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Margaret Sudbeck  - Print this obit

Margaret June Sudbeck died on September 6th, 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 57.

Margaret was born on August 15th, 1960 to Carl and Barbara Quittem. She attended Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD and resided in Sioux Falls her entire life. Margaret was united in marriage to Brian Sudbeck on January 3rd, 1982.

Margaret is survived by her children: Kristen Sudbeck and Stephanie Lind of Sioux Falls; mother: Barbara Quittem of Sioux Falls; sister: Vicki Quittem (Jamie Foster) of Sioux Falls; brothers: Paul (Marlene) Quittem of Sioux Falls and Patrick (Missy) Quittem of Sioux Falls; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Margaret was preceded in death by her father, Carl Quittem and her son, Tony Sudbeck.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 9th, 9:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 10:30 AM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Margaret's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations through GoFundMe gf.me/u/ciw99z

Anthony "Tony" Michael Sudbeck  - Print this obit

Anthony "Tony" Michael Sudbeck died peacefully at home on August 30, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 36.

Tony is survived by his grandmothers: Barbara Quittem and Lois Sudbeck of Sioux Falls; sisters: Kristen Sudbeck and Stephanie Lind of Sioux Falls; parents: Margaret Sudbeck of Sioux Falls and Brian Sudbeck of St. Paul, MN; aunts and uncles: Vicki Quittem (Jamie Foster), Mary (Jim) Ysbrand, Mike Sudbeck, Paul (Marlene) Quittem, Patrick (Missy) Quittem, and Sheila Sudbeck of Sioux Falls; as well as many other aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by grandfathers: Carl Quittem and Gorman Sudbeck of Sioux Falls.

Tony was born on September 11, 1980 in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Southeast Tech in 2001 with a degree in graphic design.

Tony enjoyed drawing and spending time with friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be 10:30AM Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls with a reception to follow. The viewing will be from 9:30-10:30 AM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tony's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations through GoFundMe gf.me/u/ciw99z

Daniel Sparks  - Print this obit

Daniel Fredrick Sparks passed away peacefully at home at the end of the day August 11, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD after a courageous battle with a chronic illness. Daniel is survived by his spouse: Carole (Trainor) Sparks; his son: Robert Sparks; daughter: Tonee (Sparks) Goin; sisters: Margaret Varns and Judy Horlyk; foster parents: Julian and Verna Holter; and foster brother: Jerry Holter. He was preceded in death by his son James Danyl, mother Marie Horlyk, father Hector Sparks, brothers Don Sparks and Gerald Sparks, and sisters Jane Horlyk and Albena Reinke along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Dan was born in Yankton, SD in 1943 to Hector Sparks and Marie Horlyk. In early childhood, Dan's resilience was highlighted when he contracted TB but overcame the illness after being treated at Sanator, SD near Custer. Dan was later cared for at Bethesda Children's Home at Beresford before being welcomed along with his brother Don into foster care in the home Julian, Verna and Jerome Holter of Canton, SD where they raised him on a dairy farm. Dan thrived on the farm life and enjoyed singing tenor in both school and church choirs.
Dan later moved to Sioux Falls and attended Washington High School and graduated in 1962 before enlisting in the Army and working in aviation as a mechanic.  Just prior to being shipped out overseas, Dan was lucky enough to meet the love of his life and their love was nurtured through many letters back and forth. Dan married his sweetheart at the end of his enlistment in 1967 and enjoyed 50 years of marriage with her. 
Dan spent his early working career at Anderson Flowers and Ravens before beginning a 21 year career at Gage Brothers Concrete where he took great pride in having worked the finish on many of the concrete panels that occupy the Sioux Falls downtown area and beyond. Dan also attended business college with a focus on accounting at O'Gorman.
Dan shared his 'working man's' ideology with both of his children, with both of his children following his example through Army military service as well as sharing in the satisfaction of working with their hands on a project. Dan became the unofficial 'foreman' for whichever project that was undertaken and shared his years of experience with meaningful suggestions along the way. 
Dan was always a cowboy at heart with echos of John Wayne and Audie Murphy in his demeanor. The John Wayne quote "Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway" epitomized how Dan lived his life and faced his health challenges. He enjoyed trail riding his own horses and read every western ever written by Louis L'amour and Zane Gray as well knowing most of the cowboy western movies by heart.  Dan's last evening was spent in his favorite chair watching a favorite Randolph Scott western movie after arriving home from an extended hospital stay.  

We thank all of the dedicated staff at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls for their many years of compassionate care as well as the skilled staff of Sanford Hospital for their kindness and compassion during Dan's recent stay.

