Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ed Kluthe

Ed Kluthe, 91, of Miller, passed away peacefully Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will military honors will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer and rosary service, all at the church.

Edwin Casper Kluthe was born December 13, 1923 in Polo, South Dakota to Casper and Jennie (Schlechter) Kluthe. He was raised on a farm south of Polo and later in Miller. He graduated from Miller High School in 1942. Ed then attended college in Rapid City for a short time before being drafted in the U.S. Army. He was in Italy as a combat soldier with the 10th Mountain Division, 86th Infantry. He earned three battle stars for service in the Alpine Mountains, Po Valley, and Anzio Beachhead. He received a bronze star for his heroism near Rocco Roffeno, Italy. In 1945, Ed received an honorable discharge and returned home.

On August 7, 1950, he married Jeanne Heumiller and together they had four children. He worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses including McGinnis Plumbing, The Silver Grill, and Zeigler Motor Company. In 1965, Ed joined the First Bank (now known as Quoin Bank) and managed the Insurance Department for 20 years. In 1996, Ed married Carol Zeigler Spiers. After retiring from the bank, he worked at Miller Manor and made many friends there. Ed’s favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.

His memory will be cherished by his four children: Barb Kluthe of Sioux Falls, Mary Stack of Sioux Falls, Mark Kluthe of Huron, and Peggy (Jerry) Heezen of Miller; three grandchildren: Christopher Heezen of Columbia, MO, Courtney Heezen of Miller, and Jacob Heezen of Miller; five step children: Linda (Greg) Holtz, Steve (Linda) Zeigler, Jean Zeigler, Judy Grunewaldt, and Ron Zeigler; several nieces and nephews: Mike (Judith Downs) Donovan, Mary Kay (Richard) Kettlewell, Brian (Donna) Seeman, Gary (Karen) Seeman, Jeanne (Aaron Jacobs) Dailey, Joni (Lynn) Havel, Pat (Mary) Dailey, Mike (Suzanne) Dailey, Tim (Vickie) Dailey, and Janice Dailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Casper and Jennie Kluthe; his sisters: Hildegard Donovan, Louise Seeman Ulmer, and Mac Dailey Lammers; his wives, Jeanne Kluthe and Carol Zeigler Kluthe; and his niece, Colleen Donovan.

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


Billie Blaseg

Billie Blaseg, 87, of Miller, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

On August 31, 1928 Hilda “Billie” Blanche Dahlin Blaseg, was born to Victor and Stella of Bonilla, SD. After attending Bonilla High School, Billie graduated from the rural school teaching program in Huron, SD and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Glendale Township. While teaching, she lived with Ronald and Wilda Waring. It was during this time she met and married Gerald Blaseg and together they raised three children on a ranch in south Hand County.

Billie spent 30 years with the Good Samaritan Society, serving as the Activities Director at Prairie Center in Miller. During her time with the Good Samaritan Society, Billie held many positions within the South Dakota State Activities Director Association. She loved her time at Prairie Center, bringing exciting and innovative activities to residents.

Billie was a member of both Cedar and Ree Heights Congregational Churches, before moving to Miller where she became active in the Miller Presbyterian Church community.

Grandchildren, gardening and dancing brought her joy, as did listening to Gerald’s music. Billie had a passion for travel, recounting Germany, Spain and Portugal as a few of her favorite destinations.

Billie will be especially remembered for her kind spirit, devotion to her family and for brightening the days of all those around her. A loving mother, a doting grandmother and a treasured friend; she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Billie is survived by three children: son Larry and wife Suzy, their children: Lynn, Joseph and wife Karyl, Michael and wife Lynn; son Randy and wife Carolyn, their children: Amanda and husband Brad, Jonathan and wife Rachel, Ashlee and Jeffrey; daughter Judy and husband John, their children Meredith and husband Dane, Ellie and Ted; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; and siblings: Jerald, Alice, Albert and Grace.

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

Robert Templeton

Robert Templeton, 84, of Rapid City, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.

Robert James Templeton was born February 15, 1931 in Huron, S.D., the son of William and Sylvia (Hovey) Templeton of Wessington, S.D. He grew up on the family farm south of Wessington in Bates Township. He attended rural Hand County grade schools, graduating from St. Lawrence High School in 1948. He attended South Dakota State University for a year before returning to the farm.

