Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bertha Knight

Bertha Knight, 92, of Highmore and formerly of Gann Valley, SD, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Highmore Health, Highmore, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, rural Gann Valley. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015 followed by a 7:00 p.m., prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Bertha DeJong was born March 3, 1923, on a farm near New Holland, SD, to George and Hendricka (Teeslink) DeJong. She graduated from Gann Valley High School in 1940. On September 12, 1942, she married Wayne John Knight at Huron, SD. Following their marriage they farmed near Gann Valley, Rockham and Wessington before returning to Gann Valley in 1957. She was a former member of the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, the Gann Valley Lady Helpers, a 4-H Leader, Buffalo Chips Extension Homemakers, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking and gardening and was known for her dry wit and twinkling smile.

Following Wayne’s passing in 1994 Bertha continued to farm until she retired to Huron, SD in 1998, where she enjoyed making new friends, travel, volunteering, walking and gardening. In 2010, she moved to Highmore.

Bertha is survived by 5 children: Lennis Craig Knight (Julie) of Highmore, Curtis Wayne Knight (Diane Bassham) of Gann Valley, Virginia Gayle Manning (Jim) of Aberdeen, Debra Kay Knight of Rapid City, and Bruce Irving Knight (Julie)of Fairfax, Virginia; 14 grandchildren: Tania Holzi (Andy), Eric Knight, Tiffany Grospic (Vladimar), Jessica Augustino (Josh), Dakota Knight, Jeff Knight (Rachelle), Andrea Knight Hutchins (Jeremy), Marta Hoffman (William), Marcy Schuh (David), Denise Manning (Jeff Stump), Tenille Manning-Heier (Chris), Nathan Knight (Tracie Peterson), Katherine Knight, Denton Knight ;19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and her dear friend, Evelyn Wulff.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; three brothers at an early age, John, Henry and George; three sisters, Rickie Harvey, Jessie Norden, and Georgia Henrichsen; and four brothers, Louie, John, Richard and Lee DeJong.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Spring Hill Cemetery Association (P.O. Box 175, Gann Valley, SD, 57341).

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


Dustin Lee Heezen

Dustin Lee Heezen, 30, of Miller, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his home.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Dustin Lee was born April 14, 1985 in Watertown, SD to Brian and Tammy (Arbogast) Heezen. The family lived in several communities through the years for his dad’s work. Dustin attended schools in Minden, NE; Huron, SD; and later finishing his education in Pierre, SD.

On August 27, 2005, Dustin married Rachel Coyle, “Chel” as he always called her, at Lily Park in Ft. Pierre, SD. They made their home in Miller where Dustin worked for Mid-Dakota Vegetation Management. Dustin then took a job with Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad, now known as Rapid City, Pierre, and Eastern. He worked for the company for nine years. A very strong work ethic and completing his work to perfection were extremely important to Dustin. He always was one to help anyone in need, no matter the situation or circumstances.

His children were his life. He took great pride in all their accomplishments. Madison Lynn Leidholt, “Duck”, was born October 3, 2004; Ashton MayLynn Heezen, “Chubby Butt”, was born January 1, 2005; and Talan John Heezen, “Buddy”, was born April 9, 2007.

As a father, he was very active in his children’s lives and activities. He loved to take his family hunting, camping, fishing, and to the farm to help with chores. The family farm was his treasured hobby he held dear. Dustin was always a playful dad with lots of wrestling and tickling, with many cuddles to follow. He was also a very loving and caring husband who always made sure his wife was taken care of. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Dustin made sure his sister, Emily, always got the biggest buck he could spot.

Dustin will always be in our hearts and by our side, forever and always.

Left to cherish his life are his wife, Rachel of Miller; two daughters: Madison of Pierre, and Ashton of Miller; a son, Talan of Miller; mother and step-father, Tammy and John Buszko of Leland, NC; sister, Emily of Brookings; two step-sisters, Niah and Naomi; a step-brother, Nick; parents-in-law, Jim and Marita Coyle of Miller; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Kirk) Phinney of Milbank; brother-in-law, Sean (Jessica) Coyle of St. Lawrence; niece and nephews, Camryn, Carter, and Collin Phinney, and Kooper Coyle; grandparents, Larry and Janice Arbogast of Miller, Jack Heezen of Ree Heights, and Sheryl Kremer of Miller; grandparents-in-law, Celesta Martinmaas of Reno, NV and Florence Coyle of Miller; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He is now in Heaven with his father and hunting buddy, Brian Heezen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has a memorial fund set up at American Bank and Trust in Miller.

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

Audrey Oligmueller

Audrey Oligmueller, 77, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at her home, joining her daughter, Shawn, in heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2015 with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Audrey was born December 3, 1937 in Huron, South Dakota to Thomas and Myrrle (Wissler) Thompson of Alpena, South Dakota. Audrey received her education at Alpena Public School and graduated in 1955. She attended St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron, South Dakota. She began her nursing career at the Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, moved to the Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller, and finished her nursing career at the Highmore Health Care Center.

On September 25, 1958, she married William “Bill” Oligmueller at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Huron, South Dakota. In September of 1959, she and Bill moved to a farm about 20 miles north of Miller, where they raised their family until 1998 when they moved into the town of Miller.

Audrey was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller Kiwanis Club, and the SDSU Jackrabbit Club. She loved her Miller Rustlers’, where she very much enjoyed the sporting events.

Privileged to have shared her life are her husband: William J. Oligmueller of Miller; children: Meri (Michael) Fischer of North Carolina, Todd (Susan) Oligmueller of Pierre, SD, and Suzanne (Bob) Murphy of Elk Point, SD; grandchildren: Amanda (Patrick) Northern of Okinawa, Japan, Joseph (Jordan-Lynn) Fischer of North Carolina, Kelsey (Matt) McQuistion of Pierre, SD Allyson Murphy of Rochester, MN, Nick Murphy of Aberdeen, SD, and Michael Murphy of Elk Point, SD; great-grandchildren: Cannon and Tanner Northern of Okinawa, Japan and Dean McQuistion of Pierre, SD; and her two sisters: Kaye Wagner and Janiece Thompson, both of Huron, SD.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shawn Oligmueller; and her parents.

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