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Maryann Rice  - Share this obit - Print this obit


MaryAnn Rice, 83, passed away in Sioux Falls on March 13, 2024. She was born on May 12, 1940 in rural Humboldt, SD to Lloyd and Loretta (Beck) Garner.


On September 2, 1961, she was united in marriage to Wayne Rice. They moved from Sioux Falls, SD to California. They lived for several years in Redwood City and Palo Alto, CA. In 2005 MaryAnn and Wayne moved to Larchwood, IA to be closer to family.


MaryAnn was a full-time mom. Although she held other jobs from being a teachers assistant to the food industry. Mary Ann enjoyed collecting dolls and doing word search puzzles. 


Mary Ann is survived by her children: Joe Rice, Napa, CA and Jeff Rice, Larchwood, IA; grandchildren: Jeremy, Amber and Waylon Rice all in CA; great-grandchildren: Sophie, Miles and Nelson all in CA. brother, David (Brenda) Garner, Florida, sisters: Donna (Paul) Dubbelde, Valley Springs, SD and Debbie (Troy) Fleming; sisters-in-laws: Mary Garner, Sioux Falls, SD and Jo Garner, Tea, SD, Aunt: Darlene Katzenberger, Sioux Falls, SD, as well as many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne, sons: John and James, brothers; Jerald Garner and Dan Garner. 


A Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 25, 10:30 AM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

James Denevan  - Share this obit - Print this obit

James Edward Denevan, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Dow Rummel Village South in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jim was born to Herbert and Mary (Madel) Denevan on August 14, 1936, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral School in Sioux Falls and graduated in 1955.

While Jim was in college, he met his future wife, Marilyn Graff, in West Sioux in Sioux Falls. Jim and Marilyn married on June 13, 1959, and shared 61 years together and three children: Jim, Teresa, and Tom. Jim’s journey to becoming a professor/coach was a long one as he attended several universities and accrued a surplus of credit hours. Jim earned degrees from Wichita State University (BS), South Dakota State University (MS), and finally his doctorate in 1989 from Oregon State University (Ed.D.). Earning his doctorate degree was a proud moment for Jim and Marilyn as they often had to relocate when Jim would take sabbatical leave to attend class (no internet classes back then), while still working full-time and never taking out a student loan.

Jim taught and coached high school or college in many communities: Bird Island, MN; Brookings, SD; Glenwood, MN; Ellendale, ND; Eugene, OR; Salem, OR; and Sioux Falls, SD, but the place he called home was Marshall, MN and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU).

In 1968, Jim started teaching at SMSU in the school’s second year of existence, and many of those first-year colleagues remained lifelong friends. Jim taught Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Pedagogy. Jim coached baseball for 21 seasons, winning the school’s first ever conference championship in 1974. In 2013, Jim was inducted into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor. Coach always welcomed players for a holiday meal or to hang out in the basement during tornado warnings.

After watching the movie On Any Sunday starring Steve McQueen, Jim thought motocross racing looked like something he needed to try, so at the age of 36 he bought his first dirt bike and Dodge with a 3 on the tree pop up van, and racing became his weekend obsession for the next 40 years. Jim owned and raced almost every make and size of dirt bike but seldom raced by those criteria. Instead, because Jim started later in life, he competed in races determined by age. Early in his racing career, he was in the over 30 class, as in over 30 years old. He then proceeded to the over 40 class, over 50, over 60, and finally the last age group, the “Old Timers.” The motocross community and especially the “Old Timers” gang was fond of Jim and became his second family. Their inner circle was known for sharing and rehashing (embellishing) racing stories. Unsolicited, Jim was kind enough to share those stories with the rest of us or anyone who would listen. Jim’s racing number was 17, and serendipitously, that’s the same date of Jim’s passing.

After retiring from Southwest, Jim moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to his children and grandkids. Lightning struck twice for Jim, Teresa, and Tom as they already had a great childhood growing up in Marshall and then got to double down and have their father close as adults. Jim enjoyed being around the grandkids as much as possible, and as they grew older, he became their biggest fan in the bleachers.

