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Eugene Donald Furness PDF Print E-mail
Eugene Donald Furness
April 16, 1934 - June 18, 2015
Eugene D. "Gene" Furness, age 81, Clark, died in the Golden Living Center at Clark early Thursday, June 18, 2015 after a long illness with lung and kidney failure. He had entered the care center on Tuesday afternoon under Hospice care.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 4-7 PM at the Furness Funeral Home at Clark and will continue at the Church after 9AM on Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:30AM in the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clark with burial following in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Watertown. The Reverend Kathy Hibbert and Pastor Pam Seefeldt will officiate. Dorothy Fuller will be the organist with Wendy Christman and Robbyn Givens as soloists. The honorary casketbearers are many, Gene considered all friends very dear to him, especially the Clark Rotary Club, The South Dakota Umpires Assn., Former Clark Jaycees, Lake Norden Lakers and their coach Burt Tulson, Clark County Courthouse Staff and Commissioners, The Staffs at the Clark and Waubay School Districts that he had been associated with over the years, his refereeing partners including Jim Bjerke post-humus, those he had coffee with, all former basketball players he coached over the years, South Dakota Principals Assn., the step-grandchildren, Chad, Chris, Danielle, Josh and Micah Thomas, including Greg’s 18 exchange sons, Hannes, Dimitri, Martin, Machiel, Woo, Hauke, Maik, Lars, Manuel, Lukas, Viktor, Ilkka, Lars, Philipp, Robin, Rafael, Richard and John, step great-grandchildren and the staff of the Sanford Clinic Clark, especially LouAnn Streff. The active casketbearers will be Christopher and Kenlie Furness, Cierra and Kelcie Hauf and Nick Thomas.

He was born Eugene Donald Furness on April 16, 1934 at Watertown, the first born son of Elmer and Stella (Johnson) Furness. Gene attended Watertown schools, graduating from Watertown High School in 1952. While in high school he was very active in sports, especially basketball. He also was active in baseball at Watertown playing for the Watertown Teeners and the Watertown Post 60 American Legion team. Following high school, he attended SDSU at Brookings on an athletic scholarship. During the summers he would play amateur baseball with the Langenfeld and Dick’s Sports Shop teams and also worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad on the signal crew.

He met and later married Joan Bierscheid on March 23, 1956 at Watertown. The couple lived in Watertown while he continued his education graduating with a B.A. in secondary education in 1958. He worked for a year for the City of Watertown in the electric division as a draftsman and then a brief time worked at the Watertown Coop Elevator. In the fall of 1959, he was hired by the Clark School District as a teacher and coach. The couple moved to Clark that fall. He continued with the Clark School District serving as teacher, coach, elementary principal and athletic director and in 1975 became the High School principal. During this time he furthered his education by obtaining a B.A. in elementary education from Huron College in 1970 and a master’s degree in school administration in 1973 from Northern State University. In 1984 he took a job with the Waubay School District, still living in Clark, and served as High School principal, later as CEO and athletic director until retiring in 2000.

In his free moments he refereed basketball with partner Jim Bjerke from 1969-1987, umpired baseball for 32 years including the State Amateur Tournament for 25 years, the SDIC, Basin League Pro-Teams, Legion and College ball. He also had the privilege to umpire the American Legion World Series in 1975. In 1991, he was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Umpires Hall of Fame. Gene also coached pee wee, midget and teener baseball in Clark and served as the Commissioner of Teener VFW baseball for over 30 years. He enjoyed coaching basketball over the years as well, not only on a high school level, taking teams to the state tournament in 1961, 1964 and 1967 but also a local Jaycee team and after retirement, coached fourth, fifth and sixth grade teams.

In the community he was a member of the Clark Rotary Club- a Paul Harris Fellow and in the late 1980’s was involved with others in the complete restoration of the ball diamond and football field at Dickinson Park, a project he began when he was serving as the President of the Clark Rotary Club, Clark Area Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Historical Society, served as a Clark County Commissioner for two terms, former member of the Clark Jaycees where he served as President, State Vice-President and also a National Director. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club at SDSU, The South Dakota Umpires Assn. – an organization he began in 1959, the South Dakota Principals Assn, the National Principal’s Assn and the organizing committee of the recently formed South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church since 1959 where he had served as President and a Trustee as well as a member of numerous committees over the years.

