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robin dannen

OCT. 20, 2021

JULY 31, 2021

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Robin Dale Dannen, 50, would tell you that her greatest passion in life was her family. Robin, a woman with a heart created for giving to others, died on July 31, 2021 in a tragic house fire.

                Robin is survived by her best friend and husband, Todd Dannen of Chancellor, and her three children: Xander Dannen, Lennox; Emilee (fiancé, Bobby Green) Dannen, Kansas City; and Ethan Dannen, Vermillion.

     Born October 20, 1970, Robin was the beautifully spirited daughter of Tom and Jean Irwin of Sioux Falls. She was loved by her sister Julia Irwin, Sioux Falls, and brother Jeffrey Irwin (Rebecca), Sioux Falls.

                She is fondly remembered by her father-in-law, Gary Dannen, Chancellor; and in-laws, Gale Dannen (Penny), Tea; Joy (Paul) Schreurs, Lennox; Timothy Dannen, Chancellor; Jill (Reuben) Brown, Lennox; and Mary (Travis Irwin) Dannen, Chancellor. She was an aunt to many nieces and nephews.

                Robin spent most of her life being loved by her husband Todd. Her contagious spirit and unbridled fervor for all things sweet and adventurous has left her family with memories of creative parties, thrill-seeking trips to amusement parks, culinary masterpieces that were often shared with family and friends, and for the last several years, a zany, slight obsession with Stan Lee and his team of Super Heroes, specifically Spider-Man. Amidst the memories, there were countless photos taken by Robin with her family and friends. She loved to capture moments shared with photos. Her happiness within that flash of time echoed in the still reflection of her brilliant smile and beauty. Xander will always remember his deployment in Afghanistan. Robin was awarded as one of the most supportive and caring mothers due to the high volume of love sealed into endless care packages to be shared with troops.

                But mostly, despite life’s challenges, Robin loved her family in such a way that each one of them knew without a doubt that they were loved. The family is determined to rebuild their home with Robin’s legacy of extraordinary kindness and love.

                In death, Robin was greeted by loved ones Larry Irwin, Dale and Marcene Mossefin, Marjo Dannen, and her beloved chihuahuas, Beefy and Gizmo.

Rod garrison

NOV. 02, 1947

JULY 22, 2021

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Rod “Grizz” Garrison, 73, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Dougherty Hospice, Sioux Falls.  Memorial services will be at 2:00pm Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Chancellor Reformed Church with private family burial at the Salem Cemetery, rural Irene, SD.  Service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/Chancellor- Reformed-Church. Visitation will be on Friday with family present from 4-7pm at the church. Arrangements by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home. 

Memorials maybe directed to the Chancellor Reformed Church or SD Junior Golf Association Scholarship Fund. 

Rodney Allen Garrison was born on November 2, 1947 at Urbana, MO to Bert and Edna (Sneller) Garrison.  He grew up at Rock Rapids, IA where he attended school and went on to graduate from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD with football and track scholarships.  He taught and coached at three different schools before accepting the line coach position at O’Gorman High School, a position that he held for 22 years.  In addition to that he accepted the head girl’s golf coaching duties for 31 years and amassed 12 state team titles.  Later he added duties as coach of the boy’s golf team and in 12 years led them to 5 state team titles. 

In 2015 Rod retired and accepted a position at Great Life Golf and Fitness as the director of corporate partners. 

During his teaching and coaching career, Rod received many awards.  In 2007 he was selected as National High School Athletic Association Golf Coach of the Year and 7 years later Rod was enshrined in the National High School Coaches Athletic Association Hall of Fame.  In 2017 Rod was inducted in the SD Football Coaches Hall of Fame.  He developed lifelong friendships and mutual admiration with the football players that he coached, having taught them life lessons that when beyond the football field.  Rod recently was honored to receive the SD Golf Hall of Fame Award, passing away before his ceremony, but he is now in a place where his rewards will be greater than anything here on earth.  In true Grizz fashion he fought till the end just as he taught his athletes to do. 

One of his most proud achievements was the establishment of the Sioux Empire Junior Challenge in 2002.  It was for boys and girls ages 7-18 and was held weekly in different golf courses in eastern SD.  He ran this program for 14 years and was able to award a scholarship to not necessarily the best player, but the one that showed respect, integrity, sportsmanship and teambuilding. 

