Daniel A. Shutt, 57

Daniel Arthur Shutt was born on May 14, 1960 in Yankton, SD to Arthur and Frances (Klimisch). He grew up on a farm near Utica, SD and went to Kietzman Country School from first through fourth grade. He then completed the rest of his education in Yankton and graduated in 1978 from Yankton High School. He loved to work on cars. He would buy cars and fix them up. He had some pretty sweet rides over the years. Dan could tinker on cars forever and never tire of it. He helped his dad with farming growing up and one of his first jobs was farming for a neighbor. He moved out to Arizona for something different and worked construction. He also lived in Las Vegas, NV and Albany (Latham), NY before finally returning home to Yankton to help his family with farming, drive cement truck, and finally settling on Kolberg Pioneer, Inc. He loved what he did and he worked hard at whatever he did.

Dan is survived by his significant other, Twila Stibral of Yankton,SD and her children, Jennifer (Ryan) Aldren of Whitewood, S.D. and Christopher Stibral of Yankton, SD; son, Heath of New York; stepsons, Erik Vernieu and Tyler Vernieu, both of New York; mother, Frances Shutt of Yankton, SD; sister, Nancy Shutt of Yankton, SD; brother, Mike Shutt of Yankton, SD and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Florence Shutt and Bernard and Marcella Klimisch; son, Cody in 2009 and father, Art in 2011.

Doris M. Harter, 84

Doris Mae Recker was born on Dec. 29, 1933 at home in Miranda, SD to Henry and Elmina (Moul) Recker. She graduated from Faulkton High School in 1953 and attended business college in Rapid City, SD. Doris worked at the Faulk County Courthouse in the Auditors office following graduation. All though a majority of her life was spent as a homemaker she was employed outside of the home as her children grew, working in the dietary department of McKennan Hospital, the fabric department of Wal-Mart in Peru, Il, Hardees on East 10th Street in Sioux Falls and as a teacher’s aide at Cleveland Elementary School.

On March 29, 1959 she married George Harter in Faulkton, SD. They lived in Aberdeen, SD their first year of marriage. In 1960, they moved to Sioux Falls. They remained residents of Sioux Falls except for one year, in the late 1960’s when they lived in Faulkton, SD and in the early 90’s when they moved to Peru, Ill. for five and a half years. While living in Peru, Doris attended Illinois Valley Community College and worked at Walmart. They spent several winters in Chandler and Apache Junction, Arizona.

Doris was known for her homemade caramel rolls and loved making and sharing Christmas candy every year. She also was a fabulous seamstress and baked and decorated gorgeous cakes. Doris also enjoyed listening to music, coffee time with friends and dancing with George.

Doris will be deeply missed by her husband three children; Bob (Lynn) Harter, Beth (Mark) Honerman and Cindy (Cary) Crawford; two grandchildren, Seth (Sarah) Honerman and Jason Honerman; and one great-grandchild, Robyn Honerman.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elmina Recker; two brothers, Robert (Emy) Recker, and Harold Recker.

Online condolences at www.heartlandfunerals.com


Alvin Eagle Star, 35

Alvin Paul Eagle Star was born to Peggy Eagle Star and Alvin Willard in Wagner, South Dakota on Dec. 11, 1982. He then lived in Gregory South Dakota until his Grandmother Tina Eagle Star passed away.

After that he moved to Sioux Falls where he went to school and met many friends. In 2000 Alvin went to the Marty Indian School where he graduated.

Alvin has two boys of his own, Dominick Eagle Star and Dexter Eagle Star.

Alvin is survived by his brothers; Michael John Patterson, Jaron Joseph Patterson and William Raymond Eagle Star. Alvin is also survived by his sister Amber Rose Eagle Star, Uncles; Ron and Don Eagle Star and many more aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

David Smith, 77

David was born in Colby, KS at his grandmother’s home on March 3, 1940 to Alice and Edward Smith. They moved to the Colome area in 1952. Shortly after moving to South Dakota, David’s parents divorced. After his parent’s divorce David and his brothers moved frequently and lived in various places. Due to these frequent moves David missed a lot of school, but graduated from Witten High School in 1960.

