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Kathleen Frances (Sullivan) McKenzie,  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Kathleen Frances (Sullivan) McKenzie, 74, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on February 24, 2024. She was born on March 19, 1949, to James and Marion Sullivan in Mankato, MN.

They moved to Sioux Falls, SD when Kay was a young girl. She went to school at South Sioux Elementary then to Christ the King and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1967. She went on to graduate with her Registered Nursing degree from Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. She started working as a RN at McKennan Hospital. In 1972 she married J. Robert (Skip) McKenzie. In April of 1978 they welcomed their child John David McKenzie in Big Spring, Texas. Kay then moved back to Sioux Falls and continued her Psychology Nursing profession. Kay went back to school at USD receiving her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and she joined a practice as an independent Counselor. She then went on to work in counseling at Avera Behavioral Health where she worked until she retired in 2018.

Kay was a beautiful woman who cared about everyone’s happiness. She was especially proud of her biggest achievement in life, her son, John. Her faith and her family were her biggest priorities. Kay loved to sing, read mystery books, fine dining, animals (especially her Sammy boy), and being surrounded by the people she loved.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents: James and Marion Sullivan; grandparents: James and Dorothy Sullivan, Harold and Dorothy McGath; brother: John Patrick Sullivan; sister: Colleen Van Engen; nephew: Joseph Fleming; great- nephew: Tristen Mille; and is survived by her son: John David (Austin, TX); siblings: Mary Fleming (Knoxville, TN), Tracy (John) Halverson (Sioux Falls, SD), James (Kristin) Sullivan (Eau Claire, WI), Michelle Bruns (Kelvin Hanssen) (Sioux Falls, SD), Jacqueline (Scott) Hult (Sioux Falls, SD), Mark Sullivan (Sioux Falls, SD), Thomas (Marty) and Sullivan (Brookings, SD); 28 nieces and nephews; 40 great-nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as others that have joined this family through marriage.

Visitation with family present will Thursday, February 29, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Carolyn (Connie) Anderson  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Carolyn (Connie) Anderson, the daughter of Henry (Hank) and Blanche (Hansen) Boelens, was born on January 18, 1936, on a farm near Elkton, South Dakota. She attended District 10 just south of the farm. After graduating from the country school, she continued her education at Dell Rapids Public High School where she became homecoming queen her senior year. After high school she moved to Sioux Falls and took a job at a marketing firm as an artist. 

On April 14, 1956, Connie was united in marriage to Lester Duane Anderson. Together they made their home in Sioux Falls where they raised their two sons, Jeffrey and Todd. Connie and Lester celebrated 59 years of marriage until he passed away in January of 2016. Connie worked as a dental assistant for many years and after the boys left the house, she became a caregiver for the elderly. 

Connie loved to dance, which is how she met her husband, at the Arkoda Ballroom in Sioux Falls. She also enjoyed yard work and harvesting pears from the two pears trees in the backyard. In addition, she enjoyed camping, music by Elvis, painting and drawing. She was a devoted member of St. Joesph Cathedral parish up until 2015. Connie passed away on February 23, 2024, at Trouvaille Memory Care, Excelsior MN, at the age of 88 years, 1 month and 5 days.

Connie is survived by her son: Todd (Shelley) Anderson of Excelsior, MN; three grandchildren: Scott Anderson of Carroll, IA, Allie and Logan Anderson of Excelsior, MN; and one sister: Lorna (Elvin) Beyers of Holland MN. She is preceded in death by her husband Lester, her son Jeff, her brother John Boelens, her sister Kitty Larson and her parents Hank and Blanche Boelens.  

Visitation will be Thursday, February 29, 9:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Donations may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

Roger McCollar  - Share this obit - Print this obit

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roger McCollar, a man whose indomitable spirit touched the lives of many. Roger was born October 17,1940 in Sioux Falls, SD to Neil and Florentine (McDonnell) McCollar. Rog embarked on his final journey February 15th, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, resilience, and unwavering love.

