Evelyn Hofer, 87

Funeral services for Evelyn Hofer were held Jan. 20 at the Trinity Community Church in Bridgewater. Burial was in the Bridgewater city cemetery.

Evelyn Jeanette (Hossle) Hofer (87) was born in Winner, SD, to J. Vernon and Jeanette M. (Broline) Hossle on May 25, 1932. She grew up on a farm near Hamill, SD. Evelyn attended country grade school in Tripp County (riding her pony, Trixie).

When her area school was closed, she went to live with her Hossle grandparents in order to attend school in Lyman County. She graduated from Winner High School while staying with her grandmother Broline and also attended SDSU one year.

Evelyn married Calvin D. Hofer on Sept. 16, 1951, at Winner, SD. Evelyn and Calvin lived on their Century farm near Bridgewater where they raised their two children. Evelyn worked at the Bridgewater Post Office for over 20 years, 12 of them as postmaster. Evelyn and Calvin moved into town in 1996.

Evelyn was gifted in a many ways. She was a self-taught architect and gifted carpenter, designing and building their two homes and the church. She was creative (sewing, crafting, painting, quilt- ing) and showed hospitality. She was active in her church (Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian/Trinity Community) and in her community in various roles.

A unique achievement was her experience as one of ten finalists in the Mrs. South Dakota Pageant 1968 where she won an award for her original recipe.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents with whom she spent many years, her parents, and her husband of over 66 years, Calvin.

She is survived by her son Robin Hofer of Bridgewater; daughter Trudi (Dave) Nelson of Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Dusti (Aaron) Jones of San Antonio, TX, Kyle (Kathryn) Nelson of Lincoln, NE, and Kensi (Patrick) Proehl of Owatonna, MN; six great-grandchildren; brother Everett (Carol Jo) Hossle of Hamill, SD; and friends and family.

Ardath Ewing, 94

Ardath Ewing, 94, of Winner, SD passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, SD.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Ardath Maurine Hopkins Ewing passed away on Jan. 15, 2020, at the age of 94. She was born on Nov. 8, 1925 and lived a full and rewarding life. She grew up with her parents, William and Lydiann Hopkins, on their homestead land.

She was the eighth child and grew up with her younger brothers and often said she was somewhat of a tomboy. As a child Ardath loved to play near or in a gentle creek that wasn’t far from their house. She spent much of her childhood days outside working and playing with her family.

Ardath graduated from Winner High School in 1943 and immediately went to summer school in preparation for a teaching position. She was only seventeen! She passed a state exam and received a 2nd grade teacher’s certificate which was being offered at that time because of a shortage due to WWII.

She didn’t have funding to go to college to further her education. Since she wasn’t 18 until Nov. 8, 1943, she was not old enough to hold a certificate. So, she was allowed to teach on a permit until her birthday. She enjoyed teaching and had good rapport with both parents and students.

Later she enjoyed sharing fond memories of her teaching days with family and friends. She taught in rural schools for three years, and during summers worked at the Outlaw.

Ardath had a boyfriend during her teaching days who was serving in the U.S. Army. After his service in WWII Ardath and Ivan “Bus”, were married.

They worked hard to build a beautiful productive cattle ranch and naturally were proud of their accomplishment. It took much of their care and dedication in good and tough times.

During their young adulthood they were blessed with four children: two boys, Robert “Bob” (Mary), Neil (Theresa), and two girls, Carol (Larry), and Marsha (Tim). They had nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Ardath was an active wife, mother and citizen. She began one of many leadership roles in Home Extension and 4-H when her children were young. When she had time, she loved writing, crafts and music. She was also an excellent cook. Ardath loved to read and write. Because of her love affair with words she successfully wrote articles for magazines and poetry, many of which were published.

She wrote and self-published a book about her parents and siblings traveling by wagon through Oklahoma Territory to homestead in Dakota Territory entitled, “Long Road to Dakota”. Ardath was an active member of the little country neighborhood Lakeview Methodist Church near Dog Ear Lake, and eventually was instrumental in getting it moved and preserved at the Tripp County Historical Society after the church was closed. This led to serving the Tripp County Historical Society for several years.

