Mark Allen Johnson

June 6, 1969 ~ August 22, 2020

Mark A. Johnson, 51, Sioux Falls, died Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

A Memorial service is set for 3PM, Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center’s Outdoor Memorial Gounds.  All are welcome. Inurnment will take place at the new State Veteran’s Cemetery in the Spring of 2021.

Mark Allen Johnson was born on June 6, 1969, in Hutchinson, MN.  As a new baby, Jim and Sharron Johnson of Ortonville, MN, adopted him.   He was baptized and confirmed in the First English Lutheran Church.   Mark attended all of his schooling in Ortonville, graduating in May of 1987.  Following graduation, Mark went into the United States Army, where he served until his honorable discharge. After his time in the service, Mark worked various jobs in Minnesota and South Dakota. Mark lived many places throughout his life; his most recent home was in the Sioux Falls area where he worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in the Maintenance Department.

Mark is survived by his mother, Sharron Johnson; one sister, Catherine (Joe) Scoblic; a niece, a nephew, aunts, uncles, and friends.   

Mark is preceded in death by his father, James Johnson; 2 infant brothers, and his grandparents.

Scott Bradley Middlen

January 13, 1967 ~ July 4, 2020

Scott Middlen, age 53, of Harrisburg, South Dakota died unexpectedly, Saturday, July 4, 2020, while scuba-diving at Pickstown, South Dakota, 

A Celebration of Life will be held 2-4pm, Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance. (1600 W. Russell Ave, Sioux Falls, SD,) with Full Military Honors and “Last Call Rites” beginning at 3pm.

Scott Bradley Middlen was born January 13, 1967, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Terry Middlen and Jean (Polsfuss) Schmidt. Scott’s youth and teen years were spent at Lake Poinsett with family and friends, boating, skiing, and fishing.  Scott was always looking out for his little brother, Paul. Scott graduated from Lincoln High School, Class of 1985.

On April 22, 2006, Scott was united in marriage with the love of his life and his soulmate, Virginia Spreckels, the couple formed their blended families, Scott’s two sons Joshua and Nicholas with Virginia’s children, Katina, Curtis, Cody, and later the couple unofficially adopted David Johnson into the family.  Scott was a very proud father and even prouder grandfather of 12 grandchildren with another one on the way. 

Scott was proudly employed with Midwest Motor Express for 14 years as a line-haul driver.  Scott volunteered for the Minnehaha County Police Reserves for 19 years and promoted to Sargent.  He loved his fellow officers and had a passion for working with the new recruits and especially enjoyed watching them train to become Reserves Law Enforcement Officers. He enjoyed working security for the Sioux Empire Fair and especially enjoyed the ride-alongs with the Sioux Falls Police Department and Highway Patrol.  Scott was a passionate Chicago Bears fan. He had a passion for fishing, camping, hunting, motorcycles, and scuba diving.  Scott cherished the time he spent with family and friends.

Scott will be deeply missed by his wife, Virginia; sons, Joshua (Hollie Nelson), and Nicholas (Ashley); mother, Jean Schmidt; brother, Paul; grandmother, Bonnie Middlen; stepchildren, Curtis Spreckels (Alicia Schneckloth), Cody (Dana) Spreckels, Katina Baker (Denise Ruden), and David (Elisabeth) Johnson; stepsister, Nancy (Shane) Peterson; stepmother, Carla Middlen; 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Scott is preceded in death by his father, Terry Middlen; grandfather, Charles Middlen; and grandparents, Elroy and Beverly Polsfuss. 

We are so proud of you honey. We love you and miss you endlessly. 

Sincerely,
Virginia  

Donna Mae Lindner

August 20, 1961 ~ April 19, 2020

Donna Mae Lindner, 58, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at Ava’s House, in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Donna and her mother, Clarona, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the Sertoma Park Picnic Shelter, from 1-3pm. 

