Gwendolyn Holmes, 87

Gwendolyn Wanda Haas was born June 20, 1928 in the Lakeview Community of Todd County, South Dakota.  She was the daughter of Clarence and Alma (Wolhert) Haas.  Gwendolyn was baptized into the Lutheran faith, and grew up in the Lakeview Community graduating from the Todd County High School in 1946.  On November 7, 1948 she was united in marriage to Verl A. Holmes in Mission, South Dakota.  Following their marriage they lived and ranched in Todd County for 56 years.

Gwendolyn was a school teacher for the Todd County School District in Mission SD for more than 50 years.  She was dedicated to her profession that influenced the lives of many students.  She loved her students very much and took great pride in their accomplishments.  She especially liked working with special needs children.

Gwendolyn is survived by her daughter, Laura Jean (Gerald) Moller of Spearfish SD; granddaughters, Kelli (Curtis) McGuigan of Spearfish SD, Daleri Moller (Ben Dean) of Valentine NE; great grandson, Blake Brunson; brother, Gail (Lorain) Haas of Valentine NE; sister, Sharon (Don) Sweat of Leadville CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Verl A. Holmes on July 14, 2004; parents, Clarence and Alma Haas; and brothers, Larry, Leland, and Lyle Haas.

Robert Eugene Shutts, 68

Robert Eugene Shutts, known as Tinker, born March 15,1947 in St Joseph,MO passed away at his home on June 2,2015 at home in Colome, at the age of 68.  A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Edward L Shutts SR and Juanita Faye Ballard Shutts, brother Edward Jr, sister Loretta Shutts Ellis, daughter Dawn Rene Shutts .

He is survived by his wife Sandra, son Aaron (Lisa)Shutts of Valentine NE, stepdaughter Chara(Mike)McDowell of Tomball TX, neice Penny(Brad) Dixson Tigard OR,.six grandchildren.  Robert and Sandra were united in marriage August 24 1970 in Vancouver WA.

Robert spent 30 years as a pinball and vending equipment technician in the winters and was an outboard motor and small engine mechanic during the summers in Oregon until hurt on the job by having a juke box dropped on him from a truck tailgate and forced to retire. Robert also was a CWO (chief warrant officer) with the Oregon National Guard Reserve where he was in charge of communications.

Robert loved electronics, rebuilding old jukeboxes, slot machines and recovering pool table rails.  There will be a private family service in Valentine at a later date.

Delbert Lee Ritter, 67

Delbert Lee Ritter was born June 29, 1947 in Gregory SD, to Hilda Ann (Sexton) and Eugene Patrick Ritter. Delbert had four sisters, Patricia, Mary, Nancy, and Ellen, and two brothers James and Raymond. Growing up, Delbert enjoyed working with horses, fishing and hunting.

Delbert spent his entire life working hard to provide for his family, as well as helping anyone in need. He worked on the farm with his step-father Hugh Hannett in Iona, SD. He was a police officer in Winner, SD. His true love was driving semi and working with heavy equipment, which he did off and on until he retired.

Delbert met Carol Womeldorf in 1962 and they married on December 28, 1966. Their first child, Norman, was born in 1967. Six years later in 1973 came their daughter Becki. They have eight grandchildren and three great grandchild with one on the way.

Delbert and Carol owned Ritter’s 1883 in Mission, SD. It was a restaurant, gas station, pawn shop, and car dealership. In 2006 Carol and Delbert moved to Pukwana, SD and opened up the Sugar Shack in Chamberlain, SD. His last business adventure in Chamberlain was Shack Auto. He retired at age 65, due to his health.

Delbert’s enjoyments of life were having coffee with friends, playing cards, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Delbert passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 resulting from a car accident.

Robert “Bob” Feltman, 87

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Robert “Bob” Wayne Feltman was born April 13, 1928 to Roscoe and Ida (Moross) Feltman at Chamberlain.  He attended elementary school and high school at Chamberlain where he graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1946.  After graduating from high school, Bob along with his father Roscoe, purchased a farm near Chamberlain and began farming.

