Monthly Archives: September 2015

Johnna Rae Waldner

Johnna Rae Waldner, age 53, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, SD.

Her funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday September 25, 2015 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Huron.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church on Friday.

Johnna Rae Brodkorb, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (DeJong) Brodkorb was born on April 10, 1962 in Huron, SD. She attended school and graduated from Wolsey High School. Johnna was hard working having worked as the Environmental Services Director for Good Samaritan Healthcare Center in Miller, SD for 28 years.

Johnna married Moses Waldner on August 6, 1982 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Huron, SD

Johnna was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Wolsey Legion Women’s Auxiliary. Johnna enjoyed camping, fishing and her dogs, Maggie and Peaches. She also loved flowers and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment was the times she spent with her family and grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared in Johnna’s life are her husband, Moses of Wessington, SD; children: Roxanne (Jeff) Collins of Denver, CO, Robin Waldner of Brookings, SD, and Ryan (Stacy) Waldner of Shakopee, MN; four grandchildren: Avry and Brianna Fischer and Thomas and Mackenzie Collins; her parents, Robert and Ruth Brodkorb of Wolsey, SD ; sister Debora (LaDean) Kleinsasser of Wessington, SD; sister-in-law, Dianna Brodkorb of Long Beach, MS; and several nieces and nephews.

Johnna was preceded in death by her grandparents and Brother, Rex Brodkorb


Maynard Deuter

Maynard Deuter, 82, of Miller, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastor Matt Richards officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights.

Maynard was born February 14, 1933 to Charles and Clara (Miller) Deuter. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force, where he met and married his wife, Sumiko Shidara, on May 9, 1956. After retirement from the Air Force, he worked for the South Dakota Job Service for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sumiko of Miller; three children: Susan of St. Lawrence, Danny (Gloria) of Schertz, Texas, and Victor (Theresa) of Aberdeen; grandchildren: Charles, David, Denon, Anthony, and Micheal; sister, Wanda (Max) Harrell; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janice White; and infant brother, Charles.

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

Beau Keeter

Beau James Keeter, 19, of St. Lawrence, South Dakota went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota

Celebration of Beau’s Life will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Miller Armory with Rev. Matt Richards officiating with a meal to follow at the Miller Community Center. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at Beulah Cemetery, rural St. Lawrence. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the First Methodist Church, Miller.

Beau James Keeter was born on May 11, 1996 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Jim and Christine (Carr) Keeter. His sister Annie Cappiello Keeter joined the family on March 5, 1999 to make their family complete. Beau grew up on the family farm outside of St. Lawrence and attended Miller schools all 13 years of his education. Beau proudly graduated as a Miller Rustler in May of 2015 with honors. Beau was a member of Miller First United Methodist Church his entire life and was confirmed in his faith in 2010.

Beau had just begun his college career at Dakota Wesleyan University, pursuing a degree in Athletic Training. He received the Bishop Leadership Award for his leadership potential and his commitment to serving others; as well as an Academic & Athletic Scholarship and a United Methodist Scholarship.

Beau grew up helping his dad on the farm and grew to work alongside him as a hard-working young man. Beau spent many summers “laying fabric” with his sister, father, cousins and grandfather. This provided him with the spending money to build his basketball, sock, shoes and song collections throughout the years.

Beau was an awesome big brother to Annie and he loved her as much as any brother could. The two played, worked, and got into mischief together as soon as Annie was old enough to walk. His sister Annie was his lifelong best friend.

Beau loved his mother immensely and they were very close. He knew he could talk to her about anything and Chrissy was his greatest fan on every athletic and academic “sideline!” Beau’s second greatest fan was his grandmother, Norma Carr, who seldom missed a game and never missed the opportunity to encourage him to follow his dreams.

As Beau grew taller and taller his athletic ability grew as well and he became an amazing basketball player. Of course working on a farm requires a great amount of time and Beau’s dad Jimmy soon realized that basketball was a very important part of Beau’s life, so he gave him the gift of time to follow his passion for basketball. This passion blossomed Beau into the player he was and he played varsity basketball for three years for the Miller Rustlers, scoring over 1,000 points during this 3-year career. He loved everything about being a Miller Rustler basketball player. In August of 2015 Beau joined the Dakota Wesleyan Tiger Basketball team and was excited to participate in a college basketball program and was recently selected for the varsity basketball practice squad.

But as amazing of a basketball player he was, it is not basketball that he will be remembered for. It was Beau’s smile each time he entered a room that he will be remembered for. That smile was there because he was happy with who he was and where he was from and content in his faith in God. He was friendly with everyone he met and always saw the best in anyone he encountered. This happiness resonated from him and touched the lives of many, many people. Beau James Keeter, you will be missed by every one of those lives you touched.

