Rodney Grossenburg, 87

Rodney Lee Grossenburg passed away peacefully on July 5, 2019, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center, Winner, South Dakota.

Funeral was held on Tuesday, July 9, at 2 pm at the Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner Cemetery in Winner.

Rodney was born on June 19, 1932, to Leo and Ethel Grossenburg in Rock Valley, Iowa. He married Rose Ranschau in 1953. He was drafted into the US Army and served his country until 1954.

In 1958 he moved his young family to Winner, South Dakota, where he was employed by C.J. Grossenburg and Son(Grossenburg Implement) and became the sales manager. His career lasted 37 years.

His favorite motto was, “There are 3 ways to do something: 1) the right way, 2) the wrong way, 3) C.J.’s way, and I did it C.J.’s way.”

He enjoyed pheasant hunting and held a keen eye for spotting that rooster in the ditch when road hunting. He was an avid sports fan and would watch any sport that had a ball in it-even soccer!

He loved to garden and shared much of his produce with the neighbors. His flowers along 7th street were admired by many.

After retiring he enjoyed fishing trips to the Lake of the Woods with his wife, Rose, and Jim and Elaine Luce. Jack Peters and Rodney invented “ready golf.”

He enjoyed watching his grandkids participate in their activities. Rodney was a humble man who taught his children and grandchildren always to work hard. His many “words of wisdom” will always keep us smiling.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Rose of 66 years, his daughter Debbie O’Donnell of Kennewick, Washington, his son Robin and wife Jan of Yankton, SD, his grandkids Michael (Amy) O’Donnell, Chris O’Donnell, Mark (Jocelyn) O’Donnell, Jeff Grossenburg, and Jenna Grossenburg, great grandchildren Camryn and Blake O’Donnell, his very close sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jim and Elaine Luce, and sister-in-law Elsie Thielvoldt, and nephews.

Vern Modine, 82

Vern E. Modine passed away July 6, 2019 in Lusk, Wyo.
Vern was born June 19, 1937 in Colome, South Dakota to Julius and Mildred Modine. He grew up in Colome and graduated high school in 1955. He joined the United States Marine Corp shortly after graduation and was stationed at Camp Pendleton as an MP. Vern was honorably discharged as sergeant in 1958. He then returned to Winner, South Dakota and went to work for Brown Oil Company.

Vern married Donna Brown in Winner in 1959, and two children, Misty and Tim, were born to this union. They later moved to Lusk where he continued to work for Brown Oil Company.

He married Theresa Townsend on July 6, 1974. They purchased the Lusk Liquor Store in 1977, which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1997.

Vern was very active in the Lusk Volunteer Fire Department, Lusk BPO Elks 1797, Niobrara Country Club, Harmony Masonic Lodge #24, St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Wieten-Dupes American Legion Post #4 and the Cowboy Joe Club.

Vern was an avid golfer and a life-long Wyoming Cowboys football fan. He enjoyed sports, gambling, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.

Vern is survived by his wife, Theresa; children, Misty of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Tim (Nancee) of Kalamazoo, Michigan; brother Leroy (Ina) Modine of Eureka, California; sister-in-law Phyllis Modine of Eureka, California; sister Shirley (Tom) Harder of Newcastle, Wyo.; step-children Gene (Claudia) Bartow and Vickie Scott of Lusk; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dale (Iva) Modine, Harold (Phyllis) Modine, and Pete Modine; sister Donna (Ken) Drey; sister-in-law Jody Modine; son-in-law Jerry Scott; and grandson Chad Bartow.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 11. Interment will follow at the Lusk Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lusk Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of the donor’s choice.

“Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Leber, 56

David Paul Leber was born April 11, 1963 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD to Germain (Gerry) and Linda (Shattuck) Leber. David was baptized into the Catholic Church in his first home town of Bloomfield, NE. Before moving to the farm and ranch outside of Dallas, SD in Tripp County, David was joined by two sisters, Roxane and Jennifer. David enjoyed helping on the family farm/ranch where he was later joined by two younger brothers, Jeff and Steve. David attended a one-room country school for two years before being bussed to Colome Elementary School in Colome, SD. He graduated from Colome High School in 1981. While in school, he was active in baseball, basketball, football, all-state chorus, one-act plays, and was an excellent trackster.

