Robert (Bob) Dovenmuehler


May 22, 1940 ~ November 26, 2016

Robert (Bob) Dovenmuehler, 76, claimed his promise of eternal life Saturday, November 26, 2016 after struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and its complications for a number of years.

A celebration of Bob’s life here on earth and his resurrection to Christ will be December 19, 2016, 11:00 am, at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.

Bob proclaimed the gospel of Christ over 50 years in congregations throughout South Dakota (Orient, Chamberlain, Valley Springs, Watertown and Sioux Falls) and in Minnesota (Beaver Creek). His ministry also included serving interims in Canton, Volga, Madison and Sioux Falls.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife of 54 years, Judy; his daughter Ann (Las Vegas); son John, daughter in law Sheila and precious grandson Peter (Tustin, CA) and Bob’s sister, Mary, and husband, Michael (Chicago).

A full obituary will be coming. Please check back for additional information.


Richard “Dick” LeRoy Gulseth


May 30, 1946 ~ November 13, 2016

Richard “Dick” LeRoy Gulseth was born on Tuesday, October 9, 1945. He passed at the age of 71 on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Nikol, her husband, Jim, and their son, Ian; his son, Josh; extended family; and dear friends. He succumbed to cancer after a long battle. Our hearts are broken. We rejoice knowing he is whole again.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 2 pm at Heartland Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to 5122 S Ostro Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.

Roseanna Marie Zounar


May 30, 1946 ~ November 13, 2016

Roseanna Zounar, 70, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Memorial services will be 4pm, Friday, November 25, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home, and Visitation from 2-4pm with family present.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Roseanna Marie Moxley was born in Springfield, MO, on May 30, 1946, to Dorothy and Jessie Moxley, and grew up in Duluth, MN and Galena, KS. Roseanna was known to family and friends as “Kitty”. She married Raymond Wittrock in 1962 and had 2 children, Marcia and Michael. They divorced after a few years. Roseanna married Denny Famestad in 1967 and they had 2 children, Jon and Heath. Several years after they divorced she married Robert Hofeldt. Her final marriage was to Delmar Zounar.

Kitty loved to spend time with people. She was a cocktail waitress when her children were young. She wanted to see more of the country and became one of the few women over the road truck drivers back in the early 1970’s. She drove for several companies over her 30 plus years in the industry including Consolidated Freight, Midwest Coast, Bob Curtis Trucking and AA Express and a few other companies. She loved meeting and visiting with other drivers. Her CB handle was ” Sleeping Beauty”. She was well respected with the other drivers. While doing a job that was primarily held by men back then, she always remained a “lady”. She was a tough lady on the outside not taking guff from anyone but had a great sense of humor and generous heart. Kitty didn’t believe that your gender should limit you to career choices and encouraged people to do “what makes them happy”.

Kitty retired from driving around 2008, trying out a couple different things. She joined her daughter working at Aurora Plains Academy in Plankinton. She was known to the kids she worked with as “grandma” or “Ms. Z”. She made a new circle of cherished friends while working there, touching the lives and hearts of many in her 5 years there. After leaving that position she briefly worked and the Coffee Cup outside of Plankinton and the I-90 truck stop in Mitchell. Her health forced her to retire in May of this year.

She fought hard against the cancer and had a difficult time accepting that it was going to win. She wasn’t afraid of dying, knowing that she would be going to heaven when she left this world. She just wasn’t in any hurry to get there.

Kitty loved to spend time with family, her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter brought her extreme joy and smiles. She was extremely proud of all of them and loved them all deeply.

Very grateful for sharing her life are her children; Marcia (Jason) Buie, Michael (Kristi) Wittrock, Heath (Shelly) Famestad, grandchildren Lynn VanSloten, Kaylee Buie, Talon Buie, Alex Famestad, Miranda Famestad, Brad Wittrock, Casey Wittrock and great granddaughter Ella VanSloten, brother Charley Moxley, sister Lilette Harms and their families along with a host of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jon, and a nephew, Michael.

Roseanna “Kitty” was known to “be running a little behind” often, so we did our best to make sure she wasn’t late for her own funeral.

Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch


November 30, 1954 ~ November 6, 2016

Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch passed away at the age of 61, at his home, in Sioux Falls, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.

Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will take place at a later date.

Brian was born on November 30, 1954, to Robert M. and Betty Jane (Block) Kirsch. He grew up in Hills, Minnesota and graduated from Hills-Beaver Creek High School in 1973.

One of Brian’s most memorable experiences of his many, was the summer after graduating. Brian and friend, Rodney, traveled to Mexico enjoying many interesting sights and the culture. They traveled with Rodney’s brother to remote rural areas to teach farming techniques to the indigenous people of Mexico.

In 1975 Brian joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and Alaska. He received an honorable discharge on May 28, 1978. He later entered the electrical lineman program at Jackson Vocational Technical School, Jackson, Minnesota where he received his electrical lineman certification. During his career as a lineman he worked with several companies that built power lines in Arizona, in the mountains of Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont and much of the Northeastern United States. Brian held many and various jobs around the area, in Oregon and also in Hawaii. Brian was most proud of his work as a rib technician the past 10 years at Dakota Cub Aircraft, Brandon, South Dakota. He was part of the team that built replacement wings for Piper Cubs (“bush” planes). These replacement wings were shipped to destinations throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and the UK. His exacting and meticulous craftsmanship made him a valuable member of the team.