During high school and after graduation David worked for Clarence Smith at the Witten bar. He also worked various commercial plumbing construction jobs with his brother Bill. He later worked at the Texaco station for Merle King for five years. He also owned Dave’s Mobil for two years.

David married Elaine Week on New Year’s Eve 1965. They owned and operated the Sears Catalog store for almost 25 years. David did all the appliance repairs for the store and could fix practically anything. Also during this time, they owned Dave’s Boot Repair where they did boot and leather repair. When the Sears store closed, he took a job at the Winner Jail as a corrections officer.

David enjoyed visiting with people and telling stories. He spent a lot of time watching his pet duck and chickens. Dave’s dogs were very important to him. Most of his free time was devoted to his dogs. He also spent time working on home and car projects with his family.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughters Susan Boerner (Kenneth) and Kristine Smith. His grandsons Luke and Iver Boerner, his brothers Bill (Evelyn) of Aurora, CO, Jim (Pat) of Hemet, CA, John (Sheila) of Rapid City, SD, and Keith (Carol) of Mitchell, SD. Sister in law Amy Russell of Evansville, WY, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Edward Smith, his mother Alice Connelly, Step father John Connelly, in-laws Ellece and Iver Week, sister in law Iva Week, and brother in law Charles Russell.
A family service will be held at a later date.

Gerhardt Bartling, 93

Gerhardt R. Bartling was born July 21, 1924 to Henry and Elizabeth (Klein) Bartling and died Jan. 6, 2018 at his home in rural Herrick, South Dakota.

Gerhardt grew up on the family farm with his seven brothers and two sisters. He was baptized, confirmed and was a life long member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burke. He graduated from Burke High School and enjoyed playing baseball with local teams. He then joined the service, and it was during that time he met Joan Inglett and they were joined in marriage in 1951.

After their marriage they lived on a ranch outside of Lucas, where they began raising registered Herefords. They later moved to an acreage outside of Burke and settled there to raise their family. Gerhardt enjoyed fishing, playing cards, caring for his livestock and visiting with friends and family. He loved to watch baseball and cheer on the Minnesota Twins. He was an active member of the American Legion, Hereford Association, Livestock Improvement Association and always available to help out his neighbors. He ran the Gregory County Spray Service for several years, spraying livestock and trees. He was a man that understood nature and the effects on mankind. He was thankful for the blessings of a good harvest, but respected the wrath as well. Gerhardt was known for his friendly smile, hard work ethic and his kindness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his infant son, Morris Dean Bartling, and a grandson, Grant Simunek.

Gerhardt is survived by his seven children: Jay Bartling of Herrick, SD; Jan and Mike Simunek of Hot Springs, SD; Sherri Raschke of Herrick, SD; Bart and Julie Bartling of Gregory, SD; Laurie and Doug Wernke of Lennox, SD; Matt Bartling of Herrick, SD; and Krista and Dean Holliday of Orchard, NE; seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are: brother, Alvin Bartling of Burke, SD; sister-in-law, Fern (Lloyd) Bartling of Gregory, SD; sister-in-law, Norma (Gene) Inglett of Burke, SD; brother-in-law, Gale and Jan Inglett of Roseville, CA; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Neal) Inglett of Reseda, CA; sister-in-law, Velma and Neal Burkinshaw of Newport, NE and sister-in-law, Lila and David Howe of Corte Madera, CA.

William F. Day Jr., 87

William F. Day Jr., age 87 of Spearfish, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at the Belle Fourche Regional Healthcare Center.

