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Randy Jacob Nelson, 53, joined Heaven’s ranks on May 21, 2019. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 28 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Following the burial, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Minnehaha Country Club until 7:00 PM.
Randy was born in Sioux Falls to Glenn and Loretta (Semmler) Nelson on September 2nd, 1965. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983.
Although Randy earned his high school diploma from LHS, he spent a majority of his time in the school’s auto mechanics department, improving the condition of teachers’ cars. This quickly became a life-long hobby and passion. Randy attended an automotive technical school in Phoenix, AZ, completing his degree with honors and fewer fingertips.
As a professional, Randy is most well-known for his role as the owner and president of AAA Collections, Inc., a position he held with honor for 32 years. As a man of... business... Randy prioritized proactive, effective, and growth-oriented leadership. He took an innovative and visionary approach to work with him each day- in addition to a can of Diet Coke and fashion forward footwear.
Randy was a firm believer that a business’ role in the community was multi-faceted, and AAA Collections actively volunteered with community organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Jr. Achievement, and other business development opportunities for members of the community.
Although Randy’s strong business perspective drove AAA Collections to considerable expansion and prosperity, much of the success can be attributed to his hard-working employees, who Randy appreciated beyond words.
Many of Randy’s crowning achievements were founded outside of the office.
Randy was joined in marriage to Kena Schaaf on his 24th birthday, September 2nd, 1989. Although this gesture is often interpreted as romantic and selfless, it served in an additional role as risk management for never forgetting an anniversary.
Randy’s love and dedication to Kena grew through every year of their marriage. In 2010, Kena began dialysis as she was diagnosed with kidney failure. From the first day, Randy encompassed the many roles of nurse, cheerleader, emotional support, and food delivery man. Loyally, Randy could be found at each and every dialysis session. He worked closely with the medical staff to ensure Kena was receiving the highest quality of care. As Kena began home dialysis, Randy took a hands-on approach to become trained in each step of the procedure, allowing him to provide loving care for Kena in the comfort of their home.
Randy and Kena welcomed four children into this world, and depending on the day this was “four too many!” Although each child was strong willed and independent, each one brought Randy a unique sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Randy was always looking for new hobbies, and enjoyed teaching his children golf, attending the NHRA Winternationals, and showing his kids the proper way to mow the lawn to his specifications. Sharing these passions with his children led to further involvement in the community. Randy was one of the founding sponsors of the Legends, a non-profit that encourages children to be the healthiest they can be.
Never willing to miss an opportunity for a well-placed joke, Randy’s sense of humor and choice vocabulary often raised some eyebrows but always elicited the immense joy of laughter. Every gathering with Randy led to laughter and fond memories that will be shared amongst friends and family for many years to come.
Throughout the decades, Randy’s playful sense of humor and quick wit earned him an abundance of business associates, friends, and family members.
Randy is survived by his wife Kena, daughter Keni Nelson of Salt Lake City, UT, son Kade Nelson of Sioux Falls, son Kylin Nelson of Sioux Falls, daughter Kayler (Austin) Ridl of Sioux Falls, brother Jeff (Chris) Nelson of Brandon, sister by marriage and love Lacey (Dave) Schlagel of Sioux Falls, brother by marriage and love Tyler (Heidi) Schaaf of Simpsonville, SC, mother and father-in-law Ken and Susan Schaaf of Sioux Falls, niece Heather (Brian) Crosby, nephew Dan (Amber) Nelson, niece Addison Schaaf, and niece Ellorie Schlagel.
Randy was eagerly anticipating becoming a grandfather come August.
Randy was preceded in death by his father and mother.
JanaLee Peterson Maunders of Sioux Falls passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, of an internal hemorrhage and cardiac arrest. She was 49.
JanaLee was born March 30, 1965, to Gary and Gail (Jackson) Peterson in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Lincoln High School. She then went on to attend Dakota State University and Black Hills State University.
JanaLee married Gehrig (Joe) Maunders on Sept. 10, 1994.
