Max Bainter, 80

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Lewis “Max” Bainter was born on May 13, 1936 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was the only child of Viola (Lippincott) and Lewis Bainter. He had the luxury of growing up on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Grove, Oklahoma, where he fished and hunted from the time he was 7 years old. On Friday the 13th, 1949 (his 13th birthday), he and his dog were out fishing and he dropped the boat motor into the lake. After scuba diving to get the motor, reattaching it, and continuing to fish, Max caught himself in the head with a fishing lure. He drove himself (reminder: he is 13 years old) to the doctor to have the lure removed. He came out of the doctor’s office to find the dog had eaten the interior of his dad’s brand new vehicle. He claimed the story ended with him going home to bed…. We believe it only ended after plenty of Pappa and Mamma Bainter reprimands.

He attended Grove High School in Grove, Oklahoma. He went on to quarterback the 1956 NJCAA national championship football team while attending Coffeeville Junior College in Coffeeville, Kansas. Here, he met the love of his life, Jodee Hepner. He went on to play football at Emporia Teacher’s College in Emporia, Kansas where he married Jodee. They had their first child, Becky, in November of 1958, not long after Max began working at the YMCA. The family moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and in April 1960 they were blessed with their second child, Steven. Another YMCA job offer resulted in them moving to Quincy, Illinois where they had their third child, Kirk, in May of 1964.

When a teaching position in Witten, South Dakota arose, he was thrilled to move to a part of the country rich with wildlife and opportunities for fishing and hunting. Winner became their home. Several years later, Max accepted a teaching position in the Winner school district. There, he taught and coached for many years. Rumor has it that during this time Max applied for a teaching position in Alaska. Supposedly, after preparing his application to be mailed, Jodee “lost” the application (i.e., lost it in the nearest garbage can). While disappointed that he never heard back about the job, he maintained his passions for hunting, fishing, and family here in Winner.

Cecil Lewis Harsin, Jr, 54

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Louie was born in Burke, South Dakota to Leona and Slim Harsin on February 5, 1963. He was the youngest of the six Harsin children. His sisters always said they didn’t need dolls to play with, they had Louie.

Louie first met his lifelong love, Michelle Shutt, in 1978. They met again some years later and married on Oct. 4, 1986 in Gregory. Shortly after their marriage, Louie adopted Michelle’s sons, Scott and Shaun. The joy of his heart, granddaughter Dillyn, was born on March 21, 2004. Louie built “Dilly Bear” a playhouse, complete with running water. He added swings and a pool for her, showering her with his love and attention.

Louie began his working life in 1983 with his brother-in-law, Randy Lyon, in the family bee business. He worked bees from South Dakota to Texas for the next ten years. He then began his own construction business while also working alongside Michelle at the Hipp and Hilltop Theaters. Even while in the hospital, he and Slim made plans for the upcoming show season. Louie truly enjoyed the theater business and working with his dad.

Louie was the best Papa, son, husband and brother that anyone could ask for. He has the best and biggest heart, and would help anyone and everyone.

Frances Schmidt, 89

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She was born on the family south of Colome to Maurice (Percy) and Leona Sealey, the 3rd of four children.

Frances graduated from Colome High School in 1946 and taught country school for one year before marrying Paul Schmidt in 1947. They bought a farm southeast of Winner and raised six children there:
Gene (Wellington, Colorado), Brenda (Steve Bruckner, Colome), Brad (Sandy, LaJunta, Colorado), Lauren (Tom Mayes, Winner), Don (Black Hawk) and Pamela (Bob Weaver, Piedmont).

Frances spent her whole life as a wife, Mom and homemaker. She loved her faith, babies, birds, flowers, dancing, playing cards, baking and especially all her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She and Paul enjoyed traveling the US with their family and in later years traveled abroad.

Frances lost Paul in 2010 and eventually moved to the Golden Prairie Manor in 2015 where she lived for nearly one and a half years. She passed away quietly in the Winner Hospital at the age of 89.

Nadine Stands, 50

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Nadine “Bac” Stands was born in Rosebud, South Dakota, June 3, 1966 to Josephine Eagle Star and Clarence Stands. Nadine grew up in Ideal, South Dakota with her parents, six brothers, two sisters and adopted sister Glenda. She went to school in Todd county and completed the 11th grade. She enjoyed helping out her family in times of need, and hanging out with many of her beloved friends and family.