Beau is survived by his parents Jim and Christine Keeter, his sister Annie, grandparents Norma Carr and James Keeter; aunts and uncles including Deb Carr, John & Michelle Carr, Wayne & Kathy Carr, Joe & Lisa Carr, Chad & Laura Cooney, Julie Keeter, Bob & Della Stallard; cousins including Josh, Bridget, Noah and Avery Carr, Hans Nelson, Nikki Carr, Bjorn & Devon Nelson, Taylor, Brooke and Finley Carr, Luke Carr, Caleb Carr, Will Carr, Peyton Carr, Sam Carr, Sarah Carr, Isaac Carr, Chloe Carr, Austin & Stephanie Stallard, Emily Stallard, Ethan Stallard, Cole Stallard, and Savanah Cooney.

Beau is preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Carr and grandmother, Dawn Keeter.

We would like to thank the administration, faculty, and students of Dakota Wesleyan University for their love and support during this difficult time. In the short amount of time that Beau attended your school, he truly felt a part of the Tiger Family. Beau loved his time at DWU!

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in memory of Beau Keeter.

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

Doug DuBois

Doug DuBois, 78, of Wessington, was called home Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Inver Grove Heights, MN surrounded by loved ones when he was summoned to his final resting place after a valiant fight against ALS.

Funeral service and military honors will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Wessington Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home in Miller.

Ronald Douglas DuBois (Doug) was born on August 2, 1937 in Hitchcock, South Dakota; the second son of Bob and Lura (Payne) DuBois. He enlisted in the US Army in 1954 as an Engineer Supply Specialist and was stationed in France for three years; where he earned a Good Conduct Medal. Upon returning home, he met Charlotte J. Munion in Wessington and they were married on May 20, 1961. Their first home was in Kansas before moving back to Wessington to establish their permanent home and raise their family.

Doug spent a short time running a local gas station. He was then employed by Casavan Apiaries before venturing into his own bee keeping business. He did this for many years until a local job opportunity as the City Maintenance Supervisor presented itself. That would allow him to stay home with his family instead of leaving for several months every year. He took great pride in his community and worked very hard to keep things looking nice and operating smoothly. He also enjoyed doing odd jobs for almost everyone in town whether it was plumbing, electrical, carpentry or chain saw sharpening. You name it and he did it!

In his very little free time he enjoyed fishing on the river with friends and camping with his family. He was a great dad and spent hours teaching his girls to play ball, ride a bike, fish and drive a car. Doug was never happier than when he had a house full of family and friends. More was always merrier for him. Doug was also an active member of the Legion and the Presbyterian Church.

Memories of Doug will be treasured by his surviving daughters: Robin Lee (Shane) Sivertsen, Miller, Nicole Annette (Jim) Roubik, Inver Grove Heights, MN and Eva Sancha Melia of Barcelona, Spain; three granddaughters: Samantha Kay Sivertsen, Elizabeth Rose, and Jenna Nicole Roubik; two grandsons: Drew Douglas and Kaden Lee Sivertsen; three brothers: Roger (Sally) DuBois, Gordon DuBois, and Alan (Deb) DuBois; three sisters: Carolyn (Dave) Filholm, Evon (Butch) Schmidt and Gordette (Tony) Oliva; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlotte (April 2007); daughter, Christine Kay (stillborn March 1965); son, Daniel Douglas (August 1968); and sister, Deanna Kleinsasser (December 1984).

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

Norman E. Sihrer

Norman E. Sihrer, 75 of Redfield, SD, died on September 13, 2015 at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield, SD. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Redfield. Fr. Gregg Frankman will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Zell, SD. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7: 00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield.

Norm attended grade school in Zell at the convent and high school at the Assumption Abbey in Richardton North Dakota. Norman met Christa Lohmaier while he was in the United States Army, stationed in Herzogenaurach, Germany. They were married on April 15, 1963. They lived in Germany until October, 1964 when they moved to Zell, SD and made their home on the family farm. Norm honorably served his country for over twenty five years, serving in the United States Army from 1959 until 1962, and then in the National Guard from 1976 until 1997.

Norm was well known for his hard work and dedication to his family. After Christa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he spent countless hours caring for her. He loved farming, gardening, working outside and watching wrestling. He spent countless hours working and volunteering within the community, taking care of Hava-Rest Campground and the city park. He served 30 years as a member of the Redfield City Council. Norm worked for SDDC-Redfield for over twenty years as a plumber.

He was an active member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Lion’s Club and American Legion.

