1700 South Cliff Avenue  *  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2016 Obituaries
Gilbert David
Born: November 23, 1926
Died: January 5, 2016
Gilbert August David, 89, passed away January 5, 2016 at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls, SD.

Gilbert August David, son of Otto and Emma (Willpecht) David was born November 23, 1926 in Lidgerwood, ND. He was the third of four siblings. Gilbert lived on the family farm in Lidgerwood, ND and graduated from High School in 1944. 

 On December 23, 1947 he was united in marriage with Vera (Krueger) David in Ashley, ND and then farmed together for 10 years in Lidgerwood where their four children were born. Gilbert and Vera moved to Sioux Falls, SD in September of 1957. Gilbert worked at Manchester’s Biscuit Co., Maintenance Department at McKennan and for Raven Industries. He retired from Raven’s in 1992. Gilbert had a brilliant mind and loved woodworking projects and fixing things around the house. He also loved gardening. 

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Otto David; his in-laws, Sophia and Henry Krueger; grandson, Todd Schooler; sister, Edna,; Brother, Gordon.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Vera, of 68 years; son, Bryan (Kathy) David; daughters, Paula (Lionel) Schooler, Judie (John) Smidstra and Linda (Jim) Farmer; brother, Harold; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Funeral services will be 11:00am Friday, January 8, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Lester Duane Anderson, age 81, of Excelsior, MN, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD, died Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Golden Living-Excelsior Home. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 30th, 2016, 11:00 AM at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls with Pastor Barbara Wangsness officiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls following the church luncheon.

A time to gather with the family will be held one hour prior to the service at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Barnett-Lewis is handling all of the funeral arrangements. Gustaf's Greenery is the florist in Sioux Falls handling all floral and greenery arrangements.

Lester Duane Anderson, the son of Alfred and Emelia (Erickson) Anderson, was born on June 6, 1934, in Davis, SD. He grew up in Canton, SD, where he graduated high school.

On April 14, 1956, Lester was united in marriage to Carolyn (Connie) Boelens. Together they made their home in Sioux Falls where they raised their two sons. Lester and Connie celebrated 59 years of marriage last April. Lester worked at John Morrell for 32 years and after Morrell at JDS Industries, both in Sioux Falls. Outside of his employment he enjoyed watching tons of sports on television, and lots of dancing, camping and bowling in his earlier years.

Lester is survived by his wife, Connie Anderson of Excelsior, MN child: Todd (Shelley) Anderson of Minnetrista, MN; and three grandchildren: Scott Anderson of Spencer, IA, and Allie and Logan Anderson of Minnetrista, MN; one sister: Delores (Lowell) Warner of Sioux Falls: one brother: Marlin (friend Lois) Anderson of Canton, SD. He was preceded in death by his son Jeff, his brother Eldon Anderson, his sister Ardis Johnson and his parents Alfred and Emelia Anderson.

Lester Anderson
Born: June 6, 1934
Died: January 25, 2016
LaVonne Grassel
LaVonne R. Grassel, 66, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away peacefully Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 29 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Sunday, August 28 at the church, where the family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

LaVonne Rhonda Dahl, daughter of Robert and Edith (Kjolstad) Dahl, was born August 14, 1950 in New Ulm, MN. She graduated from Madelia (MN) High School in 1968. LaVonne would later earn a bachelor's degree from Bethel College in Mankato, MN. She began her banking career with U.S. Bank in Mankato.

LaVonne met Terry Grassel while working as a cashier at U.S. Bank. The couple were united in marriage on April 24, 1982 in Mankato. LaVonne and Terry moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1994. She worked for Home Federal Bank and Dakotah Bank until her retirement in March of 2016.

