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If you would like to submit a memorial listing, CLICK HERE.
Blake Buchheim, 35, died Nov. 4, 2000, from injuries received in an auto accident near Iroquois.
He was born April 29, 1965, in Pierre. He moved with his family to Sioux Falls, where he attended school, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1983.
He worked at United Parcel Service and Nash Finch while attending the University of South Dakota.
He married Virginia Gebhart on September 19, 1998.
Ellen Sue Donovan, daughter of Richard and Marjorie (Poppen) Donovan, was born March 24, 1965, in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up there graduating from Lincoln High in 1983. She attended Lowthian College in Minneapolis, receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Ellen worked in retail for many years, including 10 years for the Dayton Hudson Corportation, first in Minneapolis and then Sioux Falls. Her last job was with Hancook Fabrics. She enjoyed bike riding, working out at the fitness center, sewing and vacationing in Arizona.
Although Ellen never smoked, she died after a courageous fight with lung cancer.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Grateful for having shared her life are her parents, Richard and Marjorie Donovan, Sioux Falls, her siblings, Julie (Robert) Zastrow, Wausau, WI, Tom (Julie) Donovan, Altus, OK, Jill Donovan, Sioux Falls, Anne Donovan, Manhattan, KS, her grandmother, Katie Poppen, Dempster, SD, five nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Sandra June 'Sandy' Cosgrove passed away on January 1, 2006, suddenly from natural causes at her residence in Brandon, South Dakota.
Sandy was born June 6, 1965 in Yankton, South Dakota to Michael J. and Julia L (Baggs) Cosgrove. She moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota at a young age and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983. She attended class at Augustan College and was later employed in Sioux Falls.
Sandy is survived by her mother Julia (Terry) Hodge of Sioux Falls, her grandparents Clinton and June Baggs, of Yankton, South Dakota, and a special friend Brad Wagner of Brandon, South Dakota.
Lori Ann (Farrand) Dawson-Feucht was born to Doris Fern (Kugler) and Henry Eugene Farrand on December 28, 1964 in Sioux Falls SD.
Lori graduated with the class of 1983 from Lincoln Senior High School located in Sioux Falls. She continued her education at Colorado Technical Institute where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resource Management.
Lori was employed by Total Card Inc. as a customer service representative until she resigned due to health issues.
Lori enjoyed living life to the fullest, she was never afraid of an adventure – from teaching her friends how to drive a stick shift to roaming the United States with Thomas Show Carnivals.
Lori had a variety of interests, including; photography, riding horses, riding Harleys, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears football games with friends and spending time with her family.
Lori did not let the grass grow under her feet. When she met her husband Doug another of her dreams came true of spending time on a farm. She looked forward with anticipation to their trips back home to Colome where she could spend time with the Dawson and Cole families on their farm / ranch.
Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Doris (Kugler) and Henry Farrand; brothers, Gary, Lyle and Larry Farrand; her husband, Doug Dawson; and her father in-law, Darus Dawson.
She will be fondly remembered by her brother, Harold (Grace) Farrand; sister, Linda (Farrand) Charles; sister in-law, Vikki Farrand; mother in-law, Sharon Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Lori is now riding horses and Harleys in heaven and enjoying a pain free life.
Honorary pallbearers are: Jerry Ringlbauer, Dale Farrand, Michael Charles, Chris Fast Horse, Jeremiah, Joshua and Jacob Cole and Mike Williams.
Kristi was born December 17, 1964 the daughter of Donald and Sandra (Swavely) Otten. She graduated high school in 1983.
In 2011 Kristi was united in marriage to David Hook.
She had many different jobs after school including driving cement truck, construction work and flag person on the street construction in Wessington Springs.
Her hobbies included fishing, camping, going to flea markets, rock hunting, canoeing, her love for the outdoors and nature and her Scottie dogs.
Kristi is survived by her husband David Hook; one daughter Jacelyn Smith; two sons Will Saunders and Justin Saunders; her mother Sandra Otten; two brothers Mike and Jeff Otten.
She was preceded in death by her father Donald, her grandparents, aunts, and two stepsons.
