Russell Baxter Stubbe

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September 2, 1966 ~ October 8, 2017

Russell Stubbe, 51, Lester, IA, died Sunday, October 8, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be 5-7pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Seeds of Faith Community Church, Lester, IA. Funeral Services will be 11am, Friday, October 13, also at Seeds of Faith Church. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Russell was born September 2, 1966 to Mary June and Roger Baxter Stubbe in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1985. He attended 1 year at DeVry Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He then joined the US Navy in 1989. He was trained as a fire control technician and obtained many certifications, medals, and awards. He served in San Diego, CA, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK, Guam and Groton, CT. He was able to see Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Australia. His final duty station was in Groton, teaching internet security. He loved computers and computer games, becoming friends with many people along the way. He completed 20 years of service before retirement.

Russell was a very generous soul, always looking to help others without their knowledge. He donated food to many food banks, provided candy and snacks to staff and patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital, gifts of books, wood and other items that others needed. He would always deny that he was the provider, but secretly reveled in the surprise and gratitude received.

Russell is survived by his two siblings, Sharon (Gene) Hoon, Garretson, and Craig (Shannon) Stubbe, Sioux Falls; four nephews and one niece, Nicholas, Brandon, Aaron, Cameron, and Gabriella; and a host of cousins and extended family.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Baxter and Mary June (Marnette) Stubbe; and one infant brother, Stewart.


Renea Clarisse McCoy

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May 11, 1949 ~ October 7, 2017

Renea C. McCoy, 68, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, October 7, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.

Memorial Services will be 1:00pm, Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Renea Clarisse Theobald was born May 11, 1949 in Mapleton, IA to Herbert and Vanetta (Sasges) Theobald. She attended school there and then went on to attend cosmetology school in South Sioux City. Renea met Thomas McCoy, and they were married on October 6, 1973. The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1986 and Renea went to work for Balance Systems where she worked for 20 years with perfect attendance. Due to declining health she was forced to retire.

Renea loved to bake for everyone, including for Tom’s customers at Christmas time. She would make huge Christmas trays full of every kind of treat. When Renea would cook anything, she would make enormous batches to share with all of the neighbors. She was also enjoyed gardening with Tom. They had a large vegetable garden and would spend their falls canning. Christmas was Renea’s favorite holiday. Decorating, preparing food, wrapping presents and shopping were her favorite ways to spend the holiday. Some of the other things that she liked to do were driving over the road with Tom in the semi, crossword puzzles, and jitterbug dancing. She was especially proud of her family and loved her friends.

Renea will be greatly missed by her husband of 44 years, Tom; one son Todd (Becky) McCoy, Sioux Falls; one grandson, Mike McCoy, Sioux Falls; six siblings, Dolly (Gary) Kragel, Sloan, IA, Myra (Tom) Sattler, Herndon, KS, Gary (Vicki) Theobald, Des Moines, IA, Terry Theobald, Smithland, IA, Lori Chandler, Lubbock, TX, Karla (Mark) Struble, Strickland, IA;  three brothers in law, Bob (Linda) McCoy, Dakota City, NE, Dick (Peg) McCoy, Allen, NE, Jerry McCoy; South Sioux City, NE; and several nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

Marshall Roosevelt McGruder

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May 17, 1991~ October 1, 2017

Marshall R. McGruder, 26, Sioux Falls, passed away on October 1, 2017.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, October 7, 2017, from Noon to 4:00pm, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Sioux Falls.

Marshall Roosevelt McGruder was born to Mary and Major McGruder, on May 17, 1991, in Sioux Falls, S.D. He attended Hawthorne Elementary, Axtell Park Middle School and graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls.

Through his adult life, Marshall worked at Famous Dave’s as a manager and also Raven Industries as a film manufacturer.

On January 14, 2010, Marshall was blessed with his first born, RaeLynn Hope. He was also blessed with Carter Marshall on February 28, 2012 (Madison Campbell) and Kinleigh Rose on May 5, 2015 (Kate Timmer). He was a loving father, and his children were his world.

