Linda Raye Johnson

August 20, 1946 ~ April 24, 2022

Linda R. Johnson, 75, Beresford, died Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life will be 1-3pm, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the United Church of Christ in Beresford, SD.

Linda Raye Neumeier was born August 20, 1946, to Leo and Irene (Miller) Neumeier, in Paris, Arkansas. Linda worked for over 40 years as a Certified Nurse Assistant.  She most recently retired from the Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford at the age of 73. 

Linda was strong, independent, hardworking, and never gave up on a job until it was finished. She could be harsh at times when she wanted to let us know we messed up, and yet never gave up on anyone. She loved all her residents at the nursing homes where she proudly worked for many years. They were her pride and joy, and making their difficult days sunnier was her number one goal. We loved her for that heart of gold she had. We honor her for helping so many live out their final days with loving care, kindness, and the ultimate dignity they deserved. 

Linda had a laugh that would take over a room, and certainly brought meaning to the phrase “fireworks come in small packages!” It’s heartbreaking to know that she was the last of an amazing group of siblings and an ending to an era of memories that will carry on for eternity. We will deeply miss that little spitfire of a lady and all of the good things she brought to so many lives. Even after death, she continues to give to others through the gifts of eye and tissue donation. 

Linda was blessed by her children and their spouses: Rhonda (Charlie) Buster, John Holzman, Larry (Lori) Holzman, and Carla Noram; grandchildren, Sonjia “Punky” Barnes (Neil Hammitt), Christine (Kolby) Kirkland, Sebastian (Catie Swart) Holzman, Slayton (Paige Mitchell) Holzman, Seth Holzman, Jeremy Noram, Justin Noram, and Janessa Noram; fourteen great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Geraldine (Bob) Lux, Rose Catherine (Johnny) Willhite, Leo (Betty) Neumeier, Bob (Mary) Neumeier, Molly (Raymond) Forst, Phyllis (Donald) Lensing, and Marilyn (Carlton) Weatherton; and many nieces and nephews. 

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Irene (Miller) Neumeier; daughter, Rhonda; her brothers and sisters; and many other loved ones. 

Rev. James Dores Brinkhuis

March 17, 1931 ~ April 23, 2022

Rev. James D. Brinkhuis, 91, Little Rock, IA, was received into Heaven on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Visitation with family present will be Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 2-4pm at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA.  Funeral Services will be 11am Monday, May 2, also at Salem Reformed. Burial will be at Augusta Cemetery, Marietta, MN, at a later date.

James “Jim” Dores Brinkhuis was born March 17, 1931 to Abraham and Hattie (Dorsman) Brinkhuis, rural Rock Valley, IA. He grew up on a farm near the Rock River, and attended public school in Rock Valley, graduating from high school in 1948. He attended Northwestern Junior College, Orange City, IA, graduating in 1952. He taught in two different country schools before attending Northwestern College, and then finished his Bachelor’s degree at Central College, Pella, IA in 1955. He then attended Western Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, graduating with his Master’s in Divinity in 1957 and was ordained that same year.

Jim served as the student pastor of the Antelope Valley Reformed Church, rural Marietta, MN during the summer of 1954, where he “met his little deer (dear)”. He was ordained in 1957 and began to serve as the pastor of the Immanuel Reformed Church in Willow Lake, SD. On June 1, 1958, he was united in marriage to Darlene Limberg, daughter of John H. and Anna (Knock) Limberg. In 1961, they began serving the Grandview Reformed Church in Armour, SD, and in late 1963, began serving the Hope Reformed Church in Westfield, ND. In 1969, they began serving Bethel Reformed Church, rural Ellsworth, MN, from which he resigned in 1978. He continued to minister to others by providing pulpit-supply for a variety of churches in IA, SD, MN, and NE. He had an uncanny ability to remember the faces and names of seemingly everyone he met, as well as learn and connect their family trees. He genuinely loved people and enjoyed making those connections.

Jim held a variety of positions at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, MN, Village Northwest in Sheldon, IA, and Country View Manor Nursing Home in Sibley, IA. In 1999, after experiencing heart surgery, he retired from official ministry but never stopped serving the Lord. He started to assist with the Little Rock Dinner Date program, delivering meals to elderly shut-ins, and eventually transitioned to the program director. After many years of serving others within the community, he retired from Dinner Date due to increasing health problems.