Services were held 1 pm Saturday, Jan. 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winner, SD.  Interment was held 10 a.m. Monday Jan 8, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors presented by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the SD Bar Foundation.  Friends may leave written condolences and view a video tribute at: www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com

William Frank Day, Jr., age 87, was born Sept. 22, 1930 in White River, SD to William and Pearl (Coash) Day. As a young man Bill excelled in many sports, especially boxing. He was a Gold Gloves champion in several states. Many said that Bill was the fastest “slap hands” player there ever was. Bill attended several different high schools and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1948. He attended the University of South Dakota and entered the United States Army under the ROTC program at USD. Bill received his basic training in Fort Benning, GA and received the rank of Second Lieutenant. During his first stint of military service, the Army sent Bill to a communications school in Georgia. Thereafter, Bill and Major Burke prepared a two hour lecture entitled “Communications in Small Unit Operations.” Bill and Major Burke presented a lecture tour in every major city in eight western states. Upon his discharge, Bill attended the University of South Dakota School of Law. While at USD, Bill joined the Delta Tau Delta and Phi Delta Phi fraternities. During law school, Bill’s plans were suddenly interrupted when he received a Reserved Commission grade of First Lieutenant on March 2, 1955, and was back in the military. He subsequently received his L.L.B. Degree (replaced by J.D. Degree) from the Law School in 1956. Bill married Donna Mae Hansen on Sept. 4, 1955. After Bill and Donna both obtained their degrees from USD, they moved to Winner, SD so that Bill could begin his law practice and Donna could teach elementary school. To this union two children were born: Michael William and Lori Ann. Once again Bill’s plans were changed, and his law practice was interrupted when he was called to active military service due to the Berlin crisis. Bill received a Reserved Commission grade of Captain on Feb. 16, 1962, and took his wife and young family to Fort Riley, Kansas. Bill was honorably discharged on Aug. 10, 1962. Also during 1962 Bill was selected as the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, but later declined the nomination. After his military service, Bill returned to the practice of law in Winner and did so with distinction for 33 years. While in Winner, Bill served as State’s Attorney for Tripp and Todd Counties from 1958-1961, and as City Attorney for Winner in 1958, 1961, 1963, and 1968. Bill was appointed by Governor Archie Gubbrud to a post on the State Police Civil Service Commission.

On Sept. 14, 1964, President Cato Valandra of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe appointed Bill to the office of Judge of the Sioux Tribal Court of Rosebud, where he served until 1971. Bill had a general law practice but excelled in trial work, both civil and criminal. Bill credited the late George Johnson for many of his early successes as a lawyer. He practiced law in Winner with Mick Grossenburg for many years until 1989 when he joined the firm of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. While with Lynn Jackson, Bill’s primary focus was litigation and mediation. Bill retired from the practice of law in 2005 at which time he and Donna moved to Spearfish, SD so that they could be closer to their grandchildren and their beloved cabin and friends located in Mystic Valley. Bill and Donna loved traveling and were wonderful dancers. They enjoyed summers at the cabin with their many close friends and family. Throughout his career, Bill was active in various associations devoted to the public welfare and the legal profession. Bill held a special place in his heart for the Children’s Care Hospital and School and Children’s Care Foundation. Bill spent 26 years on these boards, as well as serving as Board President from 1985 to 1986 and Chairman of the Children’s Care Foundation from 2003 to 2005. Bill also served as the first Legal Aid-Civil Legal Services Coordinator for the State Bar of South Dakota. Bill served as President of the South Dakota Junior Bar Association from 1962-1963, was President of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and was President of the South Dakota State Bar from 1974-1975. Bill also served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Qualifications Commission, served as Chairman of the Task Force on Professionalism Committee and was Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990. Bill served as President of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association from 1969 to 1970. He was also the proud recipient of the prestigious McKusick Award and in 2003 was honored as the South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year. Bill was a long time member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of South Dakota, Rosebud Bar, Jackrabbit Bar, American Judicature Society, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Counsel Association, and a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. Bill also had a great deal of experience practicing law in tribal courts and was a member of the Sicangu Oyate Bar Association, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court, Crow Creek Tribal Court and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Court. Bill also had the privilege of arguing before the United States Supreme Court. Bill was an active member of the Episcopal Church, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Elks.

