Delores Alice Nelson, 92

Delores Alice Nelson was born Jan. 21, 1926 at Herrick, South Dakota to Simon and Lena (Christensen) Sterling and she died March 6, 2018 at the Mary House Long Term Care in Pierre, South Dakota at the age of 92 years.

When she was a small girl they moved to a farm near Witten, South Dakota. She grew up there, later moving to Winner, South Dakota where she graduated from high school. She attended Sioux Falls College for a short time before she began teaching.

On May 27, 1951, Delores married Lee Nelson at the Winner Baptist Church. They started their married life on a farm south of Burke and eventually moved to the farm near Lucas, where Lee was raised.

Delores taught school for a few years and then continued helping with the farm and becoming a foster parent. She was a member of the Lucas Baptist Church and the Burke Senior Citizens group.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Lee; her parents; her siblings: Florence Burtz, Clarence Sterling, Harvey Sterling, Viola Sterling, Wesley Sterling, Don Sterling, Dale Sterling, Henry “Bud” Sterling, and Elsie Walters; her son-in-law, Larry Handwerk and her granddaughter, Christie.

Delores is survived by her children: Loryece Handwerk of Marion, SD; Rick (Martha) of Sioux Falls, SD; Randy of Mitchell, SD; Marcy of Peoria, AZ; Ron (Sylvia) of Pierre, SD; Donovan Wright (Renee) of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Dara Johnson (Michael) of New Mexico and Darwin Nelson (Christina) of Mitchell, SD; her grandchildren: Samantha Nelson, Jessica Vest, Joshua Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Dylan Wright, Abigail (Adam) Wright-Wellan, Ashton, Nelson, Mia Nelson, Chris Nelson, Beyonca Rose Klein, Ehryn Nelson and Lynkyn Nelson; her great-grandchildren: Skylar and Emily Hinseth, Alec Nelson, Addy Nelson, and Dean Nelson; her sister-in-law: Phyllis (Nelson) Dixon and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

June Ring, 80

June Bertha Martha Duchow was born on Nov. 3, 1937 in Havillah, WA, the third of seven children born to Rev. Marcus T. Duchow and Dorothea (Klotsch) Duchow. She was baptized into the death and resurrection of her Lord Jesus Christ at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Havillah, WA on Nov. 21, 1937. In her early years she moved with her family through various calls in Washington, Oregon, and Nebraska. She was confirmed in her baptismal faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Grants Pass, OR in 1952.

She graduated from high school in Meadow Grove, NE in 1956 and attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, graduating in 1960. She taught in Billings, MT and Bay City, MI before God led her to a one room country school, Prairie View, in rural Norris, SD. There she married local farmer/rancher Lawrence Ring (Aug. 5, 1966) whom she had met previously when her father served as vacancy pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Norris. To this blessed union were born four children: Rachel Ring of Dallas, TX; Bruce Ring (Jessie) of Norris; Marcus Ring (Kristy) of Gregory, SD; and Daniel Ring (Michelle) of Seabeck, WA.

In addition to keeping a Christian home, she enjoyed singing in church choirs and gardening and was actively involved in Ladies Aid (LWML) and (SDSU) extension club. She was an avid reader, one of her favorite books from her childhood being “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Although she fell a little short of twelve children of her own, she shared her motherly compassion with the many children she babysat. After her children had grown she also enjoyed substitute teaching, quilting, puzzles, SD Cattlewomen, writing and presenting papers for the West River Historical Conference, and traveling to visit and care for her grandchildren. In all her travels she was proud to accomplish her goal of visiting all 50 states.

Remaining to cherish her memory are two sisters: Rose Wendt (Bob) of Olmsted, OH and Joyce Gierke (Chuk) of Omaha, NE; two brothers: James Duchow (Chris) of Stillwater, MN and Mark Duchow (Jane) of Imperial, MO; sister-in-law Judy Duchow of San Diego, CA; her four children, eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, etc.

She has joined in eternal life her parents, Marcus and Dorothea Duchow; her husband, Lawrence Ring; two brothers, Floyd Duchow and George Duchow; and many friends and relatives with whom she shared her faith-filled earthly life.


Toby Herrmann, 79

Toby Herrmann, 79, of Mission, SD passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Rapid City, SD.