Later Ardath was pleased and honored by the Tripp County Historical Society for her book, “Long Road to Dakota.” She continued her active role at The Winner United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities. She could play guitar, harmonica, piano, and the accordion and much to her delight would join in playing and singing along with others or simply listening to old familiar tunes.

As the ranch grew so did Ardath’s responsibilities. She brought big meals to the fields, helped sort cattle, kept careful records, and more. She joined the local Cattlewomen’s group and served in leadership capacities there and then went on to become president of South Dakota Cattlewomen. She enjoyed supporting the beef industry, making new friends, and traveling and learning with other leaders.

After Ivan retired Ardath and Ivan enjoyed traveling, something they hadn’t found much time to do in earlier years.

Ardath resided in the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory for the past year. She now resides in a much happier place in heaven.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bus, and her granddaughter, Lana.

Lewis White, 85

Lewis “Bumpy” White, 85, Mission, SD, died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Winner Regional Hospital in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Wells Jr. Memorial Complex in White Shield. A wake service was held on Sunday beginning at 5 pm at the complex. A family gathering was held at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison from 2-4 on Sunday, Jan 19. Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery in rural White Shield.

Lewis “Bumpy” White beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend made his peaceful journey into the spirit world on Jan. 14, 2020 at the Winner Regional Hospital, in Winner, SD surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Lewis was 85 years old and born on May 24, 1934 at Elbowoods, ND to Eugene White Sr. and Anna Fliger. He was given his Arikara name, Lightning Runner by his grandmother, Rhoda White. He spent his younger years assisting his parents with farming, breaking horses and playing with childhood friends in the Nishu Bay area, where he grew up. Upon graduation from Elbowoods High School in May of 1950 he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17.

He served during the Korean Conflict on the U.S.S. Merrimack until his honorable discharge in 1954. He received the National Defense Ribbon during his time in the Navy.

After his return to civilian life he worked on construction projects building dams and bridges in North and South Dakota.

On July 19, 1951 he married Leota Perkins at Garrison, ND and later they had their marriage blessed in the Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD on April 2, 1962. John and Teresa Danks served as their witnesses during this special occasion and from this union, 7 children were born.

In 1960 he accepted a position as a patrol officer on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and received his training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Chicago, Ill. He worked in this position for eight years and was offered the position as Captain of Police for the Rosebud Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency in Rosebud, SD.

During this period of his employment he was asked to serve as a police instructor with the Indian Law Enforcement Training Center, in Artesia, New Mexico. Lewis was promoted to the position of Criminal Investigator while working on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

In 1974 he accepted the position of Chief Criminal Investigator on the Cheyenne River Reservation until his retirement on May 24, 1984. He worked in the field of government service for 30 years.

Lewis had many pastimes, and enjoyed listening to classic country music, playing cards, cribbage, watching his favorite westerns, and spending time at his favorite fishing hole. He was a life-long Vikings fan and cheered and cussed them on to victory to the end. In his younger years he enjoyed team roping and rode bareback.

He spent quality time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lewis was blessed with 27 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Lewis “Bumpy” White was a man of integrity and had great respect for people. He had a strong work ethic and was a devoted husband and father to his children. As his brothers and brothers-in-law passed on, he became a father-figure to many of his nieces and nephews giving them guidance and encouragement. Lewis made life-long friends and was well-respected and well-known in the law enforcement community.

Lewis is survived by his children, Louie (Mary) White, Sioux City, IA; Lee Ann (Tuffy) Beardt, Mission, SD; Tom White, Sioux Falls, SD; Don “Pug” (Ruth) White of Eagle Butte, SD; Bonnie Jones, Sioux City, IA; and Greg (Jodi) White of Underwood, ND. Brothers: Donald (Dolly) White, Grove, OK; and Max (Ella) James of New Town, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leota; daughter, Bernadette; grand-children, Louis Charles White and Weylin Bear Child; great-grandson, Tyler White; Brothers—Eugene White Jr.; Robert White, James White, Joseph James, Tyrone White Sr., Lyle “Bucky” White; Loren White Sr.; sisters: Bertina Chase and Kathy Samuels.