Jim was always tinkering in his garage working on projects and eventually took up woodworking, making furniture proudly displayed by Marilyn and gifting many of his famous breadboards to friends and family.

After he retired from racing, you could find Jim on a golf course or meeting Sterners and Knutsons at any nearby casino. Jim was proud of his hole in one at the age of 80. He spent many winters in Mesa, AZ, where he could race motocross, golf, hang out with his Canadian friends, and try his luck at the casinos (sense a pattern here?). The last 3 ½ years of his life were the most difficult as he truly missed Marilyn every day. Special thank you to all the staff at Dow Rummel for being so kind to Jim, taking his sharp-witted comments, and giving it right back to him.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children: Jim (Betsy), Teresa West (Paul), Tom (Kris), all of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren: Rich Denevan (Maria), Brittany Denevan, Sam Denevan, Dallas Tebben (Chrissy), Ann Gasper (Ryan), Emily Smith (Derek), Patrick West, Mari West, Alex Denevan, Erin Denevan, and Liz Denevan; 7 great-grandchildren: Merrik and Hailey Gasper; Lilly, Ray, and Madi Smith; Vivian and Evelyn Denevan; sisters-in-law: Jackie Thill (Gene) and Sandy Amundson (Ron Laughlin); and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, infant brother Patrick Denevan, sister Mary Lou Denevan, brother-in-law, Jon Amundson, and nephew, Brian Thill.

A Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 23, at The Chapel at Dow Rummel Village South at 1310 W. Madison Street, Door O, Sioux Falls, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Dr. Jim Denevan Baseball Scholarship at Southwest Minnesota State University, Founders Hall 221, 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN, 56258.

Jean Gormley  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Jean Gormley, age 88, passed away May 15, 2024 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. In lieu of a funeral, per Jeanie's wishes, there will be an open house celebration of life with family present on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. Burial will be held at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Highmore, SD on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 1pm. 

Jeanie was born to Ernest and Mildred (Shoemaker) Palon in Faulkton, SD on October 16, 1935. Her family later moved to Highmore, SD where she graduated high school in 1954. She then met her husband Paul and were married November 17, 1955. 

Paul was in the Army and was stationed in Washington state as well as North Dakota. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1960, where they lived on the east side of town. Jeanie was a housewife and mother, and then later managed Hallmark stores for most of her career. She retired from American Greetings at the age of 82. 

Jeanie loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed hosting a variety of gatherings, especially to celebrate holidays and her children's birthdays, cooking all of their favorite foods and treats. Summers from 1972 - 1992 were enjoyed at the family house at Lake Madison. Jeanie loved to travel and went on many family vacations, as well as many trips with her high school friends. She also loved attending the numerous activities her grandchildren were involved in. She was an active member of St. Lambert Catholic church of Sioux Falls. Jeanie played bridge regularly, and continued to do so until she passed. 

Grateful for having shared her life are: son, Mike (Nalin) Gormley, Gault, CA; son, Kevin (Jill) Gormley, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Julie (Larry) Hoekman, Tulare, SD; daughter, Rhonda Erie, Sioux Falls, SD, and sister, Carolyn Beranek of Miller, SD; thirteen grandchildren: Travis (Jill) Gormley, Brent Gormley, Zach Gormley, Lance Gormley, Ryan (Krislin) Trottman, Sean (Tiffany) Trottman, Brooke (Clark) Rozeboom, Brianna Trottman, Jamie (Lindy) Hill, Jess (Matt) Adamski, Jacob (Sam) Flanigan, Jared Flanigan, and Christina Jacobson; sixteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Jeanie was preceded in death by her husband Paul, daughter Valerie, infant son, parents Ernest and Mildred Palon, sister Geraldine (Sissy) Houdek, brother James Palon and two infant brothers Virgil and John. The family would like to extend a personal thank you to the caring staff of the Dougherty House. 



Richard (Dick) Rotert  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Richard (Dick) Rotert, 83, of Sioux Falls, passed away Wednesday May 15, 2024 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation with family present will begin at 6:00 PM on Monday with a 7:00 PM Scripture Vigil at Christ The King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.

