Obits

Margaret Moe, age 95
Margaret (Blakeslee) Moe, age 95, Alexandria, S.D., passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Philip Nursing Home.    Margaret Anne was born December 14, 1921, to Walter B. Blakeslee and Minnie (Sleicher) Blakeslee in Eddyville, Neb.    She attended Eddyville school, graduating in 1939. She went on to...
Daniel Henry Denke, age 73
Daniel Henry Denke, age 73, of Aurora, Colo., peacefully entered into heavenly rest Dec. 30, 2016. Dan was born Feb. 12, 1943, to Elizabeth and Henry A. Denke in Wall, S.D., the fourth of four children. He was raised on the family farm where he learned the value of a hard day’s work. He graduated...
Richard Orr, age 83
Richard Orr, age 83, of Chino Hills, Calif., died November 11, 1916  at St. Jude’s Hospital in Santa Ana.   He was born August 26, 1933, in Murdo, S.D., the oldest child of  Rex and Sally (Anderson) Orr. In 1939 his family moved to Wessington, South Dakota where Richard spent his youth.   In 1948...
Edna McKenzie, age 90
Edna McKenzie, age 90, of Murdo, died Thursday, January 5 at the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home.   Edna Mae McKenzie was born in Wichita Falls, TX on April 19, 1926 to Ed and Ethel Christian. She attended school in Hobart, Okla. Upon completing school, she worked at the telephone company in Oklahoma...
Dorothy Louder, age 86
Dorothy Louder, 86, of Draper, died Monday, January 2 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.   Dorothy Delores (Volmer) Louder was born on December 12, 1930 to John and Annie (Medeck) Volmer. Dorothy attended Draper public school and graduated from Draper High School in 1950. She lived her first 18 years of...
Mary Petras, age 95
Mary Petras of Kadoka, S.D., died on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Kadoka Nursing Home at the age of 95.   Mary J. Petras was born on December 2, 1921, to Linza and Belle Ora (Peck) Conlee on her parents homestead located five miles west of Kadoka.   She grew up on the homestead and attended...
Wallace P. “Red” Willoughby, age 88
Wallace P. “Red” Willoughby, Midland, S.D., beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend died January 5, 2017, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 88.   Wallace was born on October 30, 1928. He was the oldest of two children born to John Jeffery and Anna (...
Dorothy J. Hansen, age 63
Dorothy J. Hansen, age 63, of Philip, S.D., died on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.   Dorothy J. Schumacher was born March 2, 1953, to Paul and Mary (Brendel) Schumacher in Bismarck, N.D.   Dorothy graduated from Zeeland High School in 1971. She moved...
Robert C. Hall, age 88
Robert C. Hall, age 88, New Underwood, passed away bravely and gently Dec. 30, 2016 surrounded by his 12 children, their partners in life, and his loving grandchildren, and great grandchildren, to join his wife, Helen, who passed away in 2014.   Bob was born Sept. 21, 1928, north of St. Lawrence,...
Verna Lammon, age 96
Verna Lammon, age 96, of Aberdeen, formerly of Midland, S.D., died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Aberdeen. Verna Rhoda was born March 13, 1920, in Windom, Minn., adopted as an infant by Alfred and Mattie Rhoda of St. Paul, Minn. When Verna was four years old, her newborn baby brother died, and two...

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