1700 South Cliff Avenue  *  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Keith Munro
Born: September 4, 1983
Died: December 31, 2013
Keith James Munro, 30, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as a result of injuries sustained in an oil rig accident near Williston, ND. His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Tuesday, January 7 at the church, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Keith James Munro, son of Steven and Robin (Mutschelknaus) Munro, was born September 4, 1983 in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up there. Keith graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002. While in high school he excelled in wrestling and was a multi-year All-State tuba player.

Keith attended South Dakota State University in Brookings for two years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University. He then graduated from the South Dakota Police Academy and began a career in law enforcement, working in Lennox, Mitchell, Turner County, Lincoln County and Tea, SD. Keith also worked as a carpenter starting in high school, throughout his college years and part-time after he became a law enforcement officer. Keith began work in the North Dakota oil fields with his college roommate, “Goose”, in February of 2011.

On June 13, 2009 in Sioux Falls, Keith was united in marriage with the love of his life, Abby Millman, who was his pre-school sweetheart and “babe”.

An avid outdoorsman, Keith’s favorite season was whatever he could hunt or fish at the given time.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Abby; his parents, Steve and Robin Munro, Sioux Falls, SD; his grandmothers, Ava Mutschelknaus, Sioux Falls, SD, Audrey Munro, Sioux Falls, SD; his parents-in-law, Paul and Lori Millman, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Jennalee Taylor and her husband, Lee, Sioux Falls, SD, Emily Marsh and her husband, Jeff, Sioux Falls, SD; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece; his faithful canine companions, Maggie and Sophie; and a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Emil Mutschelknaus and Kenneth Munro Sr.

James E. Karstens, 84, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center. His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, March 3 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Memorial Park. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Sunday, March 2 at George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

James E. Karstens, son of Ernest and Viola (Joul) Karstens, was born February 16, 1930 in Watertown, SD. He grew up and received his education in Huron SD, graduating from Huron High School in 1949.

James was united in marriage with Marlene Van Drew on January 10, 1951 in Riverton, WY.

James entered the U.S. Marine Corps on January 18, 1952 and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal on January 17, 1954 at Santa Ana, CA. James returned to South Dakota and began his career as a professional carpet installer. He retired in 1993 after 38 years.

James was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher. He was also a member of Sioux Falls American Legion Post 15.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Marlene; three children, James Karstens Jr. and his wife, Lana, Elysian, MN, Vicki Olawsky and her husband, Charles, Caledonia, MI, Jan Hailey and her husband, Robert, Papillion, NE; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlene Niffenegger, Sioux Falls, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in James' name to Hope Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103​
James Karstens
Born: February 16, 1930
Died: February 28, 2014
Rudell “Rudy” Pierson, 77, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Southridge Healthcare Center. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 25 at the funeral home with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Pierson, Sioux Falls, Nancy (Eugene) Rufener, Sioux Falls; grandson, Jesse (Tiffany Lape) Rufener, Sioux Falls; sister, Lucy Houg, Sioux Falls; brother, Darwin (Pam) Mielitz, Missouri; special nephew, Doug (Renae) Weber, Sioux Falls; and many other nieces and nephews.

Rudell Pierson
Born: January 27, 1937
Died: March 20, 2014
Ava M. Mutschelknaus, 93, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Her funeral service will be 1:00 PM Thursday, April 10 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Memorial Park. Visitation begins at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 9 at George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Ava Marie Sheely, daughter of Austin and Agnes (Edwards) Sheely, was born June 3, 1920 in Ft. Pierre, SD. As a child she moved with her family to Mitchell, SD. She grew up and received her education in Mitchell. She then worked at Armour Creamery in Mitchell for a time.

Ava was united in marriage with Emil Mutschelknaus on March 16, 1952 in Mitchell. The couple farmed in the Emery, SD area until moving to Sioux Falls, SD in 1964. They also served as foster parents for many years.

Ava was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her family.

Grateful for having shared her life are two daughters, Renee Helgerson and her husband, Jim, Sioux Falls, SD, Robin Munro and her husband, Steve, Sioux Falls, SD; a son, Roger Mutschelknaus, Sioux Falls, SD; three granddaughters, Stacey Hasche and her husband, Brad, Sioux Falls, SD, Amber Barron and her husband, Cully, Tea, SD, Abby Munro, Harrisburg, SD; two great-grandsons, Devon Wahlert, Sioux Falls, SD; Kellen Barron, Tea, SD; a sister, Marlyss Bauman and her husband, Harvey, Sheldon, IA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ava was preceded in death by her husband, Emil, on September 8, 2009; a grandson, Keith Munro; her parents; three sisters, Vivian Hanlon, Camilla Kinyon and a sister in infancy; and two brothers, Austin Sheely Jr. and Richard Sheely.

