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March 2010

Rolfe Cole
Rolfe Cole, 91, of Hudson, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital surrounded by family. Memorial services were held Saturday, March 6 at First UCC Congregational Church in Hudson with Rev. Nancy Jacobson officiating. Private inurnment was held at Eden Cemetery.
Rolfe High Cole was born March 13, 1918 on the family farm near Hudson, the son of Robert C. and Julia (Pierce) Cole. He attended school in Hudson, graduating in 1937. He married Marie Serck, his high school sweetheart, and together they raised four children and farmed for almost 70 years. Rolfe was active in his church community, a member of many farm related organizations and belonged to Jeptha Lodge #121 in Hudson for over 60 years. He felt honored to be a South Dakota farmer and steward of the land homesteaded by his Pierce grandparents.
Rolfe is survived by his wife, Marie; 2 sons: Rolfe Cole of Sioux Falls, and Jim (Judy) Cole of Hudson; 2 daughters: Carol (Darwin) Groth Rock Valley, IA and Becky (Roy) Burchett of Claremont, CA; 7 grandchildren: Tim (Kelley) Cole, Eileen (Jim) House, Tony (Janae) Rau, Jay (Shannon) Groth, Katy (John) Bernard, Jeff (Tara) Cole and Kari (Justin) Teunissen; 19 great-grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 2 brothers: Hobart (Grace) Cole of Canton, and Curtis (Mary Lou) Cole of Story City, IA; 1 sister, Lois Jeanne Statz of Storm Lake, IA; 1 sister-in-law, Avis Cole of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Julia; brother, John Cole; sisters, Helen Cole, Mary Fitch and Ruth Henkels.
Memorials may be directed to the Hudson Community Center.

Fred Wood
Fred Wood, 78, formerly of Hudson, died peacefully with his wife by his side on Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 10 at Hudson Lutheran Church with Rev. Lori Marty officiating.
Frederick John Wood was born December 18, 1931 to Frederick “Wren” and Gertie (Speelman) Wood on the family farm in rural Hawarden, IA. He graduated from Hudson High School and attended Black Hills State where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Education. Fred entered the U.S. Navy on July 31, 1951 serving his country during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on July 21, 1955.
Fred was united in marriage to Twyla “Jeane” Porter on June 7, 1958 in Emerson, IA. Together they started there home in Omaha, NE where Fred worked for the Nebraska School for Deaf and Mutual of Omaha. Fred then worked for various insurance companies through out the U.S. until retiring back to Hudson. During his retirement Fred drove school bus for the Alcester-Hudson School District and transported vehicles for Heartland Motors. Fred and Jeane moved to Sioux Falls in August of 2009.
He was an active member of the Hudson American Legion where he served as Commander for Hudson and Lincoln County. Fred enjoyed fishing, playing ball, golfing, his service in the Navy and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jeane; 1 daughter, Michelle (Robert) Lambert of Yankton; 1 son, Michael (Jodell) Wood of Hudson; 6 grandchildren: Jon (Mindy) Burt of Hawarden, IA, Bryan Burt of Sioux Falls, Rebecca (Grant) Kooima of Rock Valley, IA, Jennifer (Nathan) Vis of Hudson, Megan (Brett) Blankespoor of Doon, IA and Baernt Wood of Hudson; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Ramona Schlup of Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wanda Hermanson.

