Monthly Archives: December 2015

Lois Irene Pugh Christiansen

Lois Irene Pugh Christiansen, 87, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Lois Irene Jenner was born February 24, 1928 in Hand County to Arthur and Gladys (Fischer) Jenner. She grew up north of St. Lawrence and was educated at the St. Lawrence School, graduating in 1946.

Lois married Robert J. Pugh on June 30, 1947. They lived on the Pugh home farm south of Miller where they raised five children: Jay, Gene, Kenn, Ann, and Don. Besides farming, they ran Pugh Bros. Fertilizer and were dealers for Artic Cat snowmobiles, Silver Line boats, and Mercury motors. Lois also did custom sewing.

After Roberts death in 1976, Lois went to work as a bookkeeper for Stobbs Sales. She married John Christiansen on August 9, 1980 and they made their home in St. Lawrence. In 2006, they moved to the Plaza in Miller. In April of 2015, Lois moved into the Courtyard Villa in Miller.

Lois was a very talented seamstress and won many awards for her sewing over the years. She also crocheted, knitted, and was an avid quilter, donating many of her quilts to various caused. She was a cancer survivor and served as chair of the Miller Relay for Life. She loved to play games and would never pass up a change to play dominoes or bingo.

Lois is survived by her two sons: Jay Pugh and Don (Diane) Pugh, both of Miller; daughter, Ann (Tom) Meyer of Spring Branch, TX; four step-sons: Tom, Jim, Joel, and Dale Christiansen; two stepdaughters: Marie Trowbridge and Ruth Lindgren; sister-in-law, Virginia Jenner of Miller; three grandsons; one granddaughter; ten great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert and John; two sons, Gene and Kenn; her parents; two brothers, Irving and Merlin Jenner; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Jenner.

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


Benedict “Ben” Andrew Arens

Benedict “Ben” Andrew Arens, age 93, of Yankton, SD passed away Thursday, November 05, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, November 9, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Robert Wullweber officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitations will begin at 4:00 PM, Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 6:30 PM followed by at Scripture service at 7:00 PM. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be his sons.

Ben was born October 24, 1922 to Louis and Rosa (Sudbeck) Arens at home in rural Bow Valley, NE. He graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Bow Valley. He married Theresa Brand on July 8, 1946 in St. Helena, NE. In 1948, Ben and Theresa moved to Orient, SD, where he actively farmed for 50 years and raised small grain and livestock. Ben was especially proud to be one of the first to raise corn in the Orient area. He enjoyed participating in corn picking contests with his Allis-Chalmers tractor and corn picker. In 1994, Ben and Theresa retired and moved to Yankton, SD.

Ben and Theresa were blessed with thirteen (13) children. Ben enjoyed baseball, softball, country music, line dancing, traveling and playing cards, especially sheepshead. He was a strong pro-life supporter and his priorities were his faith and family. He actively followed his grandchildren’s sporting and musical events. Ben and Theresa were members at The Center and participated in many activities. Ben loved visiting with people and he never met a stranger, but always a new friend. He had a great sense of humor, laughed often and lived a happy life.

Ben is survived by his wife of 69 years, Theresa; eight sons: Vern (Sandy), Bill (Carol), Len, Mike (Tara), Jim (Donna), Tom (Terri), all of Yankton, Paul and Louie (Michelle) of Orient, SD and four daughters: Delores (Paul) Ballert of Lead, SD, Mary (Jim) Suing of St. Helena, NE, Rita (Mark) Nelson of Mission Hill, SD and Kathy (Paul) Hejna of Yankton, SD; 29 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; as well as one brother, Louis Arens, of Coleridge, NE.

Ben is preceded in death by one son, Joe on January 25, 1992; his parents; 5 brothers: Vic, Ed, Rudy, Ralph and Hugo; two sisters, Mary Ann Lenzen and Angeline Guenther and four siblings (Anthony, Rosina, Rita and Ruth) in infancy.

Wayne Fawcett

Wayne Fawcett, 85, of Miller, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Rev. 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., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the St. Lawrence Church.

Wayne Edwin Fawcett was born August 4, 1930 in Miller, South Dakota to Edwin and Ada (Benson) Fawcett. He attended all twelve years at Ree Heights School, graduating in 1949. Wayne was active in basketball and showing calves in 4-H. He attended South Dakota State College in Brookings, taking a two year course in agriculture.

He served in the Korean War from May 7, 1952 to February 11, 1954. On July 12, 1952, Wayne married Helen Hines at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Together they ranched southwest of Ree Heights before moving to the ranch southeast of Miller on June 2, 1960. Wayne also owned Fawcett Enterprises being a dealer for Titian West, selling livestock handling equipment. He custom made and sold Nylon tow ropes.

Grateful for having shared Wayne’s life are his wife, Helen Fawcett of Miller; son, Steve (Brenda) Fawcett of Potomac, MT; daughter, Dawn (Arlen) Roland of Montezuma, IA; son, Randy Fawcett of Miller; son, John (Darlene) Fawcett of Sioux Falls; daughter, Della (Gaylon) Anderson of Aberdeen; and son, Scott Fawcett of Huron; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren; one sister; four brothers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Sunshine Bible Academy or Potomac Bible Church in Potomac, MT.

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

Kenneth Labor

Kenneth Labor, 93, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Highmore Health in Highmore.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday December 27, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Kenneth Neil Labor was born February 23, 1922 at Wallace, Nebraska to August and Etta (Krueger) Labor. He attended school at Rockdale Township in Hand County, Lebanon, Oregon, Piedmont, and Miller High School. On November 23, 1945 Kenneth married Ruth Palmer. To this union, two sons were born, Richard and Robert.

