Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

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Our Obituaries

Ivan Vosika

February 20, 1934 - August 22, 2016

Ivan Frank Vosika was born on February 20, 1934 to Stanley and Ona (Stasney) Vosika. Ivan was raised on the farm near Gregory and lived there all his life. As a young boy, Ivan was stricken with rheumatic fever making school difficult. With the help of his mother reading to him by lamp light, Ivan finished the eighth grade and then later obtained his GED. Ivan volunteered for military service...
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Ruby Shippy

January 6, 1923 - August 12, 2016

Ruby Mae Mudgett was born to LeRoy and Clara Mudgett on January 6, 1923 in Fargo, N. Dakota. She joined her brother Harvey (18 months older), and 22 months later, sister Bernice came. Her father struggled to find work, but made harnesses for a while. When Ruby was four, sadly he left the family, and she never saw him again. Her single mother returned to Colome, S Dakota. She made ends meet...
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Imogene Turnquist

October 28, 1919 - August 9, 2016

Imogene Pearl Turnquist from Wewela, SD, age 96, died August 9, 2016 at the Gregory Avera Hospital. Imogene was born October 28, 1919 to Elmer and Rena (Haukaas) Smith on the family homestead located one and a half miles north of the Turtle Butte. She was the youngest child of a family of eight. Imogene attended her elementary education at the Turtle Butte School. In order to attend high...
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Ruth Vavra

November 21, 1927 - July 2, 2016

Ruth Clara (Stellwag) Vavra was born November 21, 1927 on the family farm south of Gregory, SD to Hans and Clara (Faatz) Stellwag, the fourth of ten brothers and sisters in the family. Ruth completed school to the eighth grade. Ruth started working for Buches, then located on Main Street Gregory. Ruth married Richard Vavra in Colome on October 4, 1948, and they lived on the family homestead...
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Veryl (Sis) Wagaman

March 31, 1926 - June 20, 2016

Veryl (Briggs) Wagaman was born on March 31, 1926 at Iona, South Dakota to Harry and Mary (Hickey) Briggs. Veryl had two brothers Dwane and Dean. She attended the Iona school through middle school and then attended high school for a while in Gregory. One of Veryl's favorite things to do was to come to Gregory with her folks. She enjoyed taking in a movie when she could. Veryl was known by...
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Dwight Roggow

May 29, 1956 - June 17, 2016

Dwight Arden Roggow was born May 29, 1956 to Vilas and Amy (Ameila Wetzler) Roggow. He was the oldest of three children. Dwight attended the Bunnell school and also the Lucas school. He graduated from Burke High School in 1974. Dwight attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND for four years. Then he returned to farm with his Dad and beloved uncles. In 1996 he began trucking as a bull...
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Bonnelle Spreckels

January 15, 1923 - June 4, 2016

Bonnelle Jewell was born January 15, 1923 to Charles Cyrus and Myrtle Florence (Bloodhart) Jewell, on the farm in Carlock Twp. Gregory, SD. Bonnelle was the last of eleven children born to the family. She passed away of natural causes on June 4, 2016, at the age of 93. Bonnelle became a member of the Fairmont Methodist Church on September 13, 1936, a country church south of Gregory (after...
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Ruby Stevicks

October 13, 1925 - May 31, 2016

Ruby Melaine (Baxa) Stevicks was born on October 13, 1925 in their farm house in Dixon, SD to John and Nettie (Konop) Baxa. Ruby was the oldest of three children. In 1935 she moved with her family to a farm two miles west of Burke. The family then moved in 1938 to a farm southeast of Herrick where she grew up helping on the farm and attending grade school. While attending high school in St....
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Lowdon Heller

February 24, 1924 - May 28, 2016

On February 24, 1924, at the Ideal, SD home of Charles and Dora (Bainbridge) Heller a baby boy was born. They named him Lowdon (a family sir name). Lowdon was the fifth child and had three sisters and four brothers. At age four he started school at East Star Valley. Lowdon and his siblings walked four miles to the one room schoolhouse. A small chap, he would sit on the teacher's lap...
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Harley Hill

June 30, 1922 - May 25, 2016

Harley Hill, 93, passed away on May 25, in West River Gregory, South Dakota. He was born June 30, 1922, to Rollie and Eva Hill, on the family homestead north of Gregory. His mother was not happy with the doctor's fee of $25. He joined his sister and only sibling, Marcellene. Harley traveled by horseback with his big sister to rural schools in Gregory County during the Depression. He was expelled...
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Paul Vaughn

August 25, 1940 - May 16, 2016

Paul Randall Vaughn was born on August 25, 1940 to Lyle and Cecil (Alexander) Vaughn on the family home south of Herrick, SD near the Ponca Creek. Many adventures were had growing up along the "crick" with siblings AdaMae, Sonny, Inez, Ray, Rosemary, and the twins, Sharon and Karon. Paul attended grade school at St. Charles, SD and graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1958. While in high...
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Elsie Sinkular

July 8, 1923 - May 5, 2016

Elsie Esther (Schmidt) Sinkular was born on July 8, 1923, on the family farm south of Dallas to Jacob and Lydia (Ring) Schmidt and died May 5, 2016 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. She was the third of three children. Elsie graduated from Gregory High School in 1941 after which she attended SDSU, transferred to Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD, and graduated in 1943 with...
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Jim Hoffie

