Monthly Archives: July 2016

James Snyder

James Snyder, 75, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the St. Lawrence Community Church with Pastor Scot Tutt officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

James was born to Charles and Marie (Horn) Snyder on August 10, 1940.  He grew up on the family farm north of St. Lawrence.  James attended St. Lawrence High School and graduated in 1958.  James married Jane Elizabeth Hare Andrews on November 18, 1972.  They settled in Miller, SD along with stepdaughters Cindy, Karen and Sandy.  Jim and Jane had one son, Troy Adam Snyder, on May 9, 1976.

He worked at Wilson’s Redi-Mix for a number of years.  He poured a number of home foundations and the old swimming pool in Miller while working at Wilson’s.  James also worked at the Cenex in Miller delivering fuel.  Jim spent over 40 years working at Wilber’s Feed and Seed in Miller.  He was a supervisor there for many years.  Jim was well-respected by the customers and the local farmers.   They knew that they could always count on him for after-hours seed sales and service.  He was a very dedicated and hard-working employee.  He stayed at the business until the doors closed and he retired in July 2008.

James enjoyed a number of hobbies and interests.  Jim participated in a bowling and pool league for many years.  He loved to go fishing, hunting and camping.  He instilled a love of the outdoors in his son and many of his grandchildren.  Jim’s family has many fond memories from the numerous fishing trips, hunting trips and camping trips throughout the years.  When at home, he could often be found relaxing on the deck, watching the birds…and gophers.  He also had a passion for gardening.  His garden was a big source of pride and he could grow juicy tomatoes, great sweet corn, loads of green beans and many other vegetables.  Jim and Jane would spend hours canning their garden produce and then share their bounty with family and friends.  He also enjoyed growing pumpkins in the garden, very large pumpkins.  Jim also had a number of fruit trees in his yard.  He liked to bake homemade apple pie from his own apples.  Jim and Jane also enjoyed hosting backyard BBQs and inviting family and friends over for supper.  Jim and Jane would often take a drive in the country looking at old farmsteads and simply enjoying the beautiful rural South Dakota scenery.

Above all other hobbies and interests was Jim’s family.  He was a devoted husband and loving father, stepfather and grandfather.  All of his other hobbies were ways for him to spend time with those he loved.  He has taken a number of family members on his fishing, hunting and camping trips.  Jim has taught many family members a thing or two about gardening and canning over the years.  He was proud to be a grandfather and great-grandfather to every one of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His smile came easily when it came to any of those special little people.

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

James was preceded in death by his grandparents, Abraham and Elisa Snyder and Tillman and Rose Horn; parents, Charles and Marie Horn Snyder; sisters: Mavis (Babe) Snyder Ganske and Linda Snyder; his wife, Jane Hare Snyder; stepdaughter, Karen Switzenberg; and stepgranddaughter, Jolene Switzenberg.

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


Randy Lee Morris

Randy Lee Morris, 61, of Redfield, SD, passed away surrounded by family and friends July 6, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Aberdeen, SD after a courageous battle with cancer.

Randy’s funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Redfield with Pastor LeShea Avery officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. The family will be present during this time to accept condolences. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (

Randy was born on July 4, 1955 in Santa Monica, CA. He was the first child born to Loren and Juanita (Soyland) Morris. Randy and his three siblings, Don, Lisa, and Todd, spent their childhood years growing up in California and Orient, SD. Randy graduated from Faulkton High School in 1973. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army where he served before being honorably discharged. Upon his discharge, Randy enrolled at Northern State College and completed a degree summa cum laude in business administration. Randy spent many years working at Community First Bank in Redfield, SD where he made many lifelong friends. In 2004, he began working at Plains Commerce Bank in Aberdeen, SD as a Senior Internal Auditor/Compliance Officer. He looked forward to going to work every day and enjoyed his co-workers, whom he thought of as family.

He deeply loved his best friend and wife, Peggy, whom he met in 1977. They were married in 1978 in McIntosh, SD. To this union, were born two children, Dustin and Heather. Randy was a wonderful husband and father, and he always made sure to put his family’s priorities above his own. He cherished the time he spent enjoying activities with his family.