Jim and Darlene were blessed with five children: Randall, Susan, Tamara, Darla, and Joy. He enjoyed supporting his children, and eventually his grandchildren, throughout their many activities over the years. He loved sports of all kinds, whether participating or cheering and supported the Little Rock or G-LR sports teams, as well as any basketball team that represented northwest Iowa schools. He was a diehard Twins and Vikings fan and liked to have the radio tuned to a sports game anywhere he went. He loved every opportunity to fish, even if he was content to catch bullheads.

Jim also had a green thumb and loved growing potatoes and other produce, as well as his beloved flowers. He was proud to enter many of his flowers as exhibits for the Corn Show. Many who knew him, knew his “corny” sense of humor since he was born in Iowa after all. He often laughed the loudest at his own jokes. 

Grateful to have shared his life are his wife of almost 64 years, Darlene; his son, Randall Brinkhuis, Vienna, VA; his daughters, Susan Brinkhuis (Christian Merle), Lyon, France, Darla Brinkhuis-Gross and Joy (Brad) Schroeder, Sioux Falls, SD; son-in-law, Kevin Barry, Danvers, MA; grandchildren, Anna and Celeste Brinkhuis, Melody and Jameson Merle, Summer and Mitchell Gross, Jared Brinkhuis-Gross, and Marissa, Justin, and Timothy Schroeder; great-grandson, Kenzo Merle; one sister, Mary Van Surksum, Rock Valley, IA; sisters-in-law, Grace Brinkhuis, Sioux Falls, SD, Joyce (Maynard) Peterson, Clear Lake, SD, Donna (Jim) Collins, Revillo, SD, and Linda Limberg, Gary, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by one daughter, Tamara Barry; one grandson, Keith Barry; his parents, Abe and Hattie; parents-in-law, John H. and Anna (Knock) Limberg; sisters, Geraldine (Arnold) Van Roekel, Hermina (John) Sandbulte, Gladys (Harry) Terpstra; one brother, Abe Brinkhuis; and brothers-in-law, Richard Van Surksum, Leroy Limberg and Gene Limberg.

Bette Julie Hoekman

June 27, 1935 ~ April 16, 2022

Bette Hoekman, 86, Brandon, died Saturday, April 16, 2022, unexpectedly at her home from health complications.

Celebration of Bette’s Life is set for 10am, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Inurnment, along with her beloved Al, will follow at the Serviceman’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell, SD.

Bette Julie Passehl was born on June 27, 1935, in McIntosh, SD, to Frederick & Sophia (Frank) Passehl.

Bette held different jobs during the years, such as working for the Mitchell Police Department in dispatch and as a meter attendant, home health care and Brady Memorial Nursing Home, Feinstein’s in sales, and she was in the advertising department at the Mitchell Advisor, which is where she met her husband Al. Bette and Al were married on December 2, 1973.  

Bette was a very talented artist.  She did portraiture, landscapes, and still life, as well as murals for several local grocery stores.  She carved hunting scenes in wood and made custom leatherwork. Her cooking was delicious, and the family still enjoys all the wonderful recipes she handed down and patiently taught. Her floral gardening was always beautiful, and she enjoyed being outdoors working on them. She was also an avid bowler and enjoyed archery and golf. She was also a great poker player who many underestimated, much to their chip losing sorrow.

Grateful for having shared her life are six children, Mike (Jan) Karber, Hartford, SD, Hollie Karber, Mitchell, SD, Kim (Paul) Vuchetich, Sioux Falls, SD, Brett (Danielle) Karber, Brandon, SD, Vic (Suzanne) Hoekman, Abilene, KS, and Kevin (Annie) Hoekman, Abilene, KS; her brother, Arnie (Liz) Passehl, Kingman, AZ; twenty-three grandchildren, Jenny, Lorenzo, Sage, Robbie, Oriya, Nathan, Matt, Kim, Chris, Ryan, Josh, Chase, Shawn, Corey, Nathan, Nick, Shauni, Tara, Tanner, Dakota, Shay, Heath, and Lane; and Bette also had twenty great-grandchildren.

Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents, Frederick and Sophia (Frank) Passehl; and her sister, Rose.

Kent Michael Muller

April 9, 2022 ~ October 24, 1963

Kent Muller left this world April 9, 2022, to be united with his mom, Betty Muller, and two older brothers, Keith and Mark Muller. 

