Frederick Lewis Ledwell

August 20, 1955 ~ March 4, 2021

Fred L. Ledwell, 65, Brandon, died Thursday, March 4, 2021, at his home unexpectedly.

Visitation with family will be 5-7pm, Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be 10:30am, Friday, March 19, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brandon.  Inurnment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Frederick Lewis Ledwell was born on August 20, 1955, in Yokohama, Japan, to Kazuko Yokoyama and Melvin James Ledwell. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Warren Rawson Kibler. Fred grew up in Sparks, Maryland, where he attended Cockeysville Elementary School. He graduated from Dulaney Senior High School in Timonium, MD, in 1973.  Following his graduation, Fred entered into the service of his country and proudly served in the United States Air Force from June 4, 1973, until June 4, 1979, as an Electronic Missile Technician at Ellsworth AFB, in Rapid City, SD.  

It was during his time stationed at Ellsworth that Fred met the love of his life, Jolene Kay Graslie. They were united in marriage at the Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City, on September 25, 1981. Their union was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Laura. 

Fred graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in December 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Fred worked at MPI, SCI Systems in Rapid City, SD, from 1984-1997.  The Ledwell family moved to Brandon, SD, in August, 1997 after Fred accepted an engineering position with Electronic Systems Inc (ESI) in Sioux Falls, SD, where he was currently serving as the Director of Manufacturing.   

Fred loved the outdoors.  While living in Rapid City, his many hobbies included hunting, riding his motorcycle through the Black Hills, riding dirt bike, water skiing, snow skiing and competitive pistol shooting.  After moving to Sioux Falls, he continued his love of competitive pistol shooting and served as the president of the Sioux Falls Practical Shooters sports club.  He enjoyed sharing his passion of pistol shooting with others, especially his family. 

Fred’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was very proud and protective of “his girls”. Fred and Jolene loved spending time together and always looked forward to their annual trip to the Black Hills to celebrate their anniversary. He was a wonderful husband and an amazing father to his daughters. Fred’s brothers and sisters were very proud of him and his accomplishments and loved him dearly.

Fred’s grandchildren were the light of his life and he felt very blessed to be such a big part of their lives.  He loved the time he was able to spend with them, whether it was trips to the park, bike rides, long walks, or quiet times reading a book.  Fred once said his daughters and grandchildren are the legacy he’ll leave behind and no monument or trophy could ever be a better testament of who he was or what he accomplished. 

Fred always led his life with honor and dignity.  He treated everyone with compassion and respect and was always happy to assist where needed.  He worked hard and was well-respected by all who knew him.  He strived to be a good model in everything he did.    

Fred was baptized and raised in the Methodist Church in Maryland.  He was received into the membership of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon after adult instruction on November 21, 1999.  Fred served many years as a trustee at Blessed Redeemer.  Fred’s faith guided him throughout his life. 

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife, Jolene; two daughters, Jen (Steve) Biteler, and Laura (Jordan) Laird, both of Harrisburg, SD; three grandchildren, Aubrie and Tatum Biteler, and Beckett Laird; his mother, Kazuko “Miki” Kibler, Sparks, MD; siblings, Jim (Maggie) Ledwell, Catonsville, MD, Ella (Richard) Hall, Sparks, MD, Warren (Kristy) Kibler II, Leesburg, VA, and Kathleen Kibler, Pearland, TX; brother-in-law, Terry Stevens, Codorus, PA; brother-in-law, Garth (Diane) Graslie, Wentzville, MO; brother-in-law, Jerry Graslie, Brookings, SD; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews and many other friends and relatives.

Fred was preceded in death by his stepfather, Warren Kibler; sister, Claudette Stevens; mother-in-law, Linda Graslie, father-in-law, Johnnie Graslie; and brother-in-law, Mark Graslie.



Robert “Bob” Lee Woerman

July 15, 1945 ~ February 28, 2021

Robert “Dr. Bob” Woerman, 75, Brandon, died Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Services will be 11am, Friday, March 5, 2021, at Brandon Lutheran Church, with visitation beginning at 9:30am.  Burial will follow at Brandon Lutheran Cemetery.  Masks are required.  The service will be live streamed at The family also requests that social distancing be respected for their health concerns.