Rod was past president of the SD Coaches Association and served as a deacon and elder at the Chancellor Reformed Church. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Gayle; his children, Lori, Jon and Jackie (Don) Wages; stepsons, Jamie Boomgarden and Chad (Mike) Boomgarden; 8 well loved grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; a sister Roberta (Art) Flier; and brothers Pat (Sharon) Garrison and Earl (Shari) Garrison.  Rev. D. Marc de Waard officiated.

Lorene DeNeui

APR. 30, 1929

FEB. 11, 2021

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Lorene DeNeui, 91, of Chancellor and Canton, SD, died Thursday, February 11, 2021, under hospice care following a brief battle with cancer.

            Lorene Marion Harms was born on April 30, 1929, near Chancellor, SD, the daughter of Herman and Olive (Rector) Harms. She grew up attending rural school and then graduated from Chancellor High School in 1947. She went on to earn a teaching certificate from General Beadle College and then taught rural school for one year.

            On February 11, 1949, she was united in marriage to Henry H. DeNeui, at the Delaware Reformed Church, rural Lennox. The couple made their home in Chancellor. Lorene was a wife and mother who also worked outside her home for many years. She was employed at the grocery store in Chancellor, helped several area farmers, worked in production at McCord in Canton and as a seamstress at Dakota Industries in Hurley. Husband, Henry died on July 22, 1999.

            Lorene was an active and faithful member of the Chancellor Reformed Church were she participated in many Bible studies, women's organizations and various volunteer roles. She also belonged to the Chancellor American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, sports, puzzles and attending her grand and great-grandchildren's events and activities. Most of all she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who deeply loved and cared for her family.

            Besides her husband and parents, Lorene was preceded in death by one grandson, Kevin Fluth; siblings: Marge Burma, Harriet Dreesman, Kenneth Harms, Leonard Harms and Raymond Harms.

            Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Glenda (Boyd) Fluth, Sioux Falls, Mary (Craig) Mulder, Canton and Russell (Lois) DeNeui, Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Earl (Linda) Harms, East Stroudsburg, PA and a host of other relatives and friends.   Public services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Febrary 15 at Chancellor Reformed Church, with public visitation beginning at noon, Monday, prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Lennox Cemetery.    Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.

IRENE JONGELING

JAN. 11, 1924

OCT. 15, 2020

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Irene Jongeling, 96, of Parker/Chancellor, SD, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD.

            Adeline Irene Jacobson was born on January 11, 1924 in Sioux Falls, SD, the daughter of Charlie A. and Elvira O. (Nelson) Jacobson. She grew up and attended school in Brandon, SD, graduating from Brandon High School in 1942. She went on to earn her teaching certificate from Beadle State Teacher's College. She attended Sioux Falls College and Augustana College and earned an elementary education degree, graduating in 1960. Irene had worked as an elementary school teacher. She had also worked in the office for Cargill and at the Sioux Falls Army Force Air Force Base in Sioux Falls during WWII.

            On September 30, 1960 she was united in marriage to Fred Jongeling at Valley Springs, SD. The couple, made their home on a farm 3 miles NW of Chancellor, SD. Husband Fred died on October 29, 1982.

            Irene was a member of the Chancellor Reformed Church were she was active in the Reformed Church Women's Ministries and the Dorcas Circle. She was also a member of the Chancellor American Legion Auxiliary. Irene's interests included: cardinals, bird watching, bird feeding, vocal music, especially solos and duets with her sister. She was known for her love and concern for animals, especially her many cats and dogs.

            Besides her parents and husband Fred, Irene was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Ganschow and three infant brothers.

            Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Madge (Alan) Bruflat, Wayne, NE and son, Jessie Jongeling, Colton, SD and two grandchildren; special niece, Jean Tesch, Lennox, as well as other relatives and friends.    

LEROY HERRBOLDT

FEB. 5, 1931

DEC. 1, 2020

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LeRoy Herrboldt, 89, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly Scotland, SD, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls.

            LeRoy Reinhold Herrboldt was born on February 5, 1931, in Menno, SD, to Reinhold and Martha (Handel) Herrboldt. He grew up and attended rural school in Olivet and Menno before graduating from Menno High School in 1949. He went on to earn his teaching certificate from Southern Normal College, Springfield, SD. LeRoy taught rural school for one year, before entering the US Army in 1952. He served during the Korean War until his honorable discharged in 1954.

            On May 25, 1952, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Geraldine Schlecter, in Kaylor, SD. The couple started their marriage living in Menno, before moving to Sioux Falls where they lived from 1959 until 1975. In 1975, they moved to Scotland, SD. LeRoy, alongside his son Craig, owned and operated the Scotland Locker-Butcher Shop for 35 years. LeRoy and Geraldine enjoyed their time living in Scotland and Olivet, SD before moving to Lennox and then their current home in Sioux Falls.

