Full obits from the "In Loving Memory" section of the latest issue of the Re-U-Knighter.
- ‘43 - Marlys (Erickson) Zimmer
- ’44 - Maurice Gillespie
- ‘47 - Barbara (Burke) Eilers
- ’50 - Maureen (McManus) Regan
- ‘50 - Connie (Sommers) Wheeler
- ’52 - Leroy Reiter
- ’53 - Patricia Matthews
- ‘53 - Mary Ann (Futrell) Ketter
- ’54 - Ted Pins
- ‘65 - Robert Thury
- ’66 - Viola (Andersen) Robertson
- ’66 - Michael Bruggeman
- '68 - Larry Zimmer
Marlys (Erickson) Zimmer passed away on March 21, 2020. Marlys left this world peacefully on March 21, 2020, at the age of 94 years, 3.5 months.
Marlys was born December 6, 1925, at the Montrose, Valley Road farm home of her parents Ferdie and Colletta (O'Hara) Erickson and lived there until the death of her father, Ferdie in 1936. The family, Colletta, Marlys, Bob and Colleen, moved to Buffalo Township where they made their home with Grandpa Pat O'Hara. During her youth Marlys enjoyed going to dances with her mother, running around with her extended O'Hara cousins, and helping Grandpa O'Hara with chores. She also enjoyed traveling/road camping with her family in their '36 Chevy. On their Black Hills trip, she and her brother, Bob, climbed Harney Peak.
While attending Humboldt High School, Marlys kept her eye on the Zimmer boys. In her senior year, her family moved to Sioux Falls; Marlys was a 1943 graduate of Cathedral High School. After high school she completed her teacher's certification, taught at Evergreen Country School and then worked in the office at Morrell's. In 1944, she traveled to El Paso, TX, where she married the love of her life, Gene Zimmer, who was a soldier in the Army Air Force.
Marlys returned to Sioux Falls when Gene was deployed to England. After his discharge, Marlys and Gene made their home in Sioux Falls and were blessed with the perfect family, 5 boys and 5 girls. As a mother and homemaker, Marlys devoted herself to Gene and the kids. On Western Avenue she made many lifelong friends and was near her sister, Colleen; and her mother, Colletta.
In 1971, the family moved to "the farm" near Montrose where Marlys and Gene reconnected with the friends of their youth. When not busy with her family, she enjoyed visiting with neighbors, card parties and feather parties. She also worked as an Avon lady and for the US Census Bureau as an interviewer.
After retiring from active farming, Marlys and Gene traveled throughout the lower 48 states and Alaska. They spent many summers at West Whitlock Resort where Marlys and the "Early Riser" enjoyed fishing for walleye.
Marlys was well ahead of Facebook. Much to the chagrin of her children, she never sat down next to a stranger without starting a conversation. It was the six degrees of Marlys Zimmer; she would connect with you and the people you had in common. None of this "friending" people on-line; she just struck up a conversation, tucked your name in her memory, and you became her "friend".
Marlys was also years ahead of Ancestry.com. She worked on family genealogy, the hard way -- by finding relatives and pumping them for information. She amassed a wealth of O'Hara, Erickson, McDonald, Chalberg and Zimmer family histories. She shared this history by writing and distributing family history booklets. She was not content with mere lineage. She wanted us to know the rest of the story, so she continued writing: Seven Who Served (WWII); From Sweden to America; Rambling Memories (her story); and many more booklets that she self published and distributed. Her genealogy work and stories created a great legacy for her family.
Carrying her memory forward are seven of her ten children: Suzanne (Ken) Jimmerson, Beverly (Gordon) Underwood, Patricia (PatiO) Zimmer, Kenneth (Tina) Zimmer, Nita (Steve) Carey, Gary (Susan) Zimmer, and Brian (Roxane) Zimmer; her 18 grandchildren and her 26 great-grandchildren. Marlys is also survived by in-laws: Mary Jane Erickson, Plymouth, MN; Donald Futrell, Sioux Falls, SD; Tom (Lynne) Zimmer, Sioux Falls, SD; Rita (Jack) Wear, Erie, PA: and Lois (Harold) Arnold, McIntosh, SD.
