Monthly Archives: March 2015

David Ames

David Ames, 83, of Miller, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastors Mark Johnsen and David Andrews officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 followed by a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

David Ames was born Aug. 27, 1931 to Charles and Sarah (Cox) Ames on the family farm near Tulare. He grew up on various farms in Hand County, settling on what would be the family farm in elementary school. He attended Miller High School. He served in the Air Force from 1951-55, then came back to work on the family farm. He married Delores “Pete” Pederson Feb. 28, 1958. They made their home on the farm until moving into Miller in 1994. He continued to farm for several years.

He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Greenleaf United Methodist Church until its closing in 2012, then joined the Miller United Methodist Church. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Lions Club, United Methodist Men and served on the Florence Township board for many years. He enjoyed working on and driving old cars, watching NASCAR racing, playing cards with friends and visiting with the coffee crowd at the Ranch Cafe.

Survivors include his wife, four daughters, Peggy Ames, Huron; LeAnn and John Suhr, Webster; Theresa and Ken Martinmaas, Clear Lake; Ellen and Kevin Logan, Gettysburg; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Baruth, Woonsocket and Sarah “Sally” Schatz, Tripp; and one brother, Steven “Bud” Ames, St. Lawrence; sisters-in-law Edna Ames, Miller and Norma Ames, Longmont CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Ames; two sisters, Edna Ames and Ruth Jaragoske; and four brothers, Wesley, Donald, Robert and Kenneth Ames.

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

Dorothy Wangsness

Dorothy Wangsness, 101, of Miller, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the church.

Dorothy Marie was born July 23, 1913, the second of three children, to James and Marie (Nelson) Nielson at home near Miller. When Dorothy was four years old, she moved with her family to a farm in Midland Township in the Ree Hills. She had two sisters, Margaret Cain and Viola Jansen, both deceased.

Dorothy attended a one-room country school and graduated from Miller High School in 1931. She then earned a teaching certificate from Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen.

She married Henry L. Wangsness on October 24, 1934. They lived southwest of Miller in Rockdale Township. Her highest priority was her family. She was an active farm wife, busy raising children, and maintaining a farm home. She sewed, gardened, and cooked for her active family without the many conveniences we now take for granted. Dorothy and Henry enjoyed traveling. After 47 years of marriage, Henry passed away September 3, 1982.

Dorothy continued her active life and kept busy quilting, crocheting, and playing bingo. She especially enjoyed traveling on bus tours and made many friends. With a growing family of grandchildren and later great-grandchildren, she always had cookies and treats on hand; while having such a positive influence on so many generations.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, TLCW, Hope Circle, Order of Eastern Star, lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and an official member of Keloland Century Club.

Her memory will be cherished by her children: Darrell (Carol) Wangsness, Rose (Rodney) Fawcett, Mark (Diane) Wangsness, Harriet (Dwane) Chipman, and Jerry (Louise) Wangsness; daughter-in-law, Sharon (Dave) Vitters; son-in-law, Roger (JoAnn Morford) Zens; grandchildren: Larry (Skyla) Wangsness, Melissa Wangsness, Angela Wangsness, J.D. (Melanie) Wangsness, Ken (MaryPat) Fawcett, Marie Fawcett, Brenda (Alan) Beare, Chad Fawcett, Terry Wangsness, Jr., Tammy (Dave) Dehne, Gina Zens, Jennie (Scott) Harvey, Minnie (Jason) Breazlan, Stacie (Chad) Koth, Nikie (Troy) Lammers, Teresa (Ron) Vernon, Ashley (Jay) Winter, and Hailey Chipman; great grandchildren: Cody (Katie) Wangsness and Kyle (Amanda) Wangsness; Micheal, Matthew and Stetson Wangsness; Tanner Wangsness; Kylee, Brittlyn, and Devin Garrett; Ben Wangsness; McKenzie and Luke Fawcett; Payten Beare; Brooke Fawcett; Terry III and Briana Wangsness; Cassandra and Dalton Dehne; Alicia Price; Joshua and Austin Harvey; Madelyn and Brenden Koth; Ben and Jack Vernon; and Adalie Winter; great-great grandchildren: Lilly and Cole Wangsness, Ely and Cooper Wangsness, and Harper Spilde; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; two sisters: Margaret Cain and Viola Jansen; children: Roger (Marlene) Wangsness, DeWayne Wangsness, Terry Wangsness, and Dorothy “Dotty” Zens; grandchildren: Ann Wangsness, Michelle Wangsness, and Roger Zens, Jr.; and special friend, Ray Gall.

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

Harriet Alice Andrews

Harriet Alice Andrews, 94, of Tea and formerly of Pierre, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lennox, surrounded by her family.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Harriet was born March 25, 1920 at Aberdeen, South Dakota to Walter J. and Jeannette (Timberlake) Allen. After completing high school in Aberdeen, she attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 1942 with a degree in Sociology. Harriet was united in marriage to Wendell W. Andrews on June 13, 1942 in San Diego, California. One son, Gregory, and one daughter, Barbara, were born to this union.

