Marion “Big Mike” Dreyer, 87

Marion “Big Mike” Dreyer, 87, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD. Funeral service was held on Friday, Aug.7,2020 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Marion Delano “Mike” Dreyer was born on Feb. 28, 1933 in the northeast bedroom of the family farmhouse to Edward and Marie Dreyer of Carter South Dakota. He was the new baby brother to Harold, Howard, Lorraine and Milton. Life was never dull with four boys and only one girl to keep them in line. Mike followed his siblings and graduated from Witten High School in 1950.

In the fall of 1951, he married Dola Tucker and they were married for 67 years. Clifford, Julie Ann and Lonnie Lee were born to this union. After a few years of working and living on the farm Mike and Dola purchased the farm from his parents and added a trucking business. In 1971 Mike rented out the farm, moved the family to Winner and began his construction business, trenching and backhoe work was also added to the business.

In the mid 90’s they moved back to the farm where they lived for the rest of their lives. Building up a cattle heard and putting up hay kept Mike busy. He loved the haying season “just how big can you make a bale?”

Mike loved pheasant hunting season with his Tennessee hunters, playing cards with the couples card club which they had belonged to for many years, bowling, fishing and of course dancing.

He would dance every dance until the party was over. Yes, he out danced all of us.

Grandpa Mike and Grandma Dola would travel to all the activities and sporting events of their children and grandchildren. Mike was a member of the UCC Church ofWood, SD.

He was a 32-Degree Master Mason for 52 years, Naja Shriner for 50 years, Mason for 63 and an Eastern Star member for 61 years.

Mike is survived by sons Clifford and Lonnie (Pam) Dreyer, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Darci (Matt) Dailey and Jack, Maggie and Mick; Michael Dreyer; Stacy and Elena Dreyer; Sid (Amanda) Dreyer and Isaac, Emily and Ian; Sara (RJ) Petersek and Linkyn, Libbie, and Preslie; Kristin and Victoria Dreyer; Jake Dreyer and many nieces and nephews.

Mike is preceded in death by his wife Dola, daughter Julie, parents Edward and Marie Dreyer, brothers Harold (Kay), Howard (Bonnie), Milton (Clarice) and sister Lorraine (Paul) Kauer.

Betty (Steffen) Kirwan, 87

Betty (Steffen) Kirwan, 87, died at BethanyLutheran Home in Sioux Falls, SD on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Rosary will be Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 at 10 am at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in LakeAndes, SD with visitation following.

Memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 at 11 am at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Pickstown, SD following the visitation. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cathlic Cemetery in Spencer, NE at a later date. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Lake Andes.

Bev Engelmeyer, 66

Bev Engelmeyer passed away at the age of 66 years on Friday, Aug.7, 2020, after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery in Burke.

Bev was born Sept. 28, 1953 in Valentine, Neb., to Lester ‘Gus’ and Evelyn (Schipporeit) Bain. Bev’s family lived and worked on various ranches and farmsteads until they purchased their land north of Burke, South Dakota in 1963.

Bev graduated from Burke High School in May 1971 and went on to obtain atwo year degree in accounting and medical transcription at National College. She returned to Burke and worked for Dr. Nemer, as well as Wilhelmsen Feed Service, utilizing her college degrees.

She was united in marriage to Dave Engelmeyer on June 21, 1974. Dave and Bev spent the majority of their marriage as owners and partners of Jungle of Flowers, along-standing small town business established in 1978, from which they fully retired on May 31, 2020. Through her affiliation with the floral industry, Bev servedas the South Dakota FTD Board Treasurer and a South Dakota Florist Association Board Member.

Bev endured raising three daughters who share her same qualities of tenacity, strong-will and hospitality. All three girls excelled in academics and were heavily involved in extracurricular activities. Their house was a gathering place both before and after activities. Her girls and their roommates were regularly shipped college care packages full of homemade goodies.

Bev was raised with 4-H, both rodeoand livestock, and enjoyed anything with her horses. Bev served as the girls’ Willing Workers 4-H Club Leader and shared her expertise with their cooking, speeches, sewing and countless craft projects. An annual trip to the South Dakota State Fair was the pinnacle of everyone’s hard work.

