thank the care team at Centerville Care and Rehab for the kind care they gave James.

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Aleida Marie Meyerhoff

January 18, 1940 ~ October 8, 2020

Aleida Marie Meyerhoff, 80, Sioux Falls, was received into the embrace of our Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after a brief stay at Dougherty Hospice House.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Monday, October 12, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Sioux Falls, SD.  Funerals Services will begin at 10:30am, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, also at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Burial will follow (12:45pm), at Evergreen Cemetery, George, IA.

Here is the link for the Live Stream of Aleida’s funeral on Tuesday.


Aleida Marie Dreesen was born in Pipestone County, Minnesota, on January 18, 1940, to Ralph and Aalke (Groen) Dreesen. She and six of her cousins were all named Aleida after their grandmother. The family of 7 lived on a farm outside of town where her parents instilled a strong belief that she needed to “lead, follow, or get out of the way”! Aleida chose to lead. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1958 and embarked on a life of serving others as an example of her strong faith in Jesus Christ. 

    Aleida married Harry Lee Meyerhoff on November 28, 1961. This union was blessed with three children; Brenda, Keith, and Arla. The family made their home in George while Harry was employed with DGR.  In 1987, DGR opened a facility in Sioux Falls, SD that prompted a move for Harry & Aleida. Aleida was always straight to the point and a leader. She was employed as a CNA in various departments of the Sioux Valley Health System. Quite often she was known to be an advocate for those she cared for. She wasn’t known for her political correctness, but she ALWAYS went the extra step to ensure people had what they needed. When Aleida worked in the oncology unit she and Harry were known to visit people who had no family. She was truly a caretaker in all aspects of her life. She would ask people to keep her in the loop of what was going on just so she could know how best to serve their needs.

    Sometimes, after they visited the hospital, she and Harry would use their coupon book to find a new restaurant to try.  Although they loved to eat out, they didn’t have a favorite place. The favorite part was the people (and ice cream), not the place. After Harry died in 2000 Aleida continued to serve others.  She was part of many groups of ladies; the 12-pack, the 6-pack, Coffee Party ladies, Active Generation friends, Bible Study ladies and she made lasting friendships from her time at Sanford. She made sure to check in with her group of ladies daily.  

    Aleida loved to play card and board games. She loved the conversations she and the ladies had on the phone. In her early days surrounding the holidays were busy with cookie making! She and her crews would produce 1000s of cookies. If you were lucky enough to make cookies with her the only requirement was to bring an empty ice cream pail so you could take some home. She always provided the ingredients and space. Aleida had it down to a science after a short time. The table was raised on coffee cans for the next 40 years or so to make it easier to frost her legendary cut-out cookies. There were all kinds of cookies, but they were all a gift for someone.  

   Aleida will be remembered for her kindness to others, her dedication to family, and her devotion to serve others. In the days close to her death her greatest desire was to let everyone she cared for know they are important and they are loved.

    Sadly, Aleida, 80, Sioux Falls, was received into the embrace of our Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after a brief stay at Dougherty Hospice House.  

She is survived by her children, Brenda (Doug) Medalen Sioux Falls, SD; Arla Schultz, Luverne, MN; daughter-in-law, Carol Meyerhoff, Sheldon IA, eight grandchildren, Lee (Amanda) Medalen, Sioux Falls, SD, Heather (Justin) Hanson, Sioux Falls, SD, Aaron (Mya) Van Der Stoep, Parker, SD, Adam (Shaelee) Van Der Stoep, Hamilton, MI, Amanda Schultz, Luverne, MN, Katie (Pat) Berger, Dakota Dunes, SD, Christie (Seth) Lloyd, Moville, IA, Karrie (Josh Rogers) Meyerhoff, Sioux City, IA; 17 great-grandchildren, one brother, Orvel (Karen) Dreesen, Ellsworth, MN; and a host of other family and friends.

Aleida was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her son, Keith; her sister, Anna Mae (Bill) Green; two brothers, Dick (Dolores) Dreesen; Ben (Grace, Norma, Thelma) Dreesen; her parents, Ralph and Aalke Dreesen; and her parents-in-law, Ted and Ursula Meyerhoff.

“I Love You.  That’s It. Bye Bye!”

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David Arthur Wommack

February 2, 1941 ~ September 30, 2020

David A. Wommack, 79, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, September 30, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life is being planned so please check back for more information.

