Monthly Archives: July 2015

Rosemary Augspurger

Rosemary Augspurger, 83, of Miller, lost her courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Bill Osborn, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. A prayer service will be 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at the church.

Rosemary Margaret was born October 18, 1931 to Herman and Rose (Koeck) Oligmueller in Miller, South Dakota. She attended grade school in the Labor and Cotton Country Schools and graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1949.

After High School, Rosemary worked as a telephone operator for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company before marrying Marvin Augspurger on June 10, 1952. She then became a homemaker and mother of five children. Marvin and Rosemary blessed to have celebrated 63 years of marriage this past June. Rosemary and Marvin were fortunate to take many trips together with family and friends. They enjoyed their outings, but home was always the place to be for visiting and entertaining.

Rosemary was an avid reader, great baker, and house decorator. She was always ready for a shopping trip to Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, or Rapid City in search of a special find. Time spent with family was important to Rosemary and she offered up the best caramel rolls, pies, and cookies for family gatherings.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and was active in St. Ursula’s band as well as being a CCD teacher. Rosemary enjoyed her weekly neighborhood coffee get together, along with watching her children and grandchildren participate in athletics and other school events.

Blessed to have shared in her life was her husband, Marvin of Miller; children: Mary (Craig) Cooper of Spearfish, Barbara (David) Schempf of Spearfish, Nancy (Gregg) Carlson of Aberdeen, Janet (Terry) Bosecker of Gillette, WY, Charles (Bridgett) Augspurger of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight siblings: Mary Scheier, Donna Grossman, Helen Tarabetz, Joe (Sharon) Oligmueller, Bill Oligmueller, Fred (Bev) Oligmueller, Joyce (Peter) Royal, and Duane Oligmueller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Herman Oligmueller, Jr.; three brothers-in-law: Benny Scheier, Lee Grossman, and Miroy Tarabetz; and one sister-in-law, Audrey Oligmueller.

The Family would like to thank the staff at the Good Samaritan Society for their professionalism and caring hearts, not only to Rosemary but to her family members as well.

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


Barbara Ann (Jones) Ellsworth

Barbara Ann (Jones) Ellsworth, 77, of Austin, TX and formerly of Miller, SD was called home to be with our Lord on Friday July 3, 2015, after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Reck Funeral Home in Miller. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral.

She was born on January 10, 1938 to Marion Jones and Mary (McDonald) Martin in Columbus, IN. She spent her early years in Indiana, Califonia, Arizona and Canada before moving to South Dakota as a teenager, where she met the love of her life. She married Kenneth LeRoy Ellsworth on Aug. 25, 1954, a marriage that lasted 49 years. She spent her first few married years in South Dakota then moved her young family to Iowa where they spent the next 30 years. She lived for several years in Georgia, before settling in Austin, Texas nearly 20 years ago. Barbara worked during her life as a homemaker, advertising saleswoman, small business owner, and retirement home administrator.

Barbara was a strong, independent, kind and generous wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was always an avid traveler, and loved to go to Vegas with her husband, and her daughters in her later years. Barbara was an artist, talented in many different mediums. She dabbled in sculpting and ceramics, macramé and quilting, knitting and crochet, but painting was her passion. She was very strong in her faith in Jesus, and she will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Barbara is survived by her children: Ken Jr. and Becki Ellsworth, of Tifton, GA, Randy and Nancy Ellsworth, Mark and Chiyo Ellsworth, Stacey Ellsworth-Nash and Dave Nash, and Ryan Ellsworth, all of Austin, TX, and sons-in-law, Jay Wagner of Spencer, IA and Robert Morphew of Hot Springs, AR. Grandchildren include: Matt Langel, Mick and Nutcharee Lea Langel, John Wagner, Amy Smith Couch, Aaron and Chrissy Smith, Jamie and Anthony Gamez, Jenna and Jerritt Bean, Jackie, Brandi, and Jeremy Ellsworth and Delaney and Cassidy Nash. Great-grandchildren include: Matilynn, Layne, Jet, Jaden and Jordan Langel, Alex and Kylie Stewart, Addison Smith, and Emme and Eliana Gamez. She is also survived by her sisters: Marian and Aaron Thompson, and Dawn Langston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Aaron and Rita Ellsworth, Patricia Shaw, Bob and Bernice Ellsworth, Karen and Bob Kroning, Janice and Gene Moncur, and Barbara and Gordon Slunecka. She was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ken; her sister, Carol Jones; brother, Bob Jones; her daughters: Roxane Morphew and Rhonda Wagner; and her brother-in-law, Jasper Shaw.

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

Herbert John Stender

Herbert John Stender, age 87, of Custer, SD, passed away on July 5, 2015, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center in Custer.

Herbert was born on October 17, 1927, in Rockham, SD, to Henry and Dortha (Clark) Stender. He proudly served in the Army Air Corps in occupied Japan. On June 2,1948, he married Eileen Hargens.

He was very active in community service and an avid supporter of the Custer Wildcats.

Herbert is survived by his son, Herbert L. Stender of Custer; daughters, Karlene (Dennis) Tacke of Sioux Center, IA; Lea Anne (Robert) McWhorter of Anchorage, AK; brother, Roy Stender of Custer; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife in 1978.

A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2015, at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church in Custer, interment will follow at the Custer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Custer VFW Post 3442 Honor Guard.

A memorial has been established in Herb’s name to benefit the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church.


