Monthly Archives: May 2016

Martha Deering

Martha Deering, 97, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. L. Scott Spiehs officiating.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service.  Burial will be 9:00 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2017 at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Martha was born south of Dallas, South Dakota to John and Dora (Stahlecker) Hauf on the family farm.  She attended school south of Dallas, South Dakota.  On March 25, 1938, she married Harry Deering at her parents’ home.  Blessed to this union were two children, Duane Leon and Ruth Elaine.  After marrying, they farmed for a few years.  Harry and Martha then left the farm and went to Pierre where Harry worked for the city and Martha worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and local cafes.  From 1972 to 1977, Martha and her daughter owned and operated the Ranch Café in Miller.

Harry and Martha’s home was always open to foster children.  They were foster parents to at least 12 and was an aunt to many children.

In 1992, Harry and Martha moved to Miller permanently.  They were active members of Concordia Lutheran Church in Wessington.

She is survived by her son, Duane Deering of Yankton, grandson, Trevor (Janna) Christiansen of Parker; son-in-law, Joel Christiansen of St. Lawrence; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry in 2005; daughter, Ruth Elaine Christiansen in 1995; and twelve brothers and sisters: Anna Willie, Clara Miller, Arthur Hauf, Sam Hauf, Walter Hauf, Edna Mitchell, Christine Sears, Freida Bettcher, Adolph Hauf, Alva Hauf, Norman Hauf, and Helmuth Hauf.

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


Marjorie D. Duxbury

Marjorie D. Duxbury, age 95, of Wessington passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at her residence.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00-6:30 pm followed by her funeral service at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 27th at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron. A private family committal service will be on Saturday at the Wessington Cemetery.


Marjorie was born on January 23, 1921 in Sumner, WA to Everett and Nadine (Rothmiller) McGowen. She graduated from high school in Sumner. She was united in marriage to William J. Duxbury on March 20, 1939 in Sumner. In 1944, William and Marjorie bought a farm in rural Wessington where they lived until 2000 when they retired and moved to town (Wessington).  Marjorie enjoyed knitting, sewing, playing the piano; and treasured spending time with her family.


Marjorie is survived by one daughter, Janet (Marvin) Pleinis of McLaughlin, SD; two sons, Jerald (JoAnn) Duxbury of Rapid City, SD and David (Pam) Duxbury of Wessington, SD; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2005, two brothers, and one sister.

BennaBee Elaine Stewart

BennaBee Elaine Stewart, 80, of Miller, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating.  Private burial will be at a later date at GAR Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service with Rev. Mark Johnsen officiating, all at the church.

BennaBee Elaine Stewart, daughter of Irwin and Clara (Langbehn) Rawstern, was born March 16,1936 on the Darby place near Wolsey, SD. Due to Irwin working road construction, they also lived in Midland, SD and Edgemont, SD returning back to Wolsey to attend school.  She attended grade school in Wolsey.  The family moved to Onida in 1947, where she attended high school.

She met and married Ken Stewart on June 21, 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Pierre, SD.  To this union, they were blessed with five children: Cenera, Bob, Patti, Judy, and Tod.

The family moved due to Ken’s jobs and lived in Topeka and Wichita KS, and numerous places in South Dakota including Pierre, Ft. Pierre, Miller, Brookings, Burke, St. Lawrence, Redfield, Spearfish, and moved back to Miller in 2007.

BennaBee was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She loved gardening, working in the yard, and putting together puzzles.

Survivors include husband Ken Stewart of Miller; three daughters, Cenera (Bob) Davis of Sioux Falls, Patti (Terry) Stewart Dame of Mobridge, Judy (Kendall) Swedeen of Pierre; two sons, Robert (Lisa) Stewart of Moorcroft, WY, Tod (Kimberly) Stewart of Clinton, UT; sisters-in-law Beverly (Lyle) Baade of Hughson, CA and Mary Rawstern of Onida; brothers, Eldon Rawstern of Miller, Leo Rawstern of Rapid City; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents Irwin and Clara (Langbehn) Rawstern; sister-in-law JoAnne (Leo) Rawstern; brother Wayne (Mary) Rawstern; and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Children’s Reading and Prayer Garden, c/o First United Methodist Church, 610 East 4th Avenue Miller, SD 57362.

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

Gerald Schilling

Gerald Schilling, 89, of Miller, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 30, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating.  Burial will be at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 30 at the Wessington Cemetery.  Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 29, 2016 with a 4:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Gerald was born on September 17, 1926 in Pierre, SD to Adolph and Minnie (Otto) Schilling.  He spent most of his life in the Vayland/Wessington area, graduating from Wessington High School in 1944.  He enlisted in the United Sates Navy on January 19, 1945, proudly serving as Navy 3rd class Storekeeper aboard the USS McCaffery destroyer in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  Upon discharge from the Navy, Gerald worked for Bank of America in California.  He returned to Wessington to pursue his life passion of farming.

On October 1, 1949, Gerald married the love of his life, Leona Murphy.  During the early years of their married life, they enjoyed dancing.  In 1984, Gerald and Leona moved to Clark, SD where Gerald was a rural letter carrier until his retirement in 1989.  During his retirement, Gerald spent many hours in his wood shop creating decorative wood pieces.

Gerald served on the Grand Township School Board and Grand Township Board.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller, VFW in Miller, Masonic Lodge in Wessington, and the SD Rural Letter Carriers Association.  Gerald’s kids and grandkids were his pride and joy.

Grateful for having shared his life is his wife of 66 years, Leona; two sons, Dan (Patty) Schilling of Wessington and Jerry (Sherryl) Schilling of Centerton, AR; two daughters, Debra (Bob) Zeidler of Rapid City and Jane (Dave) Heard of Rapid City; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilma Ochs and Donna DeShazer

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

Lurabel Evans

Lurabel Evans, 94, of Miller, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Lurabel Purrington Evans was born on November 22, 1921 to Tracy and Iona (Snider) Purrington at her grandparents farm in Beemer, Nebraska. Her family moved to South Dakota in 1934. She attended school at Hiland Township and she went to high school in Saint Lawrence, graduating in 1940.  She went on to General Beadle College for a one year teaching certificate.  Her teaching career spanned over 16 years.

In April of 1945, she married Staff Sargeant Albert Evans, in Novemeber of 1947, they welcomed a son, Jimmie.  They resided in Hiland township until 1959, then moved to Miller.

Lurabel was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sunshine Birthday Club, TOPPS, Rainbow Welcome Club and Red Hats.  She enjoyed reading, sewing,and crossword puzzles.  Lurabel enjoyed going to rodeos and camping with Bub, she aso loved her several dogs, especially Louie.  To all who knew Lurabel she was never seen without wearing one of her many hats.  A trip of a lifetime for Lurabel was when she went with Russel and Marcia Purrington to Canada and Alaska.

She is survived by her grandsons: David Evans and Mike Evans; grandaughter, Deb (David) Roth; her great-grandchildren: Laura and Justin Evans, Heidi Roth and Shane Evans; sister, Ellen Parmely; daughter-in-law, Karen Evans; sisters-in-law: Gladys Jensen-Reynolds, Joanne Evans, Elaine (Darrell) Peterman, and Marcia Purrington; brother-in law, John Evans; and a host of neices and nephews.

Lurabel was preceeded in death by her parents, Tracy and Iona Purrington; husband, Albert; son, Jimmie; brothers: James and Russell; brothers-in-law: Wayne Parmely, Howard Jensen, Ivan Reynolds, Francis Evans, and Gene Evans; sister-in-law, Cecil Boalias; and a great-grandaughter, Ashley Roth.

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