Born: June 3, 1920
Died: April 6, 2014
Kenneth Clary
Born:  November 12, 1926 Died:  April 12, 2014
Kenneth E. Clary, 87, passed away April 12, 2014 at Dougherty Hospice House surrounding by his loving family.

Kenneth E. Clary, son of Charles “Lee” and Mary (Miller) Clary was born November 12, 1926 and grew up on the family farm southwest of Rock Valley, IA. Kenneth attended country school until the 8th grade when he started farming with his father. Kenneth was united in marriage with Marian Kruse on September 23, 1948 at Peace Lutheran Church, Rock Valley, IA. The couple began their life together on the family farm where their two children were born. In 1963 the family moved to the Harrisburg, SD area where they farmed until 1969. Kenneth then worked for several firms at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. Over the next 31 years he established several long lasting friendships with local farmers and colonies that he treasured. Kenneth retired in 1994.

In his free time Kenneth enjoyed camping and fishing with his family on the Missouri River. Many hours were spent with a pole in his hand, enjoying the scenery and quietness of the River. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Rickie Clary, Sioux Falls, SD, Bradley Clary, Platte, SD; three grandchildren, Rochelle (Michael) Tietgen, Burke, SD, Michael Clary (Brenda Mead), Howard, SD, Renae Clary, Sioux Falls, SD; 5 great grandchildren, Sawyer Tietgen, Morgan Tietgen, Ki-ya Clary, Casidee Clary and Lillian Mead; 3 sisters-in-law, Bonnie Clary, Marcea Clary and Hilma (Lawrence) Ryken; brother-in-law Vernon (Janice) Kruse; and several nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian; two sisters, Doris and Mildred; and two brothers, Earl and Lyle. 
A memorial service will be held 11:00am Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church. Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Hazel Gabel
Born: October 17, 1929
Died: June 6, 2014
Hazel Susan Gabel passed away quietly, surrounded by family, early June 6, 2014. Hazel was born October 17, 1929 in Dodge, North Dakota to Katherine and Henry Isaak, the eldest of 4 children. She attended Dodge High School, and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1947. Shortly after high school, she married Gerald Gabel, moved to Bismarck North Dakota, and started a family. 

Hazel and Gerry married November 24, 1950 and started their family shortly before Gerry was sent off to fight in the Korean war. Over the next thirty years, Hazel and Gerry raised 4 children, while also traveling the world (as far away as Germany) for Gerry’s military career, eventually coming home to finally settle in Brookings, South Dakota. Though she traveled long distances Hazel loved calling the Midwest “home”.

Gerry passed in 1981, and though Hazel never remarried it did not stop her from living an incredibly full life. She worked for many years for Sears Payment Systems and volunteered regularly at the Center for Active Generations. But perhaps her greatest achievement was being a caring influence in the lives of her 4 children, her 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. The amazing thing about Hazel was that she never missed a major life event for any of her children or grandchildren. She was there for nearly every birth, commencement, wedding and military event, as well as traveling often to spend major holidays with all of her various family (spread all over the US).

Hazel touched so many lives over her 84 years. Her warm, loving personality was infectious, as was evident by the large number of people who called her “friend”. She never stopped giving. She gave love, she gave time, she created the most beautiful crochet blankets you’ve ever seen, but perhaps most importantly, she gave such a great example of how to live. She knew that life was too short to not be happy, and no matter what came her direction, she handled it with grace, and elegance. She was beautiful inside and out, and will be so very missed by many people. 

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her husband Gerry, and her grandson Reed Crofton Gabel. 

She is survived by her children, Sandra (Paul Onkels), Dale (Shelley), Denise (Bob Christianson), and Doug,(Linda), her grandchildren, Fallon, Chandler, Brian, Alyssa, Bethany, Gerald, Nicholas and Aryssa, and her 12 great grandchildren; Regan, Cornelius, Macyn, Cade, Reece, Bayleigh, Quynn, Ashar, Sahil, Sereen, Caleb and Bradley.

Funeral services for Hazel S. Gabel, 84, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Brookings, SD, will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD with 2:00 pm graveside services at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Visitation will resume at 9:30 am Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church.

Gwen Eggebraaten, 83 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice House with family at her side. 