Lonnie Hollenbeck, 84

Lonnie Hollenbeck, 84, of Carter, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at the Sanford Chamberlain Care Center in Chamberlain, SD.

Funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.
Lon was born Oct. 5, 1935 to Vincent and Genon Hollenbeck in Ainsworth, NE. Lon married Kathern Novotny on July 13, 1955. To this union two children were born, Brad (Dixie) Hollenbeck of Thedford, NE and Brenda (Harvey) Bierema of White River, SD.

In 1966 they moved from the Clearfield area to the Carter community where they spent the rest of their lives. Lon and Kathern worked side by side whether they were calving, haying, coyote hunting or fishing. They always enjoyed time with family and friends. Some of those times happened while out fishing. Whether it was fishing when the Sell boys came down or watching the grandkids jumping up and down on the bank when they caught “the big one!”

Lonnie as he was called most of the time, from day one was a baseball player. He started out as the bat boy. His dad and grand dad all played ball. Then Lon coached little league and caught for the Witten baseball team for many years. He enjoyed all sports, but rodeo was his favorite, the good bucking horses and bulls.

Lon drove the truck many miles loaded with horses and was always proud to be a part of the family tradition. He loved being with family and friends. He was also very proud of his grandchildren attending every basketball and volleyball game that he could.

Lon loved to farm and make the ground black. He loved putting up hay and, in the winter, you could find him with a grey hound or two. Coyote hunting was a family thing, do chores and go hunting with grandkids or anybody that would like to go along and plan on it being all day.

Lon is preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Genon Hollenbeck, wife Kathern Hollenbeck.

Lon is survived by is son Brad Hollenbeck, daughter Brenda Bierema and their spouses, 3 granddaughters, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Twila Dvorak, 85

Twila Dvorak, 85, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 11am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Lutheran Cemetery in Mission, SD.

Twila Lou Horst was born on July 7, 1934, in Mission, South Dakota to August and Bertha (Hartmann) Horst and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Mission.

After graduation from Todd County High School in 1952 she was united in marriage to Duane Levon Dvorak on Jan. 31, 1953 in Clearfield. South Dakota. They ranched in the Wood area and were active in the Wood Legion until 1982 when they divorced and she moved to Winner where she became a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was very active in the Winner American Legion Auxiliary and was elected the South Dakota American Legion President in 1983. She served for a number of years as the editor of the Legionette and was a member of the Board of Directors of South Dakota Girls State.

Twila enjoyed her job as a typesetter for the Winner Advocate for a number of years and loved to golf, bowl and be involved in volunteer work. She was also an avid reader and was always ready to share a good book with a friend or relative. She prided herself on her crossword puzzle skills and her daily routine included solving the one that was in the paper for that day.

Although she never had any children of her own, Twila claimed every single niece and nephew as her own and she was very involved in their lives. She never failed to let us all know exactly where we stood with her and we will miss her wit and humor as well as her presence at family gatherings.

Twila is survived by her sisters Hortense (Ben) Artichoker of Rapid City, South Dakota and Alberta Crabtree of Hot Springs, South Dakota along with a host of nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents August and Bertha (Hartmann) Horst and brother Dewey (Louise) Beselin along with sisters Verna (Robert), Helena (Don), Robinette (Tom), June (Harold), Linda, brother in law Delbert and niece Bernadine (Babe) who was always considered one of the sisters.

Stanley Horton, 50

Stanley Horton, 50, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at 10 am at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery west of Springview, NE.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passage of Stanley a beloved brother to Thellma (Mike) VanSteenwyck, step-brother to Dave (Marie) Fisher, Terry (Kate) Fisher, Diane Brown, Randy Fisher and Gregg (Carrie) Fisher. Stan is also survived by his father, Charles Horton.

Stan was also loved by many nieces and nephews and family far and wide. Stanley was a husband to Tonja Ann Horton. He was an amazing father figure to Blake Shuele of Winner, SD and Brian (Taylor) Schuele of Surprise, Arizona. Stan was also a grandfather to Haidee Rose Schuele of Winner, SD and to Levi, Peyton and Simeon Schuele of Surprise Arizona.