Lynn Marie Eriksen-Schmidt was born on January 7, 1965 in Sioux Falls, SD. She was one of 2 daughters to Dennis and Jean (Healy) Arens.
She attended SDSU, received her LPN degree and later completed her RN degree in Austin, TX, where she met her first husband, Grant Eriksen. In July of 1993, Christina (“Tina”) was born and shortly thereafter, Lynn and Christina moved back to SD. Lynn married Tom Schmidt in 1999 and had three more children, Cassandra (“Cassie,” 19), Joshua (“Josh,” 17) and Alisha (15).
Lynn was a nurse at Avera hospital for 23 years taking wonderful care of patients with her kind, nurturing and gentle demeanor. She transferred to the Dougherty House in August, 2016, just 5 months prior to her diagnosis of Stage 4 Colon Cancer, and ironically, is where she peacefully passed away on January 23, 2018.
Five years ago, John Curry came into Lynn’s life and was by her side every day since they met. He has been her “rock” throughout this 2-year battle with cancer. Lynn fought hard and gracefully, rarely complained and did everything she could to stay on this earth to watch her kids grow up and become the incredible individuals that they are today and will continue to become in the years to come.
There is no person who loved life more than Lynn. She was always up for an adventure whether it was getting together with friends, attending events or traveling with friends and family. If there was an opportunity to have some fun, Lynn was there! She was a “social butterfly”, loved by all she met and touched so many hearts throughout her 53 years of life. Lynn’s circle of friends is endless. She (and her entire family) is blessed to have had so much love and assistance throughout this 2 year ordeal. Lynn’s faith in God; the way she lived her life; and her love for others helped in her relentless battle. For those same reasons, we know where she is right now.
Lynn was an amazing daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend and MOM…and will be missed dearly by all! Lynn is survived by her children: Christina, Cassandra, Joshua, Alisha; father: Dennis Arens; sister and brother-in-law: Julie & Ryan Terry; niece: Jessica Terry; and partner-in-life: John Curry. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Arens.
David W. Leuning, 43, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Sanford Health following a lengthy battle with cancer.
David W. Leuning was born October 3, 1964 in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the son of Wilfred “Wup” Leuning and Marian (Nelson) Leuning. He grew up in Sioux Falls where he received his education, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1983.
Following high school David joined the family business, D&W Industries, a grain elevator construction business that also manufactures Shanzer grain dryers. He worked in this business his entire adult life and was one of the co-owners of the company.
On May 6, 1982, he was united in marriage with Julie Christensen at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls. The couple lived in the Ellis area at the time of his death. David was a member of First Reformed Church and was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Julie Leuning of Ellis, SD; his son, Wayne Leuning and his fiancé, Lisa Hubbell of Colton, SD; one brother, Scott Hendricks Leuning (Lana) of Sioux Falls, SD; his sisters, Kristi Johnson (Dennis) of Catoosa, OK; Teri Greer (Lee) of Sioux Falls, SD; his mother, Marian Leuning of Sioux Falls, SD; along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wilfred “Wup” Leuning and a nephew, Simon Hendricks Leuning.
Gregory D. Noordermeer, 16, of 2820 South Duluth Avenue died Sunday at Sioux Valley Hospital following a short illness.
He was born April 2, 1965 in Sioux Falls and was a Junior at Lincoln Senior High School.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Noordermeer, Sioux Falls, a brother, Mark, Sioux Falls, his Grandmother, Mrs. Elmer Hill, Harrisburg, South Dakota.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harrisburg United Methodist Church. A prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Miller Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetary in Harrisburg.
Mark Harold Harris, son of Phyllis (Rollings) Harris was born January 22, 1965 in Shakopee, MN. He grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and attended Franklin Elementary, Whittier Junior High and graduated from Lincoln High School.
Mark was united in marriage with LesAnne Hudson on August 9, 1985 in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple made their home in rural Harrisburg, SD. Mark was employed as an account executive for Johnson Diversey for 8 years.
