Shirley Anne Anderson

September 23, 1928 ~ November 9, 2022

Shirley A. Anderson 94, Brandon, SD, formerly Cherokee, IA, gained her wings on Wednesday November 9, 2022, at Bethany Meadows Nursing Home, in Brandon, SD. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, SD, with visitation one hour before.  Interment will be 1:30pm, Thursday, November 17, at St. Frances Xavier Cemetery, Dyersville, IA.

Shirley Anne Bohlke was born to Anna and Henry (Osterhaus) Bohlke on September 23, 1928, in Dyersville, IA. Shirley grew up the youngest of five children in her family’s farmhouse. She graduated from Saint Frances Xavier High School. She furthered her education to become a Dental Assistant. She married Richard “Slick” Anderson, on February 20, 1954. They moved frequently for his job with the Railroad. Shirley and Slick welcomed two children, Brent and Audrey, and raised them in Cherokee, IA. Shirley was a devoted Catholic Daughter and received a 60-year service pin. She later sold Avon. She enjoyed cheering on the Chicago Cubs, taking her grandchildren for walks around Spring Lake Park, and spending time with family and friends.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her children, Brent (Gwynne) Anderson, Brandon, SD, and Audrey (Cameron) Johnson, Maple Grove, MN; four grandchildren, Amanda Johnson, Kelcey (Brenton) Smith, Travis (Courtney) Johnson, and Kaylee (Cody) Ver Steeg; five great-grandchildren, Titus, Eden, and Abel Smith, and Aria and Sloane Johnson; as well as many other loved ones near and far. 

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Slick Anderson; parents, Anna and Henry Bohlke; siblings, Lola Goerdt, Charlotte Goerdt, Joan Willenborg, and Martin Bohlke; parents-in-law, Wayne and Dorothy Anderson; and brother and sister-in-law, Darrel and Dorothy Huseman; and so many others.  

Steven Craig Reisenweber

June 21, 1955 ~ November 7, 2022

Steven C. Reisenweber, 67, Brandon, SD, died peacefully, Monday, November 7, 2022, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, after a long health struggle.

A Memorial Visitation is planned for Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Heartland Funeral Home, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Inurnment will be at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, in Aberdeen, SD, at a later date.

Steven Craig Reisenweber was born on June 21, 1955, to Merrill and June (Dyer) Reisenweber, in Council Bluffs, IA. The family moved to Aberdeen, SD, where Steve graduated Central High School, in 1973. After graduation, Steve attended and completed his training at the National Meat Cutting School in Toledo, Ohio. On June 14, 1975, he married Shelley Anderson. The two were married for 12 years, and to this union, three children were born. Eric was born on August 13, 1976, Alex on June 21, 1979, and Megan on October 2, 1983.

Steve worked in several meat departments, perfecting his trade. He started his career butchering for Ken’s Fairway in Groton.  After moving to Sioux Falls in 1983, he continued to cut meat at both Albertson’s and Randall’s. Eventually, Steve migrated into the grocery side of things at Jubilee and Sunshine Foods, where he worked until his retirement at age 64.

Steve enjoyed cheering on the Minnesota Twins and the New England Patriots. He also loved fishing. Steve went on several fishing trips to Manitoba, with his sons and other family members. Every year, he looked forward to the annual walleye fishing trip to the Missouri River, hosted by Sunshine. Whether it was cleaning fish or helping prepare meals, Steve took a lot of pride in serving others. He also loved hunting. He always enjoyed the annual pheasant hunting trips to the Wolsey area with family and friends, many duck and goose hunts, and he also snuck in a couple of turkey hunts over the years. Steve enjoyed being outdoors.

Steve is survived by his son, Eric (Shantel), Sioux Falls, son, Alex, Ft. Collins, CO, and daughter, Megan (Jeff) Byrd, Overland Park, KS; brother, Scott, Sioux Falls, and sister, Bonnie (Jon) Buist, Engelwood, CO; seven grandchildren, Kylie, Reyna, Isla, Avenn, Juliana, Derek, and Camille; one niece, and five nephews.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and June; his sister, Jeanne; and his brother, Bob.

Linda Kay McLaughlin

April 24, 1945 ~ November 6, 2022

   Linda Kay McLaughlin, 77, Colton, SD, died Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, SD.
   A Memorial Service for Linda McLaughlin will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, November 11, 2022, at the Oldham Lutheran Church in Oldham, SD, with Pastor Wanda Beil officiating.