Visitation will be held at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home at 901 South Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM with a Celebration of Life service immediately following the visitation at 10:30 AM.  

Bruce Donald Meyer  - Print this obit

Bruce Donald Meyer, 62, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Thursday August 10th, 2017. Visitation will be held at 5:00 PM Monday, August 14that Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home (17th& Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls, SD) with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at St. John American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, August 15that 10:30 AM. Pastor Paul Matchan will be officiating the service. Burial will be at the De Smet, SD cemetery at a date to be determined.

Bruce Donald Meyer was born August 16th, 1954 to the parents of Wayne and Audrey (Chester) Meyer in De Smet, SD. Bruce was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church, attended grade and high school in De Smet and was active in Band, Speech, and Drama. In 1972, he began his studies at Augustana College majoring in political science and business. Throughout high school and college, Bruce was very active in politics. He worked for the campaign of Carv Thompson and worked as a page in the South Dakota legislature. He was also active in the South Dakota Young Republicans.

In 1975, Bruce married his high school sweetheart, Lori (Kickland) Meyer, of De Smet, SD. They lived in Grand Forks, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls. Lori and Bruce began dating at the age of 15 and were married August 16th, 1975 (his 21stbirthday). Bruce and Lori had many wonderful trips which included Hawaii, Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Santa Barbara, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and their last trip together at the Grand Canyon.  

They were blessed with the birth of their only child, Adam Wayne Meyer, in May of 1983. Bruce and his son went on many road trips including adventures to Denver for golfing, the Black Hills, Yellowstone as well as Canada and Pierre for fishing.

Among Bruce’s greatest joys were his family, friends, and most importantly his two grandchildren, Joseph (7) and Elsa (3) Meyer. His everyday life revolved around his grandchildren. Most mornings included waking them up and cuddling. His time with Joe and Elsa included reading many books, trips to the arcade, attending movies and countless other precious memories. Papa had the knack for telling stories. He helped fuel their imaginations while cultivating and growing a strong mutual love.

The majority of Bruce’s career was spent in the insurance sales and marketing industry. He enjoyed traveling throughout South Dakota and North Dakota and developing relationships with clients of whom many became close friends.

He is survived by his wife: Lori (Kickland) Meyer; son and daughter-in-law: Adam, and Carmen (Schmidt) Meyer; brother: Jerry Meyer and wife Beverly (Brown) Meyer; sister Joan: (Meyer) Jencks and husband Jerry Jencks; as well as his two grandchildren: Joseph and Elsa, and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, D. Wayne, and Audrey Meyer.



Paul Vincent Sweeney  - Print this obit

Paul Vincent (P.V.; Pete) Sweeney, 76, died at the Salem Care and Rehab on August 9, 2017. He was born July 28, 1941 in Ramona, South Dakota to Henry and Regina (Carmody) Sweeney. He spent the first nine years of his life in Ramona.

After moving to Sioux Falls, he attended and graduated from Hollister's School. He then was employed by Sheltered Workshop for many years. He spent many years taking care of his parents.

Paul liked to help people and talked to everyone. He usually had a big smile. He was a Boy Scout and loved bingo, bowling and racing.

Paul is survived by his brothers: Jim, Monroe, SD, Joe (Juanita), Sioux Falls; sister: Donna (Dave) Underberg, Sioux Falls; eight nieces and nephews; aunt: Dorothy Timmons, North St. Paul. MN; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and great-great nephew, James T. Bond.

Visitation will be Sunday August 13, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a family led Rosary at 6:45 PM followed by a Scripture Vigil. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday August 14, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Jack Don Smith  - Print this obit

Jack Smith passed away peacefully on the morning of August 9, 2017, at 83 years, He was surrounded by JoAnn Erlandson Smith, his loving wife of 63 years, and his children: Steven, Kelly, James and Mary; with their families. Jack was the oldest son of Phil and Arllee Smith of Sioux Falls SD’s 4 children, Bonnie Bergstrom, Ron Smith and Marilynn Granston.

He is survived by his wife: JoAnn Elizabeth Smith of Sioux Falls, SD;

son: Steven L. Smith PhD, his wife Sabrina Smith and their son, Kyle Smith of New York and Steven’s children: Son: Tim, Lelia and Nick Smith of Chicago Ill; Son: Dr. Kelly D. Smith, wife Joan Smith and their sons: Zach and Isaac of Mitchell SD; great-grandchildren: Kaleb Gonzales 13, and Gabriel Sutton; Son: Raymond E. Smith of Mitchell SD; Daughter: Mary J Gustafson and her children Andrew, Meghan, Colin, and Emily; Son: James Smith, wife Val Smith and their daughter Amaya of Hartford, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents Phil and Arlee, his sister Marilynn and brother Ron.