Lester E. Day
Lester E. Day, 88, of Alcester, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Morningside Care Center in Alcester. Funeral services were held March 13 at Nathanael Lutheran Church.
Lester was born June 24, 1921 in Lincoln County, SD to parents Harry and Mabel (Peterson) Day. He graduated from Alcester High School in 1940.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He enlisted in September of 1942 and was honorably discharged in January of 1946. He returned home and farmed in Lincoln County. He then moved to Alcester and managed the Farmer’s Union Coop for 34 years, retiring in 1984. Lester married Avis Osheim on April 12, 1951. She died March 18, 1968. He married Beverly Anne Severson on April 19, 1975. She died January 24, 2008.
Lester was baptized, confirmed, and was a lifelong member of Nathanael Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council. He also served on the Alcester School Board, Alcester City Council and was a member of the Commercial Club and the Lions Club. His hobbies and interests included gardening, raising parakeets, trap shooting, hunting and being an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Avis and Beverly, and his brother Oliver.
Survivors include his children, Marlin Day and wife Heather of Hudson, Karen Severson Cook of Worthington, MN, Jerald Day and wife Gerri of Canton, and Bruce Day and wife Virginia of Canton; nine grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, Warren Day and wife Phyllis of Sioux Falls and Don Day and wife June of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Marcia Anderson of Kenya, Africa and Miriam Cox and husband Bill of Fairfield, OH; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to Nathanael Lutheran Church.

Delmer A. Stene
Delmer A. Stene, 86, of rural Alcester, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Morningside Care Center in Alcester. Funeral services were held March 15 at Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Beresford, with burial at the church cemetery.
Delmer was born March 25, 1923 to parents Louis and Louise (Keiser) Stene on the family farm in Union County, South Dakota where he lived his entire life.
Delmer attended Prospect Hill rural school. He married Darlene Newberg on October 5, 1943. Delmer farmed his whole life. Farming wasn’t just his occupation, it was an enjoyment and passion and in 2008 Delmer was recognized at the South Dakota State Fair for having a Century Farm. Darlene passed away in 2003 and Delmer continued to live on the farm until poor health forced him to move to the Morningside Care Center where he resided until his death.
Delmer was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church and later became a member of Roseni Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. Among his hobbies and interests were tractor pulling, restoring tractors, dancing and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Dallas, and brother DeLewis.
His survivors include three children, Dennis Stene and wife Glenda of Sioux Falls, DeLynn Stene and wife Colleen of Alcester and DeAnne Mulder and husband Larry of Mt. View, MO; 8 grandchildren, Amy Ireland and husband Scott, Angela Stene, Kimberly Stene, Julie Stene, Travis Stene and wife Natalie, Kyle Stene and wife Marcy, Jennifer Renegar and husband Earnie and Melanie Miller and husband Tim; 9 great grandchildren, William and Alex Ireland, Chantell Westberg, Amelia and Trevor Stene, Haleigh and Colton Stene, Jayson Petersen and Avery Miller; special friend Mildred Espeland, Sioux Falls; and many relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to Morningside Care Center, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Wilhelmina Alvina “Minnie” Bauder
Wilhelmina Alvina “Minnie” Bauder, 95, of Hawarden, IA, died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Funeral services were held March 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden with Rev. Todd Bunge officiating. Burial followed at the Grace Hill Cemetery.
Wilhelmina Alvina “Minnie” Bauder was born July 14, 1914, the fourth of ten children, born to German immigrants, Frederick and Alvina (Tank) Gayer, on the homestead in Plato Township, Southwest of Rock Valley, IA. Minnie was baptized and confirmed at the Peace Lutheran Church south of Rock Valley. She attended country school through the eighth grade. Minnie helped her mother raise her siblings and helped her dad on the farm. She worked for young mothers in the neighborhood with newborn babies and did housekeeping.
Minnie was united in marriage with Roy Bauder on February 25, 1936, at the Peace Lutheran Church. They began farming east of Hawarden. During their first year they experienced blizzards, flooding, severe drought, and dust storms. Roy and Minnie sold eggs at their farm and had a delivery route in town. After their children were raised, she worked at Otis Radio and Electric for ten years. The couple retired into Hawarden in 1982. Minnie continued to enjoy her flower gardens, playing cards with family and friends, and volunteering at the Hospital Thrift Shop.
Minnie was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and Lamplighters. She was also a member of the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. Minnie enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens and doing needle work. She was active in 4-H, helping her children with their projects.
Roy passed away December 20, 2001. Due to failing eye sight, Minnie moved to Hillcrest Health Care Center on February 14, 2005.
She is survived by one daughter, Marge Dimmick and her husband Don of Hawarden; two sons and their wives, Darrell and Dorothy of Moorhead, MN and Larry and Joann of Hawarden; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Lura) Gayer of Rock Valley; four sisters, Esther Bauder of Rock Valley, Ann Wasser of Hawarden, Dorothy Jones of San Diego, CA, and Marcia (Walter) Intorf of Osage, IA.
Besides her parents and husband, Minnie was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Jr. “Fritz” Gayer; and three sisters, Martha Gerlach, Emma Moeller, and Louise Heuer.

