Monthly Archives: August 2016

Wendell “Jack” Duxbury

Wendell “Jack” Duxbury, 78, Huron, SD died Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.

Graveside Services for Jack will be at 9:00 am, Wednesday, August 31 at Wessington Cemetery.  Memorial ServiceWendell “Jack” Duxburys will follow at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 31 at First Presbyterian Church in Huron.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 30 at Welter Funeral Home in Huron.

Jack was born to Joy and Lois (McNeil) Duxbury near Wessington, South Dakota, on February 11, 1938. Named Wendell at birth, his older brother, Bob, declared to their parents that he was going to call the baby Jack.  And he was Jack from that moment on.

He grew up on the family farm near Wessington. Jack and his siblings enjoyed many 4-H activities, including showing Hereford cattle and competing in judging contests.  He also participated in several high school sports, including baseball, during which he severely injured his knee, which ultimately was replaced in his later years. He graduated from Wessington High School in 1956 and went on to South Dakota State College where he earned a degree in Animal Science and was a member of award-winning livestock judging teams. His first job was a Field Man for the SD Hereford Association.  He judged livestock competitions across the state for many years.

He married Shirley Orr on June 15, 1958, and they had three children. They returned to the farm near Wessington and worked with his father and brother.

He was active in church, township boards, and Masons. Jack also served on the Wessington School Board for many years and Jack and Shirley supported all the school activities throughout their children’s school years.  This love of sports continued through Jack’s life. He followed the high school sports teams in every town he lived in and held season tickets for the SDSU men’s basketball team for a few years.  He was also an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.

In 1985, Jack and Shirley moved to Tripp, SD, where Jack became the Hutchinson County Agriculture Extension Agent.  They lived in Tripp for two years before moving to Madison to serve Lake County in the same capacity.

Jack enjoyed the many 4-H activities including taking “his” kids to the State Fair and trips to Louisville, KY, and Washington, DC.  After Jack became the supervisor for the Southeast District, they moved to Mitchell, where he finished his career and retired in 2002.

Jack and Shirley moved to Huron in 2003 and had the opportunity to attend the activities of the next generation; including many hockey games and calf shows.  If he was unable to attend an event, he would listen on the radio or watch it on TV or the computer.  If a game was on, he was listening, even if that meant multiple radios going and the TV remote in hand to “watch” multiple games at once.  He also watched live streams of cattle sales on the computer.  In 2013, he won a trip to a Twins game through a radio contest and was able to see the Twins play at the new Target Field.  Jack was often seen around Huron attending auctions and rummage sales.  He was known for buying boxes of “stuff” at auctions and enjoying time sorting through the “treasures.”

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons Paul (Chris), Wessington, and Doug, Huron, daughter, Barb (Royce) Meritt, Harrisburg, SD; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Joyce (Gene) Rowen, Waconia, MN, and Jean (John) Lakner, Rockwell, TX; sister-in-law, Rose Ann Duxbury, Wessington; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert (Bob) in June, 2016.


Robert King

Robert King, 69, of St. Lawrence passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Mount Vernon, SD.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating.  Burial with military honors will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Robert William King was born in Miller on December 12, 1946 to Bernard and Joyce (Vogelgesang) King.  He attended St. Lawrence grade school and Miller High School.  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1965 and served during the Vietnam War on the USS Allagash.

On March 5, 1977, Robert married Janet Walker.  Robert had several jobs during his life time but finished his working career with the Resel Farms.

Roberts hobbies included fishing, bowling, hunting, woodworking, stock car racing with his father, and occasionally a trip to the casinos.

Grateful for sharing in his life are his father, Bernard King of Battleground, WA; sisters, Kathy (Gary) Jensen of Battleground, WA, Karen (Randy) Hedge of Custer, Julie (Charlie) Gaetze of Yacolt, WA, and Linda (Robert) Hoffman of Mount Vernon; special friend, Shirley McFarlane; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; father-in-law, John Walker of Pierre; sister-in-law, Joyce Schomberg of Pierre; and Judy Bouzek of Huron.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Walker) King and his mother, Joyce King.

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

Patricia Waters

Patricia Waters, 86, of Miller, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Highmore Health in Highmore.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Reck Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. A reception will follow at the Miller Fire Hall.

Patricia Jeanne Yost was the 3rd child of Charley and Hazel Campbell Yost on November 4, 1929.  She graduated from high school and attended college; receiving her master’s in Education.  She taught at area schools for many years.

Pat was a fiercely independent woman who believed strongly in the power of positive thinking. She spent her life empowering others, and she valued lifelong learning. She was deeply in love with her husband Dale.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Tiffany (Ben) WatersStone; great-grandson, Anno; her sister, Ardessa (Richard) Moser; brothers: Wilson (Iona) Yost and Charles (Kathy) Yost, sister-in-law, Norma (Edwin) Yost; and eight nieces and eight nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dale Waters; her only child, Victor Waters; parents, Charley and Hazel; her sister, Charlotte Yost Pope; her brothers: Edwin Yost and Wesley (Leta Curl) Yost; and nephews: David, Dennis, and Terry Yost.