A burial service will be scheduled for the SD Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls, next summer.

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Noah “Bubbles” Allen Kimball

January 4, 2006 ~ September 22, 2020

Noah “Bubbles” A. Kimball, 14, Brandon, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Sioux Falls.

Private Family services will be held and a public Candle Light Vigil will be at 7pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Celebrate Community Church in Brandon.

Noah “Bubbles” A. Kimball was born in Vermillion, SD. He was the first baby born in Vermillion in 2006. Noah and his family moved to Brandon, SD shortly after his birth, before he was even crawling. Noah attended school at Brandon elementary and middle schools. He was currently a freshman at BVHS. Although Noah was a brilliant young man and was taking advanced classes, he was not thrilled at the challenge Spanish class presented. Noah spent many years attending Taekwondo classes at Hoover’s in Brandon. His hard work and dedication earned him a Second-Degree Black Belt. He was both proud yet humble of his accomplishment. The coaches at Hoover’s helped teach him things like; courtesy, respect, honesty, integrity, self-discipline, and self-control. He loved to read and because of his giving heart, he would donate his books to low-income area schools when he was done reading them. He had recently decided he was ready to get rid of his Legos. He didn’t want to sell them, he wanted to give them away.

   Noah loved to solve the “Rubik’s Cube” and learn crazy weird facts from YouTube. Hanging out and playing play-station with Brandon, Keegan, and Caiden was a favorite pastime for Noah. If they were not together, they were planning on what time they could all get online and play together.

   Noah attended Celebrate Church for the last 13-14years and didn’t seem to mind the idea of having to stay at home and watch service on TV from the comfort of the recliner.

   He had taken a great interest in helping his dad and brothers work on motorcycles and various vehicles. He was so excited and proud of himself for getting a job and paying for his own old 86′ Chevy truck he called “Sally”. He was always so excited to go work on his truck with his brothers and his dad. He loved to convince mom it was a good idea to go get Chinese food for dinner. His brother Jordan always supported his idea. He was the best brother that anyone could ever ask for. He was the kind of brother that always had your back and wasn’t going to throw you under the bus for anything!

   Noah was a leader and not a follower. He had little regard for what people thought and was always true to himself. Noah was the most kind-hearted person. He would do anything he could to make someone else’s day better. Noah demonstrated his kindness and compassion to new students regularly. Parents would always comment on how he was the first to befriend their child. He was the kind of person everyone got along with and who wanted to be around. If someone was being bullied, Noah would step in to intervene.

   Noah was such a sweet young man with a heart of gold. He was an incredibly positive person who never stressed the small stuff.  He was patient and compassionate.  He had a special compassion for all animals, but especially dogs.

   Noah ALWAYS had a smile on his face. No matter how bad a day someone was having Noah could put a smile on their face. Being kind to one another will keep his legacy alive.   So, if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours in Noah’s honor. This world is definitely a better place because of him.    

   Sadly, “Bubbles”, 14, Brandon, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Sioux Falls, SD.

   Noah will be deeply missed by his parents, Kerry (Adam) Hirsch, and Brian (Alicia) Kimball, three brothers; Chris (Abby) Schmidt, David Kimball and Jordan Kimball, six step siblings; Shelby (Brandon), Layne (Sarah), Ryker, Destiny, Arianna and Navaya; two nephews; Renner and Deegan. His aunts and uncles; Tara (Rick) Hinzman, Dan (Ann) Schmidt, Patrick (Deanna) Schmidt, Paul (Renae) Kimball, Brad Kimball, Karen (Cody) Hall, his twelve cousins; Katie, Bella, Daniell, Tyler, Michael, Andrew, Harper, Karrah, Kyelah, Justin, Bryce, and Kaitlyn, grandmother Ranae Kimball.

   Noah was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ken Schmidt and David Kimball; and grandmother, Mary K. Boggs.

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James Alan Rabenberg

June 19, 1965 ~ September 22, 2020

James, Alan Rabenberg, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House, Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral Services will follow at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

James Alan Rabenberg was born June 19, 1965, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Larry and Bobbie (Ymker) Rabenberg.  James graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD in 1983 and continued his education at South Dakota State University where he graduated in 1988. James began working for the Argus Leader in the bundling and distribution department. It was not long after he began working for the Argus that he met Leesa Shotley.  On March 29, 1996, James and Leesa were united in marriage in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple was blessed with one daughter whom they named Esther. She was James’ pride and joy! He worked for 20 years at Grand Prairie Foods before poor health forced him to retire due to health reasons.

