Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wendell Andrews

Wendell Andrews, 96, of Tea and formerly of Miller, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lennox, surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.
Wendell was born January 25, 1918 at Waterloo, Nebraska to Rev. Joseph and Wilhelmina (Timmerman) Andrews; the youngest of five children. The family moved to Miller in the early 1920’s. Wendell grew up in the house next to the Presbyterian Church where his father was the pastor. He graduated from Miller High School in 1936 and later graduated from S.D.S.U. with a Civil Engineering degree.
In 1940, he joined the United States Marine Corp. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant and was sent to Iceland. When the United States entered WWII, he served as a Captain and then as a Major in the Pacific theater. He retired from the Marine corp with an honorable discharge in 1946. On June 13, 1942, Wendell married Harriet Alice Allen in San Diego, California. Their son Gregory Wayne was born in 1948 and their daughter Barbara Jo was born in 1950.
He worked for Armco Steel in Huron and later in Minneapolis, MN. The family returned to Miller in the 1950’s when Wendell bought the Farm and Home Supply Hardware Store and Firestone Tire Dealership with his brother Ralph. In 1967-1968, he and Ralph sold the hardware store and Wendell moved his family to Pierre where he worked at the highway department as a hydraulic engineer, roadside development engineer and grading plus engineer. At the age of 63, he retired.
Wendell was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller where he served as an usher, deacon and church elder. He joined the Masonic Lodge, becoming a 50 year member in 2014. All his life he loved to fish for walleye, go pheasant hunting and watch sports. After retirement, he especially loved to share these activities with his grandson.
In 2005, Wendell and Harriet moved to Tea, SD to be near his daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Joel Paulson.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet of Lennox; children: Gregory Andrews and Barbara (Joel) Paulson; grandchildren: Dr. Drew (Dr. Kristine) Paulson; great grandchildren: Bruce, Axel and Brix Paulson; nieces: Janet (Pat) Saulsbury and Lynne (Tom) Plymesser; and nephew, Wendell Andrews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Joseph and Wilhelmina Andrews; sisters: Leona (Harold) Schroeder and Ruth (Bill) Goudie; brothers: Ralph and Loren Andrews; and niece, Andrea Goudie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Miller, 321 W. 1st Ave, Miller, SD 57362.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Wendell’s arrangements.

Carol DeGeest

Carol DeGeest, 76, of Miller, died Saturday, October 25 at the Good Samaritan Center of Miller. At Carol’s request, there will be no services and her body was donated to the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.

Survivors include her daughter, Connie Jo (Tim) Casey; sister, Connie Hare; brother Gene (Libby) Novacek; and three grandsons, James, Kyle and Garrett Casey.

She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Evelyn (Harris) Novacek, son Bob DeGeest, and brother Jim Novacek.


Born: March 28, 1938
Death: October 25, 2014

Joan Hoftiezer

Heaven gained another angel, Joan Hoftiezer, 79, of Miller, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 with a 6:30 p.m. rosary service and 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller.

Joan was born December 4, 1934 fifteen minutes after her identical twin sister Jean in Ramona, SD to Conrad and Marie (Gruber) Rensch. She went to school and graduated in Ramona. She married the love of her life, Dwaine Hoftiezer on June 16, 1956. They lived in Sioux Falls and moved to Miller in 1960.

Joan was a stay at home mom while her children were being raised. She later worked in the kitchen at the Miller Hospital for 17 years. She was a member of the St. Ann’s Alter society. Joan loved reading, playing cards, playing any board games and listening to Danny O’ Donnell. Joan wouldn’t admit it, but she was very creative and artistic. Her faith was important to her and she said the Rosary daily.

Survivors include her husband, Dwaine of 58 years in Miller; children: Cheryl (Terry) Gaspar of Colton, Cindy (Doug) Symes of Mitchell, Rick (Lisa) Hoftiezer of Luverne, MN, Theresa (Roger) Berg of Sioux Falls, and Ronald (Juli) Hoftiezer, Sr. of Miller; siblings: Georgine Bowlin of Pinole CA, Ken Rensch of Sioux Falls, Ava Penarian of Sacramento CA, Graydon Rensch of Sioux City, IA, Merle Rensch of San Mateo, CA; grandchildren: Holly (Nick) Simon, Austin (Amanda) Gaspar, Aaron Gaspar, Amanda Symes, Gregory Symes, Rachael Berg, Ronald Hoftiezer Jr. and Hiedi Hoftiezer.

