Darrell Eugene Maier

Maier_ovalMay 31, 1951 ~ February 8, 2016


Darrell E. Maier, 64, Sioux Falls, SD, died Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Bethany Home, Brandon.

A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30am, Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls with Full Military Rites.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Darrell Eugene Maier was born May 31, 1951, in Winner, SD, to Virgil and Edith (Story) Maier as one of six children. The family moved to Seattle, WA where Darrell graduated from high school. Darrell then enlisted in the US Air Force Reserve. On June 26, 1971, Darrell married Pauline Rich in Seattle. The family moved to Hoskins, NE, where he worked for Kahler Construction and then for Affiliated Foods over 32 years. Upon his retirement, Darrell and Pauline moved to Wynot, NE. In 2012, they moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to their children.

Darrell was a member of the Luverne Motorcycle Club and enjoyed riding. His major pastime was restoring and building “hot rods” and enjoyed birdwatching.

Darrell will be deeply missed by his spouse, Pauline; three children, Lee (Amber) Maier, Tea; Kurt (Stacy) Maier, Tea; and Kristine (Pat) LaRue, Alvin, TX; 10 grandchildren, Cassie, Caitlin, Carter, Jaden, and Jaylie Maier, Ty Rich, Amanda (Dustin) Stookey, Ashley, PJ and Grace LaRue; 4 great-grandchildren, Madison, Gabriella, Brinley and Beka; 5 brothers and sisters, Sharon (Dean) Courtright, Perry, OK; Lori (Lee) Parker, Beemer, NE; Kevin (Ann) Maier, Deadwood; Gary Maier, San Luis Obispo, CA; and Marty Maier, Onida; and many nieces and nephews.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Edith (Story) Maier and one nephew, Alex Maier.


Lonna Rae Gage

Gage_ovalMay 23, 1948 ~ January 30, 2016


Lonna Rae Gage, 67, Sioux Falls, died Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Private family services will be held later.

Lonna Rae Knight was born May 23, 1948, to William and Gladys (Carter) Knight. She was raised and attended school in Brookings where she also graduated from Brookings High School. In 1967, Lonna married Kenneth Steuerwald and had two boys, Rick and Chad. The family moved to Sioux Falls where Lonna worked at various jobs including day care and nursing home care. In 1974, she married Harold Gage and to this union, another son was born; Troy. Lonna and her family moved around and lived in several places in the US including California, Michigan, Arizona, and several places in South Dakota. In 1988, Lonna resettled permanently in Sioux Falls.

Lonna was always there to support her kids. She went to everything they were involved in including softball games, school programs and listening Troy sing karaoke. She loved her pet cats and dogs, Jimmy Johnson and NASCAR, Dallas Cowboys, and playing Scrabble and other board games with her friends. Anyone who visited Lonna, would also notice she loved to decorate her home and seasonally coordinate her home with matching bedding, shower curtains, and nick-knacks.

Lonna will be deeply missed by her sons, Rick (Crystal) Steuerwald and Chad (Casie Reiners) Steuerwald, Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Chase and Rylee; and two siblings, Lois (Carol) Nevill, Aberdeen and Dennis (Jan) Knight, Rapid City.

Lonna was preceded in death by her son, Troy; her parents, William and Gladys (Carter) Knight; and one brother, Don Knight.

Leny Hannah (Ranschau) Nerland

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January 13, 1924 ~ January 22, 2016


Leny Hannah (Ranschau) Nerland, 92, Garretson, died Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Home in Canton, SD.

Family visitation will be held 2-4pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon. A Memorial Service will be 1;00pm, Monday, February 22, at Abiding Saviour Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Inurnment will be at Falnes Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the McCrossan’s Boys Ranch in Leny’s memory.

Hannah Leny Ranschau was born January 13, 1924, in rural Sioux County, Iowa, to Christian H. and E. C. Wanda (Wenck) Ranschau; both recent emigrants from Germany. She was born and grew up in the Irene stage station; the oldest house in Sioux County, at that time. She graduated 8th grade in a rural Sioux County school. She was confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church. At age 13, she travelled to Chicago to learn housekeeping under the tutelage of a family cousin. She returned after a few months to work on the family farm. Through cousins in South Dakota, she met Julius Nerland and they were married November 12, 1950, at Peace Lutheran Church. The couple farmed with the Ranschaus’ until 1956, when they moved to Pierpont, SD, where they purchased the Jens Rye farm; Julius’ family home. Their children would be the 4th generation to live there.

Leny was an active member of Skudesnes Lutheran Church. In her retirement years, she was a devoted member of the quilting group. She expedited sending quilts to Mexico via the church and to Native Americans in Wyoming via a pastor/missionary. She had a special concern for Native Americans in need, and especially their children.

In her teens, Leny started a pen pal club for young adults via the National American Lutheran Church youth ministry. This led to two special friends. Mary Wilder of Washington state, who became the wife of her brother, Walter Ranschau; and Wilma Boyd Lovell of Nebraska, who became Leny’s life-long writing and personal friend. These ladies wrote regularly until they both reached age 90 and lost the ability to write. Trips to visit Wilma were a special highlight.

