THE STORY OF AMARYLLIS “Amie” DUNGER

Attention Due to the Forecasted Blizzard, The Memorial Service has been postponed until Monday, January 18, 2021. Same times, Same location!

June 18, 1946 ~ January 10, 2021

(meaning of Amaryllis is “Greek shepherdess”)

    Amie Dunger, 74, Sioux Falls, formerly Brandon, died Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, after an extended illness.

    Memorial Services will begin at 2pm, Monday, January 18, 2021, with a short time of visitation with Daphne beginning at 1pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be followed.   The location will be Trinity Baptist Church in Sioux Falls with live streaming available at tbcsiouxfalls.org by clicking on the live stream button. Amie’s final gift to this world was the gift of donation of her body to the USD Body Donation Program. Amie will eventually be placed in the Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion, SD, with her parents.

    I was born to my missionary parents, George and Louise Dunger, on June 18, 1946, in Hartford, Connecticut. My father immigrated from Saxony, Germany to the United States and met my mother in the Immanuel Baptist Church in New York City, during the Depression. After working, schooling, marriage, ordination, and commissioning, they left for Cameroon, West Africa, to serve as missionaries sent by the German Baptist Churches of North America in 1938. Our family included Daphne, my older sister, who was born in Cameroon. Because of the Second World War, my family served seven years on the field, before being able to come home for a year of furlough in 1945. Then when I was at the age of 2 months, our family returned to Cameroon, West Africa. When I was about two years old, it was discovered that my father had a rare form of tumor in the base area of his spine. He left almost immediately for treatment at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, ahead of my mother, Daphne, and I. About six months later, we finally were able to get booking by ship, to join my father.

    From 1948 to 1950, we lived again in Hartford, CT, where my father earned his PhD at the Hartford Seminary Foundation. We then moved to Rhode Island, where my father taught as a Professor in the Missions Department, of the Barrington Bible College. During this time, we attended an American Baptist Church, in Warren, RI. It was here, that I first remember being in Sunday School. Each Sunday at the start of Sunday School class, we would march in a circle, carrying the American flag, as we sung the National Anthem.

    Then, after only one year, my father received a call to come to the North American Baptist Seminary as Professor of Missions and Librarian, in Sioux Falls, SD. As a family, we moved here in 1951. I started Kindergarten and went through 6th grade, at Jefferson Grade School (1951 – 1958).

    In the Spring of 1957, at a “God’s Volunteer” (NABC sponsored) evangelism team program, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, at the age of Eleven years old. The following year, on Easter Sunday, in April 1958, I was baptized in the first baptismal service held in this Trinity Baptist Church sanctuary. Previously, for 2 to 3 years, our congregation had been meeting in the original chapel of the Seminary and holding the Sunday School classes in the classrooms until we built the Trinity Church building.

    In 1957, Daphne left home for Nurses Training in Rochester, MN. Then in 1958 (after my father had successfully initiated the Sabbatical system at the Seminary), it was his turn for a Sabbatical year, so we (my father, mother, and myself), went to Ghana where he served as an exchange Professor in the Divinity School of the University of Ghana, located in Accra. I did not want to go, and fought my parents, as I did not understand why I could not instead stay with my Aunt and Uncle in Washington, DC for that one year. I ended up losing my fight and went along to Ghana. On the way, we visited my father’s family in Germany. My Aunt Hanna, lived in West Germany after escaping from the East Germany, and my Grandparents could come for one free visit to West Germany each year. This was the first time I met them. In Ghana, I attended the 7th level at the International School of Accra. The teachers were the wives of the British Embassy staff. The students were of different countries and some upper-class Ghanaians. (The classes were from Level 1 to Level 7) I now know how important that year was to me. This gave me an understanding of intercultural relationships which has helped me to this day.

    We returned to Sioux Falls in 1959, and I started 8th grade at Edison Junior High School, and then also 9th grade there. 10th through 12th grade was at Washington High School. I then went to Sioux Falls College (now University of Sioux Falls) for one year.

