Wanda Kunzler was born in Lindsay, Okla.,
on Nov. 4, 1929, to Earl and Ruth (Hoover) Crawford.
Wanda was the oldest and had three brothers
whom she loved very much: Gene, Bob and Dean. Through her many travels she
ended up in Modesto, Calif., where she met the love of her life, Ted Kunzler
who passed away May 6, 1987.
A few years later, she met her companion
Meryl Serr and they moved to South Dakota. They owned various businesses in
Dallas and Gregory. They later moved to Colome.
Wanda’s greatest love was sitting on her deck watching her
great-grandchildren Raelyn and Hayze Fast play. She also enjoyed family and
Sundays watching football.
Wanda passed away on Nov. 6, 2022, at the
Avera Gregory Hospital.
Wanda will be buried in Ceres, Calif., next
to her beloved husband Ted.
She is preceded in death by her parents,
husband, three brothers, son Eddie Kimball, and grandson Zach Kunzler.
Wanda is survived by her beloved daughter
Robin and her husband Alan Fast of Colome; four grandchildren: Fawn (Sean)
Deter of Arizona, Megan, Ally and Stacey of South Dakota; six great
grandchildren: Sierra (Brandon) Ellis, Madalyn (Jason) Carson, Michael
Chambers, Logan Deter, Raelyn and Hayze Fast: and four great-great
grandchildren: Aston and Audrina Ellis, Jay William and baby girl Carson
expected in December.
Upon Wanda’s request there will be no
service at this time.
Funeral services for Teddy Brown, 39,
Winner, will be held Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Winner. Burial
will follow in the Winner city cemetery. There is a visitation one hour prior
to the service.
Teddy Earl Brown was born on May 27, 1983,
in Winner, SD, to Patrick (Pat) and Diane (Fisher) Brown. He joined his two
older brothers Mike and Kip.
Ted grew up and lived all but two years of
his life in the Winner area. As a child he enjoyed t-ball, baseball, and
tormenting his older brothers. When Ted grew up, he enjoyed being outdoors and
loved to hunt, fish and camp.
Ted graduated from Winner High School and
then started working at Mid Dakota Meats and then at Anderson Tires. Ted worked
for seventeen years at Frontier Motors starting as a janitor and then detailing
vehicles until he finally became a mechanic. The last two years he worked at
Neptune Auto in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he fit right in.
Ted married Laura Kuhlmann and they had
three girls: Bailey, Sydney, and Grace. They later divorced.
In 2015 Ted married Becky Brown and gained
two sons and one daughter to complete their family.
In the last year Ted was able to travel to
a NASCAR race and two NFL games with his family. Ted was grateful to have had
this time with his family.
Ted was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday,
Nov. 15, 2022, and kept his spirit and personality strong to the end, planning
much of his own funeral service. He insisted on being a tissue donor and was
able to donate his corneas in order to help someone else with continued sight.
Ted passed away at the Avera Gregory Heath
Care Center on Nov. 24, 2022, at the age of 39.
Teddy is preceded in death by his father
Pat, his grandparents Teddy Fisher, Charles & Sylvia Horton, Vernon &
Teddy is survived by wife Becky Brown of
Colome, SD, his three daughters: Bailey Brown (Chase), Sydney Brown, and Grace
Brown, his mother Diane Brown of Winner, SD, two brothers Mike Brown and Kip
Brown (Julie), step children Ashely (Logan) Sponsel, Ryan Taylor, and Aaron
Hacecky and future granddaughter Charlotte.
scrimmages for the Winner High School boys and girls basketball teams have been
girls scrimmage will be Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m in the Armory. This year the girls team will be doing a
free will donation and there will also be baked goods up for a silent auction.
All proceeds will be donated to the Winner Pix Theater.
Winner boys Gatorade scrimmage will be Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Armory.
Winner Regional Foundation will be hosting
its annual Holiday Festival – 22 on Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Mary’s Hall.
This year’s theme is Fireside Roasting and
Toasting. The social will begin at 5 p.m.
and the dinner at 6 p.m.
The event will feature some new games, as
well as some traditional ones. To add to that, there will be 90 minutes
of open bar, a couple individual roastings
by our emcee, a great dinner, silent and live auction, and finished off with a
stand-up comedian. We have some great
auction and raffle items this year that you will sure want to be present to
The goal is to raise $75,000.00 which will
assist with some new physical therapy equipment, a stress test machine for our
Respiratory Therapy department, and some
adjustable height tables for the residents in the long-term care.
A special appreciation goes out to the
event sponsors who provided cash donations to cover the cost of this year’s festival:
Dr. Tony and Kay Berg, Pravececk Farming, George and Norma Olson, Clint and Kim
Vanneman, Antler Ridge Lodge, Karla’s Last Kall, Mick and Betty Rowe, Ray and
Janna Pravecek, Lee and Jayne Heying, Wendy Mortenson American FamilyInsurance,
Rosebud Exchange, Jeff and Sharon Schramm, Ameriprise Financial – Joel Leyden,
Mason Funeral Home and Creamation Services, Guardian Flight, Eide Bailley, Mead
Lumber, El Tapatio, H & O Electric, Phillip’s Custom Farming, Northern
Plains, Bankwest, Golden West Telecommunications, Advanced Asset Alliance,
Olson’s Pest Technician, Building Sprinkler, Johnstone Supply, Kucera Electric,
Accent Florals, Ishmael Farms, and The Insurance Center.