While on the family farm/ranch, David loved working with the cattle, the hogs, and farming as well. The neighbors would always ask how they made their corn rows so straight and how they kept their fields so clean. David graduated from Mitchell Tech in 1983 with an Associate Degree in Ag Management which tied in with his interest in agriculture. David was a hard worker and also liked to fish, hunt, and talk about his guns. The family policy was when we worked, we all worked, and when we played, we all played. Dave carried that through to his family.

After leaving the family farm/ranch, Dave worked at Assman Land and Cattle in Mission, SD for five years and drove truck for a few years prior to meeting his life partner, Lori Bosserman. On May 5, 1990, they were united in marriage. Following, they lived and worked at a family feedlot in Minatare, NE, and then moved back to the family farm/ranch in Colome, SD. In 1992, Dave and Lori moved to Wall, SD to start their own farming/ranching business while Dave worked at Johnson’s Rancher Supply for 10 years. While in Wall, they had three amazing children: Riley, now a Diesel Tech graduate from Southeast Technical Institute, Delaney, now a second-year college student, and Sidney, now a Junior in High School.

Dave and Lori were able to capitalize on the opportunity to start Leber Ag Service, LLC in Vale, SD in 2004. Dave and Lori worked the business while the kids were in school, and once the kids were home from school, they would help at the business as well. In 2008, Leber Ag Service was selected as Black Hills Small Business of the Year by BH Community Economic Development. The family enjoys helping their customers in the area as well as those in different states. Those same customers are what made Leber Ag Service successful. Dave and his family have many customers who are friends and many friends who are customers.

Dave thoroughly enjoyed trucking with their two sons and watching their daughter Delaney run track and cross country. Dave and his family didn’t let the grass grow under their feet; when they weren’t working; they were enjoying camping, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and truck shows. The family gained many friends and trophies at the various truck shows they attended.

In December 2017, Dave was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. They made many trips to Mayo Clinic and Rapid City for surgery, treatment, and physical therapy. He used God, his family, friends, and customers to help him stay positive during his battle. He loved Independence Day and fireworks, so the Fourth of July was the perfect day for his final day on earth.
He went home to heaven at the age of 56, on Thursday, July 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Dave will always be loved and will always be remembered. Gone but not forgotten.

A celebration of David’s life will take place 1:30 pm Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at the Countryside Church in Spearfish. Pastors Doug Clark and Mark Bosserman will officiate. . Interment will take place in the Vale Cemetery, with dinner and fellowship following at the Vale Community Center.

A memorial has been established.

Friends may leave written condolences and view a video tribute at:

David is survived by his wife, Lori and their children, Riley, Delaney, and Sidney, all of Vale SD; his parents, Germain (Gerry) and Linda (Shattuck) Leber of Colome SD; siblings, Roxane (Doug) Dyk of Platte SD, Jennifer (Larry) Gabriel of Whitewood, Jeff Leber of Colome SD, Steve (Susan) Leber of Canistota SD; Lori’s father, Mel Bosserman of Golva ND; the Bosserman siblings, Sherri (Joe) Bird of Craig CO, Mark Bosserman of Aitkin MN, Jason (Julie) Bosserman of Golva ND, Kim (Mike) Van Horn of Sentinel Butte ND, Kari (John Paul) Baker of Beach ND, Michael (Lara) Bosserman of Golva ND; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and Lori’s mother, Edith Bosserman.

Pheasants Take Care of Rockets

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

The Winner/Colome Pheasants didn’t have the greatest start, but came together to take home a 12-2 win over the Wagner Rockets last Tuesday night at Leahy Bowl.

