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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.


Marjorie D. Duxbury

Marjorie D. Duxbury, age 95, of Wessington passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at her residence.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00-6:30 pm followed by her funeral service at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 27th at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron. A private family committal service will be on Saturday at the Wessington Cemetery.


Marjorie was born on January 23, 1921 in Sumner, WA to Everett and Nadine (Rothmiller) McGowen. She graduated from high school in Sumner. She was united in marriage to William J. Duxbury on March 20, 1939 in Sumner. In 1944, William and Marjorie bought a farm in rural Wessington where they lived until 2000 when they retired and moved to town (Wessington).  Marjorie enjoyed knitting, sewing, playing the piano; and treasured spending time with her family.


Marjorie is survived by one daughter, Janet (Marvin) Pleinis of McLaughlin, SD; two sons, Jerald (JoAnn) Duxbury of Rapid City, SD and David (Pam) Duxbury of Wessington, SD; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 2005, two brothers, and one sister.

Herbert John Stender

Herbert John Stender, age 87, of Custer, SD, passed away on July 5, 2015, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center in Custer.

Herbert was born on October 17, 1927, in Rockham, SD, to Henry and Dortha (Clark) Stender. He proudly served in the Army Air Corps in occupied Japan. On June 2,1948, he married Eileen Hargens.

He was very active in community service and an avid supporter of the Custer Wildcats.

Herbert is survived by his son, Herbert L. Stender of Custer; daughters, Karlene (Dennis) Tacke of Sioux Center, IA; Lea Anne (Robert) McWhorter of Anchorage, AK; brother, Roy Stender of Custer; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife in 1978.

A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2015, at the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church in Custer, interment will follow at the Custer Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Custer VFW Post 3442 Honor Guard.

A memorial has been established in Herb’s name to benefit the Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church.


Dorothy Grunewaldt

(March 4, 1927 – July 26, 2014)
Dorothy Grunewaldt, 87, of Faulkton passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Faulkton Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday July 30, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Faulkton with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. wake service at the church.
Dorothy was born on March 4, 1927 to Joseph and Susan (Barthelemy) Wieseler. She was raised north east of Polo. In her early years of education she attended country school, Zell Boarding School, Orient and graduated high school from St. Liborius in Polo. Dorothy continued her education at Notre Dame in Mitchell for her teaching degree. While teaching at a Country School, she met the love of her life at a dance in Orient, Lawrence Grunewaldt. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1947 and were blessed with five children as they lived on the Cold Spring Ranch west of Orient. Dorothy was a busy farmwife milking cows, growing large vegetable/flower gardens, butchering chickens, sewing and helping where ever needed. She was also very active as a 4-H leader, a member of Jolly Wrens extension club, alters society and Catholic Daughters in Orient and eventually Faulkton Catholic Church. Pies were her specialty and her canned dill pickles were treasured and savored by the family. Among her many passions she loved to dance, play cards and travel. Grandma was known to give her grandkids one of their first driving lessons.
In 1981, Lawrence and Dorothy moved to Faulkton where she became active in two card clubs, delivering Meals on Wheels, Election Superintendent, and a member of Autumn Leaves Senior Center. Dorothy liked to keep very busy and had the saying “We’re Creating Memories”. Hopefully you shared a few with her.
Those left to treasure her memories are her husband, Lawrence of Faulkton; 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, Brian (Amy), Chad, Kim, Brett, Aaron and Ashley Grunewaldt; great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Dominic (Josephine), Richard, and Robert Wieseler; sister, Catherine (Carl) Nuhsbaumer; and daughter, Cecelia (John Murphy) Grunewaldt.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Dorothy’s arrangements.

DeWayne Emret Sivertsen

August 9, 1920 – July 11, 2014

DeWayne Emret Sivertsen, 93, of Ree Heights, died peacefully on July 11, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center of Miller. Visitation will be Thursday, July 17 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with an 8:00 p.m. prayer service all at First Presbyterian Church of Miller. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller. Burial will be at the Morningside Cemetery in Ree Heights.