Marlys was predeceased by Gene, her husband of 74 years and 9 months; three of her children: Nicholas Zimmer, Roger Zimmer and Jacqueline Halbritter; her father, Ferdie Erickson; her mother, Colletta Erickson Foster; her step-father, Richard Foster; her sister, Colleen Futrell; and her brother, Robert Erickson. Predeceased in-laws include the Zimmer boys: Walter, LeRoy, Harold, Francis, Paul and Stanley; and the Zimmer girls: Mary Gruenke, Marcella Keating, and Margaret Huls.
The family would like to express gratitude to the TouchMark and hospice caregivers for the kindness and love you gave to Mother. We would also like to thank Lynne Zimmer, friends, neighbors and all who enriched Marlys' life.
To our Mom, Grandmother and friend ... know that you have created a legacy of what family really means and rest well knowing that you have instilled that gift in every single one of us. For that .. we thank you and love you.
Maurice Gillespie , 93, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Bethany Home in Brandon, SD. Private family services will be held due to coronavirus public gathering guidelines. A public memorial service is planned at a later time and date to be announced.
“For your smile is a part of the love in your heart, and it makes even sunshine more bright. Like the linnet's sweet song, crooning all the day long, comes your laughter and light.”
Mory was born May 12, 1926, to John “Jack” and Rose (Ryan) Gillespie in Sioux Falls, SD. He attended Cathedral High School and Sioux Falls College and was discharged from the US Army at the end of World War II in 1946.
He married Mavis B. “Chris” Ugland on September 18, 1948 in Sioux Falls. Mory worked most of his life in retail sales, retiring from Sears and Roebuck after 25 years.
Mory, better known as Dad or Gramps to those who knew him best, loved celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. He was known for his perfect pitch Irish tenor voice, often using it to sing along with the great 20th Century crooners. He loved playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren, who almost never heard the word “no” at Grandpa’s house. He was Irish to the core, and his family is grateful that he could spend one last St. Patty’s Day on Earth before moving on to celebrate with loved ones in Heaven.
Grateful for having shared his life are five children, Pam Gillespie, Sioux Falls, SD, Larry (Kim) Gillespie, Henderson, NV, Patty (Derrin) Walter, Auburn, WA, Joan Gillespie, Sioux Falls, SD, Rob (Renee) Gillespie, Sioux Falls, SD; 14 grandchildren, Sean, Matt and Kate, Terry, Julie, Sage and Christy, Shannon, Ryan and Molly, Meghan and Zach, Patrick and Ashley; 22 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Mory was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Boyd, Clem, Jimmie Joe and Elaine.
Mory, you will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved you. We’ll treasure our memories and pray to hear that tenor voice sing to us again someday:
“When Irish Eyes are Smiling
sure it's like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter
you can hear the angels sing
when Irish hearts are happy
all the world seems bright and gay
but when Irish eyes are smiling
sure they'll steal your heart away.”
Barbara was born on December 28, 1929 in Sioux Falls South Dakota and was the seventh child of Frank and Estella Burke. Barb attended Sioux Falls Catholic High and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1951. She was an elementary school teacher for five years in Rapid City, Chicago and Denver.
She married William (Bill) Eilers in Zermatt, Switzerland on February 12, 1955. Barb and Bill settled in Rapid City where they raised their four children and owned and operated a successful, multi-generational, clothing and fur business. Bill Eilers passed away January 1, 2003.
On November 7, 2010 Barb married Robert (Bob) Schwarz.
Barb was preceded in her death by her four brothers (Jack, Jim, Tom and Frank) and two sisters (Eileen and Mary) and is survived by her four children (Burke, Erin, Chris and Mark), husband Bob Schwarz and nine grandchildren (Ben, Sam, Danielle, Rick, Jackson, Zoe, Tommy, Ryan, and Megan)
Donations in her honor can be made to Hospice House of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Maureen (McManus) Regan, 78, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Brockton Hospital. Daughter of the late George and Nora T. (Cashel) Davidson, she was born in Boston and raised and educated in Dorchester. She was a resident of Stoughton since 1966. Maureen worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk at the Massachusetts Hospital School for many years, retiring several years ago. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Hawaii and China, and also enjoyed day trips to the beach. She also enjoyed walking, going to the movies and playing Four Square with her grandkids at the beach. In her free time, she enjoyed dining out and spending time with her beloved family.