JanaLee was active in Ducks Unlimited (DU) for over 20 years as a leader of South Dakota Ladies DU events and banquets. She and her husband Joe started the DU chapter in Tea, and she is a member of the Ducks Unlimited Hall of Fame for all her years of service. She worked in the telecom business sales for over 20 years, earning many top sales awards during her career. Her favorite hobbies were pheasant hunting with Joe, her daughter Remington, and her father Gary. She also was a passionate Minnesota Vikings fan.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Maunders; daughter, Remington Lace; son, Ryan (Katy; two grandsons, Khalil and Jasper); brother, Jackson (Kathy); sister, Jada (Brad) Anderson; nieces, Jillian, Jayne (Todd), Jodie, Brooklynn, Amber Mae; nephew, Max; brothers-in-law, Brad (Pam) Maunders, Rock Maunders (Shari), Tom (Cheryl) Maunders, Jon Maunders; sisters-in-law, Carla (Gene) Shonley, Teresa Schultz, Mona (Cass) Heimbaugh, Shari (Tim) Ravencroft, Randy (Eleaine) Vance; mother-in-law, Carol Maunders; close friends Bill Koons and CarolLee Olson; plus many other nieces and nephews.
Jill Marie Greenfield died on September 23, 2019 while a resident at the Dougherty Hospice House after a courageous 11-year battle with cancer. Daughter of Russ and Carol Greenfield, Jill was born on October 4, 1965.
Jill received her primary education at Robert Frost Elementary School, Patrick Henry Middle School, and Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. While at Lincoln, Jill was drum major in the award-winning Lincoln High School band. She also served as Senior Class President. Jill was a foreign exchange student in Wasserburg, Germany for one year following high school graduation.
Jill graduated from the University of Minnesota with combined degrees in International Relations and German. She attended the University of Freiburg in Germany during her senior year at the University of Minnesota.
Following graduation from the University of Minnesota, she served as a legislative liaison in the office of Senator Larry Pressler of South Dakota in Washington, D.C.
Jill decided to further pursue her education while in Washington, D.C. and obtained her MBA degree from George Washington University. As part of her MBA program, she interned at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Following graduation, Jill visited Naples, FL and fell in love with the community. She was hired by the Collier County Home Builders Association to assist them in their marketing efforts.
Jill was then hired by the Collier County Development Council to serve as the manager of inter-governmental relations between Collier County and the City of Naples, FL.
While living in Orlando, FL, Jill received her real estate license as an associate and in April of 2014, her Florida brokers license.
Nurses and doctors attending Jill were most appreciative that she would greet them with a smile and thank them for their care. Jill’s family and friends will remember Jill as a true joy to be around, and most of all her kind and loving demeanor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Greenfield Family Scholarship Fund at Augustana University or the Lincoln High School Band Foundation.
Jill is survived by her parents, Russ and Carol, her brother, Gregg and his wife, Julie, and nephews Paul T. and Michael J. Greenfield.
Jill’s grandparents, Fred and Henrietta Greenfield and Arthur and Gertrude Reuter and her brother, Thomas Russell Greenfield, predeceased her.
Shari Phillips was born October 10, 1965. She grew up in Sioux Falls where she attended school, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1983.
On May 15, 1993, she was united in marriage with Mark deWit in Sioux Falls. The couple continued to live in Sioux Falls. Shari was a life long resident of Sioux Falls.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Mark deWit of Sioux Falls; one son, Jared Petersen of Sioux Falls; her brother, Scott Phillips of Colton, SD; her parents, Rosalie Phillips of Sioux Falls, and George Phillips of Watertown, SD; her grandmothers, Gladys Sundet of Sioux Falls, and Edna Phillips of Brookings, SD.
Bruce was the beloved husband of Dawn Potter, father of Jessica and Jacob Potter and son of Maryetta Potter.
Memorial Service is April 13, 2013 in Munford, TN. Bruce's final resting place will be the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Darrell Middlen, 56, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital. His memorial service will be 3:00 PM Monday, September 27 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls.
Darrell Dean Middlen, son of Jack and Louella (Behr) Middlen, was born May 1, 1965 in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up there and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983.
Darrell’s last job was at US Auto Force as a driver. Truck driving was something he loved to do and was proud of. Darrell worked as an over-the-road driver at points, and many years ago for Concrete Materials.
Darrell loved cars and racing - drag racing, sprint car racing, etc. He often talked about going to the dirt track races with his dad, and also his childhood neighbors, the Haugan family, who were heavily involved with dirt track racing. As a child, Darrell spent a lot of time hanging out at the Haugan’s garage around the race cars. He and his friend, Adam Mehlhaff, spent many weekends at Thunder Valley Dragways which made great memories for both of them. Darrell was a jeans and t-shirt guy. If a shirt had to have buttons on it, he had no interest in it.
