Iris Grogan

Iris Grogan, 89, of Miller, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 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., Friday, November 24, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Iris was born on April 5, 1928, south of Rockham, South Dakota to John and Ada (Johnson) Reinhardt. She attended Hand County School. On December 16, 1949 she married Lynn Grogan and they shared 54 years together on the farmstead. Many days were filled with baking, cooking, tending to the garden, and raising chicken and geese. She will be lovingly remembered playing cards, cheering on the Twins and Vikings, and making delicious treats for family and friends.

She focused on the good in people and life. Iris will be treasured for the twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face, her cheerful spirit and laughter, and having the ability to take life as it comes with unwavering grace and acceptance. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought her tremendous joy. More than anything, Iris loved Christmas. It is heartwarming to know she will be celebrating with loved ones in Heaven this year.

She will greatly missed by her daughter, Sandy (Lee) Klitzke of Aberdeen; two sons: Jerry (Connie) Grogan of Huron and Barry (Tamie) Grogan of Miller; sisters: Pearl Grogan of Centerville and Lorraine Schweitzer of Waterloo, IA; brothers: Floyd Reinhardt of Miller and Lyle Reinhardt of Hastings, MN; nine grandchildren: Justin (Marcy) Klitzke, Jennifer Klitzke, Jill (Joseph) Erickson, Samantha (Jacob) Crick, Steven Grogan, Michael Grogan, Danielle Danburg, Allison Grogan, and Noah Grogan; and 12 great grandchildren: Saige, Taylar, Jocelyn, Katelyn, Ashelyn, Sophie, Thomas, Madelyn, Maxwell, Averie, Briggman, and Zander.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; and brothers: LeRoy, Ronald, Emerald, Melvin, and Donald Reinhardt.

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


Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt

Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt, 51, of Wolsey, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at her home.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Wessington Auditorium with Father Chester Murtha and Father Paul Josten, celebrants. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, rural Wolsey. Visitation will be 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 26, 2017 with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Joseph Church, Wessington.

Lana Lynnell Dannenbring-Eichstadt was born on May 29, 1966, in DeSmet, SD, to Leslie and Norma (Hein) Dannenbring. She was baptized in DeSmet. She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington, SD.

She married Greg Eichstadt on June 11, 1988, in DeSmet. The couple made their home on a farm between Wolsey, SD and Wessington, SD. They had two sons, Herman Eichstadt and Henry Eichstadt.

Lana grew up in the “Little Town on the Prairie” of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. She played various characters in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant including both Ma and Mary Ingalls. She was also a tour guide for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society for eight years. Lana played in the first three South Dakota State Volleyball Tournaments. Lana graduated from DeSmet High School and attended Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN, Huron University, Huron, SD, the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN, and Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Education and a specialist certificate in Educational Technologies.

She was a teacher at Miller High School Miller, SD, for nineteen years. She was the course author & lead teacher in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition at the Northern State University Center for Statewide E-learning, Aberdeen, SD from 2008 until her health failed in 2016. She also served as the executive secretary and scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council. She served as a judge for the South Dakota State Fair. Lana was a member of Chapter AK P.E.O. in Miller. She served on the Wessington Economic Development Corporation for many years. She was the website and social media developer for the town of Wessington and for her former student, Shannon LaBau.

Lana enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and dogs, teaching, writing, reading, gardening, decorating, and the South Dakota State Fair. Lana and her family volunteered at the Oglala Lakota Child Protection Agency in Pine Ridge, SD, and the Beadle County Nutrition Site for many years.

Lana is survived by her husband, Greg; sons, Henry and Herman (Courtney); mother-in-law, Delores Eichstadt, Wolsey, SD; brother, Lex (Sandra) Dannenbring, Parkersburg, IA; sisters, Lane (James) Carroll of Colman, SD, Portia (Curtis) Larsen of Arlington, SD, Lew (Roger) Page of DeSmet, SD; Godson, Patrick (Amy) Carroll, Flandreau, SD; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Dwight) Kruse, Brookings, SD, and Carmen Dannenbring, DeSmet, SD; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Laura) Eichstadt, Huron, SD, Rodney (Kathleen) Eichstadt, Wolsey, SD, Phillip (Julie) Eichstadt, Aberdeen, SD, Keri Sorensen, Avondale, AZ; aunt and uncle, Rita and Milton Handel, Freeman, SD; aunt, Beatrice Hein, Ipswich, SD; and aunt, Donna Egan, Sturgis, SD; nieces: Ann (Brandon, Ava, Aden) Bunker, Jennifer (Doug, Jaycee, Alyssa, Owen) Welbig, LariAnn (Adam) Helzer, Lisa (Casey, Isabel, Kyle, Lane, Tabor) Liebsch, Gina (Alexander, Grace, Sara) Dannenbring, Josie (Chad, Gabe, Julia) Mostek, Provatia (James, Louis) Pietile, Letitia (Martin, Lucy, Sam, Marcie) Fashbaugh, Ashley (Jeremy, Landon, Kaleb, Isabella) Schafer; nephews: Adam (Tasha, Joseph, Myles, Gabby, Max) Dannenbring, Alex (Rachel, Conrad) Dannenbring, Matthew (Candace, Copper, Brielle) Carroll, Timothy (Stephanie, Waylon, Whitney, Warner) Carrol, Patrick (Amy) Carroll, Jeffrey Carroll, Derek (Jill, Trevor, Ellie) Etjen, Daren Etjen, Damian (Dordaneh Rachel) Potvin, Brian (Amy, Brett, Rachel, Carson) Page, Jay (Teri Joe, Hadley, Hayes) Eichstadt, Jordan (Clarissa) Kruse, and James, Jeff, Jason Kruse; aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Dale Eichstadt, two brothers: Lon and Lee Dannenbring; one brother-on-law, Stacey Eichstadt; and one nephew, Andrew Dannenbring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for future contribution in Lana’s memory.

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

Ron Wieseler

Ron Wieseler, 69, of Polo, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 surrounded by his family at home.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Christopher Hughes, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to any family you know who is fighting cancer.

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

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.