David Donald Smith

Smith, David_ovalFebruary 5, 1968 ~ April 12, 2015

David D. Smith, 47, Brandon, died Sunday April 12, 2015, at his home due to a house fire.

Family visitation and memorial service will be Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5-7 pm with a short service at 7 pm, at Heartland Funeral Home.
David Donald Smith was born February 5, 1968, in Sioux Falls to Verlyn and Ruth (Songstad) Smith. He attended school at and graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1986. While in school, David worked at Perkins on N. Cliff in Sioux Falls. He later went on to become Kitchen Manager. In 1991, David began hauling freight as a truck driver. Most recently, he was employed by T & R Contracting. On June 3, 1994, David married Shawn Foss in Daytona Beach, FL, and the couple settled in Brandon.

David had a great imagination and loved to have fun. As a child, David wrote a note and ran away from home to Grandma’s house, taking a bag and his little brother with him. He and his brothers went tree climbing against their mother’s wishes. She returned home to find out he had fallen four stories from the tree and knocked himself out for several minutes with a concussion. He always had something funny to say and loved to tease everyone. Along with his enjoyment of the History Channel, David liked to make up trivia questions to ask at special events like Christmas. He also cheered loudly for Jeff Gordon on any NASCAR event. He, himself, was an excellent truck driver and won a couple of truck rodeos. Auctions were another favorite pastime. He loved to buy things to resell. He enjoyed family vacations to his favorite place, Florida. He loved to swim and enjoy the sun at the beach. David also loved to spend time with his granddaughter, Brooklyn, and his best buddy, Talli, his dog, who also perished in the fire.

David will be deeply missed by his wife, Shawn; his children:Tyler, Danielle, Braiden (Jamie), Connor (Logan), and Makenzie Smith of Brandon; granddaughter, Brooklyn; his mother, Ruth Smith, Sioux Falls; five siblings, Mark (Carol), Sioux Falls, Daniel (Teri) Sioux Falls, James, Sioux Falls, Darren (Pam), Brandon, and Cindy (Rik) Drewes, Pierre.

David is preceded in death by his father, Verlyn, and one brother, Steven.

A memorial/benefit fund has been established for David at any Well’s Fargo Bank.

Betty F. Geisler

Geisler, Betty lilacsMay 26, 1933 ~ April 9, 2015

Betty F. Geisler, 81, Valley Springs, died Thursday, April 09, 2015, at the Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Murdo, SD followed by inurnment at the Murdo Cemetery. Coffee and tea will be served in the church basement afterwards.

She was born May 26, 1933 in Manchester, NH, the only child of Robert Joseph Fortier and Catherine Virginia (Ettridge) Fortier. While given the birth name Mary Catherine Virginia, she went by “Betty” throughout her entire adult life. She attended Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett, NH and Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Betty’s first daughter, Catherine Eileen, was born during her marriage with Bert Queen. Betty met and married John Geisler while they were both working with geriatric patients as social workers at the Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut. The couple had a daughter, Johanna Catherine Vivian. The family moved to Minneapolis, MN, where John and Betty enrolled in the Master’s programs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. From there, they moved to Murdo, SD to be near family and the family-operated Pioneer Auto Museum. For many years, the family traveled extensively around the United States collecting items for the museum. Later in life Betty and John moved to the Sioux Falls area to be near their children and grandchildren.

Betty pursued many career interests during her lifetime: school teacher, social worker, grant writer and entrepreneur. At various times she operated a souvenir store, a long distance telephone company, a fireworks stand, and a tow truck company. Betty also pursued many leisure interests. Early in life, she enjoyed flying small planes and rally racing; the family treasures a silver trophy plate she won shortly before Cathie’s birth. Betty also enjoyed people, classical music, travel, genealogy, clothes and beautiful Ferragamo shoes. Betty was always unconventional, and life with her was always an adventure!

For many years, Betty struggled with diabetes and cardiac problems. She suffered a stroke on April 3, 2015, and passed away on April 9.

Betty is survived by daughters Cathie (Johnnie) Littles, Sioux Falls, Johanna (Mark Dykstra) Geisler, Valley Springs, SD; grandsons Lee Littles, Corwin Dykstra and Rune Dykstra; sister-in-law, Roma (Delaine) Richards, Irvine, CA, brother-in-law, David A. (Leila) Geisler, Murdo, SD; nieces Vivian (Jeff) Sonder, Patty (Donald) Tyus, Jennifer (Bryan) Kaiser, Lisa (Larry) Williams; and nephews Eric (Janet) Staudenbaur and David M. (Ann) Geisler.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 47 years, John Nels Geisler.