Donna Mae Lindner was Born on August 20, 1961, in Waterloo, IA, to John and Clarona (Olson) Lindner.  Donna’s parents moved back to the Sioux Falls area in 1970.  She was always active when she was younger, she played on her schools’ (Tri Valley) basketball and track teams. She earned many medals and held a few records for a while.  Donna worked at Campbell’s packing cans as well as Pizza Hutt, finally coming to Sanford Health as a cashier. She brought a lot of smiles to patients and coworkers alike there.

Donna loved animals, especially her dog Izzy and loved cuddling and watching tv with her after a long day. She also enjoyed bingo a lot, and would go all the time with her parents and brother.  She took her job seriously and could seem intense. But she was always full of love and care, and wouldn’t hesitate to drop everything to lend a hand.

Donna will be deeply missed by her only child, Cody Lindner, Sioux Falls; four brothers, Johnnie, James, Joseph, and Richard Lindner; and many nieces, and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents.

Raymond Anthony DeKing

January 10, 1937 ~ August 11, 2020

Raymond DeKing, 83, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services will be held at 3pm, Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Visitation with family present will begin at 1pm.

Raymond Anthony DeKing was born on January 10, 1937, in Marshall, MN, to Samuel and Johnna (Masarek) DeKing. Ray was one of five children. Their father died when Ray was just 5 years old. When their mother remarried, they lived on a farm near Marshall, MN. He grew up helping his stepfather on the farm doing all kinds of jobs. He was the first of his family to graduate high school. After graduating from Marshall High School, Ray held various jobs. These jobs included working at and owning a gas station. Most of Ray’s jobs were related to getting things from one point to another driving truck.  One of his first jobs after the farm was driving for milk producers who would load his truck to take to the processing centers. 

On May 17, 1958, in Morgan, MN, Ray married the love of his life, Carol Ricke. The couple made their home in Marshall and to this blessed union was born three children: Daniel, Michele, and Scott. Ray and Carol’s home was the most popular house in the neighborhood when he would pull in with the Henry’s Candy and Cigarette truck. All the kids in the area got excited when they saw that truck and Ray come home. They knew a treat was going to be theirs shortly. Ray loved to treat the kids! 

            In 1968, Ray and Carol moved their young family to Sioux Falls, SD. This move was also the beginning of a new truck route with Purolator Courier, carrying bank documents to processing centers, that Ray would drive for over a decade.  Ray was a driver for them until the early 80s, when he then began driving for Dizco, hauling mail from Sioux Falls to Murdo, SD. He drove this route for twenty years before his failing health demanded he gives up his long career as a driver.  As a driver, his eyes were always on the road and he would often stop to check out things that others had lost.  Sometimes, it was useful items like a bag of coins, that he used to buy his daughter a new bike. Other times, not such a nice find, but it was all part of the adventure.

            During the years, Ray and his family had many camping and fishing experiences. They would catch fish regularly and release them back to the water because no one wanted to clean them. Ray also was an amazing storyteller! He loved to see just how much he could get the grandchildren to believe. Some of the grandchildren were more gullible than others. Telling his stories was one of his ways of having fun with them.  He loved to collect things and had an extensive pen collection from various places he had been. Hats, movies, video games, and music CDs were among the items he collected. Ray loved his family beyond any of his collections and would share anything he had with them. When he noticed some of those loved ones were not returning their borrowed items, a system had to be devised to make sure he got his music, games, or videos back.  This system was called the Grandpop-n-go which ensured he knew just who had what. Ray loved to play bingo and made sure he played at least a couple of times a week. He had a lot of people who enjoyed his company and were drawn to him. One of his prized wins, after becoming a resident of a nursing home, was a box of “Puffs Kleenex” because the kind they provided at the home were the scratchy kind. Ray loved to watch races and any of the old Westerns on tv, but his favorite was the series “Gunsmoke” because something good always came in the end. Listening to the old country singers was something Ray enjoyed throughout his life. In his younger years, he enjoyed turning a wrench and helping in the pits of local racetracks.  