Robert “Dr. Bob” Lee Woerman was born July 15, 1945, to Harold and Mildred (Schroeder) Woerman, in Oakland, Nebraska. He grew up on a farm near Oakland, NE, and attended Oakland High School. He attained his bachelor degree from University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. He worked for Cooper Feeds in Humboldt, NE, before he moved to Ames, IA, to work on his PHD in Animal Science from Iowa State University. Bob met Janet Faltys in 1967, while they attended University of NE in Lincoln NE. They were married June 7, 1969, at First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler, NE. Prior to settling in Brandon, SD, they lived in Humboldt NE, Ames, IA, and Skyline Heights in Sioux Falls, SD, where they raised their family. They moved to Brandon, SD, in 1999.

Dr. Bob, as lots of people knew him, was somewhat of a joker and a character.  He was often found outside and talking to anyone.  He loved to visit with people.  He would shovel the neighbor’s driveways and walks, mow their lawns, and kill anyone’s noxious weeds. He hated weeds; especially dandelions and thistles.  Bob loved gardening and served on the Minnehaha County Conservation District Board, the Sioux Empire Fair Board, the Sioux Empire Farm Show Board, and the SDSU Animal Doctorate Program. At other times, Bob could be found at home or on his farm, studying his game camera for “intruders” or planting true prairie grass and flowers to restore the property.  Bob loved nature and hunting or fishing were also favorite pastimes he enjoyed sharing with his family and grandchildren. Bob was a huge mentor to kids.  Not only did he volunteer at the grandchildren’s school, Laura B Anderson Elementary Sioux Falls SD, but even after they were out of grade school, he continued to mentor kids. He loved sharing the knowledge he had learned throughout his life.

Bob was a member of Brandon Lutheran Church. 

Bob will be deeply missed by his wife, Jan; three daughters, Kristin Lee (Pat) Huxford, Sioux Falls, Kelly Marie Anderson, Sioux Falls, and Kari Jean Woerman, Brandon; two grandchildren, Alexander Holloway, Iwakuni, Japan, and Hunter Brown, Sioux Falls; his siblings, John (Valerie) Woerman, Tekamah, NE, Joan (Dave) Collins, Houston, TX, and Jane (Hector) Sanchez, Lincoln, NE; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mildred (Schroeder) Woerman

Wanda Jean Michels (Lipscomb)

April 2, 1955 ~ February 26, 2021

Wanda Jean Michels, 65, Sioux Falls, died Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home following a short battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will begin at 1pm, Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Heartland Funeral Home, with visitation starting one hour prior.  Burial will follow at Forrest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD. Masks are required and social distancing is expected. No more than 80 persons will be allowed to attend the Funeral Service in person.

Wanda was known to be a free spirit- as she would show up on the dock to pick up her newspaper route, wearing her favorite slippers; rain sun or shine. Her kids learned how to drive a car on the paper route; on those old country roads.

Her love for animals is apparent the minute you walked into her front door using her house key, shaped like a dog. Her bond with her dog, Willow, was so strong the dog would never leave her side. There are dog nose prints on the window of the front door as Willow waits by the front door for Wanda to come back home.

Wanda will truly be missed by Willow and her family. Her memory forever imprinted in our hearts.

Wanda will be deeply missed by her two children, Gina Michels, and Jack Lipscomb; grandchildren, Jordan Honomichl, and Courtney (John) Markley; several great-grandchildren; her siblings, Gayle Bierman, Dennis (Barb) Michels, Steve (Kathy) Michels, and Todd (Keli) Michels.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Adeline Michels; and her son, Ben White.

William Thomas Roberts

March 5, 1968 ~ February 22, 2021

William Thomas Roberts, 52, Sioux Falls, SD, died unexpectedly, Monday, February 22, 2021, in Oklahoma.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, SD, from 5-7pm, with family present.  Funeral will be 11am, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Burial will follow at the Chancellor Reformed Cemetery, Chancellor, SD.  Masks are required and social distancing is expected.  No more than 80 persons will be allowed to attend the Funeral Service although Visitation will be unlimited.

