John Lillibridge, 79

Funeral services for John Lowell Lillibridge were held Sept. 4 at the Burke Civic Center with Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery of Burke.

John Lowell Lillibridge was born May 9, 1939, in Burke, South Dakota, to Doris Evelyn (Erickson) and Lowell Louis Lillibridge. John’s life ended in the place it began, in the town he loved on Aug. 30th, 2018. John will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and his most recent role: great-grandfather.

John was educated in the Burke public school system and developed into an outstanding leader and an exceptional athlete. He was awarded first-team all-state in basketball as a junior and senior, scoring a school record 1,931 points. Standing 6’6” and wearing number 54, John helped lead the 1958 Burke Bulldogs to a 4th place state basketball title in 1958.

In addition to playing basketball and football, John was a discus champion, winning a state high school state title. He also once held a South Dakota Amateur Baseball record, hitting four home runs in one game.

After graduating with the Burke High School class of 1958, John carried his talent and love of sports into his college career. He spent one year at Washington State before transferring to the University of South Dakota. While at USD, John lettered in both basketball and track, earning All-American honors throwing the discus. As John’s athletic career was coming to a close, his domestic life and professional career began taking shape.

There was a pretty waitress at the Evergreen whose mother was the secretary in the USD Athletic Department. Mildred Piersol introduced one of USD’s athletes to her daughter, Linda, also a USD student. Little did she know that John Lillibridge would later become her son-in-law. Pastor, Tom Harlan married John and Linda in the living room of their current home on August 13th, 1961.

Upon graduating in 1962 with a business degree from the University of South Dakota, they moved back to Burke. John came home to work with his dad and wait for his little brother to join the business. The Lillibridge brothers were the third generation to work in the bank started in 1905 by their grandfather, Lowell Stanton. John’s intuition, decisiveness, team building and creative problem solving were instrumental in growing First Fidelity Bank to the institution it is today. He proudly witnessed the 5th generation evolve the business.

John served on the school board, city council, and as Mayor. Another point of hometown pride (and fun) for John with dear friend, Louie Tolstedt, was the realization of the Burke Golf Course “greens dream.” Investing in Burke with both time and resources was so important to him, that was instilled at a very young age. John and his family were so proud of Burke’s Community Memorial Hospital and truly thankful for the love and compassion he received in their care.

John felt honored to also serve the state he loved in many ways; The South Dakota Community Foundation, SD Investment Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SD Banking Commission, University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota. Coming full circle he assisted USD’s move to Division I athletics, no one loved a good “assist” more than John.

To John and Linda’s union three children were born: Laurie (Lillibridge) Kenzy, Lisa Lillibridge and Mark Lillibridge. John instilled a love of competition and sport to his children. Laurie, Lisa and Mark loved tossing the football in the back yard after supper, improving their jump shots, batting practice, long distance training and Sundays on the sofa cheering for the Vikings with their Dad. Summers were spent on the mighty Missouri River, first camping with the Platte crew and later at the family cabin at North Point.

John and Linda delighted in their time spent with their seven grandchildren. Grandpa’s dry sense of humor and playful teasing never ceased to delight his grandchildren. His original “Dakota Monster” stories were always a huge hit. John loved teaching the city kids to drive and shoot pistols. He was a super fan always attending the local granddaughters’ basketball, softball, and track and field events, but he especially cherished his time volunteer coaching Lady Cougar basketball.

Grand parenting was an absolute delight for John, however, great-grand parenting little Liam brought so much pure joy to the last couple of years of his life.

John is survived by his loving wife, Linda, daughters Laurie and Lisa and son Mark; his sister-in-law Cindy (Tom) Lillibridge; son-in-law’s George (Laurie) Kenzy and Jeff (Lisa) Govoni; grandchildren Kelsea (Billie) Sutton, Katelyn (Alec) Brady, Chloe Kenzy, Ellis Govoni, Willa Govoni, Lucy Govoni, and Mana Parker; and great grandson William John (Liam) Sutton.