   Linda Kay Nelson was born April 24, 1945, in Ramona, SD, to Norris and Arvilla (Houske) Nelson, where she remained an only child. She grew up with her only cousin Ron Houske, that was almost like a sibling; they shared Sunday dinners and every holiday. She grew up on a farm outside of Oldham, SD, and attended school in Oldham until she graduated high school.  She attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD, for three years before marrying James McLaughlin. They had three children together and raised them in Dell Rapids, SD.   She was a homemaker while raising her children and assisted her husband with his construction business.

   Linda loved her dogs, enjoyed crafts, and baking, and was an avid reader. She and Russ Hartman moved to Green, Maine, where they spent 19 years, until moving back to Colton, SD, to be closer to family.  Russ and Linda were together for over 30 years, and she loved being a part of the lives of his children, Steve (Wendy) Hartman, Carey (Kristina) Hartman, and Jenny Figueroa; grandchildren, Cody (Kelsey) Hartman, Cassie Hartman, Tyler (Amanda), Stephanie, Alex, Alyson, and Jessie Figueroa; and one great-grandson, Riggen. She enjoyed the beauty of Maine and cherished the great friendships she developed while living there.  Linda had a heart of gold but always remained very stoic and didn’t always express how much she loved her friends and family.

   Linda is survived by her daughter, Shelly (McLaughlin) Gonsalves; her son, Allen McLaughlin; and her boyfriend, Russ Hartman, Colton, SD; grandchildren, Cole (Ashley) McLaughlin, Corde (Bri) McLaughlin, Cade McLaughlin, Kesha McLaughlin, Garrett Patrick, and Natasha and Natalie Gonsalves; great-grandchildren, Kaeden, Kale, Aubrey, Maddax, Paxton, and Dexton McLaughlin, and Arabella Blake, that she loved very much.

   Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Norris (Arvilla) Nelson; and her son, Terry McLaughlin.

Randy Ray Miller

November 23, 1953 ~ November 5, 2022

Randy “Rabbit” Ray Miller 68, Sioux Falls, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the age of 68 years, surrounded by his loved ones.

The Celebration of Life will be held at Family Worship Center (3808 S Marion Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57106) at 11 am on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, with visitation beginning at 10 am.

Randy was born to Jay and Delores Miller on November 23, 1953, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He grew up in Riverside, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1972. Randy met his wife Kim in 1973, marrying her later that year. Together, they raised three children in Sioux Falls.

Before retiring in 2013, Randy worked for BNSF Railroad for 38 years. During that time, he served as the President of the local chapter of BMWE.

Randy was a loyal husband, dad, and friend. He loved being a grandpa. He enjoyed his retirement by spending time with both his grandkids and great-grandkids, traveling, cooking, taking care of his Saab, and attending his Sunday morning breakfast club at Hardee’s with his lifetime friends.

He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Kim Miller; children, Danielle (Adrian) Ilchuk, Travis (Jessy) Miller, and Joseph Miller; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Kristy (Mike) Petterson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Jay and Delores; brothers, Tommy, Rick, and Rocky; sister, Cindy; parents-in-law, Rod and MaryAnn Murray; and grandson, Elijah.

His family will miss his stories, his cooking, and the love he showed all of us. We know he was welcomed into Heaven with open arms.

Lonnie Jo Gruneich

June 14, 1951 ~ October 27, 2022

Lonnie J. Gruneich, 71, Dell Rapids, died Thursday, October 27, 2022, at her home, unexpectedly from health issues.

A private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

Lonnie Jo Mutschelknaus was born June 14, 1951, to L.K. and Ardis (Evenson) Mutschelknaus, in Yankton. Her father worked for the railroad as a vacation substitute. Lonnie cherished the memories of staying in the stations, then fishing and hunting after work. The family moved to Trent, where she graduated from Flandreau High School. In the summer of 1966, a new lifeguard worked at the swimming pool; the handsome Stanley Gruneich. The summer romance between the two continued for over 50 years. Part of Stanley and Lonnie’s married life was moving; over 24 houses were made into homes throughout the years. Together they had three boys and four grandchildren.