Maureen is survived by her children; Jean-Marie Regan of Stoughton, Barbara A. DiScipio and her husband Vince of Ohio, James P. Regan and his wife Angela of Whitman and Scott F. Regan and his wife Danielle of Pembroke. She was the grandmother of Regina, Angela, Dominic and Rebecca DiScipio, Rachel, Amanda and Sarah Regan and Cameron, Sophia and Christopher Regan. She was the sister of Stephen Davidson of Braintree and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Connie (Sommers) Wheeler went to be with her savior on April 8, 2020. Connie was born August 6th 1932 in Sioux Falls, SD. She was the youngest of seven born to Gilbert and Mary (Mae) Sommers.
Connie graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950 and graduated in 1953 from Presentation College in Aberdeen with her RN Degree. Connie worked for McKennan Hospital, Doctors Quinn and Brzica and did private duty for a number of years. She was better known as an Industrial Nurse at John Morrells where she worked for 30 years retiring in 1997. She should have written a book about her time there. To this day when ever people meet her children and find out who their mother was, a story about nurse Connie always follows. After a short time she went to work for Interim in Sioux Falls and continued to make many new friends.
Connie married James F. Wheeler on June 17, 1954. They had two daughters and one son: Jean (Gary) Stokke of Sioux Falls, Teri (Quentin) Everson of Sioux Falls, and Stephen (Tammy) Wheeler of Mitchell, SD. She is survived by her children; two grandsons: Matthew (Sarah) Stokke of Sioux Falls, Sean Stokke and fiancé: Mallory Fraizer of Sioux Falls; two step-grandchildren: Melissa (David) Jones of Sioux Falls and Erik Everson of Charlotte, NC. She was blessed with four great-grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, Jadelyn, Derek, Zachary and Wyatt Stokke, Jackson and Carson Jones of Sioux Falls, and Hadley, Mia and Lena Everson of Charlotte N.C. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Connie was a loving and fun mother to her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was fortunate that at the age of 80 she was able to enjoy two weeks in Ireland with her children. They traveled all over southern Ireland, ate, drank and laughed. Connie was all Irish all year long and enjoyed her trip immensely before dementia started to take its toll. One thing that was consistent where ever Connie was is her smile and love of people. She will be missed by all her family and friends.
She spent 2 years in assisted living at Dow Rummell, we can’t say enough good things about her time there and the outstanding staff. When she needed nursing home care the correct answer was Luther Manor. Mom was so welcomed and cared for by everyone there. They, along with Avera Hospice, were with her every step of the way on her final journey and for that the family is eternally grateful. She was truly with people that loved and cared for her. Thank you all!
Connie was preceded in death by her siblings: Lorena (Link) Corcoran, Maurice (Megs)Sommers, Mary Olson ,Robert (Irene) Sommers, Richard (Viola) Sommers and Joan Kaiser; her parents Gilbert and Mae Sommers and many cousins and close childhood friends.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Cathedral of St. Joseph. A private family service will take place at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be announced.
Leroy Reiter, 86, passed away March 11, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, where he finally gained his wings. He was born on September 14, 1933 in Sioux Falls to Nicholas and Christella (Aurit) Reiter.
He met his soul mate Karen Dee Hart and they were married 57 years. LeRoy joined the army when he was 18 where he became an Army Airborne Paratrooper and fought in the Korean War. After he worked as a senior sales associate at Pitney Bowes.
LeRoy is survived by his children; Tony (Deb) Reiter of Sioux Falls, Josh (Barb) Reiter of Sioux Falls, and Jill (Donny) Gates of Gardner, CO; 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife: Karen Dee Reiter in 2010; son: Timothy David Reiter in 2014; and son: Kim LeRoy Reiter in 2016. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Patricia Matthews died on March 13, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by loving family.