Nadine cared deeply for the ones she loved and always put their needs before her own. She loved spoiling her grandchildren Gjoa, Robin, and Eris. She was residing in Sioux Falls with son, Julian Stands, when she passed.

C. Dale Schwant, 93

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He was born in Mellette County, South Dakota. Dale was the son of Fred and Freda (Graf) Schwant. Dale attended Colorado State College of Education on a music scholarship where he played clarinet in the concert band, cello in the symphony orchestra, clarinet and sax in dance bands, and was the drum major of the marching band. He was a member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

In January of 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent his overseas time in patrol bomber squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two gold stars. After WWII he attended Washington State College where he earned a varsity letter in wrestling and a BA in political science. After graduation, he worked for a year as a traveling secretary for his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, and then entered law school at the University of South Dakota. While in law school, he was president of the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. In January of 1952, he graduated from law school and was admitted to the South Dakota State Bar. In February, he entered the FBI and was stationed in the Savannah and Knoxville Divisions before being transferred to the New York office in August of 1954. Dale retired in July of 1975 and moved to Florida in 1977, where he enjoyed playing tennis and gardening.

Patrick Brown, 69

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Patrick Earl Brown was born Sept. 27, 1947 in Presho, SD to Vernon and Esther (Burnham) Brown. He grew up in the Wood area. He attended country school through the 8th grade, White River High School his freshman and sophomore years, and Wood High School his junior and senior years where he graduated in 1965. He attended Southern State College for a year.

Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1967. He served in Vietnam from June 1968 to June 1969. He was in the 1st Squadron 11th Armored Calvary Regiment stationed at Bien Hoa.

Pat met his wife Diane Fisher in 1972. They were married on May 31, 1974, and to this union three children were born; Mike, Kip and Teddy.

After his tour in the U.S. Army he was employed by Gerald Moorehead as a carpenter, then went on to do carpenter work with his brother Dale. He was then employed by Whitley Central Distributing for 30 plus years. He finished out his last 8 years of employment with Kucera Electric.

Pat was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to go hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends.

Ed Dreyer, 65

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Edward Charles Dreyer, born July 10th, 1951 to Kathleen and Harold Dreyer, was raised to be a proper Catholic boy. Unfortunately, it didn’t take.

He had four siblings, Barb Severin, Denny Kidwiler, Rob Dreyer, and Mike Dreyer. Ed was privileged to have eight happy days in his life – four marriages and four divorces. He proudly served his country in Vietnam, until his honorable discharge in 1974. While serving in Vietnam, he received a care package from his aunt Bonnie Dreyer every week. Shortly following his return, he married his first wife, Denise Davis, and fathered two children, Becky Hembrough and Joshua Dreyer.

Finding that married life suited him just fine, Edward went on to marry a second time to Jo Linda Gerhauser, and had his third child, Dakota Joe. Upon the dissolution of that marriage, Edward tried his hand at professional gambling for a while and trained horses in northern Nevada for approximately ten years. He finally returned to his hometown of Winner, South Dakota and worked for the family business, Dreyer Trucking, avoiding the DOT and driving away from the police at every opportunity. Depending on how you count, he then married his third or fourth wife, Shirley Whittaker.

After his final marriage, he began dating his last life partner, Lisa Faldalen, who dodged the bullet of being his fourth or fifth wife. Edward’s door was always open to friends and family. He didn’t always have a lot, but what he had, he was happy to share. In the last years of his life, he was very proud to attend his son Dakota’s college graduation and his marriage to Alana Dreyer.

A lifelong conservative, Edward enjoyed spirited debates with his liberal friends. When Kenny Weiland tried to put a yard sign supporting his Democrat brother in Ed’s yard, he told him if that sign went in his grass, Kenny would be dead to him. He took great pleasure in needling his liberal niece, Cheyenne Leigh, and his cousin, Cliffy Dreyer.

Edward passed peacefully in his sleep on March 20th, 2017.

Landon Scott Martin, 11

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Landon Scott Martin, son of Colleen Martin, was born June 9, 2005 at Winner, SD. He died of an accident on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Landon attained the age of 11 years, nine months and 11 days.

Landon was baptized by Pastor Phil Lint at the United Methodist Church in Wagner. He was a sixth grader at Wagner Community School. He loved school and was a very bright young man.

