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Samantha Ann Bakker  - Print this obit

Samantha Ann Bakker , born August 28th, 1993, to Pamela Bakker Crowe and Andy Chhou, died in a motorcycle crash Saturday, September 13th, 2014 in Minnetrista, MN. She is survived by mother Pam Crowe (David Daggitt), Dad Alan Crowe, Dad Andy Chhou, brothers Jacob, Carter, and Braxton, Aunts Kim Bakker, Amanda(Joaquin) De La Garza, Vicki (Brian) Peterson, Grandparents Jerry and Alice Bakker, Ed and Kathy Paugh, and Jim and Linda Crowe, along with a host of other loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many special friends. Visitation will be Wednesday September 17th from 5-8PM with a Celebration of Life Thursday September 18th at 1PM, both at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Samantha touched everyone she met with her joyful heart, exuberant spirit, and incredible wit. She was fearless and lived life to its fullest, always ready to try something new or seek out new experiences. Samantha started school in Jasper, Minnesota and graduated from Luverne High School, where she played flute in the Luverne High School band. She was an avid reader, particularly of the Harry Potter books, and was incredibly hard working. Samantha began working at Pamida in Luverne, Minnesota, and most recently was the manager for both Papa John's and Chilly Billy's on the University of Minnesota campus. While at the U she was majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish, with plans to be a Spanish interpreter. She was a fan of Audrey Hepburn, and was so excited to get to visit the Tiffany's store in New York with her aunt Vicki and uncle Brian over the summer.

We were all blessed to have her in our lives for the short time she was here. We will carry her memory with us always.

After the internment at St. Mary's in Alvord, IA, family and friends are invited to gather for fellowship at Vicki Peterson's house at 47949 258th St, Brandon, SD.

David Bruce Bradley  - Print this obit

David Bruce Bradley, 65, passed away September 8, 2014 following a year long battle with cancer. He was born on June 2, 1949.

David lived most of his life in Charleston, SC where he has three children: Ashley, Aaron and David Bradley.

He later moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he met his fiance Mary Jo Willging. They were celebrating their 9th year together.

David started a new life in Sioux Falls. He was reacquainted with his niece, Rebecca Samples, great-niece Kristy King and her son, Kyler.

David was retired and enjoyed spending time doing things he loved such as collecting albums and RC cars. He was greatly loved and will be missed.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Kathleen Bradley, brothers: Ralph, Raymond and Richard Bradley; sister-in-law Tannie Bradley and nephew Paul Bradley.

Grateful for having shared his life are his niece Rebecca Samples and nephews Gary Bradley and Deane Bradley, great-niece Kristy King, her son Kyler and fiance Mary Jo Willging.

A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, 1 PM at Memorial Lutheran Church.

Harold Larson Jr.  - Print this obit

Harold Larson Jr., age 65, of Sioux Falls, SD, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on August 23. He was born on September 8, 1948, to Harold and Ruth (Ofstedal) Larson in Crookston MN. Harold was baptized and confirmed at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile MN. He attended Fertile High School and was involved with the choir, band, and played tennis and football.

He started his Education degree at Moorhead State University, Moorhead MN, in 1966, but this course was interrupted with the Army draft in 1968. Before leaving for his service in the Army, he married Sherry Mosher on April 6, 1968. Harold was stationed in Germany and Sherry joined him during this time. Upon return from the service, Harold completed his Education and History degree and graduated in 1973.

Harold and Sherry had two children and he was an active father, participating in many activities. The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1974. Harold worked for the City of Sioux Falls for 36 years in the Parts Department, retiring in May 2013. He took an active role in the local labor union and served as an officer for several years. Harold participated in the annual Sioux Falls City Employees Walleye Classic tournament in Chamberlin SD for many years.

Harold enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing. He started at an early age catching fish with his dad and continued with his friends, children, and grandchildren. He spent countless hours sorting and preparing tackle boxes for the next fishing trip. Harold loved to work on cars, motorcycles, boats, and basically anything mechanical, which he learned from his father growing up on a farm.

Harold was an avid gardener, planting many varieties of plants and vegetables at his home as well as his offsite garden In Rowena. He often shared his produce and planted flowers with friends and neighbors. He utilized a tiller to boost his gardening potential and began tilling gardens for many people. 

Harold had a broad sense of humor and liked watching movies including Airplane, Animal House, and all things Monty Python or Leslie Nielsen to name a few. Harold contributed to many charitable organizations. Harold enjoyed history, his favorite historic topics were the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and ancient religious history. He did have several occasions to travel to Civil War battlefields. 

Music was very important to Harold. The tuba was his instrument of choice which contributed to his favorite styles of music. Polka and classical were his mainstay as well as such artists including CCR, the Beatles, and the Doors. His love of music was shared by his wife and was passed along to both of their children.

Harold cherished spending time with his friends and family. He was blessed with two grandsons that gave him great joy.   