DeWayne was born on August 9, 1920 in Hand County to Edwin and Jesse (Lott) Sivertsen. He was the oldest of five siblings and grew up on the family place in Como Township where he attended school.

DeWayne lived with his Uncle Fred and Aunt Minnie Sivertsen in the sheriff’s house while attending high school in Miller. After graduating from high school in 1939, he worked for neighboring farmers and the Triple A Farm Service.

DeWayne was drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1942 and was in the 12th Armored Division. He was a proud veteran of World War II moving into Germany just after the storming of Normandy. DeWayne enjoyed visiting the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC in 2007.

After returning home from the war in 1946, he returned to rural Hand County and worked for Vern King. He married the love of his life, Annie Ruth Lobban, on February 21, 1948. After they were married they moved to a ranch in southern Hand County. In 1954, they moved south of Ree Heights and took over the Lobban family farm. He and Ruth worked side by side for many years on the ranch. He loved raising cattle and horses, and spent many years buying newly weaned calves and selling them the next fall. In 2008, they moved into Ree Heights. Together for 66 loving years, they raised six children.

DeWayne was an active member of the Ree Heights American Legion up until his death. He served in many capacities within the Legion including Commander. He was a member of the Cedar Congregational Church and the First Presbyterian Church. In his younger years, he was a member of the local Grange. DeWayne had a love for baseball. He spent many years on the baseball field as a pitcher with many stories to tell. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and even in his last days you would hear him rooting “Go Twins”. In his earlier days, DeWayne was a member of the Highmore Roundup Club where he enjoyed taking his kids to various Play Day Events. In Garner’s race car days he enjoyed helping work on the car and going to the races. He loved playing cards at card parties and at the neighbors. DeWayne loved to attend sporting or other events of his grandchildren. Up until the last 2 ½ months DeWayne didn’t let any grass grow beneath his feet. He and Ruth spent much time going for drives, visiting people, or going out to eat.

DeWayne was a devoted husband and father. He loved spending time and visiting with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth and six children; Judy (Galan) Wallman of Miller, Garner (Sally) Sivertsen of Ree Heights, Joan Sivertsen of Miller, Janice (Keith) Volek of Highmore, Robert Sivertsen of Olivet, and Joyce (Lynn) Swaney of Farmington, NM; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother Marlow “Eddie” of Minnesota; one sister, LaVonne Kusser of Highmore; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Sivertsen and Nellie Jager; brothers-in-law James (Irene) Lobban, Alex (Leona) Lobban; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Jesse (Lott) Sivertsen, infant sister Shirley Ann Sivertsen, brothers Vernon Sivertsen, Wilmer Sivertsen and Leland Sivertsen.

Joyce J. Simpson

Joyce J. Simpson, 73, of Miller, died Saturday, July 12 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller. Inurnment will be at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Joyce Simpson was born Joyce Joan Hoffman, daughter of Samuel and Ida (Aman) Hoffman, on March 11, 1941 in Ashley, ND. The family moved to Braddock, ND where Joyce was raised, graduating from high school in 1958.

Joyce married Donald Simpson on November 8, 1958 in Braddock, ND and lived in San Diego, CA for two years while Don served in the U.S. Navy. They then moved to Aberdeen, SD until 1962 when they moved to their present home in Miller, SD.
Joyce worked many years as the Deputy Clerk of Courts in the Hand County Courthouse where she had many friends.

Joyce enjoyed gardening, reading, visiting, playing cards, feeding birds, and her pets. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Delmar Hoffman.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don of Miller and 3 sons: David (Michelle) Simpson of Federal Way, WA and their children: Ben (Nancy) and April (Parker). Dale (Jill) Simpson of St. Lawrence, SD and their children: Kevin (Liz), Chris (Jess), Lucas and Joseph. Robert (Lisa) Simpson of Huron, SD and their children: Justin and Jennifer. 1 brother: Donald (Vicky) Hoffmann of Pahrump, NV and their children: Darren and Michael (Laura). 2 great-grandchildren: Harley Nelson and Elli Wendt.