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.

Julie Ann Petree

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Julie A. Petree, 57, of Brandon, died suddenly, Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center, in Ft. Myers, FL.

A Celebration of Julie’s life-visitation will be held from 1 – 3PM, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Heartland Funeral Home.

Julie Ann Petree was born January 12, 1958 in Sioux Falls to Harold and Viola (Horner) Petree. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1976 and joined the US Army for two years. She then attended college and received a LPN degree and then her RN degree. Julie loved working as a traveling nurse and was able to travel all over the world and met many people. She was working in Florida at the time of her death. Julie lived life to the fullest. She also loved to go on cruises, she loved her dogs, flea markets, her friends and her family. She will be deeply missed by all.

She is survived by her brother, Dan Petree, Brandon; a nephew and niece, Jason (Kelsey) Petree and Julie K. Petree, Brandon; and four great-nieces and great nephews, Hailey, Cameron, Boston, and Tryton.

She was preceded by her parents, Harold and Viola (Horner) Petree, in death.

Roger Milton Hess

February 9, 1954 ~ March 1, 2015
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Roger Milton Hess, 61, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor (glioblastoma), in September of 2014.

In keeping with Roger’s wishes, no funeral or memorial services will be held. A date and location will be announced in the future for a gathering of remembrance and ceremonial scattering of ashes at one of his and Bob’s favorite local hiking areas. Please refer to Heartland’s web site for future updates.
Roger was born in Dell Rapids, SD to Kermitt and Evelyn (Johnston) Hess on February 9, 1954. He grew up on a farm near Dell Rapids and attended Dell Rapids public schools. He attended South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, majoring in psychology.

Roger worked in South Dakota for McKennan Behavioral Health, SD Human Services Center, Sioux Vocational Services (Achieve) and Chuck Poppen at Home Cinema Network. He joined A. C. Nielsen in Sioux Falls, later relocating with Nielsen to Colorado, New York and finally to Shelton Connecticut where he was a Project Manager and Operations Analyst. Illness forced him to leave the then Nielsen Media Researching in 1998.

In 2011, Roger moved back to South Dakota to be with his sister Bonnie and brother in law John. He was accompanied by his finicky, toothless, wineglass tipping cat B&E.

The things Roger loved most include:

• Hiking and backpacking in the mountains and on trails usually with his dog and longtime companion Bob. The above photo shows Roger and Bob on one of their hiking outings. More photos, including more recent, can be seen at Roger’s Facebook page, .
• Music, especially Pink Floyd.
• Animals, dogs, cats, farm animals, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs. When the stray cat B&E (short for Breaking and Entering) wandered into his garage in Derby CT, he worked several weeks gaining her trust until she finally became devoted to Roger.
• He enjoyed problem solving, science, science fiction, and discussing and debating politics and current events.
• Roger was concerned about climate change and what it would mean for the future of the human race.
• Roger was an avid fan of the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team. “Go Huskies”
As Roger often said; “Never stop learning and always think for yourself.”

Roger was stricken with an insidious condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome in the late 1990s. As the disease progressed, he was no longer able to work or do many of the activities he enjoyed.

Roger and Diana E. Snow were married in October 1990 at Port Washington NY. They divorced on 1997.

Roger was loved and will be missed by his sister, Bonnie (John-honorary brother) Nelson, of Sioux Falls; niece, Sara Bennetts (John) and grand-nephew Jamie of Stuttgart, Germany; cousin, Lyle (Tracy) Nelson, of Austin TX; other cousins, friends in South Dakota and Connecticut, including another honorary brother, John Uva; and ex-wife, Diana Hess, of Tucson, AZ.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his dog Bob.

Roger was and his family is grateful for:

• Dr. Wilde and the nurses, and staff at Falls Community Health.
• The doctors, nurses and staff at the McKennan Emergency Department
• Doctors Tynan, Huber, and Simon at Avera McKennan and the Prairie Center Cancer Institute, and the nurses and staff there.
• The wonderful nurses, chaplain, social worker, techs, staff, and volunteers at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Memorials may be directed to the:

Dougherty Hospice House
4509 Prince of Peace Place
PO Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045

Robert Lee Maher

January 3, 1945 ~ February 27, 2015
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Robert L. Maher, 70, Sioux Falls, died Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Doughtery Hospice home in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 4:00 PM, at The House of Deliverance Church, located at 3300 E. Oak Street, Sioux Falls, SD, 57103. Pastor Clark will be presiding. Inurnment will take place at the Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.

