Obituaries

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Dean Frank did what he wanted, when he wanted

It pains me to admit it, but Dean Frank passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day, but that is simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. As a rancher, he had some high-highs and low-lows, but he never complained and never asked why. Dean was a man of so much knowledge when it came […]

Virginia Schatz loved traveling, was always ready to pack suitcase

Virginia Schatz, 95, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison with Father Anthony Urban as celebrant. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Rustand-Weiland Funeral […]

Ben Swanston enjoyed restoring antiques

Bennie L. Swanston, 75, of McIntosh, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in McIntosh. Bennie “Ben” Swanston was born on Feb. 3, 1946, in Elgin, North Dakota, to Albert and June (Johnston) Swanston. He graduated from McIntosh High School in 1963. Ben was drafted into the United States Army and served his basic training at Ft. […]

Elizabeth Harris passes in Arizona on March 10

Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Harris, 84, of Apache, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Liz was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Anna Lutz; brother, Wilbur Lutz; and partner and best friend, Edwin Glerup. Liz is survived by her sister, Joyce (Al) Schaefer; brother, Larry (Deb) Lutz; children, Michael and Susan Harris and Brian and Re Harris; grandchildren, […]

Russell Bender had wealth of knowledge about farming, hometown Java

Russell D. Bender, 86, of Java, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Mobridge Regional Hospital with Dr. Travis Henderson and staff providing him comfort on his journey. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 22, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Java, led by Pastor Mary Lou Gruebele. Interment with military graveside rites by Frederick Schauer American […]

Peggy Permann memorial service is May 21 at UCC

Pauline “Peggy” Mae (Hockesson) Permann, 88, passed away on March 1, 2021, at Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. Peggy was born in Hoven on June 17, 1932, to Tellof and Buella (Thompson) Hockesson. She attended grades 1-12 in Gettysburg, and also attended one year at NSTC in Aberdeen. She married Harold H. Permann on Oc. 25, 1953. Peggy […]

Jack Lemburg taught paratroopers to jump

Memorial services for Jack Lemburg, 84, of Selby, were held on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at United Methodist Church in Selby. Inurnment was in Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Jack passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Selby. Jack Bryon Lemburg was born on May 1, 1936, in Bowdle, to Albert “Jim” […]

Cyra Schaefer dies in car accident

Cyra Rae Schaefer, 30, of Hayti, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, as the result of an automobile accident. A public visitation was held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Hayti. Cyra was born on Nov. 30, 1990, to Kevin and Rhonda (Paso) Schaefer, in Watertown. She was a 2009 graduate of Hamlin High School […]

Gary Fiedler left legacy of love,work, service and humor

Mass of Christian Burial for Gary Fiedler, 75, of Glenham, was held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge. Burial was in Glenham Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Gary passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Mobridge Regional Hospital. Gary Glenn Fiedler was born in Mobridge to John and […]

Bobbie Fischer was proud of her heritage, was a Southern lady

She may have lived mostly in the North, but Bobbie Lee Fischer loved her Southern heritage and was proud to be a Southern Lady. She was born on Jan. 19, 1929, in Booneville, Mississippi, to Elton and Lillian (Smith) Searcy. She grew up there with one brother, Hubert, and one sister, Freddie. She married Harce Fisk and to this union […]


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