Rog’s life was a tapestry woven with threads of love, laughter, and an unyielding commitment to his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 61 years, Sheree McCollar, and a loving father to their five children: Paul (Julie Wingert), Sioux Falls; Theresa (Mike) Minihan, Blue Rapids, KS; Phil (Tina) Rapid City; Katie Wick, Sioux Falls; Steve, Sturgis. Former daughter in- law LaChel McCollar, Rapid City. Nine grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 6 step great-grandchildren; his siblings, Gary (Kathy) McCollar, Sue (Dale) Pedersen and Judy Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary, Marylin, Linda, and Carolyn and a grandson.

His optimism and unwavering belief in the goodness of humanity left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Rog’s departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his memory will endure in the hearts of those who loved him. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable individual, let us also celebrate the life he lived—a life marked by love, generosity, and an enduring commitment to making the world a better place.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 20 th from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, February 21 st at St. Lambert Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

May Roger McCollar rest in eternal peace, his legacy living on in the cherished memories of his family and friends fortunate enough to know him. 

Monica Mary Hennings  - Share this obit - Print this obit


Monica was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on Nov. 17, 1935, to Bernard and Helen Kapperman. She grew up in Hartford, SD, where she received her education. Graduating from Hartford High School in 1954, she was a proud member of the cheerleading squad. Following high school, Monica attended college at Mount Marty in Yankton, SD. 


On June 1, 1957, she married Maynard Hennings in Hartford, and they made their home in Sioux Falls,where they raised their five children. Their life together was full of love, faithfulness and fun. 


Monica had a mind for numbers and worked as a bookkeeper for Fantels department store and John Morrell (Smithfield) in Sioux Falls. She became a tax preparer, working for H&R Block for a number of years before she began preparing tax returns out of her home; and then eventually working for Citibank for 10 years, retiring in 1998. 


Monica loved to sew. She spent many hours and used yards and yards of fabric sewing her children’s clothing and then turned to quilting as her hobby, making beautiful quilts for family and friends. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and loved camping. And who can forget her pies, the best! She enjoyed playing a good hand of cards, which she could be very competitive, “or whatever.”


Above all she loved her family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother.There were a lot of family vacations and camping adventures.Monica loved when the family was together. She was young at heart and loved to go to activities her children or grandchildren participated in.


Her loving family includes her children: Terri (Wayne) Pease, Mark (Debbie) Hennings, Mary (Jim) Frank, Pam (Jay) Titus, and Nancy (Mark)Haugen; her grandchildren: Erin, Nathan, Josh, Nick, Kayla, Katie, Ben, Kelsey, Brianna, Rylee, Tanner, Seth, Luke and Ryan; her great-grandchildren: DJ, Addison, Emmet, Charlotte, Audrey, Jonah, Kaden, Nolan, Everly, Carter, Hunter, Harper, Elijah, Claire, Malachi, Isla, Josie.


Monica was member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, where she was a member of the Cathedral Club and Quilting Club. She cherished her church family and all the friendships that were made.

Visitation will be at 5:00 PM, Monday, February 19, at Barnett-Lewis Funera Home in Sioux Falls, with a Scripture Vigil at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 20, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls with lunch to follow. Burial will be at St. George Catholic Cemetery in Hartford.

Matthew Duane Harold Cordell  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Matthew Duane Harold Cordell, 22, passed away February 8, 2024 in Sioux Falls. He was born on July 2, 2001 in Sioux Falls, SD to Mike and Corinna (Cori) Cordell. He was baptized at St Nicholas Parish in Tea SD.

Matt attended Discovery Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2020. Matt met the love of his life, Anna, in junior year of high school and got married May 30, 2020, the week after graduation.

Matt and Anna were together over 5 years and adopted 5 pets together. Matt’s favorite things included hockey, video games, hunting, fishing, and spending time with lots of family and friends. His love of hockey was infectious and everyone around him loved and supported him. His favorite NHL hockey teams were the Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals. Matt enjoyed working at Vern Eide as a detailer. 

