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Yvonne Richards  - Print this obit

Yvonne Dorothy Mell was born November 21, 1926 in St. Cloud Minnesota to Harry & Bernice Mell. Although born in Minnesota she spent her school years in Sioux Falls, attending Longfellow Jr. High, and Washington High School, where she graduated in 1944. Following graduation, she attended secretarial school, after which she landed a job in the secretarial pool at Morrell's. She married W.O. Richards on September 4, 1947. Upon the arrival of her first child, Melani in 1950, she left work to become a homemaker and remained so for the births of Dan in 1952, and twins, Nancy and Billy in 1955. In 1960 she returned to work as a secretary in the Sioux Falls School system, working initially part-time at Emerson, then Jane Adams elementary schools. From Jane Adams she moved to Mark Twain Elementary, working full time, where she remained until she retired in 1988. She thoroughly enjoyed her work in the school system, interacting with young people and fostering special relationships among her colleagues.

She was devoted to her family, enjoyed her children and grandchildren. During her working years she competed in league bowling at Suburban Lanes, and was quite a good bowler. She loved sports, and followed baseball (her favorite), football and golf. She was an avid bridge player, and over the years was a member of several bridge clubs. Playing cards was also a favorite family pastime and she was a fierce competitor at the family card table, showing no mercy towards fellow competitors! For a number of years she took an annual trip to Las Vegas during spring break with some of her old high school girlfriends which was a fun excursion for all. In later years she took up bingo and enjoyed meeting friends there and exchanging tidbits of their lives and local happenings.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bill, and is survived by her children: Melani, Dan, Nancy and Bill; and grandchildren: Abe, Jessica, Emily and Parley (Melani), Brian and Jason (Dan), and Shannon (Bill).

Please join us in a Celebration of Life ceremony for Vonnie and Bill Richards Saturday April 27, 2:00 PM at Open Space Event Hall, 6212 South Pinnacle Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, near South Western Avenue and 69th Street.

William Richards  - Print this obit

William O. Richards passed away peacefully on Friday, July 9, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Vonnie, and his 4 children, Melani Burnett (husband, Tom), Dan Richards (wife, Cathy), Nancy McIntire (husband, Kevin), and Bill Richards (wife, Sheryl), and 7 grandchildren, Abraham, Jessica, Emily, and Parley Burnett; Brian and Jason Richards; and Shannon Richards, and his brothers, Murray and Tom Richards, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Schoff, father, Raymond Richards, and his brother, Dick Richards.

Bill graduated from Washington High School and attended Oklahoma State University. He served honorably with the 80th Field Hospital as a medic during WWII in France until the end of the war. He was employed at NSP/Xcel Energy for 27 years. His two greatest loves were his family and golfing. He loved children and was very active in the YMCA, coaching basketball and baseball, including his own sons, Dan and Bill. He provided great leadership and was a good role model for the boys and girls that he coached. He had a particular fondness for, and tenderness towards animals, especially for his beloved dog, Annie. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for his kindness, compassion, sense of humor, and gift of laughter. Private services will be held. Arrangements are being handled by Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Please join us in a Celebration of Life ceremony for Vonnie and Bill Richards Saturday April 27, 2:00 PM at Open Space Event Hall, 6212 South Pinnacle Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, near South Western Avenue and 69th Street.

George Richard Murray  - Print this obit

George Richard Murray passed away on April 14, 2019 with family by his side. George was born September 26, 1966 to Richard and Heidimarie (Hacker) Murray in Sioux Falls, SD.

Graduating from Lincoln High School in 1984, George went to work at Harold's Photo, which became Fuji Film, he was there for 19 years before the business closed. He went on to work at the Sioux Falls Arena and Denny Sanford Premier Center for a number of years.

George loved to cook, especially on the grill or smoker for his family. The cooking channel was constantly on his big screen TV if he wasn’t watching the news, golf or the Huskers. He also loved to spend time outside playing disc golf, camping and playing yard games.