Kent is inconsolably missed by those he shared his life with. The father, fortitude, and role of a mother to two daughters, Chelsea and Hailey Muller; the younger brother and best friend of Vance Muller; the superhero “papa” to his four favorite grandchildren, Caeden, Emerson, Caialynne, and Cove. 

Kent, Dad, Kenny, and Papa carried an immeasurable amount of love and strength for his family. Quick to pick up the phone and fly across the world, the first to help you find the strength to solve a problem or just talk and tell stories laughing for hours leaving you in the wonder of where the time went. 

Kent had a love for trust, grape juice, laughter, airplanes, nature, and utmost, family. Not necessarily always in that order. He always knew that he could trust his family to make him laugh mid-drink of his grape juice and make him shoot the juice through his nose while holding back tears of laughter.

Kent was the strength of not only his daughters but individually each of his favorite grandchildren. He loved to crack jokes and spoil them almost as much as he loved teaching each one the most important virtues of life. He was gravitation, a force that always made you feel safe. He was and always will live infinitely in our hearts and memories. 

John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

Dear Lord, Thank you for Kent’s life, and all the years we’ve shared with him in this world. We lift him to you, in honor of the good we know in him and the love we felt from him. Please give us the strength to leave him in your care, to be with his mother and brothers, in the knowledge of eternal life through Jesus Christ.


Judy Rae Mathison

March 4,1952 ~ April 4, 2022

Judy R. Mathison, 70, Sioux Falls, succumbed to an ongoing illness after a brave fight, on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Memorial services will be 1:30pm, Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Emerald Pines Barn (7621 Maple St, Sioux Falls, SD.) A Zoom link to watch the service is 593 878 6971 and the password is 9876.

Judy Rae Stoppleworth was born in Valley City, ND on March 4, 1952, to Garold and Emily (Foss) Stoppleworth. She married Eugene “Gene” Mathison on March 23, 1971. They moved to Canton, SD before settling in Sioux Falls to start a family. 

Judy was a lot of things: a loving wife, mother, grandma, friend, hostess, and chef extraordinaire. She was very generous. It was the way she showed love to those she knew. 

Of all her titles, Jehovah’s friend defined her. She was a dedicated member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She followed his word and tried to exhibit his qualities in all aspects of her life. 

Judy is survived by three children, Derrod (Megan) Mathison, Querida Johnson, and Kacelle (Benjamin) Duran, all of Sioux Falls; four step-children, Mark Mathison, Matthew Mathison, Luke Mathison, and Rachelle (Philip) Graff; four grandchildren, Shaye (Shannel) Johnson, Gabriel Schroeder, and Oliver and Martin Duran; four step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; three siblings, Gary (Sharon) Stoppleworth, Susie (Todd) Swinford, and Larry (ReVina) Stoppleworth.

Judy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Gene Mathison; and one daughter, Cametra Mathison.  

Peggy Ann Patterson

July 17, 1946 ~ April 13, 2022

Peggy A. Patterson, 75, Brandon, died Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at her home unexpectedly.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 2:00 – 4:00pm, with a time of sharing at 3:30pm, at Faith United Church, Brandon, SD. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to Faith United Church in Brandon.

Peggy Ann Finck was born on July 17, 1946, in Yankton, SD, as the second of five children, to Leonard and Vivian (Britton) Finck. She was raised in Tyndall, SD, and attended a one-room school at Smith School for 1st through 8th grades, and then graduated from Tyndall High School. After high school, she attended a trade school in Omaha for keypunch. While in Omaha, Peggy met Richard Patterson and they were married on August 28, 1966. They moved to Santa Maria, California, where they welcomed two children.  They returned to Tyndall in 1978 to raise their family. Peggy worked for 30 years as the Finance Officer for the City of Tyndall, retiring on July 31, 2008.  After retirement Peggy moved to Brandon, to be closer to family.

Peggy was a very active person, walking or riding her bike countless miles each day. She enjoyed attending her grandkid’s events which included basketball, gymnastics, baseball, soccer, and track.  She traveled many miles and hours to be her grandkids’ biggest fan.  She loved to watch and take care of her grandkids and nieces and nephews while the parents traveled.  Peggy was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Braves, oftentimes wearing her jerseys and screaming at the TV. Peggy loved to go shopping in Omaha and stay with her sister. She had a huge love of country music and enjoyed trips to Branson, MO with dear friends. Peggy also loved to camp, water ski, bake chocolate chip cookies, and decorate for Christmas. She spent countless hours decorating her home, and doing crafts & playing games with her grandkids and friends.