Jill Jedlicki, 53

Jill Berndt Jedlicki passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at the age of 53.
On April 13, 1965 Jill was the sixth child born to Marvin and Vonda Osterkamp in Worthington, MN. Jill was a 1983 graduate from De Anza High School in Richmond, CA.

Her three beautiful daughters were the pride and joy of her life. She always lit up when able to spend time with family. She was especially close to her grandson Riley who helped her win the family pumpkin contest one year when she dressed him in Bears attire and placed him inside the pumpkin. Her love and loyalty for “Da Bears” was birthed during the years she lived in Chicago. Throughout her life, Jill lived in Minnesota, California, Chicago and South Dakota.

Jill was a dedicated and hard worker. She was a postal carrier in Elk River, MN for many years. Through her friendship with Gerildine, she met her husband, Buck. Eventually Jill moved to Winner and was married on Jan, 11, 2017. Together they purchased the Black Lab Bar where Jill spent most of her time. Jill could be heard singing at the top of her lungs to various songs while working. She will be missed by her many loyal customers.

Blessed for having shared her life are: her husband Buck Jedlicki; her children: Amy (Mike) Lehman of Montrose, MN; Sara Berndt (Christian) of Anoka, MN; Brooke Berndt of Winner, SD; her step son Lucas Jedlicki of Winner, SD; three grandchildren, Riley, Levi and Austin; her mother, Vonda (Donnie) Nilsson; siblings, Boone (Ann) Osterkamp, Robin Osterkamp, Kurt (Deb) Osterkamp and Dawn Stenberg; her mother-in-law Gerildine Jedlicki; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jill was preceded in death by: her father Marvin Osterkamp; her brother Boyd Osterkamp; her grandparents Floyd and Rose Hutton, and Fred and Tillie Osterkamp; and many aunts, uncles and several cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, Sept. 8, at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD.


David Lavern “Dave” Duffield Sr., 67

David Lavern “Dave” Duffield Sr. was born in Ainsworth, Neb., on May 24, 1951 to Harold and Ellen (McNamee) Duffield, and passed away on Aug. 21, 2018 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Clarkson in Omaha, Neb.

Dave grew up near Long Pine, Neb., on the family farm. He attended school in Ainsworth. He was united in marriage to Jane Moore on Sept. 11, 1970 at Ainsworth.

In February of 1971, Dave was drafted into the United States Army, and was stationed in Edgewood, Maryland. Dave and Jane were blessed with two children; David Jr., and Connie.

Dave worked many jobs including operating heavy equipment, well drilling, and truck driving, before starting his own business, Duffield Hay Hauling. He made many friends through the years of hauling hay up and down the road.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Gene and Larry, and sister, Shirley; as well as nephews, Patrick, Bucky and Rocky.

He is survived by his wife, Jane of 48 years, son, David Duffield Jr. and wife Lisa of Hickman, Neb., daughter, Connie Bellingtier and husband Greg of Elgin, Neb., grandchildren, Payton Partida and husband Matt, Katie Vakoc and husband Lance, Dillon Duffield and Grady Bellingtier. Great-grandsons, Maximus and Atticus Partida. He is also survived by his brother, Harold Duffield Jr. and wife Lillie of Grapeland, Texas and sister, Dorothy Cochran and husband Sam of Sublime, Texas; sisters-in-law, Jean Duffield of Elko, Nev. and Zellite Duffield of Kansas City, Kan.

Preceded in death also are: sister-in-law Charlotte Williams, mother and father in law, Barb and Hugh Moore.
Also surviving are: brothers and sisters in law Dennis and Sherry Moore of Douglas, Kan.; Don and Colleen Moore of Madison, Wis.; Lowell and Cathy Moore of Denver, Colo.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 27, 2018 at Hoch Funeral Homes in Ainsworth. Pastor Georg Williams officiated the service. Burial followed at the Grandview Cemetery with military honors being provided by the Long Pine American Legion Post #260. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation.

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Linda Gibbs, 70

Linda Eddie Gibbs, wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, age 70, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away at The Forum at Desert Harbor on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. She was born August 10, 1948 in Winner, South Dakota to Ivor “Lee” Eddie and Irene Carol (Fast) Eddie.