Matt is survived by his wife: Anna Cordell (Gullickson); parents: Mike (Cori) Cordell; brothers: Bryan (Rhiannon) Cordell and Ian Cordell; grandmother: Patricia Christopherson; many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and the Gullickson family. He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Duane Elyea; and paternal grandparents: Harold and Marjorie Cordell.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 17, 9:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM.

Eleanor Regina Currey  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Eleanor Regina Currey, 94, passed away at the Good Samaritan in Canistota, SD. She was born on March 13, 1929 to Andrew and Augusta Zinda in Minnesota. She was united in marriage to Harold Currey.

Eleanor was a master seamstress. She was known for her craft making golf bags. She also worked in the food service industry including the Minnehaha Country Club, Axtel, Edison and Lincoln Schools. She was a part of the DAV stores and ran a motel for several years.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening, bird watching and fishing. She was known to be a wonderful dancer,

Eleanor is survived by a son: Michael; and a daughter: Suz (Tom) Schluter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, two sisters and Michaels’ partner, Patricia Garity.

Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 12:00 noon with a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. 

Angeline "Angie" Ruiter  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Angeline (Angie) Ruiter passed away February 4, 2024, at the age of 96. She was born in Leota, MN, on November 4, 1927 to Clarence and Mina (Berghorst) Dooyema. She was raised on the family farm, and attended schools in Leota, MN and Edgerton, MN. In 1945 she married Sam Ruiter, and they made their home in Hills, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Yankton, SD. They had 3 children; Larry, Sandra, and Janie. After her husband’s passing in 2003, she resided in Sioux Falls, SD, then Rosemount, MN, and eventually to assisted living back in Sioux Falls, SD.  

Angie was a homemaker most of her life, which she always referred to as being a domestic engineer, and enjoyed caring for her children and home, camping, fishing, gardening, and feeding the birds and squirrels.   

Angie is survived by her son: Larry Ruiter; daughter: Sandra (Richard) Schaefer; sister: Carol (Jim) Null; grandchildren: Amy (Troy) Jahraus, Tony (Angie) Ruiter, Andrea (Tim) Westcott, and Whitney Schaefer; great-grandchildren: Miranda (Lucas) Leitheiser, Jessica Ruiter, Baylee (Mitch) Pinske, Kasen and Kyler Westcott; many nieces and nephews; and a former daughter-in-law: Sue Ruiter. Angie was preceded in death by her infant daughter: Janie; her husband: Sam; daughter-in law: Vernette Ruiter; her parents: Clarence and Mina Dooyema; brother: Dewey Dooyema, and brother John Dooyema.  

There will be a family burial service at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Barnett Lewis Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Joseph Frederick Huff  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Joseph Frederick Huff, 91, passed away in the comfort of his home in Sioux Falls on January 31, 2024. He was born on March 23, 1932 to William and Beulah Huff in Kansas City, MO.

Joe owned and operated the Trading Post Pawn Shop in Sioux Falls. He enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and was a Torpedo Man on the USS Blue. He met the love of his life, Mary Caruso and was united in marriage on December 14, 1951.

Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and was part of the FOPA and police reserve. He was a proud Veteran of the Navy serving in the Korean War. He was a very humble man and family was the center of his life.

Joseph is survived by his daughters: Marilee Kontz (Bruce Livesay) and Vicki Hayes; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren with one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife: Mary; two brothers; two sisters; a son: Joseph V. Huff; a daughter: Michele Rausch; and a granddaughter: Jessica Kontz; and a son-in-law: Patrick Hayes.

Visitation will be Friday, February 9, 2024, 12:00 noon, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present. 

John Paul Zimmer  - Share this obit - Print this obit

John Paul Zimmer, 61, of Hartford, South Dakota, died January 31, 2024.

John was born February 14, 1962 to Francis and Nadine (Wheeler) Zimmer at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. John grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High school with the class of 1980.

John was the proud father of Jaron Zimmer and the grandfather to the joy of his life, Miles Zimmer. John loved fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and lifelong friends. He looked forward to the annual Zimmer father/son fishing trips, summer vacations to Enemy Swim Lake, and his hunting and fishing excursions to Alaska, Colorado, and Florida.

