Virginia Mohr

May 3, 1933 ~ March 21, 2012

Virginia G. Mohr, our wife, mother, sister, and special friend, 78, of Sioux Falls and formerly Hosmer, was called home to our Heavenly Father, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2 – 4pm, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD. Memorial services will be held Monday, March 26, 2012, at 10am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hosmer, SD, with inurnment following at Bethany Cemetery, Hosmer. Pastor Pat Hahn will officiate.

Virginia G. Graff was born May 3, 1933, to Gottlieb and Hulda (Pfeifle) Graff in McPherson County. She was raised and educated in the rural Hosmer area. Virginia went on to Northern State Teachers College and returned home to teach country school. On June 21, 1954, she married her sweetheart, Lawrence Mohr, and they settled in Hosmer where they raised their family. Virginia worked many years for the Hosmer school system. She also will be remembered by many local Hosmer children for being their babysitter in her later years. Virginia and her husband were also known for the several businesses they owned and operated in Hosmer including Mohr Auction Service. More recently, Virginia was elected to a seat on the city council where she served for several years before she chose to resign due to her declining health.

Virginia was a member of the Hosmer American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and more recently, the Faulkton VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She also enjoyed being a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church WELCA.

Virginia will be missed deeply, especially by her husband, Lawrence of Sioux Falls, formerly Hosmer; her children, Denny (Heather) Mohr, Brookville, OH, Dixie (Peter) Janker, Springfield, VA, Lori (Douglas) Furness, Brandon, and Becky Mohr, Sunbury, PA; five grandchildren, Paul Leon, Leslie, Timothy, Nathan, and Stormie Lee; one great-grandchild, Alexys; one sister, Idelette (Larry) Mussman, Camanche, IA; one honorary daughter; Pamela Stolz, Sioux Falls, and her mother-in-law, Bertha Mohr, Hosmer.

Virginia was preceded in death by her son, Leon; her parents; one brother, Harry Graff; and one sister, Lillian Nitschke.

Virginia touched the lives of many with her beautiful smile and her generosity, and maintained her “thumbs up” sense of humor all the way to the end.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Avera Cancer Institute.

Franklin Spencer Ward

June 17, 1935 ~ March 6, 2012

Franklin S. Ward, 76, of Sioux Falls, SD, died at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family around him.

A private family service was held Saturday, March 10, 2012, with Pastor Jeff Hayes officiating.

Franklin Ward was born June 17, 1935, in Naples, Maine to William & Nellie Ward. He enlisted in 1954 USAR. Frank graduated from Casco High in 1955. In October 19, 1956, in Norway Maine, he married to Barbara Roy, whom he met on roller skates. He fell, disappeared for weeks, took lessons then went to ask her out for their happy every after. Frank was honorably discharged in 1962 as SPEC.E-5 Military Police.

He worked at the Shoe Shop and Tannery in Norway Maine. The family then moved to East Hartford, Ct. where he became a Lead Welder at Pratt Whitney Aircraft for 34 years. Frank was a member of the Army & Navy Club and every casino east to west. He loved to play golf with his Grandsons. He also loved bowling, playing cards, collecting coins, and dancing. Linda wouldn’t know how to dance if it wasn’t for the best dad in the world.

Franklin will be missed by his wife, Barbara (Roy) Ward; three children, Ricky (Gail) Ward, Sioux Falls, Linda (Ken) Letze, Chancellor, SD, and Jeffrey Ward, East Hartford, CT; nine grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, and Justin Ward, Sarah, Jessica, and Miranda Letze, Matthew, Nickole and Tim Ward; his mother, Nellie May Ward, Norway, ME; and two brothers, Randall Ward, Riviera Beach, FL and Erwin Ward, Oxford, ME.

Franklin was preceded in death by his father, William S. Ward; and one sister, Carrie Judkins.

Keith Lloyd Bahr

August 31, 1938 ~ March 1, 2012

Visitation will be Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:30pm and one hour prior to service, at Hilltop UMC in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am Monday, March 5, at Hilltop UMC, with Pastor Brook McBride officiating. Burial will be at Center Creek Cemetery, rural Granada, MN. Friends and family are invited to join the family at Winnebago United Methodist Church following the committal.