    From the summer of 1965 (when my parents spent a semester in Cameroon), to January 1966, I went to Washington, DC, and while staying with my Aunt and Uncle there, worked at Sears in the Credit Department.

    Back in Sioux Falls, I did many temporary jobs until I entered Nettleton Business College and did a two-year Junior Accounting program there. I then started employment at Electric Supply Company.

From 1964, through 1979, I served in the Nursery and taught the preschoolers in the Sunday School and sang in the Choir at Trinity Baptist Church.

    In 1978, a Church Extension project was begun in Brandon, South Dakota, as an offspring of Trinity. I began being involved there on Wednesday nights, and then on January 28, 1979, I became a charter member. I taught Sunday School, sang in the Choir, served as Church Clerk, was on the Board of Christian Education, and worked on the Building Committee. Also, during this time, I was the Statistical Recorder for the South Dakota Association.

    In 1973, when my father retired from the Seminary, I bought a piece of land in Brandon, SD, and used that as collateral to build a house. With the “sweat” equity of myself and my parents we built the house. This was a BIG learning experience for me.

    In 1979, I started being a facilitator for the Older Senior Adults, back at Trinity, with a noon meal and short program once a month. I was also visiting with them in their homes.

    On January 16, 1995, I returned my membership back to Trinity Baptist because I felt it very important to be helping the Senior Adults here on a steadier basis.

    In 1989, (for 5 weeks) and in 1993, (for 6 weeks) I was a Short-Term missionary in Cameroon. On the first trip, I joined Daphne on trek in the LAP program to help in their clinic and support visit to one village. Then in the second trip, while on my way down some steep stone steps to get my assignment at Banso Baptist Hospital, I fell and broke my lower leg. So, my job became encouraging and witnessing to the Cameroonians that came to visit me at Daphne’s house from morning to night.

    In February of 2003, I left my job of 34 years at Electric Supply Company, and since then have had several temporary jobs. I am still searching for full time employment. I know that God is leading.

    I have grown up in a strong Christian personal family and in a strong larger Christian family, this being the Church background of the North American Baptist Conference, the North American Baptist Seminary, Trinity Baptist Church, Brandon Valley Baptist Church, and the fellowship of believers worldwide. I was a Missionary Kid, a Professor’s Kid, and even though in my fifties, also an Archivist’s “Kid”.

    My mother passed on to her higher calling on October 29, 1984, at the age of 75. My father passed on to his higher calling on May 9, 2002, at the age of 94.

    As I see it, in my relationship today with Christ, I am to bring His encouragement to those around me in who they are and in what they are doing.

Signed: Amaryllis Dunger

Date: February 12, 2006

Amie and Daphne moved from their home in Brandon to Sioux Falls, in 2018.  More recently, they both moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls; Amie in the Nursing Home and Daphne in the Assisted Living apartments where she still resides.

Rafael Morales

Rafael Morales

November 11, 1981 – August 21, 2010

Rafael Morales, 28, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, August 21, 2010. Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 1, at Heartland Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at Noon on Tuesday, August 31, with Prayer Services at 7:00 pm. at Heartland Funeral Home.

Rafael Morales was born in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, on November 11, 1981. He migrated to the United States at the age of 14. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated in 2000. He studied to be a chef because of his passion for cooking, but changed his career field. He became a licensed journeyman while working for Midwestern Mechanical in Sioux Falls where he was employed for 9 years.

Rafael’s greatest passion was his 2 children. He was a very loving father who always enjoyed spending time with his children making them laugh. He also enjoyed playing soccer and music. He was gifted in playing the piano and bass guitar. Rafael was a very generous and giving person. He was very outgoing and loved being around people. If anyone every needed any help, Rafael was always there. He liked talking to and listening to people’s problems and especially enjoyed making them smile. He traveled all over the U.S. with his church, Iglesia de Jesus Cristo Palabra Miel, meeting people that he became good friends with. Rafael will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Rafael is survived by one son, Noah Morales of San Diego, CA; one daughter, Amber Mendoza-Morales of Sioux Falls; his father, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico; one brother, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA; and one sister, Florista Morales of Mexico. A memorial fund has been set up at Home Federal Bank.