Linda married her college sweetheart John “Jack” Gibbs on June 1, 1968. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jack and Linda have resided in many U.S. cities due to Jack’s career: Rapid City, South Dakota; Great Bend, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; and Gilbert, Arizona. They recently retired in Sun City, Arizona. Jack and Linda loved to travel. They took the whole family on trips across the country to give their children and four grandchildren memories to last a lifetime.

Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband Jack; son Kevin Gibbs (Kylie) of Gretna, Nebraska; daughter Kelly Marshall (Matthew) of Phoenix, Arizona; brothers Dennis Eddie of Chino Valley, Arizona; Randy Eddie (Valora) of Winner, South Dakota; Ron Eddie of Austin, Texas; sister Darla Eddie Pistulka of Mitchell South Dakota; best friend and honorary sister Judy Frie (Jim); four grandchildren: Ethan, Lukas, Treyden, and MaKenzie Gibbs and several nieces and nephews.

Linda worked 46 years in accounting and payroll and thoroughly enjoyed helping people. Whereas in her youth she was very shy, she discovered she had the gift of gab in her later years. No person was a stranger to Linda. The Eddie family is known for their sharp wit and rampant sarcastic humor. Linda approached life with rose-colored glasses and laughter.

A celebration of life will be held in memory of Linda on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Regency Mortuary: 9850 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, Arizona 85373. Pastor Sil Herrera will officiate. A second celebration will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church: 301 W 4th St, Winner, South Dakota, with Pastor John Britt officiating.

Bob Klas, 82

Bob Klas died peacefully, surrounded by his family at his Tigard home on Wed. May 2, 2018. At 82, he was rewarded for living a good life by a blessed, holy death. He fought lung cancer for a year and a half,

Bob was born May 28, 1936, the only child of Alice [Holden] K1as and Raymond Klas. He was delivered by a midwife, on a poor depression-era farm near Colome, SD. When he was 3, his parents moved to Winner where he grew up a “towny”. Bob’s 35 “farm cousins” were jealous of him because he a1ways had a room to himself whi1e moving often from one small rental to another. Bob was jealous of them because they had many brothers and sisters to have fun with whi1e sharing a room between three or four of them. The “country cousins” had many animals to “play with and ride” across vast open fields. whi1e he had just one dog “Blondie” to love. These fields were the same fields their grandparents homesteaded and on which their parents struggled through the dustbowls and 1ocust hordes. Being “rooted to the land” was a treasured value unknown to city folk. Winner, though tiny by our standards, was the “big town” and was the main trading center of this vast farming region. There Bob attended St. Mary‘s grade school and served as an altar boy before graduating with honors from Winner High in June of 1954. Weeks later, the family moved to Hillsboro, OR where a few relatives had relocated.

When Bob was barely 10, he started working as a shoe shine boy at he Winner Grocery lo help the family make ends meet. A good worker, he was promoted to sweeper, then bagboy, then clerk till eventually becoming a phone—delivery truck driver. In Winner, he made $1.00/hour and tips. Soon after moving to Hillsboro, Bob got a job at Smith‘s Market again as a phone—delivery driver but making $3.00/hour and tips! Bob thought he was rich and gone to heaven! Soon realizing that most customers ordered similar groceries each week, Bob began prepacking the orders well before the phone-in deadline. This way, by serving many more customers, Bob made more tip money while Smith made more profit. Bob continued to work for Smith full time-days then drove downtown nightly to study drafting at Multnomal College and Fine Arts at The Museum Arts School. He started pre Archineclurc at PSU in 1958. Oct. 1959 with the cold war warming up Bob enlisted in the Army. Right after boot camp and job
training, he was sent to Passalaqua, a small administrative base in the heart of Verona, Italy. Italy was a dream assignment for this young architecture student. Immediately, Bob started going off base every chance he got, eager to see the sites and experience the culture. Because of his precise grammar excellent spelling and clean cut mannerisms, Bob was entrusted to type and edit the senior-officer-performance-repots before sending then further up. He was promoted very quickly then chosen to be an honor guard. A few months later, Bob was “invited“ to the Italian Consul’s office. There he was asked if he wanted to “volunteer” to “occasionally just carry a few papers to Venice.“ Venice, just an hour away by train was where the US embassy was located. He was “offered a few extra
weekend leaves at government expense.” A young 22 year old Bob “volunteered in a heartbeat!” On THE day the Berlin wall was started, Bob was flown out of Verona and directly back to Portland, months before he was due. In Aug. 1961, Bob was honorably discharged.