LaVonne enjoyed their yearly trips to Door County, WI and Nisswa, MN. She took great joy in flower gardening and hosting holiday gatherings for her large Grassel family. LaVonne was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she served on Altar Guild and other committees. In addition, she was a member of Sioux Falls Rotary West and SME.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Terry; her Shelties, Shadow, Ollie and Flash; Terry's siblings and their spouses, Tim Grassel and his wife, Jan, Joan Helling, Rita Trebil and her husband, Doug, Connie Ruml and her husband, Ken, Ed Grassel and his wife, Laurie, Pat Grassel, Ann Grassel, Lisa Licht, Barb Nebelsick and her husband, Gary, Joe Grassel and his wife, Diane, Marlys Sears, Todd Grassel and his wife, Maggie, Lori McFarland and her husband, Jace; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; her uncle, Paul Kjolstad; her aunt, Eliza Haugan; her mother and father-in-law, Loretta and Francis Grassel; and a brother-in-law, David Grassel.

LaVonne's family would like to extend a special thank you to all the Avera McKennan ICU doctors and nurses as well as the staff at Avera Dougherty Hospic House for their kind and loving care of their dear Vonnie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in LaVonne's memory to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or the Avera Dougherty Hospice House. Online guestbook at www.georgeboom.com
Born: August 14, 1950
Died: August 25, 2016
Patty Morrill
Born: October 10, 1925
Died: October 3, 2016
Patricia Morrill, age 90, Sioux Falls, SD died October 3, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.

 Patricia Luella Dahl was born in Goodwin, SD on October 10, 1925, to Charles and Anna (Rohweder) Dahl. At the age of 10 years she moved with her family to Pipestone, MN. She has shared numerous stories about the Pipestone High School fire and her experience, as Patty and her classmates were taught in make shift classrooms until the new school could be built. She enjoyed school, and was very active in band activities, chorus and tap dancing, graduating in 1944.

 On April 2, 1945 she married Eldo Jetter and they started farming. Quite a venture for a new bride that had never lived on a farm before. Patty took her new role very seriously raising 3 daughters and many chickens. She had always dreamed of becoming a home economics teacher. It never happened, as a paying job but she taught her daughters everything from, cooking, baking, decorating, sewing, helping each one through many 4-H projects, collecting many ribbons at the fair!

 They continued the farming operations until February 11, 1975 when Eldo suffered a stroke and died. Prior to his stroke, Eldo had written Patty’s name in his bible next to Proverbs 31: 10-31 The Capable Wife. As verse 10 states, how hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! Eldo recognized the gift he had been given.

 In 1976 Patty moved to Sioux Falls and married William Morrill in 1978. She began working as a bookkeeper, having worked for General Tire, Empire Bookkeeping, Scott’s TV and later at their own business, Bill Morrill Cellular. This marriage was a new challenge for both, Patty having the last child leaving the nest and William bringing five new children into her life.

Summers were spent fishing and enjoying their camper at Lake Madison and later Lake Brandt.

She loved gardening and rose growing, and was a member of the Sioux Valley Rose Society, and had a beautiful backyard full of roses.

 Patty touched many lives throughout the years. In 1999, she was given the privilege of serving coffee to the President of Iceland, during his visit to Mountain ND.

 Church has always been of great importance to her and her love of Jesus. She shared the story of teaching Sunday school and all her little students crying, when they found out she was moving. Hope Lutheran in Sioux Falls, became her new church home, rarely missing a Sunday even as her health started failing her.

She never said no when asked and took on each new challenge with quiet determination. She was kind and gentle, respected and loved. She loved Jesus and quietly in her own way everyone knew. Today we give thanks for the blessings each one of us has been given through our memories, laughter, and great times we’ve shared with her. She will be truly missed!

 Patty is survived by her three daughters, Lonnette Kelley of Mountain, ND; Kathy Fellman of Omaha NE; Peggy (Myron) Hentges of Montgomery, MN; special friend Allan Meendering of Sioux Falls, SD: 7 grandchildren; Melissa (Jay) Regan and Ryan (Cindy) Fellman, Omaha NE; Michael Streich, Omaha NE; Michele (Cole) Jesse, Geneva, NE; Brenda Hentges, Montgomery MN; Brian (Lisa) Hentges, St. Michael, MN; Nicole (Hermelando) Villafona, Shakopee,MN; 19 great grandchildren; 6 great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will begin 11:00 am Monday, October 10, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church. Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, MN. The family will be present to greet friends from 2:00-4:00 pm Sunday, October 9th at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.