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Rafael Morales, 28 años, de Sioux Falls, murió Sábado, 21 de agosto 2010. Los servicios fúnebres comienzan a las 2:00, Miércoles Septiembre 1, 2010 en Heartland Funeral Home en Brandon. El internamiento se sigue en el cementerio Mt. Pleasant en Sioux Falls. Visitación se iniciará al mediodía del Martes, 31 de Agosto con la Oración de Servicios a las 7:00 pm. en Heartland Funeral Home.



Rafael Morales nació en Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México, el 11 de noviembre de 1981. Emigró a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 14 años. Asistió a la escuela secundaria Lincoln y graduó en 2000. Estudió para ser un chef por su pasión por la cocina, pero cambió su campo profesional. Se convirtió en un obrero mientras trabajaba para la licencia del medio oeste Mecánica en Sioux Falls, donde trabajó durante nueve años.
 


El mayor pasión de Rafael era su dos niños. Era un padre muy cariñoso, que siempre disfrutaba pasar el tiempo con sus hijos haciéndolos reír. También disfrutaba jugando al fútbol y la música. Estaba dotado para tocar el piano y el baja de la guitara. Rafael era muy generoso y dadivoso personas. Era muy sociable y querido estar rodeado de gente. Si alguien cada necesitaba ayuda, Rafael siempre estaba ahí. Le gustaba hablar y escuchar los problemas de la gente y sobre todo disfrutar haciendo sonreír. Viajó por todo los Estados Unidos. con su iglesia, la Iglesia de Jesús Cristo Palabra Miel, conocer gente que se hizo buen amigo de. Rafael será profundamente extrañado por su familia y amigos.



Rafael le sobreviven un hijo, Noé Morales de San Diego, California; una hija, Amber Mendoza Morales de Sioux Falls, su padre, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México; un hermano, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA, y una hermana, Florista Morales de México. Un fondo fiduciario se ha establecido en el banco Home Federal para ayudar con los gastos del funeral.

Kerry Mogen

Kerry Mogen

July 17, 1950 – June 20, 2010

Kerry E. Mogen, 59, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Memorial services will be 1 pm Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Sonrise Baptist Church of Sioux Falls with Rev. Jesse Moore officiating.

Kerry was born on July 17, 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His parents were Donald and Esther Mogen. Kerry spent the early years in St. Paul, MN and then moved to Aberdeen at the age of ten.  He graduated from Aberdeen Central and went on to Northern State College.  While in school, he married Dianne Nelson in 1971 and had a daughter, Stacy Lynn.  Soon there after, Kerry changed his vocational plans and headed to Minneapolis, MN and launched a musical career that carried him all around the world playing with various bands and varieties of music. In 1980, Kerry married Donna Geiger in Cincinnati, OH and soon they had a son, Ryan.  On June 3, 2000, Kerry married Connie Crook-Jungwirth back in Aberdeen, SD.

Kerry spent his entire life pursuing his great love of music.  His was a skilled trumpet player, vocalist, keyboard player and even taught himself how to play drums.  He was a very entertaining musician and “front man” for several bands.  The last group he was with, The Great Unknowns, even played the stage of the SD State Fair.  Kerry was also involved with his church praise band at Sonrise Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, Sioux Falls; his father, Donald Mogen, Davie, FL; a son, Ryan Mogen, Midland, TX; a daughter, Stacey (Barry) Ellis, Miles City, MT; a step-daughter, Amy Jungwirth, Sioux Falls; a brother, David (Michelle) Mogen, Davie, FL and seven grandchildren.

Kerry was preceded in death by his mother, Esther.

Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins, 66, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Dennis is survived by one son; William (Lisa) Counterman, Stanwood, WA, one daughter; Denise Jenkins, Sioux Falls, six grandchildren; Jeffery, Jared, Logan, Amenda, Alison, Amber, and Alyssa Counterman, one brother; Jeffery (Lynda) Jenkins, Riverside, CA., and one sister; Christine Hoffman, Toluca Lake, CA.

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