Grateful for sharing her life are her two children, Heath (Elizabeth) Patterson, Washburn, ND, and Melissa (Michael) Labahn, Brandon; four grandchildren, Owen, Kari, Maddie, and Maria; three sisters, Sharon Larson, Brandon; Betty Schuster, Green Mountain, NC; Penny (Dan) Martz, Omaha, NE; one brother, Terry (Brad) Finck, Seattle, WA and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Vivian (Britton) Finck.

Tom Lytle Wheeler

August 6, 1956 ~ March 28, 2022

Tom L. Wheeler, 65, of Huron, passed away peacefully at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on March 28, 2022, after he suffered a massive heart attack on March 6th.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. Please check back for updates.

Tom Lytle Wheeler was born in Huron SD on August 6th, 1956 to Donald and Lois (Byerly) Wheeler.  He attended school in Huron. Tom married Juli Johnson in 1976 and from that union, their daughter Kristen was born. Tom was an owner-operator of his own big rig trucking all over the US.

Tom enjoyed NASCAR racing, watching golf, and mostly a good visit with his friends over a cold one.  Over the last couple of years, he spent more time with his brother Kim, in Piedmont SD.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Kristen (Travis) Maasen; two grandchildren, Layton and McKenna; one brother, Steve (Peggy) Wheeler, Muscatine, IA; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins; and a special friend, Janet Schinderling.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Lois Wheeler, and his big brother, Kim Wheeler.

Lois Larrane Eikmeier-Graham

November 8, 1938 ~ March 30, 2022

Lois L. Eikmeier-Graham, 83, Brandon, SD, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the Bethany Home in Brandon, SD.

Memorial Services will be 11am, Monday, April, 4, 2022, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, SD, with visitation beginning at 10am.  Burial to follow at Holland Cemetery, Holland, MN.

Lois Larrane Brink was born on November 9, 1938, in Rock Township, rural Holland, Minnesota, to Magnus and Gesine (Lichtsinn) Brink. Lois was baptized and confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, MN. She attended Rural School District #45 for Grades 1-8, and Pipestone High School, graduating in May 1956.

Lois married Edward W. Eikmeier on September 2, 1956, in Holland, MN. Lois became a member of Salem United Methodist Church in rural Pipestone, where she was active in Ladies Aid and other church work. They lived and farmed southwest of Pipestone until 1981 when they moved into Pipestone. They divorced in December 1981. Lois attended Minnesota West College Pipestone Campus in 1982, graduating in 1983 with a degree in accounting. Lois moved to Sioux Falls and worked in a daycare for one year before becoming a licensed property manager for Babinski Properties for 18 years. She belonged to the South Dakota Multiple Housing Association. On June 23, 1995, Lois married Oscar E. Graham in Sioux Falls, SD. Lois retired in April 2003 and moved to Brandon, SD. She entered Bethany Home in March of 2022. Lois enjoyed being with her family, her very special grandson, Cody, and step-grandchildren, Samantha, Hannah, and Daniel Graham. Lois enjoyed fishing, bowling, and helping her brothers and sisters when possible.  

Lois is survived by her husband, Oscar, Brandon; three daughters, Cynthia (Jerry) Steiner, Fulda, MN, Tamara (Rick) Powell, Brandon, and Jane (Steve) Tiedeman, Woodstock, MN; grandson, Cody (Heather) Powell, Brandon; great-granddaughter, Hadley Elaine Powell, Brandon; one brother, Delbert (Jean) Brink, Worthington, MN; one sister, Esther Babcock, Monroe, NY; three step-children, Travis Graham, Sioux Falls, Terry Graham, Madison, SD, and Tasha (Roger) Graham, Madison, SD; three step-grandchildren, Samantha, Hannah, and Daniel Graham; and three great-step-grandsons, Brennon Dicus, Calvin Graham, and Bryson Ahlers.

Lois is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Marie Brink-Schnepf, Viola Brink-Jagt, and Meta Brink Terhark; and two brothers, Andrew Brink, and Alvin Brink.