He enjoyed gardening – especially roses, going to concerts- especially Dixieland Jazz, watching sports and being with the grandchildren. Gene will long be remembered as a supporter of local sports and following many of the players over the years.

Preceding him in death were his parents Elmer and Stella Furness, in-laws, Cecil and Bernice (Dalton) Bierscheid, and Mark and Merle Bierscheid.

Grateful for having shared in his life is his wife Joan of Clark, sons, Greg of Clark, Geof (Misty) of Dell Rapids and Brad (Marsha) of Clark; grandchildren, Christopher and Kenlie Furness, brothers, Kenn Furness and Curt (Kathy)Furness all of Denver, CO, step-grandchildren, Cierra and Kelcie Hauf, Chad (Tara) Thomas, Chris Thomas, Danielle (Ed) Maack, Josh Thomas, Nick (Laura) Thomas and Micah Thomas and 14 step great-grandchildren. He also leaves in-laws, Janice Bierscheid of Watertown, Bob (Joan) Bierscheid of Roseville, MN and LaDonna Bierscheid of Watertown along with nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Gene preferred memorials to the

Clark Rotary Club- baseball improvement fund
% Robert Schlueter
110 5th Avenue NE,
Clark, SD, 57225 or the

Clark Area Community Foundation scholarship fund
PO Box 298
Clark, SD 57225 or the

South Dakota School for the Deaf Foundation
2001 E. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Do not cry; I am not suffering any more. And for the faithfulness with which you accompanied Me in My sufferings and death, your own death will be a solemn one, and I will accompany you in that last hour. Beloved pearl of My Heart, I see your love so pure, purer than that of the angels, and all the more so because you keep fighting. For your sake I bless the world. I see your efforts to please Me, and they delight My Heart.

Funeral arrangements are announced by the Furness Funeral Home at Clark where there is an on-line registry at

Milton LeRoy Wass PDF Print E-mail


Milton LeRoy Wass was born March 18, 1918 in Beresford, SD, the only child of parents Lloyd and Rose (Stuessi) Wass, and entered into death on December 18, 2015 at the age of 97 years and nine months. He was baptized in the Methodist faith and graduated from Beresford High School in 1936. His fondest childhood memories include learning to hunt with his grandfather John, and he passed that passion on to his six grandsons. He attended the University of Chicago for two years. He received his Mortuary Degree from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Missouri in 1943, graduating with honors.

Milton married Lillian Marjorie Bondhus on May 21, 1939 in Slayton, Minnesota, and the couple lived in Sioux City, Iowa, and Beresford before moving to Virginia and then to San Francisco, California where he served in the US Navy from 1943-1946 during WWII. They moved to Centerville in 1946 when he joined his father in the Wass Funeral Home business in Beresford, which was started by his grandfather in 1887, when Milton   turned the hospital in Centerville into a funeral home. Milton bought the funeral home in Alcester in 1971. He also provided ambulance services for Centerville for many years. Milton and Lillian worked together at the Wass Furniture Store in Beresford, until it was sold in 1971. While living in Centerville he was active in Scandia Lutheran Church, and later when they moved to Beresford, he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the Centerville Board of Education for nine years, The Centerville City Council for six years, the Centerville American Legion for 62 years,, was a Mason and especially enjoyed golf, (getting a hole in one, not once, but twice) hunting, training his three black lab hunting dogs, fishing, boating, hiking, (even hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in 1996 at age 78), bicycling (completed The Ride Across Minnesota in 1994 at age 76), which was 285 miles across Minnesota in five days; to prepare, he rode 285 miles around Beresford in five days. Milt enjoyed photography and even had a dark room in his home to develop his own photos. He followed in his Grandfather’s footsteps and learned the craft of woodworking, and each daughter has one of his beautifully crafted end tables to remember his talent. He taught his daughters and grandchildren to water ski, and made wonderful memories with his family at "The Cabin" on Lewis and Clark Lake. Milt believed in exercise and wore out three exercise bikes…riding more than 75,000 miles (or 3 trips around the world). 
After their retirement in 1985 Milton and Lillian loved to travel inside and outside of the US, and made trips to the Caribbean, French Rivera, Norway, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Jamaica and one of his favorite states to visit was Maine when they went to find the "Great Wass Island". They spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona, where he once received a speeding ticket for riding his bicycle TOO FAST. Milton was so proud of his wife being named Mrs. South Dakota, and going to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the Mrs. America contest in 1957. While there, he caught a seven foot, 47 pound sailfish. The perpetual learner, Milt took lessons on how to play the organ in his 80s. As Lillian grew frail, he would play to her every evening and they would sing hymns and say the Lord's Prayer together. His recorded music was played for her at her funeral in 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Lillian, on December 22, 2007. Among those who survive and who gratefully shared his life are his four daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Lyle Brend of Mesa, Arizona, Sandra and James DeSaix of Beresford, Marjorie and Lynn Ellis of Rapid City, and Kathleen and Craig Fransen of Jackson, MN.; ten grandchildren, Clark Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Darren Vik, Regina Larson, Clint Ellis, Daina Austin, Kollin Ellis, Micah Fransen, Bethany Fransen, and Hanna Rossow; four step-grandchildren, Maren DeSaix, Hilary Bertch, Nathan Brend, and Ashley Brend; 21 great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Siri, Kelsey, Britta, Kayla, Mia, Kara, Tanner, Cameron, Alana, Kaitlyn, Kendra, Lily, Anna, Elin, Jack, James, Dylan, Julia, Ava and Cole; and one great-great-grandson Owen.
Funeral services for Milton will be 2PM Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford, SD and burial with military honors at Beresford City Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8PM Monday at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford with the family present from 5:30-7PM and a prayer service at 7PM.
Josephine Brandriet PDF Print E-mail
altJosephine Brandriet
Mass of Christian Burial for Josephine Brandriet, 91, of Waverly will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 2nd at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Kranzburg. Father Ken Koster will officiate. Burial will follow in the Waverly Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. and will continue prior to services on Saturday.

