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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. 
Rita Lewis PDF Print E-mail

alt  Rita J. Lewis, 72, died Saturday February 21, 2015 at her beloved residence of Wall Lake, South Dakota.

She was born to in Montrose, South Dakota on November 7, 1942 to Marion and Isabel (Fleming) Wheeler. She grew up in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1961. She married Elery “Skip” Lewis on February 27, 1965 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Rita held various bookkeeping positions for local businesses until 1977. Thereafter, she worked along side her husband at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. She spent her life serving others; lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Board Member of the Dakota Catholic Credit Union, Board Member of the Crippled Children Hospital and School, and Girl Scout Leader.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband: Elery “Skip” Lewis; children: Lisa (Kent) Huemoeller, Kathy (Rob) Junker and David (Erin) Lewis; eight granddaughters: Kelli, Terra and Jenna Huemoeller, Taylor, Allison and Lindsey Junker, and Paige and Paiten Lewis; brother-in-law: Rodney Bindert of Brookings, SD; and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Nancy (Wheeler) Bindert, several infant brothers and sisters, and a granddaughter, Lauren Lewis. Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Montrose.

Marjorie "Marge" Price PDF Print E-mail
Marjorie T. "Marge" Price
(December 28, 1919 - January 8, 2015)
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Britton, SD: The funeral for Marjorie T. “Marge” Price, 95 of Britton, a longtime Milbank, SD area resident, will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Central United Methodist Church of Milbank, SD. Rev. DeVern Schwenn will officiate and burial will be in the Milbank Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton, and one hour preceding the funeral at the church on Monday.

Marjorie Twilight Anderson was born December 28, 1919 in Marvin, South Dakota to Oscar Emanuel and Winifred May (Kane) Anderson. She made her arrival in the bedroom of her mother’s twin sister, Nellie Bailly, and her middle name served as a constant reminder that she was born as the sun was setting that cold winter day. Later in life, Marge often remarked that she was glad she wasn’t born at noon, or her middle name might have been “Lunch!”

She attended seven and a half years of grade school at Marvin, and half of her sixth grade year in Montana, where she was living with her grandparents after her house burned to the ground in Marvin. At the beginning of her freshman year of high school, she moved with her parents to Milbank, where she attended Milbank High School, graduating in 1937. She continued her education at South Dakota State College in Brookings, graduating there in 1941 with a degree in Home Economics.

She worked for a short time in Pierre, SD for the emerging South Dakota Highway Patrol. She typed and edited the first instruction book that the officers used in their training. She also worked for a short time in Clark, SD.

On November 14, 1942 she married John Francis “Jack” Price in the Mundwiler Funeral Chapel in Milbank. Over the next 21 years, they became the parents of six children: John Francis “Jack,” Jr., Jamey Kathleen, Timothy Jay, Terrance James, Thomas Michael, and Todd Emanuel, all six delivered by longtime family friend and physician, Dr. Walter T. Judge.

The family was raised in a somewhat atypical home. Most of the time there were three generations, and for a short time, four generations living under the same roof. Marge lived with and cared for her parents until their death. At one time, before the advent of nursing homes, a family friend who had no family of her own was in need of care. A bedroom and bathroom were added to the Anderson/Price house, and Marge and her mother cared for Mabel Wright until her death.

One would think that raising six children, one of them with severe handicaps, would be enough to fill any mother’s days, but not for Marge. She found time to give to the Association for Retarded Citizens, serving as a local and state officer including Grant County president and State Board Member for many years. She and her husband, Jack also wrote and edited the state association newsletter for many years. She helped organize and guide the first Grant County Combined Appeal drive that was held, and has remained an ardent supporter of the fine organization it has become to serve others. Along with good friends, Arch and Martha Wilson, she and Jack helped initiate the original Park Carnival held behind the Court House, to raise funds for park improvements.

Marge was a part of the original Blood Drives that were held under the auspices of the Red Cross. After becoming a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at the hospital, she served as president and helped to conduct the weekly blood pressure screenings that Dr. E. A. Johnson so faithfully offered.