            LeRoy was confirmed in the Salem Reformed Church, which set the foundation for a Christ centered life. He had belonged to the Scotland United Church of Christ where he served as an elder and a Sunday school teacher. As a teacher, he believed that Sunday school was for life in eternity while public school was for everyday living. He also had belonged to the First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls and currently attended Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor, SD. He enjoyed reading, games, marbles, puzzles, cards and fishing. LeRoy cherished his grandchildren and was well known for having one of them on his lap as he read stories, he loved attending their activities and spending time together with family and friends. Most of all, LeRoy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who deeply loved his family. His loved ones will miss his gentle smile, the love he had for his family and the devotion he had for serving the Lord.

            Besides his parents, LeRoy was preceded in death by one son, Scott in 1988; son-in-law, Ron Rabbass in 2019 and sister, Delores (Delmer) Mettler.  Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.

VERLADYNE Dloof

APR. 13, 1924

SEPT. 26, 2020

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Verladyne DeLoof, 96, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home, Sioux Falls, SD.

          Verladyne Naomia Saunders was born on April 13, 1924, the daughter of William and Barbara (Boyes) Saunders, at Schoolcraft, MI. She grew up and attended school in this area, graduating from Mattawan High School. She went on to attend Western Michigan University and then graduated from Hope College with a degree in education. Verladyne taught kindergarten for several years.

          On August 16, 1950 she was united in marriage to Gerard DeLoof at the Calvary Reformed Church, Texas Corners, MI. The couple worked side by side in ministry at churches in Casnovia, MI, St. Petersburg, FL, Portage, MI, Ellsworth, MN and at Second Reformed, Delaware Reformed, Monroe Reformed and Chancellor Reformed in South Dakota. Husband, Gerard "Jerry" died on September 19, 2017.

          Verladyne was a member of the Chancellor Reformed Church. She had a well utilized gift of hospitality. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, cooking, baking, sewing and needlework. She had crocheted many afghans for her children and grandchildren.  Verladyne was a sports enthusiast who was a devoted Detroit Tigers baseball fan and a fan of various football teams. Most of all, Verladyne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who deeply loved her Lord.

          Besides her husband Gerard, Verladyne was preceded in death by her parents, all 11 of her siblings and two great-grandchildren.

          Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Tim (Sandy) DeLoof, Sioux Falls, Marilyn (Steve) Ward, Captiva, FL, Don DeLoof, Sioux Falls and Steve (Mary) DeLoof, Brandon; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Due to health concerns, private family services will be held and can be viewed online at the Chancellor Reformed Church website following the services, with burial in the Lennox Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Chancellor Reformed Mission Fund or Words of Hope.

AUDREY VIETOR

JUL. 19, 1929

JAN. 24, 2020

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Marian Bingner, 90, of Lennox, formerly Chancellor, SD, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg, SD.

                Marian Jane Timmerman was born on February 25, 1930, on a farm near Davis, SD, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Conroy) Timmerman. She lived in this area and attended rural school until moving with her family to a farm east of Lennox. Marian had a love for horses and enjoyed riding with her friend Shirley, during her teen years. She graduated from Lennox High School in 1947. Marian went on to complete several commercial art classes and took guitar lessons. She enjoyed playing her Gibson steel guitar. She had a beautiful singing voice also. Marian was employed at Manchester Biscuit and Cookie Company in Sioux Falls, SD.

                On February 26, 1949 she was united in marriage to Arthur H. Bingner, at the Second Reformed Church in Lennox. The couple made their home in Lennox before moving to Chancellor in 1952. Marian worked for Sioux Valley Hospital for several years as a CNA, before beginning a 21 year career as a physical therapy assistant and CNA at the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. Husband Art, died on August 23, 2010. Marian moved to Pathways in Lennox and became a resident at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing home in January of this year.

                Marian was a loving and caring person who would help family, friends and neighbors anytime she saw the most remote need. This loving nature gave way to well cared for home, family and several pets over the years. She lovingly prepared many holiday and Sunday dinners and was an excellent cook. If you had coffee or tea with Art and Marian, you were able to sample some of her delicious baked goods. She loved visits with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.