There are many who contributed to the games, auction items,
and time; which those will be identified following the event.
“On behalf of the foundation we look
forward to this year’s event and are happy to announce that we are completely
sold out. A friendly reminder we will be using the side entrance this year of
St. Mary’Hall as the only entrance. We wish everyone a Happy Holiday season,”
said Brady Kerkman, marketing director at Winner Regional.
Funeral services for Bromley Heath, 16,
Colome, will be held on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. in the Colome High School gym.
Private family burial will take place later in the day.
There was a prayer service Nov. 22 at 7
p.m. at Calvary Chapel, Colome. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
Bromley Roger Heath is the old son of
Justin and Shelley Heath of rural Colome, SD.
He was born on a cold winter day, Jan. 6, 2006. He left his loving family to join Heaven on
Nov. 16, 2022, in the comfort of his
home, surrounded by his family.
Bromley always said he was the perfect
middle child. His siblings made his
world go around. They were his buddy,
partner in crime, fort builders, movie watchers and caretakers. He was their leader, and they were his. Bromley was a detail kind of guy. From the time he was little, he liked things
a particular way. As his ability slowly
left, he accepted it with a grace that only God gave him.
Bromley was diagnosed with Duchenne’s
Muscular Dystrophy in March of 2011. At
the time, we had hoped for 10 years and we were blessed with 11 years of his
smile, infectious personality, and facial expressions. He had just turned 5, was in preschool with his
friends. As he transitioned through the
years at the Colome School, which was in his top three places to be, his
classmates transitioned with him. He
walked until August 2013, at which time he transitioned to a powerchair, this
would have been second grade. His
classmates became his hands and feet and would do anything for him. They helped him with homework and Bromley
helped them back, they got his lunch tray and fed him, they were his
protectors. Bromley was like a magnet at
school, everyone just stuck to him.
The powerchair gave him a freedom to be
with his friends and family. He made tracks everywhere…barnyard, getting
stuck in the mud, exploring at rodeos, driving down to the barn with his best
dog, Mister. Mister filled a spot in
Bromley’s heart and was his faithful companion to the end.
Bromley was in a terrible burn accident on
Jan. 1, 2017 and burnt his legs and left hand.
The healing process took a long time, but he never complained about
it. He always said he couldn’t wear
shorts because he didn’t want others to be jealous of his legs. As time took it’s toll on his body, it became
important to do a spinal fusion surgery.
This was a very scary, hard surgery for a boy in his condition, this was
November 2018. As usual, he
triumphed. He had two rods placed in his
back that straightened his smashed body, it was like he grew 6 inches. When he got in the van the first time he was
so happy he could see out the window.
Bromley’s days were spent either at school
or home. He loved that his cousins were
at both places. Klayton and Bromley had
a bond that only they could share. Those
boys would do anything together, and Klayton always listened to what Bromley
wanted. From playing outside, to gator
rides, exploring, watching movies, PlayStation…they enjoyed all those times
As he kept losing muscle, his interests
changed. He enjoyed playing football and
farming on the PlayStation until his hands couldn’t hold the remote. His phone gave him a new freedom too. He enjoyed getting Snapchats from his friends
and playing HayDay. He and Mister would
take off for a drive with his phone in hand, this way if they needed something,
he could call for help.
As he became a teenager, he had a
beautiful, deep, strong voice. When he
should have been able to drive, we let 3- 14 year old boys take the van to
outdoor movies. Klayton and Joseph would
enjoy evenings at the movie eating some McDonalds and Dairy Queen. Occasionally, other friends and cousins would
join in on the fun.
He loved America. He loved Ohio State football. He loved shopping on Amazon and putting
things in the cart, most things were red, white and blue or football. Most of his clothes had something American
about them, all the way to his American underwear and socks. He loved comfortable clothes. He loved his mom’s food. He loved his dads’
stories. He loved every part of life,
from trees to the animals on the ranch, he loved watching things grow and
change. He loved the warmth of the sun,
summertime, working cattle, helping at the arena, doing chores and telling
Jakob what he needed to do.
He enjoyed watching Dukes of Hazard, Hawaii
5 O, Home Improvement, Fast n Furious movies, anything with History and would
watch YouTube videos on how to build things.
His favorite food was spaghetti with summer corn and homemade fresh
buns. He loved a good burger and wimpy,
his grandma’s apple pie with cheese, and homemade lemonade.
We will always wonder what he would have
been, had he been given a different path.
He loved watching HGTV and would say what he would fix. He had style and a visual mind that might
have made him a builder. He would have
loved to play football. He told us, “I
would have been the quarterback. And I
would bull dog.” Along with being a team
roper and calf roper. He never got the
chance to do any of those, but got to watch a lot. He could tell you what you did wrong, in a
We were able to make memories away from
home. In 2015, we enjoyed a Make a Wish
trip to Rapid for the Stock Show. In 2015,
we went to see Willie Robertson in Louisiana, then enjoyed Silver Dollar City
at Branson, MO. He always wanted to go
back to Branson. Both sides of his
family enjoyed the Louisiana trip. In
2018, his burn doctor gifted him seats to a Minnesota Wild Hockey game. Just this year we enjoyed a Heath Family ski
trip in January 2022.