Marge was an active member and officer of the American Legion Auxiliary of Milbank. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Grant County Historical Society, the Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, and had been active in the Republican Party. Marge even made a couple of cameo appearances in musical productions that were put on by the Milbank Fine Arts Council!

She has attended the Central United Methodist Church for over fifty years, and it has been over 35 years since Pastor Sam Graf welcomed her into full membership. Since then, she has served her church in many areas. Along with Yvonne Pauli, she offered her services as a Sunday school teacher for special needs children. For many years Marge provided entertaining and meaningful “Children’s Minutes” during the tenure of Pastor Walt Erdman and Pastor DeVerne Schwenn. She was always willing to provide cookies or bars for any of the special projects of the church.

At times of her life, she was a single mother when Jack’s position as Company Commander of the local 740th National Guard unit called him to duty during their annual summer camps and for ten months during the Berlin Crisis. She put that training to fulltime use after Jack’s untimely death on December 2, 1977, leaving her with a son in college and another still in junior high school.

Marge always seemed to meet life’s challenges with a positive attitude and with all of the strength that she could muster. She was extremely loyal to her friends, protective and defensive of her children, and caring and generous to those less fortunate than herself. Over the years, she and longtime friend and former classmate, Doris McDonald, would send birthday, anniversary, get-well or sympathy cards to folks they knew. It became almost a daily ritual, one that Marge continued to carry on after Doris’ death.

No one is without shortcomings, and even Marge had a few. If she felt that someone had wronged one of her family members, it was not easy for her to let go and forget the hurt. As a very talkative woman, when she did get mad, her total silence could be nearly deafening. Although not really hard to please, each of her children has heard the phrase, “That’s not exactly what I had in mind,” as she would open a birthday or Christmas present.

In her later years, after all of her children had moved from Milbank, it was the dedicated devotion and attention from a couple of cousins who made Marge’s life enjoyable and complete. Patty Brotzel, along with Neil and Shirley Thorson became not only rocks of support, but also the close family love that only family can offer. They will be forever remembered and appreciated by Marge’s immediate family.

In her late 80’s, Marge also became a published author! Over the years, she had been encouraged to write down some of her stories, and things that she remembered from earlier years. She did just that, writing them out longhand on legal pads. Her daughter, Jamey, had the “un-admirable” task of deciphering and transcribing Marge’s somewhat illegible handwriting, and turning it into a book that Marge reveled in sharing with family and friends. The Times and Tides of Twilight is a joy to read, and brings back many memories to those whose lives she has touched.

Just two months short of her 90th birthday, Marge moved to Britton, SD to make her home at Spruce Court Assisted Living Center. At a time when most people want to just sit back and reminisce, Marge met her new home with enthusiasm and determination. She learned the names of all of the residents and staff, and still maintained her connections to Milbank. She often remarked that she had no idea she had so many friends waiting for her to come to Britton!

As her body slowed and daily activities became more challenging, it was necessary for her to move to Wheatcrest Hills nursing home in Britton in August of 2012. Her same good natured approach served her well as she again adjusted to a living change that most find difficult at best, and intolerable to others. She learned the new names, was greeted by a few of her Spruce Court friends who had made the move before her, and welcomed new residents as they arrived. Her greatest hope and prayer was that some day, as those who were taking care of her needed the same kind of assistance, they would find friendly, capable, caring people who would fill their needs the way they were fulfilling hers.

Her final months at Wheatcrest saw the first faltering of what was a remarkable memory for 94+ years. While some things remained easy for her to recall, some other things became muddled and confused. What did not change was her positive attitude, gratefulness for what was done for her and a wit that shined through at the sweetest times.

Marge is survived by four of her children: Jamey Price of Columbus, NE; Terry Price and wife, Pam of Britton, SD; Tom Price and wife, Pat of Sioux Falls, SD; Todd Price of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren: Lee Price of Woodbury, MN; Michelle Kuehn and husband, Joel of Las Vegas, NV; Robb Price of Sioux Falls, SD; Betsy Price of Vermillion, SD; Scott Price and wife, Ashley of Watertown, SD; Nate Weinand, of Gillette, WY; and three great-grandchildren: John Price, Alli and Alex Kuehn.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, two sons: Jack Price, Jr. and his wife, Mary; Timmy Price, and a granddaughter, Katie Price.