After moving with Stan for 9 years of active-duty Army, they moved to Sioux Falls, then a few years later, Stan was ordained as a minister. Lonnie worked at the Presbytery level, leading over 40 camps, conferences, and committees. She was the Presbytery Delegate to General Assembly in Houston, TX. Lonnie was asked to speak before the assembly for the Youth Rally in South Dakota. At that time, it was the largest Presbytery Youth Rally in the nation.

Lonnie was a skilled and quick learner. She worked in grocery stores, flower shops, and then for 12 years, as a 911 dispatcher.

Lonnie will be deeply missed by her husband, Stanley, Dell Rapids; three sons, Jason (Mae), Sioux Falls, Joel (Pheonix), Gardnerville, NV, and Nick (Kelley), Dell Rapids; four grandchildren, Dominick, Olivia, Emma, and Evan; three siblings, Dave (Jane) Mutschelknaus, Brandon, Kay (Mark) Bonrud, Sioux Falls, and Dan (Amy) Mutschelknaus, Brandon; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carol Elaine Cassidy

January 24, 1942 ~ October 25, 2022

Carol E. (Kittelson) Cassidy, age 80, resident of Salem, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation will be 5-7pm, Thursday, November, 10, 2022, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Memorial Services beginning at 7pm.  Inurnment will be at Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN, at a later date.

Carol Elaine Kittelson was born January 24, 1942, to Ernest and Flora (Barnes) Kittelson, in Chester, SD. Carol spent most of her youth growing up in Baltic, SD, on a farm.  Her family were members of Willow Creek Church. She graduated from Baltic High School in 1959.

Carol married Richard (Dick) Cassidy in 1965.  They raised four children as they moved around the country for Dick’s career.  They lived in South Dakota, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Ohio.  Their life together was filled with traveling, fun times with good friends, many pool parties, and great memories with their kids.  After Dick’s death in 1987, Carol moved to Richmond, VA, where she worked for Gates McDonald Insurance and Blue Cross Insurance.

In 1991, Carol met her partner, Keith Wells, and moved to South Dakota to be closer to family and be with Keith.  Carol and Keith had an acreage in Valley Springs, SD, together for nearly two decades, where they had horses and cows.  They enjoyed their time there entertaining family and friends for numerous holidays and gatherings. 

Carol started her real estate career in South Dakota in 1992 and enjoyed working with clients over the years, helping them find their next homes.  She retired from this career in 2007.

In 2011, Carol and Keith sold the acreage and moved west to Salem, SD.  They spent their last decade together traveling, relaxing, and enjoying family.

Carol is survived by her children, Jerry (Allisha) Cassidy, Michael (Jacqueline) Cassidy, and Kelly (John) Rademacher; brother-in-law, John Sittig; twelve grandchildren, Tabitha, Kayla, Jade, Jordyn, Missy, Justin, Stacia, Jonathan, Jordan, Chad, Hanna, and Hailey; many great-grandchildren; her nieces, Sondra, Shelly, Pam, Barb, and Monica; and numerous friends and extended family.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Cassidy; partner, Keith Wells; siblings, Ronald Kittelson, and Connie Sittig; daughter, Jerilyn Miller; an infant son and daughter; sister-in-law, Jean Kittelson; nephew, Ronnie Kittelson, and her parents, Earnest and Flora (Barnes) Kittelson.

Lyle Eugene Bresson Jr.

July 3, 1958 ~ October 21, 2022

Lyle E. Bresson Jr. 64, Sioux Falls, died Friday, October 21, 2022, after sustaining injuries from a traffic accident.

Services are pending at this time.

Lyle will be deeply missed by his four children, Charles, Levi, and Nicole Bresson, and Heather Rust; and many grandchildren.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle Sr, and Mary (Gardner) Bresson; and one son, Jeremy Bresson.

Karen Sue Hiller

August 30,1941 ~ October 17, 2022

Karen S. Hiller, 81, Sioux Falls, SD, passed away Monday, October 17, 2022, at The Inn on Westport Assistant Living Center in Sioux Falls. 

Celebration of Life will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday, October 29, 2022, at The Inn on Westport (4000 S Westport Ave Sioux Falls SD 57106). A Memorial Service will begin at 10:00am and will be officiated by Chaplin Marc Anderson.