Bromley loved Jesus and wanted to be at
church, go to youth group, and learn about the Bible stories. His memory was sharp and he could remember
details that the rest of us couldn’t.
The three places he wanted to be were church, home and school. This filled his life with a completeness that
gave him comfort. He felt like he fit in
and didn’t stand out. In the last year,
our row has been quite empty or with only part of us there. In these times we would do “home
church.” We had some of the best sharing
times during our home church.
Bromley is survived by his parents Justin
and Shelley Heath, siblings, Wiley of Norfolk, NE; Saydee, attending USF in
Sioux Falls; Seth a freshman and Jakob a 5th grader at Colome. His maternal grandparents, Todd & Renee
Cook of Mills, NE; Roland & Debe Horstman of Dell Rapids, SD. His paternal grandparents, Roger & Janell
Heath of Colome. Uncles and Aunts: Brett
& Cheyenne Heath, Colome; Kevin & Lexi Heath, Onida, SD; Kevin &
Marti Kingsley, Colome; Becky Hoffine, Colome; Chris & Tracy Dehning,
Gregory, SD; Shawn & Stacy Anderson, Norfolk, NE; TJ & Meagan Cook,
Norfolk, NE; Jay Horstman, Brookings, SD; Derrick & Jessica DeWitt, Del
Rapids, SD; Cousins, Cody, Kristina and
Makenzie Heath, Romona, SD; Callie Heath, Pierre, SD; Kaydee Heath, Overton,
NE; Kash, Klayton and Braxton Heath, Colome; Aspen Heath, Watertown, SD; Saige
& Jace Heath, Onida; Shaleena, Raelynn & Bode Kingsley, Colome; Cohl
& Savannah Ratermann, Brookings, SD; Baylie & Ashlyn Hoffine, Colome;
Raylynn, Bentley, Baya, Bryden Dehning of Gregory, SD; Shace, Shelton &
Sydney Anderson of Norfolk, NE; Lainee, Piper & Lincoln Cook, Nofolk, NE;
Aubrey, Connor, Austin DeWitt Dell Rapids, SD; Ayasha & Brooke Jarrett,
Colome, foster cousins.
He was preceded in death by maternal great
grandparents, Roy and Ruby Stevicks; William and Gertrude Horstman. Paternal great grandparents, Clarence and
Frieda Heath; Gus and Orene Weidner.
Claude Edward Harrison was born Sept. 29,
1941, at Burke, SD to Harold & Ellen (Bailey) Harrison. He was the oldest child and later joined by
Doug, Bob, Jack, Mike and Dirk.
A private family share time was held on
Sunday, Nov. 20.
He graduated from Burke High School in
1959. Shortly after, he married Anita
McKenzie. To this union, three daughters
were born, Robin, Cheryl and Natalie.
Claude and Anita lived on the ranch with his grandparents, Ed and Merle
Bailey. It was on the ranch that Claude
developed his love of horses with his favorite being Black Jack. He also hired out for Chuck Baker as a
hay-grinder. Claude and Anita later
Claude married Donna (Schweigert) Taylor
and to this union, one son, Daniel was born.
Donna’s children, Nicole and Heath also joined their family. Claude and Donna later divorced.
Claude was a jack of all trades. He was in partnership with David and Merlin
Jacobsen and founded H&J Sales. They
sold Vermeer hay equipment. Claude
dispatched trucks for Kerner Trucking and also owned his own truck. Later, he started a construction business
with his brother, Bob. This later became
a tree-trimming business. This business was multi-generational as both Cheryl
and her daughter, Bailey worked with him.
He was a 30+ year member of AA and very
proud of his sobriety. He helped many on
their journey to sobriety.
Claude was very proud of his children, his
grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
He was also an avid supporter of the Gregory Gorilla football team and
attended many games with his good friend, Bonnie Johnson.
Claude passed away on Nov. 11, 2022 at the
Sanford Chamberlain Care Center at the age of 81.
Claude is preceded in death by his parents,
his step-father, Julius Bartling, his daughter, Robin, son-in-law, Sam Hoffart
and brothers, Dirk, Jack and Doug.
He is survived by his children: Cheryl
Hoffart (Maurie Schlaht), Natalie Ketelhut (Jim), Daniel Harrison(Tracy),
Nicole Wilson and Heath Taylor;
grandchildren: Tyler Hoffart (Marah), Bailey Veskrna (Michael), Ben
Hoffart, Laurel Ketelhut (Kasey), Sage Harrison, Ava Wilson, Jax Wilson,
Brittney Ohlmann, Courtney Davenport and Aubree Opp; siblings: Bob Harrison
(Gail), Mike Bartling (Linda), Blane Bartling (Terri) and Colleen Springer
(Marshall); and many great-grandchildren,
nieces, nephews and friends.