Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ron D. Campbell

Ronald Dean Campbell, 77, of Miller, passed away peacefully Friday, September 26, 2014 at his home in Miller with Audrey, his loving wife of 57 years, at his side.
Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha officiating. Private burial will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller.
Ron was born on November 5, 1936 in Miller, South Dakota to Jurrus Harold “Dutch” and Anita (Gilchrist) Campbell. He attended Prairie Center country school near Gann Valley, Buffalo County and graduated from Miller High School in 1954. Ron then attended the University of South Dakota and the University of South Dakota School of Law graduating in 1960. During his college years, he was an active member of the South Dakota National Guard. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Sommer, on June 8th, 1957. After Ron graduated from law school, he and Audrey lived and worked in several cities in South Dakota before settling in Miller to raise their family in 1967.
Ron was very proud to practice law in Miller and represented Hand County as its State’s Attorney for many years. He was later appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Dakota and served as Chief Legal Counsel for the South Dakota Department of Social Services where, for the next 18 years, he traveled the state prosecuting all types of child abuse crimes. He had jury trials in most every county courthouse in the state. With his deep voice and imposing demeanor, he was a vigorous advocate for those who could not protect themselves. Earlier this year, Ron finally ended his career of public service after serving for 13 years as a Hand County Commissioner, a job that he loved. Ron was a member of the State Bar of South Dakota for over 50 years.
Ron loved hunting, fishing, camping, shooting trap, collecting guns, reading and taking long drives around his family’s ranch land in Buffalo County, South Dakota. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed following the many and varied pursuits of his children and grandchildren. He was a history buff and enjoyed visiting all parts of his beloved state.Ron is survived by his wife, Audrey; one sister, Karen Brugman of Huron, SD; a son, Jerus (Janelle) of Tea, SD; two daughters, Jodi (Shannon) Schultz of Sioux Falls, SD, and Julie (Tony) Hintgen of Spearfish, SD; and loving grandchildren: Jessica, Jerus “Jake”, Alex, Sam, Chelsea, Elizabeth Grace, and Zachary; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Anita Campbell; and a special uncle and aunt, Mike and Jean Sisk.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Ron’s arrangements.
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Richard N. Bose

Richard N. Bose, 92, of St. Lawrence, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 29 at the New Beginnings Worship Center in Miller with Rev. Daryn Pederson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, September 28 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service all at Rembold Funeral Home in St. Lawrence. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Richard Bose was born September 5, 1922 at Wessington, SD to Henry and Millie (Nelson) Bose. He attended country school until High School in St Lawrence, graduating with the Class of 1939. As one of their oldest alumni, Richard shared the honor of Parade Marshall with longtime friend and neighbor, George Melber during St Lawrence 125th Anniversary Celebration this past July. During his lifetime Richard was active in his church, Full Gospel Businessmens, Flying Farmers, Farmer Bureau, and The Pony of Americas Club.

An only child, Richard grew up and stayed on the family farm north of St Lawrence. On August 29, 1945 he married the love of his life, Lydia Zvonek, who had been teaching at the nearby country school. In the early years of their life together Richard and Lydia committed their lives fully to the Lord Jesus, claiming him as Savior. They enjoyed working together, raising grain and cattle, showing horses, travelling, and flying his private plane. To this union of 58 years, one daughter, Judi, three grandchildren, Dawne, Dave Jr., and JoyAnna, and twelve great-grandchildren were born.

In November 2004 Richard married Jan (McCool) Allen.

Richard was a man of great faith, living a life of servitude, wisdom, and integrity. Friends and family describe him as a quiet man who often showed a playful smile.

Survivors include his daughter and spouse, Judi (David) VanHeuvelen of Miller, grandchildren, Dawne (Matt) Olson of Vermillion, SD, Dave (Laura) VanHeuvelen Jr of Emmetsburg, IA, Joy (Bryan) Wedan of Oakdale, MN and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lydia, and second wife, Janice.

He was welcomed into Heaven by his Savior and Lord Jesus, many friends and family members including a grandchild and great-grandchild he’d never met on this earth.

James Crackel

Jim Crackel, 53, of Miller, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 at his home.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.
James was born August 29, 1961 to Raymond “Barney” and Mary Betty (Snethen) Crackel in Huron, SD. He grew up on a farm south of Ree Heights until his father’s death in 1964. The family moved to Ree Heights and then Miller in 1968. Jim graduated from Miller High School in 1979 and Northern State University in 1983 with a degree in Mathematics. He taught at Willow Lake and Red Scaffold schools. He then worked at Lil Feller, Daily Plainsman, and the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Jim was an avid fan of sports; he especially enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge, both in Miller.
Blessed to have shared in his life was his mother, Mary Betty of Miller; sister, Pat of Miller; brothers: Philip of Rapid City and Bob (Andrea) of Minot, ND; nephew, Levi Crackel of Minot, ND; aunt, Della Snethen of Springfield, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Joe and Pearl Crackel; maternal grandparents, Harry and Edith Snethen; three uncles: Harry and Philip Snethen and Wayne Crackel; and two aunts, Ida and Louisa Crackel.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements.

Donald D. Soper

Donald D. Soper, 95, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.
Donald D. Soper was born at Burke, SD to Dale and Irene (Stroup) Soper on March 13, 1919. After graduating from Burke High School in 1936 (dirty thirties), Don went to California. While there, Don worked at several jobs and airplane riveting class until entering the Army at Camp McArthur, CA in 1940. After going overseas via Ireland, England, France and Germany (Nuremberg); Don returned to the USA in 1945. After discharge, Don operated hatcheries in Gregory and Gettysburg, SD. In 1955, Don was the mayor of Gregory, SD.
Don also sold Honda motorcycles, ATV’s and guns. He also ran race horses in the USA and Canada for many years. He loved playing tournament pool and was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1986 and then into the International Hall of Fame at Las Vegas, NV in 1988. Don was a 32° Scottish Rite Mason for 60 years and an El Riad Shriner for 55 years.
He married Georgia Cook in June 1999 and moved to the ranch south of Ree Heights. After retiring, he spent the rest of his days maybe playing pool (he had his own table and pool room) or watching the weeds grow in the garden.
Don is survived by his wife, Georgia; daughter, Anita of Gettysburg; sons, Duane of Gettysburg, Lon of St. Cloud, MN, and Scott (Patty) of St. Cloud, MN; sister, Betty Shonley of Nebraska City, NE; sister-in-law, Gerrie Soper of Gregory; step-son, Mike (Shirley) Cook of Ree Heights; step-daughter, Jackie (Jerry) Poindexter of Miller; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kathy; sister, Helen; brothers, David, Howard, and Bob; and step-son, Terry.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Don’s arrangements.