Mark enjoyed fishing, boating, taking care of his lawn and watching the Minnesota Vikings. He also enjoyed watching his kids sporting events, football, wrestling and volleyball. Mark was proud of his daughter's strengths and ambitions and of all his children's successes. Mark will greatly be missed along with his sense of humor and jokes.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, LesAnne Harris, Harrisburg, SD; his children, Lindsay, Brandon, Preston Harris, all of Harrisburg, SD; mother and father-in-law, Mike and Mary Hudson, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Lisa (Joe) Kolb, Sioux Falls; six brothers-in-law, Michael (Linda) Hudson, Sioux Falls, SD, Mark (Karen) Hudson, Garretson, SD, Paul (Lisa) Hudson, Decorah, IA, Jon (Brenda) Hudson, Harrisburg, SD, Perry (Jean) Hudson, Harrisburg, SD, Brett (Jaime) Hudson,Vermillion, SD; three sisters, Linda (Dave) Flier, Washington, Janet (Terry) James, Minnesota, Shari Hagen, Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Larry Harris, Sioux Falls, SD, Alan Harris, Sioux Falls, SD; and 34 nieces and nephews.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis, sister, Debbie Ann and grandparents, Harold and Belle Rollings.
Roger James (Onihan) Mutschelknaus, age 51 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Roger was born July 31, 1965 to Mariann Grey Owl and Joseph Onihan, Jr. After the death of his beloved Mother, Mariann, Roger was adopted at age 6 months by Emil and Ava Mutschelknaus. Roger grew up in Sioux Falls, SD where he graduated from Lincoln High School. Roger joined the Army as a motor transport operator, he was very proud to have served. He worked in Sioux Falls most of his life as a trucker, roofer, carpenter, concrete laborer and enjoyed driving truck the most.
His hobbies included fishing, hiking, riding motorcycle, cycling and camping. He loved the idea of being a cowboy, with cowboy boots as his footwear of choice.
Roger leaves behind a brother, Dennis Wayne Onihan (wife, Juanita and granddaughter, Alyssia) of Fort Thompson, SD; step-daughter, Angel; step-son, Dwight Ree; grandchildren; a great many Indian sisters, Iris Sargent and family, Alexis and family of Sioux Falls, SD; two adopted sisters of Sioux Falls, SD and sister Arlette’s children, Candida, Heather, Lillian, Tiffany and Danica. Family and friends from Fort Thompson, Enemy Swim, and Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his Mothers, Mariann Grey Owl and Ava Mutschelknaus; Fathers, Joseph Onihan, Jr and Emil Mutschelknaus; brothers, Anthony All Around, Paul Joseph Onihan, and Timothy John Onihan; sister, Arlette Delphine All Around; and friends,k Albert Williams, Marshella Mutschelknaus, and Willard Darian.
Funeral service will begin at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, 500 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. Thursday night wake in Fort Thompson, SD at Diamond Willow Ministries.
Interment Friday, April 21, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Stephan, South Dakota, next to all of his relatives.
Sioux Falls - Mark Stephen Shlanta, 57, husband and father, leader and volunteer, died February 23, 2022 at his home in Sioux Falls, SD after living fully and fearlessly for two years in the face of cancer.
Mark was born in Corvallis, OR on Valentine's Day of 1965 to Stephen and Gail Shlanta. Growing up in Brookings, SD, Mark was involved in Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout, 1980) and Brookings Swim Club. He moved to Sioux Falls for his junior year and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983. Mark attended the University of Missouri at Rolla, where he was an All-American swimmer and earned the honor of being a "Knight of St. Patrick" for his leadership in the Athletic Club. Mark graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1989 and earned his master's degree in Engineering Management and Professional Engineering Certification shortly after.
Mark began his career in telecommunications at Contel Communications in Wentzville, MO where he modernized residential telephone services from multi-party lines to private ones and upgraded business networks to fiber optic connections.
Shortly after his career started, he met his forever valentine, Peggy Lottes. Married in 1992, the couple began their family in Lake St. Louis, MO with the birth of their sons Michael and Karl. The family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1998 to begin Mark's career with SDN Communications, and soon after they welcomed sons Joseph and Scott.
Mark's 23 years at SDN, 21 as CEO, changed the technology and communications landscape of South Dakota. During his tenure, he expanded the fiber optic network to 50,000 miles in South Dakota and extended it into eight surrounding states. Through his leadership SDN built a data center and started providing cybersecurity services.