Norm is survived by his three daughters: Susan (Chris) Wilcox of Edgemont, SD and her children: Ian (Corinne) McCafferty of Porstmouth, NH; and Jen (Dustin) Otto of Tulare, SD; their children Ashlyn and Eastin; Cheryl Sihrer of Hamilton, MO and her son Andrew of Redfield, SD; and Christina Sihrer (Brent Swaney) of Miller, SD and her sons: Tyler and Lincoln. He is also survived by his sister Regina Kramer of Chandler, AZ and his brother John Sihrer of Granit City, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Christa in 2009, his brother Delbert and his brothers-in-law: Richard Kramer and Lorenz Lohmaier.


Loren Lyle Gibson

Loren Lyle Gibson, 69, passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Aug. 20, 2015.

Loren was born in Miller, SD, to Lavina (Prohaska) and Walter Gibson on June 29, 1946. He was raised in Miller most of his life but spent a year in Piedmont. Loren joined the Army in 1967. He was a proud Vietnam Vet, serving two years over there. Between 1972 and 1991, Loren was married to Dannette Grate and they had four children, Bill Grate, Marie Gibson, Connie Gibson, and Catherine Gibson. In 1994 he married Carolyn Hassing and they remained married for 21 years. Loren spent his time fly fishing, hobby wood working, and he would spend his Wednesday nights with his auction buddies down at Ralph’s Auction.

Loren is survived by his wife, Carolyn Gibson of Box Elder; son, Bill Grate of Sturgis; daughters, Marie Gibson of Newell, Connie Butcher (Walter) of Martin, Catherine Myers (Ronald) of Belle Fourche; brothers, Scott Gibson of Miller, Allen Gibson of Rapid City; sisters, Linda Rowland of Grands NM, LeAnna Masters of Piedmont; grandkids, Heidi, Toby, Amanda, Vernon; great granddaughter, Samantha; plus many nieces and nephews.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Lavina and Walter; infant brother and first wife, Dannette.

Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 27, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Inurnment with military honors will follow at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Ruth Fratzke

Ruth L. Fratzke, 91, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Ruth Louise was born at her parents’, Lyle Eugene (Gene) and Lois Berniece (Templeton) Morrison, rural home south of Wessington. She is the third child of seven children, consisting of one boy and six girls. She received her elementary education in the rural Hand County schools Prairie View School and the McNeil School. She attended her freshman year at Wessington High School. She graduated from Miller High School in 1942. With her parent’s approval to become a registered nurse, she graduated from the Methodist State Hospital, Mitchell, SD, in June 1945.

Ruth enjoyed her nursing positions in Montana, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Oregon, Aberdeen, and Miller, SD. She retired from nursing in June of 1994. Ruth was united in marriage to Edwin Henry Bahr May 4, 1946. In November of 1964 they were divorced. To this union two daughters and two sons were born. Ruth married Robert Arthur “Bob” Fratzke on May 28, 1971.

Ruth and Bob were married 41 years. They enjoyed fishing, playing cards, dancing and visiting with family and friends. Ruth spent her retirement thoroughly enjoying her research on genealogy. She did many beautiful cross stitch pictures that decorated their home. Ruth was christened September 25, 1994 in the First Presbyterian Church.

Ruth is survived by her children: David (Donna) Bahr, Marysville, CA, Sylvia Bandy, Lubbock, TX, and Duane Robert (Bob) Bahr, Rapid City, SD; and Bob’s children: Carl (Glennis) Fratzke, Merle (Bobbi) Fratzke and Mary (Graham) Lawrie; two sisters, Roberta Harvey and Carolyn (Walt) Gutzmer; grandchildren: Cathleen Bahr Blackwell, Debra Bahr, David Bahr, Carrie Bahr, Robert (Bobby) Brenden, Jennifer Frazier and Travis (Trey) Bandy; step grandchildren: Monte Fratzke, Michelle Fratzke Buffetta, Robyn Fratzke Ragsdale, Melissa Dyer Adler, Jason Dyer and Lisa Dyer Shepherd; and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; her daughter, Vicki Lynn; her brother, Vere Morrison; and sisters: Lucille Heilman, Helen Kramlich, and Lois Jean Yost.

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

Brian Keith Fulton

Brian Keith Fulton was born October 14, 1962 in Pierre, South Dakota. He was the second of four sons of Tex and Mary Ann (Cowan) Fulton. He graduated from Miller High School, Miller, South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

On November 21, 1992, Brian married the love of his life, Lisa O’Rourke-Fulton. They moved to their current home in Todd County, South Dakota, in May of 1995 where they were blessed to raise their three sons on their ranch.

Brian was forever thinking of others and making sure everyone else was okay. He was a selfless person always giving.…he enjoyed coaching his sons in all their sports and was so very helpful in coaching many young people in the sport of rodeo. He loved teaching and coaching at the many tie-down roping and steer wrestling schools that he put on.