Roger Dean

Roger Dean, 92, of Miller, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Roger Trueman Dean was born December 29, 1922 to Laurence and Clara (Borgedalen) Dean in Hand County, SD. In 1940, He graduated from Miller High School. He was a member of the first FFA officer team at Miller High School. After high school he worked in the sugar beet factory in Belle Fourche.

He was drafted to serve in World War II and was shipped out on his 21st birthday and was sworn in at Fort Snelling, MN on December 30, 1943. He also served at Fort Sill, OK, and Scoffield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. He was discharged from the Army in April 1946. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

Roger married Marles Parmely on January 19, 1951. Roger worked for area farmers including Alvie Haberling and Harley Fulton until 1951. They purchased the farm in Spring Lake Township in 1955 where they farmed and ranched for 36 years. He was a 4-H Leader, a township board member, a charter member of the Miller FFA Chapter, and a charter and lifetime member of the Miller FFA Alumni.

In 1991, Roger and Marles retired and moved into Miller. They made frequent trips to the farm to mow, plant trees, paint, and tend to the garden. Roger enjoyed his grandkids’ activities, MHS Basketball, doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles, Hereford cattle, and his many flower gardens.

Roger is survived by his wife of 64½ years, Marles; daughters: Sheree (Dale) Christensen, Beresford, SD and Shelley (Mike) Moncur, Miller, SD; grandchildren Dean and Kaysee Christensen and Erin Moncur; brother, Darrell Dean, Bloomfield, NE; In-laws Ellen Parmely, Mildred (Lowell) Engel, Ruby Parmely, Margaret Starks, James (Genevieve) Parmely, Beth (Jack) Engel, and Gene Swaney; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Mildred (Henry) Venjohn, Raymond Dean, Leonard (Vera) Dean and Helen (Raymond) Olson; In-laws: Wayne Parmely, Viola (Junior) Ford, Clark Parmely, Richard Starks, Otis (Natalie) Parmely, and Lenarda Swaney.

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

Alice Lucille Engelmann

Alice Lucille Engelmann, 83, of Miller, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor Max Miller and Beth Kelsey-Engelmann officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller.

Alice Lucille (Nielsen) Engelmann was born December 9, 1931 to Margaret (Lutter) and George Nielsen in Miller, SD. She attended a rural elementary school near Burdette and graduated from Miller High School in 1949. On June 13th, 1949, she was united in marriage to Paul Engelmann in Miller. They made their home on a farm southwest of Miller where they lived until 1984. They then retired to their present home in Miller.

She was employed at the Miller Country Club, Miller Methodist Church, Lil’ Feller, and the Miller school hot lunch. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends, embroidering, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Paul of 66 years; her children: Pauline (Jim) Bevers, Larry (Ellen) Engelmann, Mike (Julie) Engelmann, Ruth (Bruce) Hefty, Don (Diane) Engelmann, Darwin (Dawn) Engelmann, Darlene (Braden) Nedved; 12 Grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 2 sisters Doris Landeen and Gleva Schlotter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and George; son, Charles; grandchild, Brenna Engelmann; great-grandchild, Madison Bevers; sisters: Elaine Spicer, Marilyn Thompson Perschbacher, and Donna Campbell; and brother, Marvin Nielsen.

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

Virginia “Jeanie” (Verdugt) Hannum

Virginia “Jeanie” Hannum, 72, of St. Lawrence, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Virginia K. Verdugt was born January 23, 1943 at the Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, SD to Leonard and Zona (Ford) Verdugt. She attended country school in York Township and later at Miller and St. Lawrence High School.

On July 17, 1968, she married Butch Hannum and they made their home in California.

She is survived by her sons: Brandon, Chance, and twins, Sage and Shambra, all of California; three grandchildren; sisters: Joanne (Frank) Lockner of Miller, Kay (Don) Boynton of Covington, OK, and Sharon (Ron) Hammill of St. Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one nephew, Jeremy Gortmaker.

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

Della Gimbel

Della Gimbel, 92, of Highmore and formerly of Ree Heights, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Highmore Health.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastor Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at the Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at the church.

Della was born March 1, 1923 near Ree Heights to Thomas and Vesta (Miller) Melvin. She attended grade school in the Ree Heights area. On February 28, 1942 she was united in marriage to Reuben Gimbel at Lake Benton, Minnesota. She lived the rest of her life on a farm North of Ree Heights. In June of 2005, she became a resident of the Highmore Health.

Raising her nine children and helping on the family farm kept Della busy. She sewed all the clothes for the family and enjoyed quilting in her free time. She was a member of the Greenleaf Methodist Church and later the First United Methodist Church in Miller.

Her memory will be cherished by her three daughters: Vesta (Jay) Christensen of Mitchell, Patricia (Brent) Phinney of Sioux Falls, and Stella (Dennis) Brown of Burkburnett, TX; three sons: Emanuel Gimbel of Rapid City, Melvin (Jan) Gimbel of Ree Heights, and Delton (Shirley) Gimbel of Ree Heights; one son-in-law, Ronald Selken of Sioux Falls; 17 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and three sisters: Elise Pigney of Rapid City, Gladys Nye of Pierre, and Lu Brown of Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mom, Fay (Rodman) Melvin; husband in 1980; three children: Reuben, Jr., Paulina Selken, and Ruby Oldfield; one son-in-law, Ronald Oldfield; one granddaughter, Tara Brown; one brother, Orr Melvin; two sisters: Elizabeth Greiner and infant, Stella Melvin.

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