John had a competitive edge and spent a lot of time playing cards, challenging others in bocce ball and participating in horseshoe tournaments.

For most of his career, John worked in construction. He established John’s Drywall in 2013 and loved working alongside his son. John loved being part of a large family and living in a small community. He spent several years on the Hartford Jamboree committee and played a major role in revitalizing the annual burn out show. John was always willing to help with community fundraisers by donating food and smoking ribs to raise money for local families in need.

Left to cherish his memory are his son: Jaron (Megan) Zimmer; grandson: Miles Zimmer; brothers: Joe (Kristi) Zimmer, Bob (Lori) Zimmer, and Paul (Teresa) Zimmer; sisters: Kathy (Dave) Lambertz, Mary (Chad) Titze, and Sara (Steve) Colford; brothers-in-law: Bob Solheim and Kevin Frankman; and numerous other loving family members and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents: Francis and Nadine (Wheeler) Zimmer; brothers: Franny Zimmer, Tom Zimmer and Jim Zimmer; sisters: Joyce Zimmer, Carol Solheim, and Brenda Frankman.

John’s celebration of life will be held at the Crooks Community Center (701 S West Ave, Crooks, SD) on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Honorary Pallbearers are his lifelong friends: Dean Jasper, Mark Perreault and the late Buck Hanus; and brothers: Joe Zimmer, Bob Zimmer and Paul Zimmer.

Trenton Allen Houk  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Trenton Allen Houk was born February 7, 1971, in North Platte, Nebraska to Kenneth Marvin Houk and Marcia Lee (Martin) Houk. Trent attended school in Custer, South Dakota all his years of elementary into high school. He loved everything there was to live the ranch life in the Black Hills, from horseback riding all the days long with his amazing dog (Doc Holiday) or with his mom or helping his dad with a share of the hard work. He not only lived in and loved the Black Hills, but he cared for it as well in his life-long career as an arborist. He started out with Wilson Tree Service in 1992, moving to other companies and then had his own Black Hills Tree Service company for many years.

Trent never cared much for a slow or boring life; he enjoyed the thrill of it whenever and however he could. When he was younger it was mostly with skydiving and had thousands of jumps (and stories) to tell how incredible it was. As he got older and thought he should slow down a bit, he purchased his dream motorcycle, a brand-new Triumph Speedmaster Bonneville. He loved the wind in the hair and his sweet little girl, Cassie Jeanne, with him.

After the ice storms in 2013, Trent came to Sioux Falls. There he met and fell in love with Sara Jeanne (Spisak). They were married in a ceremony June 7, 2014 (again Oct. 6, 2014, and again in March 2015- you know, just to be sure!). Trent and Sara had an instant connection and family. They raised the kids instilling the same hard-working values he learned from his own parents and many years ranching.

Trent made sure we could play just as hard as we worked and always had fun times for all of us- taking the kids to MLB or NFL games, horse track racing, to Lego Land, and especially to an all favorite of camping. Trent was always ready with stacks of firewood so we could enjoy the best campfires. The biggest thrill of his life were the kids. He loved teaching the boys how to work on cars, watching football (especially Ethan’s games), showing them how to ride dirt bikes and quads, along with going fishing. He was smitten with his little ‘ol Cassie Jeanne and ready to play at a moment’s notice too.

He loved to make the family a big ‘ol Saturday morning I-Hop like breakfast for everyone. We’re thankful Trent shared his life and love with us.

Trent was preceded in death by his parents: Marvin and Marcia; brother: Jason; and sister-in-law: Laura. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife: Sara Jeanne; bonus sons: Ethan, Preston, and daughter: Cassie Jeanne (Sioux Falls, SD); his brother: Larry (Portland, OR); sister: Melody (Vancouver, WA); and brother: Scott (Hill City, SD).

He will forever be missed.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 7, 1:00 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a time of sharing at 3:00 PM.


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