On January 1, 1949, Bob was united in marriage to Beverly Carey in Chamberlain.  They made their home on the farm near Chamberlain and raised their two children.  In 1968, he started a horse trailer business that he operated until the time of his death. He ran combine and did livestock trucking.

He was very active in the Basin League Baseball as a catcher and also the Chamberlain Chiefs. In the Basin League, Winner was one of the towns he played in.  He was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Horseman’s Club and a member of the Mounted Square Dance Team.  Bob was a 4-H Leader and 4-H Horse Judge for many years.

Edward R. Kahler, 89

Edward R. Kahler was born February 1, 1926 to Jake and Mollie (Neuharth) Kahler on a farm south of Burke, SD. After grade school, he attended Burke High School.

On June 11, 1939 Ed was confirmed at the Carlock Lutheran Church. His sister and his future wife Louise were in his confirmation class.

In 1944 Ed joined the Army and was sent to the Philippine Islands. He was with the 31st Infantry Division in the mountains of Mindanoa as a First Scout. Ed received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation ribbon, and other ribbons. He also served on the islands of Leyte and Guam. Ed was honorably discharged on November 4, 1946 having attained the rank of Sergeant.

On June 29, 1947 Ed was married to Louise Lindwurm and in September of 1947 they moved to Winner. Ed and Louise had three children—Ronald, Roxine, and Cheryl. Ed managed the meat market at the Crossroads grocery store and became involved with a corporation to expand into grocery stores. The first store for the corporation was the Outlaw in Winner. The corporation had grown to eight grocery stores when in 1968 Ed decided to buy Coast to Coast Hardware in Gregory. So he sold his portion in the grocery stores. Louise and the children also worked with Ed at the hardware store. In 1979 he bought the Coast to Coast store in Wagner in which his son Ron and wife Linda managed and co-owned the store.

Ed served on the Gregory Hospital board for 21 years.

Ed and Louise retired on January 31, 1988. The children continued to run the Coast to Coast stores for a few years.

After retiring Ed went back to hobbies he had as a teenager—woodworking and fishing. He took a short course in stained glass and enjoyed that for many years. Ed designed, built, and installed the stained glass windows in the Grace Lutheran Church.

In February of 1988 Ed and Louise started going south to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for the winters. They both enjoyed living in the Valley. In the summer they enjoyed fishing and camping on the Missouri River.

Ed passed away June 11, 2015 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 89.

Eugene W. Jussel, 72

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Eugene W. Jussel, 72, of Laurel, Neb., passed away Thursday, June 4, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Neb., after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, at the United Lutheran Church in Laurel, Neb with Pastor Lynn Qualm officiating. Burial was in the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel, Neb. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements were under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, Neb.

Eugene was born May 27, 1943 to Clarence, Sr. and Florence (Thompson) Jussel in Benkelman, Neb. He graduated from Stratton High School in 1961. Shortly after graduating, Eugene joined the United States Army being honorably discharged in 1964. On November 26, 1965, he was united in marriage to Marlene Umberger in Burke.

The couple lived in Winner where he was employed with a NAPA Auto Parts Store.  They moved to Laurel  in 1978 opening G&M Auto Parts. In 1989, Eugene and Marlene sold the business. From 1998-2008 he worked at the high school as the head custodian.

The couple loved to travel, working with Motel 6 doing relief work as managers in six states.  Eugene loved going to garage sales, and antique and pawn shops. He recently began collecting old tools. Eugene loved to spend time with his family, friends and walking “the girls” Rosie and Lola.

Stan Jacobsen, 63

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Stanley Alan Jacobsen was born November 2, 1951 in Burke, SD to Donald and Betty (Bouslaugh) Jacobsen, the third of seven children. Stan grew up on a farm south of Dallas and went to a one room country school. After starting high school, he went from one classmate to seventy and quickly made friends with many of them. In high school some of his achievements were student body president, playing football, and wrestling.