Josephine passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Jenkins Living Center, Watertown, surrounded by her family.

Josephine Augusta was born on August 9, 1924 to Frank and Mary (Hallauer) Cordell in Codington County. She attended a one room school house in Elmira Township and later went to Kranzburg High School. Jo helped on the family farm for several years before uniting in marriage with Donald Brandriet at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg on September 19, 1946. The couple made their home on the Olson farm for a year before moving to the family homestead. In early years, both she and Don worked for Heritage Museum, building and finishing museum cases. Josephine also worked for a time at the Hospital in Watertown in the housekeeping department and later for Dakota Poultry. She was a hard-working lady, helping on the family farm while raising their ten children. Each year, a large garden was grown along with chickens and the family dairy cows. She worked tirelessly using a wringer washer and hanging clothes on the line to dry, while also mending all of the family clothes. In 1991, Josephine suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. Her willpower to overcome the difficulties that came with that was a true show of her character. Following Don’s passing in September of 2007, she became a resident at Jenkins Living Center.

Josephine was a woman of great faith. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waverly where she served on the Altar Society. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and will be fondly remembered for the many loaves of bread, donuts and cookies. She also loved visiting with family, friends and neighbors. As an avid Minnesota Twins fan, she was granted a My Heart’s Desire Wish at Jenkins Living Center, where she met several players and coaches. She will forever be remembered for her strength, generosity and love, witnessed by all of her family.

Celebrating her life are her children: Beverly (Paul) Isom of Clear Lake, Donna Kjornes of Watertown, Jeanette (Bill) Towle of Watertown, Roger (Rose Keen) Brandriet of Watertown, Marjorie (Marlow) Schaffer of Selby, Brian Brandriet (Jolene Hadley) of Watertown, Dale (Shellie) Brandriet of Arlington, Doug (Sandy) Brandriet of Watertown, Russ (Amy) Brandriet of Hurley, 30 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Josephine is also survived by her sister, Mary Pester of Lake Norden and her sister-in-law, Leona Cordell of Veneta, Oregon.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband of 61 years, Don, her son, Paul Brandriet, son-in-law, Douglas Kjornes, two daughters-in-law, Randene Brandriet and Karen Brandriet, three sisters and six brothers. Honorary Casketbearers will be the Staff at Jenkins Living Center, her sister, Mary Pester and all of her grandchildren.

Casketbearers will be Art Nelson, Scott Snoozy, Mark Kjornes, Tyler Brandriet, Mitchell Brandriet, Logan Brandriet, Justin Brandriet and Braden Brandriet.