Wagner jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Pheasants answered right back with a pair of runs with Reed Harter being drove in by Austin Calhoon. Austin Richey would tie the game at two when he hit a double that drove in Calhoon.

In the fourth inning, Derek Graesser doubled which sent in one run to give the Pheasants a 3-2. That’s when Winner/Colome put the game away.

The Pheasants combined to score nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings which ended the game because of the 10 run rule.

Harter and Calhoon lead Winner/Colome with three hits. Calhoon and Zach Harter both finished with three RBI.

On the mound, Kelly O’Bryan pitched an impressive game while not allowing a single hit. O’Bryan lasted all eight innings while striking out 14 batters.

School Board Begins News Term

By Dan Bechtold

Two new members and an incumbent took the oath of office at the Winner School Board meeting on Monday.

The new members on the board are Haley Barfuss and Julie Manke. Incumbent Scott Meiners started a new three-year term on the board.

Supt. Keven Morehart presented plaques to Nelle Schlomer and Joe Hockett who are going off the board. Schlomer served three years on the board and Hockett has served 20 years.

Kim DeMers, curriculum coordinator, thanked Schlomer and Hockett for their years of service on the board. She said they have done a good job.In election of officers, Mike Calhoon was re-elected chairman and Scott Meiners was re-elected vice chairman.

As the school board re-organized for the 2019-2020 school term, there were several motions approved pertaining to the start of the new term.
The board chairman was approved as custodian of all legal depositories of all district accounts. Supt. Morehart and business manager Laura Root remain on all legal depositories.

Named as depositories were Wells Fargo, First Fidelity Bank, BankWest, Sentinel Federal Credit Union. The Winner Advocate was designated as the official newspaper for the school district.

The time and place for board meetings will be the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in room 200 at the high school. This is a new location as the board has been meeting in room 103 at the administration building. The move to the high school for board meetings will start at the August meeting.

The salary for board members was set at $45 per meeting and $25 for special meetings for the chairman and $40 per meeting and $20 for special meetings for the other board members.

Mileage, meals and lodging rates for the 2019-2020 term were set. The mileage will be 42 cents per mile and state rate for lodging.

Designated as school attorneys were Scott Swier and Rodney Freeman.
The board authorized the publishing of salaries at the end of September.
The admission charges for school events were set at $5 for adults, $3 for students, $1 for students in advance, $60 for adult season passes. Senior citizen are free and anyone age 62 or older can stop at the school office to receive a pass.

Board committee assignments include:
Building and grounds—Bill Mann, Rusty Blare, Scott Meiners
Finance—Mike Calhoon, Scott Meiners and Steve Kubik
Curriculum—Bill Mann, Julie Manke and Haley Barfuss
Negotiations—Steve Kubik, Julie Manke and Haley Barfuss
Calendar—Scott Meiners, Rusty Blare and Haley Barfuss
Amended consent—Mike Calhoon, Steve Kubik and Julie Manke

The administrative appointments are:
Trust/agency—Root and Cathy Ducheneaux
Title 1, II, IVand VI—Kim DeMers and Morehart
Title IX—Morehart, Brett Gardner, Dan Aaker and Brian Naasz
PL 94-142-SPEd—Naasz/Morehart
Section 504/ADA coordinator—DeMers/Morehart
Title Vii impact aid—Root/Morehart
Food service—Root/Morehart
Facilities management—Orville Schroeder, Morehart, Naasz, Gardner and Aaker
District technology—Gerald Witte and Gardner
Truancy officer—Morehart, Gardner, Aaker and Naasz
Continuation of admended consent decree—Morehart/DeMers

Supt. Morehart was authorized to close school in emergency situations and in case of inclement weather.

The business manager was authorized to invest and reinvest funds in institutions which serves the greatest advantage to the school district.
The board authorized the advertising of bids for materials not already purchased.

Lori Weiland was offered a contract as assistant cheer coach.

A letter of resignation was received from Kara Connot who has worked as a paraprofessional in the Winner district for nine years. In her letter, Connot said she has accepted a position at the Burke School.