Jack liked to hunt pheasant, Canadian geese and fish in South Dakota along the Missouri and Platt Rivers with his friends and children and did so all of his life..

At 7 he started working as a shoeshine boy at Phillips Ave. near the bus stop as the army boys came through town in August 1945. When he turned 15, he went to work at John Morrell here in Sioux Falls. Early on he became active with the union local Amalgamated Meat Cutters and eventually became the union Business Agent at Morrell's. Upon his retirement he started working at the AFL-CIO UFCW (AMC) out of Chicago Ill. for 8 years as the Labor Negotiator from Texas to North Dakota. He organized IBP in several states and many UFCW contract renewals. All of this with an 11th grade education. Jack was proud of the fact that in all his years as chief negotiator there had not been one strike, he and the legal team had kept every contract in place.

He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by all of us and his many friends He truly was our  Superman!

Visitation will be Thursday, August 10, 5:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM followed by a family led Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 9:30 AM at St. Michael Parish. Burial will take place at a later date.

Colonel Robert E. Jamison (Retired)  - Print this obit

Robert (Bob) Ellsworth Jamison was born in Artesian, SD on September 10th, 1930 and died August 2nd, 2017. He was the oldest of 5 children born to Elmer and Faye (Moe). His family moved to Sioux Falls when he was 3 where he spent nearly his entire life. After graduating from Washington High School in 1949, Bob began his military service at 17 when he enlisted in the SD Air Guard as an aircraft mechanic. He was activated for service in the Korean War and upon his return was selected for pilot training. On December 26th,1953 he married the girl next door, and his wife of nearly 64 years, Shirley (Melvin).

He served in the South Dakota Air Guard as a fighter pilot, squadron commander, Director of Operations and Chief of Staff. Bob had great enthusiasm for aviation logging 7,660 flying hours, in 14 different-types of military aircraft. He retired after 37 years at the rank of Colonel. Throughout his military career he received numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit. He was a past President of the SD National Guard Association, lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War #628, past President of the Dakota Chapter Air Force Association, member of American Legion Post #15 and the past Chair of Military/Veterans Committee for the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Following his love of unique sports cars, Bob operated Jamison Imports from 1965-82, focusing primarily on MG, Triumph, Fiat and Jaguar sales and service. He enjoyed collecting and restoring cars. The rarer and redder the better! He completed restoring a Daytona Yellow MG-B, with the help of his sons, in the spring of 2017. Other business ventures include being a founder of Jamison Company Real Estate, Arctic Ice, Arctic Land Development and Site 2. Other lifetime hobbies included carpentry, fishing and hunting.

Bob returned to school later in life and graduated from USD in 1982. He attended college with 5 of his adult children. The family joke was “You had to reserve a seat in the family car pool”, which by the way was a red Fiat.

Bob began his long public service in 1989, serving first as a City Commissioner and then as a City Councilor for Sioux Falls until he retired in 2008. Bob had a remarkable path of service and stewardship. As he would say, “My folks had nothing, and my family has flourished in Sioux Falls; I owed something back to the community that has given us so many opportunities!” He was involved in numerous service committees and organizations including being a member, lector and usher at Christ the King Church for 60 years, 48-year member of the Sioux Falls East Kiwanis Club, and longtime member of the SD Municipal League.

Bob’s legacy is that he was fair and reasonable in all dealings with the public; that he always did his homework and was fully informed. Known as a straight-shooter, Bob was proud to have served the citizens of Sioux Falls. Points of pride would be his leadership and involvement in the Washington Pavilion, the Convention Center, and the interchanges at I-29 & 26thSt and I-229 and Louise. He is one of the founding fathers of the Veteran’s Memorial Park and helped to facilitate the jointly funded City/County Siouxland Libraries.

However, as respected as he was in the public sector, his family will remember him best as Dad and Grandpa. His role as family patriarch was one he cherished. He had the ability to gently guide his family, their spouses and children to bring out their very best. His vast knowledge on many diverse topics will be greatly missed by his family who have described him as teacher, advisor and guide.  His humble nature was to say he was the jack of all trades and the master of none, but we all knew better. Bob was truly happy when either helping to design a new house or entryway or going hunting, fishing, or sailing with his family. To his grandchildren and great-grandchildren he will be remembered for his gentle hugs and for sitting in his lap hearing about their many daily adventures, His family will miss his laughter that would touch to your very core and the  “magic” handkerchief for those pesky loose teeth.