Lois Barrett PDF Print E-mail

altLois Barrett, 69, of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Prairie Lakes Hospital. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Janet Miller officiating, Marcia as organist, and Lisa Bruley as soloist.

Visitation will be from 3-5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

Pallbearers will be Lake VandeZande, Nick Olson, Tom Barrett, JR VandeZande, Bill Weber, and Howard Sogn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lois’ Prairie Lakes Dialysis Family.

Lois Ramona Barrett, the daughter of Joseph E. and Verne (Shaw) Messer, was born April 9, 1946 in Webster, South Dakota.  She grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School.  She went on to obtain a degree in Mortuary Science and became a funeral director at Shaw-Messer Funeral Service and later at Sogn-Messer Funeral Home.

Lois loved her family and friends dearly. Horses always held a special place in her heart. Raising her foals and traveling many miles to shows brought her great joy.  She also enjoyed hunting and was very proud of her trophy buck.  Spending time on the lake fishing was also a great passion. She loved sharing the story of her proud walleye angler.  Music moved Lois’ soul.  Lois always valued reading; after she lost her eyesight, she enjoyed listening to books on tape.

Lois had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Kiwanis, Legion Auxiliary, AQHA and APHA. 

Blessed to have shared her life with: her children, Kathy (Gordon) VandeZande Little and Pat (Bob) Weber all of Watertown; three grandchildren, Bailley (fiancé, Nick Olson) Mason, Lake VandeZande and Sidney Weber; her siblings, Dr. Joseph (Nancy) V. Messer of Northfield, IL and Mary (David) McAdams of Tucson, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dr. James W. Messer; her infant sister, Dora Lou Messer; first husband, Lyle Barrett; and second husband, Dayle Johnson.

Lois was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.

Larry Cool PDF Print E-mail
alt  Larry G. Cool of Sioux Falls, SD, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the age of 68 from pancreatic cancer.  His funeral service will be Monday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 5509 West 41st Street in Sioux Falls.  Burial will be in the Platte City Cemetery, Platte, SD, after the service.  Visitation with the family present will be at Peace Lutheran Church Sunday, March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.   Services are under the direction of Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, SD.  Email condolences may be sent to
Larry Gene Cool was born to Lawrence Henry and Betty (Cahill) Cool, August 19, 1946, at Mitchell, SD. He grew up in Platte, SD, and graduated from Platte High School in 1964.  He attended SDSU in Brookings and later the Chicago School of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1968.  He then became a funeral director, beginning his career as a fourth generation family member in the Cool Funeral Home in Platte, SD.  Larry married Pamela Kay Schamber in 1974 in Scotland, SD, and worked many years in Sioux Falls before accepting a position as a funeral director at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings.  In December of 2014 they retired to Diamond Valley in Sioux Falls.
Larry's passion for genealogy kept him very busy in retirement.  He also did cemetery mapping for several SD communities.  He was active in the Kidney Foundation of SD, Kiwanis Club in Brookings and the Brookings Genealogical Association.  He was a founding member of the Su Fu Du Drum Line and the Spirit of Peace Contemporary Choir in Sioux Falls.  Larry's passion for music led him to entertain in a five-state area for many years.
Survivors include his wife of forty years, Pamela; his cherished son and daughter-in-law, James Elliott and Danielle Lila (Tupa) Cool, of Oak Park, Illinois; his mother, Betty (Cahill) Cool, of Platte; his two brothers, Tom Cool (Sharon) of Sioux Falls and Dan Cool (Linda) of Platte; his mother-in-law, Norma (Kepplinger) Schamber, of Scotland; special cousins, Jan and John Fox of Hideaway, Texas; as well as many friends and other relatives. 
Joel W. Klusmann PDF Print E-mail


Joel Klusmann, 75, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at his home in Lennox, South Dakota. Joel Wilbur Klusmann was born at New Salem, North Dakota on December 3, 1939, the son of Wilbur H. and Golde (Stayton) Klusmann. He grew up there and graduated from New Salem High School in 1957. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Bismarck State University with an Associate Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science. He then graduated from the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones, College of Mortuary Science in 1962.

