Stanley Herman Maier “Snuce”, 87

Stanley Herman Maier “Snuce”, 87, of rural Carter SD passed away May 18, 2022, at Sioux Falls McKennan Hospital. 

Funeral service was held on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

Snuce was born March 25, 1935, to Herman and Anna Maier at Pahapesto Township in northern Tripp County.  He graduated from Witten High School May 13, 1955.  That fall he joined the United States Army where he served his country for 2 years before returning home in September 1957.

June 3, 1961, Stanley married Carol Mae Earll.  They had 3 children and made their home in Pahapesto Township where they raised cattle and hogs.

For 60 years, Snuce and Carol welcomed pheasant and deer hunters from all parts of the country into their home.  A good many laughs were shared at the Ship, Captain, Crew table and lifetime friendships created.  Snuce cherished these friendships.  He started planning and looking forward to the next season before the previous one had even ended.

Snuce loved his social time with family and friends.  A visitor to his home quickly became a friend.  The coffee pot was usually on and there was always a story to share over pie/cake.  Snuce sure enjoyed his sweets and snacks especially his popcorn, ice cream and chocolate.

Snuce was known for his good natured wit and life lasting nicknames: Mokey, Bo, Pokey, Midge, Coken, Washo, Festus and Herbie to name a few.  He enjoyed teasing the kids by offering a finger to pull and a hand to shake.  In his later years, Snuce became a hugger and cherished his family time.

Snuce is survived by his children:  Leslie, Bonnie (Lowell), and Dennis (Karla); Grandchildren:  Elizabeth (Stephen), Hailey (Jeremiah), Ashlyn (Bryan), Kristin, Colton (Ricki) and Darcy (Colter); Great-Grandchildren:  Kaysen, Karsten, Addison, Ellah, Greysen, Olivia, Carter and Ryken; foster Great-Grandchildren:  Alayna and Aubree; his sister Lavonne; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Carol, parents Herman and Anna, brother Gene, sister Virginia in infancy, great-grandson Bentley and special friend Darlene.

Memorial Day closings

Government offices in Winner will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

The Tripp County courthouse and the library will be closed.

Winner city office will be closed on Memorial Day.

All state and federal offices in Winner will not be open on Monday.

The Winner post office will be closed on Memorial Day and there will be no mail delivery.

Financial institutions in Winner and Colome will not be open for business on Memorial Day.

There will be noon meal served on Monday at the senior citizens center.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health will be closed on Monday.

Memorial Day Service Speaker

Rick Williamson will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service in Winner on May 30 at 11 a.m. The service will be at the Winner Cemetery and will feature the Avenue of Flags.

Williamson was elected to a four year term on the VFW’s national council of administration in Orlando, Fla., representing the department of South Dakota.

He retired from the South Dakota Army National Guard in 2005 after 23 year of service. He earned his VFW eligibility by serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In recognition of his service, he received the Iraq Campaign medal with two stars, combat action badge, valorous commendation medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Army achievement medal with four oak leaf clusters.

Williamson joined the VFW in 2005 at post 3164 in Canton where he maintains his gold legacy life membership. He has served in elected and appointed positions at the post, district and department levels, culminating with his election as department commander in 2017, in which he received All-American status.

On the national level, he has served on the general resolutions committee, Iraq/Afghanistan veterans committee, committee on national convention ad as deputy chief of staff.

He is employed by Johnson Feed Inc.

He is a life member of the VFW national home for children ad a member of the American Legion.

Williamson and his wife, Cindy, reside in Canton.

The Winner VFW and Auxiliary plus the Winner American Legion, auxiliary will be doing the honors at the cemetery.

In addition, the two organizations will be doing the honors at the following cemeteries: 8:30 a.m. at Novotny cemetery, 9 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic, Clearfield; 9 a.m. Holy Spirit Cemetery, Ideal; 9:30 a.m. Lenker Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. ZCBJ Cemetery.

There will be over 1,000 flags put up in the cemetery.

An important part of the Memorial Day event is the Avenue of flags where flags are put up at the cemetery.

Volunteers are needed to put up the flags. The time frame is: May 27 at 1 p.m. place crosses and small flags by veterans grave sites.

May 29 at 4 p.m. lay poles by holes. At 6 a.m. May 30 the flags will be put up.

At 4 p.m. on May 30 the flags will be taken down and folded.

WHS National Honor Society Graduates

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
National Honor Society grads from Winner High School are in front from left Slade Cournoyer, Adam Bohnet, Jenna Hammerbeck, Joey Cole, Jackson Vesely, Kelsey Sachtjen, Elijah Peterson and Charley Pravecek. Second row from left are Alex Bohnet, Emma Jorgensen, Kaleb Osborn, Finn Bartels, Kolbie Osborn, Ryan Sell, Adrienne Lewis and Shayla Bice. Back from left are Bella Swedlund, Michael Olson, Hattie Hespe, Alani Old Lodge, Ellie Brozik, Kaden Keiser, Sidda Schuyler and Marissa Meiners.

Instrumental contest ratings

Winner 5th to 8th graders competed in an instrumental contest May 6 in Winner.

Students with a superior rating are: Katie Pederson, Kacie Petersen, Riley Peppel, Jamisyn Crow Eagle, Harley Saner, Paisley Hossle, Nadia Millian, Kendall Engel, Delaney Olson, Amanda Edwards, Addi Heenan, Sophia DuBray, Payton Sargent, Levi Heenan.

Excellent rating went to Lena DeMers, Adrian Hunt, Jaelyn Assman, Windy Running Horse, Noah Manke.

Autumn Cook received a good rating.

Colome math winners

Colome High School students participated in the West River Math Contest at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City.

Results include:

Algebra I division

Seth Heath, 9th; Alex Larson, 12th, Gracie Rohde, 13th

Geometry division

Westlie Cahoy, 7th; Joseph Laprath, 7th ad Raelynn Kingsley, 11th

Algebra II

Shaleena Kingsley, 7th; Emma Vandenbark, 9th, Tianna Larson, 10th

Master division

Katie Welker, 9th

Regents Scholars

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Winner High School graduates who are Regents Scholars are in front from left Slade Cournoyer, Adam Bohnet, Jenna Hammerbeck, Joey Cole, Jackson Vesely, Kelsey Sachtjen, Elijah Peterson and Charley Pravecek. Second row from left are Kathleen Dreyer, Emma Jorgensen, Kaleb Osborn, Finn Bartels, Kolbie Osborn, Achilles Willuweit, Adrienne Lewis and Shayla Bice. In back from left are Alex Bohnet, Bella Swedlund, Michael Olson, Skyler Hansen, Alani Old Lodge, Ellie Brozik, Kaden Keiser, Sidda Schuyler and Ryan Sell.