                Marian was an active and faithful member of the Chancellor Reformed Church. She had been a member of the Mary Martha Circle, and currently belonged to the Dorcus Circle, Women of Purpose and held many different offices in these ladies groups over the years. She also served as church librarian. She belonged to the Chancellor American Legion Auxiliary for many years and one of the last offices she held was that of secretary.

                Besides her parents and husband, Marian was preceded in death by all of her six siblings; four sisters: Lucille Bultena, Ardell Bossman, Ileen Meyer and Alice Peters and two brothers: Marvin Timmerman and James Timmerman; one son-in-law, Wayne Danielson.

                Grateful for having shared her life are her three daughters: Cathy (De Wane) Stoddard, Big Stone City, SD, Karen Danielson, Dell Rapids, SD and Nancy (Gary) Dickson, Dakota Dunes, SD; seven grandchildren: Darin (Shawn) Stoddard, Bradley Stoddard, Jarrod (Teresa) Stoddard, Wayne Danielson Jr., Rick (Angela) Danielson, Jonathon (Ashley) Danielson and Glenda (Shayne) Cheek; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Vivian Timmerman, Sioux Falls, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 A burial graveside service was held April 22, 2020 at the Chancellor Reformed Church Cemetery.  Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  

marian bingner

FEB. 25, 1930

APR. 19, 2020

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Marian Bingner, 90, of Lennox, formerly Chancellor, SD, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg, SD.

                Marian Jane Timmerman was born on February 25, 1930, on a farm near Davis, SD, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Conroy) Timmerman. She lived in this area and attended rural school until moving with her family to a farm east of Lennox. Marian had a love for horses and enjoyed riding with her friend Shirley, during her teen years. She graduated from Lennox High School in 1947. Marian went on to complete several commercial art classes and took guitar lessons. She enjoyed playing her Gibson steel guitar. She had a beautiful singing voice also. Marian was employed at Manchester Biscuit and Cookie Company in Sioux Falls, SD.

                On February 26, 1949 she was united in marriage to Arthur H. Bingner, at the Second Reformed Church in Lennox. The couple made their home in Lennox before moving to Chancellor in 1952. Marian worked for Sioux Valley Hospital for several years as a CNA, before beginning a 21 year career as a physical therapy assistant and CNA at the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. Husband Art, died on August 23, 2010. Marian moved to Pathways in Lennox and became a resident at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing home in January of this year.

                Marian was a loving and caring person who would help family, friends and neighbors anytime she saw the most remote need. This loving nature gave way to well cared for home, family and several pets over the years. She lovingly prepared many holiday and Sunday dinners and was an excellent cook. If you had coffee or tea with Art and Marian, you were able to sample some of her delicious baked goods. She loved visits with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.

                Marian was an active and faithful member of the Chancellor Reformed Church. She had been a member of the Mary Martha Circle, and currently belonged to the Dorcus Circle, Women of Purpose and held many different offices in these ladies groups over the years. She also served as church librarian. She belonged to the Chancellor American Legion Auxiliary for many years and one of the last offices she held was that of secretary.

                Besides her parents and husband, Marian was preceded in death by all of her six siblings; four sisters: Lucille Bultena, Ardell Bossman, Ileen Meyer and Alice Peters and two brothers: Marvin Timmerman and James Timmerman; one son-in-law, Wayne Danielson.

                Grateful for having shared her life are her three daughters: Cathy (De Wane) Stoddard, Big Stone City, SD, Karen Danielson, Dell Rapids, SD and Nancy (Gary) Dickson, Dakota Dunes, SD; seven grandchildren: Darin (Shawn) Stoddard, Bradley Stoddard, Jarrod (Teresa) Stoddard, Wayne Danielson Jr., Rick (Angela) Danielson, Jonathon (Ashley) Danielson and Glenda (Shayne) Cheek; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Vivian Timmerman, Sioux Falls, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 A burial graveside service was held April 22, 2020 at the Chancellor Reformed Church Cemetery.  Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  

VIRGIL STEWART (JONGELING)