George married Teresa in 2013 after many years of already establishing a family. They loved to travel including the Black Hills, Texas and many happy road trips.

George is survived by his wife: Teresa; children: Shawna, Skylar, Tony, Lexy, Brett, Shantel, Sonja, Sarah, John and their spouses; 14 grandchildren and 5 granddogs; he loved them more than anything in this world; sister: Barb (Danny) Murray-Hailey; uncle: Brad (Margie) Cox; sister-in-law: Chelle (Steve) Brown; several nephews, a niece and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Greg and grandparents. Greeting him at the Bridge Sadie and Akira-dog.  

He will be greatly missed by many, including his 2 Saint Bernards Odie and Callie.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with family present. A Memorial Service will be Friday, April 19, 11:00 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Margaret "Peggy" Kemp  - Print this obit

Margaret M. "Peggy" Kemp, 94 died April 11, 2019 at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls. She had been a resident of Prince of Peace for almost nine years.

Funeral Mass will be at the Prince of Peace Chapel, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2 P.M. There will be visitation, with Peggy’s family present, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 7 P.M. There will be a gathering at Prince of Peace after the Funeral Mass on Wednesday.

Margaret M. “Peggy” Kemp was born February 7, 1925 to Philip Aylward and Kathryn Devitt Aylward in Lincoln County, South Dakota. Peggy attended the Harrisburg School and Sioux Falls Cathedral. Peggy graduated from Sioux Falls Cathedral in 1943. She graduated from the Presentation School of Nursing in 1946.

Peggy married Warren Kemp on August 18, 1948 at St. Mary’s Church in Sioux Falls. Warren and Peggy resided at 1700 S. Van Eps Avenue in Sioux Falls for over sixty years.

Preceding her in death were her husband: Warren; her siblings: Vincent Aylward, Julia Aylward Ollerich (William), and Philip “Boz” Aylward (Ruth).

Peggy was Irish American. She was the last person in her generation of Aylwards, Devitts, and Hurleys of Lincoln County, South Dakota, and last person of her generation of the Knoxes, Dohertys, and Aylwards; McHenry County, Illinois Irish families.

Peggy worked as a Registered Nurse at McKennan Hospital and at the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls until her retirement in 1991.

Peggy was a lifelong supporter of Catholic education in Sioux Falls. She was a lifelong supporter of Sioux Falls Cathedral and Sioux Falls O’Gorman athletics. She listened to O’Gorman athletic events on the radio and watched her Minnesota Twins on TV religiously.

Survivors include her sons: Dr. James Kemp (Debbie) of St. Louis, Missouri; grandsons: Dr. Philip Kemp (Alexandra Klingenstein); great-granddaughter: Rose Kemp of Boston, Massachusetts; Patrick Kemp (MacKenzie) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; David Kemp of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dr. Robert Kemp (Linda Dangelo) of  Bluffton, Ohio; grandsons: Dante Dangelo-Kemp (Dr. Longting Lin) of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; Colin Dangelo-Kemp(Jamie) of Medina, Ohio; great-granddaughters: Lily Marie Kemp, and Avery Warren Kemp; Samuel Dangelo-Kemp, Melbourne, Australia. Peggy is also survived by several nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws, Tom and Liz Kemp, and Dorothy (Kemp) Johnson and Don Johnson.

The family would like to thank the workers and staff at Prince of Peace for their care and attention they provided her in the recent years.

Darrell Eugene Paulin  - Print this obit

Darrell Eugene Paulin passed away April 2, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD following a stroke and short illness. He was born on October 22, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD to Rolland and Marilyn (Meek) Paulin. He attended St. Joseph’s Cathedral School and graduated in 1961. On January 11, 1964, he was united in marriage to Shirley Henle and raised four beautiful children.

Darrell was a hardworking man who devoted his life to his family. He spent his career working at Smithfield Foods for forty-seven years. Aside from work he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at the family lake cabin at Brant lake. He would spend hours driving the boat pulling the kids and grandkids on tubes and skis and sometimes spending quiet time fishing. Darrell also love sprint car racing. He shared this passion with his son, Ryan and his grandson, Tyler.