April 3, 1945 - May 2, 2016

James Edward Hoffie Gone But Never Forgotten James "Heavy" Edward Hoffie passed away on May 2, 2016 at Gregory Avera Hospital at the age of 71 after a short and very courageous battle with brain cancer. Heavy was born on April 3, 1945 to Gerald Weldon Hoffie and Louise Margaret (Fiebelkorn) Hoffie in Gregory, SD. Heavy was an excellent student and an outstanding baseball player. He...
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Jeff Kolbe

April 6, 1961 - May 1, 2016

Jeffrey Ben Kolbe was born to Ben and Sally (Remter) Kolbe on April 6, 1961 and died on May 1, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 55. Jeff was baptized on April 23, 1961 and was confirmed on April 13, 1975, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dixon, SD and was a current member of St John's Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD. Jeff started school in August of 1967 as a 1st...
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Richard Dick Steffen

July 26, 1936 - April 27, 2016

Richard D. (Dick) Steffen, 79, Gregory, died April 27, 2016, at Avera Gregory Hospital. Dick was born July 26, 1936, to Ernest and Viola (Drees) Steffen of Gregory, South Dakota. He was raised in Gregory County and attended high school at Gregory High. During Dick's youth he participated in sports, hunted, fished and generally enjoyed all outdoor activities. Dick married Carolyn J. "Jean"...
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Gregg Schwartz

April 24, 2016

Gregg Michael Schwartz, age 60 of Denver, CO passed away suddenly on April 24, 2016 at his home in Denver, CO. Gregg was born to the late Richard Lee Schwartz and the late Ruth Marlene Harter Schwartz. Gregg's childhood was a busy one spent with his dog Brownie. Greg and life long friend, Dave Cahoy went hunting and fishing every chance they would get. He had an old pickup that was referred to...
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Norbert Holmberg

September 22, 1942 - April 13, 2016

Norbert Lee "Sonny" Holmberg was born September 22, 1942 at the family farm south of Carlock, SD. Born to Carl and Emma (Simunek) Holmberg, he was the second child of seven, born during a snow storm where the doctor was brought to the house in a weasel. Norbert worked on the farm with his father, starting at the age of 7, this led to his love of farming. He and his brother Emil shared...
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Louis Papousek

October 28, 1924 - April 11, 2016

Louis (Louie or Lou) Francis Papousek was born October 28, 1924 near Gregory, South Dakota to Joseph B. and Frances (Musilek) Papousek and went to his eternal home on April 11, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Margo Dunn, in Malibu, California. Louie grew up on the family farm near Gregory with his parents and siblings: Agnes, Joe (Joseph C), Bob (Robert), and Donna. Louie lived a...
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Donald Turnquist

January 12, 1919 - March 27, 2016

Donald John Turnquist was delivered by a midwife in his parent's home on January 12, 1919 in Ardmore, South Dakota to Oscar John and Francis Henrietta (Gardner) Turnquist. He attended grade school near his family home spending much time with his beloved grandmother, Johanna Wilhemenia (Karlson) Turnquist. He graduated from high school in Edgemont, SD in 1937. During his high school years, he...
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Janice Wolf

June 6, 1932 - March 26, 2016

Janice Larae Wolf was born on June 6, 1932 to Reynold and Audrey Wolf in Beadle County, SD. She died March 26, 2016 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after a lengthy battle with pulmonary disease at the age of 83. Janice was baptized as a baby and confirmed in her faith at the Congregational Church in Carthage, SD. Janice attended school in Carthage and graduated as Valedictorian...
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Iris Krysl

December 5, 1924 - March 16, 2016

Iris Naomi (Wilson) Krysl was born near Burke, SD, on December 5, 1924, to Sadie Ethel (Elliott) and Earnest Ellsworth Wilson, the seventh of nine children. Her graduation from Burke High School in 1942 was a proud moment for her, after which she completed course work to become a country school teacher. Iris shared her passion for learning and teaching at several schools in north central Nebraska...
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Ruth Taggart

December 6, 1935 - February 10, 2016

Ruth Elizabeth (Peitz) Taggart was born in Winner, SD on December 6, 1935. She was the fourth of seven children born to William and Betty (Bruce) Peitz. Growing up on the farm Ruth enjoyed walking to school with her brothers and sisters and playing with the neighbor girls. Her imagination for "make believe" was a great characteristic of Ruth's creativity. Ruth graduated from Colome High...
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Frieda Stritecky

March 24, 1929 - February 10, 2016

Frieda Mae (Karel) Stritecky was born March 24, 1929 in a small farmhouse one mile west of Colome, SD. Frieda was the youngest of five children born to Louie and Flora (Bruns) Karel. She spent her childhood living with her parents, a brother, and three sisters on various farms near Colome and Dallas. Frieda attended all eight years of grade school in a one room rural school. Following...
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Deanna Clark

April 19, 1996 - February 8, 2016

Deanna Lou Clark was born April 19, 1996 in Brighton, CO to Harland and Linda (Bauer) Clark. She was raised in Valentine, NE until March 2008 when she moved to Rushville, NE with her mother and siblings. In the summer of 2008 Deanna moved to Gregory, SD to live with her father and his friend Nola Grim. During her school years Deanna enjoyed a variety of sports. She was a member of the...
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Dorothy Rohde