She was born on December 11, 1934, to Grace (McNamara) Dunn and Clifford James Conway. Patty was raised in Sioux Falls by her mother with her two sisters and one brother, Betty, Jimmy and Colleen. She also had two half-brothers and one half-sister who resided in Madison, SD, Harold Soule, Richard Soule and Maxine Soule Hagan. Patty graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953. She was the Homecoming Colleen (today referred to as the Homecoming Queen) that year. After graduating, she moved to Chicago and worked there for a short time. She returned to Sioux Falls and began a career at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. While working there she met her husband, Acie W. Matthews. In 1968, the two were married in Sioux City, Iowa. Following the birth of their son, Jim, Patty became a loving mother and homemaker.
Patty was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Sioux Falls. She had been an avid bowler, and loved golf and mahjong. She also loved to speed-walk in her neighborhood of over 50 years. Patty was a charter member of the Northwestern Bell Pioneers. She also was a member of WIBC and the National 600 Club.
Patty was loved by her many friends, and particularly by her husband and son, along with her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband of 52-years, Acie W. Matthews of Sioux Falls; her son, Jim Matthews and his wife Sara of Sharpsburg, Georgia; and her granddaughter, Sarah Ann Matthews of Sharpsburg. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; sister, Betty Jean Conway; brother, Jimmy Don Conway; sister, Colleen Constance Conway Miller; half-brothers, Harold Soule, Richard “Dickie” Soule; and half-sister, Marilyn “Maxine” Soule Hagan. She was also preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Peggy Pascoe Conway; brother-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Miller; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Shirley Matthews; and sister and brother-in-law, Valarie “Sis” Matthews Smith and Jim Smith.
**Due to the pandemic, the services have been rescheduled.
Memorial Services will now be held 11:00am Saturday, June 27, 2020, at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2707 W. 33rd Street in Sioux Falls. The family will be present to greet friends at the church one-hour prior to the service.
Mary Ann (Futrell) Ketter, 84, died November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving Day 2019, following a long illness of Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Ketter, and three children: Laurie Ann (Michael) Ketter Ostacher, Palo Alto, CA; Nicholas Joseph Ketter, Seattle, WA and Fr. Daniel Ketter, Marietta, GA. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jacob Ostacher, Washington DC; Talia Ostacher, Palo Alto, CA and Roman Ketter, Seattle WA.
Mrs. Ketter was born June 6, 1935, in Sioux Falls, SD to Joseph Homer and Katherine Futrell. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953 and the Presentation School of Nursing in 1957. Following graduation she worked in both hospitals and medical offices in Sioux Falls, SD, Pierre, SD, Federal Way, WA, Corning, NY. and Norcross, GA.
She was a member of the Mary Our Queen Catholic church and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Prayer group. Mary Ann was an avid reader and loved to read aloud to children. It was said that when she read a book to a child it was “like hearing someone singing.”
For many years Mary Ann volunteered at the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, helping to provide clothing for families seeking assistance.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA, 30092. 770.448.5757.
Ted Pins, age 83 of Wentworth, SD, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at home under the care of his family and home hospice.
Born in Mitchell, SD to Theodore Sr. and Audrey (Payne) Pins. Ted was raised as a proud North-ender of Sioux Falls and graduated from Cathedral High School. He enlisted in the Army and left for basic training in January of 1955.
While in the Army, Ted was stationed in China and assigned to work in communications in support of the free Republic of China, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek. Upon his return to the United States, he was sent to White Sands Proving Ground, now Missile Range. While stationed in El Paso, Texas, Ted’s work in communications proved valuable as he monitored the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite for the White House.
Following discharge from the Army, Ted moved home to Sioux Falls and attended South Dakota State University while working several jobs. Eventually, he landed at Sunshine Grocery where he met his future business partner, wife and best friend, Beverly. They were married August 25, 1962 at The Cathedral of St. Joseph. They were blessed with 3 children- Jessie, Jud and Treva. Ted and Bev continued to work alongside each other until their retirement in 1996.
