1700 South Cliff Avenue  *  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Dorothy N. Mathers, daughter of Cecil and Emma (Buchholz) Mathers, was born January 10, 1924, in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High in 1942. Dorothy then began working at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, where she met her future husband.
She was united in marriage to Harvey Loftesness on August 12, 1948 in Sioux Falls. Dorothy continued with the phone company until the birth of their first child. She then focused her life to being a loving homemaker and mother. After Harvey retired, she worked part-time at a local bank.

Dorothy was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church, a life member of the Luverne, MN VFW Auxiliary, a member of the Madison, SD, and American Legion Auxiliary. Dorothy and Harvey also enjoyed many years of fishing and camping.

Grateful for having shared her life are her two sons, Gary (Brenda), of Sioux Falls, Lee (Fay), of Brandon, SD, her grandchildren, Jeremy, Kira, and Allie, and a sister, Barbara Meyer, Pequot Lakes, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband Harvey, a son Kent, three brothers, Harold, Bob, and Ed, and three sisters, Helen, Edna, and Mildred preceded her in death.

Dorothy’s family thanks you for your support. An invitation was extended to join them at the church for refreshments and fellowship, directly following the funeral service. 
Dorothy Loftesness
Fred Claudon
Fred H. Claudon, 95 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Prince of Peace Retirement Community. 

Fred H. Claudon, son of Fred and Eliza (Logan) Claudon, was born on September 25, 1917, in Glenwood Springs, CO. He grew up there and received his education, later attending the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor's Degree. He continued there, receiving his Master's Degree and continued his education at several universities. Fred served with the United States Army, enlisting in 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1945. 

Fred was united in marriage with Olga Anderson on December 21, 1949, in Aberdeen, SD. The couple remained in Aberdeen and began to raise a family. Fred was a teacher and counselor in Aberdeen until 1962, when the family moved to Wheatridge, CO, where he was a counselor and assistant principal until 1964. The family then moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where Fred was a counselor at Washington High School, until retiring in 1981. He kept busy announcing for basketball, football, and other athletic events. Olga passed away on February 4, 2000. 

Fred was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, and was active in Bible Study Fellowship. He was a member of SDEA, NEA, the Retired Teachers, and the VFW. He was an avid Twins and Vikings fan and enjoyed annual trips to Colorado. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his daughters Jeanne Streit and her husband Tom, Hawarden, IA, Karen Siewert and her husband Tom, Papillion, NE; grandchildren Kelli and Shane Bartels, Kristin and Andy Hoole, and Kyle Martinek, Kayla and Nicole Streit; great-grandchildren Briley and Kennedy Bartels; special friends Gerry and Monica Heuer and family, and Jeanie Klooster and family of Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends. 

Fred was preceded in death by his wife Olga, sisters Pauline Livsey, Helen Young, and brother Bill Claudon. 
Visitation was held at 4 pm with the family present from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th & Main. A burial service was held at 1 pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Woodlawn Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2 pm at Hope Lutheran Church. 
Born: September 25, 1917
Died: July 10, 2013


Born: January 10, 1924
Died: February 7, 2013
James 'Jim' Schaefer, 57 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Monday 19 August 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital.

James Scott, son of Richard and Lucille (Studer) Schaefer, was born on 3 November 1955 in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up there and received his education, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1974 and enlisted into the United States Air Force.

Jim and Patti Gallipo were united in marriage on 1 March 1975 at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple moved to Barksdale, AFB in Bossier City, LA where Jim became stationed. There he began his career as a machinist and welder. Jim and Patti started their family in Louisiana with the birth of their son, Aaron Trephly. Jim was transferred to Grand Forks AFB, ND to continue his career. The couple grew their family with the birth of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole. Jim was Honorably Discharged in 1978 from the Air Force. Grand Forks remained their home with Jim working for the city. In 1979, Jim and family returned to Sioux Falls, SD. Jim worked with a local construction company. In 1980, Jim became a Traditional Guardsman in the South Dakota Air National Guard (ANG), joining the 114th Fighter Wing. Jim joined Sioux Vocational as a Maintenance Supervisor until joining the South Dakota ANG full time in 1983. Jim remained with the machine and welding shop and eventually became the Sheet Metal Supervisor. Jim's handy work remains present in many areas of the ANG base today.

