1700 South Cliff Avenue  *  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2017 Obituaries
Bobbette Burns
Born: June 6, 1929
Died: April 21, 2017
Bobbette Burns age 87 of Sioux Falls, passed away Friday April 21, 2017. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday April 25, at Hope Lutheran Church, with a private burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.

On June 6, 1929, the Lord blessed Emma and Harold Peters with a baby girl “Bobbette Dione”. She joined a sister June. The family lived in Canton, SD until Bobbette was six months old and then moved to Sioux Falls.

Bobbette and June grew up spending summer trips to McCook Lake, staying with their grandparents. They enjoyed all the fun a lake has to offer. High school at Washington High was a lot of fun, spending time with friends. After school, they would go to Baker’s Shoe Store hoping to have a good-looking sales clerk wait on them. “A heart throb”, my mom and the girls called him. After graduation Bobbette worked at Simpson Insulation and found that the good-looking sales clerk also worked there.

They dated and on January 23, 1948 Bobbette was united in marriage to Arlin Forrest Emery. They lived in Sioux falls for two years and when their daughter Cindy was six months old they moved to Wall Lake, SD. The couple bought a vending machine business and worked together in the business. They did everything together. They worked hard and loved life. They loved hunting and fishing and singing. Singing in the car was always special. Most songs were old time gospel. Mom said she couldn’t wait to get in the car and sing their favorite song “Have I Told You Lately”. I remember them singing that song to each other with a love so deep, true soul mates.

There were no “in-laws” only one big family who all loved deeply and all were best friends. God was celebrated through music and singing and by actions, not words. Life can take some devastating twists and turns but in the end God puts everything back together again.

In later years Bobbette enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Watching their talents develop was a joy. Each and every one was special. She spent many wonderful hours fishing with her best friend and sister in Chamberlain, SD.

In 1972, she married Don Burns. They enjoyed spending the winters in Arizona and fishing.

Blessed for having shared her life are her daughter Cindy (Doug) Nold; grandchildren, Carter (Jeanie) Nold, and their children, Julia and Elly, Misty (Kevin) Kanta, and their children, Gabe and Kennady, Tambi (Ben) White, and children Presli, Irelynn, and Averyl, Brendee (Pete) Sterbick and their daughter Bree. She is also survived by a nephew Les Rice and niece Caren McCarther.

I miss you mom, but take comfort knowing you are once again with our family in Heaven.
Guy J. Varns, 52, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017. His funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 2 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with private interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Monday, May 1 at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Guy Jeffrey Varns, son of Richard and Margaret (Sparks) Varns, was born July 17, 1964 in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up there. Guy graduated from Washington High School.

While still a junior in high school, Guy began a life-long career with Schoeneman’s Lumber. Following high school graduation, he began working there full-time. His hard work and devotion showed in all that he did. Guy was currently still working at Schoeneman’s after over 37 years of service.

Guy was a simple family man, who enjoyed the basics of life. He was the man you went to for advice and would be the first to lend a helping hand. His selfless attitude touched many people that he came into contact with. Always willing to help where he could, he enjoyed volunteering for local organizations, donating blood and helping any and all that he came into contact with.

Guy was known as the jokester. He could make anyone smile with his jokes and sense of humor. He was a craftsman and loved to make many things out of wood. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing or tinkering around the house and especially taking care of his lawn "get off the grass".

Grateful for having shared his life are his daughter, Brooke Varns and her fiancé, Steve Wardell, Sioux Falls, SD; his granddaughter, Kaylee Wardell, Sioux Falls, SD; his mother, Margaret Varns, Sioux Falls, SD; four siblings, Patty Schmidt and her husband, Don, Sioux Falls, SD, Rick Varns, Sioux Falls, SD, David Varns and his wife, Lee, Lake Wilson, MN, Dennis Varns and his wife, Kathy, Sioux Falls, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Guy was preceded in death by his father, Richard; a brother, Kevin Varns; a sister, Cynthia Olson; and a good friend, Lonnie Tuttle.
Guy Varns
Born: July 17, 1964
Died: April 27, 2017
Dorothy Clark
Dorothy Clark, 98, died 8/6/17, Sioux Falls, SD, Services will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:30 am, at Hope Lutheran Church Sioux Falls.

