Roger Venjohn

Roger Venjohn, 75, of Vayland, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 at home.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul T. Josten, celebrant.  Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo with military honors.  Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a 7:00 p.m. rosary and prayer service, all at the church.

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

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Yvonne Evans

Yvonne Evans, 79, of Miller passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul Josten, celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, St. Lawrence. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Yvonne Marie Schaefers, daughter of Frank and Mary (Schmit) Schaefers, was born on March 20, 1938, in Faulkton, SD. She attended St. Liborious Catholic School in Polo and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Fairview High School in Polo, SD. Following graduation, she attended St. John’s Nursing School in Huron, SD and Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

She was united in marriage to Howard Evans on February 7, 1958.   They started their family life on a farm near Polo, SD and were blessed with seven children. They moved to Miller, SD and Yvonne worked at Lips Dining Center and as a child care provider before working over 30 years at the Hand County Memorial Hospital.

Yvonne was a very loving, kind and giving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed baking, sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching, reading and crossword puzzles. Yvonne was raised in the Catholic faith and relied on it as she raised her family of seven children.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Dave (Val) Evans, Anita (Craig Bump) Baker, Mike Evans, Gary Evans, Kevin (Duron) Evans, Colleen (Blair) Scoular and Terry Evans; her brother, Duane; sister, Joyce Wieseler; sister-in-law, Belva Evans; along with 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

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

The family would like to acknowledge Nancy Ames for all the extra care and support she gave our parents in the last few years.

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

Gene Shaw

Gene Shaw, 90, of Miller, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Visitation began at 10:00 a.m. at the church on Monday. Burial followed at the Highmore Cemetery.

Gene was born June 22, 1927, in Mondamen Township, Hand County to Ed and Henrietta “Sis” (Heezen) Shaw. After graduating from Ree Heights High School in 1944, Gene soon entered the US Army at the very end of WWII. After his service, he took advantage of the GI Bill and learned to fly single prop airplanes, which became an early passion.

Gene married Mary Fieldsend, April 23, 1949, and soon afterwards, Gene took a job with the federal Border Patrol; eventually retiring as an Immigration Inspector in Scobey, Montana. In retirement, Gene pursued his passion for carpentry and woodworking when he provided local handyman services. Gene and Mary returned to South Dakota in 2012.

Gene loved to work with his hands, which served him well for handyman remodeling, home repairs and gardening. He has an impressive list of self-taught skills. As like many other rural folks, he became a good mechanic, being able to service most of his cars. He loved to sing and had a deep love for music. While never learning to read music, he learned to play guitar, organ, and accordion by ear. He also dabbled with other instruments, such as trumpet and clarinet.

He was a man of strong integrity and believed in “The Golden Rule”.

Gene is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary; son, Tony (Sheila) Shaw of PA; grandchildren: Becky (Danny) Whitsel, Stacey Batista, Aaron (Jazmin) Shaw all of PA; great granddaughters: Alexis, Julianna, Evie, Ava, Mylie, and Saylor all of PA; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Miller High School music program or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Leona Hughes

Leona Hughes, 85, of Miller, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial followed at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Luncheon followed the burial at the First Baptist Church, Miller.  Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Leona was born to Robert and Flossie (Strain) Maxwell on April 1, 1932 in Loyal, Oklahoma. She grew up in Loyal on their homestead and attended school there until high school. They then moved to Enid where she “courted” and married her lifelong sweetheart, Jack Hughes, on December 31, 1949. To this wonderful marriage, were born four children: Bill, Jackie, John, and Brenda.

Leona was a dedicated partner and helpmate to her husband and followed him on the grain harvest for years from Texas to Montana to Ree Heights, SD, where they put down roots in 1970. They farmed and ranched for over 40 years together and retired to Miller, SD in 2011.