Perhaps the best way to close out Marge’s life story is with a few of her own words. After she died, her family found a small spiral bound notebook, in which she had written a myriad of things – names, phone numbers, an occasional recipe, important dates, lists of her favorite songs and a television schedule of programs she liked to watch. What is the most meaningful to the family is this little note that was just somewhere in the middle of all of the other things. Listen closely, and you’ll hear Marge’s voice:

“I have been given the most precious gift of all – Love. I’ve been given it from the first I can remember, Parents, Grandparents, Husband and children. Knowing now that God loves me and is planning a place for me, I leave this world to go to love Most High. Who could have asked or dreamed of more? If you think of me after I’m gone, think of me with a smile, or don’t think of me at all. I’ve used the gifts God gave me, the ability to smile and a chance to say, ‘I love you’ – sort of unglamorous and ordinary, but you could never know how much I gained from His gift. Try it - - you’ll like it, I’m certain.”

The family suggests that memorials be directed to one of the following: Central United Methodist Church – 201 South 5th Street – Milbank, SD 57252; or the Grant County Library – 207 East Park Avenue – Milbank, SD 57252; or the Britton Public Library - P. O. Box 299 – Britton, SD 57430.

Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Terry Price - Box 216 - Britton, SD 57430.

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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Vivian Luce PDF Print E-mail

Vivian Almeda Luce of Gettysburg passed away February 11, 2015 in her home. A Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm, Monday, February 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg followed by a Wake Service at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg with Interment at the Gettysburg Cemetery.

Vivian was the youngest of three children born to E. Carrol and L. Evelyn (Britting) Klapperich in Conde, SD on September 14, 1936. Vivian attended school near Conde through the eighth grade. When she was sixteen she moved to Maryland to stay with her sister for a short time. Upon her return to SD, she moved to Aberdeen. When working as a carhop, she met her husband Francis Luce. They were married on January 28, 1956. To this loving union, two boys & three girls were born. Four were of them were born in Aberdeen and one in Groton. After moving to Groton in 1967, all five kids graduated from school. Vivian ran a daycare from their home for many years. All the kids brought their friends home to "mom" many times. Francis & Vivian hosted many house parties where thousands of 'cups of coffee' were served, traveled each summer to rod runs and enjoyed camping (even in the rain).
In 1983, she worked cleaning houses for people and at Groton Veterinary Clinic as an assistant. In 1985, the couple purchased the Larson Print Shop in Gettysburg. They ran it together until 1994 when Francis passed away. She ran the shop until 1996 when she went to work for her son John Jr. at Luce Funeral Home until John’s death in 2005. At that time, she went to work for Kesling Funeral Home and Gettysburg Senior Center. She also enjoyed her time volunteering at Gettysburg Manor.
In 2000, she met her second love Neal Rausch. They have spent many years together traveling all around the country, playing cards, and gardening flowers and food for themselves, family and friends. Vivian spent many hours playing bridge at the senior center. She was a greeter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was proud to have learned how to video the services.
Vivian's greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She loved to tease and be teased even while in the hospital. There was always laughter and love. She was strict and "grouchy" with her grandchildren, but that's how they knew she loved them.
Those blessed to have shared in her life are her special friend Neal Rausch of Gettysburg; her dog Whiskey, son Steve (Terri) Luce of Atlanta, GA; daughters, Victoria (Bruce) Sippel of Groton, SD, Kathy (Bryan) Evjen of Strandburg, SD and Sherrie (Dean) Van Zee of St. Lawrence, SD, 26 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren (and counting), her sister Genevieve (Arvid) Holsing of Wecota, SD, sisters-in-law Marie Schnell of Aberdeen, SD and Madeline Boyd of the Holland, brother-in-law Robert (Wilma) Luce of Aberdeen, SD and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John “Francis” Luce Sr., son John Luce Jr., brother Willis "Bill" (Adonna) Klapperich and granddaughter Lisa Sippel.


Monday February 16, 2015, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
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Monday February 16, 2015, 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
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Tuesday February 17, 2015, 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
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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.


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