Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dale Schultz

Dale Schultz, 75, of Miller, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, February 29, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.

Dale was born in Northeast Hand County on a farm. He was the youngest of a family of six siblings born to Charles and Ethel (Williams) Schultz on May 7, 1940. As an infant, he moved into St. Lawrence and then to Miller where he attended school. Later he worked for many years at the Miller Press and Good Samaritan Society.

Dale loved to walk and visit with the many people he became acquainted with.

Survivors include his four siblings: Dorothy Dickert of Lexington, SC, Phyllis (Bruce) Groves of Mesa, AZ, Casey (Luella) Schultz of Miller, and Doris Schultz of Miller; ten nieces and nephews, including Barbara Hasart; and Junior, Terry, and Jenise Krick; and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jim Krick; brother-in-law, Dick Dickert; and two nieces and nephews.

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


Jane Snyder

Jane Snyder, 82, of Miller, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller with her family by her side.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2016 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 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2016 followed by a 6:30 p.m. rosary service and 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Jane, along with her twin brother James, was born July 12, 1933 in rural Hand County to Elizabeth (Pfiefer) and Louis Hare. She went to Miller High School and graduated in 1954. Jane was united in marriage to Donald Andrews of Goodwin, SD in 1954. They had three children: Cynthia, Karen, and Sandra. On November 18, 1972 she married James Snyder and they had one son, Troy.

Jane was a devoted homemaker with everything in its place. She spent her early years cleaning houses and delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. She also spent many years helping her elderly neighbors. She would check on them regularly, to ensure they were doing well and not lonely. She could also be found at the nursing home, visiting those friends that she could no longer help care for. She was an integral part in helping rear her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often babysat them and attended their many events.

Jane enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, hunting, and canning with her husband, Jim. She also enjoyed embroidering, reading, and spending time with her family. Her faith was very important to her and missing Mass was not an option for her. Jane was also known for her contagious sense of humor and risk-taking.

She is survived by her husband James Snyder of Miller; children: Cynthia (Alvin) Martinmaas of Orient, Sandra (Dwight) Greenough of Miller, and Troy (Sarah) Snyder of Pierre; grandchildren: Lisa (Tom) Edgar and Eric (Brenda) Martinmaas of Orient, Nicole (Cliff) Dorris of Memphis, TN, Caleb (Stacey) Martinmaas of Pierre, Roxanne (Jordan) Fiechtner of Brookings, Edward Switzenberg of Orient, Theresa and Tiffany Switzenberg of Sioux Falls, Jane Harms of Sioux Falls, Dylan and Andrew Snyder of Pierre, and Hillary (Heath) Smith of Miller and Seth Greenough of Miller; her great-grandchildren: William, Raymond, Joleene, and Isaiah Edger of Orient, Shannon and Erin Dorris of Memphis, TN, Dayna, Ethan, and Wyatt Martinmaas of Pierre, Joey Fiechtner of Brookings, and Everlee Smith of Miller; and her son-in-law, Ricky Switzenberg of Sioux Falls.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Donald; daughter, Karen; granddaughter, Joleene; and brothers: Leroy, Robert and James Hare.

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

Dennis L. Blachford

Dennis L. Blachford, 66, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly February 12, 2016.

Dennis was born on September 14, 1949 in Highmore, SD to Albert and Marcella (Ringham) Blachford. It was during high school that Dennis met the love of his life, Vera Simons. Together they shared 46 wonderful years. Dennis had recently retired from Sutherland Lumber after 48 years. He had started loading box cars, and retired his career as a corporate buyer. Dennis was a very devoted father and grandfather. He attended all of the events his children and grandchildren participated in and loved every minute of it. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf.

Survivors include: wife Vera Blachford; son Sean Blachford and wife Terri; daughter Kristi Waffle; 4 grandchildren: Hunter, McKenna, Courtney and Caden; brother Richard Blachford; sister Bonnie Heinzman; and a very large extended family.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Blachford. Online condolences may be expressed at (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday, February 15, 2016 at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Funeral services will be 10 am, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs Iowa. Burial will take place in Iowa.