Bob and his wife Shirley were blessed with 9 children: Rick (Connie), Mary (Mark) Devish, Clayton (Jodi), Brad (Christy), Matt (Dawn), Bryon (Gail), Suzanne (Thom) Brude, Greg (Beth) and Randy (Kandy). All live in the Sioux Falls area, which is an additional blessing, as are their 24 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Clifford, Rozella (Hurtzel), Betty (Williams), and Howard and Bob’s son Clayton.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 8, 5:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Church with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, August 9, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis SD on a later date.

Memorials may be directed in Bob’s name to: Veterans Memorial Park, c/o Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation (SFACF), 200 N. Cherapa Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

Trisha Marie (Watson-Kaffar)  - Print this obit

Trisha Marie (Watson) Kaffar, 35, passed away on August 4th, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. She courageously fought cancer with the upmost grace and dignity.
Trisha was born on Easter, April 11th, 1982, to Curt and Cindy Watson in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in the year 2000, and graduated with a degree as a Dental Technician from Minnesota West in the year 2002. Trisha was employed for five years at Dental Associates, where she learned to love the profession. For the last ten years she was employed at Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
She was married to Travis Kaffar on August 4th, 2006.
Trisha was an avid fan of of the Kansas City Royals. She loved fishing, camping with her family, and spending time with her precious puppies Ella and Bentley. Trisha also loved her second family at Siouxland Oral and appreciated their support.
She is survived by her parents Curt and Cindy Watson, her brothers Chad Watson (Rita van de Lune, Fiancée), Scott Watson (Christina); nephews and niece Chase, Gage, Kade, Cecilia, Jake and Zac Watson; maternal  grandmother Helen Arntz, many uncles, aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by paternal grandmother Gladys Watson, paternal grandfather Wendell Watson, maternal grandfather Donald Arntz and first cousin Jamie Arntz.

Visitation with family present will be Sunday, August 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 7, 10:30 AM at St. Michael Parish.

Eugene Robert Even  - Print this obit

Eugene Even, 86, passed away August 2, 2017 at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital. Gene was born to Robert and Irene Even on July 20, 1931.

Gene grew up in Humboldt, South Dakota. He served in the Korean War, stationed in Alaska. He married Edith Rowlee on September 26, 1959.

     Gene worked at the State Highway department, Kutz and Wrage CPA firm, and later owned Look’s Meat market. He was an active member of Christ the King church for over 50 years. He served on the O’Gorman Booster club as Treasurer and was an Honor Guard Member of the American Legion. His hobbies included golf and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Irene Even and his wife, Edith. Gene is survived by his 2 daughters, Susan Zarzana of Houston, Texas and her husband Al Zarzana and Carol Hodgson of Sioux Falls. Grandchildren include Christina, Joseph, Nicholas and Daniel Zarzana and Christopher and wife Amy, Ryan, Emily, Catie, and Allison Hodgson. He has one great grandson, Abel Hodgson. He is also survived by his sister Marian Puthoff and husband Leroy, and sister in law Eleanor Neisteadt and numerous nieces and nephews.  Gene’s special friend,Bailey,his German shepherd, was always by his side.

     A very special thank you to the staff, nurses and doctors at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital for the exceptional care our Dad received.

     Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimers Association 1000 N. West Ave. 57104 or the Sioux Falls Humane Society 3720 E. Benson Road 57104.

Visitation will be Monday, August 7, at 5:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 8, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church.

Craig Eugene Orke  - Print this obit

Craig Eugene Orke, 61, passed away on July 30, 2017 at his home of natural causes.

Craig was born on June 19, 1956 in Austin, MN, he was the son of Norman and Dorothy Orke. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1974, and graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Southeast Technical Institute in 1990. He was employed for 26 years at the South Dakota Department of Transportation most recently as a project technician.

He enjoyed nature, traveling, camping, hunting, collecting antiques and unique items; NASCAR, NFL Football, Twins Baseball; and being with his family.

He will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his love of the outdoors, his giving nature, his proud Norwegian Heritage, and his enthusiastic Love for SPAM!

He is survived by his daughters: Mindy Mullen (Tim Mullen) and Sara Watters (Donny Watters); 5 grandchildren: Caleb, Colby, and Clayton Mullen, Matalie and Makaylee Watters; his sister: Janice Sween; the mother of his children: Cathy Orke, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Norman, his mother Dorothy, and brothers David and Bruce.  

Visitation will be Thursday August 3, 2017, 1:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home, 901 S. Minnesota Ave. with a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM.

 

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