Brian, a two-time qualifier of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and 12-times the Badlands Circuit all-around champion, died August 28, 2015 at Cherry County Hospital in his hometown of Valentine, Neb., after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 52. Brian first underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor September 11, 2006 and had a second operation in January 2009. When the cancer returned again this spring in April, Brian underwent a lengthy course of radiation and chemotherapy in North Platte, Neb., enduring the daily 2 ½ -hour commute each way so he could be home with his family.

Brian joined the PRCA in 1984 straight out of South Dakota State University and quickly developed into one of the era’s elite timed-event cowboys. He qualified for the 1991 National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper and made it to the 1996 NFR as a steer wrestler, finishing second in the world to Chad Bedell by $14,777.00 Brian placed in seven of 10 rounds at the 1996 NFR, sharing the wins in Rounds 2 and 3. If not for a broken barrier penalty in Round 5, he would have won the average title and the gold buckle. For nearly 20 years he was a dominant figure in the Badlands Circuit. In addition to the record 12 year-end all-around championships (1984, 1986-90, 1993-95, 1997-99). He also won the six year-end steer wrestling titles (1986, 1988-89, 1995, 1998-99) and one in the tie-down roping (1994). From 1986-98, Brian won 11 titles at the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Bismarck, N.D., four each in the all-around and steer wrestling and three in tie-down roping. He represented the Badlands Circuit at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo 10 times (1987-91, 1994-96, 1999-2000), winning the RNCFR tie-down roping title in 1995 and the all-around a year later. He was inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame in Pierre, S.D., in 1999. A knee injury early in the 2001 season forced Brian to step away from full-time competition.

Since 1995, he and his wife, Lisa, have operated the Fulton Performance Horse business at their ranch in Todd County, S.D., near the Nebraska border. Their 15th annual Fulton Performance Horse Sale was completed one week before Brian’s passing.

Brian Keith Fulton passed away Friday morning, August 28, 2015 at the Cherry County Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Brian will be dearly missed by his family and friends. His laugh, smile and the twinkle in his eye can never be forgotten.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents – Harley and Pearl Fulton and Art and Mary Cowan and first cousins Cam Cowan and Kimberly Cowan-Churchill.

Brian is survived by his wife, Lisa Fulton of Valentine, Neb.; three sons, Jake, Jared and John Lloyd also of Valentine, Neb., his parents, Tex and Mary Ann Fulton of Miller, S.D., three brothers, Mark (Susan)Fulton, Paul (Kayleen)Fulton all of Miller, S.D., and Neil & Molly Fulton of Ft.Pierre, S.D., father-in-law, Lyle O’Rourke of Interior, S.D.; brother-in-laws: Tom (Lori) O’Rourke of Interior, S.D.; Brady (Lane) O’Rourke of Quinn, S.D.; sister-in-law, Kathy (Boyce) Kennedy of Wall, S.D.; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service for Brian Fulton was held on Tuesday, September 1 at 1:00 PM at the Cherry County Fair Grounds in Valentine. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Rev. Andrew Utecht officiated. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was in charge of service arrangements.

Barbara (Sisk) Bouren

Barbara Bouren, 74, of Ree Heights, SD, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Barbara Ann Sisk was born August 28, 1941 to Carl and Josephine (Koc) Sisk in Miller, SD; the only girl in a house of five boys. She attended and graduated from Miller High School.

Barb married Eldon Bouren on September 18, 1965 and they moved to Ree Heights. She worked at different jobs including; Terrace Park Creamery, Ree Heights Town Clerk, U.S. Postal Clerk and an Avon consultant. But no job was more important to her than taking care of her children. She enjoyed doing plastic canvas projects, word puzzles, sewing and baking. Barb was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

Those left to cherish Barb’s life are her daughters: Susan (Merlin) Bennett of Pierre, Sandi (Bob) Hall of Ree Heights, Vicki (Rick) Oligmueller of Miller, and Nicolle (Chris) Stallkamp of Selby; grandchildren: Megan and Dylan Bennett, Clayton, Cody, and Colton Hall, Jennifer and Kylie Oligmueller, and David and Chelsea Stallkamp; brothers: Charles Sisk of Pierre, Frank (Janet) Sisk of Westminster, CO, and Carl (Susan) Sisk of Egan, MN; mother-in-law: Hazel Bouren of Miller; sister-in-law: Sharon (Bob) Scott of Rapid City and many nieces and nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents: Carl and Josephine Sisk; husband: Eldon; brothers: Clayton “Tip” Sisk and Bob Sisk.

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