Richard Rotert was born March 22, 1941 in Salem SD to Bernard and Mary (Hoff) Rotert. He grew up in Salem, SD and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He attended USD and moved to Sioux Falls where he lived the remainder of his life. Richard worked at Sioux Steel for several years and finished his career in a variety of sales positions.

Richard was diagnosed with polio at age 11. While polio may have limited his mobility throughout his life, it did not stop him from always being on the go. He attended any event his grandkids were involved in. He loved spending time with his family and his love language generally involved food. Richard could often be found in the lobby of his apartment where he acted as the resident social coordinator. Richard’s love of the Green Bay Packers was obvious to everyone but he had a general love of all sports and was usually watching a game.

Richard is survived by his son, Rich (Kelli) Rotert of Timnath, CO, son, Dan (Sherri) Rotert of Sioux Falls; daughter, Karen (Andreas) Baumann of Ada, MI, daughter, Laurie Rotert of Sioux Falls, son Joe (Betsy) Weber of Sioux Falls, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Juanita Lauer of Salem, Vince Rotert of Sioux Falls, Jerome (Betty) Rotert of Huron, Carol Sabers of Sioux Falls, a sister-in-law, Vivian Rotert of Ft. Dodge, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Rosie Rotert, Gene (Gloria) Rotert, Ralph Rotert, Bernice (Dan) Cronin, Leroy (Janet) Rotert and in-laws, Don Lauer, Lyle Sabers and Leanne Rotert.

Helen M. (Haugen) Kapperman  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Helen M. (Haugen) Kapperman, daughter of Myron and Millie (Rix) Haugen, was born on August 13, 1932 in Hartford, SD and passed away peacefully with her family at her side, at the age of 91, on April 27, 2024. She grew up in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School in1950. After high school she graduated from Dakota State College in Madison, SD with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Helen was united in marriage with Jerome Kapperman on July 16, 1956 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, SD. Helen taught for a combination of 17 years. Jerome loved to move around so she taught at multiple schools around the Midwest which included Minnehaha County Country Schools, Hartford as well as Badger, Burnside and Bettendorf, IA.

Helen was a member of Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon and later St.Therese Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Helen was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hartford. Helen enjoyed bowling and traveling with Jerome around the United States as well as Germany and other countries. Helen had a love of animals and made sure they always had a treat when they came to visit and enjoyed feeding shelled corn and peanuts to the squirrels out her back door.

Grateful for having shared her life are her countless in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Nels Haugen, Marvin Haugen, and Allen Haugen; and her husband: Jerome.

On Thursday, May 2, 2024 there will be visitation beginning at 5:00 PM at St. Therese Catholic Church with a Scripture Vigil at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, May 3, 2024, 10:30 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church. 

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to St.Therese Building Fund, Avera Prairie Center or a charity of your choice.

Rolene Nettie Smidt   - Share this obit - Print this obit

Rolene Nettie Smidt (nee Olson), 86, passed to eternal rest on April 17, 2024 at Palisade Healthcare Center in Garretson, SD. She was born at the family farm in Palisade, MN to Noble T. and Fern M. Olson (nee Graton) on August, 20, 1937. Rolene was preceded by her parents, in-laws, Walt and Alice Dunn, her husband, Owen, his father, Thorvald, her brother, Mark, her sister, Joyce, nephews, John and Tim, nieces, Tammy and Heidi, and in-laws, Zelda and Tom Sawyer. 

Rolene is survived by her 7 children: Jean Marie, David, Jim (Letty), Julie, Diane, Dana Martin (Craig), and Jayne Grohmann (Gene); granddaughter: Jessica Pritiken (Tim); 2 brothers: Dudley (Joan), Newell Olson-Adler (Vic); great-granddaughter: Ruby; and step-grandsons: Martine and Jarehd; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Rolene graduated from Cathedral High School in May 1955. Shortly after high school, she attended a two year program at McKennan Hospital to become an X-Ray tech. Once she completed her training, Rolene worked several years at McKennan hospital. Before she retired, Rolene was a part-time X-Ray tech at various clinics in Sioux Falls. 