On October 8, 1950, he married Arlene Melber and in 1952 moved to Miller to become manager of the Hand County Oil Company of St. Lawrence for six years. He was employed for several years by Miller Plumbing and Heating before starting Dakota Plumbing and Heating which he sold and started Templeton Plumbing. In 1976 they moved to Spearfish, S.D. where he was employed in maintenance at Black Hills State College. They returned to central South Dakota and Huron in 1983 where he was employed by Huron School District until retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the Miller Lions Club, Miller Civic and Commerce Assn., Miller Jaycees, Boy Scout Leader (Webelos), member of the S.D. Plumbing Contractors Assn., Huron Senior Center, Rapid City Moose, and Minneluzahn Sr. Center in Rapid City. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and sports, hunting, fishing, camping and bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Bob Jr. (Connie) of Ree Heights and Kim (Lori) of Rapid City; grandsons: Dylan of Miller and Adam (Kara) of Rapid City; granddaughters, Sarah Abrams (Mark) of Rapid City and Caitlin Templeton of Sioux Falls; and great grandsons, Fischer Abrams , Finley and Grady Templeton of Rapid City.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research in finding a cure to help his great grandson Fischer. Donations may be sent to directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 100 North 6th Street, #604a, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 or in care of Arlene Templeton at 1010 E St Patrick St #79, Rapid City, SD 57701.

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

Jay Fanning

Jay D. Fanning “Jaybird”, 52, of Miller, SD, died peacefully at home from an 8 month battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 17, 2015 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., Sunday, August 16, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, all at the church.

He was born July 17, 1963 in Miller, SD to Jack D and Irene Mae (Beaner) Fanning. Jay was raised on the family farm and farmed for his father, then with his brothers before eventually going into farming for himself. Jay was the type person that made friends everywhere he went. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, ATV’ing with his family and friends, but most of all he enjoyed having fun in whatever he did. Jay was one of those guys who just liked to go, relatives and friends never knew when he might show up.

Jay is survived by his loving wife, Bobi; step-children: Camrynn Clare, Rhett Lynn, and Lyndsay Kae; his mother Irene; his brothers: John (Penny), Gerald (Roberta), Jeffrey (Sherry), Randy (Teresa); brother-in-law: James B (Victoria) Gentile; nieces and nephews: Jimmy (Dawn) Gentile, Brett (Jessica) Gentile, Heath (Sarah) Fanning, Quentin (Johnay) Fanning, Blaine (Kristi) Fanning, Brandy Fanning, Bobbie Jo (Scott) Peterson, Jesse Fanning, Jacki (Chad) Dawson, Derek (Lora May) Fanning, Jack (Crystal) Fanning, Katrina (Rich) Damon, Matthew (Sarah) Fanning, Brittany (Nick) Rihanek, and Eric Fanning; In-Laws: Dale and Kae Bussell of Tucson Arizona and “Aunt” Gayle Bussell of Huron SD.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack D. Fanning; his sister, Marlene Gentile; brothers: Michael and Joel; niece, Sara Fanning; grandparents: Jack and Jessie Fanning, and Rupert and Mary Beaner; and numerous aunts and uncles.

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

Lawrence Yost

Lawrence Yost, 84, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastor Matt Richards officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Howell Cemetery, rural Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 10, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Lawrence Daryl Yost was born in south Hand County to Clarence and Gladys (Campbell) Yost on June 14, 1931. He attended country school until the eighth grade then decided he was smart enough that he didn’t need to go to high school. He worked for various neighbors until he was drafted. He served in Korea for three years as a corporal in the Army.

When he returned home from Korea, he met the love of his life, Beverly Stymiest, who he married August 14, 1955 in the St. Lawrence Church. They moved to south Hand County where they lived and farmed. Three daughters were added to this union; Susan Marie, Terri Lea, and Vicki Lynn. In 1985, they moved to Miller but continued to do some custom farming and worked for the sale barn in town for several years.

Lawrence loved fishing and hunting. He raced for a couple of years, earning high points champion in the Class “C” Hobbystock division, as well as most popular driver in 1966. In his later years, he enjoyed woodworking and watching wildlife such as birds and squirrels outside his window. Above all, he loved to see his family, especially his grandkids, great-grandkids, and his dog Toby. He made everyone welcome with his generous spirit. He always said when someone stopped by around mealtime that they would find something, no one would go hungry.

Lawrence is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Beverly (Stymiest) Yost; his three daughters, Susan (Dale) Hargens, Terri (John) Kump, Vicki (Keith) VanDerWerff; his grandchildren, Andrea (Bertin) Hargens-Flores, Janice (Tim) Gilbert, Jeremy Hargens, Kristin (Drew) Kolda, Charlie (Karen) Kump, Dixie (YungBen) Yelvington, Wade (Michelle) VanDerWerff, Rusty (Jill) VanDerWerff, Ashley (Jonathan) Hurd; his great-grandchildren, Laura, Justin, Xavier, Dawson, Shawn, Cain, Jackson, Gesina, Mikhail, Louise, Kaylee, Ava, Cassi, Kellan, Chase, Isabelle, Quinn and Elijah; his sisters, Lenore Yost, JoAnn Ledford and Joyce (Robert) Meyer; and special family friend, Helen Holston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Clarence Jr. Yost; his sister, Judy Scott; and his grandson, Justin Hargens.

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