April 29, 1930 - January 22, 2016

Dorothy Dean O'Bryan Rohde was born April 29, 1930 at the family farm near Mosher, South Dakota to Boyd and Theodoshia (Eastin) O'Bryan where she joined eleven brothers and sisters. She attended rural schools near her home through eighth grade and attended high school at St. Mary's Catholic School in O'Neill, Nebraska where she graduated in 1948. On June 2, 1949 Dorothy was united in...
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Louie Bud Karel

February 17, 1922 - January 21, 2016

Louie (Bud) Karel Jr. was born at home on a farm south of Gregory on February 17, 1922 to Louie Sr. and Flora (Bruns) Karel. Bud attended first and second grade at the Carlson School, grades three thru six at the Saathoff School, and Jack School in grades seven and eight. He went to Colome High School and graduated in 1941. He assisted his parents on the family farm during these years. Bud...
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Walter Johnson

July 11, 1930 - January 21, 2016

Walter Marion Johnson, the fourth of six children, was born on July 11, 1930, to Axel and Alice (Nelson) Johnson on a farm near Winner, SD. Walter attended grade school at a rural school near his home for eight years and for four years attended high school at Colome High School in Colome, SD, graduating in the spring of 1948. While in high school Walter participated in football, basketball, track...
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Albert Cahoy

January 16, 2016

Albert Charles Cahoy was born May 8, 1937 at Lynch Nebraska, the second son of Albert Sr. and Mary (Nedorolik) Cahoy. He was raised on the Cahoy farm north of Fairfax which was originally homesteaded by his grandfather, Joseph Cahoy, before Gregory County was established. He and his family lived in the house that his grandfather had built in 1905. Their farm was recognized as a Century Farm by...
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Vera Adkinson

January 24, 1918 - January 14, 2016

Vera Agnes Donason Adkinson was born January 24, 1918 in Mills, NE the only child of Roy and Ellen (Higgins) Donason. She attended rural grade school and received her eighth grade diploma from the Keya Paha County School District. Vera attended and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill, NE in June of 1936. After graduation she attended college and then taught in the Mills School,...
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Larry Pechota

April 14, 1943 - December 23, 2015

Larry Gene Pechota was born on April 14, 1943 at the Mother of Grace Hospital in Gregory, SD. He was first of three children born to Lloyd and Lois Pechota. Larry grew up on a farm near Colome, SD and attended the Viaduct school for three years. His family then moved to South Beach, Oregon. They returned to the Gregory area where he graduated his senior year in 1961. Larry was united in...
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Ginger Shutt

September 1, 1944 - December 12, 2015

Ginger Elaine (Soesbe) Shutt, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Cheyenne, WY surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2015. She was born on September 1, 1944 in Gregory, SD to Vernon and Eva (Audiss) Soesbe. She married Jerry David Shutt on August 1, 1961, moved to Cheyenne in 1968, and had four children. Ginger was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She also was...
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Maurice Kramer

March 1, 1926 - December 10, 2015

Maurice Francis Kramer was born March 1, 1926 to William and Alice (Higgins) Kramer in Stuart, NE. He was the seventh of nine children. He grew up on the family ranch where he enjoyed riding horses and hunting. Maurice graduated from Stuart High School. Maurice joined the Army in 1946 and served in Japan during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Maurice met Fern Chambers at...
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Jay Wernke

July 1, 1964 - December 5, 2015

Jay William Wernke was born on July 1, 1964 to Catherine (Thoene) and William Wernke in Gregory, South Dakota. Jay graduated from Gregory High School in 1983. On August 14, 1999 Jay was united in marriage to Sandi Karl at the Gregory United Methodist Church. Jay and Sandi Wernke welcomed nephews Shane and Dane Wernke into their home in 2004. Jay found great joy being such an influential part...
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Duane Schmidt

May 13, 1937 - December 3, 2015

Duane Leroy Schmidt was born on May 13, 1937 at Burke, SD to John and Katie (Schrader) Schmidt. He was baptized at Carlock, SD. He attended the Burke Schools until 1956. A year later he enlisted in the United States Army. Duane married Twila J. Bentz on July 11, 1958 at Fairfax, SD and to this union two sons, Kelly and Randy, and three daughters, Leann, Sonya, and LaVonn, were born. ...
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Harold Smith

March 15, 1926 - November 19, 2015

Harold Smith was born on March 15, 1926 to Orville and Sarah (Fetzer) Smith on the family farm north of Gregory, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory. Harold attended rural school north of Dallas through the fourth grade. He then attended school in Gregory and graduated from high school in 1943. Harold joined the United States Army in 1944 and served...
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Delores Nelson

August 11, 1945 - November 13, 2015

Delores Hilda (Pelc) Nelson was born on August 11, 1945 in Albion, NE, the fourth child of John and Hilda (Holmberg) Pelc. She grew up on the family farm near Butte. After finishing the eighth grade, Delores stayed home and helped on the farm. Delores met Merle Nelson on her birthday in 1962 at a wedding dance. They were married on September 7, 1963 at the Methodist Church in Spencer, NE....
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Leola Papousek

November 11, 1929 - November 3, 2015

Leola Josephine (Tagtow) Papousek was born November 11, 1929, on a farm northeast of Iona, SD to Fred and Josie (Smischney) Tagtow. Leola joined brothers Lester and Lawrence and sister Lucille. As a youngster Leola attended the Star School which was a mile and a half from their home. For the first few years Leola rode a pony to get to school. Later when her little sister Lorraine started school...
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Michael Kaupp