JAN. 1947

JAN. 4, 2020

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Harrington - On January 4, 2020, Virgil Lyle (Jongeling) Stewart went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Virgil was born in Sioux Falls, S.D. in Jan., 1947 to Maria Evelyn Hofling Jongeling and George B. Jongeling of Parker, S.D. He was raised on a dairy farm outside of Parker where he enjoyed hunting, shooting, and riding horses. Virgil's favorite horse was Buck, a horse whose wild spirit matched his own.
He attended Rural School District 87 and graduated from Chancellor High School in 1965 in a class of three students. After high school Virgil attended Brown Institute to kickstart his radio career. He then became news director at KWOA Radio Station in Worthington, Minn., where he met and fell in love with Carol Kunerth. The two were married in 1970; their daughter Wendy was born one year later.
After eight years in radio, Virgil attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa to study Christian ministry. Virgil completed his education at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.. He then moved to Michigan where he worked as an evangelist smuggling bibles into Mexico and parts of the Middle East and Asia.
He also pastored two churches in Michigan, and later three churches in Delaware. Afterwards he worked in hospice care, sharing the good news of the gospel with many who were suffering.
Virgil was happiest when he was preaching God's word. He was a prankster known for his feistiness, humor, and tall tales. He always gave generously to those in need, and remained grateful for God's provision until the end.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; daughter, Wendy, son-in-law, Ken; grandchildren, Kathryn, Joey, and Jared; brothers, George and Charles, and sister Darline.
The family will receive visitors at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave, Milford from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, 1/10, with a memorial service at 2 p.m.

A graveside service was held for Virgil on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Chancellor Reformed Church Cemetery.  Pastor Marc de Waard officiated. 

JERRY HAGEN

SEPT. 13, 1938

JAN. 2, 2023

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Jerry Hagen, 84 of Parker, passed away on January 2, 2023 at the Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls. The Memorial Service was held at 11:00 AM Sat., January 7, 2023 at the Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor.   Brad Dykstra was the soloist, Kathy de Waard the pianist, and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  Visitation was held the day before, Fri., Jan. 6th from 5:00-7:00 PM at Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home, Parker. Arrangements were provided by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home. 

Gerald Lee Hagen of Parker SD passed away at Sanford Medical Center  on January 2, 2023 with family by his side.

Jerry was born September 13, 1938 to Virgil and Emily Hagen in Detroit MI. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Parker SD where he married the love of his life, Wandalee Hokenstad on August 30, 1956. To this union they had 5 children Kelly, Dawn, Fawn, Kevin, and Robin.  

Jerry enjoyed fishing with his cousins at the Missouri River as well as traveling to Canada to catch the big northern . He also did many hunting trips over the years with family and friends. In his retirement years he loved drinking coffee and playing pool with all his buddies in Parker and Chancellor. He spoke of these fun memories often.

He was an active member of Chancellor Reformed Church where he enjoyed the fellowship his church family.           

Jerry’s career entailed 10 years of custom combining from Oklahoma to the ND border after that he started at the South Dakota Air National Guard crash station where he traveled to Norway and England. He really enjoyed seeing these places over the years. He also drove truck for 28 years before retirement.

Jerry is survived by his 4 children Kelly (Jeff) Beebe of Haines City, FL , Dawn Kidder of  San Antonio TX, Kevin (Shelly) Hagen of Sioux Falls SD and Robin (Nate) His Law of Pukwana SD; grandchildren Andrew (Molly) Hagen, Cole (Chloe) Hagen, Melissa, Jessica, Elizabeth , Alicia Kidder, Jacob and Nathan Hislaw; great-grandchildren Riley, Ryder, Stevie and Baylor Hagen; sisters Diane Jerdan of IL, Carol (Mike) Halstead of IA and Connie Hagen of GA. He is preceded in death by his wife Wandalee Hagen, daughter Fawn , parents Virgil and Emily Hagen, In laws Thelmar and Mary Hokenstad  and grandson Steven (Kevin and Shelly) Hagen.

LUETTA WEELDREYER

JAN. 16, 1929

APRIL 7, 2023

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Luetta Weeldreyer, 94, of Lennox, SD, passed away Friday, April 7, 2023 at her home, under hospice care, surrounded by her family.

Luetta Bernice Friese was born to Louis and Etta (Herlyn) Friese, on January 16, 1929 at their home near Parker, SD. She grew up attending country schools through the 8th grade. She was then able to attend Chancellor High School while boarding with a couple from their church, learning to operate a telephone switchboard and also working part-time at the Chancellor Grocery Store until she was able to car pool with some neighbor boys. She graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1946. Luetta then attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, while working nights in the telephone office. After graduation she taught in the Marion, SD, school for several years.

On February 11, 1953, she married Warren Weeldreyer of Chancellor and became a farm wife. Luetta returned to college night classes in the mid 1960's and opened the first Kindergarten in the area, in the Chancellor Legion Hall. Warren and Luetta share-cropped and lived on a farm near Chancellor until 1973, then purchased a farm south of Lennox and farmed there until 1997. That year their son Leon, built a retirement house for them in Lennox.