Marie Margarite Sylvia Simpson
Marie Simpson was born on July 13, 1920 to John and Anna Johnson in Beresford. She attended Roseni Lutheran Church, where she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Marie graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, CA, and after a number of years working in Los Angeles, she returned to Beresford, SD. She married Elroy John Simpson on January 1, 1949 and birthed nine children. Elroy and Marie were married 38 years when Elroy was ushered by the angels into God’s presence on September 18, 1987. Marie attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church for over 40 years. She was baptized in the Jordan River in Israel in 1998. During the last 8 years, she lived in the Twin Cities with her children. She was escorted in by God’s angels through the Gates of Glory and was greeted by Jesus and all her loved ones that went before her on March 14 at 5:12 p.m.
Marie is survived by 8 children, 23 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces and cousin Janice Gibson (Montebello, CA). She was also survived by best-friends Nyla Miller (Beresford) and Bertha Johnson (Seattle, WA).
Her 8 children and 23 grandchildren are as follows: John (Sharon) Simpson and children Brian (Angie), David, Christy, Tina, Josh, Tom, Tiffany, Larry, and Anthony; Daryl (Sandy) Simpson and children Steve (Merredith) and Julie (John); Jan Simpson; Dwight (Judy) Simpson and children Merredith (Steve), Sarah (Clint)and Ian; Shirley (Robert) Poelstra and children Josh and Tara; Sandy Simpson; Lindy (Paul) Burggraff and children Amanda, Adam, and Anna; Larry (Joan) Simpson and children Levi, Joseph, Noelle, and Samuel.
Her 7 great-grandchildren are as follows: Tyler, Brandon, and Aaron Koupal (parents John and Julie); Carter and Grace Simpson (parents Brian and Angie); Jaxon and Reagan Donahue (parents Steve and Merredith).
Visitation at Wass Funeral Home will be Friday, March 19 from 5-7 p.m. A service will follow at 7:00 p.m. The Homecoming Celebration will take place at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Earl P. Osterkamp
Earl P. Osterkamp, 73, of Hawarden, died Monday, March 15, 2010 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden with Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Earl P. Osterkamp was born September 14, 1936 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of John W. and Florence Edith (Olson) Osterkamp, Jr. He lived in Waterloo before moving to Hawarden at the age of 7. He attended country schools and graduated from West Sioux High School in 1954. Earl traveled to Denver and to California for work before he began farming with his father in 1957. He started C & R Gravel Pit with his brother in the late 1980’s.
Earl married LeSharon Kay Leeman on September 18, 1957. They farmed north of Hawarden. Earl loved going up north to fish with his kids and grandkids. Earl and Kay bought a place in Custer, SD in 1991 where they spent much of their time. Earl attended the First Baptist Church in Hawarden.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; their children, Cindy and Jim Seurer of Minneapolis, Robert and Diann Osterkamp of Sioux Falls, Steve and Teri Osterkamp of Hawarden, Russ and Patty Osterkamp of Hawarden, Stacey and Teri Osterkamp of Charles City, Iowa, the triplets: LeeAnn Beyer of Sioux Falls, Jill Hauge of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Shari Osterkamp and Tim Overhauser of Hawarden, and the twins: Judy and Phil Hooyer of Hawarden and William “Bill” and Misti Osterkamp of Hawarden; his sister, Cheryl Hepner and husband Carl of Rock Falls, Illinois; brothers-in-law, Warren and Donna Leeman of Sioux Falls and Rocky and Sue Leeman of Hudson, South Dakota; a sister-in-law, Bev Osterkamp of Hudson, South Dakota; 23 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Osterkamp; brother, Charles; sister, Phyllis Wilde; and 2 nephews, Phil Hepner and Charles Wilde.