Rolene married her dearest love, Owen “Bud” Smidt, on April 12, 1958 and they shared 42 plus years of life’s ups and downs until his passing in June 2000. Raising their 7 kids was like herding cats; it was often a noisy and challenging ride! 

Before her illness, Rolene was an active member of St. Michael and St. Katharine Drexel parishes. She was a strong supporter of religious organizations, the Catholic church, and its current and future clergy (Serra Club International). Rolene was also a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America - Court Mother Teresa. 

Rolene enjoyed volunteering at Avera Hospital, Behavioral Health and the Center for Active Generations. She enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee and she appreciated a nice glass of wine with pizza. Rolene liked playing cards and tennis; she also enjoyed watching the Hallmark channel, tennis matches and pro football games on TV. 

Rolene had a kind and generous heart, and was dearly loved by those who knew her. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and caregivers. 

There will be a Vigil Service at Barnett-Lewis Funeral home on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 6:30 PM with visitation beginning at 5:30 PM.  The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 1:00 PM at St. Michael Catholic Church. 

Following the Funeral Mass, a light lunch will be served in the St. Michael celebration space; all friends and family are welcome to join. 

Later in the day, Rolene’s ashes will be buried next to her beloved husband, Owen at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls, 

Thank you for the kind words, support and prayers at this difficult time. 

In lieu of flowers or plants, please offer up a Mass in Rolene’s name or donate to the Alzheimer's Association or the Banquet. 

Gary Lee Livermont  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Gary Livermont 70, from Sioux Falls South Dakota passed peacefully on April 19, 2024 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls South Dakota. Gary was born on July 21, 1953, in Mobridge, South Dakota, to Charles and Anna (Greff) Livermont.

Gary attended elementary and junior high school in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He attended his freshman year in Wheatridge, Colorado and finished his last three years at Stephan High School, now Crow Creek Indian High School in Stephan, South Dakota. After graduating high school, Gary pursued an art degree and briefly attended Mankato College in Minnesota.  

After leaving Mankato College, he joined the United States Army. His basic training was completed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was stationed in Germany as a military police officer and was honorably discharged. Gary worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Montrose, South Dakota but left to work as a Security Guard for the South Dakota Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Gary spent over 25 years working for the South Dakota Department of Social Services before he retired. Gary took pride in working to assist families to obtain their court ordered child support.

Gary had two loves: sports and collecting memorabilia. He loved bowling and golf. He was so happy to retire because he knew it would give him more time to pursue these passions. He bowled in several leagues and played as many golf courses as possible. He had a great group of golf buddies. This group would pick players for tournaments and compete to see who played the best. We’re sure he did well in those tournaments. He also loved and enjoyed watching sports on TV. His favorite teams were the Buffalo Bills and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He had quite a collection of Buffalo Bill memorabilia. He always wanted them to win the Super Bowl. Gary had a sense of humor and told the best jokes and make everyone laugh.

His memorabilia collection included: jerseys, western movies, CDs, shot glasses, bobble heads, cards, golf balls, shirts, and bolo ties. He enjoyed going to thrift stores to add to his collections. It was a true passion of his. He kept lists of thrift items to search for on behalf of his friends. It kept him happy and busy.

Gary is survived by his siblings: Donald Livermont (Anna Marie) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Charlotte Burcin, of Bellefonte PA, Frances Sieler, of Alamogordo, NM, Robert Livermont, of Oxnard, California and twin sister: Mary Geersema, of Spearfish, South Dakota. He also had many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Gary was preceded in death by two brothers: Richard and Jerry; two brothers-in-law: Dale Sieler and Reginald (Reggie) Geersema; and two sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Livermont (Feiock), and Belva Livermont (Riter).

The family would like to thank the staff of Sanford USD Medical Center and Hospital of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, VA Medical Center-Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital, and hospice, for the wonderful care he received. Military services will be held later this Summer 2024. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local hospice.

William A. Crum  - Share this obit - Print this obit

William (Bill) Arnold Crum was born during a blizzard on March 9th,1932 in Moniteau County, Missouri. He was the second of three children
born to Albert and Zula Crum. The family moved to Pueblo, Colorado a short time later, where Bill graduated from Centennial High school.

