Ivan Sterry, 83

Ivan John Sterry passed away on Sunday, May 24 in Presho SD at the age of 83.

A private family memorial service was held on Saturday, May 30 at 11 am at the Isburg Funeral Chapel in Presho, SD.

Persons can show support by taking part in the “Together In Spirit” option. Please email your name and a message of support to togetherinspirit@yahoo.com and we will place it on a heart that will be attached to a chair at the service.

The family will be able to read your heartfelt message and know that you are together with them in spirit.

Ivan was born on March 21, 1937 in Fosston MN to Irven and Emma (Milsten) Sterry. He grew up in Fosston and graduated from high school in 1955.

He then went with a longtime friend, Rolly Rue and he traveled to Great Falls, MT area to help local farmers with their harvest, then during the winter months he worked at a mink farm in Fosston, MN.

In 1960, he was drafted by the US Army. After basics, he was stationed in Germany till he was honorably discharged in 1962. From there he started work with the US Forest Service for one summer.

He then started working road construction and did this until he retired in 2011.

Ivan met “the best thing that ever happened to him,” Alta Mae Perry in Bondurant, WY and they were married on Oct. 8, 1963, in Pine Bluffs, WY.

They moved and established their home in Presho, SD in 1966 where they raised their 3 children.

Ivan had many hobbies but enjoyed fishing and hunting the most. He loved to take his children, grandchildren and friend’s children out, to show them his love for the outdoors.

After his retirement, he would spend most of his free time engraving guns. He was well known for his designs and artistry. He engraved shotguns for Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

He also did special engravings for his family members and friends. His exceptional talent drew people from across the upper Midwest to have him showcase his artwork on their guns.

Ivan was also a “jack of all trades” he could design it, build it, and fix it, whether it came to metal fabrications, plumbing, carpentry, mechanic or electric work. He was good at it all!

Ivan is survived by his wife Alta Mae, his brother Mike (Collen) Sterry, of Fort Collins, CO, his children Rich Sterry of Westminster, CO, Darrell Sterry, and special friend Jenise Link of Presho, SD, Donna (Trusty) Surat of Brookings, SD. His grandchildren Shelon (Nate) Harrington of Brookings, SD, Killian (Shelby) Surat of Brookings, SD, and Emily (special friend Dylan Wegner) of Omaha, NE and 3 great-grandchildren Myles, Sloan and Malix Harrington and several nieces and nephews.

Ivan is preceded in death by his parents, Irven and Emma Sterry, a sister who died in childbirth and granddaughter Sydney.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Ivan’s name to Lyman Co Ducks Unlimited, P.O. box 307 Presho, SD 57568.

Focusing on the Wins

By Rep. Dusty Johnson

The world has had a rough few months. It’s easy to harp on the negatives, especially as infections and job losses continue to rise. Our country still needs to make substantial improvements in our response to this crisis, but we also should take time to focus on the positives — what we’ve gotten right.

First, I need to begin by saying thanks to South Dakotans. It didn’t take a forced stay at home order, you all took personal responsibility, stayed home, and flattened our curve.

You’ve heard the phrase “South Dakota commonsense” a lot lately, but it rings true.

We have to remember; we are doing what we’ve never done before. In the last seven days, testing in the United States has increased by 28%. Moderna Therapeutics Clinical Trial announced this week that a vaccine candidate showed participants in the trial received antibodies to COVID-19. Moderna will begin Phase 3 of this trial in July for a potential vaccine. That’s the hope and the news we need.

More than 11.5 million tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the United States. Just yesterday, more than 400,000 tests were performed. This week, we saw the most tests ever reported in a single day – our response hasn’t been perfect, but we are making big progress.

As of May 15th, the federal government has coordinated the delivery of 83.3 million N95 respirators, 133.7 million surgical masks, 10.6 million face shields, 23.1 million surgical gowns, and 989 million gloves.

More than 20,000 South Dakota businesses utilized the Paycheck Protection Program – keeping thousands on payroll. States throughout the country are beginning to enter opening phases.

This is welcome news. I don’t want to sound tone deaf though, I know thousands of South Dakotans have lost jobs and are struggling to make ends meet, but there’s hope on the horizon.

Like I said, our efforts as a nation and as a government haven’t been perfect. But as we strive daily to improve our response, we should occasionally recognize the progress we’ve made so far.

The efforts of so many researchers, health care workers, public health experts, and frontline employees have made a real difference in the lives of millions.

Colome Graduation Set

Julie Rohde Photo
Colome High School graduation will be held June 2 at 6 p.m. at the football field. Jacob Beckers is the student council president and Madison Gill is the senior class president.

Sixteen students will graduate from Colome High School on June 2. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the football field.

The Colome Consolidated School Board voted to open up the graduation but social distancing rules will still apply due to COVID-19.

The family of graduates will be able to sit in bleachers at the football stadium. Others can sit in the bleachers if there is room or in their vehicles and watch the ceremony.

Persons in vehicles can tune their radio to 105.5 to hear the program.

Dr. Debbie O’Doan, Colome principal, says there will be some modifications to what a typical graduation would look like.

O’Doan will give the welcome.

Six seniors will graduate with honor. They include: Julianna Larson, Haley Krumpus, Megan Charles, Jacob Beckers, James Brumbaugh and Madison Gill.

Scholarships will be awarded along with the presentation of diplomas. The diplomas will be handed out by Matt Bolie, president of the Colome Consolidated School District.

The graduates will be seated six feet apart from each other to follow CDC guidelines.

There will also be an 8th grade graduation with 18 candidates to be honored.

Following the graduation ceremony there will be no receiving line.

The class flower is the rose and the class colors are royal blue and sunflower yellow.The motto is: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

The class song is “Even Thought I am Leaving” by Luke Combs.

Tia Meyer named hygienist of year

Tia Meyer, formerly of Winner, is the SDDHA Hygienist of the Year and current Past President of the state association.

Meyer is a registered dental hygienist in South Dakota with over 12 years of dental experience. She began her career in dental by obtaining her dental assisting degree at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.

As her passion began to grow, so did her desire to further herself in her career. She went on to complete her bachelor’s of science in dental hygiene at the University of South Dakota.

After working clinically as a hygienist for a couple years, she was offered the opportunity become the Dental Hygiene Coordinator for the Neighborhood Dental locations.

Shortly after, she received another opportunity to become the clinical director for the companies nine locations.

Tia has developed clinical protocols, training philosophies, and standard of care processes for these teams. In addition, she has developed a continuing education program that each team participates in biweekly as well as mostly recently a new CE platform that is open to dental professionals nationwide.

She could not be more proud of the patient service specialists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, managers, and doctors who are among the companies teams. They are the reason she does what she does each and everyday.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or call (605) 842-1481!!

Winner/ Colome Pheasants take on Colome Chaos

Dan Bechtold/ Winner Advocate Photo
It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball at Leahy Bowl as Winner/Colome Pheasants took on the Colome Chaos. This was the first game of the season at the Winner field and persons enjoyed getting outside to watch some baseball action. Social distancing rules were in place for players and fans due to COVID-19. At the end of the game, there were no handshakes just a tip of the hat by players.