December 19, 1951 - October 19, 2015

Michael (Mickey) Lonnie Kaupp was born December 19, 1951 at Gregory, SD to Oswald J. and Ellen Leona (Gomke) Kaupp. He grew up on the ranch south of Gregory and attended grade school at Pleasant View #53, graduating from Gregory High School in 1970. Mike was baptized and confirmed in the Union Congregational Church. He was a member of the Ramis Ramblers 4-H Club and the I.O.O.F. Lodge. ...
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Allen White

January 27, 1955 - October 14, 2015

Allen Eugene White (Papa Al) was born on January 27, 1955 in Burke, SD, to the late Eugene and Betty White. He graduated in Plant City, Florida. Allen enjoyed driving an 18-wheeler around the 50 states. He also loved rock and roll and working on motorcycles, cars, pickups, and boats with his cousin Don Veskrna. Allen Eugene White passed away on October 14, 2015 from battling cancer at the...
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John Greer

May 13, 1922 - October 9, 2015

John Louis Greer was born on May 13, 1922 to John and Jenny (Orr) Greer. He was the eighth of nine children born to this union. John grew up and attended Ryan school west of Lucas, SD, eventually graduating from Lucas High School where he was involved in the Lucas school choir. He attended the Lucas Baptist Church where he was baptized. Following high school, John operated a small farm in...
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Terry Luse

July 28, 1951 - September 6, 2015

Terry Earl Luse was born July 28, 1951 to Earl and Lucile (Johnson) Luse. He was the third of four children. Terry attended grade school all eight years at the little school house right at the top of the hill being taught by his sister Kaye, and Rod Billings and Glenn Linse, who later became his cousins-in-law. He went to Keya Paha County High School and graduated in 1969. Terry then attended...
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Bernice Winter

March 2, 1913 - August 29, 2015

Bernice Feyereisen Winter was born March 2, 1913 to Henry and Elvira (Anderson) Feyereisen on the family farm north of Dixon, SD. She was third of six children. Growing up Bernice and her brother Bill were inseparable as they played, did chores, and rode horses together. Bernice attended Lincoln School through the eighth grade. She attended one year of high school in Gregory and enjoyed learning...
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Robert Gingery

March 12, 1929 - August 15, 2015

Robert "Bob" James Gingery was born March 12th , 1929 to Clark and Emma (Seinoha) of Bonesteel, SD. He was a big brother to Catherine, Billy, Betty Jean, Larry, Margaret, and Darlene. Bob was raised on the family farm north of Bonesteel and graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1946. In October 1951, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two years including a station assignment in...
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Beverley Sinclair

August 6, 1937 - August 2, 2015

Beverley Jean (Mason) Sinclair was born August 6, 1937 in Winner, SD, the daughter of Earl and Libby (Kotrba) Mason. She grew up in Winner, attending Winner schools and graduating from Winner High School in 1956. During her school years Bev was involved in many activities including band, cheerleading, homecoming princess, school plays, and gymnastics. After graduation Bev attended the...
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Walter Graesser

January 5, 1925 - July 27, 2015

Walter Edward Graesser was born on January 5, 1925 at the Gregory Hospital to Thomas D. & Neta (Stoltenberg) Graesser and died July 27, 2015 at Rosebud Country Care Center. He was the third of four children. Walt's family lived in Carlock township until they moved to Valley township when he was four where he continued to live and raise his family until his retirement. In 1943 he graduated from...
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Lenard Boyer

January 10, 2001 - June 25, 2015

Lenard Dean Boyer was born in Armour, SD on January 10, 2001 to Kelly D. Boyer and Melissa L. Hart. Lenard spent his younger years in the care of his grandmother Arlene Songer whom he loved very much. Due to trying times and the loss of his grandma, Lenard went to live with his Aunt Desiree and Uncle Leonard Boyer. He was one of the sweetest, loving, caring, and generous young men you would...
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Sheila Hembree

April 12, 1942 - June 17, 2015

Sheila Ann (Frink) Hembree was born April 12, 1942 the daughter of Larry and Mabel (Harrington) Frink. She had three brothers—Larry, Bruce and Michael. Sheila grew up mostly in Greene, NY but also spent time in Chicago. She attended school in New York and enjoyed being in the jazz band. She married Bernard Nelsen in the 60's and to this union two daughters were born, Kathy and Patricia. ...
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Mike Neitzel

October 21, 1955 - June 15, 2015

Michael Duane Neitzel, 59, of Gregory, SD, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2015. Michael was born in Aberdeen, SD, on October 21, 1955 to the late Burton and Bernice Neitzel. Michael was married to Anita (Woods) Neitzel on July 17, 1982, in Sioux Center, IA, where the family resided until 1989. As a young man, Mike left home to start working and was an over-the-road trucker...
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Edward Kahler

February 1, 1926 - June 11, 2015

Edward R. Kahler was born February 1, 1926 to Jake and Mollie (Neuharth) Kahler on a farm south of Burke, SD. After grade school, he attended Burke High School. On June 11, 1939 Ed was confirmed at the Carlock Lutheran Church. His sister and his future wife Louise were in his confirmation class. In 1944 Ed joined the Army and was sent to the Philippine Islands. He was with the...
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Delbert Ritter

