Marvin Allerdings

HURON — Marvin Allerdings, 87, of Huron, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.
His memorial service will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, at the Kuhler Funeral Home.
Marvin Emmanuel Allerdings was born June 12, 1930, at Selby to George and Barbara (Spitzer) Allerdings. He attended country school east of Gettysburg.
In 1968, Marvin married Gladys Hoffman at the Methodist Church at Tolstoy. He worked as a farm hand most of his life. The family lived near Highmore, and then moved around for work at Seneca, Ashton, Turton and Redfield. In 2002, Marvin and Gladys moved to Huron to be closer to family.
He enjoyed watching stock car races in Huron and Miller. He was also a fan of NASCAR and followed the Earnhardt racing family. Marvin chose to follow the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. He cherished his time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys of Huron; sons, Steve Allerdings of Huron, and Kenneth Allerdings of Bath; granddaughter, Natasha Allerdings of Doland; brother, Rueben (Delores) Allerdings of Huron; and brother-in-law, Hershel (Norma) Hoffman of Belle Fourche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister-in-law, Edna (Alex) Vail; and one brother-in-law, Darrell Hoffman.


Maureen A. Gerdes

Maureen Gerdes, 87, of Miller, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Miller Good Samaritan Center after a long, full and fun-filled life.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul Josten, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 followed by a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, all at the church.

The sixth of seven children, Maureen Ann Wherry was born March 22, 1930 to Melvin and Mary (Rudd) Wherry at their home in rural Hand County. She grew up on a farm in the middle of the Depression and rode a horse or sleigh to rural schools, depending on the weather. She attended Orient High School one year and graduated in 1948 from Faulkton High School. She was a secretary for Faulkton attorney L.A. Melby until 1950 when she began work at what was then known as Black Hills General Hospital until 1951.

Maureen met Delmar Gerdes at a dance in Orient. They married November 8, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Orient, SD. They lived in California while Delmar served in the Army from 1951-1953 after which they returned to South Dakota. Maureen was a homemaker and mother to three children while living in Wecota, Timber Lake and Miller, SD. They spent 57 happy years together until Delmar’s death on August 13, 2008.

Maureen worked as a secretary for Miller attorney James I. Hare from 1966-1970. She served as deputy Hand County treasurer for Marvin Wilson from 1970-1972. She was an optometrist’s assistant to Dr. S. B. Wilkinson from 1973-1984. She also served as a census taker in the 1980 US Census. From 1984 until her retirement in 1988, she served as Hand County energy assistance officer for the SD Department of Social Services.

She supported all her children’s activities, including acting as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and being active in Music Parents. Maureen spent many lonely years working for the Democratic Party in Hand County and served St. Ann Catholic Church as a CCD teacher and Altar Society member and officer. In 1970 she was honored as a Pioneer Daughter by the parish. She held many offices in the American Legion Post #38 Auxiliary, including president. She loved her faith, being Irish, playing cards, baking and her grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).

She will live on in the hearts of her children, Connie (Dr. Steve) Schroeder of Miller; Terri (Scott) Bettin of Minneapolis, MN; Dan (Nan) of Rapid City; nine grandchildren, Paul Schroeder, Erica (Eric) Ramsey, Tom Schroeder, Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin Bettin, Genevieve Bettin, Nathaniel Bettin, Caitlin Gerdes and Spencer Gerdes; one great-grandson, Will Ramsey; a sister, Donna Roth, Miller; a brother, Dennis Wherry, Abilene, Texas; a sister-in-law, Mavis Wherry, Santee, CA; and a brother-in-law, Delbert Christensen, Denver, CO; along with a host of nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delmar; three brothers: Bernard, Werner, and Celius Wherry; a sister, Eileen Christensen; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Maureen’s arrangements.