Paul James Mulholland

Mulholland, Paul_ovalAugust 16, 1946 ~ April 6, 2015

Paul J. Mulholland, 68, Brandon, SD, passed away peacefully, with sons by his side Monday, April 6, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, in Sioux Falls, after a long battle with ill health.

Gathering for a celebration of his life will be held in Richland Center, WI, at a later date.

Paul was born on August 16, 1946, in Richland Center, Wisconsin, as the son of Paul M. Mulholland and Avis (Schweiger) Johnson. He was married to Loren (Cale) and had a step-son, Benjamin. Paul later married Beth Mantey and had two children; Jimb and Tom Mulholland. He was thrilled to spend time with his two grandchildren, Warren and Amelia. He loved to visit his sons and grandchildren, and would always talk about his pride of his family.

Paul grew up as one of seven children and attended school in Bloom City and Richland Center, WI. After high school, he joined the Army during Vietnam and spent most of his service in Germany. When he finished his Army service, he attended University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services.

His career centered on helping people via social services. He reached the top of field in mental health and human services administration, first as a Unit Chief in Rock County, WI, then as Director of Wood County (WI) Human Services, where he implemented several cutting edge programs, and finally as Vice-President at the Human Service Agency in Watertown, South Dakota. He was remembered as a forward thinking administrator that was interested in integrating technology to better serve the community.

He took great pride in his farm while his sons were younger, and took fond satisfaction cleaning up and improving the property and raising animals and being outdoors. Paul was an avid motorcycle rider, and you could find him on a bike nearly any nice day. He liked to tell the stories of his cross county motorcycle trips. He was a yearly Sturgis attendee for many years, and owned many brands and styles of motorcycles over the years.

In his retirement, he loved travelling, especially to the mountains out West, and putting many miles on his ATVs and UTVs. Paul was a regular at coffee shops around Sioux Falls, SD, and enjoyed spending time with his service companion dog, Tim, and keeping up with the latest gadgets and TV shows. Paul is survived by his two sons, Jimb (Rachel) and Tom; two grandchildren, Warren and Amelia; his four siblings, Judy (Tom) Harasti, Joyce (Bob) Dray, Margaret (Cecil) Groves, and Mike (Sue) Mulholland; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Thomas and Steven.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship has been established to the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation (LATI) in Watertown, SD, in Paul’s honor.

LATI Foundation
PO Box 730
Watertown, SD 57201

Alfred Belk

Al BelkNovember 18, 1932 ~ March 22, 2015

Alfred Belk, 82, of Brandon, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
Memorial services and arrangements are pending. Please continue to check back for updates.

Debbie Sue Stultz

Stultz, Deb_ovalMarch 11, 1955 ~ March 17, 2015

Debbie S. Stultz, 60, Valley Springs, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 5-8pm, Friday, March 20, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present. Memorial services will be 10am, Saturday, March 21, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, 112 E. Annabelle St., Brandon, with Pastor Jerry Merkouris officiating.

Deb Sue Acklie was born March 11, 1955 in Norfolk, NE to Glen and Irma (Renner) Acklie. She was the youngest child with four older brothers. Deb was raised and attended school in the Madison school district where she graduated. Deb married Charles Stultz in Madison, NE on September 28, 1974. She and Charlie lived in Eastern Nebraska working different jobs while starting their family, before moving to the Sioux Falls area in 1988. Deb managed the office for Charlie’s trucking operation for many years. Deb was especially fond of holidays which meant spending time with family and her grandkids. She loved to cook, do Crosswords and Sudoku, play pitch with her family, knitting and various arts and crafts. Watching the birds in the back yard and spending time with Charlie were many of her favorite times. Sadly, her husband of 39 years, passed away last August.

Deb will be deeply missed by her two sons, Dana Stultz, Rapid City, and Dusty (Hope) Stultz, Brandon; two grandchildren, Athena, Rayleigh; her four brothers, Ron (Amy) Acklie, Clearwater, NE, Roger (Kathy) Acklie, Madison, NE, Neal (Diann) Acklie, Norfolk, NE, and Randy (Ieda) Acklie, Norfolk, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Deb was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents, Glen and Irma (Renner) Acklie.

A memorial has been established to the Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church in Brandon.