Category Archives: Obituaries

Della M. Moncur

Della M. Moncur, 85, of Miller, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Miller with Pastor Will Page officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Della was born in Highmore, South Dakota, December 10, 1932, to Don and Kathryn (Waring) Irvin. In January 1939, she became the adopted daughter of George M. Johnson. Her family lived in Buffalo County, where she went to country school. Della graduated from Miller High School in 1950.

She and Ray Moncur were married June 30, 1950 in Miller. After Ray completed barber college, they moved to Spearfish, returning to Miller in 1961. Della worked for the ASCS office and Tri-state Insulation; she started working at First National Bank (Quoin) in 1969 and stayed until her retirement in 1995. Later she worked part time in the sheriff’s office, at Pump N’ Pack and Good Samaritan. She was a member of the Methodist Church but later in life joined the Baptist Church.

Della and Ray loved to dance and spent many Saturday Nights at the Legion. Della also loved to travel. She went to the west coast with her sister, Bobby and to the east coast and Branson, Missouri with her sister-in-law, Lois McDaniel. She also made several trips with her daughter to Wall, SD to buy doughnuts.

Della is survived by her daughters: Sandra Selting, Wendy (Tom) Anderberg and Sharon Swisher; two sons: Scott Moncur and Doug Moncur; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; one sister, Roberta (Duane) Eschenbaum; one brother-in-law, Eugene (Janice) Moncur; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and grandson, Brett Selting.

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

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Frank Blair

Frank Blair, 61, of Miller, passed away peacefully Friday, December 15, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls with his daughter at his side.

Funeral service were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the Ree Heights Auditorium with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial followed at the Morningside Cemetery in Ree Heights.

Frank was born July 17, 1956 in Miller, South Dakota to Jim and Lois (Perdow) Blair. Frank was a lifelong Hand County resident. He attended grade school in Ree Heights, went to high school in Miller for a few years but his true love wasn’t school, so he got his GED. He then decided one of his favorite things to do was driving semis, he drove for some custom harvesting crews, then later decided to haul cattle.

Frank met his future wife Darlene Trautman along with her son William “BJ” at the Miller Sale Barn, they were married on June 4, 1982, in the Miller Sale Barn Lobby. They lived around Miller area while taking care of their children. They had one daughter, Ashley in 1983. Frank adopted William “BJ” Blair in 1983 to complete their wonderful family of four. Frank and Darlene later divorced.

Frank worked numerous jobs and excelled in them all. He worked for many farmer/ranchers being a good and dependable farm hand. He worked many years at Dakota Ag Coop (St. Lawrence Elevator) doing numerous jobs to keep it proudly serving their patrons. He proudly served on the local police departments later in his life and always was proud to be a local volunteer fire fighter and EMT. No matter what he did, it was trickled back to a steering wheel of an 18 wheeler. He logged well over a million miles in a semi and truly loved every mile. It wasn’t just driving that made his day, it was the people he met along the way. When he wasn’t grabbing gears in his numerous trucks he drove in his free time, he was cruising his pickup to every gun shop or race track in South Dakota.

Frank had a passion for dirt track racing, he wanted to be involved any way he could. He busted his butt during the week so Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night he could watch race cars. He truly enjoyed being a fan in the stands or prepping the track for Central Speedway in Miller. Frank would have had a racecar, but he listened to his loving daughter and decided against it. The gun shops in South Dakota are going to miss Frank, especially in his last few years his desire and passion for guns grew. MG Oil and Heartland Transportation treated Frank wonderful for his desire and love of trucking and in return, Frank spent a lot of time in the toy store (gun shops). He loved people, outdoors, 18 wheelers, and dirt.