Harold and Sherry were happy to celebrate their 46th anniversary last April. A slide show from their 45th Wedding Anniversary can be viewed at          

 Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Sherry (Mosher), children Jennifer Larson of Kansas City, Mitchell Larson of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Robert and David; parents, Harold and Ruth Larson, Fertile MN; three sisters: Virginia (Deane) Radke, Fertile, MN; Linda (David) Black, Fertile, MN; Jeanette Larson, St. Paul, MN; and many other relatives and friends. Harold is preceded in death by his sister, Regina Larson.


The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: or Hilltop United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday at Hilltop United Methodist Church. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the church.

Delwyn Dearborn  - Print this obit

Delwyn Dearborn, former Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences from 1974 to 1985, and also the former Associate Director and Acting Director of the Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte from 1987 to 1995, passed away August 20, 2014 at the Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota. A victim of Parkinson's Disease, Del had been a patient since December of 2012. He was 81 years old.

Delwyn was born in Miller, SD to Ray and Grace (Kenyon) Dearborn in 1933. He was preceded in death by his older brother Dwight and is survived by two older sisters, Shirley Williams of Mobridge, SD and Beverly Sorensen formerly of Wessington Springs, SD, currently living at Bethany Meadows, Brandon, SD.

Delwyn graduated from Miller High School, attended SDSU and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. Later he received a Master's Degree from SDSU and still later a PHD from the University of Nebraska.

Del's military life began with his college life, he was a member of ROTC for four years. He was called to report to basic training after college graduation. His first tour of duty was to Iceland, offering protection to an Air Force Base. He served two years in the Army from 1954-1956.

After the Iceland tour, Del came home on leave to marry Ramona Richter from Colman, SD. They have three children and two grandchildren. Lori and her daughter, Skye of Sioux Falls, Charles of Sioux City, IA and his daughter Paige of Omaha, NE. David, the youngest lives in Lincoln, NE. Ramona resides in Brandon, SD.

Del's work was serving the agricultural population of South Dakota and Nebraska. The Extension work and education from these two Land Grant Institutions gave him great pride as well as challenges and opportunities. The last request from the University of Nebraska was that Del return to Lincoln to assume the responsibilities of the Nebraska 4-H leader for a couple of years. It turned out to be the most enjoyable in his career.

Visitation will be Thursday, 11 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 12 PM.

William E. "Bill" Doetzel  - Print this obit

William E. "Bill" Doetzel, 79, died Sunday, August 17th 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House. He was the son of William and Marie (Steffan) and was born in St. Louis, MO on November 5, 1934. In his youth he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1953 and enlisted in the US Air Force the following year. He served with the 307th Bomb Wing of the Strategic Air Command in Lincoln, NE and was honorably discharged on January 15th, 1958.

Bill married Carole Krell on November 15, 1958 in Sioux Falls where they made their home and raised their 5 children. Bill had a 30 year career with Sears Commercial Contract Sales and retired in 1998. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Homebuilders Association of the Sioux Empire. In retirement, Bill enjoyed visiting family and friends, fishing, woodworking and going to his grandkids school and sporting events. Bill had a great sense of humor and was loved by all.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 55 years, Carole, his children, Mary Kay Garry (Bill), Scott (Susie), Kathy Davis (Craig), Greg (Melanie), and Dan, all of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Nick Doetzel, Stuart Doetzel, Charlie Garry, Meg Garry and Molly Doetzel. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Joan.

Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, August 20th with a Scripture Service at 7pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 10:30am at St Mary Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to either the Dougherty Hospice House or St. Francis House in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kathleen Standing  - Print this obit

Kathleen (Kay) Schrader Standing, born March 25th, 1949, left us on August 5th, 2014.

I was born in Madison South Dakota to Alvie and Jeanne (Foley) Schrader. My brother Gary was born in 1953. We moved to Sioux Falls in 1961 as my dad had to go into a nursing home. We shared a home with my Mom's twin sister, Bethy and her two sons, Steven and Michael Floe. It was the best of both worlds.

I went to Cathedral for 2 years, O'Gorman for 2 years and Washington for 2 years, graduating in 1967. I did go to USD for one year but majored mostly in partying. I moved home and went to Stewarts and received my diploma. It was during this time – in 1970 to be exact – that I met Rick Standing. We got married in 1972 and had our son Aaron in 1976. He was born on Leap Year Day and inherited my red hair, the poor kid. He has been such a joy to me and all of us. I worked for Hair and Hair South for a few years and was then able to stay home with Aaron. But even I got tired of sitting around and doing nothing, so I went job hunting and eventually found the perfect one for me.

In 1987, 20 years after graduating from Washington High School, I went back there to work part time in Child Nutrition at and stayed for 22 years. What goes around comes around. The presence of the children and often their parents could often change a bad day to a good one; change tears into smiles. I fed many of your children and grandchildren and can tell you that they were all joys to us. All my love to: Karin, Joyce, Joycee, Terrie, Barb, Dee, Teresa, Julie, Betty - and please fill in any I have forgotten. A special thinks to Joni Davis who allowed me to continue working, and to Hank, whose presence in the hallways and cafeteria could really brighten up my day. I am really trying to get everyone but I know I am missing some, so please forgive me. I hope everyone knows how much I cared for them.