William was born March 5, 1968, in Ohio to Mr. and Mrs. Buddy and Bonnie (Meier) Roberts. Will graduated in 1986 from Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, and shortly thereafter joined the United States Army Reserves.  He went on to then join the United States Navy, where he served in the Gulf War, after completing his post-secondary education at the University of South Dakota. Second only to his military service, was his passion and commitment to being an over the road truck driver, and riding his Harley every-chance he got. William was full of life; a friendly and outgoing guy that could befriend anyone he talked to. 

William will be so very deeply missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Teresa Roberts, and brother, Buddy Roberts, Jr., both of Sioux Falls; William is also survived by sister, Barbara; brother, Rob, a special friend, and Aunt Marge, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Muriel Kay Winkel

March 27, 1937 ~ February 19, 2021

Muriel K. Winkel, 83, Manteno, IL, and formerly, Sioux Falls, SD, and George, IA, died Friday, February 19, 2021, in St. Mary’s Hospital, in Kankakee, IL.

No services will be held at this time.  A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, in George, Iowa, later this summer. Please check back to this website for updates. In lieu of flowers or plants, Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 565, Manteno, IL 60950.

Muriel Kay Winkel was born to Edward and Annetta (Meinerts) Winkel, at home in rural George, IA, on March 27, 1937.  She attended country school at Rock Township #3 and graduated from Wilson High School (Rock Rapids, IA), in 1955.  Muriel attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, for one year before transferring to Methodist School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA, where she graduated in 1959.  She worked as a registered nurse in several Veteran’s Administration Hospitals in Downey, IL, Omaha, NE, and the greatest majority, at Sioux Falls, SD, where she retired in 1993. 

In 2002, Muriel moved to Manteno, Illinois, to be near her grandchildren, and daughter, Sheryl.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren, who called her “Oma”.  She painted many beautiful pictures using oils and acrylics. Muriel loved playing dominos and taking trips to Iowa and South Dakota to visit family and friends when she was able.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Manteno, Illinois.

Muriel will be deeply missed by her daughter, Sheryl (Kevin) Werner, Manteno, Illinois; two grandchildren, Anna, age 18, and Luke, age 12; two nephews, Dr. Elden (Wendy) Rand and Ryan (Kayla) Rand and their families of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, along with many cousins.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Edward, 1979, and Annetta, 2000; one sister, Evelyn Rand, 2001; and her niece, Susan (Rand) Hill, 2017.

Online condolences may be left here on this page or can be emailed to Sheryl and her family, at

Mary Anne McGruder

December 27, 1955 ~ February 6, 2021

Mary McGruder, 65, Sioux Falls, departed this life on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Avera McKennan Hospital.

Mary Anne Bue was born on December 27, 1955, in Milbank, SD, to Lyle and Ione Bue. She was joined in marriage to Major F. McGruder in the summer of 2009. She worked at Dow Rummel Village as a CNA until 2016. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends more than anything else. Her grandkids were her world, always looking forward to their visits, crafts, and stories. She loved to spend time reading books, especially mystery novels.

Mary is survived by three of her children, Steve Brotzel, and grandson Grayson; Eliza (Brian) Harris and grandchildren McKelle, McKaila, Zachary, and Isaiah; and Major (Paige) McGruder; as well as three grandchildren from her late son, Marshall, RaeLynn, Carter and Kinleigh. She is also survived by her six siblings, Sandi Bue Whiting, Oklahoma, Richard (Carla) Bue, Connecticut, Carol Bue Collier, South Dakota, Tom Bue, South Dakota, David (Lynne) Bue, South Dakota, and Alan (Cindy) Bue, Minnesota; as well as a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, Lyle and Ione Bue; her husband, Major F. McGruder; and her son, Marshall McGruder.

Leonard Ernest Griessel

April 25, 1926 ~ February 1, 2021

Leonard E. Griessel, 94, Brandon, died Monday, February 1, 2021, at his home following a yearlong battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will begin at 11:00am, Friday, February 5, 2021, at Heartland Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton, MN.

Leonard Ernest Griessel was born April 25, 1926, in Leavenworth, Kansas, to Herman and Lillian Griessel. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Leonard worked briefly on the family farm.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II, reaching the rank of Technical Sergeant. Leonard was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service upon discharging.