Darrell accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2020. He was quick with a joke and loved to laugh with his friends.
Grateful for having shared Darrell’s life are many relatives and friends.
Jeffrey F. Vangen, 16, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Oct. 31, 1980, of injuries suffered in a two-car accident near the city’s rural southern limits.
Born Jan. 7, 1964, in Sioux Falls, Jeff was a sophomore at Lincoln High School, where he was active on the golf team. He also played basketball at the YMCA. He lived in the Tuthill area, barely two miles from his high school, and was well-known for his orange Volkswagen bug, sporting fat rear tires, as well as his energy and infectious smile.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Vangen of Sioux Falls; his grandparents Mrs. Beulah Barta of Grafton, N.D., Alvera Vangen of Mound, Minn., and Henry Vangen, Mesa, Ariz.; great-grandmothers Annie Aasand of Grafton and Mrs. Albert Barta Sr., Park River, N.D.; and one sister, Shelley, of Sioux Falls.
Services were held at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with the Rev. LeRoy Flagstad and Rev. Brian Gentz officiating. Linda Lund was the service organist, with accompaniment by the Lincoln High School Concert Choir.
Pallbearers were Dan Johnson, David Johnson, Rory Sallee, Scott Thien, Brad Thoelke and Marcus Wahlstrom.
Miller Funeral Home handled arrangements. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls.
David Taylor, 57, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021, after a lengthy illness.
David James Taylor, son of James and Joan (Harris) Taylor, was born on June 28, 1964, in California. He grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983. He worked in California for a short time before returning to Sioux Falls. He spent some time bartending and then began a career at Hutchinson Technology as an Assembler.
David was united in marriage with Bonnie Muller on January 13, 1995. The couple remained in Sioux Falls and David continued working until ill health forced him into retirement in 2009.
David was a quiet man with a very unconventional sense of humor. He as a fan of WWE Wrestling and the Kansas City Chiefs, but his main passion in life was his grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Bonnie Taylor, Sioux Falls, SD; mother Joan Berndt, Omaha, NE; step-father LeRoy Berndt, Sioux Falls, SD; son Patrick Muller and his wife Pamela, Aldie, VA; daughter Casey Eberle and Jake Galbavy, Brandon, SD; brothers Douglas Taylor, Omaha, NE, Darin Berndt, FL; nieces and nephews Jesse Taylor, Eric Taylor, Kiley Van Horn, Ethan Berndt, Jadyn Berndt; four grandchildren, Abby, Brodie, Mary, Carley; and many other relatives and friends.
David was preceded in death by his father James Taylor.
Julie Hoel-Flanders, Brandon, SD, passed away September 23, 2020, at Sanford Ava's House. She was 55.
Julie Lynn Hoel was born February 15th, 1965 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Robert Hoel and Bernadine (Shaffer) Hoel. She was the youngest out of four daughters. She attended Longfellow elementary then Patrick Henry middle school and Whitter middle school before she graduated Lincoln high school in 1983. Julie participated in many activities in her academic years. She won many awards for her participation and skills in gymnastics, diving, basketball, and volleyball. She was a wonderful actress participating in theatre, and an iconic cheerleader beaming with school spirit.
She was united in marriage with Roy Flanders on March 26th, 1988 at Wesley Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have two daughters, Maggie and Alexandra. They mostly lived in eastside Sioux Falls with a couple of years in Hartford, South Dakota where they built a house. She was employed at Midland services, CAT industries, Coca Cola bottling company, Hy-Vee and various retail stores. Her passion was to help and interact with people.
She later moved to Brandon, South Dakota in 2011 with her daughter Alexandra.
She loved spending time with her daughters and her special friend, Dan. On any given day you could catch her singing and dancing, or watching scary movies. She loved to make her daughters' birthdays extra special. She always made the effort to spend time with her family around the holidays. She loved music of every genre but her favorite was the dynamic duo Heart. Her and her loved ones had a very special connection with this band. Julie had a particular love for tacos which matched her spice for life. She was a shining light to anyone who had the pleasure of encountering her and her smile could melt the coldest of hearts.
