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BV Challenger obituaries: 4/17

April 23. 2013 10:37AM
Larry D. Felcher, 54
Funeral services for Larry D. Felcher, 54, of Brandon, were held Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon. Interment was in the Swedona Covenant Cemetery, rural Brandon.
Mr. Felcher died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Southridge Health Care facility in Sioux Falls.
Larry Dennis Felcher was born July 5, 1958, to Larry and Lavonne (Jaqua) Felcher in Sioux Falls. He was one of seven children and was raised and educated through the eighth grade. Larry began working almost immediately. On April 17, 1976 he married Vicki Nordstrom in Sioux Falls. In 1978, he began as a welder at Egger Steel. In 1992, he tried his hand at his own business in welding. In 1994, Larry was offered and took the position at Husetís Speedway as the track prep supervisor, which he did until 2008, when he had to quit due to health issues.
Larry was a major outdoorsman and racing enthusiast. He loved to hunt deer and pheasants, as well as play hard in the dirt. Larry raced snowmobiles, cars, monster trucks, built his own truck for truck pulls and participated in demolition derbies. His children recall going to snow machine races early on with their dad, having to eat peanut butter sandwiches and cheering him on.
Mr. Felcher is survived by his wife, Vicki, of Brandon; children, Jeremy (Julie) Felcher, Sioux Falls, Annalis (Vicki) Felcher, Brandon, and Lorenza (Everett) Robinson, Brandon; five grandchildren, Abby, Keisha, Dandre, Fantasia and Tyler Felcher; and six brothers and sisters, Carlotta (Claire) Colby, Danny Felcher, Barb Felcher, Jackie Felcher, Audrey Felcher, and Earl Felcher, all of Sioux Falls.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.heartlandfunerals.com.
Brian B. Koster, 44
Funeral services for Brian B. Koster, 44, of Dell Rapids, were held Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Burial was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.
Mr. Koster died Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Mr. Koster is survived by his wife, Joni and children, Brianna and Kamren, Dell Rapids; parents, Andre and Marlene Volz, Sherman; brother, Randy (Stacey) and their children, Madisen, Mason and Miah, Sioux Falls; grandparents, Gary and Renate Volz, Lakefield, Minn.; mother-in-law, Betty Zell, Sioux Falls; brothers-in-law, Rob (Cindy) Zell and their children, Amanda, Jordan, Brady, Elli, Lauren and Cooper, Brandon, and Bruce Koster; and many other relatives and friends.
For the full obituary on online condolences, go to minnehahafuneralhome.com.
Pamela Mathison, 52
Funeral services for Pamela Mathison, 52, of Sioux Falls, Friday, April 12, 2013, at East Side Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Mathison died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Sanford Healthcare Center.
Pamela was a 1978 graduate of Garretson High School. Following high school she worked as a waitress at Minervaís before marrying Steven Mathison in Baltic, on Sept. 9, 1984. Most recently, Pam worked for Jay Egge Automatic Service until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
Survivors include her husband, Steve Mathison, Sioux Falls; sons, Ben and Robert Mathison, both of Sioux Falls; mother, Dorothy Erickson, Garretson; brother, Danny Erickson, Garretson; sister, Joanne (Todd) Egge, Brandon; and many nieces and nephews.
Pam was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Erickson; mother-in-law, Margaret Mathison; and brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Debbie Mathison.
Pamís family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and healthcare staff at the Sanford Medical Center for their countless hours of loving care and support for her family in this difficult time.
In lieu flowers memorials may be directed to Pamís family.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.georgeboom.com.
Joyce Olofson, 69
A celebration of life service for Joyce Olofson, 69, of Garretson, was held Monday, April 15, 2013 at the United Church of Christ in Garretson. A private burial will occur at a later date.
Mrs. Olofson died Thursday, April 11, 2013. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up for Joyce's favorite charities.
Joyce Olofson was born Sept. 20, 1943 to Frank Jr. and Mildred (King) Bult. She grew up in Platte, where she married Paul Olofson on June 29, 1962. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in summer 2012. After Steven was born in 1965, Joyce spent most of her time raising kids and helping Paul on the farm that they purchased in 1970 near EROS Data Center. Leon was born in 1969 and Karen in 1973. She and Paul traveled by car or pickup camper with the kids each summer to take them to several parts of the country. In 1985, she worked at the Garretson Weekly for Margie Martens for several years writing stories about the goings on in town along with taking pictures. Joyce later pursued her dream of providing a place where locals could gather, eat her Lenaís bean soup and sandwiches on sourdough bread, and display her 125 plus cookie jars that she has collected over the years. While owning the coffee shop, Joyce also provided educational tours to several hundred students of the historical Devilís Gulch area and the Jesse James legend. The Cookie Jar closed in 2005, and the building was later turned into the Garretson library.
She loved her flower garden, camping, Dutch oven cooking, fishing, reading fiction books, and going to Texas in the winter. Joyce was actively involved at the church teaching Sunday school, serving as the youth group leader, attending womenís bible study, and organizing the Sunday school Christmas programs. Joyce was also involved in the Jesse James Players and even wrote a play they performed, and was active with Garretsonís Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her husband, Paulí her three children, Steven Olofson of Londsdale, Minn., and his children, Colton and Jared; Leon (Michelle) Olofson of Sioux Falls and their children, Sydney and Hayden; and Karen (Gary) Weeden of Sioux Falls and their children, Allison and Easton; sisters, Barbara (Al) Wilker, Carol (Tom) Gunn, Kathy (Mike) Kollar, Lori (Kenny) Troll, and Thersa (Woody) Lasiter; a brother, Jay Bult; and sister in-law, Carol Harris.
Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson, was in charge of arrangements.






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