After the Army, Leonard enjoyed living with his family in Utah, Colorado, Southern California and moved to South Dakota in 2016.  An avid outdoorsman and nature lover, Leonard enjoyed many camping trips, travel adventures, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with their horses and many beloved pets over the years. 

Leonard was a quiet and reserved man of integrity and master of all trades; he could build and fix anything. He had a successful career in business and real estate, and most of all, enjoyed spending time with his family. Leonard lived a full life as a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather. 

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife, Betty Griessel; daughters, Kathleen (Eric) Bracke, Diane (Dan) Lozano, Debra (Phil) Blom, Charlotte (Tom) Obray; and son, Douglas (Monica) Bolluyt; grandchildren, Katelyn, Leah, Lindsay, Shannon, Shawn, Sonya, Salisha, Bryan, Megan, Seth and Brad; Leonard was also Blessed with 20 great-grandchildren.

We are honored for your presence today in celebrating the life of Leonard E. Griessel, who was very much loved.

Rhonda Kay Mack

August 30, 1953 ~ January 29, 2021

Rhonda Kay Mack, 67, Brandon, SD, was born to Barney and Helen (Leonard) Hoffman of Grand Junction, IA on August 30, 1953. Rhonda courageously battled lung cancer over the past two years, keeping her positive spirit throughout. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Visitation will begin at 4pm, Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Brandon Lutheran Church with Funeral Services beginning at 6pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be followed. A Livestreaming link is   In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to the Avera Prairie Center for cancer patients in Rhonda’s memory.

Rhonda Kay Mack was born to Barney and Helen (Leonard) Hoffman of Grand Junction, IA on August 30, 1953. Rhonda courageously battled lung cancer over the past two years, keeping her positive spirit throughout. She passed away peacefully at age 67, surrounded by her loving family in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, January 29, 2021.  She meant the world to her family and friends.

Rhonda grew up in Grand Junction, IA and graduated from East Greene High School in 1971.  She was the oldest daughter of nine siblings and was a caretaker at a young age due to the early loss of her parents. The bond she shared with her siblings was special and she loved sharing stories of her childhood. Her first managing job was at the Rippey Tap where she met Shannon and took her first of many rides on his motorcycle. They moved together to Knoxville, IA and were married on January 25, 1980.

While living in Knoxville, Rhonda first started her career in insurance with Principal Financial Group while commuting back-and-forth to Des Moines daily. Without missing a beat at work, she gave birth to two children, Randy (1980) and Cassie (1982).  She managed to balance everything as a working mother while making it look effortless. As her career continued to progress, Shannon’s job relocated the family to Minnesota; it was the first of three more relocations. Throughout their many moves, Rhonda leaned on her work ethic to build a successful career and her nurturing nature to build an extremely close-knit family – both were the pride of her life.

After their final move to Brandon, SD in 1996, Rhonda continued her career in health insurance and as the Mack family manager. Rhonda deeply invested in the relationships in her life. She loved creating special moments for her friends and family and poured her heart into planning vacations and holidays, including an annual family vacation. The memories from these times together are some of the most cherished for her family. Rhonda’s energy and sense of adventure was contagious. She was always up for a girls’ trip or a concert which she often enjoyed with her daughter, sisters or friends. And she and Shannon enjoyed music together throughout their life so much that Shannon took up guitar lessons and learned to play some of her favorite songs to serenade her.

Rhonda’s work ethic was an inspiration to both Randy and Cassie.  They were lucky enough to work for her at several of her jobs. Seeing her in her element set their standards for what good work exemplified. Throughout their lives, Rhonda led by example and was a constant cheerleader. She even helped Randy secure his first internship in IT which he credits for launching his career. 