Ted was always an entrepreneur. It started with his paper route through downtown to the still thriving businesses he and Bev started in Sioux City, IA and Sioux Falls, SD. They opened House of Kitchens in Sioux City, IA in 1971. After much success and growth, they looked for a larger space and purchased a building from Goodwill Industries. Following the purchase, Ted was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the local Goodwill Industries. Here, Ted’s generous heart thrived- he loved seeing the impact Goodwill had by providing dignity and compassion to those with all abilities who have a desire to work.
For their next business venture, Ted and Bev opened Creative Surfaces in 1988 in Sioux Falls, SD as a kitchen countertop business. There, their oldest daughter, Jessie and their son, Jud joined the family business. Ted taught the importance of an honest day’s work while always treating his employees and business partners with the utmost respect. After retirement, Ted would frequently visit “the shop” when he was in Sioux Falls, always intrigued by the newest technology and products.
Ted’s passion for others led him to serving on other boards, including the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, the Good Shepherd Center (now the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House), the Dakota State University Foundation, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society and the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. He felt that his 13 years as a Board of Pardons and Paroles member was the best job of his life, while also the most challenging. He talked often of his empathy for the inmates who were born into poverty and abusive homes. Ted’s commitment to fellow board members and inmates extended into the winter months; and despite being a winter Texan, he would fly back each month for parole hearings. He continued to cherish the memories and time spent with Pardon and Parole board members and State and penitentiary staff.
Above all, Ted lived for his family and friends. He savored his memories of hunting with his son, son-in-law and grandsons. Ted adored his grandkids and recently his great-grandchildren, always saving his spare pocket change to give to them when they visited.
He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Wentworth, SD; daughter, Jessie (Jon) Schmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, and their children, Sam and Sydney Schmidt; son, Jud (Denise) Pins, Sioux Falls, SD, and their children, Ashley (Matt) Kayser, Justin (Andrea) Pins, Cassie, Traci and Andrew Baar; daughter, Treva (James) Barlow, Silver Springs, NV and their children, Vannessa Dixon, Kayla McGill and Johnathan Barlow; daughter-in-law, Lori (Jeff) Rymerson and their son, Dylan Rymerson; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, William and Henry Kayser and Everly Pins; his siblings, Mary (Dick) Wolf, Sioux Falls, SD, Dick (Nadine) Pins, Nashville, TN and Pat Pins, Mandan, ND; sister-in-law, Afton Abraham, Tacoma, WA; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Larry Abraham; sister-in-law, Barbara Pins; and great-grandson, Truman Pins.
Memorials may be directed to Bishop Dudley Hospitality House and Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota.
Robert Thury, age 72 of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his home.
Robert was born in Parkston, SD May 21, 1947 to Mildred and Norbert Thury. He was raised in Grand Forks, ND and then moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1965. In 1967, Robert joined the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge in 1971. Robert then returned to South Dakota where he became an Electrician. He was one of the first 100 individuals in South Dakota to be awarded a Masters Electrician License. Robert had a long and successful career as a Master Electrician. Robert began construction on the first Geodesic Dome house in Sioux Falls, SD. The original framing was destroyed in a severe storm in 1973. Robert chose to sell the land & original foundation. The home was later finished by someone else and still stands Norton Acres, Sioux Falls, SD.
Robert was united in marriage with Lana Lavonne Wipf on May 31, 1975 in Miller, SD. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls, SD and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Andrea. Robert and Lana were longtime members of Saint Lambert Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.
Robert enjoyed tinkered in his back shed working on several projects. He loved to travel, go camping and boating, and above all, spending time with his family and friends.
Grateful for sharing his life are his daughter, Andrea (Dominic Castro) Thury of Chicago, IL; granddaughter, Olivia “Ollie” Castro, also of Chicago, IL; mother, Mildred “Millie” Thury of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Carol (Todd) Person of Sioux Falls, SD; niece, Kate (Chris) Watson of Lincoln, NE; mother-in-law, Evelyn “Tootie” Wipf, Louisville KY; and brother-in-law, Jeffery (Suzanne) Wipf, Louisville KY.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Lana Thury on October 7, 2014; his father, Norbert Thury; father-in-Law, Maurice Wipf; and two brothers-in-laws, Cory & Danny Wipf.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Interim Home Care: especially Vickie & Nancy.
