Virgil Newton Hall

June 16, 1958 ~ April 10, 2024

Virgil N. Hall, 65, Sioux Falls, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services will begin at 11am, Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon. Inurnment will immediately follow at East Side Cemetery, Steen, MN, at 12:30 pm. A Visitation with Family Present will resume at Heartland Funeral Home after the burial.

Virgil Newton Hall was born on June 16, 1958, in Huron, SD, to Ernest and Dorothy (Freed) Hall. Virgil graduated from high school in 1978. Virgil worked for Comprehensive Systems in Charles City, Iowa, and then McDonald’s for five years, before moving to Sioux Falls in 1995. He worked at the Minnehaha County Courthouse and Sanford, through Dakotabilities.

Virg enjoyed going to car races, and NASCAR races, and had a love for horses at Horsepower (HandiRiders.) He enjoyed socializing with friends and family. As a teenager, Virgil raised Susie, a buffalo, Sam, a Holstein calf, Arnold the pig, and Tony the llama. He was also able to enjoy a couple of helicopter rides.

Virg will be deeply missed by his two sisters, Karen (Tom) Niichel, Osage, IA, and Gloria Dammer, Inwood, IA; his brother, Leon (Jenn Brau) Hall, Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernie and Dorothy Hall; two sisters, Louise Hall and Doris Hall; two brothers, Doug Hall and Wayne Hall; and a brother-in-law, Dave Dammer.

Barbara Ann (Ren) Walker

September 3, 1944 ~ April 2, 2024

   Barbara A. (Ren) Walker, 79, Sioux Falls, passed away quietly in her sleep on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, after a prolonged illness.

   No services are planned at this time.

   Barbara Ann Ren was born on September 3, 1944, in Providence, RI, and lived in La Porte, Indiana, before moving with her family to Southern California after World War II.

   Barb married Melvin Walker in 1963 and together they raised 4 children. Barbara loved going to the beach at sunrise with her children and then taking them to breakfast before dropping them off at school. Each summer, she would take the kids to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and other fun destinations. She worked in the customer service industry for many years before moving to Texas in 2002, and then to Sioux Falls that same year.

   Barbara loved spending time with her whole family, especially her children and grandchildren as she held them close to her. Barb will be truly missed by all but is in Heaven’s arms now.

   Barb is survived by her four children, Scott (Michelle) Walker, Sheridan Walker, Wendi (James) McInnes, and Rachelle (John) Choske; 19 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

   Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Wendell and Irene; sister, Alene Frank; granddaughter, Cassandra McInnes; and grandson, James Thomas McInnes III.

David William Pruden, Jr.

December 21, 1970 ~ March 16, 2024

David Pruden, Jr., 53, Sioux Falls, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at his home.

Visitation with Family present will begin at 1 PM, Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at East Side Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with the Funeral Service beginning at 2 PM. Military Honors will follow.

David William Pruden, Jr. was born on December 21, 1970, in St. Paul, MN, to David W. and Evelyn (Kreul) Pruden Sr.

Upon graduation from school, David served our country as a gunner in the Navy. He was known for helping Taiwanese refugees and his time in the Persian Gulf War.

Dave met his wife, Tammy Jo, in the Twin Cities and were married in August 2011.

David is survived by his mother, Evelyn Pruden; three children, DJ, Brandi, and Emily; three step-children, Nick, Kristina (David), and Katie (Jared); three grandchildren, Nora, Maria, and Miles; siblings, aunts, uncles, and friends; and loved by his first wife, Teri.

Phyllis Irene Swanson

February 1, 1932 ~ March 13, 2024

Phyllis I. Swanson, age 92, of Brandon, SD, passed away on March 13, 2024, at the Good Samaritan Village, in Sioux Falls, SD.

There will be a Funeral Mass at Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon, SD, on Monday, April 8, 2024, at 11am. Visitation will begin at 10am.  Inurnment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Phyllis Irene Muilenburg was born in Bancroft, SD, on February 1, 1932, to parents “John” Leland and Emma (Collison) Muilenburg. She was united in marriage to Roy A. Swanson Jr. on May 27, 1950. in Huron SD.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Sandra (Mike) McNutt, Huron SD, Robert (Ronda) Swanson,  Pierre, SD, Roger (Sandi) Swanson, Goddard, KS, and Nancy (Bill) Crapser, Sioux Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren, Jamie (Glenda) McNutt, Doland, SD, Eric (Sue) McNutt, Colorado Springs, CO, Roy (Kari) Swanson, Pierre, SD, Laura Bowman (Travis) Wieting, Pierre SD, Rachel Swanson Wichita, KS, Andrea Swanson, Wichita, KS, Beowulf (Annette) Crapser, Sioux Falls SD, Zayd
(Hamdi) Crapser, Sioux Falls SD, Morrigan (Kyler) Farrow, Sioux Falls SD, and Tyr Crapser, Sioux Falls, SD; 7 great-grandchildren, Dillon, Jamez, Dalton, Emlyn, Travis, Gavin, and Isla; two brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

