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April 30. 2013 3:51PM
Martha O. Koch, 92
Funeral services for Martha Olia Koch, 92, of Garretson, formerly of Sherman, were held Friday, April 26, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson.
Mrs. Koch died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Palisade Manor in Garretson.
Martha was born March 26, 1921, near Egan, S.D., to Leonal John and Mabel Belinda (Cook) Brandsma. She received her education in Egan and graduated from Egan High School. On Dec. 30, 1939, she married Harvey Koch at the parsonage of Rev. Hegland at Jasper, Minn. In August 1940, the couple moved into Sherman and lived there until moving to the Koch family farm near Sherman in 1957. Martha spent her time raising her children and helping Harvey on the farm. The couple ran a successful egg production business until 1971. Their eggs supplied many businesses throughout the area including Sioux Valley (now Sanford Health) and (Avera) McKennan hospitals in Sioux Falls. The couple moved back to Sherman in 1969. Harvey died on May 31, 1990. Following Harvey’s death, Martha moved into Garretson in 1993. She lived there until moving to assisted living in Jasper in 2009.
Martha was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sherman, and the Red Hat Society in Garretson. She spent many summers working at the information centers at Splitrock Park and Devil’s Gulch in Garretson. She also served as the head cook at Palisade Manor after it opened. She enjoyed embroidery and having coffee with friends. Martha was known best for the hats she wore.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Karen (Jim) DeWitte, Sioux Falls, Sandra (Norm) Feldman, Sioux Falls, Marsha (Lyle) Songstad, Fargo, N.D., Elline (Terry) Satrang, Rapid City, Richard Koch, Casper, Wyo., JoAnn (Jim) Keyser, Valley Springs, William L. (Bonnie) Koch, Sherman, and Paul (Karen) Koch, Sherman; 28 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; numerous great great-grandchildren; two step-siblings, LeMoyne (Twyla) Brandsma, Sioux Falls, and Eloye (Bill) Farrell, Hartford; and a special friend, Bill Roscoe, Pipestone, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Lyle Brandsma.
Memorials may be directed to the Garretson Community Ambulance.
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Kenneth M. Smykle, 83
Funeral services for Kenneth Mitchell Smykle, 83, of Valley Springs, were held Friday, April 26, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon. Burial, with full Military Rites, was in the Beaver Valley Church South Cemetery.
Mr. Smykle died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls from the effects of Dementia and Lymphoidema.
Kenneth M. Smykle was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Sioux Falls to Art and Dena (Iwerks) Smykle. Along with two sisters, he was raised and educated in Sioux Falls through his sophomore year before he hopped a train and went to Idaho to work in the forestry service. In 1947, Ken enlisted in the military to serve in Korea; both in the National Guard and then the Army. Upon his discharge in 1951, he returned to Sioux Falls to work for John Morrell where he worked for 36 years as a meat cutter. In 1959, Ken married Joyce Schnackenbereg in Pipestone, Minn. They moved to a farm near Chancellor before the family returned to Brandon for the next 24 years. In 1992, Ken and Joyce purchased and moved to an acreage south of Beaver Valley Church where they still resided. Ken retired at the age of 56 and came home to become the family daycare to grandchildren and his mother-in-law.
Mr. Smykle was a member of the Sioux Falls VFW, later transferring his membership to the Brandon VFW. He served as the Post Commander and the Quartermaster for Three Rivers Post 4726. He also served as the District 2 Commander for South Dakota.
Most of all, Ken enjoyed his family. They spent many weekends together camping with friends from Morrells or on hunting trips. He loved to hunt antelope, deer and pheasant. He was also a Chicago Bears fan and cheered on only the Fords of NASCAR drivers Davey Allison and Bill Elliott.
Ken is survived by his wife, Joyce; five children, Clay (Michele) Smykle, Brandon, Deb (Curt) Jasper, Oak Grove, Minn., Greg (Yvonne) Smykle, Sioux Falls, Mark (Mindy) Smykle, Akron, Iowa, and Linda (Joel) Hanson, Valley Springs; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna Smelser, Sioux Falls.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Troy; and two infant children, Michael and Kimberley; and a sister, Lillian.
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