June 29, 1947 - June 9, 2015

Delbert Lee Ritter was born June 29, 1947 in Gregory SD, to Hilda Ann (Sexton) and Eugene Patrick Ritter. Delbert had four sisters, Patricia, Mary, Nancy, and Ellen, and two brothers James and Raymond. Growing up, Delbert enjoyed working with horses, fishing and hunting. Delbert spent his entire life working hard to provide for his family, as well as helping anyone in need. He worked on the...
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Thomas Beckers

June 24, 1922 - June 2, 2015


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Claris Claus

August 19, 1931 - June 2, 2015

Claris Claus was born on August 19, 1931 to Wilhelm (Bill) and Bessie (Totton) Claus. Claris grew up on the family farm north of Lucas, SD and attended East Gray School near his home. Claris entered the Army in September of 1952 and served in the Korean War as a Private First Class. He received the following medals for his service: two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Combat...
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Mary Grubbs Graesser

January 6, 1930 - May 27, 2015

Mary Adeline (Novotny) Grubbs Graesser was born January 6, 1030 near Winner, SD to Albert and Josephine (Rehak) Novotny. She was the fourth of eleven children. Mary was united in marriage to George Grubbs on September 21, 1948. From this union they had six children, Vickie, Terry, Dan, George Jr., Linda, and Starla. They operated the Gregory Airport and had an aerial spraying business for...
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Stanley Jacobsen

November 2, 1951 - May 27, 2015

Stanley Alan Jacobsen was born November 2, 1951 in Burke, SD to Donald and Betty (Bouslaugh) Jacobsen, the third of seven children. Stan grew up on a farm south of Dallas and went to a one room country school. After starting high school, he went from one classmate to seventy and quickly made friends with many of them. In high school some of his achievements were student body president, playing...
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LuVerne Forsch

September 2, 1934 - May 22, 2015

LuVerne (Bing) Allen Forsch, the second of 13 children and the oldest son born to Emil and Albina (Stroh) Forsch, was born September 2, 1934 in the family sod house on his Forsch grandparent's homestead near Burke, SD. This was his home until he married. LuVerne attended grade school in the Klug School about a mile from their home—not too far for kids to walk to school and home. He...
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James Bolton

March 31, 1924 - May 22, 2015

James Eugene Bolton was born March 31, 1924, at his grandmother's house on a farm near Hamill, SD to Clover (Milton) and Louis Bolton. Jim was the oldest son in the family and his brother, Donald, is the youngest. They had older twin sisters who died shortly after birth. Jim attended Winner High School where he graduated on May 20, 1943. On June 2 of that year, he entered active service in...
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Leo Frances Brown

May 12, 2015

Leo Frances Brown was a small surprise that excited everyone. We were very much anticipating the arrival of our new bundle of joy. Very unexpectedly and half way to the due date, an angel called him home on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Pierre, SD. He was a blessing to his mommy and daddy. They enjoyed every movement that he made, the sound of his heartbeat, and making plans for the day they could...
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Caroline Vedral

January 28, 1929 - May 11, 2015

Caroline Katherine (Hansen) Vedral was born the ninth of ten children to Katherine Mary (Guelig) and Hans Christian Hansen on January 28, 1929 in Dallas, SD. She attended grade school and high school in Dallas, completing the 11th Grade. Caroline dearly loved learning, reading and school in general. She was good at track, "even though I was short" and excelled in sprints. Her father died when...
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Robert Travnicek

September 10, 1928 - May 3, 2015

Robert Charles Travnicek was born September 10, 1928 to Joseph and Frances (Rubin) Travnicek in a rock house near Tyndall, SD. He was raised on a farm and enjoyed high school football. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1946. Robert continued his education at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD and played football for the college team. He taught school in the Tyndall...
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Kenneth Drey

January 15, 1927 - April 14, 2015

Kenneth Ivan Drey was born January 15, 1927, on a farm northeast of Gregory, SD, to Benjamin and Anne Helen (Miller) Drey. He welcomed two younger sisters, Edith Mae and Beverly, into the family. He passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Home in Sioux Falls, SD. Ken attended country grade school and graduated from Gregory High School in 1945. He lived in Gregory...
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Earl Boxa

February 17, 1929 - April 13, 2015

Earl Glen Boxa was born February 17, 1929 to Yaroslav (Jerry) and Anna (Konop) Boxa in the family home in Gregory, South Dakota. He was the sixth of seven children. The family lived on several farms/homefronts within the Gregory area notably the Ring place (1/2 mile from the Gregory Buttes) and the Swanburg place two miles NE of Gregory. Earl helped his dad and mother in all capacities as...
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Deward Dostal

May 14, 1927 - April 6, 2015

Deward (Dewey) Lee Dostal was born May 14, 1927 to Gus and Olga (Lapour) Dostal at Dallas, South Dakota. He was the eldest of two children born to Gus and Olga. Deward and his younger brother, Laverne Kenneth (Mush), grew up on the family ranch near the old Carlock townsite. Deward started his school career at the old country school south of Carlock, and finished high school in Gregory. ...
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Orlon Higgins

November 7, 1932 - April 5, 2015

Orlon James Higgins was born to James and Zoe Higgins on November 7, 1932 in Stuart, Nebraska. He grew up on a ranch near Brocksburg, Nebraska, where he attended grade school. In 1950, he graduated from Keya Paha County High School in Springview, Nebraska. He married Shirley Ann Kramer on January 16, 1954 at the Sacred Heart Church in Naper, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born:...
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Kay Karl

