Ruth (Dobbin) Whiting, 90, of Rapid City, SD and formerly of Winner, SD, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Avantara Saint Cloud Nursing Home in Rapid City.
A visitation was held on Wednesday, September 8 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Burial will be Thursday, September 9, at 10:00 am at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Ruth was born March 22, 1931 in Iona, SD to Gerald and Laura (Foote) Dobbin. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Iona, SD. She told stories of her travels which included living in Japan.
Ruth returned to the Winner area and had various jobs. One of those jobs was working for the late Dr. Robert Still as a medical secretary. Ruth and Harold Whiting were united in marriage in June of 1960. They had one infant son, Michael Todd who passed away. They adopted three children, Laurie, Steve and Mary. They also took care of and raised 179 foster children within the mix. Ruth was a member of the Winner United Methodist Church and believed in bringing God into the foster children’s lives.
She loved to crochet, doing jigsaw puzzles, word search books and writing short stories and poems.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Harry in May of 2013; infant son; her parents and brother Harold Dobbin.
She is survived by her children, Laurie (Darwin) Heying of Rapid City; Steve (Karla) Whiting of Watertown, SD and Mary Roubidaux of Red Oak, TX; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Sympathy cards may be sent in care of Laurie Heying 572 Field View Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701.
Tiny (Larry) Eugene Keierleber, age 73, passed away on September 1, 2021 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Left behind was his spouse, Connie Royer, who he married in October of 2020.
He was born in Winner South Dakota on September 8th, 1947 to Phyllis Keierleber (Harthaus) and Harold Keierleber. After two years of High School in Winner, Tiny attended two years at Sunshine Bible Academy. Following high school, he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1968 for further education. After moving, he stayed in the Black Hills area. He worked at Hills Material, and then for a while as a long haul driver. He owned The Bicycle Shop for a while. More recently, he’s had the titles of Chef and Partner at Connie’s Place and Owner of Tiny’s Knives and Things where he sold his curated knife and fire arm collection. Other odd jobs included delivering fire wood in the winters and security guard.
In October of 1969, Tiny married Carol (Pautsch) Keierleber and they had two children; Shawn (Justin) Moss, and Shane “Sweet P” (Tara) Keierleber.
Tiny’s personal interests involved outdoors, motorcycles, creativity, time with family, reading, and being the master of silly (sometimes bad) jokes. He liked to make big hearty meals and was known for his famous green chili recipe. There are dozens of handmade wooden toys that are still used and appreciated. There are also many stories of him being good with animals.
Tiny is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Shawn (Justin) Moss and Sweet P (Tara) Keierleber; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Mary Jo, and aunt Lorraine Meeder.
A private visitation will be held for family and close friends at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the American Legion in Piedmont. Celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. All are welcome and lunch will be provided.
Veronika Lakstigala, age 99, passed away on
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society Center in Sioux Falls, South
Veronika was born March 13, 1922 in Daugavpils, Latvia to Sebastjans and Karina Paberzs. Her family fled to Sweden from Latvia in 1944. They moved to the United States in November 1959, locating in White River, South Dakota.
Veronika was joined in marriage to Peters E. Lakstigala on Dec. 20, 1959 in White River, South Dakota. In 1968, the couple moved to Sioux Falls. She was a piano and music teacher for 54 years before retiring in 2004.
Veronika was a member of St. Mark’s
Lutheran Church. She served as a board member of the First Arts Council. She
received the honor of the Knights of the White Buffalo award. Veronika founded
the Piano Forum in Sioux Falls. She joined the Sioux Falls Area Music
Association Auxiliary and was their first president. Veronika served 22 years
as secretary treasurer of the South Dakota Music Association, and as the
president from 1972-1973.
Veronika’s hobbies include gardening,
geography, languages and art. Her greatest passion was music, especially
teaching piano lessons to all her wonderful students.
Veronika was preceded in death by her
husband, Dr. Peters E. Lakstigala.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent
to Lions Eye Bank or American Latvian Association.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday,
Aug.31, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home – Southside Chapel, in Sioux Falls, SD.
Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.
Funeral arrangements held by Miller Funeral
Home, Sioux Falls, SD. For obituary and online registry book, please visit
Greg Allen Genzlinger, 73, was born on
Sept. 2, 1947 in Canova, SD to Gordon and Geraldine Genzlinger.
Greg passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD from a short battle with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to the brain. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Elkton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.11, 2021, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Howard, SD. The funeral will be able to be viewed at www.mountcalvary1.org and on Mount Calvary’s Facebook page.