Warren and Luetta had six children together. Warren preceded her in death in 2014 after 61 years of marriage. Luetta was active in many things throughout her life, especially in the Chancellor Reformed Church in which she grew up. She also served on Christian Women's Club Advisory Board. She led many Bible studies in her home until 2020.

Blessed to have her as their mother are her children: Leon (Karen), Lennox, Lynette (Tim) Waugh, Lawrenceville, GA, Kent (Denise), Sioux Falls, Julie (Rick) Timmer, Sioux Falls, Sherri (Kevin) Jones, Prior Lake, MN, and Arlyn (Shannon), Lennox; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, brother, Harold Friese, sister, Dorothy Martin and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

 Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Mon., April 17 at Chancellor Reformed Church with burial to follow in the Chancellor Reformed Cemetery. Visitation was at Chancellor Reformed Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 16.  Son-in-law and pastor, Rick Timmer, coofficiated with Pastor Marc de Waard.  Kathy de Waard was the pianist as well as did special music with the Friese family.

GEORGE VIETOR

MAY 28, 1926

AUG. 14, 2023

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H. George Vietor, 97, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Chancellor, died on Monday, August 14, 2023, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

George was born on a farm near Hurley, SD, on May 28, 1926, the son of Jakob G. and Genevieve (Lowery) Vietor. He grew up and attended District 20 country school grades 1-8 and attended Chancellor High School, graduating in 1944 in the top ten of his class of 9. 🙂 He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 without telling his parents, but was given a medical discharge later due to a speech handicap. Two quarters at USD followed, after which he returned to the farm. Though George spent only a short time in the service of his country, he has always been a very patriotic citizen. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post 283 and worked many years helping other veterans secure their benefits. A monthly Legion newsletter “The Veteran” was written and published from 1964-2018 from George’s typewriter, and he also served as Post 283 Historian for over 50 years.

On August 11, 1949, George married Audrey Ruth Meier at the 2nd Reformed Church in Lennox, SD. The couple lived in Hurley for a short time and then in the spring of 1951 they moved to their home place 1 mile south, 1 mile east, and ¼ mile south of Chancellor, SD. They farmed a total of 500 acres of crop land and raised cattle, hogs and quite a few cats. George lost 2 fingers on his right hand in a husking bed of a Wood Bothers single row corn picker accident in Oct. 1951. Daughter Holly Jo joined the family on Christmas Day, 1953, with Jill LaRae following on July 10, 1957. They moved into their new home in Chancellor on Dec. 26, 1970. After farming the land for 20 years, George took the written exam to become postmaster of Chancellor, SD, and was awarded the position in April 1971. George retired from the post office in 1991. In August of 2019 the couple moved to Grand Living in Sioux Falls, SD.

George loved to sing, being a member of The Top-Hatters as the high tenor. George and Audrey loved to travel regionally and went to Europe twice. He was in charge of the tape ministry of Chancellor Reformed Church for many years, also serving as deacon/elder on the Consistory and a representative to General Synod. George also served on the board of the “Words of Hope” for some 20 years, this was one of the loves of his life.  Most of all George was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who deeply loved his family.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Audrey in 2020, his sisters, Mavis Fowler and Elaine Schroedermeier, and brother, Rodney Vietor. Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Holly (Bill) Hofer of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jill (Mike) Foster of Southlake, TX; seven grandchildren, Rachel Brice of Charleston, SC, Jordan (Keeyane) Hofer of Harrisburg, SD, Tommy (Kia) Hofer of Eden Prairie, MN, and Jaime (Marlon) Lobban of Sioux Falls, SD, Mallory (Greg) Schouten of Sioux Falls, SD, Samantha (Bryan) Black of Keller, TX, and Jaclyn (Craig) Hill of Keller, TX; twenty great grandchildren, Olivia and Jack Brice, Lovena Billy, Flora and Matilda Hofer, James, Nils, Tor and Svea Hofer, Josiah, Naomi, Eden and Delilah Lobban, Nora and Josey Schouten, Trygve George, Runa and Olsen Black, and Chance and Nolan Hill. Two more great grandsons are on the way. George made friends wherever he went and leaves behind many other relatives and friends who he cared for dearly.

As George’s dear friend, Pastor Henry Haga reminded the family, “We grieve with joy, knowing he has passed on to glory. The hope we have as believers is one of the greatest truths in Scripture. Rejoice in the memories you have of George. Continue to run with the spiritual baton handed you. Continue looking at Jesus.”