Mark Lynn Fattig

December 16, 1951 ~ March 25, 2022

Mark L. Fattig, 70, Tea, SD, formally of Brady, NE, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022, unexpectedly at his home.

A private memorial service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 10:00 am, at Gaslin Cemetery, near Brady, NE. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to assist his family with expenses.  Cards may be sent to Mark Fattig % Heartland Funeral Home – PO Box 451, Brandon, SD, 57005 or directly to his family.

Mark Lynn Fattig was born December 16, 1951, in Alliance, NE, to Dale and Marian (Hoaglund) Fattig. Growing up, Mark loved hunting, fishing, and working with hunting dogs. 

Mark held a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s in Psychology from Fort Hays State University. In college, Mark was known for his hilarious sense of humor and profound intellect. He enjoyed frequent debates about psychology with university faculty. After graduation, Mark worked as a psychologist and ran a business selling finished hunting dogs, traveling as far as New Mexico to deliver a finished bear-hunting dog. Later, Mark transitioned to working as a product specialist for Cabella’s, which he enjoyed for many years.

Mark loved to grill, and he became very interested in smoked meats towards the end of his life. He generously shared them with friends, family, and neighbors. 

Mark is survived by his former wife, Mary (Woitaszewski) Fattig; daughter, Elissa (Jon) Heibel, and son, Edwin Fattig; two grandchildren, Steven and Cara Heibel; two brothers, Roger (Melanie) Fattig and Bruce (Ann) Fattig, and three sisters, Susan (John) Grasser, Sharon Johnson, and Carol (Barry) Rich.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

Miguel Angel Nunez

May 31, 1978 ~ March 20, 2022

Miguel A. Nunez, 43, Sioux Falls, passed away on March 20, 2022.

A Celebration of Life-Memorial Service will be held from 9 am – 1 pm, on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Sendero de Salvacion Church (2015 W. Milwaukee Ave.), Storm Lake, IA.

Miguel Angel Nunez was born May 31, 1978, in Chicago, IL, to Jose M. and Maria Isabel (Tovar) Nunez. He was the second of 4 children. He lived most of his childhood in Mexico, and moved to Storm Lake, IA, when he was a teenager. He later moved to Sioux Falls.

Miguel really enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with his loved ones. He will always be remembered for his outgoing, but at times impatient, personality and always a noble heart. He was adventurous and brave.

He will always be remembered by his parents, Jose and Maria Nunez, Storm Lake, IA; six children, Jonathan Nunez, Criston Nunez, Donarie Nunez, Miguel Angel Nunez, Jr., Genesis Nunez, and Ariel Nunez; three sisters, Pily Nunez, Adelina Nunez, and Julia Rios; brothers-in-law, Jaime Martinez, Edgar Martinez, and Roberto Rios; nine nieces and nephews, Jose Angel Nunez, Roberto Martinez, Edgar Nunez, Jose Martinez, Hugo Martinez, Alondra Martinez, Arianna Rios, Alexa Rios, and Roman Rios; and other extended family and friends.

Miguel Angel Nunez de 43 años, falleció el 20 de Marzo del 2022 Nacido en Chicago, Illinois.El 31 de mayo de 1978.Hizo parte de su escuela en México y otra parte en Storm Lake Iowa. Miguel disfrutaba mucho de pescar, acampar y pasar tiempo en familia.Siempre será recordado por su personalidad inquieta, pero a la vez noble de corazón. Era intrépido y valiente.Era el segundo de cuatro hijos. Siempre existirá en el corazón. Por sus padres María Isabel  y José María Núñez. Sus hijos, Jonathan Núñez, Criston Núñez, Donarie Núñez, Miguel Ángel Núñez jr,Génesis Núñez y Ariel Núñez. Por sus hermanas Pily Núñez,Adelina Núñez y Julia Ríos. Sus cuñados Jaime Martínez, Edgar Martínez y Roberto Rios. Sus sobrinos, José Ángel Núñez, Roberto Martínez, Edgar Núñez, José Martínez, Hugo Martínez, Alondra Martínez, Ariana Ríos, Alexa Ríos y Román Ríos. Por las Madres de sus hijos Belinda Salazar y Evette Morris.

 Siempre será recordado por toda su  familia y amigos. 

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