Lowell Droz

Lowell Droz, 87, of Miller, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Memorial service with military honors will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Miller. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Lowell was born May 4, 1930 in Miller to Les and Irene (Taylor) Droz. He attended Miller High School and worked for various electric companies in the Dakotas and Wyoming and as a lineman in Texas. He served as a Marine during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to southern Hand county.

He married the love of his life, Donna Faye Johnson, February 18, 1954. To this union Jeanette, Sandra, and Greg were born. He ranched with his father in partnership for several years until he and Donna purchased a ranch. He took great pride in planting a field of arrow straight corn rows and putting up massive haystacks for another passion, the cattle he raised. His son, Greg joined him in the corporation in 1977. He was a treasurer of Pleasant Valley Township for many years and Hand County Commissioner for seven years. He was on the Draft Board, a member of the South Hand Fire Department, Good Will Acres and Marine Corps League. His hobby, when not farming or ranching, was racing a stock car and later became a flag man at the Central Speedway.

Lowell and Donna spent many winters in Mesa, AZ and retired from the ranch in 1999, moving to Miller in 2003.

Thankful to have shared his life are his wife, Donna; children: Jeanette Hastings, Sandra Holt and Greg (Shelly) Droz, all of Miller; the pride and joy of his life, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Harold (Renae) Hastings, Hayden and Hillary, Tera (Mike Eells) Holt, Aryan, Ariel, Merrit and Madalyn, Jared (Kimberly) Holt, Karri (Jon) Arey, Bryan Droz and son, Peyton, Nikki (Craig) Jones, Emry and Kash, Lora (Gene) Holt, Ryan and Zane, Taylor Droz and daughter, Nora, Logan Single and Shantel Single; a brother, Charles (Fern) Droz; sisters: Darlene (Jesse) Hammer and Carolyn (Marvin) Diede; beloved in-laws: Wallace and Darlene Johnson and Carroll Morford and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Howard and brother, Gordon.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Lowell’s arrangements.

Francine (Fran) Gail Blair

Francine (Fran) Gail Blair, 63, of Miller, SD passed away on September 24, 2017 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

There will be a Remembrance Celebration for family and friends to come and share fellowship with each other and celebrate Fran’s life from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 September at the Friendship Center in Miller, SD. Food and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

Francine was born on October 5, 1953 in Huron, SD to Keith and Geraldine (Smith) Speirs. She married Stephen M. Blair on October 5, 1983 in Rapid City, SD.

Francine had a great love for animals, and in particular dogs. She and her husband raised Chinese Shar Pei’s for many years, while living in Gillette, Wy. She also had a love of travel. With her husband Steve, they traveled the world to such places like Africa, Yemen, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates. While traveling, she often did volunteer work, in some of these countries.

She is survived by her daughter, Valerie Peterson of Miller, SD; son-in-law, Joseph P. Koeck of Ree Heights, SD; Ten grandchildren: Gabrielle (Tyler), Alan (Deidee), Christian, Leanne, Ryan, Lisa, Julian, Alicia, Noah, and Seth; five great grandchildren: Aiyana, Zachariah, Evony, and Tyler Jr., and Colby; four brothers: Dennis (Terri) Lyftogt, Stephen (LaDonna) Speirs, William Speirs, Kevin (Lori) Speirs; one sister, Cindy Arland; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen M. Blair; parents, Keith and Geraldine Speirs; daughters, Jill Hunt and Tara Koeck; brother-in-law, John Arland; sister-in-law, Candie Blair; grandma, Alice Timm; and first husband, Scott Hunt.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, to please donate to one of the many organizations dedicated to fighting cancer.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Fran’s arrangements.

Elizabeth Gertrude “Betty” Martinmaas Dalton

Elizabeth Gertrude “Betty” Dalton, 93, of Pierre, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 21, 2017 at The Pierre Care and Rehab Facility in Pierre.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller. Burial followed at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017 with a 7:00 p.m., prayer service, all at the church.