James loved being a supportive father. He attended all of Esther’s performances. He could always be found at her musical events or with her enjoying a theatrical play. He loved being a member of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church. James especially loved the Wednesday Night Bible Studies and the multiple musical church groups that would perform. James was a fan of sports, especially football.  His favorite team was the San Francisco 49ers. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Playing cards and other games was always a good time. Traveling together as a family gave him great joy.

Sadly, James, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House.

James will be deeply missed by his wife, Leesa; one daughter, Esther; James’ parents, Larry (May) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD, and Bobbie (Roy) Toole, Gillette, WY; two brothers, Clifford (Carmen) Toole, Gillette, WY, and Robert Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; and two sisters, Lisa (Chris) Amundson, Sioux Falls, SD, and Glenda (Tony Brandt) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Leea (Bob) Ryan, Bridgewater, NJ; several nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Eilene Shotley, Sioux Falls, SD.

James was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leon Shotley.

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Ethelyn Gulseth

2/19/17 – 3/18/11

Ethelyn Elaine was born at home to Edward and Ebba (Johnson) Elofson on February 19, 1917. She was a life long member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church in rural Valley Springs and active in women’s circle. She graduated from Valley Springs Public School in 1935, worked at Gravelle Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, and in later years enjoyed her employment in the Brandon Valley School District as a teacher’s aide.

Ethelyn married LeRoy Gulseth on April 16, 1938. They were blessed with three children. Grateful for sharing her life are: daughter, Gail Hermanson of Brandon; sons, Richard (Kathleen) Gulseth and Douglas (Carrie) Gulseth – all of Valley Springs; her grandchildren, Gregg (Deborah) Letcher, Eric Gulseth, and Broc (Trecia) Gulseth – all of Brandon, Nikol (James) Shillerstrom and Joshua Gulseth, Sioux Falls; and her great-grandchildren, Austin Letcher, Aden Letcher, Torre Gulseth, Tripp Gulseth – all of Brandon, and newest great-grandson, Ian Schillerstrom, Sioux Falls.

“G.G.” loved sports and rarely missed a Twins game on television, attended local soccer games, and frequently called for updates when the games were away. She enjoyed the sun and outdoors. She was well known to all for her sugar cookies, peach pie, and homemade rye bread which encouraged visits from her family and young friends. She loved her church, politics, quilting, crocheting, celebrating special occasions, taking care of others, and her “little house” in Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ebba (Johnson) Elofson, her husband, LeRoy, her siblings; Iona, Pershing, Vernon, and Lyle, and her son-in-law, Dr. John Hermanson.

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Vivian K. Finck

November 19, 1922 – September 18, 2010

Vivian Kathryn Finck, 87, of Brandon, SD, died Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the Helping Hand Assisted Living in Brandon.

Vivian was born on November 19, 1922, in Tyndall, SD to George and Katie (Kloucek) Britton. She attended country school and then graduated from Tyndall High School in 1941. She continued her formal training by attaining her teaching certificate from the Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD.

On June 18, 1944, Vivian was united in marriage to Leonard Finck near Tyndall where he farmed and Vivian taught school until deciding to stay home with their children. In 1978, Leonard retired and the couple moved to Tyndall where Vivian continued working at the Good Samaritan Center, first in the laundry and then in the kitchen.

Vivian retired in 1993 but continued to enjoy gardening, cooking, canning and baking. It was not just the holidays that were special times when Vivian was in the kitchen. Her potato dumplings, Christmas candy, and pickled beets were blue ribbon winners to all of her family.

Vivian also was a talented seamstress and loved to crochet. In fact, she sewed numerous items of clothing for her children as they grew up. The girls would pick something out of the catalogue and she would make it for them. When the bowling alley opened in Tyndall, Vivian was there. She once even teamed up with daughter Penny for a city doubles tournament and won!

Vivian was a member of the Tyndall United Methodist Church and the UMW circle. She also belonged to the Tyndall American Legion Auxiliary.

Vivian will always be appreciated by her children for instilling a sense of independence in them. She taught them about life, taught them right from wrong, and taught them how to take risks. She then set them free to experience the world fully uplifted with her support.