Harriet was a homemaker, as the family moved from Huron to Minnesota to Miller to Pierre, and finally to Tea. She was active in both the First Presbyterian Church of Miller and the Oahe Presbyterian Church of Pierre. Harriet did book-keeping for the family business in Miller, was a member of PEO while in Pierre, and was an avid sports enthusiast all her life. Her love of music, art, history and English was passed to her children and her grandson over the years. She was instrumental in working with her son-in-law on speech therapy starting in 1979. Harriet especially loved all the time and activities she shared with her grandson in Pierre through the years.

She is survived by her children; Gregory Andrews and Barbara (Joel) Paulson; grandchildren, Dr. Drew (Dr. Kristine) Paulson; great grandchildren: Bruce, Axel, and Brix Paulson; brother, William T. (Jane) Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and sisters: Barbara (Robert) Wegner and Joan (Tim) Dunn.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to Good Samaritan Society, 404 E. 6th Ave, Lennox, South Dakota.

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

Bertha Ruzicka

Bertha Ruzicka, 96, of Miller, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller, with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. A rosary service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller.

Bert was born at home in Harrison Township, Hand County, South Dakota on December 5, 1918. She was one of six children. Her parents were Anna (Vopat) and Edward Schmidt of Harrison Township, South Dakota. Bert married Joe Ruzicka on November 27, 1945 at St. Ann’s Church in Miller, South Dakota. Bert lived in Miller her entire adult life.

Bert was educated in country schools in Hand County. She was a member of St. Ann’s parish and served on the Altar Society. Joe and Bert loved to travel and traveled throughout the United States and Canada in their Airstream. Bert enjoyed cooking and was an avid gardener. She always had great garden tomatoes and beautiful houseplants.

Bert is survived by her three children: Jim Ruzicka and his wife Peer Kling of Sandia Park, New Mexico, Patty Ruzicka of Louisville, Kentucky, and Jerry and his wife Cathy Ruzicka of Lake City, Florida; three grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Her nieces and nephews held a special place in her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents Anna Vopat Schmidt and Edward Schmidt; her siblings: Joe Schmidt, Ben Schmidt, Marie Bullard, Francis Schmidt, and Paul Schmidt; and her husband, Joe Ruzicka.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful professionals at Highmore Health and Courtyard Villa who made her final years happy and safe. A special thanks goes to Marcia and husband Loren Stulken, Bob and Glenda Leisinger and Dennis Ruzicka for all their love and support.

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

Vera Schmidt Zens

Vera Schmidt Zens, 93, of Miller, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Burial will be G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 followed by a 7:00 p.m., prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Vera Hope was born July 29, 1921, to William and Minnie (Lorenz) Mowry at Rockham, South Dakota. Vera graduated from Rockham High School and went on to do clerical work in Potter County. In 1941, she married Freddie Albert Schmidt. Her highest priority was her family. She farmed with Freddie in northern Hand County and was a very supportive “farm wife”. They retired and moved to Miller in 1974 where they enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing bridge, and visiting with friends until Freddie’s death in February of 1988. In 1992, she married Norbert Zens. They enjoyed many years of being snow birds in the winter, gardening, and fishing in the summer until Norbert’s death in February 2010.

Most grateful to have shared in her life are her three children: Sharla (Scott) Worthen of Boise, ID, Mavis (Larry) Johnson of Huron, and Daryl (Sandra) Schmidt of Rockham; step-son, Roger (JoAnn) Zens and family of Miller; grandchildren: Michael Johnson of Boise, ID, Terri (Tyler) Woodland of Boise, ID, Mark Johnson of Boise, ID, Leslie (Jon) Dehne of Shakopee, MN, David Johnson of Huron, Jay (Vicki) Stenslie of Maple Grove, MN, Tamara (Mark) Morehouse of Parkston, Toni Schmidt of Mitchell, Trinity (Darin) Hunter of Miller, and Billie Schmidt of Wessington; 25 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Ruth Neu; sisters-in-law, Arlene Mowry and Argie Joyce Buss; and brothers-in-law, Milton Schmidt and Don Bottom.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Freddie Schmidt and Norbert Zens; brother, Ruben Mowry; sister, Blanche Neu; and many in-laws.

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

Donna Hargens

Donna Hargens, 77, of Miller, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller, with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Donna Beth was born August 7, 1937 in Martin, South Dakota to Earl and Beulah (Kerrigan) McCue. She attended school in St. Lawrence. On January 26, 1962 she married Marvin Roger Hargens. They farmed north of St. Lawrence for over 50 years. She also worked at Sommers Bar for 25 years.

Her family was her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking for them. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Hargens of Miller; children, Robert (Patsy) LeGrand of St. Lawrence, Susan (Brad) Mareska of Mobridge, Yvonne (Galen) Tapio of Rapid City, and Connie Martinmaas of Reno, NV; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Pam Weeder of Bertrand, NE; one sister-in-law, Katherine McCue of New Jersey; nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Sprout.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Beulah McCue; brothers, Earl and Leo McCue; sister, Sharon Harvey; and grandson, Talis Tapio.

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