Stanley is preceded in death by his grandparents Aurthor and Mildred Horton of Springview, Ne, Elden and Mable Jess of Washington State, sister Patricia Anne Horton, nephew Brian Scott Horton, Step-mother Sylvia Horton, and step-sister Linda Fisher.

Stanley was such an adventurous soul learning to hunt, trap, and fish at a very early age. He had his first BB gun at the age of 3. Stanley loved the outdoors. He loved spending time camping and fishing with his family. Stanley attended Sunny Side and Jordan County Schools until their closing. Then on to Winner High School and Alcester High School where he attended military training his junior and senior year. Stan served 4 years in the Army.

Stanley was always hard working all his life, when he was younger, he had started his own night crawler and minnow stand on Highway 83. Stanley loved working on automobiles. He was a Jack of all trades, he loved fixing things.

Richard Mathis, 88

Richard “Dick” Mathis, a long time Winner businessman, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020, at Winner Regional Hospital, due to complications following a heart attack.

Prayer service was held on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. A visitation was held one hour prior. Committal service was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Winner City Cemetery.

Richard Leet Mathis was born on Feb. 17, 1931 to Truman and Louise (Metzger) Mathis in Mt. Vernon, South Dakota. Dick was raised on various farms in Eastern South Dakota until joining the U.S. Military in 1952 during the Korean Conflict.

In 1958, Dick and his brother Doyle purchased the International Harvester implement dealership in Winner, South Dakota. In March of 2018, they celebrated 60 years of business. Most recently, you could find Dick sitting next to the coffee and popcorn machine as you entered the store, ready to chat with long time customers.

Dick was united in marriage to Leona Littau on Feb. 19, 1961. To this union brought two sons, Todd and Scot. Dick and Leona resided in Winner, South Dakota during their 59 years of marriage. Dick served as a Winner City Councilman, and also on the Trinity Lutheran Church council. He also was involved with the building of the new Lutheran Church. Dick was a devoted husband visiting his wife every day at the Winner Long-Term Healthcare Facility.

Dick is survived by his wife Leona, sons Todd (Lisa) of Valentine, NE and Scot of Winner, SD (Deb Sarver) of Rapid City, SD. His grandchildren Skylar, of Chicago, IL, Macey, of Valentine, NE and Morgan of Box Elder, SD, Colter and Lathe Sarver both of Rapid City, SD. Along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Louise, and brothers Art and Doyle.

Christina Jo, 34

Christina Jo, 34, of Port Orange, FL, formerly of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 in Florida.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at noon at the Winner United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial was held on Jan. 4, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery near Canova, SD. A visitation was held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the church one hour prior to funeral service.

Christina Jo was born Jan. 20, 1985 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She grew up in Mellette and Miner Counties until she was five and her family moved to Tripp County. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran in Canova, SD and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Winner SD.

She attended the Winner School District, graduating in 2003. Christina Jo was active in basketball, volleyball, track, and softball during her middle school and high school years. After high school she went to SDSU in 2004 majoring in nursing. She then decided to transfer to Denver School of Massage Therapy, graduating in October 2005.

In February 2017, she graduated from Southeast Technical Institute receiving her LPN pin. She had a love for nursing and discovered that dermatology was her true passion. Her compassionate, caring personality was the perfect fit for her choice in the nursing field.

She had a laugh that was contagious along with a vivacious personality that could brighten any room she entered. Christina Jo adored her family and friends; she enjoyed every opportunity to get together with family and friends. Her social personality made it easy for her to tell stories that would fill the room with laughter.

She loved making new memories, along with adding to old ones. Her free spirited soul treasured traveling to warm places; visiting Florida was one of her favorite places. The warm climate and sunny days were some of the reasons she had recently decided to move to Florida.

Mandy and Delle invited Christina Jo to join them on many adventures that she cherished and always looked forward to. While living in Florida, she found time for many beach adventures with Hanna, Madelyn, and her friends.

Christina Jo loved and adored her children, treasuring every moment with Hanna and Madelyn. They enjoyed many found memories of the beach after moving to Florida, all of them finding a true tranquil place they loved.