Happy to have shared his life and love are son and daughter-in law Michael and Mary Srstka Day of Belle Fourche, daughter Lori Day of Sioux Falls, his beloved “three Catholic granddaughters” Katie Weitzel and husband Derek Weitzel of Omaha, NE, Allie Day and fiancé Jason Braning of Belle Fourche, and Liz Day of Saint Joseph, MN. He is survived by great grandchildren Jackson and Madison Braning of Belle Fourche. He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Ann Day of Winner, sister and brother-in-law Judy and Ray Bartels of Winner, sister-in-law Marvel Hansen of Sioux Falls, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Carol Hansen of Cape Coral, FL and many cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and wife of 57 years, Donna. Bill loved lawyers, his family and friends and they loved him. Bill was one of a kind, and may God bless the life and memory of Bill Day.

Doris Francis Ludemann Connot Sachtjen, 74

Doris Francis Ludemann Connot Sachtjen was born in Naper, Neb., on April 11, 1925 to John and Anna Martha (Bendig). Doris was the third child born of twelve children. The boys are Allen, Ed, Robert, Darryl, and Wayne. The girls are Pearl, Norma, Lavern, Shirley, Rose Marie, Jane. They were all very close and share many wonderful memories.

Doris was married October 5, 1943 in Spencer, Neb., to Henry John Connot until his death on June 3, 1976. And to this union they had eight children Nancy Kelso (Ken) of Nevada, Lucille Francis Connot (August 27, 1945 – October 1,1945), John Connot (Gail) of Texas, Marcia Gregory (Richard “Dick”) of Texas, David Connot (Jo) of Texas, Joseph “Joe” Connot (Cindy Harvey) (Sharon) of South Dakota, Carolyn “Carrie” Baker (Jim) of Louisiana, Mark Connot (Rose) of Louisiana.

Doris married her second husband Albert Thomas Sachtjen on June 14, 1978 in Winner, South Dakota. She became step-mother to four boys whom she loved and cared for deeply. Barry Sachtjen, Tim Sachtjen (Michele), Greg Sachtjen (Kelli), Todd Sachtjen (Cory).

Doris lived in the towns of Naper and Spencer, Nebraska; also Fairfax and Winner, South Dakota. She moved to Downsville, Louisiana in May 2006 where she lived with her youngest son”The Baby” Mark Connot and his family Rose Marie and Mary Rose Connot.

Doris is survived by a host of grand-children, great grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews extended family and many, many friends. She was cherished by many and will be greatly missed. She will be remembered for her great love of her family and friends.

Doris passed peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Griffin’s funeral home in West Monroe, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Winner Catholic Cemetery, Winner, South Dakota.

Edna L. Lawler, 101

Edna L. Lawler, of Valentine, Neb., died at the age of 101, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. At Edna’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be sent to the Valentine Senior Citizens Center.

Edna was born on Sept. 25, 1916 in Spalding, NE. She was the daughter of Harry L. “Vern” and Helen Faubion and grew up in Millboro, SD.

She attended Millboro Grade School and graduated from Millboro High School, Millboro, SD. Edna attended Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, SD.

Edna married Martin Lawler on April 28, 1942. The couple started married life in Millboro, SD and later moved to Keyapaha, SD. Edna stayed home to raise their two daughters until the youngest started grade school. At that time, Edna resumed her teaching career which spanned over 20 years. She taught at rural schools in Tripp and Todd Counties, SD. Along with teaching, Edna, helped run the Lawler Store in Keyapaha, SD, gave piano lessons to a multitude of children who lived in the area, and took very good care of her family.

Edna and Martin moved to Valentine, NE in 1981, after Martin retired. They enjoyed many years entertaining friends and family at their home in Valentine and escaped winter by traveling to their home in Mesa, AZ where they were often joined by friends and family. After Martin’s death in 2004, Edna continued to live in their home until she moved to Cherry Hills Assisted Living, Valentine, NE in 2011. In 2016 she moved to Pine View Good Samaritan Care Center in Valentine, NE.

Edna was a very caring, well mannered, gracious person with a cheerful smile and a compliment for everyone. We will always love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Lawler of Valentine, NE and Jo Ann Engel (Marlin) of Casper, WY; granddaughter, Tonya Kourt (Sheldon) and great-grandchildren, Bailey, Brandon, and Brevan of Casper, WY, and many other relatives and friends.