Gwendolyn JoAnn Loner, daughter of Elmer and Gyda (Borgard) Loner, was born on January 28, 1931, in Nunda, SD. At the age of 13, Gwen became deaf as a result of Spinal Meningitis. She briefly attended the School for the Deaf, but returned home to be with her family and proceeded to finish high school without using an interpreter or assistive devices. Often people did not realize she was deaf as she was such an amazing lip reader. In 1984, at the age of 53, she went to Iowa City to have one of the very first Cochlear Ear Implants. She was quoted in the Argus Leader as saying, “I feel like I’ve wandered the desert of deafness for 40 years.” 

Gwen was united in marriage with Duane Eggebraaten on February 25, 1951, in Nunda, SD. The couple moved to San Francisco, CA, and then to Colman, SD, before coming to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1955. Gwen worked at Atlas Life Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield while raising a family. In 1989, Gwen worked at Citibank until retiring in 2005. 

Duane passed away on June 30, 1999. Gwen spent much of her retirement with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Association of Late Deafened Adults, Life After Deafness, 40 & 8, and was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, baking, and was known for her potato salad. Strong-willed and confident, Gwen took on any challenge that life presented her with a generous and kind spirit. Later in life she embraced computers and the internet as a new avenue of communication with friends and family. Extremely generous, Gwen was always there for her children and grandchildren. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her son Paul Eggebraaten, Sioux Falls, SD; daughters Kristen Koob and her husband Randy, Sioux Falls, SD, Michelle Jorgenson and her husband Chris, Sioux Falls, SD, Kiley Meszaros and her husband Dennis, Whidbey Island, WA; brother John Loner, Sioux Falls, SD; sister Cheryl (Dennis) Lafrentz, Sioux Falls, SD; 6 grandchildren, Laura Zebroski, Dan Koob, Brian Koob, Jason Jorgenson, Madeline Meszaros, Jack Meszaros; 4 great-grandchildren; nephews Richie and Robbie Lafrentz; and many other relatives and friends. 

Gwen was preceded in death by her husband Duane, parents Elmer and Gyda Loner, and sister Connie Wosje. 

Visitation will begin at 2 pm with the family present from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th and Main. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Hope Lutheran Church with burial at Prairie Queen Cemetery, Nunda, SD. 

Born: January 28, 1931
Died: July 8, 2014

Jerry Dockstader
Born: August 16, 1946
Died:August 9, 2014
​Jerome "Jerry" Dockstader, 67, of Sioux Falls passed away on Saturday August 9, 2014 in Sioux Falls. His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Interment in the Dell Rapids Cemetery will take place before the service. Visitation with family present will take place on Tuesday at Kahler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Jerome (Jerry) Keith Dockstader was born on August 16, 1946 to William and Berdene (Laun) Dockstader in Streator, IL. He grew up in Kimball, SD, where he attended school before joining the navy. After completing a four year tour on the USS Ranger, which included service in the Vietman arena, he was honorably discharged.

On September 25, 1971, he married Deborah Hanthorn in Watertown, SD. The couple moved to Sioux Falls where Jerry worked for Sunshine Foods as a meat cutter until his retirement.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Deborah; his three children, Shannon (Mike) Willard, Jeremiah (Carly) Dockstader, and Gale Dockstader; five grandchildren, Kaiah, Corrine, Riley, and Rayna Willard and Morgan Dockstader; two sisters, Mary Ann Costello and Bonnie (Randy) Schnieders; two sisters-in-law, Janet Dockstader and Mildred Carstensen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Berdene and two brothers, Dean Dockstader and Darrell Dockstader.
Born: March 24, 2014
Died: July 1, 2014
Harold Kemmis
Harold R. Kemmis, the son of William and Eda (Carlson) Kemmis was born March 24, 1924 in Luverne, MN. He lived on a farm west of Luverne before moving to Sioux Falls in 1945. Harold then joined the U.S. Army, serving in Seoul Korea. He was discharged in 1947.

On October 14, 1949, Harold was united in marriage with Alda Egeberg in Mitchell, SD. He was employed at John Morrell & Co. for over 34 years in the sausage cooler. Harold then worked as a driver for Courier Express for 14 years. He fully retired in 2009.

Harold was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, the American Legion, and sang in the Legion Chorus. He also enjoyed square dancing, including calling dances for 15 years. Harold enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, and watching other sports. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Alda; children, Vicky Walls of Sioux Falls, SD, Richard (Rhonda) Kemmis of Sioux Falls, Robert (Laura) Kemmis of Scandia, MN, Sharon (Bobby) Naylor of Lebanon, TN; nine grandchildren, Mark Hovdestad, Troy Hovdestad, Tyler Kemmis, Kris Kemmis, Bill Kemmis, Taylor Kemmis, Dustin Kemmis, Jordon Williams, Keely Reed; 18 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Marsha and Deanna; two nephews, Vernon and Danny; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy; one granddaughter, Bobbi Marie Kemmis; and a nephew, Roger. 