He is survived by his father, Jim Blair; two children: William “BJ” Blair and Ashley (Lee) Conkey; grandchildren: Jazmin, Chasitie, Chelcie, Jordan, Sirinity, Brielee, and Marshall; great grandson, Kyler; siblings: Jeanne Deuter, John (Babby) Blair, Verna (Tim) McMahon, and Loyce (Carl) Hoskins; aunts: Mardelle Blair, Myrtle Blair, Phyllis Perdew, and Rhea June Carstensen; uncles: Ted Blair and Dave (Joan) Blair; three nephews and their families; four nieces and their families; many cousins; and last but not least the countless number of people that have been a part of his everyday life.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois; and niece, Heidi Blair.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Frank’s services.

Marvin Nelson

Marvin Nelson, 70, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 followed by a 1:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.

Marvin Arthur Nelson was born on Dec. 8, 1946 to Rex D. and Frieda (Huckfeldt) Nelson in Pierre, SD. He lived near Iron Nation in rural Lyman County and in 1957 he moved with his family to the Seattle area. He attended Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake, WA and graduated in 1964.

While growing up, Marvin spent his summers in South Dakota and after graduating high school; he attended Northern State College in Aberdeen. He completed his bachelor’s degree in education in 1970 and went on to teach in Pierre, SD, Milesville, SD and Lower Brule, SD, schools. He joined the Soil Conservation Service in the early ’80s and worked in Lyman, Davison and Hand counties until his retirement in 2007.

Marvin married Micaela Gillaspie on Oct. 21 1972 at St. William’s Catholic Church in Midland, SD. They lived in Pierre, and later Milesville and Mitchell, SD. They had three children, Dan, Mariah and Alex. Marvin moved in Miller in 1992 and they later divorced.

Marvin was a regular blood donor and drove the Disabled American Veterans van to the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. As a long-time Cubs fan, he was thrilled to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series in 2016. In his free time Marvin loved building his ideal ranch in 1:64th scale in his living room. After retirement Marvin regularly solved the world’s problems with his friends over a cup of coffee at the Ranch Café in Miller.

He is survived by his three children, Dan Nelson of Mitchell, SD; Mariah and Jeremy Oliver of Paullina, IA; and Alex and Courtney Nelson of Hot Springs, SD; five grandchildren; Edie, Ian, and Owen Oliver of Paullina, IA and Hazel and Margaret Nelson of Hot Springs, SD; his brothers, Russell and Terri Nelson of Selah, WA; and William and Maureen Nelson of Monroe, WA; two aunts, Cynthia Fuller of Fort Pierre, SD and Norma Jean Junkman of Camas, WA; and one uncle Calvin Nelson, of Pierre and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Rex D. and Frieda Nelson, one sister, Merrial Thares, of Marshall, MN, and 14 aunts and uncles.

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

Iris Grogan

Iris Grogan, 89, of Miller, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017 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., Friday, November 24, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Iris was born on April 5, 1928, south of Rockham, South Dakota to John and Ada (Johnson) Reinhardt. She attended Hand County School. On December 16, 1949 she married Lynn Grogan and they shared 54 years together on the farmstead. Many days were filled with baking, cooking, tending to the garden, and raising chicken and geese. She will be lovingly remembered playing cards, cheering on the Twins and Vikings, and making delicious treats for family and friends.

She focused on the good in people and life. Iris will be treasured for the twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face, her cheerful spirit and laughter, and having the ability to take life as it comes with unwavering grace and acceptance. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought her tremendous joy. More than anything, Iris loved Christmas. It is heartwarming to know she will be celebrating with loved ones in Heaven this year.

She will greatly missed by her daughter, Sandy (Lee) Klitzke of Aberdeen; two sons: Jerry (Connie) Grogan of Huron and Barry (Tamie) Grogan of Miller; sisters: Pearl Grogan of Centerville and Lorraine Schweitzer of Waterloo, IA; brothers: Floyd Reinhardt of Miller and Lyle Reinhardt of Hastings, MN; nine grandchildren: Justin (Marcy) Klitzke, Jennifer Klitzke, Jill (Joseph) Erickson, Samantha (Jacob) Crick, Steven Grogan, Michael Grogan, Danielle Danburg, Allison Grogan, and Noah Grogan; and 12 great grandchildren: Saige, Taylar, Jocelyn, Katelyn, Ashelyn, Sophie, Thomas, Madelyn, Maxwell, Averie, Briggman, and Zander.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; and brothers: LeRoy, Ronald, Emerald, Melvin, and Donald Reinhardt.