November 8, 1938 - March 23, 2015

Kay Joyce (Snider) Karl was born on November 8, 1938 to Kenneth and Josephine (Jamison) Snider on a homestead south of Paxton, SD. Kay graduated from Gregory High School in 1957. On June 1, 1957 Kay was united in marriage to Elmer Karl in Gregory. To this union three children were born—Michael, Cindi, and Sandi. Kay was a lifelong partner in Karl's TV and Appliance with her husband Elmer...
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Ada Sattler

May 10, 1913 - March 22, 2015

Ada Alice (Hutchison) Sattler was born on May 10, 1913 to Owen and Letitia (Palmer) Hutchison. She was the ninth of ten children. They lived on their homestead four miles east of Gregory. She attended the Rhoade's School which was one and a half miles away through the third grade. Ada walked to school with her sister Ann. One of her earliest memories that stayed with her throughout her life...
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Kent Sinkular

August 11, 1948 - March 17, 2015

Kent James Sinkular was born on August 11, 1948 in Gregory, SD to Woodrow and Elsie (Schmidt) Sinkular. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1966. Kent joined the Navy on June 1, 1967 and was honorably discharged on February 1, 1971. He had various jobs working for ranchers in the Mills area, drove school bus, and worked for Dakota Pride. Kent also farmed and ranched. Kent...
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Lisa Nemer

August 4, 1963 - March 15, 2015

Lisa Dawn Nemer's angels carried her to her Lord Jesus Christ at 7:00am on March 15, 2015. Lisa was born in Gregory, SD to Dr. Donald and Lorraine (Yanney) Nemer on August 4, 1963. She attended Gregory Elementary and Junior High School, graduating Gregory High School 1981. Lisa entered college at University of South Dakota and transferred to complete her education at Arizona State...
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Robert Putnam

October 29, 1931 - March 12, 2015

Robert John Putnam was born October 29, 1931 on a farm south of Dallas, SD, the eldest son of Francis and Bertha (Determan) Putnam. He attended Sunnyside Grade School, a one room school house south of Dallas. While attending Gregory High School, Bob worked for the Gregory newspaper. After graduating, Bob joined the Marines and was stationed in Japan. Returning from the service, Bob started...
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Reinhold Faatz

September 20, 1931 - March 2, 2015

Reinhold W. Faatz was born on September 20, 1931on the farm south of Gregory, SD. Reinhold was the youngest of six children born to William and Elizabeth (Horst) Faatz. Reinhold grew up on the family farm. He helped with chores in the house like setting the table for dinner. When his parents went to town for the day, Reinhold would help his sister Frieda with the farm chores. Reinhold's mother...
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Minnie Lane

March 12, 1917 - February 25, 2015

Minnie Blanche (Gidney) Lane was born on March 12, 1917, the youngest child of Charles and Clara (Beckley) Gidney in Montpelier, VT. Minnie attended school in Montpelier graduating from Montpelier High School. Upon completion of high school, she worked for a short time at National Life Insurance Company before gaining employment with the State of Vermont in the Unemployment Office. Minnie went...
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Ruth Beck

March 23, 1916 - February 20, 2015

Ruth Genevieve Beck was born March 23, 1916 in Montgomery County, Iowa. She was the second youngest of 7 children of John (Johan) Albin Gustavsson Maxell and Anna Wilhelmina Hult Maxell. She attended the rural Pilot Grove country one room school, Elliott High School and graduated from Red Oak High School in the class of 1933 at the age of 16. She attended Red Oak Jr. College for one year, the...
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Henry Miller

November 26, 1936 - February 15, 2015

Henry Edward Miller was born on Thanksgiving Day November 26, 1936 south of Dallas, SD at his grandparent's home to Ed and Frieda (Knittel) Miller. The family moved south of Colome to his present home in the spring of 1940. Henry was baptized in the Lutheran Church as an infant. Henry was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the Zion Lutheran Church in Colome. He attended rural school at...
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Lenora Cook

October 24, 1922 - February 13, 2015

Lenora Caroline Tupa was born October 24, 1922 to Belle (Musilek) and Joseph H. Tupa in rural Tabor, Bon Homme County, SD. As a young girl, her family moved to the Martin, SD area where her family farmed. Her early school years were spent there. After a brief return to the Lake Andes area, Lenora, 14 years old, and her family relocated to a farm northwest of Burton in Keya Paha County, NE. As a...
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Art Zimbelmann

July 26, 1929 - January 28, 2015

Arthur (Art) Zimbelmann was born July 26, 1929 on the family ranch near Hamill, the second child of seven to Henry and Clara (Korb) Zimbelmann. Art grew up on the ranch learning to work with cattle and ride horses. He developed a love of hunting and fishing during these growing up years. Art went to the country school right behind their ranch until he finished the eighth grade. He worked on...
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Judy A Shelby-Tech

October 2, 1964 - January 19, 2015

Judy Ann Shelby Tech was born on October, 2 1964 in Chicago, IL to Mary and Homer Shelby. She is survived by her husband Earl Tech, mother Mary A. Shelby, and five siblings, Gale Henry (Ken), Franklin Turner, Joan Grant (Ellsworth), Marilyn Lemon (Lemont), and Millard Fillmore Shelby (Shalize), Aunt Helen Lee, Uncle Lorenzo Shelby, cousins, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. ...
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Myrna Zimbelman