Leny began living with Wanda in 2003 and then she became a resident of Good Samaritan Home, Canton, in November 2015.

Leny will be deeply missed by her children, Wanda (Loren) Schoeneman, Garretson, H. Chris (Susan) Nerland, Talbott, TN, and Jonathan (Ethel) Nerland, Mellette, SD; six grandchildren and one brother, Walter Ranschau; grandchildren: Leah (Tim) Thomason, Spencer (Amanda Streed) Schoeneman, Elana Schoeneman, Lance (fiance-Jessica Hardy) Nerland, Sierra Nerland and Sonora Nerland.; one brother, Walter Ranschau; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Ranschau Carlson, Carol Ranschau, Beatrice Nerland (Louis) Rogers; and brother-in-law, Amos (Nancy) Nerland; also many nieces, nephews, and their children; and friend, Wilma Boyd, who resides in a care facility in St. Edwards, NE, and her son Rusty Boyd.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Herbert and Cuno Ranschau, Julius Nerland, and sister-in-law, Oriette Nerland Watson.

James Lambert “JL” Mattern

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November 5, 1945 ~ January 23, 2016


James Lambert “JL” Mattern, 70, Brandon, SD, passed away on January 23, 2016 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

A memorial service will be held at Heartland Funeral Home, at 10:30 AM on January 29, 2016.

James Lambert “JL” Mattern was born on November 5, 1945 in Aberdeen, SD to Lambert and Esther Underwood Mattern. JL grew up in Aberdeen, SD where he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School as a child and then went to Central High School. He joined the Navy in 1962 and served for 4 years. He served during the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk. From a young age, his true passion was for motor sports and he loved to share this passion with others. He was the “Go-To” guy for any racing question, be it past, present, or future. He made a career of being around racing and as a result travelled the world. Though not an exhaustive list, some of his more memorable employers included Hughes Aircraft, Boeing, Escondido Ready-Mix Concrete, John Fitzpatrick Racing on the IMSA circuit, NB Ventures /Winston Eagle on the Thunderboat Racing circuit, QVC on the 50/50 tour, Ken Grody Ford, and ScreenWorks/NEP on the NASCAR circuit and NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. He reluctantly retired in 2015 from being on the NHRA series but was never far away from a good race.

He will be missed by many all over the world as his friendships stretched to all corners of the earth. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life. He loved being on the road and meeting new people. He loved his family, friends, and dogs and always enjoyed great food, great stories, and great jokes. He invariably had a new joke to tell or a past experience to recount that made his listeners laugh out loud. He was a practical joke enthusiast. He loved life fast and loud.

JL is survived by his spouse, Carolyn, Brandon, SD; his daughters, Sheryl Mattern, Brandon, SD, Jennifer Mattern, Seattle, WA, and Jacqueline (Robert) Valdivia, San Diego, CA; his sister, Kathleen Lemmon Viereck, Sioux Falls, SD; and his grandchildren, Faith, Justin, and Phoebe Valdivia.

JL was preceded in death by his parents, Lambert and Esther Mattern; siblings, Gene Mattern, Yvonne Mattern, and Mary Mattern.

Aaron Illo Bieber

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January 19, 1932 ~ December 31, 2015


Aaron A. Bieber died Thursday, December 31, 2015, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls, after a long battle with cancer.

Memorial Services with Military Honors, will be held Friday, January 8, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Family Visitation beginning at 9:30am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the Dougherty Hospice Home.

Aaron Illo Bieber was born January 19, 1932 on a farm near Roscoe, SD. He was born in a two-room home near Roscoe and attended country school. He often rode with his younger sister, Shirley to school on a donkey. In 1943 when he was 11 his family moved to Aberdeen, SD where he attended grade school at Henry Neil School and graduated from Central High School in 1951.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Good Shepard Lutheran and later joined a mission church, Holy Cross Lutheran until 2003 when he and his wife moved to Brandon, SD and joined Brandon Lutheran Church.

Aaron married Louise Goheen on May 3rd 1952. He joined the Air Force and during his 4 year term of duty he was stationed for a year in Saudi Arabia during which he took a trip to Jerusalem. When he returned to the states he was transferred to O’Hare Air Force Base in Chicago, IL. After his enlistment was over they stayed in the area and e worked in a Standard gas station. While in Chicago they had two children, David Brian and Cynthia Lynn.

In 1958 they moved back to Aberdeen where Aaron operated Aaron’s Standard Station. Several years later he purchased a farm north of Aberdeen and during the 30 years that followed they raised Hereford cattle and small grains. He purchased a combine and harvested winter wheat in Texas and corn in Nebraska.

In 2000 the farm was sold and in 2003 they moved to Brandon, SD. Aaron drove semi-tractors hauling loads from Morrell’s all over the country for 9 years covering 40 states until his 80th birthday.

Grateful for having shared his life are one son, David (Patricia) Bieber, Aberdeen, SD: one daughter, Cindy (Martin) Borske of New Hamptin, IA: one grandson, Ben (Christine) Piearson, one granddaughter, Vanessa Piearson, Mason City, IA; one great granddaughter, Riley, Cape Cod, MA; and one sister, Shirley Bieber, Edina, MN.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise, and his parents.