Vivian will be missed by her husband Leonard, Brandon, SD; four daughters, Sharon (Les) Larson, Duluth, MN, Peggy Patterson, Brandon, Betty (Gary) Schuster, Raleigh, NC, and Penny (Dan) Martz, Omaha, NE.; one son Terry (Brad), Seattle, WA; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dewey Britton.

A memorial has been established for Vivian to the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

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Joan Francis McCormick

Joan Francis McCormick
December 30, 1938 – March 29, 2010

Joan Francis McCormick, 71, of Sioux Falls, died at her home, on Monday, March 29, 2010, with her family at her side. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include four sons; Dennis, Woodbine, KS, Steve, Fergus Falls, MN, Mike, Blue Earth, MN, and Alan, Fairmont, MN, three daughters; Leeann and Amy McCormick of Sioux Falls, and Lisa McCormick of Abilene, KS, 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers; Lavern Bellefeuille, Naytahwaush, MN and Ronald Bellefeuille, Mahnomen, MN, two sisters; Myrna Smith and Marilyn Goodwin of Naytahwaush, MN.

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Albert H. “Bert” Heacock

Albert H. “Bert” Heacock

July 8, 1929 – March 21, 2010

Albert “Bert” Heacock, 80, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at home, surrounded by his family. Services will be held at 1:30pm, Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3200 E. 6th St. in Sioux Falls, SD.

Bert was born July 8, 1929, in Reading KS, to Emory and Eva (Needels) Heacock. After schooling through 8th grade, he began working on the railroad and continued it by doing blacksmithing and machinery repair for over 31 years at Lad’s Manufacturing and Repair in Walnut Grove, MN. During his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and furniture repair.

Bert will be greatly missed by his wife of 55 years, Elsie of Garretson; his children, Willy (Christina), Denver, CO. and Wade (Ann) Creston, IA., Kathy (Bruce) Schultz, Garretson, and Karen (Tracy) Hanson, Minneapolis, MN.; three grandchildren, Brandi (Steve) Frommelt, Phoenix, AZ., Alexander and Ashley Heacock; three great-grandchildren, Briona, Clarissa, and Analiese Frommelt; One brother, Clarence, Sparks, NV.; and two sisters, Joyce (Charles) Trimble, Burlington, KS and Helen (Jack) Blakely, Carthage, NC.

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John Phillip Manning

John Phillip Manning

January 2, 1939 – November 30, 2009


John Phillip “Big John” Manning, 70, of Brandon, died at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, on Monday, November 30, 2009.

Visitation will be held at Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon on Friday, December 4, from 4pm until 8pm with family present and a prayer service beginning at 7pm. Funeral services will also be held at the church in Brandon on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 1:30pm. A private family burial will follow at Prospect Hills Cemetery in Wessington Springs.

John was born January 2, 1939, in St Paul, MN, to Henry L. and Frances E. (Shamla) Manning. He went to country school in Greenleaf, Minnesota. After graduating from Litchfield, Minnesota in 1957, he went to work installing Butler Grain Bins in Williston, North Dakota. In 1959 – 1960, he worked road construction including building Hwy 34 and the spillway at Ft. Thompson. In 1961, John married Kathryn Stulken. To this union, four children were born. They farmed from 1961 to 1969 near Wessington Springs. In 1969, John started driving truck, becoming an Owner-operator in 1977. He was grateful for not having any unpreventable accidents in 40 years. After suffering a heart attack in 2000, John drove for Ace Towing, until January, 2009.

John was a member of the OOIDA Truckers Association and the Granite Threshermen’s Association and Celebration United Methodist Church of Brandon. He also spent many days having coffee with friends at Cody’s on North Cliff.

Survivors include three sons, Kirby (Dianne) Wessington Springs, Kent, Sioux Falls and Kyle (Brenda) Pierre; one daughter, Karis (Edward) Burkiewicz, Wessington Springs; eleven grandchildren, Troy, Heather, Sara, Katie, Dyanna, Jonathan, Kassondra, Erik, Bryanna, Tyler and Austin; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Barb), Litchfield, MN and Tom (Janice), Litchfield, MN; three sisters, Darlene (Donnie) Putney, Litchfield, MN, Ethel Brennan, Minneapolis, MN and Patty Fasbender, Lanesboro, MN; and many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Barb Halbersma.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother, James, and one brother-in-law, Norm Fasbender.

A memorial has been established.

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