Mary Jo Halverson

July 14, 1956 ~ July 23, 2021

Mary Jo Halverson, 65, of Scotland, SD ran through the gates of Heaven on July 23, 2021 while at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

    A Memorial Celebration of Mary Jo’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Scotland Community Church in Scotland, SD. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Please join us for a meal with sharing of memories and fellowship immediately following the memorial service.

    Mary Jo Hoopes was born on July 14, 1956, to Gordon & Lorraine (Sathe) Hoopes in Yankton, SD. She was the youngest of four girls. Mary Jo and her three sisters were raised by Lorraine Hoopes and step-mother Joyce ‘Jo’ (Heick) Hoopes along with their father Gordon.

    Although Mary Jo was born after the polio vaccine was developed, she was too young to receive it and ultimately became infected around the age of one – her three sisters were all old enough to receive the vaccine and were not affected. Soon after being diagnosed with polio, Mary Jo experienced breathing difficulties and was put into an iron lung for 6 months. While she does not have memories of this time, Mary Jo spoke of her mother saying the experience left her feeling heartbroken, unable to hold her baby girl.  Polio affects the nervous system and, among other things, left Mary Jo without the use of her left leg.  She needed numerous surgeries throughout her childhood and into her youth. Ultimately, her left leg grew to be three inches shorter than her right leg and surgeons fused her shorter leg at the knee to help her maintain some mobility.

    At the age of 5, Mary Jo shared the stage at a March of Dimes fundraiser with Yankton’s mayor. The newspaper caption referred to her as, “Yankton County’s Polio Girl” – reflecting on the event, she said she felt like a movie star. Later in life, Mary Jo would achieve notoriety once again as Ms. Wheelchair South Dakota. Mary Jo attended Yankton High School where she graduated in 1974. She proudly attended the University of South Dakota-Springfield, studying accounting, until it closed in 1975.

    The family was the center of Mary Jo’s life. She was a strong, loving mother to five sons. Mary Jo would work numerous jobs throughout her life to provide for her wild bunch as a single mother of five. Looking back, she would often remark, “we didn’t have a lot, but what we did have, we shared”. Later in life, Mary Jo welcomed, with loving arms, two step-daughters and one step-son with Jeff Comstock.

    Mary Jo enjoyed her job as a bookkeeper for The Treasure Chest. She also enjoyed spending time in the sun, cruising on her Hoveround wheelchair with grandkids, Bible study, attending anything the kids or grandkids were doing, crossword puzzles, holiday gatherings, camping, Jeopardy!, swimming, praising God, and loving every single person around her – she always made sure you knew how much she loved you.

    Mary Jo is survived by the love of her life, Jeff Comstock (Scotland, SD); children, Elvis McKee, Chamberlain, SD, Steve (Heather) Henry, Scotland, SD, Doug (Robin) Henry, Tea, SD, Jill (Josh) Goehring Delmont, SD, Casey (Amanda) Comstock, Bennington, NE, Sean (Jamie) Halverson, Council Bluffs, IA, Sam Halverson, Sioux Falls, SD, Danielle (Jed) Ogren, Marshall, MN; 24 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild (due August 2021); sisters, Linda (Curt) Adrian, Parker, SD, Cindy Voichoskie, Norfolk, NE, and Terry (Mark) Daggett, Tea, SD; 4 uncles; 2 aunts; 10 cousins; 3 nephews; 5 nieces; and countless friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Lorraine Hoopes, and stepmother, Joyce Hoopes.

Robert Wayne Mowery

May 14, 1971 – July 19, 2021

Robert W. Mowery, 50, Sioux Falls, died Monday, July 19, 2021, at his home. 

Robert was born on May 14, 1971, to Hugh V. Mowery and Donna R. (Health) Mowery in Lakenheath, England. He enjoyed helping people and had a generous heart. Rob loved his mom’s homemade meals when visiting her. He had a heart of gold and will be missed but never forgotten.

Rob is survived by his mother, Donna Mohr, Sioux Falls; father, Hugh V. Mowery, Sacramento, CA; three sisters, Deborah Mowery, Sioux Falls, Susan Mowery, Sioux Falls, and Donna (Dan) Mowery-Meerdink, Hull, IA; nieces and nephews, Josh, Brent, Ava, Shane, Nolan, Kara, and Logan.

Rob is preceded in death by his nephew, Ryan Meerdink.

Randall Leonard Eitreim

October 29, 1955 ~ July 19, 2021

Randall “Randy” L. Eitreim passed away peacefully on July 19, 2021, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Cards can be sent to The Eitreim Family c/o Heartland Funeral Home; PO Box 451, Brandon, SD, 57005.