Edna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin Lawler; sister, Violet Carter; brother, Richard L. Faubion; niece Helen Slouka; nephew Richard “Rick” Faubion; nephew Dennis Howland; and grandson Eugene Rae Engel.

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with service arrangements.


Sue Brozik, 60

Funeral services for Sue Brozik age 60 of Gregory, SD were held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Methodist church, in Gregory, SD. Burial followed in the St John Cemetery in Paxton, SD.

Susan Marie (Woods) Brozik was born on March 15, 1957, the second of five children to Ray and Peggy (Risewick) Woods. She spent her childhood growing up in Colome, South Dakota.

She attended Colome school and graduated from Colome High School in 1975. After graduation she attended National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was a dispatcher in Spink County for a few years then returned to Colome.

On Oct. 16, 1982, Sue married Lonnie Brozik and together they raised three daughters, Amanda, Chelsea and Caitlin. They spent many years taking care of the farm together and Sue continued managing the operation after Lonnie’s passing in 2012. Sue also worked in town at Buches for several years then started working at the Gregory Times Advocate. She enjoyed taking pictures of events and visiting with everyone as she sold advertisements for the newspaper around town.

Sue loved spending time with her grandchildren. She took great pride in their accomplishments. The grandkids were always very excited to see Grandma Sue. Family was top priority for Sue. She traveled all over the state to visit her daughters and their families.

In her free time, she enjoyed caring for her plants, both her outdoor garden areas and her house plants. She usually had a pet to keep her company.

She died Jan. 3, 2018, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota due to complications from a brain aneurysm. Sue fought so hard to stay in her Earthly body but ultimately entered the spirit world. It was a very peaceful transition with her daughters surrounding her during her passing. Her strength continues to amaze family and friends, even when she was up against such extreme circumstances. Her love for her family and life undoubtedly kept her strong for so long.

The family is devastated to have to continue without this amazing woman but knows she is in the best place now, reunited with Lonnie.

Susan is survived by her daughters: Amanda and Brady Hanson and grandchildren Jocelyn and Silas of Springfield, South Dakota; Chelsea and fiancé Patrick Price and grandson Owen of Miller, South Dakota; and Caitlin and grandchildren Emma and Gideon of Gregory, South Dakota; and special “daughter” Blair (Nathan) Sedlacek and children of Dallas, South Dakota. She is also survived by her sisters Jan (Tom) Endes of White River, SD; Linda (Gary) Bowers of Holdridge, NE; Anita Neitzel of Gregory, SD; and brother Dale (Regina) Woods of Cabot, AR; aunt Myrtle Osnes of Gregory, SD; mother-in-law Mildred Brozik of Winner, South Dakota; brother-in-law Dave (Bernie) Brozik of Winner, SD; sister-in-laws Kathy (Jeff) Askew of Pierre, SD; Cheryl Sperl of Gregory, SD; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Susan is proceeded in death by her husband Lonnie Brozik; her parents Ray Woods and Peggy and Charles Kappelman; father-in-law Ben Brozik; brothers-in-law Mike Neitzel and Rod Sperl; son-in-law Martin Kendrick.


John Voegeli, Jr., 94

John Voegeli, Jr. 94, Wichita, Kan., retired farmer and U.S. World War II Army veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Jan. 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Wichita.

Voegeli is the father of Dr. John Voegeli of Winner.

Preceded in death by parents, John J., Sr. and Elizabeth (Spexarth) Voegeli, and 8 brothers and sisters. Survivors: wife of 73 years, Betty; children, Connie (Mike) Hotze, Michael (Dorothy), Marybeth (Jim) Lubbers, Pat (Wayne) Wirths, Kate (Dale) Mannebach, Dan (Judy), John III (Bobbie), Tim (Toni), Tom (Jennifer), Phil (Darla), Vince (Sandy), Marge (John) Meyer; brother, Francis Voegeli; 56 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials established with John and Betty Voegeli Seminary Burse, c/o Catholic Diocese of Wichita, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202 and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.

Death: December 29, 2017