January 10, 2015

Myrna Faye (Schrader) Zimbelman was born June 14, 1951 at the Gregory Hospital in Gregory, SD to Bill and Dorothy (Dunn) Schrader. Myrna was the last sibling born in a family of twelve children. She was a typical "baby" of the family—very loved and spoiled by all. She grew up on the family ranch with many nieces, nephews, and cousins each summer. Myrna grew up on the Wolf Creek Ranch near...
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Penny Stinton Kelso

June 25, 1939 - January 9, 2015

Penelope June (Stinton) Kelso was born on June 25, 1939 in Burke, SD to Lyle and June (Embree ) Stinton. Penny graduated from Burke High School in 1957 and then attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD. Later she went on to receive her Masters Degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She enjoyed a 35 year career in teaching including Avon, SD, Yankton, SD...
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Janet Sattler

April 26, 1910 - December 18, 2014

Janet was born April 26, 1910, on the family farm near Naper, NE to parents, Frank and Anastasia Cerny. She was the youngest of ten children (four boys and six girls) born on the homestead and the only child not born in the sod house on the farm. She entered the world in the house they built shortly before Janet's birth. Janet's mother died when she was seven years old. Along with her father,...
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William Jonas

May 8, 1938 - December 15, 2014

William Jerome Jonas Jr. was born May 8, 1938 to William Sr. and Lauretta (Kirwan) Jonas. He grew up in Gregory, SD where he attended the Catholic school and Gregory High School. William graduated in 1956 and went on to attend the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, SD. Her married Norma Jean Vedral on August 31, 1957 and to this union four children were born: Danita, Denice,...
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Kathryn Shedeed

November 19, 1937 - December 7, 2014

Kathryn L. (O'Bryan) Shedeed was born November 19, 1936 in the Winner Hospital to Boyd and Doshia (Eastin) O'Bryan. She was the eleventh of thirteen children. Kathryn was raised on the family farm east of Wood, SD. When she was nine years old the family moved to a farm nine miles south of Winner. Kathryn attended Burns country school throughout grade school. She then attended St. Mary's Academy...
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Russell Graesser

December 7, 1924 - November 24, 2014

Russell C. (Russ) Graesser of Gregory, South Dakota, died on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Kearney, NE, Hospital just a couple of weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He had recently been able to spend time with all of his children and was joined by most of them at the hospital where there was much singing and sharing of good memories prior to his death. Russ was born in Dallas, SD, on...
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Viola Zeller

April 3, 1924 - November 19, 2014

Viola R. Eisenbraun Zeller, daughter of Adolph and Bertha (Steinke) Eisenbraun, was born April 3, 1924 at Paxton, SD. At the age of three, the family moved to a farm southeast of Colome, SD. Viola attended the Grand View country school for eight years and then graduated from Colome High School in 1942. She was baptized and confirmed at the South Dallas Lutheran Church. After graduating, she...
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Billy Bolander

April 27, 1971 - November 5, 2014

William (Billy) Michael Bolander was born on April 27, 1971 in Winner, SD to Bob and Sherri (Neumiller) Bolander. Billy was an only child until he started kindergarten. Beth, Brady, and Blaine joined the family shortly after. Billy graduated from Winner High School in 1990. After graduation Billy went to work for Wayne's Auto for three years. Then he joined his Uncle Francis on the farm. ...
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Violet Neilan

October 26, 1927 - November 1, 2014

Violet B. Dockter was born October 26, 1927 in Venturia, ND to Albert and Lydia (Thurn) Dockter. Violet had an older sister Leona and two younger brothers Elmer and Leonard. On February 26, 1953 she married Raymond Richard Brosz. There were three children born to that marriage: Joan (Don) Pudwill, Tim (Andrea) Brosz, and Jeff (Lorraine) Wolf. They made their home in Ashley, ND until Ray passed...
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Debbie Gray

May 12, 1954 - October 24, 2014

Debra Lynn Gray was born to Dale and Delma (Madsen) Gray on May 12, 1954. Debbie is the youngest of Dale and Delma's four children. Her siblings are Robert, Virginia, and Della. As a child Debbie enjoyed living on the farm. She could always be found with one of the family in some activity of farm life. Debbie loved going to Sunday school. She attended grade school for a time but most of her...
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Beatrice Brumbaugh

February 29, 1944 - October 20, 2014

Beatrice Fern (Rasmussen) Brumbaugh was born February 29, 1944 to William and Mary Evalyn (Sherwood) Rasmussen in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from high school in Rapid City, SD and attended college in Spearfish, SD. Bea spent many summers in Gregory with her grandmother Fern (Wilder) Hambek and Jim Hambek. On December 1, 1963 Bea was united in marriage to Donald Brumbaugh. To this union two...
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Louise Boyer

April 21, 1928 - September 29, 2014

Louise Anna (Weaver) Boyer was born April 21, 1928 to Roy and Anna (Bathurst) Weaver at Altoona, PA. Louise was the youngest of eight children. She was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD. Louise attended a rural school through the eighth grade. She had to leave school to help on the family farm due to her brothers going off to war. On August 11, 1955 Louise...
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Rose Mary Syfie