Stan was married to Lynn Wortman at a young age. From this union came his eldest son Adam and two grandchildren, Abby and Jake—so the Jacobsen family has a real Jake. He worked on the farm years while managing the Homesteader Bar in Gregory. He then moved to Winner where he was the proprietor of the Pheasant Bar and Dick’s Place.

Stan married Tami Beran in 1990 and from that union Tessa and Skyler were born. Tess is exceptionally talented in music and Skyler was an exceptional athlete and Valedictorian of his class. Stan was so very proud of his children.

After leaving The Pheasant and Dick’s Bar in Winner, Stan went to work for Sioux Steel Company for the remainder of his working years. He was recognized with many accomplishments as well as outstanding employee and salesperson of the year in 2008. He was forced to quit because of his illness. What many people probably do not know about Stan is that he was a faithful student of God’s Word, studying from one to three hours daily for the last 18 years.

On May 27, 2015 Stan passed away in his home in Yankton at the age of 63 years.

Benjamin Lee Brave, 30

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Benjamin Lee Brave, 30, of Aurora, Colorado, grandson of Betty Tuttle, of Witten, passed away May 13, 2015, as the result of an auto accident.

He was born Oct. 22, 1984, to Steve and Kristy (Weber) Brave.

Benjamin was a wonderful father to his two daughters.

He is survived by his parents, of Watkins, Colorado; two daughters, Angel and Haley; grandparents, Don and Harriet Weber, of North Platte, and Betty Tuttle, of Witten, South Dakota; siblings, Zack (Jamie) Brave and Amanda (Richard) Karbowski; nephews, Treytin Brave and Connor Brave; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and many, many friends.

The funeral service was held 11 a.m.  Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Olinger Hampden Mortuary, Denver, CO. Burial followed at Olinger Eastlawn Cemetery in Aurora, Colorado. Carpenter Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Peneaux, 73

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Mary Lou Peneaux, 73, made her journey to the spirit world on May 28, 2015. She was born in Bad Nation, SD on May 1, 1942 to Nora (McLean) Clairmont.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on June 3 at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall in Winner. A private burial will be held at a later date. Wake services began on June 1 at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall.

Mary Lou is known and loved by many.  She was a woman of strength and courage, who loved unconditionally.  She played a different role in all who knew her.  She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend. She enjoyed spending time with family and adored all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Each and every one of them had a special place in her heart.  She will always be known for her fun loving, humorous and witty personality. She always lit up the room with her beautiful smile.

Jim Bolton, 91

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James Eugene Bolton was born March 31, 1924, at his grandmother’s

house on a farm near Hamill, SD to Clover (Milton) and Louis Bolton. Jim was the oldest son in the family and his brother, Donald, is the

youngest. They had older twin sisters who died shortly after birth.

Jim attended Winner High School where he graduated on May 20, 1943. On June 2 of that year, he entered active service in the United States Army. He served as a gunner at Fort Bliss, TX, and a finance clerk at Camp Bowie, TX, earned his liaison pilot wings at Camp Hood, TX, and finished out his service in Special Troops at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

During his three years in the service, Jim earned the rank of staff sergeant.

After returning from the service, Jim married Della Ann Frantz of Ideal,SD, in June of 1948. Together they have seven children: Scott, Barbara,

Bradley, Garnet, Guyla, Tammy, and Tony. In the early years of this marriage, Jim and Della lived in Winner where they owned and ran the Sweet Shop soda fountain. They then moved and farmed and ranched near

Ideal, Murdo, and Presho until moving to Colome in the early 60’s.

While living in Colome Jim owned and operated, with the help of his sons, Bolton Ditching and Trenching. The family also ran a bluegrass lawn sod business, bottle fed hundreds of Holstein calves, and ran a dairy farm. Later in Jim’s life he worked for the city of Colome as Utilities Manager.

Jim married Jan Petersen in 1985 and they have two children: Clayton and Lacey.

The happiest times for Jim were when he was hunting and fishing with his sons, taking road trips reminiscing about camping at Ghost Hawk Park along with other family outings, and spending so many meaningful times with his family and good friends.

Jim passed away on May 22, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center at the age of 91.