In his younger years, Randy enjoyed playing softball for the Short Stop Bar team in Faulkton, SD. His later hobbies included playing golf and shooting sports. Randy was an avid Twins and Dodgers fan, and he loved watching golf on TV. Randy loved going to concerts and was able to see many different groups throughout the years including his favorite, Jimmy Buffett. Randy loved to travel and he was always ready to take a vacation anywhere his family wanted to go. He especially loved traveling to Walt Disney World where he was able to take his family this past June. Second to spending time with his family, Randy loved being in the company of the ‘Wheezy Riders’, a group of friends who enjoyed bike riding, dinners together, and many adventures.

Grateful for sharing his life are wife, Peggy; son, Dustin (Cara) Morris of Fergus Falls, MN, and daughter, Heather Morris of Redfield, SD. He also leaves siblings Todd (Lynn) Morris of Watertown, SD, Lisa (Larry) Molitor of Clear Lake, SD, and Don (Norma) Shanholts of Groton, SD, and a number of aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Juanita Morris; grandparents, Laura Lytle, Mabel and Ted Anderson; uncles, Scott and Ted Soyland.

James “Boney” Bonebright

James “Boney” Bonebright, 48, of Miller, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls surrounded by his family and friends.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Miller Armory with Rev. Brian Jones officiating.  Burial will be at Beulah Cemetery, rural St. Lawrence.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller.

The man.  The myth.  The legend.  Men wanted to be him, and woman wanted to gaze upon his splendor, and that is exactly how Boney would say it.  Boney loved everyone and everything he came into contact with.  If there was laughter, Boney was always the source of the humor.  Boney was an exceptionally loving, kind and talented man who took enormous pride in his family and those he worked for and served.  Boney truly loved pizza, and not just good pizza, but the very best pizza—Mainstreet Lunchbox pizza!

Boney attended school in Wessington and played football, basketball, and also started learning how to play his favorite instrument—the trumpet.  After graduating in 1986 from Wessington High School, Boney attended Mitchell Technical Institute, and graduated with a power line degree.  Boney then moved to Miller, and started working for the street department.  Eventually, Boney became the manager for Miller’s water and sewer departments, Miller’s airport, and the city’s pool as well.  There is nothing, within the city limits of Miller, that Boney has not impacted in many positive ways.  Boney started Boney’s Parts Plus, a small engine and lawn mower sales company serving the Hand County area, in 1995.  Boney loved to work; however, he loved his family and friends more.

Boney married Shelli Dunnick on July 1989, and the two welcomed Ashley Bonebright and Joshua Bonebright into the world.  Boney then married Stephanie Resel on September 25, 1999, and the two have been inseparable ever since.  Boney and Stephanie have enjoyed years of riding their motorcycle, working in their businesses, and playing with their grandchildren, nieces and nephews together.

Boney served on the Hand County Ambulance, as an EMT, and on the Miller Fire Department.  Boney was a member of Wessington Lodge 107, James Valley Shrine, Yeldez Shrine and the Westerners Shrine.

Boney is survived by his wife, Stephanie Bonebright; his children: Ashley Bonebright of Crooks and Joshua Bonebright of Watertown; his grandchildren: Ayden, Emma, and Carter (arriving Aug. ’16); his parents, Clair and Marlys Bonebright of Wessington; his brothers: Brian (Deb) Bonebright of Miller and Bruce (Leslee) Bonebright of St. Cloud, MN, his parents-in-law, Duane and Sally Resel of Miller; as well as countless other relatives, friends, co-workers and fans.

Boney was truly one-of-a-kind, and will always be remembered for that.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Boney’s honor at American Bank & Trust in Miller.

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

Elizabeth Haberling

Elizabeth Haberling, 94, of Miller, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor Max Miller officiating.  Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Elizabeth Mae Siegling Haberling born March 30, 1922, in Burdette Township to Edwin and Anna Petersen Siegling.  She attended grade school in Burdette Township, and graduated from Miller High School in 1940.

She married Alvie Haberling September 10, 1943.  Four children were born to this union.  Donine Mae , Kathleen Marie, Charles A., Roger K.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller.