May 17, 1940 - September 21, 2014

Rose Mary Syfie was born in El Paso, TX on May 17, 1940 to Michael J. and Salma (Saab) Syfie. Rose Mary and her brother, George, were the first set of twins born in the family. Rose Mary lived in El Paso a few years until 1946 when the family moved to a small farm seven miles south of Dallas, SD. She went to country school and graduated from the eighth grade. Rose Mary then attended high school...
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Lorene Schaefer

January 6, 1954 - September 16, 2014

Lorene Mary Schaefer was born at her parent's home in Butte, NE on January 6, 1954 to Herman and Irene (Fischer) Schaefer. Because of the amount of snow the doctor came three hours after Herman and a family friend delivered Lorene. She grew up in Dallas, SD and attended grade school there. Lorene was creative child who liked to make mud pies with her friend Sheila Jensen. They were scolded more...
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Lucille Sanden

April 2, 1915 - September 15, 2014

Lucille Kathryn Fisher Sanden, the youngest of seven children, was born April 2, 1915 to Courtney (CW) and Maria (Leetch) Fisher. The family resided on a farm south of St. Charles, SD. In March of 1919, the family moved eleven miles south of Burke, SD where Lucille attended the Allum School while growing up. Her son, Arvid Neal, was born May 9, 1937. On May 3, 1945, Lucille was married to Will...
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Rick Vosika

August 22, 1960 - August 24, 2014

Rick James Vosika was born August 22, 1960, at Burke, SD, the son of Jim and Claudine (Miller) Vosika, the oldest of three children born to the family. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Gregory, attended three years of grade school at the Powell school near their home and then completed his schooling graduating from Gregory High School in 1978. As a boy on the farm he developed an...
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Ruth Musilek

July 26, 1912 - August 15, 2014

Ruth Marian (McKinney) Musilek was born July 26, 1912 on a farm near Wewela, SD to Brayton and Alice (Godfrey) McKinney. Ruth attended grade school and graduated from the eighth grade. She stayed with her grandparents near Burwell, NE while attending high school. Ruth married Edward Musilek on February 11, 1934 and to this union three children were born. Ruth enjoyed quilting,...
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Meryl Serr

June 26, 1935 - August 11, 2014

Meryl D. Serr was born on June 26, 1935 in Omaha, NE. He passed away on August 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. Meryl was the third son of six children born to Chris and Marian Serr. The family moved to Burton, NE when Meryl was about one year old. The family later purchased the V. Chambers place south of Paxton, SD where Meryl and his siblings finished grade school at...
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Marcia Cook

August 11, 2014

Marcia Ann (Higgins) Cook was born to Shirley and Orlon Higgins on November 27, 1954 in the Brown County Hospital, Ainsworth, NE. Marcia attended most of grade school at District 1 near Brocksburg, NE. The family moved to Gregory, SD in 1969, where Marcia attended junior high and high school, graduating in 1973. Marcia first met Bill Cook while living with her family on their ranch in...
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Dennis Brittain

October 11, 1946 - August 11, 2014

Dennis Leon Brittain was born in Grand Island , NE, on October 11, 1946, the son of Leonard Cletus Brittain and Evelyn (Sanderson) Brittain. He grew up in Grand Island, attending elementary school and enjoyed singing and running in school track events. At age 11 his father was killed in an automobile accident and shortly after, his mother and Dennis returned to her family home in Winner. ...
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George Konop

February 22, 1929 - August 8, 2014

George John Konop was born on February 22, 1929 to John and Mary (Preslicka) Konop at their rural home north of Dixon, SD. He was the eighth child of 13 born to the family. He attended country school through 8th grade and then briefly went to Gregory High School. After leaving school he spent a few years primarily working on area farms for relatives and others. In 1951 he was called to...
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Zelpha Powell

September 25, 1915 - August 7, 2014

Zelpha was born September 25, 1915 to John and Josephine VanKirk at Ashby, Nebraska in the sand hills. As many families did during the time leading up to the depression, her family moved to find work, which brought her to Gregory SD at a young age. From there her family moved around South Dakota, where she attended many schools, but finally settled in Gregory where she met her husband of 65 years...
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Marjorie (Voelzke) Bash Krcil

March 19, 1930 - August 5, 2014

Marjorie Marie (Voelzke) Bash Krcil a long time resident of Yankton, South Dakota died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Valentine, NE at the age of 84. Born in Dallas, SD on March 19, 1930 to Paul and Marie Voelzke, Marjorie or Marge as she was known to her family and friends, grew up in the Dallas/Gregory area and graduated from Gregory High School in 1946. She...
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Patricia Whiting

February 23, 1935 - July 25, 2014

Patricia Ann Johnson was born at Colome, SD to Patrick and Edna (Tarr) Johnson on February 23, 1935. Her father passed away five days before she was born. She moved to Gregory at a young age and lived there her entire life. She attended all twelve years to Gregory Public School graduating with the class of 1954. Patricia married Walter James Whiting on November 26, 1956 at the United Methodist...
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Ormal Zeller

November 22, 1947 - July 25, 2014

Ormal Ray Zeller (OZ) was born on November 22, 1947 in Gregory, SD to Reubin and Viola Zeller. He passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2014 at age 66. Ormal and his sister Sharon were raised on the original Zeller Family Homestead, which he later took over when his father retired. After graduation, Ormal lived in Mitchell and Sioux Falls and worked construction. He was also a member of the...
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