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July 01. 2014 10:58AM
Gil Haugan Sr., 81
Funeral services for Gil Haugan Sr., 81, of Sioux Falls, were held Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. A private burial preceded the service.
Mr. Haugan died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Gilbert David Haugan Sr. was born to Albert and Alma (Berg) Haugan on March 18, 1933. He grew up and received his education in Sioux Falls. Gil entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Jan. 26, 1951 in Omaha, Neb. He served in Korea from September of 1951 to August of 1952. Gil was honorably discharged as a corporal on Feb. 19, 1954 in San Francisco, Calif., having earned several medals, including the Silver Star and the Korean Service Medal with three stars. He then returned to Sioux Falls, where he worked as a mason and an ironworker.
Gil was united in marriage with Iola Brage on Jan. 31, 1959 in Luverne, Minn. The couple made their home and raised their family in Sioux Falls and later Brandon. They established Haugan Masonry in 1960. Gil and Iola owned and operated the business, later known as Gil Haugan Construction, for 40 years before retiring in 2000. In retirement, the couple enjoyed spending time at their place in Lead.
A member of the Huset's Speedway Hall of Fame, Gil began racing in 1955. He continued racing until 1964, winning many championships along the way. Gil was also an accomplished tennis player and was a five-time South Dakota State Tennis champion. In addition, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include three children, Gil (Carrie) Haugan Jr., Brandon, Carla Malcomb and Melissa (Brad) Degen, both of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Alyce Haugan, Gil Haugan III, Samantha Malcomb, Jennifer Malcomb; a brother, Raymond (Eunice) Haugan, Sioux Falls; a sister, Luella (Frank) Lacey, Salem; and a sister-in-law, Viola Haugan, Sioux Falls.
Gil was preceded in death by his wife, Iola; his parents; four brothers, Clifford, Herbert, Vernon and Norman; and a sister, Myrtle Behr.
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Jason A. Rollings, 37
Funeral services for Jason A. Rollings, 37, of Sioux Falls, were held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Miller West Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the Hills of Rest of Memorial Park.
Mr. Rollings died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, as the result of a motorcycle accident.
Jason Alan Rollings was born to John and Darlene (Wittrock) Rollings on Aug. 26, 1976 at Sioux Falls. He grew up just east of Sioux Falls and attended Brandon Valley High School graduating in 1995. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Southeast Area Technical Institute in graphic design and printing. He worked various printing jobs and began his career with CCL Label in 1998. For the past six to seven years, Jason had been developing an upstart company he named Innovative Graphics and Designs where he developed websites and graphic editing. He also worked part-time at Beal Distributing producing their marketing graphics.
Jason was united in marriage with Amy Wentworth on Aug. 25, 2012 at Sioux Falls. He was very dedicated to his family, and loved his children and their activities. He enjoyed life and the freedom of motorcycle riding.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Rollings, Sioux Falls; sons, Ashton Rollings, 4 years old, Sioux Falls, and Jayden Rollings, 14 years old, Hull, Iowa; step son, Alick Maier, Sioux Falls; step daughters, Danielle Maier (Darin Breit) and Laney Wentworth, both of Sioux Falls, SD; two step grandchildren, Jaelynn and Nolan Breit, Sioux Falls; twin brother and best friend, James Rollings, Sioux Falls; parents, John and Darlene Rollings, Sioux Falls; father-in-law, Dan Wentworth (Natalie Taylor), Rowena; mother-in-law, Kathy Buse, Sioux Falls; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Belle Rollings, and Roy and Minnie Wittrock.
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Lester Gulseth, 96
Lester Gulseth, 96, of Brandon and formerly of Beaver Creek, Minn., died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Bethany Home in Brandon.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery in Valley Springs.
Lester Gulseth was born Dec. 24, 1917, to Goodwin and Verna (Bennett) Gulseth in Granite, Iowa. He attended school at Rowena, and then graduated from Valley Springs High School in 1936.
Lester was united in marriage with Eleanor “Tiny” Spies at Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Aug. 23, 1940. Lester drove school bus following graduation. He then worked for a brief time for the J.C. Penny Co. and then for John Morrell & Co. Most of his life was spent farming. Lester eventually returned to driving school bus in the Hills-Beaver Creek area and enjoyed spending daily coffee time with friends.
Lester had been an active member and usher at the United Church of Christ in Valley Springs for several years. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan until the last year.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Roger) Swenson of Norfolk, Neb., and Lona (Paul) Edmundson of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Dallas (Darlene) Gulseth of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eleanor; five sisters; and one brother.
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Patrick F. McDonald, 75
Patrick F. McDonald, 75, Brandon, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Covington Heights Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, with a short prayer service at 6:30. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, with Pastor Greg Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Beaver Valley Cemetery.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Martha.
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Paul Goheen, 82f
Paul R. Goheen, 82, died on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Paul was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Aberdeen to Grant and Hulda Goheen. After graduating from Aberdeen High School, he was employed for NW Bell Telephone. He then joined the U.S. Navy, served four years and was honorably discharged. Paul returned to NW Bell and met Jan Huber. They were married on April 6, 1957 and lived in numerous cities in South Dakota. They settled in Rapid City, where they became involved in Western Dakota Gem and Mineral Club and Minneluzahan Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife, Jan; sons, Greg of Rapid City and Brad of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister.
Paul expressed his wishes that no funeral services be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to benefit Hospice of the Hills.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Prairie Hills Golden Living Center for their care and support in his final days.
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