Leona was an excellent cook, which was very important when feeding a hungry family, harvest crew, and hired men. She was especially famous for her pies, homemade bread, and rolls. She learned many of her cooking skills from her mother who was an excellent cook as well. Fortunately, she passed those skills to her daughters who will be forever grateful to her for that. She also showed her children and grandchildren pride, respect, and faith in God. She called everyone “Honey” and was loving and respectful to everyone she met.

Leona loved music which she learned from her Dad. In their younger years, the family had a band and all family members played different instruments. She learned to play the piano by ear and we all enjoyed listening to her play. Her grandchildren loved to join in with their guitars or instruments, nothing made her happier.

She took much pride in her home and yards and always saw to it that they were neat and clean. She would often be seen on her ride-on mower loving the solitude and quiet of her farm.

Fortunate to have shared her life with her are her husband, Jack of 68 years; her four children: Bill (Tonna) Hughes of Ree Heights, Jackie (Jim) Keller of Trail City, John (Betty) Hughes of Whitewood, and Brenda (Ron) Pechacek of Burnet, TX; fourteen grandchildren: Jennifer (Nathan) McIntosh, Jessica (Greg) Naderi, BJ (Brooks Alexander) Hughes, Abigail (Jerry) Hogg, Janell Rath, Jason (Jackie) Keller, Jaime (Russell) Wiese, Leigh Ann (Tommy) Ojeda, Jeff (JennLyn) Hughes, Lynette Jaskela, Josh (Mikka) Pechacek, Jodi Peterson, Lindsey (John) Roy, and Allyssa (Rick) Eschenbaum; 35 great grandchildren; one sister, Thelma (Carl) Becker of la Grange, GA; twin brothers: Bill and Bob (Marlene) Maxwell of Oklahoma City, OK; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caretaker, Jenise Krick.

Leona was greeted at heaven’s gate by her parents, Flossie and Robert; her sister-in-law, Betty Maxwell; her mother and father-in-law, Bill and Ova Hughes; and many aunts and uncles.

She will be dearly missed but she is free of her earthy pain and in the arms of Jesus.

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

Marie Hargens

Marie Hargens, 100, of Miller, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.

Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial followed at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. A prayer service was held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Marie Lillian was born August 30, 1917 to Edwin and Anna (Peterson) Siegling. Marie grew up near Burdette, South Dakota (north of Wessington); graduating from St. Lawrence High School and completed teachers’ training in Wessington Springs. She taught for several country schools and all eight grades. She met Max Hargens and they were married on June 5, 1940; to this union, two children were born: Arlyne and Maurice.

Marie was active in the Miller Community as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hand County Extension Club, and Garden Club where she served in various volunteer positions. As a farm wife, she raised chickens and geese, canned fruits, meats, and vegetables from her garden and prepared/cooked the pheasants Max brought home in the fall.

Blessed to have shared in her life are her children: Arlyne (Tom) Moran and Maurice (Ramonda “Tootie”) Hargens; grandsons: Allan (Heather) Olson and Barry (Evelyn) Hargens; granddaughters: Tara (Matt) Schotte, Nicole Finne, and Janell Olson; great grandsons: Phillip Schotte, Sawyer Olson, Nelson Finne, Parker Hargens, Carter Olson, and Heath Hargens; great granddaughters: Kaitlyn Schotte and Hannah Finne; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Max; sisters: Helen (Edward) Labor and Elizabeth (Alvie) Haberling; former son-in-law, Jerry Olson; and nephew, Larry Hancock.

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

Keith Warren

Keith Warren, age 88, Clark, died in the Clark Care and Rehabilitation Center in Clark on Friday morning, February 9, 2018 after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 4-6PM at the Furness Funeral Home at Clark and will continue after 12 noon on Tuesday at the Church.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2PM in the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clark with The Reverend Mindy Ehrke officiating.  Burial with full military honors will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark.

Funeral arrangements are with the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where there is an on-line registry at www.furnessfuneralhome.com

Milton Everett Schmidt

Milton Everett Schmidt, 88, of Redfield, SD, formerly of Rockham, SD, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield.  His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Redfield.  Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord will officiate.  After a time of lunch and fellowship, burial will follow at the Rockham Cemetery in Rockham, SD.