Dorothy T. Clark, formerly of Sioux Falls, passed away on August 6th at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Dorothy was born on January 26th, 1919 in Watertown, South Dakota to Ida and Theodore Erickson. She spent her childhood years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and South Shore, South Dakota. After graduating from South Shore High School, Dorothy moved to Chicago where she worked in a war plant for several years. Following the war, she worked as executive secretary for the American Cancer Society in Watertown, South Dakota.

She met Harold (Hal) Clark at a dance in Watertown, and they were married on April 15th, 1950. They eventually ended up living in Sioux Falls, where Dorothy worked for Brown Drug Company for many years. Dorothy and Hal were great supporters of the Salvation Army in Sioux Falls. They volunteered countless hours throughout the years and were especially active during the holiday season. Dorothy was also active at Hope Lutheran Church, The Telephone Pioneers and Norwest bank.

Grateful for having shared in her life was her husband, Hal; two daughters and their husbands, Robin and Jon Flom of Montrose, CO, Jill and Don Putnam of Tyndall, SD; five grandchildren, Amy Hurley (Neil), Justin Johnson (Jenny), Ally Johnson (Kyle), Amanda Putnam (Lee) and Haley Putnam; five great grandchildren, Ethan Johnson, Aiden and Claire Hurley, Kaia and Leina Johnson. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Hal, her parents, three brothers and four sisters and one granddaughter--Haley Putnam.

Dorothy will be remembered for her sense of humor, her love of dancing and her kind heart. She always provided for those less fortunate than herself. Her smile will be missed by all of those who knew her.
Born: January  26, 1919
Died: August 6, 2017
Bob Harvey
Born: July 6, 1929
Died: September 13, 2017
​A memorial service was held at 11:30 am on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Hope Lutheran Church with private interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bob L. Harvey, 88 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Bethany Home Brandon.

Bob Harvey, son of Lowell and Harriett (Jester) Harvey, was born on July 6, 1929, in Valley Springs, SD. He moved to Sioux Falls and received his education, graduating from Washington High School. Bob enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1947 and served in the Korean War.

Bob was united in marriage with Dorothy Jacobson on June 16, 1951, in Sioux Falls, SD. After Bob was honorably discharged in 1955, the family returned to Sioux Falls where Bob began working with American Freight. Bob transferred to K & J Trucking until retiring.

Bob was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church. He was also a part of the American Legion, VFW, the Elks and the Galesburg reunions. Bob enjoyed following Cardinals Baseball and the Florida Gators.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Jeff Harvey and his wife Sandy, Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, Janis Mena and her husband Priamo, Gainesville, FL, and Julie Christie and her husband Scott, Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren Josh Harvey and his wife Sarah, Mark Harvey and his wife Estella, Brandi Harvey, Lisa Harvey, Gisel Mena, Mariel Taylor and her husband Evan, Marisa Christie, Ryan Christie; great-granddaughter Kaleesa Grace Harvey; and many other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, brothers Lee, Lyle, and Verl, and sisters Blanche Falor and Evelyn Pelley.
Richard Mielke
Born: July 23, 1937
Died: December 10, 2017
Richard Wayne Mielke, 80, went to his heavenly home on Dec. 10, 2017. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at 11 am at Hope Lutheran Church.

 Richard shared 55 wonderful years with his wife Sandie!! Happy memories he left behind will be lovingly remembered by his children: Brian (Kim Nielsen) Mielke, Brad (Tammy) Mielke, Brenda (Jim) White and Beth Mielke.

He was loved as grandpa by 10 grandchildren: Max, Michael and Olivia Nielsen, Jake and Tashina Brings, Alexis and JoLeigh Mielke, Breanna, Dustin and Megan White, and 3 great grandchildren: Zavian Washington and Jayden and Maddox White. Also grateful for having shared his life are his siblings: Lois Anderson (Lester Prairie, MN) and Lee (Norma) Mielke (Des Moines, IA). There are many other relatives and friends that shared in the joy of Richard’s life. He is preceded in death in by his parents: Otto and Mary Mielke and his brother Ivan Mielke.

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society or Ava’s House, the hospice in which he received loving care the last days of his life.​