Business manager Root was authorized to negotiate the price for the purchase of a vehicle.

Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing was held on the 2019-2020 budget. Root explained there were very few changes from the budget she presented at the May meeting.

The budget totals $8,907,724 which is a decrease of $341,161 from last year’s budget. Root explained the school is budgeting for 710 students for this school term. The projected general fund revenue is $5,767,532.

Krolikowski “Stirring the ‘Kroc’ Pot”

By Colton Hall
Staff writer

Krockett Krolikowski is living the dream in Brookings.

The redshirt-sophomore from Winner was a part of a South Dakota State University football team that went undefeated at home (7-0) on its way to finishing 10-3.

Krolikowski proved the be a big reason for the Jackrabbits success while “stirring the pot”, registering four sacks which was good enough for second on the team. Everything was going his way.

That’s when tragedy happened.

Krolikowski suffered a torn ACL which would put him out of the last two games, but that wasn’t enough to keep him down for long.

According to Krolikowski, he’s scheduled to be back in time for fall camp, and he’s looking to pick up where he left off.

“Rehab’s going good,” Krolikowski said in a phone interview. “I’ll be back in time for fall camp, and I’m going to be excited to be back with the boys. I just want to get back, be to do what I love.”

Krolikowski, a construction management major, burst onto the college football scene after recording a career high seven tackles, while mustering one and half sacks against Easton Stick and North Dakota State Bison in week three.

Before Krolikowski’s injury, he even blocked kicks in back-to-back games against The University of South Dakota and Duquesne. Krolikowski was heating up.

“It felt good to get in a groove,” Krolikowski said. “It takes a little bit of time to get stuff clicking. I just want to keep playing better, and continue to improve. You work so hard to get to a certain point, and it’s amazing when everything pays off. Now it’s all about building off of last year.”

While a horrific injury like an ACL tear might be enough for some athletes to call it quits, Krolikowski seems to be shaped by the injury. He’s not letting it slow him down, and it all starts with a different mindset.

“There’s going to be adversity in everything,” Krolikowski said. “You can run with it, or you can crumble. One day, you’ll tear your ACL, that can be career ending. It’s different things everyday. You have to push yourself everyday. You have to have the mindset to get through. I’m going to take it one step at a time, and have playing the sport I love.”

His love and work ethic for football is a major reason for his success, but Krolikowski doesn’t forget the people that helped him out along the way. In fact, those people are another reason he plays as hard as he does.

“My favorite part is the guys that I’m around,” Krolikowski said. “I’m not playing for me anymore, its for the guys. I play for the guys right beside me and my family who have continued to push me to get here. I continue to want more, and my desire to continue to get better is what’s going to help me get better. With my faith, and the way that coach Stiegelmeier runs the program , and I like how our team is based around faith.”

In college football, the little things can make the difference between a good or great player. Krolikowski wants to put more of an emphasis on the little things. He just wants to keep getting better.

“It’s the little tendencies,” Krolikowski said. “Learning more mentally from the game can only help you get better. The smarter you get, the better you get with your hands, and I”m learning how to watch film better. I’m paying attention to all the details that can help me be successful. I’m looking at things from a different perspective, and I’m able to pick on the little things better. Our team is more competitive. We’ve been getting better and better, and we’re close. It’s time for the glass to break.”

Make no mistake. Krolikowski wants to get better, but his team is on the verge of being one of the better teams in the country. At some point, all the hard work and dedication will pay off. Something will give.

“We want to win the national championship,” Krolikowski said. “We’ve got to close it out. We’re changing up and things are looking different. We’re more competitive. We’re getting better. It’s time for the glass to break.”

Duffy Tradition Ends

By Colton Hall
Staff writer

There’s a country song by Brad Paisley called “last time for everything”.

If you haven’t listened to it, it’s about the fact that the best things in life don’t last forever. That’s why it’s important to remember those times and cherish them while you’re in them.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Janice Bowar, 76

Janice “Jan” Bowar, 76, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery in Winner. A visitation wa held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 6-7 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.