Julie is survived by her sisters, Jacqline (Daryl) Jibben and Pamela (Roger) Rolfson. Along with 5 Nieces and 3 Nephews and many great Nieces and great Nephews. She loved her family more than anything and carries those memories with her to the after life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Bernadine and cherished sister Debra. May she rest with peace in her soul.
Sioux Falls, SD ~ Michael “Mike” Ray Chronister, age 56, died on Friday, August 20, 2021. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory in Sioux Falls, with his family present to greet friends beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday. Please check back to this obituary for a link to view his memorial service online.
Michael Ray Chronister was born on October 1, 1964 in Sioux Falls, SD to Alan and Cheryl (Shafer) Chronister. He was raised and received his education in Sioux Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School. Following high school, Mike moved to Denver Colorado until returning to Sioux Falls in 1985. Mike has worked at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, for over 25-years, at the time of his passing.
Mike had a passion for watching sports. He was a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan and looked forward to attending his yearly pilgrimage to Lambeau Field with his mother to cheer on their team. In Mike’s younger years he loved playing sand volleyball, going camping and was an avid fisherman. Mike also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, NV and listening to all different genres of music. Above all, Mike cherished the time spent with his family; especially his nieces and nephews.
Grateful for having shared his life are his mother, Cheryl Jorgensen, Viborg, SD; two brothers, Mark Chronister, Viborg, SD and Matt (Heather Ivarsen) Chronister, Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces, Dayna Hossle and Emily Chronister; two nephews, Chris (Stephanie) Chronister and Chad Chronister; grand nephews and grand nieces, Collin and Grant Chronister and Brook and Pazly Hossle; aunt, Bonnie Wosje, Sioux Falls, SD; his best friend, Lance (Shawn) King; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Alan Chronister; and step-father, Steve Jorgensen.
Sandra M. Conlon, 58. of Sioux Falls, SD passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021. Her memorial service will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 15 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, with interment of the urn at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation starts at 5:00 PM Thursday, October 14 at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sandra Marie Forseth, daughter of Melvin Gene and Barbara Ellen (Gustafson) Forseth, was born September 7, 1963 in Ft. Ritchie, MD. Sandra was raised and received her education in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1983.
After high school, Sandra was united in marriage with Todd Conlon on August 19, 1989 in Sioux Falls, SD. They spent 32 years together and raised three beautiful children, Josh, Heather and Jessica.
Sandra worked many jobs and had several hobbies over her life but her favorite thing was to be a stay-at-home mother and raise her kids. Sandra loved spending time with her family and loved spoiling her grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Todd; her son, Joshua Forseth and his fiancée, Eilish, Sioux Falls, SD; her daughters, Heather Heath and her husband, Justin, Sioux Falls, SD, Jessica Ware and her husband, Jake, Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren, Stella, Micah, Jonah, Ember, Odysseus, Jemal, Gracelynn; a sister, Merri Zitterich, Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.
Sandra was preceded in death by a son, Austin Conlon; her parents, Gene and Barb Forseth; and a brother, Michael Forseth.
Patricia Ann Kading, daughter of William and Elsie (Kiefer) Kading, was born December 8, 1964 in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up and received her education in Sioux Falls. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1983. After her schooling, Pat began working at Lewis Drug as a cashier.
Pat was united in marriage with Jeff Buol on July 28, 1984 at St. Lambert Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. The couple made their home in Sioux Falls. Pat continued her career with Lewis Drug in customer service and later as the office supervisor at Lewis Westgate.
She was waiting for an organ transplant at Rochester, MN and then at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Pat was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Harley Owners Group. She enjoyed being involved in her children's activities, especially hockey. Pat collected Barbies and loved to ride motorcycle with her husband.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Jeff Buol, Sioux Falls, SD; a daughter, Renae Buol, Sioux Falls, SD; a son, Nick Buol, Sioux Falls, SD; her parents, Bill and Elsie Kading, Sioux Falls, SD; her mother-in-law, Jeanne Buol, Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Jeff Kading and his wife, Jane, Sioux Falls, SD, David Kading and his wife, Kim, Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Jo Kolda, Sioux Falls, SD; her maternal grandmother, Mary Beck and her husband, Al, Aberdeen, SD; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather; her paternal grandparents; and her father-in-law.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family for lunch and fellowship at St. Michael Catholic Church following the committal service.