Al Schmidt
Albert Daniel Schmidt, 88, of 5005 Pheasant Lane, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Village.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, with Rev. Nick Collins officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Huron, SD. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Albert D. Schmidt was born November 16, 1925 at Alpena, SD to Ernest O. and Dorothea (Hansohm) Schmidt. He attended a rural school for eight years and was graduated from high school at Alpena in 1943 and from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1949, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Albert enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on June 17, 1943. While in service, he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and was commissioned an officer in the USNR at Columbia University, NY, on August 23, 1945. He later served on the USS Hollandia, CVE 97, and on LST's in the China area. He was separated from active duty on August 18, 1946.

On November 24, 1946, he was married to Joyce B. Anderson in Huron. After living in Huron for a short time, they lived in Rapid City for two years while he completed is college education. 

After graduation, they moved to Mitchell, SD, where he started his career with Northwestern Public Service Company at the electric generating station. He was transferred to the General Offices in Huron in 1951, where he held various positions in the gas department, including being manager of all gas operations. In 1958, at the age of 32, he was elected Vice President - Operations of the entire company. In 1965, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer. When he retired in 1990, he had served as Chief Executive Officer for 25 ½ years, the longest serving electric utility company CEO in the nation. His career with Northwestern Public Service Company spanned over 45 years.

Schmidt had held the positon of Director for many national and regional organizations: Northwestern Public Service Company, U.S. Business and Industrial Council, South Dakota Council on Economic Education, National Food and Energy Council (also past Chairman), National Association of OTC Companies (also past Secretary), South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, Midwest Gas Association (also past Chairman), National Association of Electric Companies, and the American Gas Association. Schmidt was also on the executive committee and past Chairman of the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool, and was a former Trustee of Huron University. 

Schmidt's community involvement included serving as part exalted ruler of the Huron Elks Lodge, past patron of the Eastern Star, and past councilor of the United Commercial Travelers. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Yankton Consistory, American Legion, Sons of Norway, and the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls. He was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he was involved with the choir for many years and where he offered his woodworking talents for numerous projects in the church.

Al is survived by his two daughters, Roxanne (Lee) Eisen of Hoschton, GA and Janet Foss of Sioux Falls, SD, five grandchildren, Seth (Leslie) Eisen of St. James, NY, Sara (John) Millwee of Hoschton, GA, Jeremy Foss of Boston, MA, Jenifer (Joe) Klander of Duluth, MN, and Ben (Madison) Eisen of Chicopee, MA, seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Andrew, Lola, Nathan, Sam, Stella, and Jax. Other survivors are Charlotte Schmidt and many nieces and nephews. 

Al was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, three sisters, Erma, Gertrude, and Esther; and two brothers, Walter and Ernest F. Memorials may be directed to the Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls or Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. 
Born: November 16, 1925
Died: October 16, 2014
Betty (Kelley) Munce , 84, of Sioux Falls, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 30, at the Tuff Nursing Home in Hills, MN.

A celebration of her life will be on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 10:30 A.M. at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD with Rev. Nick Collins officiating. Family will greet friends and family at visitation on Sunday, November 2, from 5-7 P.M. at the Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue, in Sioux Falls, and one hour at church prior to the service. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery of Sioux Falls.

Betty was born on May 24, 1930, to Elmer and Hilvie (Pierson) Kelley of Hartford, SD. She was educated in the local rural Hartford schools. She married Robert Munce on December 12, 1947.

Their married life of 56 years was spent in Sioux Falls where they raised their family. She was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church until moving to the Tuff Nursing Home in Hills, MN. 

Betty was a full time homemaker, cherished her family, and warmly welcomed them to their home. She raised her children with a strong sense of family. She was a nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Betty's legacy is her family, and she will live on in their daily lives and thoughts. Those who knew her will always remember her smile and pleasant disposition. 

Survivors include two children, Katherine (Munce) and Thomas Urevig of Madelia, Minnesota and Bill and Pam Munce of Harrisburg, South Dakota; two brothers Richard Kelley and his wife Jeannie, Sioux Falls, SD, Marvin Kelley, Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers.
Betty Munce
Born: May 24, 1930
Died: October 30, 2014
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