BV Challenger obituaries: 3/27
April 02. 2013 9:39AM
Eunice Sperlich, 86
Funeral services for Eunice Esta (Jarman) Sperlich, 86, of Rapid City, formally of Mitchell, were held Tuesday, March 18, 2013, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Mitchell. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery, also in Mitchell.
Mrs. Sperlich passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Clarkson Health Care Facility in Rapid City.
Eunice was born Oct. 20, 1926 in Avon to Everett and Jesse Jarman. She graduated from high school in Gary and then attended Dakota Wesleyan University. For 40 years she worked at Methodist Hospital in Mitchell as an LPN.
She is survived by her children, Bill (Gail) Sperlich, St. Paul, Minn., Doug (Mary) Sperlich, Rapid City, Linda (Greg) Williams, Port Washington, Wis., and Mark (Barb) Sperlich, Brandon; sisters, Isla Hoffman and Darlene Schaefer, sister-in-law, Ruth Sperlich; and brother, Wesley Jarman; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Delmer Sperlich; her parents; a sister, Irene; and two brothers, Meredith and Wayne Jarman.
Will Funeral Chapel, Mitchell, was in charge of arrangements.
Rex Leubecher, 93
Funeral services for Rex W. Leubecher, 93, of Sioux Falls, were held Friday, March 22, 2013, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Mr. Leubecher died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Bethany Meadows in Brandon.
Rex Leubecher was born Jan. 5, 1920, on the family farm in rural Sioux Falls to Herman George and Iva (Peterson) Leubecher. He graduated from Washington High School in 1937 and then farmed in partnership with his father. He joined the South Dakota National Guard and on Nov. 25, 1940, he was called to active duty and sent to Fort Ord, Calif. His ship left Pearl Harbor a week before it was bombed and he proudly served his country in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in July 1945. Following his discharge, he resumed farming and soon met the love of his life, Ruby Jean Ellens. They married on Sept. 15, 1946, sharing 66 wonderful years of marriage. In 1966, Rex was persuaded by Erling Haugo of Valley National Bank to be his ag representative/public relations officer. He served the Valley Banks of Sioux Falls, Harrisburg, Tea, Lennox, Elk Point and Yankton. He retired as vice president in 1983 and continued to serve on the Valley Bank Board of Directors for many more years.
Rex served as chairman of Lincoln County Farm Bureau, Lincoln County Republican Party, Lincoln County Planning Commission, South Eastern Council of Government, Minnehaha Coop Oil, and numerous other agricultural-related boards. He served on the board of directors of the Crippled Children’s School, was a charter member and past president of South Sioux Kiwanis, and lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. He served on the South Dakota Highway Commission under Governor Archie Gubbrud.
A man of faith, he was baptized, confirmed, married, and was a longtime usher of First Lutheran Church.
Rex and Ruby moved to StoneyBrook Assisted Living in 2010 and to Bethany Meadows Nursing Home in 2012.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby; three daughters and their spouses, Diane (Larry) Ness of Yankton, Kathy (Ray) Metzger of Brandon, and Nancy and Loren Noess of Mitchell; grandchildren, Michael, Aaron and Rob Ness, Kristi, Matt, Rex and Tyson Metzger, Steven, Dexter, David and Paul Noess; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Iva Leubecher; and a sister, Dorothy Flint.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.georgeboom.com.