Karen is survived by one son, Ed, Arlington; two daughters, Kathy (Jim) Joenks, Spencer, IA, and Betty Shields, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Shavon (Shawn) Borman, Ashley (Chris) Hagen, Ryan (Jessica) Swanson, Maria Shields, and Brandi Shields; six great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Sandy, Georgia, Charlotte, Kevin, and Leanne.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, James; her mother, Emmy and step-father, Harry Larimore, brother, Paul Larimore; and in-laws, Ed and Mildred Hiller; and two sons-in-law; Robert Swanson, and RJ Shields.

Her family will miss her caring words of wisdom and the love she shared with all of us. We know her light is shining bright above us with the Savior she praised every day.

Gail Ray Hepler

October 14, 2022 ~ February 4, 1946

Gail Hepler, 76, Brandon, SD, died at his home on Friday, October 14, 2022.

No services are planned at this time.

Gail Ray Hepler was born in Bridgewater, IA on February 4, 1946. He was the son of Stuart and Zola (Reed) Hepler. He attended school in Massena and graduated with the class of 1964. He worked in Massena for a number of years, before purchasing the bar and then the grocery store in Fontanelle, then working in Winterset.

Gail and Claudia were united in marriage on September 18, 1971, in Bridgewater, IA, at the United Methodist Church, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2021. They were blessed with one daughter, Megan, in 1983.

Before retiring in 2014, he worked as a custodian at the Nodaway Valley High School. In April 2015, Gail and Claudia moved to Brandon, SD, to be near their daughter, Megan, and her family.

Gail was a loyal husband, dad, and friend. He loved being a grandpa. He enjoyed playing pinochle with family and friends. He also enjoyed keeping in contact with his nieces and nephews.

Gail will be deeply missed by his wife, Claudia Hepler, Brandon; daughter, Megan (Jerrid) Van Sloten, Brandon; grandchildren, Annabelle, Jerrid Jr, Madilynn, and Emilee; sisters-in-law, Nancy Hepler, and Karen Dant; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Gail was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Zola (Reed) Hepler (Clark); two brothers, Ted Hepler, and Terry Hepler; grandparents, Stuart and Lena Hepler and Burton and Alma Reed; and parents-in-law, Walter “Sonny” and Lois (Gipple) Anderson.

Lawrence “Larry” Dean Lape

February 22, 1941 ~ October 12, 2022

Larry Lape, 81, Valley Springs, passed away the morning of Wednesday, October 12, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Per Larry’s wishes, no services will be held. A Gathering of Remembrance in Larry’s honor will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 2pm ~ 7pm at the American Legion in Valley Springs. Also per Larry’s wishes, no flowers, please.

Larry Dean Lape was born February 22, 1941, to Tim and Viola (Perkinson) Lape, He attended public school until 9th grade. He married his sweetheart, Kathy Swanson, on February 26, 1960. To this union, two children were born. Daniel was born on September 18, 1960, and Alison was born on April 18, 1962.

Larry and Kathy lived in Valley Springs all of their married lives. Kathy passed away on January 14, 2013.  Larry was a hard worker and had many jobs throughout his life. He worked for the Ford Garage in Valley Springs, was the town man for Valley Springs, worked at Missile Muffler, and eventually retired from Luverne Bumper. He later also worked for a short time for the town of Brandon.

Larry raced from 1962 to 1969, when he lost his right leg in a stock car accident in Huron, SD. He was inducted into the Huset’s Speedway Hall of Fame in September 2020. Larry loved watching car races, going to car shows, loved to golf, and watching golf tournaments. He also enjoyed watching Jeopardy.

Larry had the best lawn in Valley Springs and was the standard for everyone else in town, regarding when to mow. He would go to breakfast daily and had several friends who would check on him when his health began to decline.

Larry is survived by his son, Daniel (Roberta), Valley Springs; his daughter, Alison (Paul) Leuning, Luverne, MN; grandson, Cody Lape, Sioux Falls; three brothers, Jack Lape, Sioux Falls, Den (Val) Lape, Valley Springs, and Kenny (Patty) Lape, Elkins, AR; three nephews, Ben (Shaina) Lape, Jed Lape, and Zachariah Swanson; nieces, Sony Swanson, Erin (Jared) Clawson, and Jessie Lape; and many friends and family.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; his parents; brother, Ron Lape; sister, Donna Marshall; brothers-in-law, Randy Swanson and Gene Swanson; sisters-in-law, Deb Lape, Rene Swanson, Karen Nichols, and Kathy Swanson; and his nephew, Owen Swanson.

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