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July 01. 2014 11:02AM
David L. Helm, 64
David Lee Helm, 64, of Brandon, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls after a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be 4:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Father Terry Weber officiating. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
David is survived by his wife, Helen; seven children, Tim (Naja) Lemke, Sioux Falls, Christina (Bruce Crawford) McGregor, Sioux Falls, Jon (Kim) Helm, Sioux Falls, Steven Helm, Sioux Falls, Clarence (Jessica) Helm, South Bend, Ind., Nathan Helm, Brandon, and Patrick (Shannon) Helm, Sioux Falls; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister.
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Patrick F. McDonald, 75
Funeral services for Patrick F. McDonald, 75, of Brandon, were held Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, rural Valley Springs. Interment was in the Beaver Valley Lutheran Cemetery.
Mr. McDonald died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Covington Heights Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.
Patrick Fenton McDonald was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Madison, S.D., to John and Mary (Carmody) McDonald. He was raised in the Madison-Argon area before the family moved to Sioux Falls where he attended Washington High School. After school, Patrick moved to the Kansas area, then to Utah and the West Coast region. He worked at several different jobs before he returned to Sioux Falls. On Nov. 26, 1983, he married Martha Alsgaard in Sioux Falls. The couple met where they worked together at the Ramkota Hotel. Patrick worked there for over 20 years. The couple had one son, Alex. Patrick later worked at the Brandon Pizza Ranch for 10 years.
Patrick loved to read. Some of his favorite books were from Louis Lamore and James Patterson. He also enjoyed watching sports, mostly the Cubs, Bulls and the Broncos. Patrick had a special love for Alex and his friends, and spent much of his time helping Special Olympics kids as a Bench Coach. Patrick also was a member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Alex of Sioux Falls; and one brother, William (Peggy) McDonald, Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Carmody) McDonald.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brandon Adult Special Olympics in Patrickís memory.
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Richard L. Howard, 50
Memorial services for Richard Lee Howard, 50, of Sioux Falls, were held Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon.
Mr. Howard died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home in Sioux Falls.
Richard Lee Howard was born March 24, 1964, in Sioux Falls to Stephen and Ruth (Reiners) Howard. He grew up on a farm near Corona, where he enjoyed doing fieldwork and driving the big tractors. Richard attended school in Milbank and graduated in 1982. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army where he was a tank operator. He was stationed in Germany and along the Czechoslovakia border.
When he returned home, he attended technical school and worked as a machinist in Minneapolis. Richard operated a computerized plasma cutter making metal machine parts. He also worked as a mechanic for go-karts and bumper cars. Richardís only son, Dana, was born while he lived and worked in Minneapolis.
He purchased a semi and tanker and became an owner/operator, hauling edible oils coast to coast. In 1996, Richard returned to South Dakota to work as a truck driver. He drove an auto transport, hauling cars from the auction on the east coast to Sioux Falls, and also had experience driving heavy equipment and dump trucks.
Richard was a member of the El Riad Shrine in Sioux Falls. He was active in many different units including sprint cars and the Highlander Pipe Band. He was a member of the director staff and volunteered at the Shrine Circus. Richard also volunteered his time to transport kids to Minneapolis to the Shrinerís hospital.
Richard is survived by his son, Dana (Katie) Howard, Tacoma, Wash.; granddaughter, Aubrianna; mother, Ruth Howard, Brandon; four siblings, Travis Howard, Brandon, and Douglas Howard, Ross, N.D., Teresa Groth and Amy (Stephen) Byers, all of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen L.; a sister, Kathy Jo; grandparents, Stephen H. amd Helen Jean Howard and Henry and Elizabeth Reiners; brother-in-law, Robert Groth III; and a niece, Monica Howard.
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