Keith Lloyd Bahr was born August 31, 1938, to Lloyd and Freda (Logan) Bahr on the family farm in rural Granada. He attended school in Huntley through the eighth grade. He quite school to take over the family’s dairy operation and to work on the farm. This was the beginning of a long career that demonstrated his hard working ethics that involved custom farming of grain, swathing and baling and dairy cattle. He also had a tremendous love for animals that included cattle, horses and his dogs.

Keith married Sharon Speed on July 10, 1959 at the Winnebago United Methodist Church. The couple was blessed with four children.

Besides hard work, Keith will be remembered for his love of hunting anything; especially deer.

Sadly, in December, Keith suffered a major disabling stroke. On Thursday, March 01, 2012, Keith, 73, died at Southridge Care Center, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Keith is survived his wife, Sharon, of Valley Springs, SD; one daughter, Becky (Mike) Tonne, Granada, MN; two sons, Steve, of Marlow, OK and Jim (Nancy) of Brandon, SD; seven grandchildren, one brother Kenneth (Sandi) Bahr, Pequot Lakes, MN and one sister, Karen (James) Kortuem, Rapidan, MN.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Timothy Bahr.

James Vance Sexton

July 14, 1930 ~ February 24, 2012

James V. Sexton, 81, of Sioux Falls, died Friday, February 24, 2012, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Private family services will be scheduled for a later date.

Jim was born in Aurelia, IA, on July 14, 1930 to Frank and Ruth (Rice) Sexton. Jim graduated from Aurelia High school in 1948. He enlisted in the Air force in 1951 and served at various Air Force bases as a medic during the Korean War.
He graduated from Presentation School of Nursing 1957 as a Registered Nurse, where he met his wife, Colleen Charlton of Worthing, S.D. Jim and Colleen were married on April 26, 1957 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jim graduated from the Mayo Clinic as a Nurse Anesthetist in 1963.
The couple and their family resided in the Duluth, MN area for many years. Jim spent much of his time exploring the area and painting the beautiful scenery of the Great Lake area. His home is decorated with many of his great creations.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen; five sons, Mike (Julie), Emerson, NE, Dave (Patty), Salem, SD, Steve (Lynn), Estera, FL, Paul, Sioux Falls, and Mark (Paula), St. Cloud, MN; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marilyn and her husband Holger.

William Dennis Briggle

October 6, 1943 ~ February 18, 2012

Memorial services will begin at 1PM, Thursday, February 23, 2012, at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church with Pastor Jerry Merkouris officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Beaver Valley Church Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3 until 7 PM, Wednesday, February 22, at Heartland Funeral Home of Brandon, with family present at 5:30 and a prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.

William Dennis Briggle was born October 6, 1943 to Kenneth and Meda (James) Briggle in Sioux Falls. They lived in Canton where Bill went to school until about 10th grade. He began working for the Lincoln County Highway Dept doing road maintenance and plowing snow. After a few years, Bill turned his interest towards the Canton Farmer Coop where he worked for a few years. He also directed his attention to a young lady named Gloria Boscaljon. On March 23, 1962, they married. Two sons were born to this union; Scott and Steve. Eventually, Bill went back to work for the Lincoln County Highway Dept. in 1977 where he worked for 14 years. In 1991, Bill moved to Brandon where he started working for the Brandon City Maintenance Dept again plowing snow and mowing grass among other duties. In 1992, Bill married Ingrid Swenson and the couple has resided in Brandon ever since.

Bill had many hobbies that included hunting and fishing around South Dakota, gardening, woodworking, and collecting anything John Deere. In fact he has a whole room dedicated to his “green” collection. Bill also loved his animals including dogs, goats, and horses. Bill loved to bowl also and belonged to a league in Canton for years and was a cubscout leader for a short while as well.

Bill, 68, died Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ingrid, two sons; Scott (Holly) of Sioux Falls and Steve of Custer, two step-daughters; Theresa (Adam) Aberle, Huntsville, AL, Amy (Matthew) Jernsen, Brandon, 8 step-grandchildren; Austin, Alex, and Aarron Aberle, Devin and Lexi Swanson, and Madi, Carter, and Braeden Jensen, one sister; Pat (Steve) Fossum, Lennox and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

Evelyn “Ev” Marie Clark

June 6 1945 ~ February 15, 2012

Evelyn Marie was born on June 6, 1945 in Pipestone, MN to Charles and Arlene Kuehl of Verdi, MN. She grew up on the family dairy farm near Verdi with her four brothers and four sisters. She graduated from Verdi High School in 1963 and attended Mankato Commercial College where she met William Clark of Swea City, IA. They were united in marriage at Verdi Methodist Church on August 29, 1964 and then lived in Swea City, IA. That union was blessed with two children, Deborah and Douglas. The family moved to Tyler, MN in 1970 where they established and operated the Tyler Tribute newspaper for many years.