Greg grew up with his siblings, Winston,
Mona, and Janeen, on the family farm southeast of Howard, SD. He was active in cultivating the land and
gained a great appreciation for the outdoors.
While living at home on the family farm, Greg attended St. John Lutheran
Church, where he was both baptized and confirmed.
Greg and Pat (Hegdahl) were married on Aug.
10, 1968. The following year, Greg
graduated from Dakota State University.
They decided to take their adventure westward and Greg started teaching
math courses in the Winner School District from 1969 to 2003. They were active members of Christ Lutheran
Church in Winner. Two daughters were
born into the family, Dawn, in April of 1971 and Robin, in October of 1977. Greg spent many hours with the girls trying
to instill his love of nature.
Through the years, Greg gained two amazing
sons-in-law, Jim Reedy and Luke Hemmen.
A lot of time was spent with these guys…teaching both of them how to
catch a mighty musky. Greg and Pat
gained six grandchildren from these marriages and his grandkids were Greg’s
pride and joy. He attended countless
football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track, cross-country, concerts,
band, and theater events. He would
always show up supporting the kids and their team colors. It was easy to see how much he loved and
adored his grandkids…you just had to look at his face. His life revolved around his grandkids.
We all know he had a great love for fishing
and hunting. Spring and summer were
spent on ponds, lakes, rivers, and trips to Canada. Fall and winter were reserved for pheasant
and deer hunting with family and friends.
He enjoyed these activities, but he enjoyed the company of his people
even more. Winner, SD was their home for
47 years before they decided to move to Elkton, SD in 2016 to be closer to
Greg is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat. His
children: Dawn (Jim) Reedy of Norfolk, NE and Robin (Luke) Hemmen of
Elkton, SD. His six grandchildren: Taylor (Sydney Graver) Reedy,
Sydney (Andrew) Meuret, and Grace Reedy; Jack, Malayna and Berkley
Hemmen. His sister, Mona Dickhaut and brothers-in-law Mike (Dawn) and
Garry (Connie) Hegdahl; and sister-in-law Carolyn Genzlinger. As well as
a host of extended family and friends.
Greg is preceded in
death by his parents Gordon and Geraldine;
Father and Mother-in-Law, Harold and Evelyn Hegdahl; brother Winston, sister Janeen, and
brother-in-law Leonard Dickhaut. He will
be greatly missed and remembered always.
The seventh cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota.
Area students who are Build Dakota
Scholarship winners at Mitchell Tech are: Bailey Brown, Winner, medical laboratory technology; Evan Farner,
Winner, ECM; Nathaniel Hansen, Colome,
welding; Casey Taylor, Colome, LPN.
January 2021, Governor Kristi Noem announced an additional $20 million in
continued support of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund, securing funding for
the program for another five years.
“The state’s commitment to the Build Dakota
Scholarship is one of the best examples of how government can partner with
private business to make real change in our state,” said Governor Noem. “As
more and more businesses look to South Dakota to escape overregulation and high
taxes, the Build Dakota Scholarship will allow our workforce the chance to
train and meet the needs of our growing economy.”
Over 70% of scholars are backed by an
industry partner, meaning these students are guaranteed a job upon completing
their degree. Industry partners provide a match with scholarship dollars. In
return, students commit to working for the industry partner for three years
following graduation. With workforce recruitment challenges facing businesses
across the state and nation, Build Dakota offers security and stability for
businesses who invest in their workforce through the industry partner program.
“As we enter our seventh year of offering
Build Dakota Scholarships to young people, I think we have even more momentum
than we did when we announced the program,” said Build Dakota Chairman Dana
Dykhouse. “This scholarship is moving the needle for South Dakota employers and
helping create successful careers for our state’s workforce.”
Each technical college manages their own
industry partner program, working with local businesses and economic
development organizations to find future employment opportunities for Build
Dakota scholars in high-need workforce areas. This cohort is supported by over
$2.6 million in funding from industry partners like Sanford Health, Fiegen
Construction, CHS, and many more.
“Our industry partner program has allowed
more scholars to be awarded these scholarships, through a match program,” said
Deni Amundson, program manager for Build Dakota. “Scholars with an industry
partner are guaranteed a job after graduation, and the industry partner has a
steady stream of highly trained employees.”
“Year after year, we have a very high
level of interest from both students and industry partners wanting to utilize
the Build Dakota Scholarship at Southeast Technical College,” said
Southeast Technical College President Robert Griggs. “This program has changed
the narrative about technical education in our state, and I’m excited to see
continued growth and partnerships.”