If you spend a short amount of time with her, you would have noticed her true passion for being a mother. She would do anything for her children to make them happy. If you saw her with her girls, you would have seen the joy they brought her. She wanted nothing short of a wonderful life for them.

She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, niece and friend. Everyone who knew and loved her will miss her gentle soul here on earth.

Christina Jo loved her family deeply, and is survived by her daughters Hanna and Madelyn, parents Todd and Carol Galbraith, sister Sharee Galbraith, brother Nathan Galbraith, Grandma Betty Freeman, Grandma Marilyn Galbraith, step-sister Ashley Crosby, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Christina Jo is preceded in heaven by: Grandpa Chris Freeman, Grandpa Lee Galbraith and special care givers Pat and Mildred Bennett.

Tom Tobin, 74

Tom Tobin, 74, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.
Memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church in Winner, SD. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation was held one hour prior to memorial service on Friday. In lieu of flowers the family asks that persons consider a donation to the South Dakota Historical Society.

Tommy Drake Tobin was born on Nov. 8th, 1945 in Norman, Okla., to Milton and Era (Moran) Tobin. The family moved to Chicago for Milton’s optometry education after WWII. When Era became ill with Polio, Tom was sent to live with his grandparents for a time on their farm outside of Ethan, South Dakota.

Upon Milton’s graduation, the family settled in Winner, South Dakota where Dr. Tobin started his practice. They made Winner their lifelong home with their two sons, Tom and Gregg.

Growing up, Tom spent a significant amount of time hunting and fishing. This was an interest instilled in him by his father at an early age.

Tom was an excellent trumpet player. He played in the high school band and a traveling jazz band. He also played taps at many funeral services in the local area. Tom was always up for a good time growing up. He had many great friends and teachers that shaped his life, none more than his father “Doc” Tobin. Tom graduated from Winner High School in 1963.

He attended the University of South Dakota, where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity and met many of his lifelong friends. During college, Tom developed a love of travel which continued throughout his life. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and a Master of Arts degree in 1970. He was accepted to medical school but instead decided to pursue a degree in law. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of South Dakota.

During graduate school, he met the love of his life, Judy Larsgaard. They married on Nov. 28, 1970 and moved to Winner upon Tom’s graduation from law school.

Tom and Judy had five children and raised them in Winner, where Tom started his law practice.

Through his creativity, tenacity and hours upon hours of legal research, Tom became a renowned, respected and sought-after expert on Federal-Tribal Treaty law and was called on by states and counties throughout the nation that faced State-Indian jurisdiction issues. This practice took him all over the country, and often he and the family drove thousands of miles to meetings and conferences.

Highlights in his legal career included arguing two cases before the United States Supreme Court, something unheard of from a private attorney in the state. The results of those cases left a lasting impact on the jurisdictional map of South Dakota. Cases of significance were DeCoteau v. District Court and Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Kneip.

These cases involved the reservation status of Roberts, Gregory, Tripp, and Mellette Counties in South Dakota. Subsequently, he was involved in Solem v. Bartlett involving the boundaries of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Indian Reservations in South Dakota, Cook v. Parkinson, involving the reservation status of Bennett County, and many other jurisdiction cases in South Dakota and across the western United States. He advised governors and attorneys general from various states on the intricacies of Indian law.

As a young, inexperienced attorney, the US Supreme Court’s Chief Clerk Michael Rodak II, mentored Tom on the workings of the court and became a close friend.

Tom served as Tripp County State’s Attorney, on various committees of the State Bar Association and national boards.

Tom was a lifelong member of the Republican party, held various positions in the local Republican party and was a notoriously poor loser when his candidate failed to win. Despite often being on the opposite side from tribes in his cases, Tom had many great Native American friends, and he was known and respected in the Tribal Courts of South Dakota. Tom continued practicing in this area of the law and in a private practice until his death.

Tom had a great curiosity and interest in history, especially all things related to South Dakota. To date, he was the longest standing member of the South Dakota State Historical Society Board. He was very proud to be involved with the state’s centennial, pawning his kids to advertise the custom bandanas he helped to create for the event.

