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Thomas D. Fields, 59
Thomas Dale Fields died in Grand Junction, Colo., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, after heart surgery.
He was born to Dale and Mary Ellen Fields on Dec. 30, 1954, in Dell Rapids, S.D., and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Dell Rapids. He worked as an electrician and owned his own business.
Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Mariah and Noah; his mother, Mary Ellen Fields of Dell Rapids; three brothers, Richard (Melinda) of Fortine, Mont., Douglas (Linda) of Sioux Falls, and Dennis (Marcella) of Golden, Colo.; three sisters, Kathy (George) Hanson of Littleton, Colo., Colleen (Kevin) Smith of Ramsey, Minn., and Lisa (John) Rivera of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Fields.
Ed Gorter, 81
Ed Gorter, 81, of Midland Park, N.J., formerly of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of New Jersey; sister, Annie Kramer, Brandon; sister-in-law, Helen Gorter, Pipestone, Minn.; brothers, Clarence (Dee) Gorter and Jerald (Bonnie) Gorter, all of Sioux Falls.
Lucinda 'Cindi' Miller 60
Memorial services for Lucinda “Cindi” Miller, 60,of Brandon, were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls.
Mrs. Miller died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sioux Falls.
Cindi was born July 26, 1953, to Derald Sr. and Shirley Wilcox in Sioux Falls, where she grew up and attended school. She married David L. Miller on Feb. 17, 1979. They made their home in Brandon, where they raised their children. When her children were young, Cindi worked as a stylist at Hair Country/Visual Images in Brandon. Once the children were grown, Cindi and her family moved to Sioux Falls where she worked at Sioux Vocational Services/Achieve until she retired. During her retirement she worked as a volunteer at Sanford Medical Center. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 35 years, Dave Miller; two sons, Casey (Dani Rezac) Miller, and Brady (Jennifer) Miller; her daughter, Andria (Chris) Degen of Alexandria, SD..; and son-in-law, Rick Anderson; her mother, Shirley Wilcox; five brothers, Robert (Denise) Wilcox of Ogden, Utah, Tom (Mary) Wilcox, Victor (Shelley) Wilcox of Colorado, Richard (Sara) Wilcox and Dominic Wilcox; five sisters, Patty (Jim) Carlson, Gloria (Darwin) DeJong, Shelly Carlson, of Brandon, Becky Alexander of Springtown Texas, Carolyn Kay (Rick) Carlson; and sister-in-law, Mable Wilcox of Brandon; 10 grandchildren, Myka Burma, Samantha Burma, Samantha Anderson, Hanna Miller, Oscar Miller, Kayden Foht, Isaiah Miller, Alexis Miller, Jessa Degen and Dana Degen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Derald Wilcox Sr.; sister, Linda Wentzel; brother, Derald Wilcox Jr.; and her daughter, Jennifer Burma-Anderson.
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Lois Munkvold, 85
Funeral services for Lois Munkvold, 85, of Viborg, were held Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Vibory Community Center.
Mrs. Munkvold died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at home.
Lois Anna Munkvold was born Aug. 2, 1928 at Viborg, to Nels M. and Clara (Hanson) Nelsen. She graduated from Viborg High School and from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. She married Cornell Munkvold on Sept. 6, 1949 in Viborg. They lived in the Turkey Ridge area where Lois taught school in different country schools. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1956 and then back to Viborg in 1987. She was very involved in the Nazarene Church and was a Bible study leader and Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Viborg Development and the Viborg Lions Club. She was also a business owner and an artist, and enjoyed baking, doing ceramics, bible studies and having her family around her.
Lois is survived by her husband, Cornell of Viborg; four children Darell (Judy) Munkvold, Valley Spring, David (Janice) Munkvold, Spicer, Minn., Randy (Kathi) Munkvold, Viborg, and Corrine (Craig) Graves of Kirkland, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Aaron Munkvold, Nathan Munkvold, Jess (Kathy) Munkvold, Jennifer Munkvold, Sarah (Andrew) Steele, Janelle Munkvold, Tony Munkvold and Cole Graves; eight great-grandchildren, Tyler Munkvold, Ellie Munkvold, Aiden Munkvold, Dannica Munkvold, Nora Munkvold, Elsa Munkvold, Ruby Munkvold and Alayna Steele; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Donald Nelsen, and a sister-in-law, Marylin Nelsen.
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William H. Struck, 81
Funeral services for William Henry Struck, 81, of Sioux Falls, were held Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.
Mr. Struck died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
William Henry Struck or “Wild Bill” to his friends or “Sweet William” to the ladies was born the youngest of five children on Jan. 7, 1933 in Salem, S.D., to Henry and Teresa (Jons) Struck. As a young child his parents passed away and he and his siblings spent time at the Children’s Home Society. He later attended school in Rapid City and graduated high school in Canistota, S.D., in 1951. Following high school he attended the University of Iowa before honorably serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. After the service he made his home in St. Paul, Minn., and began working for Swift and Company as a salesman covering eight states. While living in Spencer, Iowa, William began his career as a business owner and operator owning a restaurant called Garney’s. This led to him to future business endeavors: The Eagle Bar in Mitchell and Sioux Falls, Esquire Wholesale Meat Market, Charlie’s Pizza House, Robinsdale Lounge in Rapid City, The Ed Salear Bar, Golden Pheasant, Salon De Alaganso, Taco Villa, and World of Horses at Buffalo Ridge and built The Alpine Inn, The Gateway and Westroads Bars. Bill also co-owned Bear Country USA in Rapid City. In 1979 he also farmed east of Rowena. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, and the 40 et 8.
Bill was self-motivated man who worked and played hard. He loved being an entrepreneur, his horses and socializing with his friends.
He is survived by a brother, LaVerne Struck, Brandon; niece and caregiver, Betty Harwig, Sioux Falls; daughter, Sarah (eric) Harkleroad, Malden, Mass.; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Teresa Struck; brother, Lawrence Struck; and two sisters, Darlene Buus and Ilene Barclay.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.georgeboom com.

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