Funeral service were held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Toby Hermann age 79 of Mission, SD was born on April 28, 1938 to Tobias Ervin Herrmann Sr. and Martha Clara Gall of Mosher, SD.

Toby was raised on the family farm 5 miles north of Mosher. Where he enjoyed riding horseback on his horse War Paint, hunting, fishing and hiking with his brother Harold. He helped his dad take care of the family livestock

He attended the Burns School 1 mile south of the farm house in Mosher, S.D. up to the 8th grade

In March of 1966 he married Sarah Yellow Face from Okreek, S.D. Together they resided in Mosher and raised 6 children.

He worked for the Mosher Elevator as a laborer then in 1980 he moved his family to Mission, S.D. and worked as a custodian for the Todd County High School until he retired in 2003.

During his retirement years his hobbies were reading, mowing the lawn, growing a flower garden and his enjoyment was visiting his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Toby is survived by his brother Jim Herrmann of Phoenix AZ along with 2 sisters, Margie Hanson of Ainsworth Nebraska and Dorothy DeWitt of Puyallup, Washington. Six children, Richard Yellow Face of Mission, SD; David Herrmann of Sioux Falls, SD; Donna Hermann of Mission, SD; Mark Herrmann of Britt Iowa; Jennifer Herrmann of Mission, SD; Kathy White Lance (William) of Rapid City, SD and 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Toby is preceded in death with his wife Sarah Herrmann and his parents Tobias and Martha Herrmann, brother Harold Herrmann and sister Lois Herrmann.

He will be greatly missed by one and all.

Robert Benda, 86

Robert Benda, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on March 9, 2018. He will be laid to rest in Winner, SD.

Bob was born on Nov. 26, 1931 in Millboro, SD to John and Belinda (Hendrickson) Benda. The family moved to Winner, SD where he graduated from high school in 1950. He attended college at the University of South Dakota and Ohio State University.

In 1951, Bob married Leona Rice and 5 children were born to this union. His primary occupation was as a carpenter, and he built Hidden Paradise Resort on Spider Lake near Nevis, MN; where he also lived for several years. Once Bob retired, he moved to Mexico and built Minnesota Bob’s restaurant before returning to the U.S. to live in Iowa.

Bob was very social and always had a morning coffee group to start the day. He loved the outdoors, animals, playing cards, dancing and politics. His family will always remember his adventurous spirit, and will miss him dearly.

Left to cherish his memory include his children: Terry (Patti Griffith) Benda of Altoona, IA, Vikki Lewton of Bettendorf, IA, Roxanne (David) Neary of Des Moines, IA, and Robin Large of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren: Kindra, Kody, Kelsey, Jacque, Erin, Lauren, Danielle, Trevor and Christopher; 9 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Mazie Brandt of Rapid City, SD, and John Benda of Sparta, Il.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents: John and Belinda; son: Monte Benda; grandchildren: Van and Kelly Lewton and Kalyn Large; siblings: Peggy Ballou, Cornelia Yost, Russell Benda; and brothers-in-law: Larry Brandt and Leo Sieler.

Delores G. Zimbelman, 81

Dee was born on Dec. 31, 1936 to Ed and Rose (Schamber) Steinke in Colome, SD. She met the love of her life, Donald Zimbelman, and they were united in marriage on Sept. 27, 1952 in Winner, SD. They moved to Rapid City in August of 1961.

Dee worked in Food Service for the Rapid City School District for over 33 years, retiring in 2003. She was a faithful member of Bethel Assembly of God. She sang in their choir and was active with the missionetts. She also taught Sunday School and served as a greeter at the church. Dee loved to read and take walks with her friends. She always welcomed strangers and friends warmly into her home with the cookie jar always full. Dee always had room at her table for people and loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren (10) and great-grandchildren (12).

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Valorie (Vern) Turner, Cindy (Gary) Zeller, Tim Zimbelman, all of Rapid City, and Diane (KC) Kopaska of Republic, Missouri; brother, Harry (Doris) Steinke of Loveland, CO; sister, Helma Goff of Denver, CO; and son-in-law, Mark Kostaneski.

Preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents; five sisters, Esther Jacobson, Elsie Blanchette, Lorraine Donnelly, Leona Stark, and Dorothy Kahler; one brother, LaVern Steinke; one daughter, Lory Kostaneski and son, Bryan Zimbelman

Visitation will be held from 6pm – 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 7 at Kirk Funeral Home. Funeral services at 11 am on Thursday, March 8 at the funeral home. Burial at Black Hills National Cemetery.

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Benjamin Bradley Sherwood 62

Benjamin Bradley Sherwood, Brad to his friends and family, passed away on Jan. 8, 2018 in Vermillion.

Brad was born on Sept. 27, 1955 to Benjamin James Sherwood and Adelyne Maria Jackson Sherwood in Winner, SD. He was the fifth of six children raised in Wood, SD. Brad attended the Upward Bound program at the University of South Dakota in the summer. Through this experience, he met Dr. Wayne Evans who was his mentor and became a very special friend. During this time, Brad developed a deep love and appreciation for his Lakota heritage. After graduating from Wood High School in 1976, Brad joined the US Army. Following his service duty, he returned home to spend time with his father in Wood before relocating to the Vermillion area. During his life, Brad was a trained barber, worked at a packing plant, and had various other jobs before being employed at McDonalds for several years. He enjoyed working at McDonalds until he was no longer able to work due to his health. Throughout his life, he enjoyed Sun Dances and Pow Wows where he made many friends.

Brad is survived by his father Ben Sherwood of Wood, SD and four sisters Joyce Colombe of Rapid City, SD Jayne Longcor of Valentine, NE, Mona (John) Massingale of Wood, SD and Sandra (Dave) Goad of Ralston, OK and a host of nephews and nieces, cousins and close friends.

Brad was preceded in death by his mother Adelyne Sherwood, brother Cleveland James (Jim) Sherwood, nephew Ben Joseph Almand, brother-in-law Ralph James Longcor, paternal grandparents John and Nellie Sherwood and maternal grandparents Cleveland and Phoebe Jackson.

Mona Schaeffer, 87

Mona Marie McDonald Schaeffer was born Dec. 4th, 1930 in Alfalfa County in Oklahoma to Lloyd Evertt McDonald and Iona Charlottie Summers McDonald.

Mona and her sister Donnas made many moves with their family from job to job in early childhood including Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas before settling down so the girls could go to school in one place. In 1947 Mona and her family moved to Wood South Dakota where she finished high school in 1949 and met her future husband Dwight Schaeffer. Before marrying, Mona attended Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in September 1952. Mona traveled to England where Staff Sargent Dwight Schaeffer was stationed in the Air Force. Mona and Dwight were married Dec. 13 1952 at Dunmoe, Essex, England.

Mona and Dwight returned home to the farm at Wood in November 1953 to take over the farm because of Dwight’s father’s failing health. Four children were born to this union, Daniel Lowell, Brian Kent, Lisa Marie and Craig Todd. During the years on the farm Mona taught Sunday School and Bible School and served as the Sunday School Superintendent for 17 years. In October 1964 Mona and Dwight started work as a Mobil fuel agent taking over for Lee McDonald who retired. In April 1969 they bought the business from Mobil to become Schaeffer Oil Co. In August 1970 they bought out a Mobil distributer in Winner, South Dakota and moved there to run the business. Mona worked as the head bookkeeper for many years until she and Dwight relocated to Tempe, Ariiz., in the 1990’s.

One of Mona’s favorite hobbies was genealogy and she made numerous trips to Salt Lake City, Rapid City, and many eastern states researching her family “roots”. Mona compiled and printed books for both the Summers and McDonald sides of her family as well as Dwight’s family.

Mona and Dwight returned to Winner in 2012 and took up residence at the Golden Prairie Manor to be closer to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mona is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dwight, children: Daniel Schaeffer, Brian (Jan) Schaeffer, Lisa (Robert) Koskan, Craig (Lori) Schaeffer, Grandchildren: Brandi Schaeffer, Logan Schaeffer, Lindsay Sletten, Lacy Schaeffer, Christopher Schaeffer, Shannon (Ronnie) Weir, Ryan Koskan, Devin (Kelsie) Koskan, Alex Schaeffer, Marlee Schaeffer and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mona was preceded in death by her sister Donnas and husband Francis Leat, her parents Lloyd and Iona McDonald, Dwight’s parents Luther Schaeffer and Astrid Schaeffer Kositzky, and step-father Bill Kositzky.

