Monthly Archives: June 2015

Melvin Reinhardt

Melvin Reinhardt, 89, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at his home.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor David Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Melvin Eugene was born March 5, 1926 south of Rockham, SD to John and Ada (Johnson) Reinhardt. He attended school at Rainbow and Hand City Schools. He married Marie (Smith) Conerton on March 7, 1966. Melvin farmed and lived in Hand County his entire life. Caring for his animals was one of his greatest passions. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his sisters: Iris Grogan of Miller, Pearl Grogan of Centerville, and Lorraine Schweitzer of Waterloo, IA; brothers: Floyd Reinhardt of Miller, and Lyle Reinhardt of Hastings, MN; step children: Beverly Conerton of Minneapolis, MN and Verne Conerton of St. Paul, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parent; wife, Marie; and brothers: Ronald, Emerald, and Donald Reinhardt.

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


Wilda M. Arbogast-Tonner

Wilda M. Arbogast-Tonner, 97, of Glenwood, Iowa and formerly of Miller, SD, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.

Wilda Marie Rice was born to Harry and Elizabeth Rice in Hand County, on July 31, 1917. She grew up in south Hand County and attended rural schools and was next to the youngest of six children. On March 30th, 1938 she married Theodore “Ted” Arbogast. They lived and farmed in rural Hand County until 1959T. They had three children: Doyle, Carolyn, and Galen.

In 1959, Ted and Wilda sold their farm south of Miller and moved to Aberdeen where Ted worked for the local Coast to Coast store. In the early 60’s they owned and operated a Coast to Coast store in Linton, North Dakota. Due to Ted’s health problems, they sold that store and moved back to Aberdeen where Wilda went to work as a sales clerk in the Feinstein clothing store, and Ted went back to work at the local Coast to Coast store.

Over the years, Wilda was involved in a number of projects and organizations while living in Miller Township. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ladies Aid, a member of, and organist for the Eastern Star, and took part in an extension club. She was also a leader of a 4-H club, and was chairperson for the School Band Parents organization, and was chairperson for the Republican Women’s Association. For several years, Wilda was also employed at Jones Drug and the Rexall Drug in Miller.

In September of 1976, Ted passed away. And on June 27 of 1980, Wilda married Francis “Bud” Tonner, of Aberdeen. Bud, as he was affectionately known, was a well-liked and successful businessman in Aberdeen. Wilda worked in the office at Bud’s grocery store until he retired from the grocery business. After Bud’s retirement they enjoyed traveling to a number of countries and continents as well as many states in the U.S.

She is survived by her two sons, Doyle (Donna) Arbogast of Glenwood, Iowa, and Galen (Pam) Arbogast of Lawrence, Nebraska; 3 step-children, six grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, her husband Ted in 1976, and her husband Bud in 2005, and her daughter Carolyn in May of 2015.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Wilda’s arrangement.

Donald McCartney

Donald Bliss McCartney, 95, of The Dalles, Oregon passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Miller with Pastor Joseph Raleigh officiating. Burial will follow in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Don was born to Bliss and Lena McCartney on December 4, 1919 in his grandparent’s house in Wessington, SD. Don attended one year of high school in St. Lawrence where he played the clarinet in the band. He left high school to farm with his family south of St. Lawrence until he was drafted into World War II on July 8, 1942. Don served about 3 ½ years with the 374th Air Service Squadron with about half of that time on Biak Island north of New Guinea. He returned to farming in Hand County for the next 70 years until he moved to Washington to live with his nephew, Kim McCartney, and Kim’s wife Cathy, in February 2014. He lived there until his death.

Don loved farming and ranching and raised hay, grain, registered Angus cattle, and sheep. After WWII, Don played baseball on the local team with his brothers and neighbors and enjoyed going to dances and other social events. He had a good sense of humor and liked to visit with neighbors. Don served many years on the Hiland Township board.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Mary McCartney; and four generations of nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Bliss; mother, Lena; brothers: Roy, Lynn and wife June, and Dale and wife Charlotte; two great nephews; and one great-great niece.

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