Bev was blessed with seven grandchildren who were her pride and joy. She delighted in hearing about their activities, even better was when she could attend in person and take them for treats afterward.

She is a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a past president of the Altar Society.

Bev is survived by her husband, Dave, and three daughters: Michelle (Bill) Schenkel, Colette (Matt) Dick and Tasha (Shaun) Rausch, and seven grandchildren: Dillon and Allie Schenkel, Madison and Cooper Dick, Brooklyn, Addelyn and Hudson Rausch; along with her brother, Don (Deb) Bain.

Winner/Colome Legion team falls in district tournament

Submitted photo
Winner/Colome Legion baseball team was defeated by Alexandria 6-4 in the Region
3B tournament in Alexandria on July 29. Pictured in front from left are Colby
Kaiser, Landon Thieman, Jesse Colson, Aiden Barfuss, Phillip Jorgensen,
Charley Pravecek, Bosten Morehart, Joren Bruun, Aaron Gilchrist and bat boy
Sawyer Foss. In back from left are coach Kory Foss, Fred Whiting, Zach Bohnet,
Oscar Pravecek, Ashton Klein, Joey Cole, Evan Farner, Kameron Meiners, Jacob
Beckers and assistant coach Dalton Baker.

Legion team falls in district tournament Winner/Colome Legion belted three home runs on its way to a 13-7 victory over Parkston in the Region 3B tournament in Alexandria on July 28. Hitting home runs were Aaron Gilchrist, Oscar Pravecek and Fred Whiting. Whiting fired up the Royals offense in the first inning when he homered scoring two runs.

Winner/Colome added six runs in the fourth inning. This was a big inning driven by home runs by Gilchrist and Pravecek.In addition to a home run, Gilchrist had a double and Charley Pravecek added two doubles.

Joren Bruun was strong at the plate as he went 2-3. Aiden Barfuss, Kameron Meiners and Evan Farner were all 1-3. Meiners was on the mound for Winner as hepitched four innings. He surrendered four runs on five hits. Jacob Beckers pitched one inning and Farner two innings. On July 29, Winner/Colome Legion played two games in the tournament.In the first game, the Royals won 3-2 over McCook Winner/Colome took the lead late in the game after it was tied 2-2. In the top of the 7th inning Joren Bruun hit a sacrifice fly which scored one run for Winner/Colome. Joey Cole hit a triple and Aiden Barfuss had a double. Among the leading hitters in this game were Aaron Gilchrist, 3-3; Charley Pravecek, 2-3;Phillip Jorgensen, 2-4.

Bruun pitched six innings with six strikeouts. Jacob Beckers pitched one inning. Winner/Colome had nine hits in the game.In the second game, the Royals were defeated 6-4 by Alexandria and lost the change to advance to the state tournament. Alexandria fired up the offense in the second inning when they scored one run and added one more in the next inning. Winner/Colome had runs in the 5th, 6th and two in the 7th inning. However, Alexandria had three runs in the seventh inning for the victory.Winner/Colome came up with 10 hits in the game. Bruun and Jorgensen had doubles and Barfuss and Bruun each had a triple.At the plate, Bruun was 3-4, Jorgensen, 2-4; Oscar Pravecek, 1-4; Aiden Barfuss, 3-4; Charley Pravecek, 1-3.Beckers was on the mound for Winner/Colome. He went two 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out two.

Evan Farner threw four and a third innings in relief.

Colome Chaos

Submitted Photo
Colome Chaos baseball team has finished the season. Pictured in front from left
are Jerrel Tyburec, Jake Hrabanek, Jeff Ohlmann, Jackson Kinzer, Matt Vobr,
Turner Tinant, Shea Connot and Jason Frasch. In back from left are assistant
manager Jake Luse, Dave Baker, Dalton Baker, Jamin Dougherty, Calvin Ringing
Shield, Braden Gardner, Willie Beckers, Holden Thieman, Layton Thieman, Carter
Brickman, Joey Cole, Jacob Beckers and manager Ethan Vobr.