He served on the township board over the years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller. He farmed in Hand County.

Survivors include his two sons, Richard Labor and Robert Labor, both of Miller; two grandchildren: Connie Labor (Eric Williams) of St. Lawrence and Brad Labor of Woonsocket; one great grandson, Joshua Williams of St. Lawrence; and one great granddaughter, Macy Labor of Highmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: William, Carl, Paul, and Edward; and one sister, Nina Steensen.

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

Bayard “Bud” Puffer

Bayard “Bud” Puffer, 93, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, 2015 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Bud was born September 7, 1922 in Ree Heights, South Dakota to John and Minetta (Fritz) Puffer. He attended grade school in Como Township, high school in Miller for two years, and graduated from Ree Heights High School in 1941. On October 6, 1942, he married LaVonne Crawford at Cedar Catholic Church. They continued to live on the family ranch. He served on the School Board and Township Boards for twenty years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stephan, South Dakota and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

In 1975, they moved to Miller where he worked as a finish carpenter until retiring at the age of ninety. While living in Miller, he was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Grateful to have shared in his life is his wife of 73 years, LaVonne of Miller; two daughters: Gae (John) Larson of Mankato, MN and Deb (John) Bushfield of Miller; four grandchildren: Carma Gorman (Eric Peterson) of Austin, TX, Dana (Tania) Ruhnke of Miller, Erin (Calvin) Kindle of Miller, and Andrea (Adam) Zeller of Aberdeen; two step grandchildren: Tristen (Jenn) Larson of Bloomington, MN, and Malinda (Jason) Yesch of Apple Valley, MN; twelve great grandchildren; and eight step great grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gladys Etbauer; son-in-law, Don Ruhnke; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.

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

Wayne Moncur

Wayne Moncur, 88, of Miller, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2015 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Wayne Wallace Moncur was born March 1, 1927, to James R. and Lily M. (Myers) Moncur at the family home in Florence Township, Hand County, Miller, South Dakota. Wayne attended rural school in Florence Township through the eighth grade. His freshman year of high school was spent at Redfield High School, and his last three years at Miller High School, graduating in 1945.

He married Margaret M. Holm on January 15, 1954, at Pierre, South Dakota. They were blessed with 5 children. Wayne worked as Register of Deeds for Hand County, sold cars for Miller Motor, and was a property manager for Sheldon Reese in Rapid City. In 1960, he returned to the family farm to work with his father and brothers farming and feeding cattle until he retired in 1982. He and Margaret then moved to Miller where he was residing at the time of his death. He served on the Florence Township board for several years.

During his retirement, he enjoyed bowling and taking care of his lawn and garden. He also worked part-time as a bus driver for Good Samaritan Society, a substitute mail carrier and various other jobs in the community. But his greatest enjoyment was spending time visiting with family and friends. He was a lifetime member of the Miller Methodist Church and a member of the St Lawrence Masonic Lodge for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 61 years; five children: Marilyn (Jim) Dyer of Miller, Carolyn (Larry) Hall of Orient, Sharon (Alan) Brueggeman of Hartford, Janet (Peter) Mellema of Sioux Falls, and Michael (Shelley) Moncur of Miller; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Arlene Moncur, Violet Moncur, Pat Haider, and Shirley Jungwirth; brother-in-law, Charles (Maxine) Holm; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Roger and Merle (Bud); his sister, Mary Alice (Emil) Bentley; and brothers-in-law: Leo Haider and Terry Jungwirth.

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

Marion (Rombough) Borah

Marion Borah, 98, of Miller, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Marion was born February 20, 1917 to Bernard Nelson and Lucy (Stobbs) Rombough on her grandfather’s (John Stobbs) farm, in Hulbert Township, Hand County, near Wessington, SD. Marion attended school through the eighth grade at Bothwell School in Hulbert Township. With no money to pay for high school board and room during the Depression, Marion took years off to perform farm chores. She later graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1937. Marion married Veral Isaac Borah on May 11, 1938, in Alexandra, SD. They established their home in Rose Hill Township, Hand County. On April 3, 1939, they were blessed by the birth of their daughter, Nina Lorraine Borah. They moved to Miller in 1945 prior to Nina starting first grade.

Early on she worked at different places as a dishwasher, housekeeper, laundress, cook, and nurse. Later, she worked in the office at Tri-State Insulation, then at the Bernard Coss Insurance Agency. Marion’s first loves were her family, garden, and flowerbeds. She spent many hours canning her produce and making jellies and jams. Being self-taught, she was accomplished in sewing, baking, art, music, and writing. Her second love was her church and church family at the Miller First United Methodist Church; where she taught Sunday school for 51 years, played the organ, and was a lay-speaker standing in for the pastor on many Sundays.

Her daughter Nina married Richard Leroy Beaner of St. Lawrence in 1959 and passed away from multiple sclerosis in 2006.

Marion is survived by her son-in-law, Richard Leroy Beaner of Hobbs, NM; grandchildren: Rhonda Kay Dupree of Hobbs, NM, Deanna Lee (Bruce) Allamon of Lubbock, TX, Richard Alan (D’aun) Beaner of Hobbs, NM, and Dale Wade (Cathy) Beaner of Puyallup, WA; one sister, Georgia Soper of Miller; one brother, Ron (Jo) Rombough of Hill City; sisters-in-law: Rhoda Rombough of Miller, and Mavis Rombough of Virgil; and 13 great grandchildren; and 22 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Veral in 1985; daughter, Nina; sisters: Bernita Niederauer, Elaine Littlefield, Edie Hathaway, and Fern Peck; and brothers, Donald Rombough and Everet Rombough.

The family would like to thank the Good Samaritan Society of Miller for the excellent care given to Marion.

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