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

Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt

Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt, 51, of Wolsey, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at her home.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Wessington Auditorium with Father Chester Murtha and Father Paul Josten, celebrants. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, rural Wolsey. Visitation will be 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 26, 2017 with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Joseph Church, Wessington.

Lana Lynnell Dannenbring-Eichstadt was born on May 29, 1966, in DeSmet, SD, to Leslie and Norma (Hein) Dannenbring. She was baptized in DeSmet. She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington, SD.

She married Greg Eichstadt on June 11, 1988, in DeSmet. The couple made their home on a farm between Wolsey, SD and Wessington, SD. They had two sons, Herman Eichstadt and Henry Eichstadt.

Lana grew up in the “Little Town on the Prairie” of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. She played various characters in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant including both Ma and Mary Ingalls. She was also a tour guide for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society for eight years. Lana played in the first three South Dakota State Volleyball Tournaments. Lana graduated from DeSmet High School and attended Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN, Huron University, Huron, SD, the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN, and Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Education and a specialist certificate in Educational Technologies.

She was a teacher at Miller High School Miller, SD, for nineteen years. She was the course author & lead teacher in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition at the Northern State University Center for Statewide E-learning, Aberdeen, SD from 2008 until her health failed in 2016. She also served as the executive secretary and scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council. She served as a judge for the South Dakota State Fair. Lana was a member of Chapter AK P.E.O. in Miller. She served on the Wessington Economic Development Corporation for many years. She was the website and social media developer for the town of Wessington and for her former student, Shannon LaBau.

Lana enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and dogs, teaching, writing, reading, gardening, decorating, and the South Dakota State Fair. Lana and her family volunteered at the Oglala Lakota Child Protection Agency in Pine Ridge, SD, and the Beadle County Nutrition Site for many years.

Lana is survived by her husband, Greg; sons, Henry and Herman (Courtney); mother-in-law, Delores Eichstadt, Wolsey, SD; brother, Lex (Sandra) Dannenbring, Parkersburg, IA; sisters, Lane (James) Carroll of Colman, SD, Portia (Curtis) Larsen of Arlington, SD, Lew (Roger) Page of DeSmet, SD; Godson, Patrick (Amy) Carroll, Flandreau, SD; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Dwight) Kruse, Brookings, SD, and Carmen Dannenbring, DeSmet, SD; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Laura) Eichstadt, Huron, SD, Rodney (Kathleen) Eichstadt, Wolsey, SD, Phillip (Julie) Eichstadt, Aberdeen, SD, Keri Sorensen, Avondale, AZ; aunt and uncle, Rita and Milton Handel, Freeman, SD; aunt, Beatrice Hein, Ipswich, SD; and aunt, Donna Egan, Sturgis, SD; nieces: Ann (Brandon, Ava, Aden) Bunker, Jennifer (Doug, Jaycee, Alyssa, Owen) Welbig, LariAnn (Adam) Helzer, Lisa (Casey, Isabel, Kyle, Lane, Tabor) Liebsch, Gina (Alexander, Grace, Sara) Dannenbring, Josie (Chad, Gabe, Julia) Mostek, Provatia (James, Louis) Pietile, Letitia (Martin, Lucy, Sam, Marcie) Fashbaugh, Ashley (Jeremy, Landon, Kaleb, Isabella) Schafer; nephews: Adam (Tasha, Joseph, Myles, Gabby, Max) Dannenbring, Alex (Rachel, Conrad) Dannenbring, Matthew (Candace, Copper, Brielle) Carroll, Timothy (Stephanie, Waylon, Whitney, Warner) Carrol, Patrick (Amy) Carroll, Jeffrey Carroll, Derek (Jill, Trevor, Ellie) Etjen, Daren Etjen, Damian (Dordaneh Rachel) Potvin, Brian (Amy, Brett, Rachel, Carson) Page, Jay (Teri Joe, Hadley, Hayes) Eichstadt, Jordan (Clarissa) Kruse, and James, Jeff, Jason Kruse; aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Dale Eichstadt, two brothers: Lon and Lee Dannenbring; one brother-on-law, Stacey Eichstadt; and one nephew, Andrew Dannenbring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for future contribution in Lana’s memory.