       Ray will be deeply missed by his wife, Carol DeKing, Sioux Falls; two children, Daniel (Kim) DeKing, Sioux Falls, and Michele (Charles) Thompson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Nicole (Tyler) Neal, Jessica (Will) Sechser, Matthew (Kara) Thompson, Joe DeKing, and Sally (Michael) Ackerman; seven great-grandchildren: Aidan, Maia, and Owen Fritz, Spencer and Charlie Sechser, and Jaiden and Justin Thompson; one sister, Ramona (William) Vander Brink, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

     Ray was preceded in death by one son, Scott DeKing, his parents, Sam and Johanna (Masarek) DeKing, and three brothers, Richard Deking, Roy DeKing, and Earl DeKing.

Erika Ann Cromwell

August 14, 1973 ~ August 8, 2020

Erika Cromwell, 46, Brandon, died Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls due to Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Visitation with family present will be 9-11am, Saturday, August 22, 2020, with a Memorial service at 11am, at Brandon Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be put towards her children’s futures, as well as donating to Metavivor, for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.

Erika Ann Prahl was born on August 14, 1973, to Fred and Katherine (Green) Prahl, in DeSmet, SD. Erika was very active in high school.  One of the many highlights was participating in Teen Age Republicans. She became a legislative page in high school, as well as completing an internship with the state legislature in college. She graduated from DeSmet High School in 1991, then furthered her education at USD, where she received her B.A. in Economics and Business, graduating in 1995. While attending college, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and was recognized as a top Economics major during her senior year. 

Erika married Steven Dew in Sioux Falls in 1996, and they had two children; Jeffrey in 1998 and Rachel in 2003. Erika worked for a few different companies before going to work at First Premier Bankcard as a Credit Workflow Analyst for over 20 years.  She was an active member of Brandon Lutheran Church. She also taught Junior Achievement classes for many years in the Brandon Valley School District.

Erika was diagnosed in 2012 with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. In October of 2014, she received word that she had progressed to Stage IV (Metastatic) Breast Cancer.  Erika was determined to not let a diagnosis of terminal cancer dictate her life, and set about living life to the fullest.

Erika married Chris Cromwell on January 1, 2016, in Brandon. She and Chris loved to travel.  Whether a family trip or just the two of them, they had many wonderful adventures together. They went to Chicago, and then on to Milwaukee for a Pink Concert. They traveled to Atlanta for a family trip, took trips to the Omaha Zoo, trips to Minneapolis, and went to Las Vegas to see Panic at the Disco.

Erika was known as the Queen of Transforming Leftovers, as she could turn anything into something awesome. At work, she was known as the Google Queen, finding whatever she or her co-workers needed to know through her in-depth searches. She loved family, family traditions, and family memories; acting as an unofficial family historian.

Erika started fundraising for breast cancer charities in 2013, completing her first walk after just completing 6 weeks of radiation treatment.  She captained a team that was top fundraisers for years.  In 2020, just a month before her death, she championed a fundraiser that raised over $1,000 for Metavivor, a charity that donates money to breast cancer research.

Erika will be deeply missed by her husband, Chris; two children, Jeffrey and Rachel Dew, Brandon; parents, Fred and Katherine Prahl, Lake Norden, SD; brother, Justin (Kyla) Prahl, Normal, IL; along with their sons, Toby and Zach; her lifelong best friend Lana Bornitz, Sioux Falls; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Samuel Joseph Burtnett

August 9, 1983 ~ August 5, 2020

Sam Burtnett, 36, Sioux Falls, SD was received into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with depression. 

Visitation with family present will be 1-3 pm, Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Celebrate Community Church, Sioux Falls, SD, with a Celebration of Life at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Sam’s honor.

Sam Joseph Burtnett was born on August 9th, 1983 in Ames, IA to Dennis and Mary (McNelly) Burtnett.  He was raised and attended school in Webster City, IA where he continued to live and work until 2008.  He met Jocelyn Elaine Van Liere in 2007 while she was attending college in Webster City. They were joined in marriage in 2010 in Sioux Falls, SD and had two children.