Darrell will be missed by all who loved him. He was a great husband, father and grandpa. Darrell is survived by his three children: Annette (Jaimes) Badillo, Sioux Falls, SD, Angie Paulin (Jeff Danielson), Sioux Falls, SD, and Ryan Paulin, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law: Deb Paulin, Ocoee,FL; grandchildren: Tyler Paulin (Katheryn Gustafson), Sioux Falls, SD, Krystal (Wyatt) Badillo-Regan, Chicago, IL, Larissa Paulin, Sioux Falls, SD and Katie Badillo, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters: Yvonna Wittrock, Donna Mielke; nieces and nephews and special cousin: Gloria Paulin, Sioux Falls, SD. He is preceded in death by: His loving wife, Shirley, and oldest son Robert. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Cathedral or Children’s Inn.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 7, at 5:00 PM with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 8, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Jerome "Jerry" Eberle  - Print this obit

Jerome Kennard Eberle passed away Monday, March 25th 2019. Jerry was born to Ben and Marcia Eberle in Brookings, SD on July 14th,1955.

Jerry graduated from Lincoln Logger High School then worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for over 30 years. Following his retirement. he became one of the top mileage drivers nationally for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. He took great pride in being able to help others know they were not alone in the fight.

Jerry was a huge sports fan, from coaching softball to watching his teams, the Jacks, Yankees, Irish and Bears. He loved going to the College World Series every Father’s Day with Melissa.

He is survived by daughter Melissa (Jay Staebell), grandchildren Anya and Alex, sister Patty Nelson of Texas, brothers Tom (Joan) of Sioux Falls, Paul (Michele) of Maryland, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Marcia, sister Jacki and sister-in-law Shelli.

Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 30, 10:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Betty Ann Dirks  - Print this obit

On March 25th, 2019 Betty Ann Sehr Dirks, 89, was sent from the loving arms of her family to welcoming arms of her Heavenly family.

Funeral services will be held at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community Chapel at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 28th. A celebration of life reception will follow.

Betty was born on March 10th, 1930 in Sioux Falls, SD to Steven and Elizabeth Sehr. Betty was the eldest and had 6 younger siblings: Teresa, Cletus (deceased), Rose, Howard, Judy and Pat. She graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1948. Her first job was to be a teacher in a one room school house in the Harrisburg area. On April 12th, 1949 she married her high school sweetheart, Herb Dirks. Together they had 6 children: Gary, Monte, Bill (deceased), Betsy, June and Jean.

Herb became a South Dakota Highway patrolman. In 1958, his job took them from Harrisburg to Mobridge, to Tyndall and then back to Harrisburg in 1966. After returning, Betty ran the Dirks Family Grocery store in Harrisburg where the family spent every New Year's Day doing inventory. After selling the store, she worked for 2 years at Harrisburg Grade School as a tutor. From teaching she switched careers and became a salesperson for Sears where she sold sewing machines and vacuums.

In 1976, Herb & Betty moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Betty was able to transfer to a Sears store in Phoenix. Her initial sales position was drapery and carpeting. After months of lugging carpet and fabric sample books that were ½ her size, she gratefully moved to selling furniture. She worked for Sears until she retired. During the winter, Betty & Herb loved having their family visit them in sunny Arizona where they would have barbecues by the pool. Then, they liked getting away from the heat and would spend the whole summer in South Dakota on the Dirks family farm.

After Betty's retirement, they moved to Mountain Brook retirement community in Gold Canyon, AZ where two of Betty's siblings live. After Herb passed away, Betty enjoyed singing in the chorus, attending block parties, painting and going to bible study. She also liked spending time with her family which by now included 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

In September 2017, Betty moved into Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community. There she had a cute corner apartment that her daughters helped her decorate. She made many new friends but also enjoyed the friendship of high school chums that were also Avera residents: Margaret, Sally and Vivian.