Jason “JR” Robbins, 44

Jason “JR” Robbins, 44, of Hamill, SD passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, March 1, 2018. A visitation was held on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 6-7PM at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service and burial will follow in Pawnee, Oklahoma at a later date.

Jason Ray Robbins was born on December 5,1973, to Roy Lee Robbins and Francis Ann (Moss) Robbins, in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He passed away on March 1, 2018.

Jason grew up on a farm outside Pawnee, Oklahoma. He attended Pawnee Public School and graduated from there in 1991. He attended Oklahoma State University, he lacked 2 hours in getting his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture / Agronomy. He once told a friend, he didn’t need to get up in front of anyone to work on the farm, so he never took the mandatory speech class required to graduate.

Jason grew up helping his father on the farm. He loved taking care of the animals. Every summer his family would go to South Dakota and help Jason’s uncle Wayne with wheat harvest. After he stopped going to college, he decided to join the part of the Robbins family that had migrated to South Dakota. He went to work with his uncle Wayne, cousin Roger, brother David, and their families.

Jason was a shy quiet man. He kept to himself most of the time. As the saying goes, children and animals know a person’s heart, and children and animals loved being around Jason and he loved them as well. His shyness would slip away as he played games with the children.

Jason is survived by his father and mother Roy Lee, and Francis Ann Robbins, of Pawnee, OK, brother David Robbins, of Hamill, SD, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Melvin Hibbs, 76

Melvin Allen Hibbs was born Feb. 25, 1941 to Guythal and Alice (Bartels) Hibbs near Primrose, NE. Melvin was the 4th child born of a family of 7 children. The family moved from Nebraska to Tripp County, SD and lived on several farms until 1947 when the family moved into Winner. He attended the Winner Public School and graduated from the Winner High School in 1959.

Melvin liked being around animals so shortly after graduation he went to work on a ranch for Donald Dobberstien of Academy, SD. When Dobberstien moved to a ranch near Victor, Mont., Melvin went with him.

Several years later he returned to Winner and was employed for the late Earl Burtz on the farm. From there we was employed by the City of Winner for several years before starting work for the Winner School System. He drove school bus and worked doing janitorial work. He like being around the children and had their respect. Melvin retired in November 2017 due to ill health. Melvin was a member of the First Christian Church.

He is survived by his sisters, Ethel Evans of Winner, Patricia Heumiller of Winner, and Mary Wranek of Summerset, SD; brothers, Wayne Hibbs Sr. of Petaluma, Calif., Donald (Marlyeen) Hibbs of Superior, NE and Cleo (Mary) Hibbs of Yankton, SD. Melvin is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents and 3 brothers-in-law; Dale Evans, Joseph Heumiller, James Wranek and a sister-in-law Eugenia Hibbs. He will be greatly missed.

Brooks Dean Hurley, 3

Brooks Dean Hurley, 3, of Witten, SD passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service.

Brooks Dean Hurley was born on Oct. 31, 2014 to Thomas Barry Hurley and Katie Jo Hurley. He went to be with the Lord on Feb. 16, 2018.

Brooks loved animals and enjoyed helping dad and Bo feed the animals or going out to see the horses with Keasha and Berkley. He stole the hearts of everyone with those big blue eyes. He loved dressing up as his favorite superheroes to save his family from the bad guys. Brooks was able to become a superhero himself with the donation of his heart.

Brooks had quite the collection of cars that he liked to try to bring everywhere with him. Brooks was his Uncle Kelly’s biggest fan. He loved to watch him play college football. One of Brooks’ favorite places to sneak away to was Great Grandma and Grandpa Schwinler’s house where he learned one of Grandpa’s many quotes “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do” which he would run around repeating.

Brooks was preceded in death by his great-grandparents Joe and Pat Clifford, Bo Hurley, and Ole and Audrey Faldalen.

Brooks is survived by his father Barry Hurley, mother Katie (Faldalen) Hurley, siblings; Bo, Keasha and Berkley, great-grandparents; Trudy Hurley, Bill and Shirley Schwinler, grandparents; Bill and Emma Hurley, Roger and Sue Robbins, Lisa (Schwinler) Faldalen and Rocky and Penny Faldalen with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Brooks’ energetic and loving personality will be missed by us all.