Sam (Polar Bear) Burtnett was a big guy with a big heart and was so easy to love.  He was a grateful believer in Jesus Christ.  His passion in life was talking about Jesus and sharing the gospel.  Sam served at Celebrate Church in so many ways, greeter, leading Kids ministry- he loved kids and they loved him because he was a big kid himself, and he helped with grounds and facilities.  His favorite was serving as the Baptizer, always with a huge smile as he would baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he loved helping lead lost people to come to know Jesus.  Sam also had a passion for Celebrate Recovery, walking with those who felt lost and struggled. Sam was a natural-born leader, leading as many as possible to Christ.  For the past 3 years, Sam worked as a FedEx delivery driver for Sioux Falls Express and quickly became Madison’s favorite delivery guy. Sam was the most fun person at any gathering and was the first person to greet you with a smile and a joke.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Amery (10) and Dayton (6) Burtnett; wife, Jocelyn Burtnett; his parents, Mary Burtnett and Dennis Burtnett; brother, Dave (Jill) Burtnett; mother-in-law, Lori Van Liere; brother-in-law, Marcus Van Liere; and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.

Sam was preceded in death by his infant child, Sammy Jo “SJ” Burtnett, on May 5th, 2020; his grandparents Vera Mae and Duane Burtnett and Chet and Helen McNelly; his father-in-law, Mark Van Liere.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial has been established in Sam’s honor to help with the cost of funeral arrangements and a fund for his children. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741, or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

Clarona Ann Lindner

November 1, 1933 ~ August 2, 2020

Clarona Ann Lindner, 86, Brandon, died on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Bethany Home in Brandon, after a lengthy illness.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Clarona and her daughter, Donna, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the Sertoma Park North from 1-3pm. 

Clarona Olson was born on November 1, 1933, in Sherman, SD to Charles J. and Clara (Miller) Olson. She graduated from Sherman High School. After graduation, she moved to Colorado Springs, where she met John Lindner. They married in Colorado Springs on February 5, 1951. During the Korean War, she worked as a seamstress for caskets. Later, the family settled in Waterloo, IA. They moved back to the Sioux Falls area in 1970 where she raised her children. Clarona then worked at Litton’s, Lee Jeans and Mueller Pallets.

She enjoyed playing cards, BINGO, cribbage, attending card parties, and going to the local casinos. She traveled with John to Vegas, Allin, IA, Nebraska and Kansas. She especially loved traveling by car to Colorado and around South Dakota to see family. She liked to read and listened to the TV, but didn’t watch much TV.

Clarona will be sadly missed by her children, Johnnie, Sioux Falls, James (Sue) Williams Port, PA, Joseph, Sioux Falls, and Richard, Oldham, SD; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Mueller and Mary Lou Hoiness; sister-in-law, Shirly Olson-Kuehl; and brother-in-law, Francis Tebben.

Clarona was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; daughter, Donna; four brothers, Charles, Robert, Irwin and Carroll; two sisters, Agnes and Dorothy; and two grandchildren, Jeremy and Heather.

N. Marshall Gardner

October 25, 1928 ~ August 4, 2020

Marshal Gardner, 91, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, after a lengthy illness.

Visitation with family present will be 5pm-7pm, Monday, August 10, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites at 7pm.  Private burial to follow at Hills of Rest, Sioux Falls, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, Donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital are requested.

N. Marshall Gardner was born on October 25, 1928 to Alton and Aura (Moore) Gardner in Sioux Falls, where he was raised. He left for World War II at the age of 17 when he joined the Navy. He married Mary Ellen Germany in 1949, and to that union, they had three children, Janice, Pam and Craig. After the war, Marshall started Gardner’s Hardware in Worthing, SD. He built race cars in the back. This property is now the Worthing Dinner Theater. Later, he moved back to Sioux Falls and started Champion Gas Station on 14th & Cliff Ave. He sold life insurance for New York Life, sold cars for Jay Shon Chevrolet and Duke Tufty, and also sold mobile homes at his company, Gardner Trailer Sales. He later moved to Garretson and owned Jesse James Gas. He delivered parts for several companies in Sioux Falls, retiring at the age of 82. Marshall will be remembered for his great passion for racing and for starting Huset’s Speedway with Til Huset. Once he retired from racing, he enjoyed boating and camping with his family, and loved making fun memories at Lake Madison and Oakwood Lake.