He completed his first year of college before joining the Air Force. After serving during the Korean War in Japan and Korea, Bill was sent to Parks Air Force Base in California, where he met his wife Asella at a USO dance. They were married in 1955. Bill served in the Air Force for 22 years which included a tour in Vietnam. He received 6 medals for service and commendation there including the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. After retirement, Bill purchased an International Harvester dealership in Milbank, SD. He served as Executive of the Chamber of Commerce and was Commander of the local American Legion Post and the VFW. He was active in the arts community, golfed, hunted, fished and enjoyed his children’s activities.

Bill and Asella moved to Sioux Falls where Bill sold real estate before finishing his triple major at Augustana University. He became a teacher at O’Gorman High School where he taught Computers and Economics from 1988-2010. He loved golfing and was able to coach parts of the boys’ team from 1988-2014. Bill also volunteered at the Center for Active Generations teaching computer skills to seniors. Bill was active in his church where he regularly shared his beautiful singing voice. His family fondly remembers his singing at home and on road trips.

Bill is survived by Asella, his wife of 68 years, who was his partner, caregiver, and the love of his life. He is also survived by his 4 children Karen (Craig), Susan (Richard), William (Leah) and Brian (Jennifer), 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and his older brother Charles
Crum. His sister Patricia Ann Stevens preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th at Christ the King Catholic Church. Private internment will take place at the Black Hills National Cemetery. 

Mayme Warwick  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Mayme (Scanlon) Warwick, 96, gained her angel wings on April 1, 2024, in Sioux Falls, SD. She was born on February 11, 1928, to William and Annie Scanlon in Havana, ND, Mayme spent her childhood in Britton, SD. She married Norine Warwick and together they had three children: LeeAnn, Barb, and Richard.

Mayme found joy in various pursuits, including hairstyling and working at the Sioux Falls Public Library for many years. She was passionate about painting, Chinese cuisine, baking, and cherished moments spent with her family. She was an avid photographer; she meticulously compiled photo albums for her loved ones. Family was paramount to Mayme; she served as the glue that bound them together. Known for her impeccable appearance, she always ensured her hair, makeup, and nails were perfectly done.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter: LeeAnn Sichmeller (Brian Miller); grandchildren: Jessie Dant (Trent Weber), Lisa Sichmeller, Shanon Ovando (Luis Ovando), Crystal Kuhnert, Jenny Warwick, Scott Roe, James Roe (Angie Roe); as well as faithful supporters: Travis Ness and Steven Kuhnert. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Mayme is preceded in death by her former husband: Norine Warwick; son: Richard Warwick, (daughter-in-law Candy (Ganser) Warwick); daughter: Barb Dant; great-grandchild: Baby Travis; her parents: William and Annie Scanlon; and her sister: Nina Haug.

Visitation will be 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 8th, at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Her burial will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with a reception following at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.

Norma Jean (Preble) Pockrandt  - Share this obit - Print this obit

Norma Jean (Preble) Pockrandt, 93 gained her angle wings on Thursday, March 21, 2024, in Viborg, S.D. 

Norma was born July 30, 1930, in Burke, S.D. to Walter and Hazel (Smith) Preble. After graduating High School, she went on to Nursing School and received her RN degree from Sioux Valley Hospital Nursing program. She met and married Wilfred C. Pockrandt, and they had 3 sons from this union. 

Norma was a warrior for volunteer work for her church and Nursing Auxiliary as well as many others. 

She was passionate about keeping her children as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren close.

Thankful for sharing her life are son: Michael (partner Mary Mentzer); daughter-in-law: Karen (Roger) Nester; grandchildren: Brian Pockrandt, Hope (Pockrandt) Wallenstein, Amber Pockrandt, Tracey (Telly) Nester-Mikel, and Mary Beth Pockrandt; as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Norma is preceded in death by her husband: Wilfred Pockrandt; sons: Scott, and Jack; brother: Even Preble and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sioux Valley Nursing Auxiliary. 

A private family Committal Service will take place before Visitation at 5:30 PM with a Memorial Service at 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 2 at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home.


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