Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mike Reck

Mike Reck, 71, of Miller, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services are currently pending.

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


Constance Merrilyn (Pangburn) Baxter

Constance Merrilyn (Pangburn) Baxter, 88, of Redfield, SD, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield.  Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Redfield.  Reverend Marty Toepke-Floyd will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Rockham Cemetery in Rockham, SD.

Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., at the Eastern Star Home Chapel in Redfield.  Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield has been entrusted with arrangements.  (

Merrilyn was born August 5, 1928 to Dr. Merrill and Constance (Hydem) Pangburn in Scotland, SD.  She grew up and graduated from Miller High School in Miller, SD.  She lived in Miller until she got married.

On May 31, 1953, she married Merle Baxter in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Jean.  They lived on a farm by Rockham, SD.  They adopted two children, Mark and Melinda.

During her life, Merrilyn worked for her father in the Hand County Clinic.  After she married, she became a farm wife and mother, which were her favorite jobs.  She lived on the farm until she moved to Rockham and then to Redfield after the death of Merle.

In her free time, she crocheted, cooked and baked.  After Merle’s death, her love of her flowers became her passion; especially her daisies, which were Merle’s favorite.

She belonged to many organizations during her life:  The United Methodist Women, Red Hat, Rockham and Redfield Methodist Church and choir, Redfield Senior Center, OES Chapter and she was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Her love of music had her in three community theater productions of South Pacific, Oklahoma and Annie Get Your Gun.

She loved her kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.  She enjoyed returning to the farm yearly for the bull sale.

Blessed to have shared her life are her children:  Mark (Tyann Baloun) Baxter of Rockham, SD and Melinda (Kenny) Neu of Redfield, SD; and her grandchildren:  Clarissa Baxter of Webster, SD; Cody Neu of Redfield, SD; Crystal (David) Harford of Tulare, SD; Baylee Blake of Brookings, SD; Stetson Baloun, Justice Baloun and Riggin Baloun, all of Redfield.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren:  Steven Marlow, Jayden Marlow, Treyton Harford, Hazel Neu, and Ian Neu; her sisters: Jean Goodspeed of Pipestone, MN and Sally (Gary) Kulm of Sioux Falls, SD; her sister-in-law Joyce Pangburn of Corning, IA as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Bob and grandchild Mc Kenzie Marlow.

Alice Campbell

Alice Campbell, 98, of Miller, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Alice was born January 15, 1919 at her family home in Kimball, South Dakota to Kristian and Kristina (Olson) Johnson. She attended school through the 8th grade; later at the age of 50 obtaining her G.E.D. On November 20, 1943, she married Alfred Campbell in Los Angeles, California; honeymooning at Knottsberry Farm. They lived in Los Angeles for one year where Alfred worked as a security guard. They then moved to Ree Heights for a short time before moving on a farm south of Miller, the Paul Robison farm down by the Campbell place, later moving to the Rice farm before moving onto the Coonrod place in Como Township where they lived until Alfred died in 1960. After Alfred’s passing, Alice and their three daughters moved into Miller.

She also worked at the Hand County Memorial Hospital, Rolstad Motel, and did housekeeping for many families. Alice then went to beauty school at the age of 50 and then owned and operated her beauty shop for 37 years before retiring at the age of 87.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and belong to the women’s circle. In her spare time, she was a seamstress for many people in the community, loved cooking, and helping anyone she could.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter: Lila (Don) Lopata of Renton, Washington and their two children, and five grandchildren; her daughter, Linda Gilliland of Rapid City and her five children and seven grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Roger Bowar of Miller and his six children, 15 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Alfred; daughter, Kay Bowar; grandchildren: Tamara Kay, Roger Mark, and Jason; sons-in-law, Larry Kopplin and Roy Gilliland; two brothers; and nine sisters.

The family would like to say thank you to all of the staff, nurses, and everyone who helped in every capacity at the Good Samaritan Society.

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

Lawrence A. Grunewaldt

Lawrence A. Grunewaldt, 95, of Faulkton, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Faulkton, with Father Christopher Hughes, celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. A wake service will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the church with visitation one hour prior.

Lawrence August Grunewaldt was born April 28, 1921, at home, to August and Minnie (Zapp) Grunewaldt. He was raised west of Faulkton and graduated from Orient High School. Following high school, Lawrence moved to the west coast where he worked for some time before returning home.

Upon his return, Lawrence met his future wife, Dorothy Wieseler, at a dance in Orient. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1947, and were blessed with five children. They raised their family on the Cold Spring Ranch west of Orient. Along with farming, Lawrence raised Hereford Cattle and loved his John Deere tractors.

He was an active 4-H leader and served on the Spring Township Board. Lawrence enjoyed spending time playing cards, going to dances, and dressing in costume for Mardi Gras. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Orient, where he served as an usher for many years.

In 1981, Lawrence and Dorothy moved to Faulkton; where they spent the rest of their retirement years gardening, traveling, delivering meal on wheels and USDA commodities. At times, he was still called to help out on the farm.

Those left to treasure his life are his three sons: Paul (Jan) Grunewaldt of Sioux Falls, Ken Grunewaldt of Hayti, and John (Nancy) Grunewaldt of Pierre; a daughter, Joyce Grunewaldt of Eagle Butte; grandchildren: Kevin (Amanda), Brian (Amy), Chad (Ann), Kim, Brett, Aaron and Ashley Grunewaldt; great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; daughter, Cecelia (John Murphy) Grunewaldt; brother, Leo Grunewaldt; and nephew, James Grunewaldt.

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

Duane Lee Robison

Duane Lee Robison, 82, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017 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. followed by a 6:00 p.m. prayer service, Sunday, March 5, 2017, all at the church.

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

Shirley Elder

Shirley Elder, 95, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller, with Rev. Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Shirley was born September 19, 1921 at St. Lawrence, South Dakota to Gwynne and Leah (McCormack) Thompson. She attended school in rural St. Lawrence and then later college at Wessington Springs. On December 15, 1942, she married Truman Elder in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

For five years, Shirley taught school in Hand County, for one year in Keystone, South Dakota, and then went on to be the secretary at the equalization office. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she served as secretary and organist for many years.

Survivors include her son, Jack (Mary) Elder of Sioux City, IA; daughter, Susan (Pat) Ryan of Flint, TX; and grandsons: Chris (Bernice) Elder of St. Paul, MN; Jess Elder of Washington, DC; Matt (Randi) Elder of Old Hickory, TN; and Dan (Taylor) Ryan of Flint, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Truman in 2000; two brothers, Duane and Dean; and one sister, Gwendolyn.

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