Viola (Andersen) Robertson died February 16, 2020 of pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband, Dan; daughters Keli and Megan; two sons-in-law; and grandson Shepherd. In addition to her twin sister Vicki (Andersen) Brown '66, Vi is survived by one other sister, Joyce Steineke; and by her six brothers, Ken, Wayne, Gene, Lyle, Jerry, and Mark. She was preceded in death by her sister Sheila (Andersen) Kennedy '64.
Michael Bruggeman passed away on February 29, 2020. Survived by wife, Cathy; children, John (Blakely) Bruggeman, Jenny (Dan) Howard, and Ellen (Josh) Johnson; his grandchildren, Connor Bruggeman, Cassidy Duering, Samantha Duering, Charlie Howard, Ben Howard, Cabhan Bruggeman, Molly Howard, Julian Johnson, and Layla Johnson; his great-grandchildren, Benjamin Soto and Chase Duering; and his two brothers, Joe and Matt. Preceded in death by daughter, Anne Elizabeth; both parents, Clete and Patricia; and sister, Margaret, and brother, Patrick.
Larry Zimmer, 70, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away on April 29, 2020 at the Dougherty House with his wife of 49 years by his side.
Larry came from a close-knit loving family with 8 brothers and sisters. He was born October 1, 1949, in Sioux Falls, to Ray and Ethel (Powell) Zimmer. He attended St. Mary grade school, Patrick Henry Junior High and O’Gorman High School. He furthered his schooling at SDSU and USD, and graduated with a Nursing degree from Rochester Community College. In January of 1982, he earned his CRNA at Mayo Clinic School of Nurse Anesthesia in Rochester, MN.
While attending O’Gorman High, he met the love his life, Peggy Sheehan, at a CYO dance in February 1965 (freshman year). They married at Christ the King Church on August 20, 1971. The couple began their life in Sioux Falls, but moved to Rochester, MN in 1974. There, Larry worked for Gold Cross Ambulance as a paramedic while pursuing his nursing degree. After graduating from the School of Nurse Anesthesia, he and Peggy, along with their 2 young daughters, moved back to Sioux Falls where he started as a CRNA at Sioux Valley Hospital. After 18 years at Sioux Valley, and his 3 children were grown, Larry began his work as a locum tenum CRNA and traveled the U.S. with Peggy. Their work travels ended in November 2018 due to his battle with ALS. Fortunately, they were able to continue some travel to visit family, which concluded with his son’s wedding in Biloxi, MS in May 2019.
Larry loved his extended family, and cherished spending time with all of them. Loved by all who met him, he was a kind, compassionate person, with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. His passions included snowmobiling, four-wheeling, sprint car races, horse races, working in the yard, watching NFL football and diving into his children’s and grandchildren’s work and passions.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Peggy; his children Jennifer, Wilton, CT, Becca Jo Laverty (Gene Strote), Sioux Falls, and Paul (Jordan), New Orleans, LA; his 4 grandchildren Isabella, Ethan, Jake and Elissa; his son-in-law Wallace Enman, Wilton, CT; his mother, Ethel, Omaha, NE; his brothers Jack (Mary), Phoenix, AZ, Dan (Beth), Omaha, NE, Rick (Pat), Portland, OR, Greg (Kay), Omaha, NE; his sisters Kathy (Randy) Navrkal, Polk City, IA, Terri (Bryan) Becker, Carroll, IA, Lisa (Joe) Blankman, Omaha, NE; his in-laws Marcy Zimmer, Sioux Falls, Pat and Rick Nearman, Denver, CO, Mike and Cindy Sheehan, Sioux Falls, Sue and J.T. Haas, Atascadero, CA; his aunt Geraldine Zimmer, Sioux Falls; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Ray; his brother, Jeff; his niece, Megan; his in-laws Dave and Bess Sheehan; his brother-in-law Jeff Sheehan; his son-in-law Sean Laverty.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the ALS Association of Minnesota.
