Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lois Irene Allen

Lois Irene Allen, 90, of Miller, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church with Pastor Jesse Hammer officiating.

Lois Irene Chambers was born December 4, 1924 at Hot Springs, SD to Roy and Olive (Coon) Chambers. Their family moved to Philip, SD where they had a dairy and hog operation. Lois graduated from Philip High School in 1942 and worked two years as a secretary for the S.D. Rural Credit at Philip. She graduated from St. John’s McNamara School of Nursing in Rapid City in February of 1947 under the U.S. Army Nurse Cadet Corps. She then worked as a nurse in Rapid City for five years.

On June 7, 1952 Lois was united in marriage to Russell Allen of Miller, SD at Canyon Lake Methodist Church in Rapid City. Theirs was the first wedding in that church of which Lois was a charter member. She later joined the Church of the Nazarene in Miller. Lois worked for nearly 30 years as a register nurse at the Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. Nursing was a very strong passion in her life.

Lois loved being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is survived by her three children: David (Linda) Allen of Miller, Donna Kennedy of Las Vegas, and Deva (Kevin) Jones of Peoria, Arizona; one grandson, Seth (Carlee) Allen of St. Lawrence and their two children, Corbin and Kennedy; one granddaughter, Rebecca (Augustin) Granados of Huron and their two children, Angel and Ellena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell; one sister, Eleanor Runnalls; one brother, William (Martha) Chambers; and one son-in-law, Paul Kennedy.

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


Gary Grey

Gary Michael Grey, 65, of Pierre, passed away Monday, October 26, 2015 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE, after a twelve-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating. Burial will follow at Sunbeam Cemetery, rural Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Gary was born to Robert and Beulah (Story) Grey on November 20, 1949 in Miller, South Dakota. He attended grade school at Sunbeam and Sunrise rural schools. He attended high school in Miller, earned his BS degree at South Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural education and later earned his Master’s degree in educational administration in technology.

He taught secondary agricultural education at Pierre and Miller and taught farm and ranch business management in the Pierre area until 1993 when he became State Supervisor of Agricultural Education and State Advisor to the State FFA Association. He served as State President to the Agriculture Teacher’s Association and the state vocational education association. He was an officer and a charter member of the National Farm Management Association and served in a leadership capacity in many other areas dealing with agricultural education. He was named Outstanding Teacher in the SD Vocational Association and given the Honorary American degree by the National FFA.

Gary loved to travel, especially to Mexico, which he visited as often as he could. He also participated in a reefs and ecology study on the island of San Salvador and traveled to Taiwan with a group of students to share information on different aspects of learning and to become more agriculturally literate.

Gary had several interests and often said, “let me try that.” He liked hunting and fishing but also enjoyed being with people who were not interested in killing something, but wanted to gather as a group to share experiences. He liked downhill skiing, paragliding, skydiving, and snorkeling just to name a few. He also liked his motorcycle and enjoyed gathering friends to attend the rally together and to make more friends upon arriving.

He is survived by his older sister Ramona (Frank) Fischer of Johnstown, Colorado; younger brother Kelvin (Carol) of St. Lawrence; his sons, Ellery (Sharon) Grey of Rapid Citu, and Nicholas (Katy) of San Diego California; and five grandchildren: Cordelia, Charlotte, Ethan, Matea, and one due in December 2015.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents and older brother Larry.

A memorial has been established for the benefit of the South Dakota FFA Foundation, 39393 133rd St., Bath, SD 57427

Linelle Mason

Linelle Mason, 76, of Miller, passed away Monday, October, 26, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Miller with Pastor Kent Atkinson officiating. Burial will follow at the Highmore Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Linelle was born on June 6, 1939 in Madison, SD to Clarence and Velma (Dilly) Hackett. She attended Madison High School, graduating in 1958. She obtained her cosmetology license after graduating from Stewart’s Cosmetology School in 1961. Linelle married Russell Mason on November 6, 1965 in Custer, SD. The couple welcomed one daughter, Renae, into their home. After returning to Miller, Linelle opened Linelle’s Beauty Salon, continuing to run her business until shortly before her death.

Linelle enjoyed planting flowers in her garden, following her grandchildren’s many school and sport activities, and babysitting her great-grandson.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Renae (Jim) Aalbers of Miller; grandchildren: Kayla, Austin, and Dillan Aalbers of Miller and Jessica Aalbers of Watertown; great-grandson, Kooper Coyle; sisters: Clairene Hackett of Volga, Vernice (Tom) Doyle of Colman, Kaelyn (Byron) Callies of Watertown; honorary sister, Bobinette Andersen of Worthington, MN; aunt, MaeDella Dilly of Madison; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell and her parents, Clarence and Velma Hackett.

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

Margaret A. Ufen

Margaret A. Ufen, 93, of Miller, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Highmore Health in Highmore surrounded by her family.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the church.

Margaret Anne Gortmaker was born August 1, 1922 in Boone, Iowa to Lear and Johanna (Furst) Gortmaker. She married Henry Albert Ufen on November 14, 1940. They had four children: Donna, Frank, Mary Ann and Joe. For several years, they farmed south of Miller. In 1966, Henry passed away and Margaret sold the farm and moved to town.

Margaret loved to sew; making beautiful quilts. She’d rather walk than drive her car. In 2009, she was diagnosed with dementia and in September of 2009, she moved into the Highmore Health; where she resided until she passed away.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Mary Ann McFall of Casper, WY; son, Joe Ufen of Magnolia, TX; son-in-law, Jim Kaczrowski of Mora, MN; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Frank; daughter, Donna Kaczrowski; and her six siblings.

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

Richard Oakley

Richard Oakley, age 80, of Huron and formerly of Miller, SD, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron.