Visitations will be in Redfield, Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Eastern Star Chapel from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Hyke Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. The family will be present during these times to accept condolences. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home.  (www.hykefuneralhome.com)

Milton Everett Schmidt was born June 3, 1929 in Rockham, SD to Fred and Elsie “Avis” (Pierce) Schmidt. He grew up and attended school in the Rockham area. Milton married Dorothea Stapp on March 12, 1947. To this union, five children, Gary, Greg, Grant, Gwen, and Cindy, were born. Together, Milton and Dorothea lived and farmed in Lynn Township in Hand County until they moved to the Eastern Star Apartments in April of 2010.

Milton will be remembered as an honest and hardworking man. He was a very loving and caring father and husband, shown, as his children recall, in his stern parenting style. Milton was a sports fanatic, a fisherman, and an avid traveler. He bowled, golfed, and played softball himself, and loved watching other teams compete in any kind of athletics. He always sat behind the bench, cheering on the Northern State Wolves Basketball Team. In his later years, Milton loved playing cards and being a jokester. He played lighthearted pranks and gave the wonderful staff at the Eastern Star Home a hard time.

Milton is survived by five children: Gary Schmidt of Rockham, Greg (Linda) Schmidt of Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Grant (Donna) Schmidt of Redfield, Gwen (Randy) Johnson of Miller, SD, and Cindy (Bob) Nuhsbaumer of Zell, SD. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Milton was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea, in 2010, his brother Fred Schmidt; his sisters, Argie Joyce, Elaine Lingscheit, and Marlene Bottum; and one great-grandson, Dakota Everett Schmidt.

Howard Evans

Howard Evans, 82, of Miller, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, SD following a battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Father Paul Josten officiating. A light lunch will follow the service at the funeral home.

Howard Lavern Evans was born August 5, 1935 to Arthur and Fairy (Almond) Evans on the farm south of St. Lawrence. He grew up on that farm and was educated in the St. Lawrence and rural school systems.

He grew up helping with farm chores alongside his brother and sisters and often spoke of hauling bales in the hot summer sun and riding horses with his sister Connie. He loved the old country music and he and his brother played guitar and sang.

On February 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Yvonne Schaefers in Polo. They were blessed with seven children. They started their family life on a farm near Polo, later moving to Miller where they lived until his death.

Howard loved dirt track car racing and never missed a race at Miller or Huron until he became too ill.

Survivors include his wife Yvonne of 59 years; children: David (Val) Evans of Cape Coral, FL, Anita Baker of Sioux Falls, SD, Mike Evans of Huron, SD, Gary Evans of Aberdeen, SD, Kevin(Duron) Evans of Gilbert, AZ, Colleen (Blair) Scoular of Aberdeen, SD, and Terry Evans of Miller, SD; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joyce Wieseler of Polo, SD; and brothers-in law: Duane Schaefers of Cavour, SD and Gerald Schaefers of Piedmont, SD.

Preceding Howard in death were his parents; two brothers: Richard and Maurice; and four sisters: Verlyn Miller, Beryle Baysinger, Helen Younkin, and Connie Edelman.

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

, 82, of Miller, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, SD following a battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with Father Paul Josten officiating. A light lunch will follow the service at the funeral home.

Howard Lavern Evans was born August 5, 1935 to Arthur and Fairy (Almond) Evans on the farm south of St. Lawrence. He grew up on that farm and was educated in the St. Lawrence and rural school systems.

He grew up helping with farm chores alongside his brother and sisters and often spoke of hauling bales in the hot summer sun and riding horses with his sister Connie. He loved the old country music and he and his brother played guitar and sang.

On February 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Yvonne Schaefers in Polo. They were blessed with seven children. They started their family life on a farm near Polo, later moving to Miller where they lived until his death.