Phyllis was preceded by her husband, Roy, in 2012; her parents, her sister, Audrey (Wayne)
Shimer; her brother, Rolland (Marcia) Muilenburg; great-great-grandson, Huxley James
McNutt; and three brothers-in-law, and three sisters-in-law.

Dalyce Geraldine Clow

May 29, 1931 ~ March 18, 2024

Dalyce G. Clow, 92, Brandon, SD, died Monday, March 18, 2024, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, after recent health issues.

Visitation for Dalyce will be 5pm, Friday, March 22, 2024, at Beaver Valley Church, Valley Springs, with Funeral Services beginning at 6pm. A livestream link to watch the service is here

Dalyce Geraldine Carlson was born on May 29, 1931, in Lancaster, MN to Anna and Frank Carlson. She married Wilbert Clow on October 23, 1948, in Hallock, MN. They moved to South Dakota and resided in Brandon for over 65 years.

She was a charter member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and a very active member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church.

Motherhood, homemaking, daycare, and sewing became her passion. The entire community knew her as Grandma Clow or the sewing lady. She took on many sewing projects over the years including the choir robes, confirmation robes, and communion linen for the church.          

Grateful for having shared Dalyce’s life are her sons, Richmond (Carolyn), Jeffrey (Deb), Brian (Ann), David, and Daniel (Tamie); daughter, Pamela; grandchildren, Catherine (David), Nicholas (Mary), Joshua (Teddie) Tanner, Jeremy, Ethan, Kyle, and Jacob; great-grandsons, Jayden and Jaxson; great-granddaughter, Isabella; brother, Arnold; and many nieces and nephews.

Dalyce was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert; her parents; grandson, Travis; brothers, Harvey and Arthur; and sisters, Thelma and Doris.

Harley Lee Waagmeester Jr.

August 9, 1957 ~ March 7, 2024

Harley Waagmeester Jr. passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 66.

No services are planned at this time. Please check back for updates.

Harley Lee Waagmeester Jr. was born August 9, 1957, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Harley Lee and Ruth (Mc Gloghlon) Waagmeester Sr. He attended Washington Senior High School and went on to study electronics at DeVry Institute in Arizona. He enjoyed tinkering with all kinds of electronics, playing his guitar, and had a ham radio hobby. Harley liked to travel, living in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and then finally coming back home to Sioux Falls.

Harley is survived by his sisters, Debra (Russell) Kooistra, Hills, MN, Barbara (Ken) Murdock, Maple Valley, WA; brother, Gary Waagmeester, Brandon, SD; nephew, Zachariah Verdoorn, Chicago, IL; and great-nephews, Rhett and River Hennings, Wilmont, MN; nieces, Shelby Kooistra, Wilmont, MN, and Chelsea Kooistra, Sioux Falls, SD, and  Alexa Murdock, Maple Valley, WA; and great-niece, Ridley Hennings, Wilmont, MN.

Harley is preceded in death by his father, Harley Lee Waagmeester Sr., and mother, Ruth Marie (McGloghlon) Waagmeester.

Debra “Debbie” Lea Jensen

December 26, 1958 ~ March 11, 2024

Debra “Debbie” Lea Jensen, 65, Harrisburg, passed peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2024, after a short battle with lung cancer, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place later this Spring.  Please check back for more updates as they are scheduled.

Debbie was born December 26, 1958, in Hawarden, IA, to Bruce and Joyce (Skinner) Jensen. She was raised in Alcester, SD, with her three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Alcester High School in 1977 and remained in Alcester for the majority of her life. Debbie gave birth to her son, Jacob, on October 2, 1987. She spent her working life in service to others, as a grocery store assistant manager, a special education paraprofessional, a CNA/Med Aid, an assembly line worker, a caretaker, and a housekeeper. She moved to Iowa to help take care of her first grandson, and a couple of years later, moved to Harrisburg to continue to be close to her son and grandkids.

Debbie loved her dogs, Muffie, Cole, Bear, Marvin, and then Bella. She enjoyed fishing, reading, and traveling to visit family. She spent time with her grandsons every weekend and loved bringing them a sack lunch and snacks.