His funeral will be 2:00 pm Friday, October 16, 2015 at St. Lawrence Community Church in St. Lawrence with burial at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with a prayer service at 7 pm; or one hour prior to the service.

Dick was born October 23, 1934 to Dunbar and Mabel (Kammerdiner) in Miller, SD. He was the youngest of five children. He attended St. Lawrence School where he enjoyed playing basketball.

Dick was an honest, hardworking man who took a lot of pride in everything he did, whether he was raising his family or raising cattle. He felt if anything was worth doing, it was worth doing right. He was a man of few words but also a bit of a jokester. He loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed being a Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. They were the topic of many conversations between him and his sons and grandsons. He enjoyed playing cards with his neighbors on the farm and later with his coffee buddies in Huron.

He married his first love, Marjorie June Fischer on June 2, 1954. They made their home on the farm north of Miller. Their 37 years together were spent raising 6 children. They built their life around milking cows, farming, attending their kids various sporting events and spending time with friends and family, which was his most prized possession. Dick’s joys and heartaches of his life on the farm were deeply engrained in his heart and never far from his memory, in fact, just last week he proudly proclaimed, “We finally got the hay put up!”

On May 22, 1992 Dick married the second love of his life, Glenda Gogolin. They enjoyed woodworking together and loved to surprise their family on Christmas with their latest creations…roll top desks, hope chests, cabinets, birdhouses, and the list goes on and on. These items now adorn the homes of his loved ones. They enjoyed their time with children and grandchildren celebrating special events, birthdays and holidays. Glenda was a faithful and loving wife the past 23 years, very few days passed in the last 7 years that she was not at the nursing home sharing her life with Dick. He was baptized and confirmed in faith at the American Lutheran Church in Huron, SD on November 23, 2002. Dick was rich in blessings that money cannot buy.

Grateful to have shared in his life are his wife of 23 years, Glenda Oakley of Huron; his children, Rocky (Cindy) Oakley of Rockham, Dawn (Lynn) Johnsen of Wessington, Rich (Dawn) Oakley of Redfield, Terry (Jenny) Oakley of Miller, Marcie (Kevin) Bertsch of St. Lawrence, Jesse (Shelly) Oakley of Sioux Falls, Jamie (Tracie) Gogolin of Huron, Kurt (Jolene) Gogolin of Holmen, WI, Tim (Linda) Gogolin of Savage, MN; 31 grandchildren Billie Jo (Bill Eckles) Parmely, Dawnita Parmely, Rusty (Amber) Parmely, Annie (Joe) Huber, Kyle (Krissy) Oakley, Mariah (Jarrid) Kranz, Amber (Kris) Goldammer, Lacy (Trevor) Bechen, Shiloh Bertsch, Grady Oakley, Cole Oakley, Cooper Oakley, Rockilynn Oakley, Isaac Oakley, Elias Oakley, Will Oakley, Travis (Katie) Hansen, Tyler Hansen, Storm Johnsen, Sidney Johnsen, Tanner Johnsen, Chris (Ronalee) Johnsen, Shane Johnsen, Chantz Gogolin, Lake Gogolin, Elizabeth Gogolin, Riley Gogolin, Ana Gogolin, Ali Gogolin, Abby Gogolin, Chloe Gogolin; twelve great grandchildren; brother, Leonard Oakley of Madison; sister, Alyce Mae (Gene) Ellingson of Forestburg; sister-in-law, Mae Lou Oakley of Miller; many nieces and nephews.

Dick was proceeded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; infant granddaughters, Angelic Oakley and Arizona Eve Johnsen; two brothers, Gordon and Dale Oakley; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Oakley and Deveda Oakley.

Dick’s family would like to thank the staff at SunQuest Healthcare Center for your care and support over the years and to Hospice for their comfort and guidance these past few days.

Marilyn Meehan

Marilyn Meehan, 82, of Miller, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller surrounded by her children.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will be at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller at a later date. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Marilyn Mabel Cavenee was born March 5, 1933 to Lloyd and Mabel (McNeely) Cavanee on a farm north of Wessington, South Dakota. Marilyn graduated from Wessington High School in 1951. On June 17, 1951, she married Byron Meehan. They made their home in Miller and had five children: Micheal, Terry, Cindy, Tommy, and Paula. Marilyn took care of her children and worked at various jobs. She retired in 1996 after working for Charlie Wilber at Wilber’s Feed and Seed as a bookkeeper for 25 years.

Her passion was her family. Marilyn loved her children, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren with all her heart and soul. To her family, she was the mother who worked hard at being “fair” and being a “peacemaker”. Marilyn cooked many family holiday meals and enjoyed every minute. After her children grew up, her love continued and grew with her grandchildren; traveling to see them as much as possible. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in all their activities.

Her memory will be cherished by her children and grandchildren: daughter, Terry (Dale) Engelmann; daughter, Cindy (John) Butler and children: Luke (Ashley) Mattson and Lydie and Adam, Hallie (Jared) Mattson and Brielle Marilyn; son, Tommy (Gayle) Meehan and children: Sarah (Joe) Ortmeier and Alexis and Megan Meehan and Trevor Meehan; daughter, Paula (Lloyd) Schwartz and children: Danielle Davis, Chelsea Davis, and Heather (Cutter) Murray; sisters: Bonnie (Lawrence) Runge, Sharon (David) Vitters, and Nedra (Gordon) Fleihe; brothers: Wesley Cavenee and Art Cavenee; and many nieces and nephews.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Mabel Cavenee; her husband, Byron in 1997; an infant son, Micheal; grandson, Patrick Dale Engelmann; nephew, Jason Cavenee; and sister, Joan Colling

Marilyn has now joined those in heaven that she loved and has longed to be with; her husband, By, her son, Micheal, and her beloved grandson, Patrick Dale.

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