Family that has preceded her death are her parents, Conrad and Marie Rensch; sisters: Mary Lois, Maxine, Devota, Phyllis and her twin Jean; and brothers, Conrad Jr. and Carroll.

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

Jasper Shaw

Jasper Shaw, 84, of Miller, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights with military honors and masonic rites. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Jasper was born on March 15, 1930 in Highmore, SD to Charlotte Emma (Deuter) and Ernest E Shaw. He was a child of the “Great Depression – Dirty Thirties”. Their family worked hard, as well as others of that generation to provide for their families and persevere during such troubling times. He attended Steptoe and Haas Country Schools, graduating from 8th grade in 1944. World War II began and many of the men were called to go serve their country, leaving many younger kids to do the farm work for their families and hire out to the neighbors so his higher education was put on hold, finally completing his GED in March of 1972.

Jasper married Patricia Anne Ellsworth on June 25, 1952 in Redfield, SD. He was drafted into the United States Army on July 26, 1954 serving at Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Kilmer, NJ; England, Germany, and France. While he was in Europe, he was a member of the 7962nd Army Unit’s 25-voice male choir, (“The Choraleers”) in Orleans, France. The group won the European Choral Contest and placed second in the worldwide Army finals. He came home July 6, 1956, and continued to serve his country in the South Dakota Army National Guard attaining Staff Sergeant retiring in 1989.

He had many different occupations throughout his lifetime always providing for his family.

Jasper served the Miller community for 28 years working at the City Police Department and Parks Department. He also served on the Miller Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years and was a life member of the American Legion; VFW Post #3214; SD Peace Officers Association; SD Firefighters Association; Hand County Senior Citizens; Masonic Lodge of Ree Heights (Speirs Lodge), and Miller (St Lawrence Lodge # 39). He also joined the Consistory to be inducted into the Shriners. He was a member of the Greenleaf Methodist and First United Methodist Church in Miller serving on several boards, committees along with being a member of the church choir and Methodist Men’s for many years.

He enjoyed working for the Parks Department and his many friends at the City of Miller, often receiving many compliments on the appearance of the parks. Jasper truly enjoyed life, his family and his many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Ann Shaw; seven children and their spouses: Lowell (Karen) Shaw, Ronald Shaw, James Shaw, Judy (Keith) Morford, Jeanette (Kim) Benson, Joe (Rita) Shaw, and Mary Shaw; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Charlotte Rickerl; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Ernest and Charlotte Shaw; his parents-in-law, George and Della Ellsworth; sister, Grace and brother-in-law, Carson George; brother-in-law, Norbert Rickerl; and daughter-in-law, Debra Shaw.

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

Delores D. West

Delores D. West, age 88, of Huron, died, Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron.

Her graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Onida Cemetery in Onida, SD.

There will be no visitation.

Deloris was born on May 8, 1926 in Gettysburg, SD to Roland and Bessie (Gordon) Rilling. She was raised in Onida and graduated from Onida High School in 1945.

On January 22, 1946, Deloris was united in marriage to Wendell West in Pierre. They lived in Onida until 1959 when they moved to Theodosia, MO for a short time. They returned to South Dakota in 1960 and lived in Clear Lake and Miller before retiring to Huron in 1986.

Delores enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, camping, fishing, music, dancing, playing cards, board games, and writing letters. She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church in Miller and active in the womens’ auxillary.

She is survived by two sons; Robert (Sandy) West of Chamberlain and Rodney West of Colorado Springs, CO; 7 grandchildren, Matt, Allison, Derek, Denise, Mike, Rob, and Marchelle West; 4 great grandchildren; and 1 sister, Gladys (Bill) Dodge of Pierre.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wendell on August 24, 2013; 2 sons, Dennis and Harvey West; 1 granddaughter, Jill West; 8 brothers, Richard, Albert, Robert, Clarence, Lloyd, Don, Roy, and Frank; and 2 sisters, Myrtle and Pearl.

Cards may be sent to the West Family in c/o of Welter Funeral Home,
267 3rd St., SE, Huron, SD 57350