On September 2, 1961, he was united in marriage to Delphi Gill at Wilton, North Dakota. Following their marriage they lived in Dallas, Texas, Kenmare, North Dakota, and Rapid City, South Dakota before moving to Lennox, South Dakota in August of 1965. He was employed at Dindot & Son Funeral Home and on September 1, 1983, purchased the business and re-named it Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home.

Joel was a member of Lennox Ebenezer Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher and camp nurse. He and wife Delphi served on a church planting team, that helped start Living Hope Community Church in Tea, South Dakota.

Joel was an active member of the Lennox community. He helped organize the Lennox Area Ambulance Service, of which he became a lifetime member. He was a charter member of the Lennox Lions and had served as a Cub Scout Master for Pack 109 and an Assistant Boy Scout Master for Troop 109 from 1976 to 1990. In earlier years he had been a member of the Development Corporation and the Lennox Jaycees. In 1997 at age 57, he completed his EMT Basic course and rejoined the Lennox Ambulance as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician, retiring in 2008. Joel’s hobbies were feeding and watching birds and volunteering.

He was preceded in death by his father, on November 26, 1991, his mother, on November 30, 1996, his daughter, Jodi Klusmann on February 9, 1997 and one grandson Zachary Klusmann on January 26, 2002.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of over 50 years, Delphi; son Jay (Julie) Klusmann, Lennox; five grandchildren: Kelsi Klusmann (fiancée Jordan Stricherz), Brookings, SD, Tyler Klusmann, Sioux Falls, Benjamin Klusmann, Eygpt, Stanley and Wyden Klusmann; three sisters: JoAnn Petich, Denver, JerryLou (Edward) Landis, San Jose, CA and Penny Golden, Denver as well as other relatives and many friends.

Rose DuVall PDF Print E-mail
alt  Rose DuVall (mother of Nicole Hickey and mother-in-law of funeral director Darren Hickey)

Funeral services for Rose R. DuVall, 81, of Chamberlain will be 10:30 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Graceland Cemetery at Oacoma, SD.  Visitation will be Tuesday beginning at 4:00 pm with a scripture service at 7:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain. 

Rosezella Ruth Rohrbauck was born March 7, 1934 to Fred and Helen (Hintzman) Rohrbauck at Reliance.  At the age of 5 years, the family moved to a farm east of Reliance before moving to American Island at Chamberlain.  She attended grade school in Oacoma and high school at Chamberlain.  When she was in high school the family moved to Chamberlain. 

On September 9, 1954, Rose was united in marriage to Harry E. DuVall.  They made their home in Armour for a short time and then returned to the Chamberlain area where she has made her home until the time of her death. 

Rose worked for over 20 years at Al's Oasis as a waitress, at the Ben Franklin store and later the Dollar Store for Tom Schmidt. 

In December of 2008, Rose became a resident at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket before returning to Chamberlain to Sanford Care Center. 

Rose passed away on July 22, 2015 at Sanford Care Center at the age of 81 years. Gratefully sharing her life are her children Harry E. DuVall, Jr. and wife Norma of Casper, WY, Deanna Armstrong and husband Bill of Coram, MT, Jim DuVall and wife Leanne of Chamberlain, and Nicole Hickey and husband Darren of Chamberlain; eight grandchildren: T. J. LeTendre, Shannon Starkel and Harry, Heather Swenson and husband Paul, Jamie Butler and husband Charlie, Rebecca DuVall, Tayn, Ryker, and Journey Hickey; five great grandchildren Derek, Brooklyn, Kaitlyn, Elliott, and Myles; four brothers Jerry Rohrbauck and wife Elaine of Bonnerdale, AR, Donald Rohrbauck of Oacoma, SD, Stanley Rohrbauck and Cheryl of Hettinger, ND, Robert Rohrbauck and Barb of Pittsburgh, PA; three sisters Yvonne Weatherford of WA, Gen Wooledge of Sioux Falls, SD, and Cherrie Noble and husband Don of Mitchell, SD; sister-in-law Elaine Rohrbauck of Worthington, MN and Arlene Rohrbauck of Bellingham, WA; and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Harry; three brothers Dwayne, Dean, and Veryl Rohrbauck; four sisters Patricia Rohrbauck, Laverta Rohrbauck, Evangeline Schlenning, and Bernice Overman; three brothers-in-law John Overman, Wayne Weatherford, Dick Wooledge; and a sister-in-law Yvonne Rohrbauck. 


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