Landon will be remembered for his love of football, hunting, fishing and football cards. He loved working cattle with his Grandpa Butch, fishing with his “Grandpa” Bernie, hunting with his “Uncle” Joe and horseback riding Tripper while in Nebraska.

Elmer Isaac Reimer, 94

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Elmer Isaac Reimer, our much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, pastor, and friend, passed away peacefully in his son’s home March 19, 2017. He was born in Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada, on May 18, 1922, the third of seven sons and one daughter born to Frank and Gertrude (Boese) Reimer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catharina, and brothers Alfred, Harry, Arlie, and Leslie. He is survived by brothers Johnny and Albert, sister Betty, son David (Marilyn), grandchildren Kristen (Sean) Fender and son Nathan; Gregory (Amber) and children Adrianna, Bree, and Cate; and Jeffrey (Jessica) and children Charlie, Lillian, Anna, and Elanor.

He came to faith in Christ during a revival in their church in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, and was baptized at the age of 14.

The extreme drought of the thirties forced the family to move to Steinbach, Manitoba, to find work when Elmer was a teenager. He worked in a body shop, lumber camp, and as a mechanic in a John Deere dealership.

He met Catharina (Tina) Peters at the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church in Steinbach. They were married September 26, 1943. Their son, David, was born April 2, 1945.

Elmer felt called to the ministry and the family moved to Omaha, NE, where he enrolled at Grace Bible Institute. Within a few years, he had served as a summer pastor in Michigan and then left school to become the pastor of the EMB church in Jansen, NE. He served there for several years before returning to school in Omaha. In 1957 he moved to South Dakota to pastor the Kingsburg Community Church for several years before accepting the pastorate of the Carter Gospel Fellowship, a rural church near Winner, SD.

After 28 years at Carter, he and Tina moved to Newton in 1991, and Elmer pastored the First Mennonite Church of Burns, KS, for 12 ½ years.

Elmer was heavily involved in evangelistic meetings in churches throughout the Midwest and Canada, and in youth work primarily through Bible camps. Thousands of young people knew and loved him as ‘Uncle Elmer.’

In 2004, at the age of 82, he resigned the pastorate and took on the project of raising missionary support for the task of translating and recording into Low German the entire collection of J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible radio teaching series, a five-year daily broadcast consisting of 1,297 individual half-hour programs of study from Genesis to Revelation. He became the world-wide Low German voice of the Thru the Bible series, one of more than a hundred languages into which the program has been translated and recorded. The Low German programs are currently being broadcast regularly to thousands of Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico, South America, Northern Germany, and Canada. He also translated the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament into Low German. His ministry impact will continue long into the future.

After completing the translation projects in 2010, he taught Sunday School at Grace Community Church until December of 2015, completing 75 years of continuous ministry. His godly spirit and faithful ministry will be greatly missed by his family and a host of people who have known and loved him.

Betty (Farley) Toman, 80

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Betty was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Winner, SD, to George and Velma (Hisehorte) Farley, the fourth oldest of seven children. She attended grade school at Southwest Hart Country School in Weaver Township. She worked at Joe’s Cafe in Winner for many years where she met her husband Frank C. Toman. Frank and Betty were united in marriage in 1954 and were blessed with three children: Melvin, Tom and Pamela.

After being united in marriage to Frank, she moved to the Toman farm north of Carter, SD, where she lived her entire adult life. Her time on the farm was spent caring for her family, helping around the farm when needed, and raising countless numbers of chickens. She was especially proud of her involvement with the family hog raising operation. She was an incredible cook and baker, and if anyone ever left her house hungry, it was definitely his own fault. In addition to all of her involvement with the family farm, she spent many years as the treasurer of the Tripp County Progressive Township. Some of her most treasured moments on the farm were caring for her flower gardens and visits with her many friends. She enjoyed meeting in person for coffee and chatting on the phone to keep in touch with all of her wonderful neighbors to find out the latest news.

Outside of the farm, Betty had many activities that she truly loved. She spent many years bowling in Winner with some of her dearest friends, and the trips to bowling tournaments – wherever they might be held – were highly anticipated events. However, the activity that she was the most proud of was being a charter member of the Treadle Trippers Club. As a charter member, her involvement with the club lasted over 50 years, and she developed and maintained friendships that lasted a lifetime. The members of the club were very special people in her life.