Monthly Archives: October 2016

Doris M. Meriweather

Doris M. Meriweather, 99, of Miller, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral services are currently pending.

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

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Doris D. Jones

Doris D. Jones, 99, of Miller, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016 at the church.

Doris Dale was born January 13, 1917, on a farm south of Vayland, South Dakota, to Peter and Gertrude (Borkhuis) Olson. She went to elementary school in Vayland where she graduated 8th grade. She went on to Wessington High School and graduated from there in 1934. She spent her entire 99 years in Hand County; working at the Hand County Courthouse, Hand County Bank, and Jones Drug. She married Mack Jones on Christmas Day in 1940. Together they raised two children, Greg and Susan.

Doris was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she directed the children’s Sunday School Program for many years, was a deacon, and sang in the choir for over fifty years. She was very active in the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, did other community volunteer work and at one time received the Volunteer of the Year Award. She also was active in the Eastern Star and P.E.O. Chapter AK, where she was honored as a 65-year member in 2014.

Her memory will be cherished by her children: Greg (Sally) Jones of Crystal, MN and Susan Jones of Miller; two grandchildren: Brooke Amanda (Kris) Betker of New Hope, MN and Nicholas Jones of Maple Grove, MN; nieces and nephews: Janice Palmer, Jim Jones, and Brian Jones, all of Miller; Jan Pappone of Hugo, MN, Kris Jones of Salt Lake City, UT, and Herb Jones of Yankton; and first cousins: Avis Chipman, Amy Garman, Quentin Oleson, and Ormelyn Boetell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mack; and sister, Florence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society, 221 S Central Ave, Pierre, SD 57501 or the Good Samaritan Society, c/o Activities Depart., 421 E. 4th St., Miller, SD 57362.

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

Peggy Ames

Peggy Ames, 55, of Huron and formerly of Miller, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller following a long battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. David Andrews and Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

Margaret Ruth “Peggy” was born on Dec 22, 1960 at Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, SD to David and Delores Ames. She attended area country schools before graduating from Miller HS in 1979. In 1983 Peggy graduated from the University of Minnesota – Morris with majors in English Literature and Latin American Studies. She later added a teaching degree from California State University – Channel Islands. Part of her education came from her travels. This included studying in Mexico several times and doing a short stint as a nanny in New York City.

Peggy married Julio Najera in 1989.

Peggy was a writer and a teacher. She started her writing career in Miller HS on the “Hoofbeats” staff. She was an editor at the university newspaper while at UMM and later joined the newspaper staff at the University of Arizona. She also worked at the Miller Press and as a freelance editor for many years. After attaining her teaching credentials, Peg taught in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Oxnard, CA and finished the 2015-2016 school year at Madison Elementary in Huron as an ESL teacher. Nothing brought her greater pleasure than witnessing her young students grasp English skills that will be valuable to them for life.

Peggy is survived by her children: Ever Najera, Sioux Falls SD and William Najera, Huron SD; her mother, Delores “Pete” Ames, Miller SD; her sisters: LeAnn (John) Suhr, Webster SD, Theresa (Ken) Martinmaas, Clear Lake SD, and Ellen (Kevin) Logan, Gettysburg SD; and 12 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Ames; brother, William Ames; grandparents; and numerous aunts and uncles.

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

Fannie Engelmann

Fannie Engelmann, 92, of Miller, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Fannie JoAnn Wheelhouse was born on a farm near DeSmet, SD on October 27, 1923 to Albert and Hilka (Schoffelman) Wheelhouse. She moved with her parents in September 1934 to a farm near Tea, SD where she attended school.

On September 18, 1946 she married Peter Engelmann and they made their home on a farm south of Miller where she lived her entire married life. She worked for 37 years as a cook and supervisor at the school cafeteria. After her husband’s death, she did other services of the lunch room.

Fannie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller where she taught the kindergarten, third, and fourth grades Sunday School. In her free time, she loved to garden and share her bountiful produce.

Her memory will be cherished by her two sons: Gene (Janie) Engelmann of Mansfield, and Dale (Terry) Engelmann of Brandon; and two grandchildren: Shawn and Ashley Engelmann.

Greeting her in Heaven are her parents; husband, Peter; grandson, Patrick Dale; six brothers: Harm, Albert, Hildreck, Sander, George, and John; five sisters: Anna and Jenny Wheelhouse, Alice Larson, Henrietta Hekson, and Minnie Clement.

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

Roger L. Bertsch

Roger L. Bertsch, 75, of Miller, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 17, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16, 2016 followed by a 4:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller.Roger LeRoy Bertsch was born September 16, 1941 at Miller, SD to Ewald and Leona (Christman) Bertsch. He attended Odessa Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Miller High School in 1959. He worked at First National Bank in Miller after graduation. While in high school he met Myrna Testerman and they were married July 1, 1960. At this time, they began farming full time north of St. Lawrence where they made their home for 52 years. They moved to Miller in 2012.

Roger’s true passion was farming and he especially loved harvest time. He also had a great love of the outdoors, hunting pheasants and deer, and fishing. Spending time enjoying these hobbies with his kids and grandkids was one of his favorite things. Roger made many good friends while selling Conklin products and seed. He and Myrna enjoyed many fun vacations through those companies. He loved auctions, visiting, and any card game with neighbors, friends and family. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the Holden Township Board for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna; children Randy Bertsch of Miller, Kent (Janet) Bertsch of St. Lawrence, Suzanne (Dan) Keck of St. Lawrence, Dianne (Gary) Neyens of Miller, and Marty (Michele) Bertsch of Watertown; sister, Shirley (Glen) Cornwell of Texas; brother, Gary (Beth) Bertsch of Florida; 13 grandchildren: Allison and Adam Bertsch; Kayla (Charles) Fawcett, Kyle and Ashley Bertsch; Clayton, Cassidy, Karli Ann and Kennedy Keck; Garrett and Gavin Neyens; Matthew and Michael Bertsch; one great-grandchild, Morgan Fawcett; sister-in-law, Jerry (Terry) Meek of Webster; brother-in-law, Douglas (JoAnn) Testerman of St. Lawrence; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Russel and Berniece Testerman; brothers-in-law: Larry Testerman and Jess Collins; daughter-in-law, Rene’ Bertsch; and grandson Casey Keck.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Roger’s arrangements.