Brian was a soft spoken, quiet, caring and tender-hearted man. He loved to read and amazed us with his knowledge on so many subjects. He was a talented woodworker and carver. He had many beautiful projects in the making that will not be finished by his hands.

Brian is survived by his stepmother, Twila Kirsch, Hills, Minnesota; his brother, Barry (Jane) Kirsch, Riverside, IA; sisters, Barbara (Ron) Koch, Bismarck, ND, Becky (John) Fallenstein, Rosarito, Mexico, Deb (Luke) Mathias, Starbuck, MN, and Cindy Pohlman, Hills, MN; and many nephews and nieces; Brian also had a very special place in his heart for Sisily and Paulie.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Kirsch; his mother, Betty Jane Kirsch; his older brother, Robert Mark Kirsch; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

Diane Marlene (Vande Hoef) Thompson

thompson-diane_ovalSeptember 9, 1948 ~ November 5, 2016

Diane M. Thompson, 68, Brandon, was received into Heaven, November 5, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation with Family will be 5-7pm, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 with a time of sharing at 7, at Heartland Funeral Home. A private burial on Thursday, November 10, will precede the 11am Celebration of Life at Brandon Lutheran Church.

Diane was born on September 9, 1948 to Dick and Esther (Van Wyhe) Vande Hoef, in Orange City, Iowa. In 1949, Diane moved to Artesia, California with her parents where they resided until 1951. The family then moved to a farm near Steen, Minnesota. Diane worked on the farm helping milk the herd of dairy cows. This, along with other chores kept her busy as young girl. She appreciated the farm life and all it had to offer to her family. Diane would live with her family there until September 1967.

In 1964, she fell in love with her High School classmate, Steven Thompson, when they were only 15 1/2 years old. Steve would help Diane on date nights with milking and their closeness grew. First they went “steady”, got engaged and then married on September 16, 1967.

After graduating from Luverne High School in 1966, Diane began her career in bookkeeping. It served her well over her lifetime in a variety of full and part-time positions. In 1968 Steve enlisted in the Army and Diane joined him later in the fall of 1968. They resided in the second of what would later become 11 different homes. In 1969, Diane would again join Steve in the Panama Canal Zone for a year. In 1970, they moved to Killeen, Texas, where they spent a year, until June of 1971. Back to Sioux Falls for a year, then in 1972, the couple moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and then on to Lincoln, Nebraska. In Omaha, Diane gave birth to daughter, Kimberly Brooke. In Lincoln came son, Richard Steven. In 1989, another career move took them to Orange City, Iowa, the place of Diane’s birth. The family would reside there until 2002. Diane worked 11 years for Boonstra Kirby. In 2002, they moved to Brandon, SD. It was there that Diane and Steve founded The 1948 Trading Company and worked in it together until selling it in 2013. In 2006, Diane and Steve were named Brandon, SD business owners of the year.

Along the way, Diane and Steve developed dozens of lifelong lasting friendships. They traveled the United States and Canada extensively together or with their young family. Diane was the “glue” that always held everything together for the busy family. She enjoyed cross-stitch, macramé, crafts, writing letters and cards, golf, card club, and coffee with friends and family.
Her passion for friends and family was fueled by putting everyone else first. Her steady, guiding, loving personality was admired and appreciated by all that she touched.

Her devotion to her husband, children, children’s spouses, grandchildren, and friends is a gift given to many. Her steadfastness and genuine love was also felt by hundreds of friends, relatives, immediate family and strangers alike.

Her husband Steve, daughter Kim, son Rick, daughter-in-law Amy, son-in-law Jesse and grandchildren oldest to youngest; Trey, Brooklyn, Noah, Aspen, Braxton and Cam have received the greatest gift Diane possessed, unconditional love. Her ability to be the matriarch and strength of her family was always present.
Diane reveled in the growth and accomplishments, big or small, of her children and grandchildren. Her example will be in their hearts as they continue to move forward knowing that she is always there in spirit.

A recent text from a close friend on November 5th, the day she went to heaven said it best. “Steve, I listened to you talk about Diane and she was always content with whatever she had throughout your life together, and Diane never really asked for anything.” The Bible verse she shared with me was Philippians 4:12. Our friend went on to say “I can’t say I ever learned that secret myself, but is certainly something to strive for!”

As her husband, I can tell you she was the most “extraordinary ordinary” woman that most of us know or will ever know. Blessed be the memory of a Godly servant of the Lord. Her love will endure with us forever as she now dwells in the house of her creator forever.

Diane will be deeply missed by her husband, Steven; Kimberly (Jesse) Moffitt, Sioux Center, IA and Richard (Amy) Thompson, Brandon; six grandchildren, Trey, Brooklyn, Noah, Aspen, Braxton, and Cam; and three siblings, Elaine (Allen) Boeve, Steen, MN, Ladonna (Jerry) Behnke, Rapid City, and Kevin Vande Hoef, Larchwood, IA.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Esther Vande Hoef; an infant brother, Milo Dean and another brother, Milen Dale.

A trust has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Brandon. All memorials will be directed to the Avera McKennan Foundation: Precision Oncology For Cancer Research in memory of Diane.