After losing its first game in the district tournament, Colome Chaos rebounded and defeated Miller 9-5 on July 27 in Chamberlain. Miller took an early lead but Colome came back strong in the fifth inning when they scored seven runs. Ethan Vobr singled on a 2-2 count scoring two runs, Turner Tinant doubled on a 3-2 count scoring three runs and Braden Gardner doubled on a 1-0 count scoring one run.Colome racked up 11 hits in this game. Gardner and Tinant both had doubles. Those with hits were Jackson Kinzer, 2-4; Vobr, 1-3; Jake Luse, 1-2; Tinant, 2-3; Layton Thieman, 2-3 and Carter Brickman, 2-4.

Jackson Kinzer was on the mound for Colome as he pitched all nine innings. He struck out 12 batters. Colome Chaos vs. South Central Storm Colome Chaos was eliminated from its chances to make the state tournament when they were defeated by South Central Storm 4-1 on July 29. Colome scored its only run of the game in the fourth inning. Willie Beckers, Layton Thieman, Shea Connot, Turner Tinant and Braden Gardner all had one hit. Carter Brickman took the loss for Colome as he surrendered four runs on six hits over six and two-thirds innings. Brickman struck out five batters. Turner Tinant pitched one and a third innings in relief.With the loss Colome ended its season with a 7-9 record.

Joan Marie (Welsh) Rudnick, 82

Joan Marie (Welsh) Rudnick, age 82 of Appleton, was born February 9, 1938 to James and Marie (Storms) Welsh in Wood, SD. She attended school in Wood, graduating in 1955 and then attended Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD earning her teaching certificate.

Her first job was at a local school, then she moved to Ortonville and taught for three years. She met Ronald Rudnick in the fall of 1962 and they were married June 27, 1964 at the town hall in Wood, SD. They made their life in rural Appleton working side by side to run the family dairy farm and raise five children. They were members of St. Joseph church in Holloway until it closed in 1991 and then St. Johns of Appleton where she was an active member of the church lecturing, distributing communion, and teaching religious classes.

Later in life Joan was a home health aide where she developed close relationships with those she cared for, retiring at the age of 70. In her free time, Joan enjoyed tending to her flowers, which she won many blue ribbons for at the county fair, reading, spending time at the lake, riding horses in Saddle Club, volunteering with the MCCL, and the thing she enjoyed most of all talking to her many friends and family on the phone.

Joan is survived by her husband Ron, of 56 years; children: David (Tracy) Rudnick of Blackhawk, SD, Ronda (Dave) Maas or Ortonville; Renee (Dan) Kojetin of East Bethel; Jim (Lisa) Rudnick of Willmar, and Sara (Mike) Edelman of Graceville; her grandchildren Brian (Amy) Knutson, Roxy Knutson, Lisa and Scott Kojetin, Greg (Ashley) Maas, Brittany (Kole) Mastel, Megan and Taylor Rudnick, Zak, Luke, Sam, Jake and Noah Adelman; six great grandchildren; and her brother,Don (Jeanne) Welsh.She was preceded in death by her parents James and Marie; brothers, George and Bob and sister, Kathy.

Avis Marie (Henderson) Benthin

Avis Marie (Henderson) Benthin crossed the bridge to join her husband, Keith, parents, brothers and sister in Heaven.

Left behind to grieve her passing are her children Steven, Michael (Janet), Sharon (Rock) and Douglas (Debbie), sisters-in-lawEmily and Nadine, brother-in-law Kent (Carol), grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Avis was born on the family farm in Hamill,SD. She graduated from Winner High School and attended SDSU, studying nursing. She met Keith on a blind date and they were married in 1956. They moved to Minnesota when Keith started working for the MN Highway Department. After her children were grown, she went back to school and completed her LPN degree.

She primarily worked at nursing homes and retired from the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Avis loved being a mom (she had many “extra” children who called her mom) and was very involved with their activities. She was also a very active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN.