Evelyn was a dedicated mother, grandmother and caregiver sharing her baking and needlecraft skills with her grandchildren. One of her most treasured events was the annual Christmas cookie marathon when the entire family, including grandchildren, decorated the sugar cookies that were baked with love from her favorite recipes. She shared the special treats with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. She also enjoyed watching movies, listening to music and always looked forward to her “sister day” trips.

Evelyn worked as a bank teller, office manager, bookkeeper and home care aide. She worked most recently at Avera McKennan. She attended many special events that her grandchildren participated in and was always anxious to share her time and talents with them. They enjoyed spending time with grandma, too. She was tethered to a strong faith through a personal relationship with the Lord and a love and belief in angels, which she surrounded herself with as a constant reminder of God’s presence. She was an active member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church in Brandon, SD

Evelyn, 66, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by many loved ones including her children and siblings.

She is survived by her two children, Deborah (Tim) Paauw of Brandon, SD, Douglas (Tana) Clark of Garretson, SD, grandchildren, Katherine, Hannah and Dylan Paauw and Kindra, Jayden and Carson Clark; also by siblings Donald (Phyllis) Kuehl, Dorothy (Walter) Henningsen, Marg Selken, Mae Goertz, Carol (Roger) Nelson and Robert (Lisa) Kuehl and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and brothers Milo Kuehl and Richard Kuehl.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Elmer “Bud” McGraw

October 15, 1940 ~ February 11, 2012

Memorial services will be held at 1pm, Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with Chaplin Lara Pesce officiating.

Elmer Robert (Bud) McGraw was born October 15, 1940 to Elmer and Cleone (Derby) McGraw in a logging camp in Clackamas County, Oregon. About the age of two, he moved to live with his grandmother in Wynot, NE. He lived with her and attended school until the age of ten when his family moved to several different areas in the upper Midwest in search of work. At about the age of 15 or 16, he quit school to move to California to begin working himself. In 1957, Bud joined the Airforce. In 1960, he was discharged and he began working in the oil fields of Williston, ND and Wyoming. He also worked on ranches and drove trucks both over-the-road and in construction jobs. Bud moved to Sioux Falls in 1973 after he met his sweetheart, Sheryl, and began to settle down to start his family. In 1977, they were married in Sioux Falls and they had three boys.

Those that truly knew Bud knew that he had a tremendous sense of humor and was a great story teller! He always had a new joke or a story about the most current event in the news. He was well read and managed to have an opinion on just about everything. He loved to just hang out with his friends and family and be social. He had a way of saying just the right thing to make a person feel great about them self and smile. Bud like to fish and he and the boys used to go fishing. They usually didn’t catch anything but they got to have a lot of fun and were able to just hang out with their dad and they grew quit close to each other. Bud also loved his music! He even was a good singer back in his younger days. He used to sing some of his favorites but occasionally “forgot” the words and had to make up his own words to the song. His favorite varieties were anything Elvis, Oldies, Country and even the Blues. His favorite line that he was always quoting was “On the Road Again!”

Bud, 71, died Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Royal C. Johnson Memorial VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Bud will be greatly missed by his wife; Sheryl, three sons; Michael (Jessisca), Sean (Andrea), and Eran McGraw, all of Sioux Falls, six grandchildren; Jordan, Jared, Daymian, Ireland, Jackson, and Bella, and one great-grandchild; Ashlynn.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents.

Doris M. (Roy) Olson

February 24, 1920 ~ February 10, 2012

Doris M. (Roy) Olson, 91, Vermillion, SD, died Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Wakonda Heritage Manor, in Wakonda, SD.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 3PM. The location will be at the Town Square apartment complex, building #2, 507 W. Main Ave. in Vermillion, SD in the Community Room.