Jan was born Dec. 17, 1942 to Harold and Gladys (Nelson) Dotzauer, the youngest of four children. She graduated from Howard, SD High School in 1961 and the Northwest College of Commerce in Huron, SD the following year.

In 1966 she married Gary Bowar. They lived in Yankton and Sioux Falls, SD, where Chad was born in 1968. After a year and a half in Urbana, Illinois, they moved to Winner in 1971, where Amy was born in 1972.

Jan worked as the executive secretary at Southern Plains Mental Health Center for 32 years before retiring in 2007. After retiring, she volunteered at Winner’s thrift store for 11 years. She was a member of ESA for 27 years, along with being part of “The Ladies” for many years.

Jan had a lot of interests and hobbies. She had a love of music and played piano and clarinet in her younger years. She loved to go dancing with Gary. She enjoyed playing cards and games, bowling, and dabbled in golf for a few years. Reading and crossword puzzles were also activities she enjoyed.

Decorating was one of her passions, from her home to displays at the thrift store. She was a skilled cook and baker, and her popcorn balls were in high demand at Halloween. Jan loved to socialize, whether it was bridge club, having coffee with friends or shopping trips with the girls. She was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Winner Warriors, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs.

Her family was Jan’s pride and joy, from attending every school activity and event when her children were growing up to helping Gary with Tripp County Historical Society events in recent years. She loved to travel to visit her kids.

Jan is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary; her son Chad and wife Leslie of Charlotte, NC; daughter Amy and husband Mike of Denver, CO; brothers- and sisters-in-law Joyce and Jon Graves, Joanne Ernster, Joe and Susan Bowar and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Cyril Dotzauer, sisters Shirley Clark and Marge Hopper, father- and mother-in law Joe and Doris Bowar, and brother-in-law Paul Bowar.

Betty Petersek, 88

Betty Petersek, 88, of Colome, SD passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour prior to the services.

Betty Lou Petersek was born on Aug. 5, 1930 to Marion and Art Vawser at their home south of Gregory. She was the first of three children. She grew up on the farm south of Gregory. She attended grade school at Climbing Hill south of Gregory and attended high school in Gregory SD. Later on, she got her GED from Mission.

She met and fell in love with Raymond Joseph Petersek. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1947. They were blessed with 5 children, Robert, Bev, Darlene, Rod, and Rick. Ray and Betty started their family on a small farm northeast of Gregory.

They moved to a small farm southwest of St. Charles where Rod & Rick was born. In 1961 they moved to Colome, SD where they settled. Betty could be found right alongside her husband when it came to running their ranch.

She was a member of St. Isidore Church. She was also president of the American Legion Auxiliary where she helped set up the first kitchen followed by the well known Colome Steak Night. She was a member of the Winner VFW and also a 54-year member of Court St. Maria Goretti #1584 of the Colome Catholic Daughters.

She worked as an aide at Colome Schools followed by working as a bookkeeper at the Winner Lumber Yard. She managed the Community Thrift Store in Winner, SD.

Betty loved the outdoors, working in the garden, tending her flowers, painting and crafting. She was an amazing cook. She was a little lady with a strong spirit. She loved the time she was able to spend with her and Ray traveling and camping. She loved family get togethers, her face lit up when she was able to be near family. She was a wonderful woman who meant so much to so many.

She is survived by her husband Raymond, sister Bonnie (Dale) Vogt, children: Bev (Joe) Heck, Darlene Rotter, Rod (Leslie), and Rick. She had 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. In addition to her many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one son, and 3 grandchildren.

We are truly lucky that God gave us her. She did a good job here but her mission is now complete and fulfilled the way he wanted her to do it. Now those who mourn her look forward to until we meet again.

As Betty has said, she was a “Jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Her family would have to agree she was truly a jack of all trades, but in our hearts, she was the master as well.

Thank you to all who made this occasion wonderful!