After 18 years with DAKOTACARE, Rhonda retired at the end of 2018 as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). During her career she impacted countless people and was proud to call them her friends. She had ambitious goals in retirement including regular trips to Palm Springs, Mexico and trips to see her family. However less than two months later, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

The next phase of her life did not resemble what she originally planned, but she was a fighter and had an incredible oncology care team at Avera’s Prairie Center as well as her friends’ and family’s support behind her. Rhonda’s strength was admired by all. Her warrior spirit now shines through her children and granddaughters. Her empathy and compassion created lasting bonds with family and friends near and far. Rhonda continued to enjoy motorcycle rides with Shannon, family vacations and spoiling her granddaughters whom she deeply loved.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Shannon; son, Randy (Seema) Mack of Chicago, IL; daughter, Cassie (Matt) Fehlen of Minneapolis, MN; 2 granddaughters, Sloane and Reese Mack of Chicago, IL; siblings, Gary (Susan) Hoffman of Jefferson, IA, DeAnn (Mike) Scharingson of Grand Junction, IA, Marty (Linda) Hoffman of Grand Junction, IA, Denise (Hugh) Gannon of Grand Junction, IA, Marc (Jacque) Hoffman of Grand Junction, IA, Tracy (Todd) Brelsford of Ogden, IA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Mike and Rex Hoffman of Grand Junction, IA.

Rhonda will always be a guiding light for her family. In this difficult time, they celebrate her life and honor her legacy.

Hildegarde Lucille Jagow

July 16, 1931 ~ January 21, 2021

Hildegarde L. Jagow, 89, Sioux Falls, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at her home in Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Appleton, MN.  In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to Lifescape or Faith Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls.

Hildegarde Lucille Reinke was born on a very hot day, July 16, 1931, on the family farm near Carroll, MN to Julius Edward Reinke and Hulda Clara (Gallow) Reinke. She received her education in Carroll, MN, and Appleton, MN. Hildegarde married Raymond Jagow on February 21, 1948, in Appleton, MN. They had three children, Thomas, David, and Raechell. Being a mom was her greatest reward. Caring for her special-needs daughter, Raechell took her away from family events, but her daughter needed her the most. More than anyone, Raechell made a difference in her life. Hildegarde was employed in Ames, Iowa, and at Veteran’s Hospitals in St. Cloud, MN and, Sioux Falls.

Hildegarde will be deeply missed by her son, David (Viva) Jagow, Hardwick, MN; seven grandchildren, Chad, Brandon (Kati), Lex (Amanda), Jarod (Diane), Trisha, Amie (Shawn), and Cody (special friend, Allisen, and daughter, Avery); thirteen great-grandchildren, Evie, Rix, Preston, Aleksus, Knox, Taylor, Tanner, Madison, Austyn, Canyon, Hadynn, Rhian, and Charlie Ray; three sisters, Evie Zick, Morgan MN, Dorothy Borstad, Madison, MN, and Darlene (Jim) Vaala, Madison, MN; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ann and Hugh Harty.

Hildegard was preceded in death by two children, Thomas and Raechell; her parents; a baby brother; a sister; grandson, Lathe; great-grandson, Cub; and her former husband, Ray Jagow.

Shirley Ann Neuenfeldt

November 15, 1930 ~ January 18, 2021

Shirley A. Neuenfeldt, 90, Brandon, died on Monday, January 18, 2021, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Services will be 7pm, Friday, January 22, 2021, at Spirit of Truth Church (112 E. Annabelle St.) in Brandon, with visitation with family beginning at 6pm. Livestreaming of the Funeral is available at LIVE Stream funeral service. A private burial will be Saturday at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be directed to Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church.

Shirley Ann Dougherty was born on November 15, 1930, in Oshkosh, WI, to Harry and Leona Dougherty. Shirley was employed by the Oshkosh, WI school system for 22 years until retirement.

Shirley will be deeply missed by her husband of 71 years, Glenn Neuenfeldt; two children, Steven (Gloria) Neuenfeldt, Two Rivers, WI, and Linda (Steven) Tischler, Brandon; six grandchildren, Scott (Suzanne) Carroll, Brandon, Aaron (Emily) Carroll, Brandon, Matthew (Jennie) Carroll, Willmar, MN, Katie (Justin) LaBue, Greendale, WI, Paul (Katie) Neuenfeldt, DePere, WI, and Laura Neuenfeldt; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Audrey Koplitz, Oshkosh, WI.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and a great-grandson, Landen Carroll.

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