Home again, he reenrolled in PSU and again went to work at Smith‘s Market. Bob married Mary Anne Millington June 8, 1964,

That fall, they moved to Eugene when Bob transferred to U of O. Bob made the Dean’s list and received several scholarships. He graduated in Dec. 1966 earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree,

Moving back to Portland, he began working as a draftsman. Over the next 40 years, Bob specialized in designing commercial retail. Hundred of Safeways, Albertsons, Thriftways and adjoining strip malls throughout OR, WA, ID, NV, and Northern California were designed by EKA. Bob‘s firm did motels, restaurants, banks & some larger regional malls. He redesigned Beaverton mall 3 times. In the 70’s Beaverton used his double-pod-design for 8 schools years. Throughout those 40 years, because of his high standards, integrity and fairness, Bob had many repeat clients and employees who stayed with him for 20 plus years until he finally retired when 70.

About 25 years ago, Bob volunteered his services to remodel Trinity’s original ‘long gym Church’ into the more ‘congregation-friendly-round one’ that served us for two decades. It is fitting that today, Bob’s funeral is being held here in this, ‘Trinity’s new Church’ whose original-concept roots came through Bob years ago. Trinity was Bob’s spiritual home. Here, he taught CCD and led the scouts when his children were young. Later he was a lector, usher, collection-counter, and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Serving as Eucharistic minister was what he cherished most. He was Fed here and from here he is Freed to his new life.

The day Bob died, Wed. May 2. 2018, was the most peaceful, deepest, calmest, most Spirit-filled day of his whole life. Having the whole family together always was Bob‘s greatest joy. For us to feel, see and, witness his spirit rising that whole day, to know he was on the way to Heaven was a gift he shared with us.


Steven W. Stewart, 57

Funeral services for Steven W. Stewart, 57, of Reliance, SD were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at the Reliance United Methodist Church in Reliance, SD with burial in the Reliance Cemetery at Reliance.

Steven Wesley Stewart was born Aug. 22, 1960 in Chamberlain to Carrol and Dorothy (Hoffer) Stewart. Steven was the eighth of nine children who grew up on the family farm south of Reliance. Steven attended North Cooper Country School and graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1978. Steven lived on the family farm in rural Reliance nearly all of his life.

Steven enjoyed drawing, playing video games, hunting and had a unique interest in pocket watches. Steven loved the cats and dogs he had over the years; he and Max went for endless pickup rides. Steven was known for his calm, quiet demeanor and was never in a hurry when driving. Steven had a love for Chevy vehicles. Steven could listen to any motor run and not only tell you what was wrong, but how to fix it.

Steven had a witty sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. Steven took care of those around him. He provided care for his parents as they aged, and assisted his brother with his recent illness. During life’s toughest of moments, Steven could always find something uplifting to share and saw the best in everyone.

Steven loved spending time with nieces and nephews; from playing video games, hunting with them, teaching them to drive tractors, going on 4 wheeler rides, or just sitting and talking.

Steven most recently worked the past 20 years for Harry K Ford in Winner.