He was also a proud member of the Western South Dakota Buckaroos, a club his son Tyler was later able to join him in. Tom led the effort to help the Buckaroos preserve the history of “The Round Up of 1902” by republishing the book Roundup Years, which collected the stories of the cowboys on that round up, said to be the largest in history.

Tom loved Tripp County and took his children hunting and fishing as soon as they could walk. It was not uncommon to halt a pheasant hunt in order to find one of his kids that were lost in a cornfield. The annual deer hunts in the White River hills were full of exhilarating Jeep chases, chili camp outs, and memorable mishaps with friends and their children.

His best friends and acquaintances from across the United States looked forward to the annual “Tobin Pheasant Hunt” because each one resulted in a memory more remarkable than the last. Highlights of this annual tradition were Judy’s spaghetti dinner, fine spirits, the Saturday night steak fry, poker games lasting until early morning hours, the political battles with his few, good Democrat friends and the bacon sandwiches for the fields.

The most important Tobin tradition was riding horses and wagons in the annual Winner Labor Parade. It was always a crazy, stressful event but Tom wouldn’t have it any other way. He prided himself on continuing this four-generation tradition started by his father.

Good or bad, from a young age Tom was always a gambling man. Whether it was a good poker game with friends, last minute trips to the horse races in Omaha, making racehorse purchases as an adult or placing the family Triple Crown race bets, he loved it all. He was a horse racing super fan, especially of the Triple Crown Races. A highlight for him was seeing the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 at the 2015 Belmont Stakes in New York with his daughter Tara.

Tom was a gentleman rancher and loved spending his spare time working with cows and horses. Until recent years, he annually swam across the Missouri River at the Platte/Winner Bridge, with his son Justin always by his side. After much persuasion, he gave up that tradition for daily walks through his pastures to the highest hill. Day or night, he rarely missed his walk.

After the passing of Judy in 2016, from which he never truly recovered, Tom found his faith and was baptized in 2016. His “ministry” was passing out Jesus Calling books to friends, strangers, and fellow travelers around the world. He had many amazing vacations with new friends in the last years of his life.

Tom was a collector of historical artifacts and antiques, in fact, he was a collector of all things he could find on a “good sale”, regardless of need. He often referred to himself as “a shopper, not a seller”. He loved cleaning his saddles, boots and refinishing furniture, a hobby he instilled in his youngest son, Travis. He was very proud of his beloved sterling silverware set and his rare and exotic skinned cowboy boot collection, the latter of which was shared and built with his eldest son, Brian.

Tom was a major fan of the Mayo Clinic. He insisted on referring friends and strangers alike, even personally driving several people to Rochester for tests or treatment.

Tom’s favorite phrases were “I’m the boss”, “In any event” and “Do you understand what I am saying?” He rarely took “no” for an answer, especially when he wanted to challenge you to a game of chess. He was a relentless arguer. He was a hard worker, a voracious reader, an insatiable learner and a generous soul.

Tom was a world traveler, including several alleged trips to Cuba. Most of all, he loved and was devoted to his family. His grandchildren were the lights of his life. He had a big heart, would help anyone in need and was a genuine, good friend. His family, his home state, and his case work were his pride and joy. From new acquaintances to taxi-cab drivers, he would pass out his business card and offer his home for them to come and stay with him for a hunt or visit to South Dakota.

To the end, Tom would frequently comment on the blessed life that he had lived. He said he “was in the right place at the right time in law school to begin his Indian law career”. He survived his early years of drinking, smoking, chewing Red Man, followed by his ten cardiac stents and his high blood pressure rants and yet, he said “I wake up every morning with no pain and at 74 years old I still am able to walk up on that beautiful hill through mud and tall weeds and say my prayers. I’ve been so blessed.”

Tom is preceded in death by his parents Dr. Milton and Era Tobin, his brother Dr. Gregg Tobin, his wife Judy and many of his very best friends. He is survived by his sons Brian (wife Christine, children Christian, Victoria, Sophia, Gabriella and Samuel), Justin, Tyler (wife Dannette, children Ava and Charles), Travis (wife Erin, children Augustus and Anna), daughter Tara Arnold (husband Ryan, children Amelia, Scarlett and Eleanor) and many extended family members and dear friends. Tommy will be greatly missed.