Betty enjoyed life and never grew tired of new experiences. She liked to keep track of her "Firsts" such as the first time she flew in an airplane, held her 1stgrandchild, saw a hummingbird, went on a cruise. At 65, she hiked Grand Canyon for the first time. For her 80thbirthday, a tandem skydive was her first. She had a joy for life was contagious and made those around her happy.

Betty's family extends their deepest gratitude to the staff at Prince of Peace for their care of her during the last 18 months. To the generous and caring staff at Sanford Hospital and Ava's House, we thank you. They made it possible for each of Betty's children and siblings to visit her during her last days. We appreciated having a place to laugh and cry as a family as we celebrated the beautiful person Betty was.   

Grateful for having a beautiful, loving mother are her children and spouses: Gary (Jennie) Dirks, Monte (Luanne) Dirks, Bill( Tish) Dirks, Betsy (Jim) Denevan, Jean (David) Dirks and June Greenwood. She will be loving remembered by her siblings and their spouses: Teresa (Ron) Eliason, Rose (Ron) Larson, Howard Sehr, Judy (Lee) Omer and Pat (Ron) Nearman. Betty will be missed by all those whose lives she touched including grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Herb Dirks (husband), Bill Dirks (son) and Cletus Sehr (brother).

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at Sanford’s Ava’s House.

Jacquette "Jakki" Neuroth  - Print this obit

Jacquette “Jakki” J. Neuroth  passed away peacefully with friends by her side March 19, 2019. Jakki was born on July 9, 1951 to Edward (Gene) Neuroth and LaVella (Hoard) Neuroth in Sioux Falls, SD.

Graduating from Washington High School in 1969, and Augustan in 1980, Jakki was married to Robert “Bob” Winder, they made their home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jakki worked as a bookkeeper for various companies, while starting her own business, JJ’s Tax Service. She worked at Sioux Falls Crane & Hoist, Inc. until the time of her death. Jakki loved to go for walks, hiking, reading, and bird watching. She liked being out in nature and spending time with friends & family. Especially spending lots of time with her dogs.

Jakki was a kind hearted and true friend and will be missed deeply.

    Left to cherish her memory are her husband: Robert (Bob) Winder; a longtime friend: Patricia (Patty) DeLay; brothers: Kerry, Victor, Jamie and William; and sisters: Michele, Teresa, and Christy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward (Gene) Neuroth and LaVella (Hoard) Neuroth and a brother, David.

    Family present visitation will be Wednesday, March 27 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

David Dominic Neuroth  - Print this obit

David Dominic Neuroth Sr. age 66, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2019. David Neuroth was born December 2, 1952 in Sioux Falls, SD to Edmond Eugene “Gene” and LaVella Jean (Hoard) Neuroth, the third of 9 children.

David graduated from Washington High School in 1970 with an Art Scholarship. He then attended University of Nebraska where he also volunteered at the Boys Club teaching the kids artwork. He moved to California and worked for Disney as an animated cartoonist. His art work will live on.

David married Kathleen Marie Reardon in 1976 and they had 3 children. He worked as a Teamster, then managed apartments in southern California before moving back to Sioux Falls, SD. He opened a repair shop for T.V./VCR repair and sales out of his home to stay close to his family. He was heralded as an honest businessman for his reasonably priced repairs even appearing on the news for it. David loved his family, spending time with each member as often as possible. They thought of him as an adventurer.

David is survived by a son: Jacob Michael Neuroth; and a daughter: Rebecca Ann Neuroth, both of Sioux Falls; his siblings: Kerry Neuroth (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Jaquetta “Jakki” Neuroth (SF, SD), Victor Neuroth (SF, SD), Michele “Mikki” Neuroth (Humbolt, SD), Teresa Neuroth (Aurora, CO), Jamie Neuroth (SF, SD), William Neuroth (SF, SD), and Christy Neuroth (Humbolt, SD). Lastly, 4 grandchildren: Trenton, Lovella, Jaden, and Isabella Neuroth. He had many nieces and nephews he was also close to. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and LaVella Neuroth, his ex-wife Kathleen Reardon, and his son David Neuroth, Jr. David Sr. also died just a few short days before his beloved sister Jakki Neuroth.