Betty was born on March 22, 1924 in Polo, South Dakota to Gerhard and Josephine (Hemetsberger) Martinmaas. Betty graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell, SD in 1944. She continued her education by attending summer school and night classes at Northern State University, South Dakota State University, Augustana College and Huron College where she graduated in 1971 with a BA degree in Education. Betty married Forrest Dalton, her husband of 73 years on September 6, 1944. After moving to Highmore, SD, Betty began her teaching career. Over the next 16 years, the couple welcomed 8 children into their home and Betty set about teaching them her love of life. Betty’s children remember her as a kind and gentle mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

Betty was a dedicated teacher, spending 24 years teaching at country schools in Hand and Hyde Counties. Betty spent the next 17 years teaching in Mound City and Pollock, SD, retiring in 1988. She was a caring individual who loved children and who was passionate about educating students. She was especially proud and fond of her 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. Betty was an accomplished organist who enjoyed playing for family and friends. She also enjoyed bowling, gardening and crafts. Betty was an active and dedicated member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Eureka, SD where she was an active member of the Altar Society.

Betty is survived by her husband, Forrest of Pierre; children: Patricia (Charles) Thell of Freeport, MN, Char (Larry) Morton of Laurel, MT, Lynette (Ron) Bousquet of Broken Arrow, OK, Forrest Jr. of Tulsa, OK, Cindy (Lawayne) Egeberg of Hazen, ND, Anita (Jim) Dornbusch of Pierre, and Tim of Eureka; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Allen; two infant sons; a son-in-law, Ron Bousquet; grand-son, Mitch Morton; great grand-daughter, Rachel Morton; great-great granddaughter, Elizabeth VanCleave; and 8 brothers and sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Pierre Care and Rehab Facility for the care and love they showed Betty for the last 6 years.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Betty’s arrangements.

Arlene Templeton

Arlene Templeton, 86, of Rapid City and formerly of Miller, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at Regional Health Home and Hospice in Rapid City.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Dr. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.

Arlene was born March 28, 1931 to George and Ursula Melber at the family farm in St. Lawrence, S.D. She attended St. Lawrence High School and graduated in 1949. She married Robert Templeton on October 8, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Miller, S.D. They owned Templeton Plumbing in Miller, S.D. until 1976 when they moved to Spearfish, S.D. where Robert became employed by Black Hills State College.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge 1137, VFW 5860, National Federation of the Blind and Minneluzahn Senior Center. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, bingo and playing cards. But her favorite interest was watching her family in their sports activities.

Arlene is survived by her sons, Bob Jr. (Connie) of Ree Heights and Kim (Lori) of Rapid City; grandsons: Dylan (Jenn) of Miller, and Adam (Kara) of Rapid City; granddaughters: Sarah Abrams (Mark) and Caitlin Templeton Humphries (Brian) both of Rapid City; great grandsons: Fischer Abrams and Finley and Grady Templeton of Rapid City; one brother, George (Donna) Melber of St. Lawrence; one sister, Eva Nissen of Minneapolis, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving, husband Robert; brother, Lloyd (Mickey) Melber; sisters: Rosine (Philip) Schwartz, Freida (Mike) Porter, Mary (Bud) Estes, Elsie (Charles) Love, and Louise (Homer) Reddix; one sister-in-law, Nancy Melber; and one brother-in-law, Alvin Nissen.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research in finding a cure to help her great grandson Fischer. Donations may be sent to directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 100 North 6th Street, #604A, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 or online at

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Arlene’s arrangements.

Loren Newell

Funeral service will be 9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Loren was born on June 6, 1930 in Huron to George and Bernice (Bloodgood) Newell. Loren grew up in Miller and graduated from Miller High School in 1951. Loren enlisted in the National Guard; being the ninth person to join the Miller unit when it was established in 1948. He was stationed in Alaska on active duty during the Korean War, and retired in 1985 after 36 years of service.