Her memory will be cherished by her children; Donine Mae Wieseler of Highmore, Kathleen Marie (Richard) Blachford of Newayo, MI, Charles A. Haberling of Miller, and Roger K. (Barb) Haberling of Miller; one sister, Marie Hargens, Miller; eight grandchildren; Darren Blachford, Monte Blachford, Libby Blachford Tourte, Mark Wieseler, Todd Wieseler, Corey Wieseler, Chris Haberling, and Kelly Haberling; 10 great grandchildren: Sara Tourte, Tyler Wieseler, Ashlie Wieseler Jones, Elizabeth Blachford, Kyleigh Blachford, Kathlynn Blachford, Madison Wieseler, Justin Wieseler, Carter Haberling, and Hailey Haberling; one great-great grandchild, Malachi Jones; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Helen Labor; great grandson, Joseph Tourte; son-in-law, Raymond Wieseler; brothers-in-law: Alfred Haberling, Woodrow Haberling, Paul Haberling, Eddie Labor, and Max Hargens; sisters-in-law: Dora Haberling Holcomb, Clara Haberling Recker, Luella Haberling Haffner, Elenore Haberling Wilkins, Edna Haberling Skelton, Julleane Haberling Peatrowsky, Rita  (Mrs. Paul Haberling), Jackie (Mrs. Alfred Haberling), Margaret (Mrs. Woodrow Haberling), Marian (Mrs. Alfred Haberling), and nephew Larry Hancock.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 707 E. 1st Ave, Miller, SD 57362.

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

Duane Slunecka

Duane Slunecka, 83, of Miller, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Chester Murtha, celebrant.  Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.  Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday July 5, 2016 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Duane John was born January 18, 1933 in Miller, SD to John, Jr. and Matilda “Tillie” (Schlechter) Slunecka.  Duane was the oldest of two sons, they spent his first 13 years growing up in the same house with his parents, brother Bob, along with his aunt and uncle, Minnie (his mother’s twin) and Fred (his father’s brother) and their three children: Arlene, Wanelda, and Audrey; all on the family farm in rural Hand County.   He attended grade school at Campbell Township and went to school at St. Liborius part time as a boarding student.  He attended Fairview High School in Polo and as a senior, attended South Dakota College Ag School.

In September of 1952, Duane enlisted in the Air Force.  Served basic training in San Antonio, Texas and specialized in munitions in White Sands, NM.  He went on to serve one year in the Korean War; returning to the states in 1954 until being honorably discharged in 1956.  He stayed active in the Air Force Reserves until 1960.

During his time in the service, he met and married Barbara Jean Bell of North Carolina.  While they were both serving in the military, Duane at ManZano Base and Barbara at Sandia Base, both in Albuquerque, NM.  They were married on June 24, 1955.  In the fall of 1956, he came back to South Dakota to join his father and brother on the farm in rural Hand County.

Duane retired from farming after 40 years and then went to work for Merle Bertsch until 2012.  Duane and Barb moved into Miller in 2001.

In Duane’s free time, he participated in the American Legion and VFW, Hand County Extension Board member, Director on Hand County ASCS board, and member of the Miller Lions Club.  He had a passion for old cars, tractors, antiques, and watching his grandchildren grow.

He will be missed by his wife of 61 years, Barbara of Miller; children: Fred (Sandy) Slunecka of Sioux Falls, Alan (Janet) Slunecka of rural Miller, James (Karen) Slunecka of Faulkton, Teresa (David) Schanzenbach of Belle Fourche, Leslie (Mary) Slunecka of Sioux Falls, and Thomas (Robyn) Slunecka of Mankato, MN; 13 grandchildren: Adam, Matt, Colin, Cory, Sarah, Jesse, Aaron, Dana, Heather, John, Wyatt, Will, and Jack; 6 great grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Doris) Slunecka of Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Hand County Health, Wellness, & Community Foundation, PO Box 121, Miller, SD 57362.