A visitation was held  on Friday, August 18, 2023, from 5PM-6:30PM at Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor, SD. A funeral Service was held  at 11:00AM, Sat., August 19, 2023, at Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor, SD, and a luncheon followed.  Interment took place at Chancellor Reformed Cemetery.   Micah Aberson did special music, Kathy de Waard was the pianist and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated at the service.

Memorials can be made to the Chancellor Reformed Church, 93 Dewey Ave, Chancellor, SD 57015.

DONNA JEAN PLUCKER

OCT. 29, 1945

AUG. 24, 2023

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Donna J. Plucker, 77 of Parker died Thursday, August 24, 2023 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD.   Funeral services were held at 10:30am  on Wed., August 30, 2023 at the Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor, SD while burial followed in Germantown Cemetery, Chancellor.  

Kathy de Waard was the pianist, and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  Visitation was from 5-7pm Tuesday at the church.  Arrangements by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.  

Donna Jean Plucker was born on October 29, 1945 at Sioux Falls, SD to Lester and Gertrude (Nugteren) Griebel. She grew up in the Monroe, SD area and graduated from Monroe High School in 1963.  On January 10, 1964 she was united in marriage to Fred Plucker at Monroe, SD. They farmed and lived northeast of Parker before moving into Parker in 2006.  Fred died in 2014.  For the past 3 years she has been a resident of the Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls. 

Donna was a longtime member of the Chancellor Reformed Church, extension club member and loved to play cards and was a member of several card clubs.  Over the years she worked as a bank teller and as a floral designer. 

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Ross (Lynn) Plucker of Chancellor and Jennifer (Alan) Petersen of Parker; grandchildren Derrick (Shannon) Getty, Justin Plucker, Arika Olson and Austin Olson; and great grandson Blake Getty.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, a son Thad and sister Diane. 

DENNIS BORGERS

MARCH 4, 1944

OCT. 3, 2023

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Dennis Borgers, 79 of Marion, died suddenly on Tuesday,  October 3, 2023 of an apparent heart attack at his home. Funeral Service was at 11:00 AM Saturday October 7, 2023 at the Chancellor Reformed Church, in Chancellor, SD.  Kathy de Waard with the pianist and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.

Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 Friday at the church; it included a Prayer Service. Arrangements were provided by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home.

Dennis LeRoy Borgers was born March 4, 1944 to William and Edna Borgers. He grew up near Canistota before the family moved to Eugene, Oregon having attended Canistota School and then moved to Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Crow, Oregon in 1962.

He was united in marriage to Sharon Borgers at Sandham Reformed Church on June 5th, 1964 in Monroe, SD. To this union, two children were born, Lyndale and Gary.  They raised their family on their farm North of Marion before moving to their current residence in Marion.  Dennis was a jack-of-all-trades in the workforce- he farmed, worked construction, worked at the Marion Elevator, worked for Raap Chevrolet and was a DeSmet Farm Insurance Agent.

Dennis was active in his church for many years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, restoring old tractors and spending time with family.  Even though he liked some red tractors, he really enjoyed John Deere green!  He enjoyed many wonderful trips with his wife and good friends including Alaska, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Panama, and Aruba.  His most recent trip was to South Africa for a safari hunt with his son’s and grandson Tyler and wife Colette. He claimed that if it walked in front of him, it didn’t have a chance when going on this hunt.  He was able to shoot a Kudu, Black Impala, Gemsbok, and Blesbok.  He loved being with his family. Sharon and Dennis made many trips to Wisconsin to visit Gary and Cindy and family. Most importantly, he knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

Those grateful for having shared his life include two sons:  Lyndale (Christi) Borgers of Howard, SD; Gary (Cindy) Borgers of Eldorado, WI; grandchildren: Shelby (Cody), Sarah (Jeremiah), William, Tyler (Colette), Suzanne (Xavier), Candie (Mike), Robbie (Emily) and nine great-grandchildren: Rowan, Reid, Quinn, Paris, Legend, Halo, Axtyn, Zaydon, and Kyson; a sister:  Jean (Eugene) Nachtigall, a sister-in-law Darla (Doug) Buseman; brothers-in-law: Jerry (Priscilla) Weeldreyer and Terry (Doreen) Weeldreyer. Dennis was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Borgers; parents, Edna and William Borgers; parents-in-law Esther & John Weeldreyer, brother Larry Borgers and sister-in-law Rose Borgers.