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

Michael Clyde Losey

Michael Clyde Losey died Sat., July 23 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.

Services for Mike will be at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller. Rosary will be Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7:00 p.m.; Mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m., burial at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Miller.

Michael was born on Jan. 18, 1954 in Miller to Charles and Phyllis (Danburg) Losey.   He received a B.S. Degree in Economics from South Dakota State University in Brookings. After college Mike was employed at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Aberdeen. He continued his banking career in Minneapolis, MN: Dallas, TX and Rapid City.  Mike enjoyed all sports. His high school basketball team won the state championship with an undefeated record in 1972. His hobby was collecting baseball and football cards. Mike was also an avid dog lover.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Josh) Veurink of Sioux Falls; sister Linda (Rick) Acee of Broken Arrow, OK; brothers Robert Losey of Lead, Richard Losey of Miller; brother-in-law Dean Dragoo of Newton, KS; ex-wife Jari Johnson of Flandreau; three nieces and three nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister, Vicki Dragoo and wife, Diana.

Mike’s family is handling all the funeral arrangements privately.

Lonnie T. Martinmaas

Lonnie T. Martinmaas, 58, of Orient, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Faulkton Area Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Luce Funeral Home, Faulkton.  Prayer service will 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2016 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo, with visitation one hour prior. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 8, 2016 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo, with burial to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Lonnie’s arrangements.

Sophie Engel

Sophie Engel, 93, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 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., Friday, August 5, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

On July 2, 1923 Sophie was born to George and Lydia (Buechler) Engel in Miller.  She attended Stebbins Country School through the 8th grade.  After completing the elementary grades, she helped out on the family farm during the depression.  She then lived with her parents until she moved to Miller in the mid 1960’s, and worked at the Miller Good Samaritan Society for 35 years as a housekeeper.  She was a very hard worker and dedicated employee.

Gardening and her house plants were some of her favorite past-times.  She was soft spoken, but always with a smile.

Sophie was a member of the Miller VFW Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her sister, Lydia Hall of Miller; nieces: Charlotte Taylor, Bonnie Hall, Bev (Leland) Cain, all of Miller, Gorgene (Chad) Hoffbeck of Perry, IA, Helen (Jerry) Job, Betty Holcomb, all of Fort Collins, CO, Violet Eisenbraun of Rapid City and Vianna Engel of Rochester, WA; nephews: Harlan (Linda) Eisenbraun of Wall, Mike (Lori) Engel of Freeman, Loren (Diane) Engel of Fort Collins, CO, Kenny Eisenbraun of Asland, MA, Richard Engel of Mooresville, IN, Nick Eisenbraun of Wall, Lonnie and Larry Engel of Centralia, WA, and Freddy Engel of Berryville, AR; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vida; brothers: George, John, Ed, and Fred; five infant siblings; sisters-in-law: Lorene Engel, Esther Engel, and Geneva Engel; nephews: Jerry Eisenbraun, Willard Engel, Clayton Engel, and Eddie Engel.

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

Florence Diekhoff

Florence Diekhoff, 95, of Miller and formerly of Wessington, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Wessington with Pastor Janice Palmer officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wessington Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Florence Ruth Zaboski came into this world on November 27, 1920, to Michael and Mary (Gutkoski) Zaboski in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  She graduated from high school in Wilkes-Barre.  She went on to attend Wyoming Seminary and was subsequently employed by Safeway Foods.

In 1943 her brother Edward was working in Baltimore for Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company and he introduced her to this South Dakota farmer, Kenneth Diekhoff.  He swept her off her feet and on December 11, 1943, they were married in Baltimore.  In 1946, with a new baby they traveled from Pennsylvania to Wessington, South Dakota where they farmed and ranched together.  It was quite a culture shock for her coming from a home with running water, indoor plumbing, and electricity to none of these amenities.

She had a passion for gardening and flowers and a tremendous fear of snakes, which luckily there was generally a farm dog to come to her rescue.  When the gardening and canning was done and she had time, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and taking care of her family and home.

She was witness to a great many inventions and much change during her 95 years.  For her an important one was the computer.  She truly enjoyed keeping in touch with her Pennsylvania and California families.

When Ken passed in 2001, she had another life changing event.  Her “pink” house was moved from the ranch into Miller.  And in 2008, three of her favorite people made their home with her.

Flo is survived by her two daughters, Ellen (Russ) Ballard of Buffalo Gap, SD and Becky (Rich) Nelson of Miller, SD; two grandchildren, Sean Brown and Jennifer Nelson; three great granddaughters: Samantha, Kathryn, and Larissa Brown; two great grandsons: Dayken and Davin Bossert; two sisters: Marie Hatcher and Loretta Schaal; two brothers: Michael “Bud” Zaboski and Bernard (Elsie) Zaboski.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken; one brother; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.

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