Doris is survived by three of her daughters; Rochelle Sparks of Vermillion, SD, Janice (Joel) Jacobs of North Las Vegas, NV, and Barbara Polsfuss of Isanti, MN, five grandchildren; Jason Wyatt, Kari, Henry and David Polsfuss, and Amy (Shahram) Malekkhosravi, four Great-grandchildren; Saige Wyatt, Ashlynn Polsfuss and Isabelle and Theda Malekkhosravi, and one brother; Marvin Roy of Bemidji, MN.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; David and Dephine (Beaulieu) Roy, her husband, L.R. Olson, two daughters; Sandra DeSmet and Karen DeSmet, and one sister; Vera Nelson.

Luke Alan Melius

January 12, 2008 ~ January 26, 2012

Visitation will be Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3pm to 5 pm at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with a Prayer Service at 5pm. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am Monday, January 30, 2012, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, with Pastor Daniel Deardoff officiating. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Luke Alan Melius was born on January 12th, 2008 to Rick and Katie (Skrondahl) Melius. He was brought into the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism on February 3rd, 2008. His baptismal sponsors were Angela and Jason Johnson.

He enjoyed tractors, making his sister Lydia laugh, spending time on the farm, feeding the cows bales, riding in the “bombine” and being outside. He also loved riding bikes, spending time with his grandparents, and learning Bible stories about Jesus from his parents.

Luke was a member of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church where he attended Sunday School and Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Preschool.

Luke was called to his Heavenly home on Thursday, January 26th, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. He is now safe in the arms of Jesus.

He was preceded in death by three sets his great-grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, Rick and Katie Melius and his sister Lydia of Brandon, SD, his grandparents Keith and Audrey Skrondahl of Pierre, SD, and Dwight and Denise Melius of Northville, SD, his great-grandparents, Don and Donna Nieses, Oldham, SD, his Uncle Kent Skrondahl of Sioux Falls, SD, Shaun Skrondahl, Trinity and Taleah of Sioux Falls, SD, his Uncle David and Aunt Laura Melius and their children Landen, Nathan, Teresa and Rachel of Cresbard, SD, his Aunt Angela and Uncle Jason Johnson and their children Carter and Lily of Lakefield, MN, his Uncle John and Aunt Jodi Melius and their daughter Avery of Brookings, SD, and other friends and relatives.

We thank God for the tender loving care He showed to Luke and pray the same love sustains us in the days to come.

Memorials may be directed to the Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Brandon.

Ronald I. Faust

April 27, 1948 ~ January 16, 2012

Ron Faust, 63, of Dell Rapids, SD, died Monday, January 16, 2012, at Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, SD after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial services for Ron will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 2 PM at Palisades State Park in rural Garretson.

Ron was born on April 27, 1948 to Elmer and Lydia (Matchette) Faust in Allentown, PA. He was the youngest of three children and was educated and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1966. Ron attended Penn State University for three years before he received a notice from Uncle Sam to serve his country in Viet-Nam. Instead, Ron enlisted in the Air Force and became an Electronics Warfare Specialist. Ron also married his sweetheart, JoAnn Ruth, in 1970, in Schoenersville, PA and promptly took her on a trip around the world. During his tenure, Ron served in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Biloxi, Mississippi, Great Falls, Montana, and Dallas, Texas. Upon leaving the military, their travels took them to Fairbanks, Alaska, England, Omaha, Nebraska, and back to Fairbanks, Alaska.

In 1998, Ron took a position with the USGS Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) Center and they relocated to Sioux Falls and then to Dell Rapids, SD.

Ron loved to travel and was a great lover of the out doors and nature. He took time to appreciate it. Gazing at the stars next to a fire pit with a glass of fine wine or scotch and a cigar was one of his passions. He loved the Black Hills of South Dakota and camping or hiking were some of his favorite pastimes. Ron also enjoyed music, photography, reading, writing and philosophizing as well as studying people. He loved his work and the people he worked with. He liked to engage people in deep conversations and find out what they were passionate about. Ron also developed an admiration of the Crazy Horse Memorial and the family involved in its creation. He made connections with the creator and shared in the philosophy behind the Project.

Ron will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend; JoAnn, of Dell Rapids, SD, his brother; Roger (Brenda) Faust, Germansville, PA, his sister; Judy Parsons, Kingman, AZ, nine nieces and nephews, eleven great nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Max Parsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crazy Horse Memorial, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD, 57730-8900.

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