Steven courageously fought a 9 month battle with cancer and passed away on Aug. 14, 2018 at his home in rural Reliance at the age of 57 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his siblings, Eileen Wheeler of Belle Fourche, SD, Leland Stewart of Oacoma, SD, Marilyn Robinson and husband DeeJay of Great Falls, MT, Douglas Stewart of Reliance, SD, Donna Stewart and Neil Morris of Olympia, WA, Gordon Stewart of Rapid City, Dennis Stewart and wife Carol of Avon, SD, brother-in-law John Cosgrove of Reliance; aunt Betty Grass of Rapid City, SD; an uncle Daniel Hoffer of Reliance, aunt Gladys Stewart of Reliance; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Carrol and Dorothy Stewart, sister Alice Cosgrove, brother-in-law Jack Wheeler and nephew Nathan Stewart.

Mildred Sorber, 99

Memorial services for Mildred Sorber were held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Adair, IA with Reverend Jane Shepherd officiating.

Interment of ashes was in the Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair, IA. Hockenberry Family Care, Adair, IA was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred was born on July 21, 1919, at home north of Dallas, the daughter of Clifford and Anna (Richter) Smith. She was raised around the Dallas area and graduated from Dallas High School in 1937.

Mildred was united in marriage to Merlin G. Sorber in January of 1941. She and her husband moved to Iowa in 1944. They made their home in various towns including Perry, Fort Dodge, Rippey and finally Adair for more than 60 years.

She was a homemaker and bookkeeper for Merlin’s service station. After his death she was employed at Adair Feed & Grain as a bookkeeper. Mildred was active in her community and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Adair, church ladies circle, Hook & Ladder, VFW Auxiliary, Civic League, past officer of Sunnyhill Cemetery Association, and a leader for 4-H and Cub Scouts.

Mildred enjoyed entertaining the neighborhood children as well as her grandchildren. She was a great seamstress and made a quilt for each great-grandchild. Mildred also enjoyed gardening, playing cards and was an avid reader until her eyesight failed. One of the highlights of her life was accompanying her sister to Sweden for a family reunion.

Mildred Bernice Sorber, 98, of Atlantic, IA, and formerly of Adair, IA passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Sorber, her parents, Clifford and Anna Smith, her sons, Randy (infant), Dennis and Jerald, brothers Gerald, John, Glenn, Marvin, Robert and Clair; her sisters, Carolyn and Catherine in infancy and Lois Myers, six brothers-in-law, and three sisters-in-law.

Mildred is survived by her son, William (Sandy) Sorber of Johnstown, CO; daughter, Verlyn (Peter) Bennett of Rockport, TX; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Lowell “Bud” (Linda) Smith of White Lake, and Donald (Rosie) Smith of Gregory; her sister-in-law, Eldora Sober-Whiton of Perry, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

James Henry Burnham, 89

James Henry Burnham, 89 of Winner, SD and formerly of Wood, SD died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Ava’s House by Sanford in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jim was born at rural Wood, SD on June 12, 1929 to Ivy and Maysie (Dickerson) Burnham. He attended the Lookout country school through the eighth grade. Following school Jim worked as a farmhand for his sisters and other various farmers in the area. On April 10, 1948 Jim married Mildred Ann Bachmann at McMinnville, OR. After a short stay in Oregon they made their home in the Wood area. Jim continued working as a farmhand until 1970, when he started driving a bulk fuel delivery truck. He and Mildred raised cattle, milk cows, pigs, chickens and five kids. Jim enjoyed staying busy woodworking, welding and gardening. He also liked to fish, was an avid rattlesnake hunter and never missed an area rodeo. Jim retired from driving fuel truck in 1999 but continued to help area farmers with anything they needed. Jim was known to be a prankster and always looked forward to teasing the children of his route customers.

Grateful for having shared in Jim’s life are his children, Linda (Ronnie) Dimond of Wood, and their son Ben (Jenny) Dimond and grandchildren Colter and Mesa all of Wood, and daughter Amy (Keenon) McClaine and granddaughter, Karelli all of Kansas City, KS; Lonnie (Sue) Burnham of Rapid City and their daughter Heather (Matt) Palmer and grandchildren Garrett, Liam, Nora, Hank all of Mina, SD and son Austin Burnham of Rapid City; Lois (Rob) Comp of Presho, SD and their son Lance (Amanda) Comp and grandchildren Brady and Wes all of Presho, SD and daughter Darla (Leon) Cameron and grandchildren Cooper and Ely all of Sherwood, ND; Lori (Scot) Schara of Rapid City and their son Tyler Schara of Fargo, ND, daughter Savanna Schara of Rapid City and daughter Ashley Schara of Sioux Falls; Lisa (Devin Rogers) Burnham of Rapid City and their daughters, Dorian Swanson of Rapid City and Delane Rogers of Aberdeen.

