BV Challenger obituaries: 1/1/2014
January 02. 2014 11:26AM
Frances L. Gundrum, 82
Memorial services for Frances L. Gundrum, 82, of Sioux Falls, were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, also in Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Gundrum died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
She is survived by her children, Cameron (Lynette) Gundrum, Sioux Falls, David (Kathleen) Gundrumn Sundland, Calif., Carolyn (Lawrence) Townsend, Glendale Heights, Ill.; grandchildren, Marie (Kurt) Edwards, Brandon, Kathryn (Bob Deelstra) Kortlever, Hartford, Jared (Katrina Eisma) Kortlever, Luverne, Minn.; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary L. Redeker Seal Beach, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rev. James R. Gundrum, D.D.; and an infant son, Stanley Meredith Gundrum.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.millerfh.com.
Dorothy Dickerson, 97
A Celebration of Life for Dorothy Marie Dickerson, 97, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Colton, were held Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Colton United Methodist Church.
Dorothy died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.
Dorothy was born on March 9, 1916, near Franklin, S.D., to Henry and Margaret Wessel. She graduated from Franklin Consolidated School in 1933, and married Clem Dickerson on March 9, 1937.
She is survived by Don (Mary) Dickerson, of Brandon, and Lois (Ron) Qualseth, of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law, Mary Dickerson, Dell Rapids; 11 grandchildren, Alan (Donna) Dickerson, Casper, Wyo., Cindy Dickerson, Sioux Falls, Cristy (Mike) Appel, Pipestone, Minn., Scott (Susan) Dickerson, Coarsegold, Calif., Dean Dickerson, Gillette, Wyo., Trina (Tom) Kirkvold, Des Moines, Iowa, Delana (Scott) Ihrke, LeMars, Iowa, Darrin (Christi) Dickserson, Ellston, Iowa, Sheila (Scott) Finch, Brandon, Shon (Mollie) Qualseth, Lawrence, Kan., and Ryan (Elizabeth) Qualseth, Tea; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and one on the way; and a sister, Beverly Emmett, White.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clem; son, Lyle; grandson, Kelly; five sisters and two brothers.
Memorials may be directed to the Colton United Methodist Church.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.minnehahafuneralhome.com.
Dr. Phil Lundquist, 78
Memorial services for Dr. Phil R. Lundquist, 78, of Sioux Falls, were held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Central Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, with full Military Honors following.
Dr. Lundquist died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at his home, after a long battle with cancer.
Phil Ray Lundquist was born in Garretson on Aug. 27, 1935, to Oscar and Jennie (Olsen) Lundquist and graduated from high school in 1953. After Sioux Falls College, Phil enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for two years. In 1960, he graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Zoology. After teaching high school biology for two years in Hartford, Phil began optometry school at Indiana University and graduated in 1965. In 1960, he married Sally Knight, who died unexpectedly in 1968. Phil married Audrey Schulte on July 19, 1969.
For over 40 years, Phil practiced optometry in Sioux Falls. He loved his career and working with all of his patients. Phil was active with the VOSH organization, providing free eye exams and glasses in Mexico. Over the years, he and Audrey made 15 trips to Mexico and met many new friends.
Phil enjoyed singing with barbershop choruses, playing golf, and participating at Central Baptist Church with their music and drama programs. In 1990, Phil was named “Barbershopper of the Year.” From the Lions Club, Phil received a variety of awards including the Robert L. Tyler Award, Melvin Jones Fellow, and Lions International Relations.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey; two daughters, Stephanie (Mark) Michel, Jackson, Wyo., and Sheleen (Lonny) Bauer, Harrisburg; and three grandchildren, Harrison Philip, Gabriel Louis and Elsa Mathilda, all of Harrisburg.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Jennie Lundquist, and his brother, Marv Lundquist.
A memorial has been established in Phil’s honor.
For the full obituary and online condolences go to www.heartlandfunerals.com.
Wilmer "Willie" Elbers, 76
Funeral services for Wilmer “Willie” Gene Elbers, 76, of Brandon, formerly of Steen, Minn., were held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the Steen Reformed Church in Steen. Burial was in the Eastside Cemetery in Steen.
Mr. Elbers died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, after a courageous battle with Leukemia.