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

Ron Wieseler

Ron Wieseler, 69, of Polo, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 surrounded by his family at home.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father Christopher Hughes, celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to any family you know who is fighting cancer.

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

Marvin Allerdings

HURON — Marvin Allerdings, 87, of Huron, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.
His memorial service will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, at the Kuhler Funeral Home.
Marvin Emmanuel Allerdings was born June 12, 1930, at Selby to George and Barbara (Spitzer) Allerdings. He attended country school east of Gettysburg.
In 1968, Marvin married Gladys Hoffman at the Methodist Church at Tolstoy. He worked as a farm hand most of his life. The family lived near Highmore, and then moved around for work at Seneca, Ashton, Turton and Redfield. In 2002, Marvin and Gladys moved to Huron to be closer to family.
He enjoyed watching stock car races in Huron and Miller. He was also a fan of NASCAR and followed the Earnhardt racing family. Marvin chose to follow the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. He cherished his time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys of Huron; sons, Steve Allerdings of Huron, and Kenneth Allerdings of Bath; granddaughter, Natasha Allerdings of Doland; brother, Rueben (Delores) Allerdings of Huron; and brother-in-law, Hershel (Norma) Hoffman of Belle Fourche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister-in-law, Edna (Alex) Vail; and one brother-in-law, Darrell Hoffman.

Maureen A. Gerdes

Maureen Gerdes, 87, of Miller, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Miller Good Samaritan Center after a long, full and fun-filled life.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul Josten, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 followed by a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, all at the church.

The sixth of seven children, Maureen Ann Wherry was born March 22, 1930 to Melvin and Mary (Rudd) Wherry at their home in rural Hand County. She grew up on a farm in the middle of the Depression and rode a horse or sleigh to rural schools, depending on the weather. She attended Orient High School one year and graduated in 1948 from Faulkton High School. She was a secretary for Faulkton attorney L.A. Melby until 1950 when she began work at what was then known as Black Hills General Hospital until 1951.

Maureen met Delmar Gerdes at a dance in Orient. They married November 8, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Orient, SD. They lived in California while Delmar served in the Army from 1951-1953 after which they returned to South Dakota. Maureen was a homemaker and mother to three children while living in Wecota, Timber Lake and Miller, SD. They spent 57 happy years together until Delmar’s death on August 13, 2008.

Maureen worked as a secretary for Miller attorney James I. Hare from 1966-1970. She served as deputy Hand County treasurer for Marvin Wilson from 1970-1972. She was an optometrist’s assistant to Dr. S. B. Wilkinson from 1973-1984. She also served as a census taker in the 1980 US Census. From 1984 until her retirement in 1988, she served as Hand County energy assistance officer for the SD Department of Social Services.

She supported all her children’s activities, including acting as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and being active in Music Parents. Maureen spent many lonely years working for the Democratic Party in Hand County and served St. Ann Catholic Church as a CCD teacher and Altar Society member and officer. In 1970 she was honored as a Pioneer Daughter by the parish. She held many offices in the American Legion Post #38 Auxiliary, including president. She loved her faith, being Irish, playing cards, baking and her grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).