Marshall was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sioux Falls when his children were growing up. He also was a member of the Optimist Club, the Mason’s, and the Shriner’s in the Clown Unit. He was a member of the Sport’s Car Club. Marshall loved antique cars, and had quite a collection.

Marshall will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Janice Falk, Sioux Falls, and Pamela Larson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Rachael Larson, Sarah Larson, Lena Larson Neeman, Rob Falk and Peter Falk; seven great-grandchildren, Ronnie Larson, Sadie Beck, Matt Tanksley, Lilly Tanksley, Nathaniel Neeman, Sophie Neeman and Sierra Lynde; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaydence and Ayla.

Marshall was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Craig Gardner; four siblings, Paul Gardner, Alice Thompsen, Chuck Gardner and Keith Gardner; his grandson, Matthew Larson; and great-great granddaughter, Alliah Larson.

Because of his positive attitude toward life, he made a difference every day for anyone that would have the good fortune to cross his path.

Marion Estella Jorstad

December 15, 1946 ~ July 25, 2020

Marion Estella Jorstad, 73, Sioux Falls, was received into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Centennial Cottage, in Sioux Falls, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be 10:30am, Wednesday, July 29, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.  Burial to follow in the Salem Community Cemetery, Freeman, SD.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Abiding Savior Academy, Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church.

Marion Estella Iblings was born December 15, 1946 in Elgin, ND to William and Esther (Okken) Iblings. She lived on a farm near New Leipzig, ND. Marion attended and graduated from school in New Leipzig, then went on to Bismarck Commercial College. She worked at the Bismarck Hospital as a service representative for five years before moving to Sioux Falls in the late 60’s. 

On September 25, 1971, Marion married Duane Jorstad in Sioux Falls, whom she had met at church. She worked at Jordan Millwork before having children, then stayed at home with her 3 children doing daycare. After her children started school, Marion went to work at Midland National Life Insurance, where she retired from in 2010.

Marion loved to sew. She was a talented seamstress of kid’s clothes and also clothes of her own. She played piano and was also a pianist at church during high school, and loved putting puzzles together. She followed Augustana basketball games for several years. She was a member of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church. She attended bible study at Shalom Reformed Church, BSF and also took the Bethel Bible Class at Hope Lutheran Church. Her faith was always very important to her and her favorite thing to do was to go to church and attend church activities. She volunteered at The Inn on Westport doing nails for the ladies.

Marion will be deeply missed by her husband, Duane; two children, Darin Jorstad, Sioux Falls and Melanie (Doug) Corp, Sioux Falls; son-in-law, Dan Bosman, Brandon; six grandchildren, Allyson, Aubrey, Ashley and Ian Corp, Carson and Hayden Bosman; in-laws, Sharon Iblings, Alice Iblings, Dean Neff, Donna Leder and Maurine Pederson (Jim); and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heather Bosman; parents, William and Esther Iblings; siblings, Earl Iblings, Melvin Iblings, and Frances Neff; and step-mother, Elma Iblings.

Carlos Emilio Cid

April 30, 1951 ~ July 19, 2020

Carlos Emilio Cid, 69, Sioux Falls, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Carlos Emilio Cid, was born on April 30, 1951 to Isreal Cid and Blanca Jara-Navarrete, in Santiago, Chile. While in Chile, he was involved in politics and was the secretary for his political party.

During the unrest in 1974, he fled Chile to Argentina, where he established a family. Later, during the 1990’s he came to the USA (Kansas) and met and married Mae Lagang. They moved to Sioux Falls and raised their three children, Nelson, Kevin and Josh. He worked for John Morrell as a meat cutter for several years before becoming disabled. Later on, he had another daughter, Carla, with Jackie Peters.

Carlos is survived by his children, Nelson, Kevin, Josh and Carla and step-son, Steven; he is also survived by family members still living in Holland and Chile.

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