Vivian K. Finck

November 19, 1922 – September 18, 2010

Vivian Kathryn Finck, 87, of Brandon, SD, died Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the Helping Hand Assisted Living in Brandon.

Vivian was born on November 19, 1922, in Tyndall, SD to George and Katie (Kloucek) Britton. She attended country school and then graduated from Tyndall High School in 1941. She continued her formal training by attaining her teaching certificate from the Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD.

On June 18, 1944, Vivian was united in marriage to Leonard Finck near Tyndall where he farmed and Vivian taught school until deciding to stay home with their children. In 1978, Leonard retired and the couple moved to Tyndall where Vivian continued working at the Good Samaritan Center, first in the laundry and then in the kitchen.

Vivian retired in 1993 but continued to enjoy gardening, cooking, canning and baking. It was not just the holidays that were special times when Vivian was in the kitchen. Her potato dumplings, Christmas candy, and pickled beets were blue ribbon winners to all of her family.

Vivian also was a talented seamstress and loved to crochet. In fact, she sewed numerous items of clothing for her children as they grew up. The girls would pick something out of the catalogue and she would make it for them. When the bowling alley opened in Tyndall, Vivian was there. She once even teamed up with daughter Penny for a city doubles tournament and won!

Vivian was a member of the Tyndall United Methodist Church and the UMW circle. She also belonged to the Tyndall American Legion Auxiliary.

Vivian will always be appreciated by her children for instilling a sense of independence in them. She taught them about life, taught them right from wrong, and taught them how to take risks. She then set them free to experience the world fully uplifted with her support.

Vivian will be missed by her husband Leonard, Brandon, SD; four daughters, Sharon (Les) Larson, Duluth, MN, Peggy Patterson, Brandon, Betty (Gary) Schuster, Raleigh, NC, and Penny (Dan) Martz, Omaha, NE.; one son Terry (Brad), Seattle, WA; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dewey Britton.

A memorial has been established for Vivian to the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Rafael Morales

Rafael Morales

November 11, 1981 – August 21, 2010

Rafael Morales, 28, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, August 21, 2010. Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 1, at Heartland Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at Noon on Tuesday, August 31, with Prayer Services at 7:00 pm. at Heartland Funeral Home.

Rafael Morales was born in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, on November 11, 1981. He migrated to the United States at the age of 14. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated in 2000. He studied to be a chef because of his passion for cooking, but changed his career field. He became a licensed journeyman while working for Midwestern Mechanical in Sioux Falls where he was employed for 9 years.

Rafael’s greatest passion was his 2 children. He was a very loving father who always enjoyed spending time with his children making them laugh. He also enjoyed playing soccer and music. He was gifted in playing the piano and bass guitar. Rafael was a very generous and giving person. He was very outgoing and loved being around people. If anyone every needed any help, Rafael was always there. He liked talking to and listening to people’s problems and especially enjoyed making them smile. He traveled all over the U.S. with his church, Iglesia de Jesus Cristo Palabra Miel, meeting people that he became good friends with. Rafael will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Rafael is survived by one son, Noah Morales of San Diego, CA; one daughter, Amber Mendoza-Morales of Sioux Falls; his father, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico; one brother, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA; and one sister, Florista Morales of Mexico. A memorial fund has been set up at Home Federal Bank.


Rafael Morales, 28 años, de Sioux Falls, murió Sábado, 21 de agosto 2010. Los servicios fúnebres comienzan a las 2:00, Miércoles Septiembre 1, 2010 en Heartland Funeral Home en Brandon. El internamiento se sigue en el cementerio Mt. Pleasant en Sioux Falls. Visitación se iniciará al mediodía del Martes, 31 de Agosto con la Oración de Servicios a las 7:00 pm. en Heartland Funeral Home.

Rafael Morales nació en Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México, el 11 de noviembre de 1981. Emigró a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 14 años. Asistió a la escuela secundaria Lincoln y graduó en 2000. Estudió para ser un chef por su pasión por la cocina, pero cambió su campo profesional. Se convirtió en un obrero mientras trabajaba para la licencia del medio oeste Mecánica en Sioux Falls, donde trabajó durante nueve años.

El mayor pasión de Rafael era su dos niños. Era un padre muy cariñoso, que siempre disfrutaba pasar el tiempo con sus hijos haciéndolos reír. También disfrutaba jugando al fútbol y la música. Estaba dotado para tocar el piano y el baja de la guitara. Rafael era muy generoso y dadivoso personas. Era muy sociable y querido estar rodeado de gente. Si alguien cada necesitaba ayuda, Rafael siempre estaba ahí. Le gustaba hablar y escuchar los problemas de la gente y sobre todo disfrutar haciendo sonreír. Viajó por todo los Estados Unidos. con su iglesia, la Iglesia de Jesús Cristo Palabra Miel, conocer gente que se hizo buen amigo de. Rafael será profundamente extrañado por su familia y amigos.

Rafael le sobreviven un hijo, Noé Morales de San Diego, California; una hija, Amber Mendoza Morales de Sioux Falls, su padre, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México; un hermano, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA, y una hermana, Florista Morales de México. Un fondo fiduciario se ha establecido en el banco Home Federal para ayudar con los gastos del funeral.

Kerry Mogen

Kerry Mogen

July 17, 1950 – June 20, 2010

Kerry E. Mogen, 59, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Memorial services will be 1 pm Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Sonrise Baptist Church of Sioux Falls with Rev. Jesse Moore officiating.