Robert Lee Maher was born on January 3rd, 1945, the only son of Robert Stanley Maher and Carol (Knouse) Maher. Robert grew up in Huron, SD, graduating from Huron High School in 1964. After graduation, Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force and was sent to Vietnam where he worked as a fireman. Upon returning stateside in 1968, Robert married Nancy Mattke in 1969. The family resided in Covington, OK, where Robert worked as a fireman at Vance Air Force Base until he retired in 2009. During their time in Oklahoma, Robert and Nancy had three daughters, Tammy, Daun and Bobbie. Robert most enjoyed his time with his family when he would return home after is 48 hour shifts. Robert was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed taking his daughters hunting, fishing and camping. Robert moved to Sioux Falls in May of 2012 to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. Robert was a proud father and a wonderful grandfather who enjoyed spending time with everyone one in his family.

Robert is survived by his three daughters, Tammy (Mike) Armitage, Sioux Falls, Daun (Tim) Maher-Amundson, Sioux Falls, and Bobbie (Kerry) Mosley, San Diego, CA.; two Son-in laws, Jack Boetel and Sergio Ramirez; fifteen grandchildren, Cody and Jake Boetel, Mason (Tanya) Maher, Myndie, Olivia, Lena, Samantha, Wyatt, David, Josh, Emma, Nickolas and Martha Maher-Amundson, Quinten and Malik Maher-Ramirez; five great-grandchildren, Bentley, Lakon and Weston Boetel, as well as Janessa and Sofia Maher.

James Jerry Hoogeveen

May 22, 1937 ~ February 7, 2015
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James J. Hoogeveen 77, of Brandon, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, at his home.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Heartland Funeral Home, in the afternoon with family present 5-7pm. A short service will take place at 7pm. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 11th at Valley Springs Reformed Church at 10am. Interment will follow at at Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids, IA, with Full Military Rites.

James Jerry Hoogeveen was born May 22, 1937, in Lester, IA, to Henry & Clara (Bick) Hoogeveen. He grew up in Lyon County and attended and graduated public school in Doon, IA. After graduation he worked at Lems Auto Recycler full-time until he entered the US Army in June, 1960. He took his basic training at Fort Hood, TX and was stationed in Germany with the 34th Division B & Company, until he was discharged in May 1962.

Jim was married to Delores Aeilts until her death in 1996. He was a member of the First Reformed Church, Rock Rapids. Jim worked for the Iowa State Department of Transportation for thirty years. He retired at the age of 60 years. He was a member of The Rock Rapids Fire Department for 32 years and the American Legion Post #103 in Rock Rapids, IA for 30 years.

On July 29, 1997, he was united in marriage to Ivy Vallejo at the “Little Brown Church” in Nashua, IA. Jim and Ivy did lots of traveling and had special memories of traveling to Okinawa, Japan, and traveling with his brother-in-law, Delmer, and his wife, Faye, over most of the United States.

Jim had lots of good memories as a kid fishing & swimming with all his old friends in Doon. He also loved golfing and playing volleyball. In his older years, Jim enjoyed going fishing with all his buddies in Oklahoma, South Dakota and Minnesota. When he wasn’t out fishing, you would see him working on his yard. Even though he had no children of his own, he was important in the lives of a lot of extended family and friends children. He was always there at birthday parties, graduations and baptisms. They could always expect a high five, piece of candy, and hug from “Uncle Jim.”

On September 29, 2014, Jim was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sadly, James 77, of Brandon, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, at his home, with Ivy at his side.

He is survived by his wife, Ivy, of 17 years; two sisters, Muriel (Vince) Lemonds, Doon, IA, and Gwen (Roger) Ditzel, Beaver Creek, OH; one brother, Jack (Barb) Hoogeveen, Rock Rapids, IA; three step-children, Rick Vallejo, Okinawa, Japan, Leah Erks, Brandon, SD, and Tami Vallejo, Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren and one great-grand child, Jaxon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Henry & Clara Hoogeveen, wife Dolores, brother-in-laws Vince LeMonds, Roger Ditzel, Ray Aeilts, Harold Aeilts.

The family requests no flowers. Instead a memorial has been established in Jim’s honor.