DENNIS IHNEN

JAN. 30, 1945

NOV. 11, 2023

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 Dennis Ihnen, age 78, of Chancellor, SD, passed away November 11, 2023, at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD, following a lengthy illness.

 Dennis Lee Ihnen was born on January 30, 1945, at Lennox , SD, the son of Raymond and Alice “Tootie” (Sikkink) Ihnen. He grew up in rural Turner County, Middleton Township, near Chancellor and attended Stoddard District 21 rural school. He went on to graduate from Chancellor High School in 1963.

 On July 2, 1966 he was united in marriage to Mary Kay Redenius at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rapid City, SD. The couple made their home on farms near Hurley and had just recently moved into Chancellor. Dennis was a farmer his entire life. After retiring from farming full time, he continued farming and driving truck.

 Dennis was an active member of Chancellor Reformed Church. He was dedicated and passionate about church and his church family and had served as a Deacon, Elder and on a number of other boards and committees. Along with Mary Kay, they served as youth leaders and Sunday school teachers. Dennis enjoyed hunting, camping, traveling, driving truck, riding motorcycles, dogs and collecting guns and ammo. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who especially enjoyed watching children and grandchildren's sporting events (especially basketball). Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.

 Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Mary Kay; sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: son, Tod (Shelli) Ihnen, Sioux Falls, granddaughter : Cierra (Jeremy) Anderson, their child, Izaiah, granddaughter, Sarissa (Jake) Bradley, their child, Benaiah, granddaughter, Savanna (Jason) Herrboldt, their children, Arie and Alba, grandson, Stetson (Carlee) Ihnen; son, Jay (Brenda) Ihnen, Norwalk, IA, grandchildren: Lindsey and Nick; son, Heath (Sharese) Ihnen, Lennox, grandchildren, Quincy, Isabel and Porter; siblings: Donna (Leon) Johnson, Piedmont and Roger (Denise) Ihnen, Lennox, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. 

 Visitation, with the family present, was held on Tues., Nov. 14th from 5 to 7 p.m.  at Chancellor Reformed Church, Chancellor, SD. Private family burial, in the Chancellor Reformed Cemetery, preceded the public memorial service which was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 15, at Chancellor Reformed Church.  Kathy de Waard played piano, and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  Son, Tod Ihnen shared memories.  

Joy Klock

JUNE 9, 1934

NOV 30, 2023

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Joy Klock, age 89, of Chancellor, SD, passed away on Thursday evening, November 30, 2023, at Trail Ridge Senior Living, Sioux Falls, SD. 

 Muriel Joy Uhe was born on June 9, 1934, in Chancellor, the daughter of Herman and Bertha (Krull) Uhe. She grew up attending school here and then graduated from Chancellor High School in 1952. She went on to earn her Teacher's Certificate from Sioux Falls College and then taught rural school for two years. 

 On December 28, 1953 she was united in marriage to Virgil Klock at the Chancellor Reformed Church. The couple made their home on the farm 3.5 miles north of Chancellor. In 2001, they moved to their home one mile west of Chancellor. Her death ended a marriage union of just weeks short of 70 years. 

 Joy was an active and faithful member of Chancellor Reformed Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Dorcas Circle and had served as treasurer for many years. She enjoyed flower gardening, baking, playing her piano and organ, and collecting angels. She loved Christmas and loved to decorate for it. Most of all Joy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who deeply loved her family and enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren's activities and sporting events. 

 Besides her parents, Joy was preceded in death by her siblings, JoAnne (Hank) Ludens, James Uhe and Justin Uhe. Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Virgil; children: LaRon Klock, Gettysburg, SD, Lori (Bill) Randel, Apple Valley, MN, Lynda (Mark) Ament, Sioux Falls, Lisa (Jim) Ihnen, Chester, SD, Leon (Melanie) Klock, Chancellor and Landon (Rachel) Klock, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren: Chris (Emily) Randel, Kelsey (Allen) Kempf, Ashley (Drew) Schmitt, Brittany (Darren) Farr, Brianna Ament, Jesse Ihnen, Jerika (Riley) Kirwan, Allyson (Ben) Gaughan, Brady Klock, Kensington Klock, EV Klock, 11 great-grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends. 

 The service was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5 at Chancellor Reformed Church. Brad Dykstra was the soloist; Kathy de Waard the pianist, and Pastor Marc de Waard officiated.  Burial followed in the Chancellor Reformed Cemetery. Visitation, with the family present, was also at Chancellor Reformed Church, Dec. 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

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