Debbie trusted in the Lord and repeated that she was “in God’s hands” throughout her cancer journey.

Debbie is survived by her son, Jacob (Lauren) Jensen; grandsons, Eli and Dawson; siblings, Millie (Greg) Klopstad, Patti (Matt) Williams, and Walter (Rebecca) Jensen; and brother-in-law, John Whitehead.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Joyce Jensen; nephew, SPC Dennis G. Jensen; sister, Judy Whitehead; and brother, Glenn Jensen.

Brent Deckert

March 2, 1969 ~ March 13, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brent Deckert on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Sanford USD Medical Center, in Sioux Falls.

Visitation for Mr. Deckert will be 10am to Noon, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral Services will begin at 2pm, Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the Brandon Valley High School Gym, with viewing beginning at 1pm. A link to watch live… A private burial will happen at a later time. Staff and former players are asked to wear Lynx gear and will have reserved seating. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to donate to the Brent Deckert Memorial. A go-fund-me has been established for the Brent Deckert Scholarship for basketball players.

Brent Deckert was born March 2, 1969 in Wadena, MN. He grew up in Henning, MN with his sister Stacy and his brother Brian.  His parents, Herman and Arlene Deckert, owned a grocery store for 36 years. As a way to avoid working in the store, Brent would sneak off to the gym to shoot hoops with his buddies. He always knew he wanted to be a basketball coach when he grew up. He went on to graduate from Henning High School in 1987 and then Moorhead State University in 1992 with a degree in education along with a coaching minor. 

Brent began teaching in Sioux Falls in 1993 and his first stints as a coach were at Sioux Falls Washington and then Augustana College before ending up at Brandon Valley in 2000.  His love for coaching the Lynx was evident to anyone who chatted with him. His passion for the game was year-round, there was never an off-season, and the gym was always open. Springs and summers included camps, workouts, tournaments, team trips, and piles and piles of Lynx t-shirts. It was rare to see Brent wearing something that didn’t say Lynx Basketball.

Brent and Jill met at a summer basketball camp in Yankton, SD where they coached opposing high school teams. It was competition at first sight. They were married in 1996 and they had 3 children: Caden, Jaksen, and Kennedi. Countless hours were spent in the gym as the kids grew up and they all shared his love of basketball. It was very special for him to coach Caden and Jaksen through their varsity careers and he did his very best to ‘sideline’ coach Kennedi through her final season. Without a doubt, it could be argued the highlight of his coaching career was winning the state championship in 2019. But Brent always said the best part for him as a coach was the time he spent with the kids. He loved the practices, film sessions, and giving away Subway cards for half-court makes. Sure, winning was important (family game night never ended well at the Deckert house) but he was less concerned about the wins and losses and always more focused on the relationship he had with his players. Brent coached the Lynx for 21 years before retiring in 2021, one year after his cancer diagnosis.

Brent passed away on March 13, 2024, eleven days after he officially retired from teaching. If we have to say he lost his battle with cancer after almost 4 years, then we must say it was a triple overtime game with bench-clearing brawls and several technical fouls. He fought until his very last breath, or until the final horn sounded. We are forever inspired by his resilience, his tenacity, and his refusal to give up. We have witnessed first-hand how The Game Honors Toughness.

Our hearts are broken, but we know his spirit and his legacy will live on.

He is preceded in death by his mother Arlene Deckert. Much of his family lives in Fargo including his dad, Herman; and his sister, Stacy, along with her husband, Mat; and their children, Taylor, Jonas, and Kasen. His brother Brian, also lives in Fargo with his children Derek, Davina, Jess, Blaise, and Kurt.

Brent spent countless hours watching game films and discussing basketball with his in-laws, Ron and Gloria Riherd. In many ways, they became parents to him and we are eternally grateful for their love and support. Brent also shared his life with his sister-in-law, Jody Riherd, and her husband, Dennis Corcoran, along with their children, Elliott and Reece, of LaCrosse, WI.


Kelly Scott Johnson

June 10, 1955 ~ March 7, 2024

Kelly S. Johnson, 68, Sioux Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2024, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Graveside Services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Rosehill Cemetery with Rev, Adam Welton officiating. A lite lunch will be served at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Wentworth. Memorials can be sent to the family of Kelly Johnson c/o Crystal Himley, 20463 468th Ave., Bruce, SD. 57220.

Kelly Scott Johnson was born June 10, 1955, in Madison, SD, to Robert and Darlene (Drebing) Johnson. Kelly graduated from Chester High School. He worked in construction, in farming, and as an Owner/Operator of a long-haul tractor-trailer, and traveled all over the United States.