Upon retirement from the ANG in August 2003, Jim remained in Sioux Falls and continued expanding his talents working on Piper Cub aircraft. Jim thought he had found his perfect retirement job as a 'grounds keeper' for a local construction company in Sioux Falls. Jim's hidden talents were discovered as he very quickly became part of the residential and commercial building with that construction company. Jim also assisted in residential re-building in Gulf Port, MS after Hurricane Katrina.

Upon 'full' retirement in 2008, if Jim wasn't found hunting, fishing or golfing, he could be found tinkering around the house, yard or his man cave, the cleanest garage in Sioux Falls. Jim was always considered a jack-of-all-trades.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Patricia 'Patti', Sioux Falls, SD; son Aaron Schaefer, Fresno, CA; daughter Lindsey (Eric) Magnuson, Colorado Springs, CO; brothers Richard (Mona) Schaefer, Phoenix, AZ; Stephen (Nita) Schaefer, Sioux Falls, SD; Paul (Josie) Schaefer, Philippines; sisters Vicky Dehnert, Mill Valley, CA; Julie (Richard) Newbold, San Francisco, CA; and many other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Avera Cancer Institute or the Military Youth Leadership Camp, 1201 West Algonquin, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

 A memorial service was held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 
Born: November 3, 1955
Died: August 19, 2013


James Schaefer
Justin Berger
Justin L. Berger, 91, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

A visitation will begin at 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave., with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Burial will be 11:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Woodlawn Cemetery with a 1:00 pm Memorial Service at Hope Lutheran Church. 

Justin L. Berger, the son of Harvey and Verna (Haroldson) Berger was born July 22, 1922, in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Washington High School in 1941 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Nebraska. Justin enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 23, 1942, and entered aviation cadet pilot training in February of 1943. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (fighter pilot) in 1944, and served as an instructor in P-40 and P-38 fighters. 

On April 20, 1944, Justin was united in marriage with Patricia “Patty” Myhra at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Justin served in the Air Force Reserve from December of 1945 through September of 1947 as a pilot. He joined the South Dakota Air National Guard on September 8, 1947, and served as a fighter pilot in the 175th Fighter Squadron. Justin was also an original member of General Joe Foss’s acrobatic team known as the “Red Devils”. 

Justin was recalled to active duty with the South Dakota Air National Guard on March 1, 1951, and served as a flight leader until being released from the unit on November 30, 1952. He was promoted to Captain on June 18, 1952, and then to Major in July of 1959, while assigned as Commander of the 175th Fighter Squadron. Justin assumed command of the 114th Fighter Group (redesignated 114th Tactical Fighter Group in 1970) on August 1, 1966, and was promoted to full Colonel August 14, 1967. He was assigned as Assistant Adjutant General for Air, and promoted to Brigadier General May 29, 1980. 

Justin was a command pilot with 11,000 military flying hours. He has flown the F-51, P-40, B-25, F-94, T-6, F-80, F-89, F-100, F-102, A-7, T-28, T-29, T-33, C-45, C-47, C-54, C-131, and U-3 planes. 

Throughout his career, Justin had earned the following Decorations and Awards: Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Silver and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two Hour Glass devices. 

Justin was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. He was also a member of the American Legion, El Riad Shrine, YMCA, Air Force Association (State and National), National Guard Officer’s Association, and the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Patricia of Sioux Falls; one daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Ellwein of Saline, MI; one grandson, Aaron Justin “AJ” (Jaime) Ellwein of Ann Arbor, MI; cousin, Ronnie (Janet) Haroldson of Rembrandt, IA; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Patricia. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be directed to the Family Volunteer Group for the Air or Memory Care at Touchmark.