Randy Leonard Eitreim was born on October 29, 1955, to Donald and Susan (Iverson) Eitreim and spent his childhood in Brandon, SD, with his three younger brothers. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and spent time overseas. On April 10th, 1981, he was united in marriage to Sylvia Eitreim (Peters) and was blessed with two daughters, Samantha and Traci.

Randy enjoyed all things outdoors, anything from camping, fishing, grilling, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. He loved playing Kismet as a family, working in the garage, and sitting on his porch with his coffee. Randy was a wonderful father, son, brother, and friend. He will be forever missed by so many.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Samantha (fiancé Josh Rokusek) and Traci Eitreim; brothers, Jeff (Pam) Eitreim, and Loren Eitreim; step-mother, Marlene Eitreim; nephews, Ben Eitreim, Tom (Kami) Eitreim, and Danny Eitreim; a special family friend, Pam Evenson; and many extended family and friends.

Randy is preceded in death by his father, Don Eitreim; mother, Susan Eitreim; and brother, Jon Eitreim.

Myron James Olson

October 11, 1960 ~ July 11, 2021

Myron Olson, 60, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, July 11, 2021, unexpectedly at his home.

Visitation with family will be 1-3pm, Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a time of sharing at 2:30pm. A private burial is scheduled for Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls, at a later date.

Myron James Olson was born in Sioux Falls, SD on October 11, 1960, to parents Kenneth M. and Alice I. (Bensen) Olson. Waiting at home, was best friend and big brother, Milo.  Sioux Falls was home to Myron his entire life.  Being a history buff, he enjoyed expanding his knowledge of the area and its unique history. Myron liked to travel but only for a short time, he was always ready to get back home. In the late 1990’s, he and his parents traveled to Norway.  During their trip, they enjoyed the culture, history, and met many close family members.

He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1979. Myron started working while still in high school. One of his very first jobs was a fry cook at Ember’s, where he worked with his three best, lifetime friends and future bride. He also worked for Sioux Steel and Hutchinson Technology, before beginning his locksmith career. It was while working for Fred the Fixer, Bob’s Lock and Key, Myron learned his love for locksmithing. Myron owned his own mobile locksmith business, Myron’s Mobile, for over 20 years.

On February 2, 1980, Myron married Sandra Heesch at United Church of Christ in Garretson, SD. Together they raised two sons, Chris (Kristen) Olson, Nashville, TN, and Chad (Margaret) Olson, Sioux Falls, SD.  Family was always very important to Myron.  His sons were his pride and joy.  He was always quick to share their successes and only wanted the very best for them. During the last several years, his constant companion was his dog, Bear. 

Myron will be deeply missed by two sons, Chris Olson, Nashville, TN, and Chad (Margaret) Olson, Sioux Falls; brother, Milo (Ellie) Olson, Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Grace, Lauren, Leah, Audrey, and Westin; niece, Stacy (Eric) Gorman, Sioux Falls, and nephew, Mark Olson, Sioux Falls.

Myron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Alice (Benson) Olson; and one infant sister, Lola.

Daniel “Dan the Man” Paul Larson

May 7, 1965 ~ July 13, 2021

Dan P. Larson, 56, Valley Springs, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Ava’s House, in Sioux Falls, after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation with family present will be 4-6:30 pm, Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Brandon Assembly of God Church with Memorial Services beginning at 6:30 pm.  The funeral service for Dan will be Live- Streamed at 6:30 pm to this site: A reception will be held immediately following a procession from the church to the Red Rock Bar and Grill. The family requests that guests attending wear Harley Davidson gear or firefighter apparel. They also request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Valley Springs Fire Department in Dan’s memory.

Daniel Paul Larson was born on May 7, 1965, to Larry and Karen (Hofstad) Larson, in Sioux Falls. He was raised in the Brandon Valley area, attending Valley Springs Elementary, and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. He attended Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls while growing up and was active in their youth group playing church league softball and volleyball. Dan was a very mechanical person. He could fix anything. After graduating he worked for Bill’s Amoco in Sioux Falls, Exhaust Pros, Automotive Brake and Exhaust, and then in 2015, started at Blaine’s Service in Brandon. Dan also was an active volunteer with the Valley Springs Fire Department since 2007. On September 15, 1990, Dan married Jenny Hallauer in Sioux Falls. They were blessed with two boys, Remington and Riley.