Wilmer “Willie” Elbers was born Oct. 3, 1937 to Edward and Verna (VanderHaar) Elbers, growing up in Steen and graduating from Hills (Minn.) High School in 1955. Wilmer married Betty Boeve on Oct. 6, 1959 and resided in Hills for most of their life until they moved to Brandon in 2006. He was a baptized member of Steen Reformed Church and served as a deacon. Wilmer’s business endeavors included milk hauling, construction, retail appliance sales, and various manufacturing. He invested in various businesses and real estate, but spent most of his career as owner/CEO of Hills Stainless Steel since 1986 now located in Luverne, Minn. He loved the challenge of growing a business, building relationships with people, and deeply loved providing for his family. Wilmer served as a volunteer firefighter, was a member of the Eagles Club and the Rock County Agricultural Society. He loved to travel with his wife (especially by RV), visiting family and friends, hunting, fishing, auto racing and watching a good football game. Mr. Elbers is survived by his wife, Betty, of 54 years; five children, Darwin (Kim) Elbers, Sioux Falls, Peggy (Chad) Hill, Charlotte, N.C., Twila (Tom) Walker, Luverne, Minn., Nyla (Mack) Hucks, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Cheryl Elbers, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Kelsey (Peter) Grahn, Tony Elbers, Chris Iverson, Coryn Iverson, Ryan (Amanda) Walker, Steven Walker, Alex Newsome, Mitchell Elbers, Madison Elbers; one great grandchild, Zoey Grahn; and three siblings, Nelvina Kroese, Edwin Elbers, and Ruth Verbrugge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one stillborn son.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
Evelyn Schnabel, 88
Funeral services for Evelyn Mae Katharine (Fluth) Schnabel, 88, of Sioux Falls, were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Schnabel died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society-Luther Manor.
Evelyn Mae Katharine Fluth was born Aug. 11, 1925 near Emery, S,.D., to Thomas and Minnie (Edmunds) Fluth. She grew up in Emery and graduated from high school there in 1943. She married Alvin Schnabel in Emery on Feb. 14, 1944. She and Al lived in the Bridgewater area before moving to Sioux Falls in 1956.
Evelyn was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, bowling and family reunions. Evelyn was also a lifelong pet lover, making weekly visits to the Humane Society.
Mrs. Schnabel is survived by her children, Garry (Nancy) Schnabel of Austin, Texas, Dan (Marylou) Schnabel of Sioux Falls, Doug (Cindy) Schnabel of Woodbury, Minn., and LaVonne Fosness of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Darren, Angie, Brian, Kristy, Jerry, Lori, Ryan, Kelsey; nine great-grandchildren: Hailey, Braiden, Jenna, Cason, Joseph, Matthew, Reed, Lucas and Shota; and a special friend, Al Kroeker.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Al; a baby at birth; her parents, Tom and Minnie Fluth; and her sister, Darlene Bott.
The family requests memorials may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice or Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.heartlandfunerals.com.
Lyle D. Steffen, 82
Funeral services for Lyle Donald Steffen, 82, of Brookings, were held Monday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, Nunda. Burial, with Military Honors by the Nunda American Legion, was in the Prairie Queen Cemetery, rural Nunda.
Mr. Steffen died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Brookings Hospital, Brookings.
Lyle Donald Steffen was born June 24, 1931, on the family farm near Nunda to Paul and Anna (Holter) Steffen. He attended North Prairie Queen and Rutland schools. Lyle served in the U.S. Air Force and returned to the family farm where he continued farming until his retirement. He married Mable Diller in 1954. From that union they were blessed with three children, Gary, Barb and Beth. His wife Mable and daughter Beth were killed in an auto accident in 1969.
Lyle met Dora Roozenboom of Hills, Minn., at T.H.E.O.S., a Sioux Falls Christian fellowship group for young widows and widowers. They were united in marriage in 1981. They moved to Brookings in 1992 and wintered in Mesa, Ariz. Lyle made acquaintances and friends at the coffee shops through the years and will be remembered for his endless sense of humor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda where he actively participated in the church board and taught Sunday School.
He is survived by his wife, Dora, of Brookings; two children, Gary Steffen of Oldham and Barb (Ron) Hillestad of Volga; three step-children, David (Eunice) Roozenboom of Steen, Minn., Dennis (Jo) Roozenboom of Valley Springs, and Diane (Rick) Foulks of Hawaii; three grandchildren, Rhonda (Chad) Wosje of Volga, Robin Hillestad of Broomfield, Colo., and Rachelle Steffen of Shakopee, Minn.; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nine step-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Elnore Steffen of Brookings; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mable, and daughter, Beth; two brothers, Henry and Willis Steffen; one sister, Lydia Jorenby; stepson, Kurt Roozenboom; and a step-granddaughter, Angee Rozeboom.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.ellsworthfh.com.
Dennis Anderson, 55
Funeral services for Dennis Anderson, 55, of Garretson, were held Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson. Burial was in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.
Mr. Anderson died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
Grateful for having shared his life are Gail Anderson, Garretson; sons, Zachary Anderson, Starbuck, Minn., Jacob Anderson, Rapid City, and Alex Anderson, Garretson; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.minnehahafuneralhome.com.