Kelly was a gunsmith and loved making and repairing guns. He was very compassionate about his “politics” and loved to visit on the phone with friends and family. When Kelly made friends, he stayed in touch often.

Kelly is survived by his mother, Darlene Johnson; children, Crystal (John) Himley, April Johnson, and Dylan Johnson; four grandchildren; siblings, Cheryl (Brian) Maher, Jeff Johnson, Jan Johnson, and Kurt (Laura) Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Robert C Johnson.

Roger Dennis Tiede

May 19, 1946 ~ March 6, 2024

Roger D. Tiede, 77, Sioux Falls, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from recent health issues.

Visitation with family will be 2-4 PM, Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Heartland Funeral Home. Memorial Services will begin at 10:30 AM, Monday, March 11, 2024, at Grace Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, followed by Military Honors. Inurnment will be 2:30 PM, Monday at Grace Hill Cemetery in Tripp, SD. A live stream link will be provided for Monday’s Service. Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or Tunnel to Towers Foundation in Roger’s memory.

Roger Dennis Tiede was born on May 19, 1946, in Delmont, SD, to Ernest and Emma (Link) Tiede. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont. His family moved to Tripp, SD, where he was confirmed at First American Lutheran Church on Reformation Sunday in 1962. Roger graduated from Tripp High School in 1964. He attended USD Springfield College from 1965-1966 and served in the Army National Guard from 1963-1969. Roger married his high school sweetheart, Jean Vetter on June 5, 1966, at First American Lutheran Church in Tripp. When they were first married, they lived in Tripp where Roger worked for Hattendorf Construction. Roger and Jean were blessed with two children, Michele (Shelley) was born in March 1968 and Brad was born in September 1976.

Later, in 1968, the family moved to Mitchell where Rog started his law enforcement career with the Mitchell Police Department. In 1973, Rog joined the South Dakota Highway Patrol, relocating him, Jean, and Shelley to Arlington, SD. Rog was with the SD Highway Patrol until 1980 when he joined Jean in the daily operations of the Arlington Dairy Mart that they purchased in 1978. While assisting Jean at the Dairy Mart, Rog continued other jobs. In the summer months, he was a hail adjuster for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance and in the winter months, he drove a truck for Dakota Oats, out of Arlington. When Rog and Jean sold Dairy Mart in 1982, Rog transitioned his career to the trucking industry working for Midwest Coast in Sioux Falls as a safety director. Rog commuted from Arlington to Sioux Falls until 1987, when he, Jean, and Brad moved to Renner, SD.

Rog and Jean moved to Lake Brandt in 2008. They enjoyed lake life until moving to Sioux Falls in 2017.  He continued his career moving from Midwest Coast to Farmland, and later retired from Cenex Harvest States in 2013, as Director of Safety Operations. Rog and Jean, and their love for the outdoors, allowed them to have second homes. First, at The Oahe River, North of Pierre, and later in Platte, spending many hours on the water fishing.

Rog and Jean enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, completing their dream of visiting all 50 states. They Wintered in Arizona for seven years, making great use of their ATV. In the last years of retirement, Roger enjoyed playing cards and spending many hours with his buddies at the DAV.

Most of all, Roger enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and doing anything that he could involving the outdoors. Rog’s special passion was his love for music and singing. He sang his whole life; from jr. choir, all-state chorus, Renner Lutheran Church Siouxperiors, Sioux Falls Barber Shop group, El Riad Shrine Chanters, and all the church choirs he attended throughout his life. Roger lived life to the fullest and loved deeply.

Roger will be deeply missed by his wife, Jean, Sioux Falls; daughter, Shelley (Dean) Kommes, Dell Rapids; son, Brad (Amanda) Tiede, Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Kylie (Brett) Peterson, Viborg, Garrett (Jaime) Kommes, Hartford, Mara Tiede, and Dylan Tiede, both of Sioux Falls; four great-grandchildren, Cara, Emma, Jax, and Lainey; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Karen Tiede, Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Elaine Bauder, Scotland, SD; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Jim Wermers, Colorado Springs; and four nephews and two nieces.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Emma Tiede; his in-laws, Julius and Elda Vetter; and brother-in-law, Howard Bauder.


Thank you, God, for the privilege of having Rog in our lives. We are also very thankful for the wonderful family and friends you have blessed us with. You are all precious and life is precious. We pray that you also have a close relationship with God, our Father so that someday we will all be together again and spend eternity with Him. Thanks, everyone for your prayers and support during the past few months. It was appreciated very much. God Bless You All.

Jean & Family

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