Dan’s passions in life included his family, the fire department, cars, and motorcycles. Dan was a very gifted mechanic and was always willing to help anyone out. Jenny referred to him as her “MacGyver.” If you needed to find Dan after work, the first place you checked was his shop. He could be found there even at 2:30 in the morning working on, repairing a vehicle. Dan was a very generous person who would befriend anyone. He made time for everybody and made them feel like they were the most important person in the world. Dan was a practical joker and a happy-go-lucky guy, always having a smile on his face. One of his well-known pranks was taking new and unsuspecting friends down Spook Road in the pitch black of night, with the lights off, while driving at a high rate of speed. He loved taking trips with his motorcycle buddies. Dan enjoyed leaving his mark on the streets with his Dodge Dart burnouts!

Even in the last days of his fight with cancer, Dan was optimistic and positive, while rarely missing a day of work. In all of his humility, Dan had a hard time accepting the help of others and was overwhelmed by all of the generosity of others.

Dan will be deeply missed by his wife of 30 years, Jenny, Valley Springs; two sons, Remington and Riley, Valley Springs; his parents, Larry and Karen Larson, Brandon; three siblings, Tracy (Jon) South, Brandon, Steve (Jeannie) Larson, New Hall, CA, and Andrea (Tom) McDonald, Sioux Falls; sisters and brother-in-law, Julie (Mike) Kelly, Jodi (Shane) Mulroy, Valley Springs, Jolene Hallauer, Sioux Falls, Jerod (fiancée Christine) Hallauer, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Wayne Clarence Houg

April 14, 1955 ~ July 12, 2021

Wayne Houg, 66 Brandon, died Monday, July 12, 2021, At the Sioux Falls, VA Hospital, in Sioux Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Inurnment at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, will Full Military Honors.

Michael Jeremy Van Engen

September 20, 1976 ~ July 8, 2021

Michael Jeremy Van Engen, 44, Valley Springs, died Thursday, July 8, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.  

Private services were held.  Michael will be inurned at Pleasant View Cemetery in Valley Springs.

Michael Jeremy Van Engen was born September 20, 1976, to Robert and Joan (Sjaarda) Van Engen.  He spent his childhood years in Sioux Center, IA, and Corona, CA, before moving to Redmond, WA.  He attended Bellevue Christian School in Bellevue, WA.  He later returned to the Midwest and attended Northwest Iowa Community College and earned a degree in Information Technology.

He was the father of two children, Cedar and Victoria Van Engen of Everett, WA.

Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, baking, cooking and enjoying the outdoors.  Over the years, he worked at various locations and volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

Michael will be deeply missed by his children, Cedar Van Engen, Everett, WA, and Victoria Van Engen, Everett, WA; his parents, Robert and Joan Van Engen; his siblings, Jered (Jill) Van Engen, Marion, IA, and Robbi (Jake) Bishop, Kearney, MO; his nieces and nephews, Tyler Sharkey, Spencer Hutchinson, Eli Van Engen, Kaitlyn Bishop and Brooklyn Bishop; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Nell Van Engen, and Clarence and Mina Sjaarda; uncles, Floyd Van Engen, and Brian Van Engen; and aunt, Brenda Van Engen.

Alan Scott Lundy

November 14, 1950 ~ July 7, 2021

Alan Scott Lundy, 70, of Vermillion, passed away on July 7, 2021, after a slow battle with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and dementia.

Visitation will be 11:30, July 13 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon. Funeral Services will begin at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Alan was born on November 14, 1950, to Andrew Mandus and Edna Joy (Searles) Lundy in Sioux Falls. As a child, he lived with his family in Gettysburg, Pierre, Powers, OR, and Rapid City, spending many summers in Mount Vernon and Sioux Falls. After graduating from Rapid City High School in 1968, he went on to study at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of South Dakota.

After a few years of college, a summer spent with the George McGovern presidential campaign, some odd jobs at a grocery store he attempted to unionize, a taconite mine in Silver Bay, MN, and as a taxi cab driver, Alan began a career in radio news. He worked at radio stations in Sioux City, Iowa, Yankton, and Brookings before reaching the pinnacle of his career as a news producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He enjoyed many years of bringing the news of the state government to the people of South Dakota. He had the opportunity to interview former Vice President Dan Quayle and several US Senators. He also enjoyed a conflict or two with former governor Bill Janklow. He later worked for newspapers and radio stations in Pierre, Mitchell, Yankton, Brookings, and Madison.

Alan was also a passionate amateur (ham) radio operator for over 50 years. He enjoyed the hobby, opportunities for community service, and many friendships.

In 1979, he met Laurel Mouw. They married in 1980 and had one child, David.

Alan lost both of his parents at a young age but had a variety of parent figures throughout his life including his brothers, Laurel-his wife of 18 years, many good friends, the church family at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookings and the community of Madison.