Kerry was born on July 17, 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His parents were Donald and Esther Mogen. Kerry spent the early years in St. Paul, MN and then moved to Aberdeen at the age of ten.  He graduated from Aberdeen Central and went on to Northern State College.  While in school, he married Dianne Nelson in 1971 and had a daughter, Stacy Lynn.  Soon there after, Kerry changed his vocational plans and headed to Minneapolis, MN and launched a musical career that carried him all around the world playing with various bands and varieties of music. In 1980, Kerry married Donna Geiger in Cincinnati, OH and soon they had a son, Ryan.  On June 3, 2000, Kerry married Connie Crook-Jungwirth back in Aberdeen, SD.

Kerry spent his entire life pursuing his great love of music.  His was a skilled trumpet player, vocalist, keyboard player and even taught himself how to play drums.  He was a very entertaining musician and “front man” for several bands.  The last group he was with, The Great Unknowns, even played the stage of the SD State Fair.  Kerry was also involved with his church praise band at Sonrise Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, Sioux Falls; his father, Donald Mogen, Davie, FL; a son, Ryan Mogen, Midland, TX; a daughter, Stacey (Barry) Ellis, Miles City, MT; a step-daughter, Amy Jungwirth, Sioux Falls; a brother, David (Michelle) Mogen, Davie, FL and seven grandchildren.

Kerry was preceded in death by his mother, Esther.

Joan Francis McCormick

Joan Francis McCormick
December 30, 1938 – March 29, 2010

Joan Francis McCormick, 71, of Sioux Falls, died at her home, on Monday, March 29, 2010, with her family at her side. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include four sons; Dennis, Woodbine, KS, Steve, Fergus Falls, MN, Mike, Blue Earth, MN, and Alan, Fairmont, MN, three daughters; Leeann and Amy McCormick of Sioux Falls, and Lisa McCormick of Abilene, KS, 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers; Lavern Bellefeuille, Naytahwaush, MN and Ronald Bellefeuille, Mahnomen, MN, two sisters; Myrna Smith and Marilyn Goodwin of Naytahwaush, MN.

Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins, 66, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Dennis is survived by one son; William (Lisa) Counterman, Stanwood, WA, one daughter; Denise Jenkins, Sioux Falls, six grandchildren; Jeffery, Jared, Logan, Amenda, Alison, Amber, and Alyssa Counterman, one brother; Jeffery (Lynda) Jenkins, Riverside, CA., and one sister; Christine Hoffman, Toluca Lake, CA.

Albert H. “Bert” Heacock

Albert H. “Bert” Heacock

July 8, 1929 – March 21, 2010

Albert “Bert” Heacock, 80, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at home, surrounded by his family. Services will be held at 1:30pm, Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3200 E. 6th St. in Sioux Falls, SD.

Bert was born July 8, 1929, in Reading KS, to Emory and Eva (Needels) Heacock. After schooling through 8th grade, he began working on the railroad and continued it by doing blacksmithing and machinery repair for over 31 years at Lad’s Manufacturing and Repair in Walnut Grove, MN. During his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and furniture repair.

Bert will be greatly missed by his wife of 55 years, Elsie of Garretson; his children, Willy (Christina), Denver, CO. and Wade (Ann) Creston, IA., Kathy (Bruce) Schultz, Garretson, and Karen (Tracy) Hanson, Minneapolis, MN.; three grandchildren, Brandi (Steve) Frommelt, Phoenix, AZ., Alexander and Ashley Heacock; three great-grandchildren, Briona, Clarissa, and Analiese Frommelt; One brother, Clarence, Sparks, NV.; and two sisters, Joyce (Charles) Trimble, Burlington, KS and Helen (Jack) Blakely, Carthage, NC.

John Phillip Manning

John Phillip Manning

January 2, 1939 – November 30, 2009


John Phillip “Big John” Manning, 70, of Brandon, died at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, on Monday, November 30, 2009.

Visitation will be held at Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon on Friday, December 4, from 4pm until 8pm with family present and a prayer service beginning at 7pm. Funeral services will also be held at the church in Brandon on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 1:30pm. A private family burial will follow at Prospect Hills Cemetery in Wessington Springs.

John was born January 2, 1939, in St Paul, MN, to Henry L. and Frances E. (Shamla) Manning. He went to country school in Greenleaf, Minnesota. After graduating from Litchfield, Minnesota in 1957, he went to work installing Butler Grain Bins in Williston, North Dakota. In 1959 – 1960, he worked road construction including building Hwy 34 and the spillway at Ft. Thompson. In 1961, John married Kathryn Stulken. To this union, four children were born. They farmed from 1961 to 1969 near Wessington Springs. In 1969, John started driving truck, becoming an Owner-operator in 1977. He was grateful for not having any unpreventable accidents in 40 years. After suffering a heart attack in 2000, John drove for Ace Towing, until January, 2009.

John was a member of the OOIDA Truckers Association and the Granite Threshermen’s Association and Celebration United Methodist Church of Brandon. He also spent many days having coffee with friends at Cody’s on North Cliff.

Survivors include three sons, Kirby (Dianne) Wessington Springs, Kent, Sioux Falls and Kyle (Brenda) Pierre; one daughter, Karis (Edward) Burkiewicz, Wessington Springs; eleven grandchildren, Troy, Heather, Sara, Katie, Dyanna, Jonathan, Kassondra, Erik, Bryanna, Tyler and Austin; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Barb), Litchfield, MN and Tom (Janice), Litchfield, MN; three sisters, Darlene (Donnie) Putney, Litchfield, MN, Ethel Brennan, Minneapolis, MN and Patty Fasbender, Lanesboro, MN; and many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Barb Halbersma.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother, James, and one brother-in-law, Norm Fasbender.

A memorial has been established.

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