Kenneth A. Barnes
Kenneth A. Barnes, 74 of Whiting, Iowa, formerly of Alcester, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.
Kenneth Arlyn Barnes was born on March 8, 1936 in Gravity, Iowa, the son of R.C. and Vera (Tackett) Barnes. Ken was the third of eight children. He grew up on a farm in Taylor County, Iowa. Ken served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. From 1956 to 1966 he did research for the Dept. of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland. Kenneth married Betty A. Mallicote in 1956. They managed a Quality Dairy Convenience Store in East Lansing, Michigan.
In 1969 he moved with nine of his ten children to Alcester, owning the local 3-B IGA grocery store until he sold the business in 1979. For the next ten years he managed the Sun Motel in Elk Point, South Dakota. From 1987 to 1990 he worked at Winn-A-Vegas, as a Security Guard. Kenneth married Dorothy Yockey in 2001. He was employed by Sunrise Retirement Center until his retirement in 2004.
Ken is survived by his wife Dorothy; 5 sons, Don and his wife Elaine of California, Steve and wife Mary, Kenny and wife Sandy, Neal and wife Mary all of Alcester, Doyle
and wife Crystal of Beresford. 4 daughters, Nora Ludwig of Sioux City, Desi and her husband Ken Berg of Sioux Falls, Serena and husband Gary of Hawarden, Nina and husband Lt. Col. Tony McNeill of Lansing, Kansas; one step-son, Rod Yockey and wife Sheri of Sloan; 2 brothers, Eldon Barnes of Sioux City and Gerald Barnes and his wife Sherrie of New Market, Iowa; 4 sisters, Elaine Dillon of Paris, Arkansas, Eleanor and husband Ron Moran of Creston, Iowa, Becky and husband Gary McKenney of Hastings, Iowa and Leanna and husband Dennis Ohnmacht of Blanchard, Iowa; 24 grandchildren, 14 great children and 1 great, great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David and a sister, Carlotta.
We were all blessed to have shared his life. Ken lived the philosophy that he knew no strangers, strangers were just friends he had never met. He will be missed by all.

Dennis Wayne McDonald
Dennis W. McDonald of San Marcos, CA, formerly of Clear Lake, IA, passed away on March 9, 2010, as a result of heart failure and prostate cancer. He was 91.
Graveside committal service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Eden Cemetery at Hudson. The Rev. Barb Joy of the United Methodist Church in Hawarden will officiate. A luncheon will follow at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden.
Dennis Wayne McDonald was born in Hartington, NE on May 5, 1918, the son of Charles R. McDonald and Amy R. Edson. He spent his childhood in Hartington and nearby Hawarden, IA, graduating from Hawarden High School. It was in the Hawarden area, where Dennis met his lifetime sweetheart, Neva Shirley Smith, daughter of Ross Smith and Myrtle Miner of Hudson. Dennis and Neva were married in 1939, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary last year.
Dennis worked for the Williams Brothers (Great Lakes) Pipeline Company for nearly 40 years. Den and Neva moved to Clear Lake, IA in 1950 where they lived as longtime residents until last year, when they relocated to California to be closer to family. Dennis was an electrical maintenance technician for the Pipeline. Being very knowledgeable in electronics, one of Dennis’s long time hobbies and sidelines was repairing radios and TVs for friends around Clear Lake.
Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a generous and friendly man, had a good sense of humor, and would give anyone the shirt off his back. One of his later hobbies was collection and restoration of Edison cylinder record players. Dennis and Neva enjoyed traveling the country in their motor home after Dennis retired in 1983. Dennis especially enjoyed traveling to Colorado and California frequently to spend time with family. Dennis was a veteran of WW II, serving in the Navy in the South Pacific.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Neva, and his 3 children, Larry R. McDonald (Maria) of San Marcos, CA, Gary W. McDonald (Georgia) of Santa Ana, CA and Connie McDonald (Steve Matous) of Boulder, CO. He also leaves 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Hospice Foundation of America.