He is survived by his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Katie, and their children, Awstyn and Cohen, of Sioux Falls; a brother, Paul Lundy, of Ames, IA, and his family; plus many friends and two grand-puppies, Edna Mode and Steven Mandus.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Annamae Riff Lundy; and his brother, Richard.

Jodie Ann Sarchet

September 28, 1972 ~ July 3, 2021

Jodie Sarchet, 48, of Valley Springs, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 6:30pm, Wednesday, July 7,  2021, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Funeral services will begin at 6:30pm.  The family will conduct a private burial at Pleasant View Cemetery in Valley Springs.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up to assist the family.

Jodie Ann Howrey was born on September 28, 1972, to Lennis and Treva (Ferguson) Howrey in Des Moines, IA. She was raised in Grimes and Manson, IA, and graduated from Manson-Northwest-Webster High School in 1991. She then attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, graduating in 1993.

Jodie worked for the Principal Financial Group for 10 years. She was united in marriage to Randy Sarchet on August 1, 1998, in Manson, IA. They moved to South Dakota and lived in various places before settling in Valley Springs, SD in February, 2008.

She was a full-time wife, mother, and home-school teacher to their children.

Jodie will be deeply missed by her husband, Randy; six children, Tylor (Kelsey) Sarchet, Graettinger, IA, Karley Sarchet, Valley Springs, Kaleb Sarchet, Valley Springs, Kalyn Sarchet, Valley Springs, Kegan Sarchet, Valley Springs, and Kooper Sarchet, Valley Springs; four grandchildren, Mason, Reagan, Raelyn and Jude; her parents, Lennis and Treva Howrey, Manson, IA; one sister, Heather (Matt) Meehan, Madison, SD; father-in-law, Richard Sarchet, Algona, IA, sisters-in-law, Lisa (Bryan Swartzel) Shipman, Des Moines, IA and Sandy (Jeff Probasco) Sarchet, Algona, IA; nieces and nephews, Olivia, Alaina, Tashia, Nikki, Dustin, Jacob, Bronson, Landon, Nolan and Haylen.

She is preceded in death by one child, Kamron; and her mother-in-law, Mary Sarchet.

James “Jim” Edward Grace

May 2, 1953 ~ June 28, 2021

Jim Grace, 68, of Valley Springs, died peacefully, Monday, June 28, 2021, at the Sanford Foundations Cottage in Sioux Falls, after a brief bout with cancer, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services are set for 3:00 pm, Friday, July 2, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present at 2pm to greet visitors. .  A celebration and reception will be held immediately following at the VFW in Brandon.

James Edward Grace was born on May 2, 1953, in Aberdeen, SD, to Wesley Eldred and Doris Eleanor (Heberer) Grace. Jim graduated from Groton High School and then attended Lake Area Vo-tech and received a degree in Building Trades.  On September 6, 1976, Jim married Lois Pletten. He worked various jobs in the area. In 1981, he married Brenda Erickson. To this union, Jim was blessed with four children; Jodee, Bobbie, Brandi and Amanda. The family moved to the Valley Springs area in 1987. Jim worked as a custodian for the Valley Springs Elementary and the Brandon Elementary Schools for approximately 15 years. He then worked at Showplace Cabinetry as a custom cabinet builder until he retired in 2019, to enjoy life.

Jim enjoyed fishing, basketball, and races. He had recently started working out at the gym. After retirement, he purchased a Mustang convertible which was his pride and joy. He loved his Happy Hour dates at his three favorite locations.  Some of Jim’s favorite sayings were:

“The only way someone can beat you is if you let them”

“So, it should end where it all began”

“Be who you are” and “It is what it is!”

Jim is survived by his four daughters, Jodee Westerbur, Sioux Falls, Bobbie (Chris) Safar, Valley Springs, Brandi Grace (Brian Bradley), Garretson, Amanda (Cameron) Benolkin, Harrisburg; eight grandchildren, Taylor (Aaron), Tessa (Jordyn), Zoey, Kennedy, Justis, Jackson, Aiden, and Julia; great-grandchild, William; three siblings, Ron Grace, Brighton, CO, Pamela Carlson, Aurora, CO, and Marilyn Minero-Grace, Denver, CO; four foster siblings, Beverly Sombke, Groton, SD, Lavonne Gesling, Harrisburg, SD, Wilber (Judy) Albrecht, Columbia, SD, and Leland (Vickie) Albrecht, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Doris Grace; his foster parents, Fred and Grace Albrecht; two siblings, Gerald Grace, and Cynthia Grace; and two brothers-in-law, Darrell Sombke, and Mick Gesling.

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