Linda Hespe, 73, of Colome, SD passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery in Colome, SD.
Linda was born April 1, 1948 in Omaha, NE and was raised by her parents George and Marcella (Salmen) Hermsen of Butte, NE and also grew up in Butte with her brother Larry. She graduated from high school in Butte. She married Gerald “Jerry” Hespe on Oct. 12, 1968 in Butte, NE. To this union three children were born. Linda served as a Lioness, was in the Legion and was a Red Hat Society member.
She was a soda jerk at Burns Drug, she and Jerry owned the Homestyle Café in Colome where she loved to cook, and managed the Sale Barn Cafe in Winner, SD. She loved playing cards, cribbage, checkers, (and according to her kids and grandkids was excellent at cheating at those games as well). She was also a dedicated Colome Cowboys fan and rarely missed a game.
Linda is survived by 4 children, Kenneth (Sandra) Hespe of Mission, SD, Keith (Stephanie) Hespe of Okaton, SD, Kimberly (Richard) Bruns of Dallas, SD and Laura (John) Carlson of Billings, MT; 9 grandchildren, Brooke (Dustin) Fisher, Jacob Hespe, Wyatt Hespe, Kalli (Emmitt) Houchin and Zach Hespe, Benton and Crean Carlson, Dori and Riki Bruns; 4 great-grandchildren Payton, Bailey and Carley Fisher and Easton Houchin; brother Larry (Roberta) Hermsen of Butte, NE; sisters and brothers in-law Barb (Mel) Lee of Winner, SD, Bev (Bill) Whitney of Rapid City, SD, Doug (Ruth) Hespe of Owasso, OK, Richard (Connie) Hespe of Ivanhoe, TX, Jerry Dodd of Rapid City, SD, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, granddaughter Jordyn Hespe, brother-in-law Ronny Hespe, sisters-in-law Barb Hespe and Debbie Dodd, niece Mindy Shamberger and nephew Jeff Hespe.