Jim was the last remaining survivor of nine siblings and his parents. He is reunited in the Heavenly Kingdom with his beloved wife Mildred who died on June 8, 1984.

Memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Wood Community Hall with Rev. Gary Walters officiating. Inurnment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Wood.

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James F. Shoemaker Jr. “Shoey”, 63

James F. Shoemaker Jr. “Shoey”, 63, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 at his residence in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner Catholic Cemetery.

Shoey spent his life with a homestead in Winner but had an adventurous spirit. Shoey’s idea of a life on the road was a well-lived life. From traveling to 48 states, half of Canada and most of Mexico, he was happiest whether it was visiting Sturgis, family & friends, or venturing with his dogs, Grizzly & Rip. This was Shoey’s passion.

Shoey was extremely proud of things in his life such as earning his Eagle Scout Badge in 1973. Attending many concerts like Led Zeppelin, building many motorcycles including his prized joy, the Brother Mike Bike, and supporting the Military & several non-profit organizations.

Shoey will be missed by his four sisters, Rosemary Connot, Patricia Eade, Jeanne Shoemaker, Judy Fisher, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Awaiting him in Heaven is his parents. Helen & James (Red) Shoemaker, brother Mike Shoemaker, niece Dawn Knoepfle, nephew Bob Connot, his bird Niko, and friends who passed before him.

William George Lindwurm, 99

Fiuneral services for William Lindwurm were held Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church of Burke. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery of Burke.

William George Lindwurm was born on Jan. 24, 1919, near Osmond, NE to William and Rosa (Kumm) Lindwurm. He was baptized on March 30, 1919, at Pierce County, NE.

His mother died of the flu shortly after giving birth to his sister Rosie. Bill was one year old and was sent to live with his grandparents in SD until his father moved to SD. His father hired Lena Kahler as a nanny for his five young children (Christina, Ella, Elsie, Bill, and Rosie).

After his father’s marriage to Lena, Bill returned to live with his dad, step-mother, and sisters. His dad and Lena had 4 more children (Alvina, Esther, John, and Phillip). Bill attended school at Pleasant View District No. 53. Bill was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on July 14, 1935, at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlock, SD, and was a faithful member there until it closed in 2001. He then transferred his membership to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burke, SD, where he remained a member until his death. He served as church secretary and treasurer at Peace for 12 years.

When his father was unable to work because of a stroke, Bill stepped in to do the farming. He also worked on the WPA building county roads with horses. After his father passed away, he remained on the farm until 1958, when he and his step-mother moved into Burke. Then, in 1961, he moved back out to a farm 8 miles south and 5 miles west of Burke. He “batched” it for 14½ years and then on June 5, 1976 he married Esther Smith. They moved 3 miles west of Burke in 1986. In 1995, Esther passed away. He moved to Park View Manor in Burke in 2007, and moved to Silver Threads in 2016.

Bill was a kind, quiet man with a strong but simple faith. He enjoyed playing his harmonica, fishing and playing cards. He was one of the first people to have a video camera and he enjoyed videoing and taking pictures.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Rosa, his wife, Esther, his half brother Phillip Lindwurm who was killed in the Korean War, his step mother Lena Lindwurm, his sisters Rosie Sengleman, Tena Neuharth, Elsie Fode, Ella Hanson and Esther Braun, six brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, and one step-son.

Bill is survived by his sister, Alvina Wonnenberg, his brother, John Lindwurm, nieces and nephews, and step-children.

Bill passed away at the Rosebud Country Care Center on Aug. 9, 2018 at the age of 99 years, 6 months and 16 days.