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

Lowell Prentice

Lowell Prentice, 94, of Wessington, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Wessington with Brad Magness officiating.  Burial followed in the Wessington Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Arthur Lowell Prentice was born February 19, 1922, on a farm southwest of Wessington, SD, to Arthur Clarence and Clara (Syring) Prentice.  He attended Rowen country school and graduated from Wessington High School in the class of 1940.  He worked for area farmers until he went into the U.S. Army in 1942.  He married his neighbor, Mary Elizabeth Zerfoss, on May 9, 1943.

Lowell’s U.S. Army service during WWII took him to France and Germany where he served as a radioman in the infantry behind the front lines.  He was quietly proud of the medals he earned serving his county and was a member of the Wessington Legion for over 50 years.

When his military serviced ended in 1945, Lowell returned to Wessington and rented a farm.  His first year of farming was with a team of horses.  The next year he bought a John Deere tractor.  Lowell loved everything about his diversified farm operation: the animals, crops, and keeping up with the current farming methods.  In 1959 he bought his first farm, and moved ½ mile down the road to a house with running water; life was good.  In 1960 an accident riding a horse caused him to break his hip.  He was plagued with that bad hip for the next 54 years: five hip replacements operations plus one removal due to infection.  He was adept with crutches!

Lowell and Mary earned many awards for their farming operations: swine, soil conservation, and Simmental cattle.  In 1977 they retired from the farm and moved into Wessington.  That lasted about two years.  Then it was back and forth to the farm for the next 40 years.  He will be remembered for his tomato crop and fresh chicken egg sales.  In the 20 years from the 1990’s to 2000’s, Lowell could be seen pulling his fishing boat out to the river and back.  Many of us enjoyed the fresh walleye he kept bringing home.  He was proud of the fact his fish fillets didn’t have any bones left in them!  He also enjoyed his daily games of “pitch” and Saturday bingo.

Lowell was active in his community and church: Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Wessington, Legion treasurer for many years, Legion Commander, Wessington Masonic Lodge, and the Yel Duz Shrine as a member of the motor scooter parade group.  Community volunteer in building the Wessington gym and Legion hall.

Survivors include his children: Deanna (Norg) Sanderson of Aberdeen, Delton (Susan) Prentice of Wessington, and Glenda (Doug) DeVore of Aberdeen; grandchildren: Lori (Jim) Skibbie of Maple Grove, MN, Shawna Prentice of Hillsboro, OR, Dan (Lindsey) Prentice of Bakersfield, CA, Rick Prentice of Wessington, Hannah Prentice of Hood River, OR, Drew Prentice of Wessington, and David Prentice of Wessington; great grandchildren: Michael Munsen of Rapid City and Dylan Prentice of Bakersfield, CA; step grandchild: Kari DeVore of Sallisaw, OK; sister, Karen (Niel) Hinek of Sturgis; special nephew, Jerold (Joyce) Zerfoss of Wessington; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, AC and Clara Prentice; wife, Mary on September 21, 2000; three sisters: Jean Timmons, Venida Fritz, and Lois Stobbs; and one brother, Robert L. Prentice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington or Watson-Krauter Post 110, American Legion in Wessington.

Cards can be mailed to the Family of Lowell Prentice, PO Box 96, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0096.

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

Erla (Arbogast) Nicholas

Erla Nicholas, 79, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Salem.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service.

Erla was born March 10, 1937 in Miller to Charles and Clara (Stevens) Arbogast. She grew up and attended school in Miller, graduating in 1956.

On August 15, 1956, she married Roger Nicholas in Miller. They moved to Missoula, MT and lived in the area for 12 years, where they started their family and formed everlasting memories and friendships. They lived a short time in Spearfish, SD; however, Miller continued to be the place they would return to and always referred to as “home”. Erla continued to reside in Miller after the death of her husband.

Erla loved crafting and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller.

Survivors include her son, Randy (Jeanette) of Belle Fourche, SD; two daughters, Debbra (David) Olson of Sheridan, WY; and Lanett (Brad) Buche of Mitchell, SD; grandchildren: Trevor and Bryce Nicholas; Ryan and Kolbi Olson; and Mallory Buche-Arneson and Rachel Buche-Vogel; one greatgrandchild, Ensley Arneson; one sister, Avis; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was proceeded in death by her parents and husband.

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