Family present visitation will be Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Anthony "Tony" Osiecki, Jr.  - Print this obit

Anthony “Tony” Osiecki Jr., 66, passed away February 3, 2019,  at North Mountain Medical Center and Hospice in Phoenix Arizona. He was born August 2, 1952 in Sioux Falls, SD to Anthony and Marcella Osiecki.

In 1972 he enlisted in the navy had his basic training in Great Lakes, ILL.

He was on the USS Kitty Hawk stationed in San Diego California.

Tony had a severe motorcycle accident that left him disabled and lived the rest of his life in Arizona.

Tony is survived by his daughter: Crystal Osiecki, Tempe, Arizona; mother: Marcella “Sally” Osiecki; sisters: Monica (Bruce) Stockwell, Humboldt, Rhonda (Bob) Graham, Sioux Falls, and Barb Osiecki, Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Tony III, Vivian, and Shane Osiecki.. He was preceded in death by his father, and grandson, D'angelo.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 16, 9:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford.

Lois F. Zimmer  - Print this obit

 Lois F. (O’Brien) Zimmer, 78, passed away March 6, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by many family members. She was born August 9, 1940 to Robert W. and Cecilia F. (Weinacht) O’Brien on the family farm near Ellis, SD. 

 Lois graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral High School in 1958. She attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD and worked at Pepsi Cola Company as a bookkeeper after college. She married Gene L. Zimmer on October 11, 1960 in Sioux Falls, SD. They farmed north of Humboldt, SD until Gene was activated with the South Dakota National Guard. Lois lived her life as a loving housewife and mother. She enjoyed her spare time selling Avon products. Some of her favorite hobbies were crocheting, quilting and sewing. 

 Lois is survived by three sons: Donald, Sturtevant, WI, Neal, Sioux Falls, SD, and Carl, Garretson, SD; five daughters: Marbenette (Mario) Watt, Sheridan, WY, Colleen Cressman, Laurie Bennett, both of Garretson, SD, Katie (Ron) Mireau, Ellsworth, WI, and Cecilia (Matt) Schmidt, Sioux Falls, SD; 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Robert (Peggy), Dell Rapids, SD and Don (Anne), Warner Robins, GA and one sister: Vernie (Ron) Feldhaus, Bloomington, MN. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Gerald (Jerry) and two infant sisters, Wanda Jean and Mary Kay.

 Visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 4:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil and Rosary at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 11, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with Burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Dell Rapids.

Wayne "Bud" Coffin  - Print this obit

Wayne “Bud” Coffin, 99, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Bud was born on April 25, 1919 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Alexander and Julia (Myrvold) Coffin. He attended at graduated high school in Neillsville, Wisconsin in 1937.

Bud enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received an honorable medical discharge

in 1943. Bud owned and operated a Chevy dealership for several years before becoming a Hiram Walker Representative; a position he faithfully held for 24 years.

In 1945, Bud was married to Alice Ibinger. On December 11, 1991, Bud was united in marriage to Rosalie Mathison. Bud was a member of the Elks Club, Moose Lodge, VFW and was active with the DAV. Bud enjoyed fishing, clothes shopping, tool shopping and especial enjoyed shopping for cars.

Bud is survived by his wife; Rose, the mother of his children: Alice; children: Barb (Rich) Case, Rick (Debbie) Coffin, Dan (Chirsty) Coffin, Mike Coffin and Lori Poquette (Patrick McRaith); 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister: Ruth Solie; several nieces and nephews; and many life-long friends. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Stan Coffin, a sister: Jen Childs; a sister: Doris Schwellenbach; and a daughter: Patti Diethelm.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, 5:00 PM at
Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture
Vigil at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be
Friday, March 8, 10:00 AM at St. Lambert
Church. Burial will be held at Fort Snelling
National Cemetery.


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