She will live on in the hearts of her children, Connie (Dr. Steve) Schroeder of Miller; Terri (Scott) Bettin of Minneapolis, MN; Dan (Nan) of Rapid City; nine grandchildren, Paul Schroeder, Erica (Eric) Ramsey, Tom Schroeder, Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin Bettin, Genevieve Bettin, Nathaniel Bettin, Caitlin Gerdes and Spencer Gerdes; one great-grandson, Will Ramsey; a sister, Donna Roth, Miller; a brother, Dennis Wherry, Abilene, Texas; a sister-in-law, Mavis Wherry, Santee, CA; and a brother-in-law, Delbert Christensen, Denver, CO; along with a host of nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delmar; three brothers: Bernard, Werner, and Celius Wherry; a sister, Eileen Christensen; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

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

Lowell Droz

Lowell Droz, 87, of Miller, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Memorial service with military honors will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Miller. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Lowell was born May 4, 1930 in Miller to Les and Irene (Taylor) Droz. He attended Miller High School and worked for various electric companies in the Dakotas and Wyoming and as a lineman in Texas. He served as a Marine during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to southern Hand county.

He married the love of his life, Donna Faye Johnson, February 18, 1954. To this union Jeanette, Sandra, and Greg were born. He ranched with his father in partnership for several years until he and Donna purchased a ranch. He took great pride in planting a field of arrow straight corn rows and putting up massive haystacks for another passion, the cattle he raised. His son, Greg joined him in the corporation in 1977. He was a treasurer of Pleasant Valley Township for many years and Hand County Commissioner for seven years. He was on the Draft Board, a member of the South Hand Fire Department, Good Will Acres and Marine Corps League. His hobby, when not farming or ranching, was racing a stock car and later became a flag man at the Central Speedway.

Lowell and Donna spent many winters in Mesa, AZ and retired from the ranch in 1999, moving to Miller in 2003.

Thankful to have shared his life are his wife, Donna; children: Jeanette Hastings, Sandra Holt and Greg (Shelly) Droz, all of Miller; the pride and joy of his life, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Harold (Renae) Hastings, Hayden and Hillary, Tera (Mike Eells) Holt, Aryan, Ariel, Merrit and Madalyn, Jared (Kimberly) Holt, Karri (Jon) Arey, Bryan Droz and son, Peyton, Nikki (Craig) Jones, Emry and Kash, Lora (Gene) Holt, Ryan and Zane, Taylor Droz and daughter, Nora, Logan Single and Shantel Single; a brother, Charles (Fern) Droz; sisters: Darlene (Jesse) Hammer and Carolyn (Marvin) Diede; beloved in-laws: Wallace and Darlene Johnson and Carroll Morford and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Howard and brother, Gordon.

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

Francine (Fran) Gail Blair

Francine (Fran) Gail Blair, 63, of Miller, SD passed away on September 24, 2017 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

There will be a Remembrance Celebration for family and friends to come and share fellowship with each other and celebrate Fran’s life from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 September at the Friendship Center in Miller, SD. Food and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

Francine was born on October 5, 1953 in Huron, SD to Keith and Geraldine (Smith) Speirs. She married Stephen M. Blair on October 5, 1983 in Rapid City, SD.

Francine had a great love for animals, and in particular dogs. She and her husband raised Chinese Shar Pei’s for many years, while living in Gillette, Wy. She also had a love of travel. With her husband Steve, they traveled the world to such places like Africa, Yemen, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates. While traveling, she often did volunteer work, in some of these countries.

She is survived by her daughter, Valerie Peterson of Miller, SD; son-in-law, Joseph P. Koeck of Ree Heights, SD; Ten grandchildren: Gabrielle (Tyler), Alan (Deidee), Christian, Leanne, Ryan, Lisa, Julian, Alicia, Noah, and Seth; five great grandchildren: Aiyana, Zachariah, Evony, and Tyler Jr., and Colby; four brothers: Dennis (Terri) Lyftogt, Stephen (LaDonna) Speirs, William Speirs, Kevin (Lori) Speirs; one sister, Cindy Arland; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen M. Blair; parents, Keith and Geraldine Speirs; daughters, Jill Hunt and Tara Koeck; brother-in-law, John Arland; sister-in-law, Candie Blair; grandma, Alice Timm; and first husband, Scott Hunt.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, to please donate to one of the many organizations dedicated to fighting cancer.

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