Adelaine Alvina Wiksen
Adelaine Alvina Wiksen, 88, of Hawarden, IA, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden. Funeral services were held March 26 at Big Springs Baptist Church, rural Alcester, with Rev. Daryl Runion officiating. Burial followed in the Big Springs Baptist Cemetery with military rites by the Hawarden VFW and American Legion.
Adelaine A. Wiksen was born January 22, 1922 in Wausa, NE, the daughter of Andrew and Edna (Ludvigson) Johnson. She attended school at Wausa and became a registered nurse from Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. She served as a nurse in the US Army for 18 months during WWII.
Adelaine moved to Hawarden in 1947 and was the superintendent of nursing at the Hawarden Community Hospital for 1 year. She later worked for many years as a RN there. She married Bernard Wiksen on February 20, 1948 in Wausa. They farmed near Hawarden in South Dakota. Adelaine was paralyzed in an accident in 1977.
She was a member of the Big Springs Baptist Church where she was active in women’s ministries and served as church treasurer. She was secretary of the county farm bureau and a member of the Hawarden VFW. Adelaine was also a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and served as vice president of the north central chapter of the PVA.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard; two sons, Wayne and wife Beth of Louisville, KY and Arden and wife Rhonda of rural Hawarden; sister, Bernice Severson and husband Orvin of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Michelle Charlton, Kenneth Wiksen, Wade Wiksen, John Wiksen, Cody Prisk and wife Tiffaney, and Katie Ghaner; 6 great-grandchildren, Iziah Wiksen, Riley Prisk, Colton Ghaner, Tyler Ghaner, Raylee Ghaner, and Kelby Ghaner; nephews and nieces.
Adelaine was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Vernor Johnson and wife Marion; and sister, Beverly Kindschuh and husband Eugene.

Lila Marie Reinmuth
Lila Marie Anderson Reinmuth, 84, died March 29, 2010 in Alcester. Funeral services were held April 6 at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Alcester.
Lila Marie Reinmuth was born Dec. 21, 1925 in Alcester, to Robert and Pearl (Johnson) Anderson. She spent her childhood in Alcester and graduated from Alcester High School in 1943. In September 1943 Lila Marie entered the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN in the U.S. Nurse Cadet Corps Program. She graduated September 8, 1946.
On September 14, 1946 she married G. Wayne Reinmuth. They moved to Rapid City where Wayne finished his education at S.D. School of Mines. Lila worked as a RN in the obstetrical ward of Black Hills General Hospital. They lived in Parkston, Clarkston, WA, Richland and Kennewick, WA before moving to Damascus, MD. Lila worked for 14 years in the Montgomery County School system as an instructional aide in reading.
In 1988, Wayne and Lila moved back to Alcester. Lila was active in church her entire life. At Nathanael, she was church librarian and participated in the Church Library Association. In the 1990’s she was a synod delegate to the national ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Philadelphia, PA.
Lila loved music; she played clarinet in high school band, played the piano and sang in choirs all her life. She and Wayne sang in the Sioux Falls Festival Choir for several years and toured with them to Germany.
Lila is survived by three children, Bonnie (Tom) Clark of Colorado Springs, CO, Bruce (Aggie) Reinmuth of Alexandria, VA and Dale (Linda) Reinmuth of Mechanicsville, MD; three grandchildren, Jill Reinmuth of Alexandria, VA, Colleen (Ron) Hopwood of Castle Rock, CO and Rebecca (Robert) McBride of Colorado Springs, CO. Her parents, husband, Wayne, and an infant brother preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to Nathanael Lutheran Church, the American Stroke Society or Hospice of Siouxland.