His work in expanding broadband and cybersecurity services garnered national attention. He served as an expert witness for several U.S. Congressional committees. In 2015, an international trade magazine named him a Progressive Rural Network Evolutionary.
Known for his ability to remember names and make connections, Mark was a dedicated volunteer and servant leader in the Sioux Falls community. Mark served on the boards of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Avera Health, Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools, and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation where he co-chaired Forward Sioux Falls through two successful campaigns.
Mark was most passionate about his time spent as a volunteer with Cub Scout Pack 159 and 731 and Boy Scout Troop 48. He considered it a rare and true privilege to be part of the life of each scout and scouter. He saw his own sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout as well as being Scoutmaster and mentor to scores of other boys. For his efforts and leadership he was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver in 2010. Mark encouraged everyone to find places where they can make a difference in the community and connect to the people around them.
Mark is survived by his wife: Peggy Shlanta, and their sons: Michael, Karl, Joseph and Scott; as well as his mother: Gail (John Peasley) Shlanta; sisters: Kym (Jeff) Osterberg and Katie (Craig) Lawrence and their families. Also grateful for having shared in his life are Peggy's mother: Katherine (Paul) Lottes; her siblings: Paul (Amy) Lottes, Charlie (Kathy) Lottes, Mimi (Rob) Jacobs and their families. Mark was preceded in death by his father: Stephen Shlanta.
Steven Dale Myhre, 39, was born Oct. 2, 1964, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Dale and Beverly Myhre. He attended Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls in 1981 and 1982. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in Iowa in 1983, where he was active in sports and a photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook. He was a member of the Quill and Scroll and the National Honor Society. He attended Iowa University for three years, transferring to Syracuse University where he graduated with a degree in advertising in 1987. He worked in advertising agencies in New York, St. Louis and San Francisco.
He loved to travel, was a gourmet cook and an avid sportsman. He married Nancy Hill on Nov. 28, 1997. He died in San Francisco on Dec. 19, 2003.
Among those who are grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Nancy, New York City; his parents, Dale and Beverly Myhre, Branson, Mo.; his brother-in-law, Thomas Becker, Tooele, Utah; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Amy Myhre Becker.
Jonathan Mark Steinwand, 58, of Moorhead, MN, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2023 at the Sanford Hospice House in Fargo as the result of a stroke.
Jonathan was born in Williston, ND on November 2, 1964 to ElRoy and Janet Steinwand. He spent his growing up years in North and South Dakota, graduating from Sioux Falls Lincoln High School in 1983. He enjoyed playing football and running track and was later inducted into the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame.
Jonathan attended Concordia College and graduated with majors in English and Classics and minors in Philosophy and Religion in 1987. It was here that he met the love of his life, Carolyn Kramer.
Jonathan and Carolyn married on July 3, 1988 in Waverly, Iowa. After the wedding, Jonathan and Carolyn began their life-long journey of traveling by living in Germany for two years and visiting many countries. Upon returning to the U.S., Jonathan began working in the English Department at Concordia College, where he would end up teaching for 30 years.
In 1996, Jonathan and Carolyn welcomed their first child, Gabriel, into the world. In 1998, their daughter Anna was born.
Jonathan had a deep love for his family, including his two rescue dogs Toby and Teddy, and was incredibly proud of his children and their accomplishments and compassion for others. He loved deep conversations about literature and philosophy, and was striving to help spread awareness about sustainability.
Jonathan was an avid traveler and reader. He traveled across the globe, with his favorite being India. He enjoyed the works of Jonathan Swift and Margaret Atwood, as well as countless animal studies and eco-literature authors.
Jonathan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carolyn Kramer, son Gabriel Steinwand (Minneapolis), daughter Anna Steinwand and her fiancée Garrett Brooks (Minneapolis), parents Janet and ElRoy Steinwand (Sioux Falls), brother Daniel (Virjean) Steinwand, sister Sarah (Steve) Ailts, and 14 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his sister Deborah Steinwand, grandparents Alice and Frank Scherfenberg and Adolf and Lydia Steinwand.
Memorials may be sent to Concordia College-Jonathan Steinward Memorial Fund.