Marilyn Sudbeck 81, Sioux Falls, SD passed away peacefully at Avera Prince of Peace on Friday, February 7th, 2020. Marilyn was born in Pipestone, MN, on March 2, 1938 to Mark and Fern Cronk. She attended school in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School in 1957. Following graduation, she attended the University of South Dakota and graduated from Sioux Falls College with a teaching degree.
Marilyn married Dennis Sudbeck on December 27, 1961 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD. They resided in Dell Rapids, SD and North Platte, NE before finally settling in Sioux Falls, SD. It was not often that you would see her and Dennis apart before he passed away in 2016. Dennis and Marilyn were very proud parents to Kim, Julie, and Mitzi.
Marilyn taught school for over 40 years with the majority of her time was at Christ the King Elementary School in Sioux Falls, SD. She retired from teaching in 2002. Marilyn was extremely proud of her family and rarely missed any school events and activities until her health slowly declined and she was not able to get around as much as she wanted. She still enjoyed her Friday breakfast group, Sunday breakfasts with family and visiting with friends and family. She was loving wife, beloved mother, dear friend and dedicated teacher to many kids. Her wit, humor and love will be missed, but will live on by those she leaves behind.
Marilyn is survived by her daughters Kim Sudbeck (Robin Goldie), San Diego, CA; Julie (Darin) Kolbeck, Sioux Falls, SD; Mitzi (Paul) Vitale, W. St. Paul, MN and her awesome grandchildren: Emily and Jackson Kolbeck, Owen and Abby Welk, Sophia and Louie Vitale and Ryan Sudbeck Goldie. She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Hill (Jim) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Fern Cronk, and her loving husband, Dennis.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30am on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.
Visitation with the family present will begin at 6:00 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Marilyn Sudbeck Family Endowment for teacher salaries within the Bishop O'Gorman School System in Sioux Falls, SD.
Robert “Bob” Denny was born on July 7, 1936, and married Jane Kishlock on March 7, 1957. He is survived by two children: Bob and Mike. Bob is married to Aurora and lives in San Diego; Mike is married to Lisa and they live in Eden Prairie, MN; five grandchildren: Kristi, Josh, Dennis, Deidre, and Andrew; and are blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Garrison, Lola, Merric, Ayden, Mason, Jett, and Ariya. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter: Kristi.
In Webster's, or now Wikipedia, if there was a picture of a father, it would include Robert Denny Sr. He lived his life dedicated to his family, his church, and his volunteer activities. After he retired at the age of 52 from Northwestern Bell, he spent countless hours donating resources to O'Gorman High School. He researched back to Day 1 of the school's every sport and every stat, research done before the Internet existed, reading through hundreds of newspapers. He also gave of his time helping the football team with the game clock, the same for the boys and girls basketball teams. He was an integral part of the Telephone Pioneers, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping people. His greatest memory was being a part of the Olympic Torch run. He gave much of his time to St. Michael Catholic Church, counting collections and volunteering.
What really has inspired us, and we are sure has inspired many, many people, is the love our dad had for our mom. Over the past several years, until he found just the right care facility for mom, he was her at-home provider, sacrificing of himself. His love and dedication keeps us going when times are difficult.
We remember all the times playing in the yard, he taught us to play football, baseball and basketball. We remember the driveway games of hoop. He was an excellent ping-pong player and after several years of trying to beat him, the first was so special because he never let us win, we had to earn everything and that made us better people. Our mom was much the same, teaching us how to succeed in life, teaching us cooking, laundry, and self-care skills. Our dad taught to hunt and fish. Every November 11th was a holiday and we always used the day to hunt pheasants; it was also our mothers birthday and he found a way to celebrate her day.
They both sacrificed to send us to the best schools, to give what they could. We may not have said thank you often enough, but only hope our children have the same thoughts about us as we have for our father, Robert Denny Sr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association