Marshall liked to spend his spare time in a lot of different and creative ways. He loved the outdoors, from yard work to bike riding, but he also loved to spend time indoors. He is known as the family chef, being able to whip up any gourmet meal in no time. Marshall also was quite the movie buff- enjoying and relaxing in his free time to watch any and every movie available to him. But his favorite past time was spending time with his family and his kids.

Marshall is survived by his three children, his parents, Mary and Major McGruder; his brother’s, Lil Major McGruder and Craig McGruder; and his sisters; Bernice Williams, Meegan Vellek and Eliza Harris; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many family and friends.

Marshall was a smart, generous, and caring man. He always looked out others before himself. Anbody who knows Marshall, knew how big of a heart he had. His infectious smile lit up a room. His life has touched so many in ways nobody could understand.

Memorial donations in honor of Marshall can be made to his parents, Mary and Major, at 515 N. Menlo Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, or online at

Sadonna Marie Larsen

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June 8, 1948 ~ Sept. 29, 2017

Sadonna Marie Larsen (Williams), 69, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2017 from complications during surgery at the Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

A family viewing was held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home, in Brandon, SD. Burial will be in Spring Valley Lutheran Cemetery, near Viborg, South Dakota. She will be buried with her husband Lowell Larsen.

Contributions in memory of Sadonna may be sent to 2812 S. Center Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Sadonna Marie Williams was born to Richard and Bernadine (Gorath) Williams on June 8, 1948, at Canova Memorial Hospital. She attended school in Emery, South Dakota. She was married to Doug Buehner, which brought forth four children, Kim (Tim) Ament, Shari (Dave) Brannan, Mike (Joletta) Buehner, and Brandi (Gabe) Pooler.

Sadonna later married Lowell Larsen on January 25, 1985. They resided together in Mobridge, SD until 2010. In 2011, she moved to Brandon, SD to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Through her adult life, she worked as a business woman for Larsen’s Jewelry and later became a nurse for the Mobridge Nursing Home.
Sadonna is survived by her mother, four children, nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, three special friends, Donna, Micki, and Fran; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Richard Williams, her husband, Lowell Larsen, her brothers, Russel Williams, and David Williams; her sister, Darla Williams; a grandson, Matthew Brannan; and three children.

Sadonna was a kind, generous woman. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting her knew that she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was a family woman, and her family meant everything to her. She will be missed. However, we know that Heaven has gained and angel; she is no longer bound by the physical perils in life. Her wings are no longer denied for she has flown home. We will remember her smile, her laughter, and the legacy of love she left with us.

Marion (Bigwood) Higgins

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October 3, 1931 ~ August 16, 2017

Marion Higgins went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the age of 85.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls.

Marion was born October 3, 1931 to William H. and Alta (Young) Bigwood in St. Thomas, ND. Marion grew up on a farm in St. Thomas, ND, and graduated from St. Thomas High School. She then went on to graduate from Minot State Teacher’s College and taught in Fargo, ND. In 1959 Marion married Robert Higgins. They had 2 children. In 1971, the family moved to Sioux Falls, SD to open their business, Sioux Falls Hearing Aid Service. Marion and Bob were active members of First United Methodist Church PEO, and the Y’s Men Service organization. Marion loved to travel and made trips to Alaska, Europe, Australia and Denmark. In her later years, she moved to Wisconsin and then Florida with her daughter’s family. As in everywhere she went, she made many dear friends with her cheerful, kind spirit.

Marion will be lovingly remembered by her children, Julie (Mark) Scott, Jacksonville, FL, and Joel Higgins, Brandon, SD; by her five grandchildren, Meg and Graham Scott, and Erin (Austin) Hendricks, Jessica and Luke Higgins; her three siblings, Roy (Karen) Bigwood, Margaret Smith, and Betty (Leonard) Wolfgram; other special people who will remember her are Leslie Black, Dr. and Mrs. Ken Hansen and many precious friends, nieces and nephews.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, William H. and Alta (Young) Bigwood; and 7 siblings.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to Sidewalk Funday School. (A children’s church).