She served on many committees, including the Church Council and the Mary circle. In 2016, she moved into Cornerstone Assisted Living in Plymouth, MN, to be closer to her daughter. Avis loved playing the piano, was always up for a game of cards or a board game and would drop everything for chance to babysit or attend an event of one of her grandchildren.

She loved all animals but had a special love for cats. Avis was a devout Christian and, as long as she was able, read her bible and did her devotions and prayers every day.

A private family service will be held and she will be buried alongside her husband at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN or Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Arrangements by Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel of Plymouth (, 763-553-1411).

Katherine “Cora” Kuhlman, 87

Katherine “Cora” Kuhlman passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Cora was 87.

Katherine Cora Kositzky, daughter of Katherine Cora (Ellis) and Edwin Paul Kositzky, was born on Sept. 1, 1932 in Winner, SD. She graduated from Winner High School in 1950, and graduated from Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, SD in 1953.

Cora worked as a registered nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital for nearly 30 years before she retired in 1991. On Jan. 8, 1955, Cora was united in marriage to Douglas Kuhlman in Winner, SD. She spent her married life as a wife, mother and nurse. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Cora enjoyed cooking, sewing, exercising and traveling.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Douglas of Sioux Falls; children, Katherine Anne (Lane) Mousel of Alabama, Kristin Marie (Mark) Friedel of Spearfish and Blair Douglas Kuhlman of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Adrienne and Tyler Mousel, Kala and Jenna Storbeck, and Noah Friedel; three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Naomi and Shepard; and two sisters-in-law, Bobbe Kositzky of Graceville,MN and Janice Kositzky of Willmar, MN. Cora is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Ellis Milton Kositzky, Paul Kositzky, and William “Bill” Kositzky; sister, Jo Ann Kositzky Klein; and special nephew, Patrick Kositzky.

Memorial visitation with family present 5:00 – 7:00 pm with prayer service beginning at 6:30 pm on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Miller Funeral Home – downtown, 507 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls.

Memorial service 10:00 am Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2707 W. 33rd Street, Sioux Falls. Lunch reception to follow the memorial service at Upper Sherman Park Picnic Shelter.

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Gerald Dennis Earll, 78

Gerald Dennis Earll, 78 of Valentine, Neb., passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug.1 with his wife Carol and daughter Nichole by his side. He was born April 30th, 1942 at Carter, SD to Orval and Mary (Toman) Earll. He attended various country schools and graduated from Winner High School in 1960.

He worked at Crossroads Supermarket until April 1964. He then joined the National Guards in Winner, S.D. until December of 1970. On Feb. 27, 1965, he married Carol Heying. They were blessed with 3 children, Bob, Denny and Nichole. In 1968 they moved to Valentine, NE where he managed the Ideal Market until April, 1984 when they bought the Frosty Drive In.

During this time, he was active in the Valentine Volunteer Fire Department, the Jaycees and National Guard.

He also had a local band called “The Venturas” where they played in the Nebraska/South Dakota areas. His favorite pastimes where camping, fishing, hunting and ATV trail riding with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Roger and his bother Gene. He is survived by his wife Carol, sons Bob (Marci Garland) of Grand Island, Denny (Letta Rowse) of O’Neill and daughter Nichole (Tadd Buechle) of Valentine; eight grandchildren, Alex (specialfriend Gabby) of New Zealand, Katie (Kent Niss) of Pawnee City, NE, Kylee (Keith Baughman) of Blair, NE, Amanda (Colton Hunzeker) of Bremerton, WA, Mitchell Bromwich (fiancé Diane Montoya) of Garland, NE, Jordan (Shandie Reiser) Buechle of Valentine, Shelbie Buechle of Valentine and Stephanie Buechle of Valentine; sister, Linda (Wally Eklund) of Gregory, S.D.; sister-in law Leatha Earll of Soldotna, AK; four Great Grandchildren, Kendrix and Kohen Baughman, Heston Buechle and Eleanor Niss.

The rosary will be held on Aug, 4th and the memorial service was held Wednesday Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. both at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine.

Memorials can be sent to Carol Earll at 729 N. Hall St., Valentine NE 69201. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.