On June 7, 1953, Loren married Marilyn R. Slunecka of Miller. Loren and Marilyn had three children and celebrated 52 years of marriage prior to Marilyn’s passing in 2005. Loren worked as a butcher at Melhoff’s and Tucker’s SuperValu in the meat department for 36 years before retiring. Loren and Marilyn also owned and operated the A&W and Loren’s Burger. Loren was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, a master gardener, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and generous friend.

Grateful for having shared Loren’s life are his three children: Debra (Michael) Cruickshank of Torrington, WY, Deanna (John) Wilber of Woodbine, IA, and Ted Newell of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren: Jodi (Ryan Risdal) Smith, Joshua Smith, TJ (Katie) Newell, Travis Newell, and Anthony (Erica) Newell; three step-grandchildren: Tiffany Wilber, Tamara (Matt) Burkhart, and Geoff (Macee) Wilber; eight great grandchildren: Lauren, Oliva, and Katherine Risdal; Liz, Kadence, and Eli Smith; Natalie and Ben Newell; brother-in-law, Gordon (Barbara) Slunecka; sister, Larraine Schimke; and many step-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn; and siblings: Evelyn, Alice, Joyce, Maxine, Marie, Harold, and William.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Salvation Army or Wounded Warrior Project.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Loren’s arrangements.

Janet Fritzsche

Janet Fritzsche, 69, of Miller, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Dr. Brian Jones officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Janet’s arrangements.

Virginia Jenner

Virginia Jenner, 86, of Miller, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Avera Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Virginia’s arrangements.

Victor Martinmaas

Victor Martinmaas, 93, of Polo, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Christopher Hughes, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. A wake and rosary service will be 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the church with visitation one hour prior.

Victor was born February 21, 1924, the eldest son of Werner and Mary (Schaefers) Martinmaas at their home six miles west and one and a half miles north of Polo. Vic attended St. Liborius Parochial School in Polo. He married Marion Kolda of Polo and they established a farm home four miles west and one and a half miles south of Polo. Vic loved the land and through his example of stewardship, he passed on to his children and grandchildren a deep respect for nature. Vic loved farming, ranching, angus cattle, and treasured the hours spent in his gravel pit. Victor will be remembered as a gentle and quiet man, inventive, resourceful, compassionate, generous, and spiritual as well as fun loving and adventurous. His wisdom, integrity, and sense of humor inspired others to always look for the good in any situation and make the best of it.

Vic was a loyal member of the Polo-Orient Knights of Columbus and Tri-State Good Sam camping group. He served on the St. Liborius Parish Council and was instrumental in various parish building projects. Vic’s hobbies included woodworking, dancing, fishing, camping, card playing (especially sheepshead), and spending time with family and friends.

His memory will be cherished by his wife of 71 years, Marion; their five children: Donna (LeRoy) Schaefers and their children: Anita Nelson, Darrell (April) Schaefers, Tony (Brenda) Schaefers, Jennifer (Scott) Gibson, Andrew (Angela) Schaefers, and Sarah (Tom) Schuster; Linda Leddy and her children: Andrea (John) Gerke, Paul (Jannel) Brueggeman, Amy (Matt) Douglas, and Dan (Liza) Brueggeman; Chuck (Rodey) Martinmaas and their children: Jared Martinmaas, Melissa (Tim) Quinn, and Curt Martinmaas; Marilyn Burckhard and her children: Shawn (Joy) Burckhard and Erin Burckhard; and Ken (Theresa) Martinmaas and their children: Andy (Rickkie) Martinmaas, Grant Martinmaas, and Weston Martinmaas; one brother, Ed (Delores) Martinmaas; one sister, Marge (Carl) Durfee; sisters-in-law: Celesta (Sally) Martinmaas and Bev Martinmaas; 18 grandchildren; and 31 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carol Naber; three brothers: Gerald Martinmaas, Werner (Muggs) Martinmaas, Jr., and Robert (Bob) Martinmaas; an infant son; sisters-in-law, Elfrieda Martinmaas and Lois Martinmaas; and two great grandchildren.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Victor’s arrangements.