Born: July 22, 1922
Died: August 31, 2013


Lorraine Mann
Born: June 12, 1933
Died: September 16, 2013


Lorraine Mann, age 80, passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center following a short illness, just 18 days prior to her 60th wedding anniversary with her husband Dean. 

Viewing will start at 1pm at Miller Funeral Home, located at 13th and Main Avenue on Friday, September 20, with the family present from 5 to 7pm. Funeral services begin at 1 pm Saturday, September 21 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Cliff Ave., with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hope Lutheran Church, Dakota Relays Scholarship Fund, or a memorial of your choice. 

Lorraine Carlson, daughter of Reuben and Sena (Lyng) Carlson was born June 12, 1933, at Dell Rapids Hospital. The family lived in Baltic, Menno, and Center Point until moving to Sioux Falls in 1939. Lorraine attended Hawthorne Grade School and graduated from Washington High School in 1951. 

On October 4, 1953, she was united in marriage to Dean Mann at First Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls where she worked at Western Surety. Their daughter, ReNae, was born on October 16, 1954, and Lorraine became a full-time home maker. 

Lorraine was very active at Hope Lutheran Church where she was Sunday School Superintendent and served on the Altar Guild. She had many fond memories of the Moose Lodge where she helped cook many meals for birthdays, suppers, and the annual Poultry Party. She was also active in Officer Wives at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and with the South Dakota National Guard. 

Lorraine was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a “people person” and loved helping out. She enjoyed playing cards and Mah Jongg and she had many hobbies, including Counted Cross Stitch, and crafting, and stamping with her many friends at Lake Traverse. She was an avid bowler carrying a 165 average in three women’s leagues, and she would substitute many other times. She loved Lake Traverse and the opportunities for fishing, boating, watching her granddaughter water ski, and socializing. Happy hour with all of her neighbors was special to her. 

Lorraine is survived by her husband Dean, daughter ReNae (Greg) Hays, granddaughter Libbie Hays, sister-in-laws Karen (Derald) Espeland, Judy (Les) Kizer; and brother-in-law David (Sarah) Mann, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her maternal and paternal grandparents, her mother and father in law, and 19 aunts and uncles. 


Peter Bonenberger
Born: June 15, 1940
Died: November 24, 2013


Peter Bonenberger, 73, died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home in Brandon, SD. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at the Beaver Valley Lutheran South Cemetery in rural Valley Springs, SD. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 29 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Peter (Pete) Paul Bonenberger Jr. was born at home in Atkinson, NE on June 15, 1940. He was born to parents Peter and Freda (Johnson) Bonenberger. He stayed in Atkinson until he joined the Air Force. He then moved to Omaha, NE where he met his wife, Jeanne (Peers). They were married July 7, 1962 and later had a son Don, born May 10, 1963.

Pete was Parts Manager for White Motor Co. and was later transferred to Sioux Falls where he soon started his own company, Dakota Gear and Joint in 1971. He operated this and other successful businesses over the years and was currently operating Big Trucks Inc., a used truck and trailer dealership along with Trans Motion, a growing truck fleet.

Pete loved spending time with his family. His granddaughters and great grandchildren were the light of his life. He was an avid walleye fisherman and was thrilled to be able to take his great grandson on his first Missouri River fishing trip this past summer.

Pete was a long-standing member of Hope Lutheran church in Sioux Falls and was a friend and supporter of the McCrossan Boys Ranch and many other local charities.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son Don (Lisa) Bonenberger, Brandon, SD, granddaughters, Holly Westcott, Rebecca (Tyler) Ellis, Emily Bonenberger, all of Sioux Falls SD, great-grandchildren Lily, Aiden, Samuel Peter, Campbell Carolyn, Rowan and Hazel, brothers, Richard Bonenberger and Ronald (Ellen) Bonenberger, sisters Dorothy Brau, Jean Degroff, and Mary Ann Albrecht, of NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Freda Bonenberger, brothers, Leo Larry and Roger, infant brother Glen, and his precious wife, Jeanne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to one of Pete's favorite charities or a charity of your choosing. 
2013 Obituaries