Mike Cousins, 60

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Mike Cousins, age 60, of Winner, passed away at his residence in Winner on Dec. 8.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Michael Joseph Cousins was born in Winner, SD on May 30, 1954 to Harold “Buster” Cousins and Mary Ellen Peterson.

Mike was a friend, brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather. He was a man who lived and loved life.

He had many blessings in his life. In August of 1979 he married Rhonda Wancenried and together they had two children, Summer and Amy.

Mike enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching his nieces and nephews play ball, spending time with his six grandchildren, and telling jokes to anyone and everyone he came across.

Mike always had a smile, a prank up his sleeve, or a rather inappropriate joke to share.

Mike will be remembered as a good friend to all who shared his life.

Helen Lookabill, 93

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Helen Lookabill, 93, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility.  Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2p.m. at the Wood Community Hall in Wood.   Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Wood.

Helen Lookabill was born on August 16, 1921 in Esmond, SD to Carl and Bertha Lager. Helen’s mother died when she was two and was sent to live with relatives in Wakefield, NE. When she was seven, she moved back to Fedora, SD to live with her dad upon graduation from Fedora High School in 1939.

Helen answered an ad to care for the daughter of the Distads, long time teachers in Wood, SD. She packed her things and traveled by bus to take the job.  This is where she met Dale Lookabill and they were married on December 1, 1942 in Pierre, SD. To this union one child was born.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Wood Women’s Group, and UCC Church in Wood, SD. Helen enjoyed gardening, crocheting, bowling, golfing, taking bus tours to different parts of the U.S., and enjoying time with her granddaughter Carrie.

In 1986, Dale and Helen moved to Winner and resided in their house until 2006 when they move into the Golden Prairie Manor. Upon poor health, Helen moved to the Winner Regional Heath Center.

Kathryn L. (O’Bryan) Shedeed, 78


Kathryn L. (O’Bryan) Shedeed was born November 19, 1936 in the Winner Hospital to Boyd and Doshia (Eastin) O’Bryan. She was the eleventh of thirteen children. Kathryn was raised on the family farm east of Wood, SD. When she was nine years old the family moved to a farm nine miles south of Winner. Kathryn attended Burns country school throughout grade school. She then attended St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill, NE for two years and then attended school in Winner.

Kathryn married Abraham John Shedeed on May 15, 1954 at St. John’s Catholic Church at Paxton, SD. They farmed 15 miles south of Colome until two years ago when she had a stroke and went to Long Term Care in Winner. To their union they had seven children: Mary, George, Susan, Barbara, Janet, Cheryl, and Abraham Jr. (Charlie).

Kathryn’s life was busy helping Abe operate the farm and caring for their children. With the kids in school, she was busy in the PTA. She also taught CCD at St. John’s until it closed. Then they became busy caring for the cemetery and church at St. John’s of Paxton.

Kathryn had a caring heart. There were always neighbor kids or nieces or nephews spending time at the farm. She never knew how many until they came in for dinner. Later as the girls began to have boyfriends, they too were treated kindly, but she also had a job for them. Whether it was helping shear sheep or work cattle in the spring, everyone worked.

Clark Wicks, 89

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Clark Wicks, age 89 of Sidney, NE passed away at the Golden Living Center in Sidney, Sunday evening, December 7, 2014.

Funeral services for Clark will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 12th in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Hyde officiating.  Graveside services with Military honors will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may visit Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Thursday, December 11th from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with the family present 4:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.  There will be no viewing at the church.

You may view Clark’s Book of Memories, share photos and stories at  HYPERLINK “http://www.gehrigstittchapel.com” www.gehrigstittchapel.com.  In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions in Clark’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Clark’s care and funeral arrangements.

Clark Eugene Wicks the son of Byron Earl and Bessie (Johnson) Wicks was born on September 2, 1925 in Colome, SD. He attended Scott Elementary School and graduated from Colome High School in 1943.  He attended one semester at the University of Nebraska where he was involved in ROTC before enlisting in the United States Army serving from 1944 until receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1946.  Clark was united in marriage to Ruthie D. Moore on April 18, 1946 in Hobbs, NM.    In 1949 he enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve, serving until 1952.

Viola R. Eisenbraun Zeller, 90


Viola R. Eisenbraun Zeller, daughter of Adolph and Bertha (Steinke) Eisenbraun, was born April 3, 1924 at Paxton, SD. At the age of three, the family moved to a farm southeast of Colome, SD. Viola attended the Grand View country school for eight years and then graduated from Colome High School in 1942.

She was baptized and confirmed at the South Dallas Lutheran Church. After graduating, she worked at the bank in Gregory. Viola met and then married Reubin Zeller at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory on December 18, 1944.

They made their home on the homestead in Dixon which they purchased and where their family of a daughter, Sharon, and twin sons, Ormal and Orval, were born. Orval did not survive.

Thomas “Tom” Jay Steele, 71

Thomas “Tom” Jay Steele, 71, passed away on December 8, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a short, but courageous battle with lung cancer.

Tom was born on September 21, 1943 to Walter and Maybelle (Haag) Steele in Clearfield, South Dakota.  His birth was welcomed with excitement, as there were seven girls born before him. Tom was baptized and confirmed at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Clearfield.  Tom spent his childhood on a farm in Clearfield, and later moved with his family to Boulder, Colorado.

Tom graduated from Boulder High School in 1962. Tom was active in sports and a very talented athlete.  In 1960, he competed and won the Golden Gloves boxing competition in Colorado.

Dwain Jorgensen, 85

Dwain Jorgensen, 85, of Vermillion, SD, passed away Thursday, December 11 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

Dwain Curtis Jorgensen was born July 19, 1929 to Martin and Edith (Martin) Jorgensen in Winner, SD. In his early years he worked on the farm. His father died when he was six years old. After Edith’s sister’s husband died, that family came to live with them. Dwain grew up among thirteen children, five of whom were cousins.

Dwain recalls working with horses and picking up cow pies for fuel on the way home from school. He delayed going to high school for two years because he was needed on the farm. He graduated from Winner High School and attended South Dakota State College for one year. Then, because of finances he went to Southern State Teachers College. He taught rural or consolidated schools for eleven years.

Dwain married Delores Steiber on May 21, 1958 in Mitchell, SD. Two daughters, Laura Mary and Miriam Ruth, were born to this union.

In 1962 he graduated from Southern with a degree in secondary education (composite science major). After moving to Vermillion he took additional courses in chemistry at USD.

Dwain began work at the University of South Dakota Medical School (Biochemistry Dept.) in July 1963. In the earlier years he prepared labs for medical students and later assisted medical technicians. After his retirement as an engineering technician in 1996, he continued as a part-time employee until early 1999. Dwain was twice named Career Service employee of the month (1981 and 1992).