In 1998 I had been diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis with short life span. It is an autoimmune disease with no real cure. They said it would be a miracle if I made it ten years. I sure outlived their guesses.

I am saying a loving good-bye to my husband Rick, son Aaron, Mom Jeanne, Brother Gary (Michelle), aunt Collette and her five daughters, and my beautiful grandsons, Griffin, Jagger and Daxton. Goodbye as well to my cousins Steve and Mike, and all of the Foleys. I was fortunate to have such an extended family. I was preceded in death by my Dad, all my grandparents, my aunts Bethy and Connie, my uncle Francis, my cousin Conni, my close friend Jeannine Mason, and my grandson Atticus Jack.

Loved but never forgotten: Sherry, Karen, Julie, Kathie, Cathi, Paula, Sally and Betty. Also Sally P, who pulled me through a lot of bad days and made me presentable. A special thanks to my aunt Collette, who came to stay and help my mother and I several times.

My final goodbye is to my Mother, who guided me through this long journey, and to Rick, who gave me the will many times when I wanted to give up. I will check on Atticus Jack before turning back to check on all of you. I will see you all eventually, it will just be the getting there that seems so long on any given day.

Just remember, whenever you see a dragonfly, I will probably be on his back, checking on your safety. I think that will be my job now. The smaller red ones make me think of what Atticus would look like had he lived. To each and every one of you, we send you our love. We are taking care of each other, and now you can take care of each other until your time comes. We miss you but are not alone.

All my love,


Visitation will be 12 noon on Saturday at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a memorial Service at 1 PM.

Helen Catherine Kunkel   - Print this obit

Helen Catherine Kunkel died July 28, 2014 at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. She was born November 7, 1923 in Sioux Falls to Leslie and Helen Kelley. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1941. She married Dale Kunkel in 1943 in North Hollywood, California. She lived in Sioux Falls most of her life moving to Minnesota in 2013.

Helen was a member of St. Michael Parish and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a charter member of Christ the King.

Helen started as an operator at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1941 and retired in 1983 from US West after 37 years of service. She was a proud member of the telephone pioneers. She enjoyed fishing trips and traveling in the camper with her husband. Especially important to her was the time she spent with her two granddaughters.

Grateful for having shared her life is her daughter: Mary Helen (Michael) Breci, Oakdale, MN; two granddaughters: Gina Breci and Kara (Tony) Breci-Holter; two great-grandchildren: Vinny and Noelle; and twenty-five nieces and nephews who filled her life with love. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale in 2007, and her sister, Margaret Hanneman in 2009. Memorials may be directed to St. Michael Parish.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 AM at St. Katharine Drexel Church. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Angeline   - Print this obit

Angeline “Angie” Lenore Tvedt was born in Humboldt, SD to Stephen and Rosella (Zimmer) O'Hara on May 6, 1923. She graduated from high school in 1941 and came to Sioux Falls as a young woman and worked at fine retail clothing stores. On December 1, 1945, Angie married her lifelong partner, Jacob Tvedt. They were married for 63 years.

In her early career, Angie was President of City Federation. She was very involved with the Cathedral of St. Joseph; guiding tours of the church and later was a teacher's aide on the junior high level. She was instrumental in the start up of Prince of Peace. As the Director of Sales, she worked with the first residents of the adult living center.

Angie was always full of life, bringing a smile to all who knew or met her. She loved to dance and tell stories. She was proud of her Irish Heritage and even had Jake (a true Norwegian) looking like a leprechaun every March 17th. Angie was a loyal wife, caring mother and loving grandmother. She passed away July 14, 2014 at Sanford Hospital.

Angie is survived by daughters: Patti (Phil) Heuer, Minnetonka, MN, and Mary Tvedt, Sioux Falls; grandson: Mike (Lisa) Dresch and granddaughter: Amy Dresch; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Jacob, and brothers: Joe, S. John O'Hara; and sisters: Rosella McCoy and Mary Clark.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

William "Bill" Schmeling  - Print this obit

William “Bill” Carl Schmeling, 65, passed away July 12, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Debra Schmeling. He is survived by two daughters: Rachel (Neil) Zingerman and Hilary (Roger) Iverson; and many grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 11 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a family led Memorial Service at 12 PM.

Agnes Ann Sechser  - Print this obit

Agnes Ann Sechser, 96, of rural Sioux Falls, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House. She was born on May 6, 1918 to Philip and Catherine Schwebach at Bird Island, MN. They moved to Elkton and then to Dell Rapids where she attended country schools.

Agnes married Francis Sechser on May 6, 1947. They farmed north of Sioux Falls until their retirement. Francis passed away in 2003. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking, sewing, embroidering and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Agnes was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph and the Cathedral Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Jerry (Denise), Bettendorf, IA, Mary Ann (Dave) Erickson, Creedmoor, NC, Betty (Keith) Allison, Brookings, SD, Janice Sechser, Sioux Falls, SD, Don (Ann), Franklin, TN, Mark (Pam), Harrisburg, SD and  Ed (Beth), Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a brother: Raphael Schwebach. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers, three sisters and a son-in-law.

Visitation will be Monday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.


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