Howard loved dirt track car racing and never missed a race at Miller or Huron until he became too ill.

Survivors include his wife Yvonne of 59 years; children: David (Val) Evans of Cape Coral, FL, Anita Baker of Sioux Falls, SD, Mike Evans of Huron, SD, Gary Evans of Aberdeen, SD, Kevin(Duron) Evans of Gilbert, AZ, Colleen (Blair) Scoular of Aberdeen, SD, and Terry Evans of Miller, SD; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joyce Wieseler of Polo, SD; and brothers-in law: Duane Schaefers of Cavour, SD and Gerald Schaefers of Piedmont, SD.

Preceding Howard in death were his parents; two brothers: Richard and Maurice; and four sisters: Verlyn Miller, Beryle Baysinger, Helen Younkin, and Connie Edelman.

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

Kenneth T. Huss

Kenneth T. Huss, 90 of Faulkton, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Auxiliary Hospice House, Rapid City.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Faulkton, with Fr. Christopher Hughes, Fr. Michael Schneider, and Fr. Thomas Clement officiating. Burial followed in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery, Faulkton with military honors. A vigil with a rosary was held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at the church.

He was born June 2, 1927 to Theodore and Anna (Klein) Huss at the Faulkton Hospital. Kenny attended grade school & high school in Orient.   He worked on the Ted Huss farm from 1945-1954 with the exception of November 1950-December 1952 when he served in the US Army during the Korean War.

In 1955, he purchased his own farm just north of the home place. While living on the farm, he served on the Arcade Township board for 27 years, was active in the Orient American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus. He was also member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Orient while living on the farm.

Kenny married Lorraine Wieseler on May 28, 1956 at St Liborius Catholic Church in Polo, SD. They were blessed with 4 children. They semi-retired in 1987 and moved to Faulkton but he continued to work with both of his sons until the death of Larry in 1991. Kenny didn’t miss a day on the farm as he still helped Terry until he moved to Rapid City in Sept of 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of 61 years; children: Lynette (Chip) Foerster of Rapid City, Terry (Bev) Huss of Faulkton, and Jean (Daniel) Petereit of Rapid City; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Huss of Faulkton, Joyce Wieseler of Polo, and Donine Wieseler of Highmore; and many nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Larry; one son-in-law, John VerHelst; four brothers: Clarence, Leo, Cyril, and Raymond; and four sisters: Marcella, Irene, Verna and Maurine (Billie).

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

Mary Bernadine Hill,

Mary Bernadine Hill, 85, of Wessington, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2018 at home.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wessington with Father Paul Josten, celebrant. Burial will follow at the Wessington Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m., prayer service, Thursday, January 25, 2018, all at St. Joseph’s Church, Wessington.

Mary was born October 8, 1932 at home north of Miller, SD to John and Bernadine (Schlechter) Oligmueller. She graduated from high school from Stephan Mission School. Mary was married to Gerald Hanks in 1952 however, as the result of a tragic accident he passed away in 1972. She married Vern Hill in 1977 and she loved her time working side by side with Vern on the farm. In addition to raising four boys, she worked full time in the Wessington School food service, and later the Miller Nursing home.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wessington, and an active member of the Legion Auxiliary. Mary thoroughly enjoyed time with her family, and she followed each of her sons sporting events, and later her grandchildren’s. She loved to spend her free time playing Bunco, and cards with her lifelong Wessington friends.

Mary is survived by her four sons: John of Wessington, Don (Linda) of Wessington, Jerry (Shari) of Rapid City, and James (Denise) of Rapid City; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two sisters: Rita Kusser of Highmore, and Lorraine Gilmore of Buckner, MO., one brother, Leonard (Marguerite) Oligmueller of Sioux Falls; and leaves behind numerous loving friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gerald Hanks and Vern Hill; her parents, John and Bernadine Oligmueller; two brothers, Marvin and Roger Oligmueller, and grandson, Nicholas Hanks.

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