Eldridge named to Hall of Fame

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Bruce Eldridge, second from left, formerly of Tripp County, was inducted into the 4-H shooting sports hall of fame. Pictured from left are Tim Tanner, SDSU extension state 4-H youth development program director; Eldridge, John Keimig, SDSU extension youth safety field specialist and Karla Trautman, SDSU extension director.

Bruce Eldridge was inducted into the 2019 4-H shooting sports hall of fame.

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Lou Nelson, 96

Funeral services for LouElla Nelson, 96, Winner, formerly of Millboro, were held Nov. 23 at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial was in the Winner Cemetery.

LouElla Mae Rix, one of nine children born to Henry and Dora (Montgomery) Rix, came into this world on Aug. 13, 1923, on a farm five miles north of Springview, NE. She grew up in the Springview area and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1942. As a young lady, Lou worked at various jobs around Springview and Ainworth.

On Jan. 30, 1943, Lou was united in marriage to Erwin Herrmann. To this union, two children were born: Larry Erwin and Dianne Lynn.

On Oct. 20, 1957, Lou married Glen Nelson and was blessed with three more daughters: Linda Jean, Darla Lyn, and Nancy Eileen. The couple, along with their combined family, made their home in Millboro where Glen served as the rural mail carrier and Lou took on the role of housewife and mother, teaching their girls to cook, sew, and do various other domestic skills.

She was a wonderful cook, and her children and grandchildren will forever remember the homemade dishes and fruit jellies she delighted in preparing for them.

Lou was a member of the United Church of Christ in Millboro and the Millboro Extension Club. She was also a member of several service connected organizations.

Glen and Lou had a full and happy life together until Glen’s passing in December 1996. Lou continued to live in the family home in Millboro until January 2015, when health issues forced her to move to the Elder Inn assisted living facility in Winner.

She later transferred to Winner Regional Long Term Care after suffering a severe stroke in September 2019.

LouElla passed away at the Winner Nursing Home on Nov. 18, 2019.
Lou is survived by four daughters: Dianne Herrmann, Winner, SD; Linda (Larry) May, Bassett, NE; Darla (Rich) Miles, Omaha, NE; and Nancy (Richard) Kloucek, Scotland, SD; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

‘She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Glen; eight siblings: Mildred, Glenn, Nelda, Ortha, Dortha, Melvin, Norman, and Marvin; her son, Larry (Butch) Herrmann; and grandson, Shawn Coleman.

Arlyn Lynn Feyereisen, 75

Funeral services for Arlyn Feyereisen, 75, Iona, were held Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Gregory. Burial followed at the Iona Cemetery.

Arlyn Lynn Feyereisen was born on Jan. 20, 1944 in Chamberlain, S.D. to William and Lucy (Walker) Feyereisen. He joined two brothers, William Dean and Gordon James. They grew up in Iona. Arlyn attended grade school in Iona except for two years when he attended the McKinley school. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1962.

While in high school he worked for Jay Seeley in the jewelry store. He carried out groceries, stocked shelves, and offloaded the trucks when Buches was on Main Street. He worked for Tilton Motors changing oil and replacing ties.

On Nov. 29, 1963, Arlyn married Linda Connick. He was blessed with two children, Theresa Jean and Arlyn Lee. He had three grandchildren, Alan Dean, Kaleb William, and Kaelee Jean, and one great-grandson, Dartanian Scott. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to garden, farm, hunt, fish, milk goats, drive cars and tractors, and play cards.

He attended Springfield College and received a degree in Elementary Education, attending school in the summer and teaching during the school year. He started teaching at the McKinley school in Iona. In 1967 they moved to Ideal where he taught for 4 years at the Ideal school, and 4 years at Eden school. They moved west of Winner and taught at the Sunnyside school 4 years, Star Valley 2 years, then taught 3rd grade at Westside Elementary in Winner until he retired from teaching.

Along with teaching, Arlyn helped his dad on the farm. They put up hay and grew winter wheat, two things that allowed him to continue teaching. With his dad’s passing he took over the farm. Arlyn continued farming with the help of Arly, friends, and neighbors.

Arlyn enjoyed spending time with his friends, hunting, fishing, boating, and camping at Snake Creek, activities he shared with his family.

When Alice asked him if he would serve on the Cemetery Board he took his responsibility seriously. He worked with Emmett several years to get the cemetery surveyed. With the help of many volunteers they marked the corners of each section of the cemetery. It was his desire to make sure the cemetery would be maintained for the Iona community.

Arlyn passed away at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD on Nov. 30, 2019 at the age of 75.

Arlyn was preceded in death by three brothers, Marlyn Lee, William Dean, and Gordon James, and his parents William James and Lucy Arlene, and his father-in-law, Harold Connick, and two brothers-in-law, Harold Connick Jr., and Michael Connick.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Jean, children Arlyn (Melissa) Feyereisen of Sioux Falls, and Theresa (Brian) Vaughn of Dahlonega, Ga., grandchildren Alan (Courtney) Vaughn of Cumming, Ga., Kaleb Feyereisen, and Kaelee Feyereisen, and great-grandson Dartanian Scott Vaughn.

Isabella Mernaugh, 100

Isabella “Daisy” Mernaugh, 100, of Pierre, SD died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at Avera Mary House with her husband LeRoy at her side.

Isabella Fox was born on Jan. 24, 1919 on the Fox Angus Farm in Watertown, SD to Nick and Isabel Fox. Her sunny disposition earned her the nickname “Daisy” at a very young age.

Daisy grew up on the farm and left for Hastings, MN to help relatives there take care of their family. She also worked at the Smead Manufacturing Company in Hastings making envelopes. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Daisy gave up her caretaking duties and her job at Smead to join the Women’s Air Corps.

During World War II, Daisy worked in a photography lab at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL, processing photos taken overseas by reconnaissance airplanes. After the war, she moved back to Watertown and worked at Gray’s Photo studio.

It was during this time in Watertown that she met LeRoy Mernaugh. They married in 1949 and together had five sons. The family relocated to Winner, SD in 1966 and then again to Pierre, SD in 1971, where they settled for good.
Daisy was very active in the Catholic Church and local community. She was a volunteer for most of her life on various committees, most notably the funeral committee where she was known to commandeer the volunteers in serving meals for funerals.

Daisy was a lifelong pinochle player and virtually every meal was followed by a couple of hands. She won quite a few more games than she lost. She also had a lifelong passion for flowers and gardening. She won many “Pierre’s Yard of the Week” awards.

Daisy was a longtime member of the East Pierre Women’s Club and as one of her duties, she and LeRoy managed the first schoolhouse building in Pierre, which is now located at Steamboat Park. She also spent many years caring for the small flower garden which surrounds the original steeple from Oahe Chapel, which is located at the corner of South Pierre Street and West Pleasant Drive in Pierre.

Daisy is survived by her husband of 70 years, LeRoy Mernaugh of Pierre; her five children, Ray (Glenda) of Hoover, AL, Kenny of Spearfish, SD, Kelly of Omaha, NE, Kevin (Debbie) of Corpus Christi, TX, and Paul (Lisa) of Ocala, FL; one sister, Sister Rogene (Betty) Fox of Rochester, MN; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Nicholas, Alfred, Mildred, Howard, and Anna Marie.

Per Daisy’s request, she will be cremated with services to be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com

Cowgirls bring home hardware

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Saydee Heath sends back a ball against Stanley County. Heath and Makayla Shippy (right) were recently named to the Great Plains All-Conference team.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Makayla Shippy and Saydee Heath were playmakers for the Colome Cowgirls volleyball team this year.

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